Archive for October, 2004

Uh Oh…

October 26, 2004 in General | Comments (0)

As much as I love b2Evolution, I must admit that TikiWiki is turning my head.

My online friend Evan Kirk just switched to it, which is what got me interested. I just set this software up for an internal documentation and collaboration system, and I am really starting to like it. It has it’s oddities, like any software, but it does an excellent job of pulling together wiki, forum, file and image gallery, task management, and blogging software together into one highly integrated web application.

Open source, feature complete, and powerful, it’s worth a look if you’re considering a different blogging solution. Sounds like the developer community is very active, so it can only get better.

Okay, so I didn’t wait to buy an iPod

October 22, 2004 in General | Comments (0)

I went to the store and picked up an iPod Mini. This is the one that’s $250.00, but only provides 4 gig of storage space. Compared to the flash based players in the same price range, it’s a much better deal. Compared to a 20 or 40 gig iPod, the cost per megabyte is a little steep.

I’ve had it a couple of days now and have decided that I don’t care about the price per megabyte so much. I’ve been ripping lots of CD’s into the iTunes software and have barely made a dent so far. The software makes it so easy to move music on and off the device that I’m not sure the disk size makes any difference.

I bought the unit to wear when running. The size is good for this, and the aluminum case makes me feel safer than a plastic case would. It doesn’t skip, and with a 1,000 song capacity it will be a lot of runs before I hear any repeats.

Just one of those things where you have to get past the geek notion of getting the biggest hard disk available, and the cheap notion that I’m paying more than I should. Once a device like this truly becomes “yours” you don’t worry about what you paid. I think that iPod Mini and I are going to get along just fine.

Sounds like I should wait to buy an iPod…

October 19, 2004 in General | Comments (0)

If Apple is about to announce a new model, maybe the prices of the existing models will go down.

Network Solutions Nasty Popup Tricks

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I went to Network Solutions to do a WHOIS lookup on a domain name today. I noticed that a popup arrived that AdSubtract failed to capture. After I was done with my lookup, I went to report the page to AdSubtract so that they could add it to their list of filters.

Funny thing was, even though the IE button was on my toolbar, I could not get to the page. I would click the button, and rather than restoring, the button would slide off the task bar. If I used Alt-Tab, I could select the icon, but the page would not show up.

I finally right clicked over the button and chose Maximize. Got a big white page that says: NetworkSolutions Consumer Insight

Notice the url: Network Solutions is being pretty sneaky.

When I closed the main browser, a popup window jumped out. Apparently this “stealth” window is used to create a popup, bypassing the usual popup mechanisms. The main window opens it, it hides itself. When the main window closes, it tells the stealth window to do it’s thing, which is to display some ad content (that Adsubtract blissfully hid from me).

I have no respect for Network Solutions, and have not for some time. I occasionally use their services, such as WHOIS, but I do not register domain names through them anymore, nor do I recommend them to anyone else. This is the kind of company that I least want to imitate. I’m going to use someone else’s WHOIS lookup from now on, maybe even stub Network Solutions out of my HOSTS file.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go finish reporting Network Solutions to AdSubtract’s database.

Sign me up!!!

October 18, 2004 in General | Comments (0)

The SCOPO Wearable LCD Display from Mitsubishi looks like a gadget that I will love, but my wife will hate.

At first blush, I’m excited by this kind of wearable display. Then I start thinking about drivers, already distracted by cell phones and hobbled by general incompetence behind the wheel, using this sort of technology on the road. I suppose that it ought to work pretty well, assuming the content is not too distracting, since a user does not actually have to look away to see what is on the display.

I’m curious about the resolution and such. Since I wear progressive lenses I’m happy to see that this one is positionable below the eye-line. Of course, progressive lenses are pretty shabby in the periphery, so I’m curious to see how such a device would work for me.

Something in the Works

October 15, 2004 in City of Heroes | Comments (0)

I have a new City of Heroes project in the works, and if I ever stop playing the game so much I will unleash it on the world.

New Blog Section

October 14, 2004 in City of Heroes | Comments (0)

Pardon me while I figure out how this software works. I decided maybe I could use some different blog sections for different things instead of the mishmash of categories that I currently have, possibly inspire me to post more often. Yeah right.

Anyway, I had to have at least one post in here to see if it was working right, so here it is.

France fries cell phones | CNET

October 13, 2004 in General | Comments (0)

This is a article about how France has made it legal for companies to install signal jamming equipment in theatres and such to keep cell phones from ringing in performance venues. I think that this is great, and look forward to seeing this sort of implementation in US movie theatres, playhouses, auditoriums, and even restaurants.

You can still make 911 calls if there is an emergency, and the blocked area is limited to the perimeter of the performance area, so you can step out in the hall and make an important call if you need to.

It’s a shame that we have to use technology to force manners on people, but the general level of rudeness has gotten to be incredibly high.

As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. – Lao Tzu

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Creative Whack PackI have this cool deck of cards called the Creative Whack Pack. It’s by Roger von Oech, the madman who brought you A Whack on the Side of the Head, a great book about creativity and how to kick your brain out of a rut when it gets stuck.

I haven’t had this deck out in a while, so I dusted it off and started drawing one card every day, sort of a “thought for the day” kind of thing.

It’s interesting, over six days, out of 64 cards, I’ve drawn Simplify twice, Be Whacky twice, and Loosen Up twice. I think the universe is trying to tell me something.

Admittedly, I’ve been taking things way too seriously here lately. Had a birthday not too long ago, which put me in a bit of a funk. Always does. I know, I know… we’re supposed to celebrate them, the alternative sucks, etc. But for me, birthdays tend to highlight how little I’ve accomplished in the past year. I did better on this one, though… the funk didn’t get me until the day of my birthday, instead of the whole week before.

I laugh at a lot of my thoughts, but I haven’t been doing it nearly enough lately.

b2evolution uprade is wonderful…

October 8, 2004 in General | Comments (0)

It has been almost a year since I started using this blogging engine. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to updating it, but this is the new version. They’ve really outdone themselves. The new antispam tools are great, making it much easier to block out all of the spam referrals and such. I’ll have to go back in and work on the skins again, but I hadn’t done much of that anyway, so no great sweat.

I’m just really pleased with the new look and the new tools. Not only that, the upgrade process was relatively painful as well.