Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Usually its fine but recently the mouse has been acting up.
So I ask the folks that support this thing for some help and I get this response:
"Please try the mouse on another machine, if it works fine, try formating your PC."Unbelievable. I don't have another machine to experiment with. What kind of user is going to reformat their PC in order to make a MOUSE work?!
Remember, I paid $100 for a MOUSE and these guys are suggesting I reformat my PC to get it to work. Sigh.
Just so you know what to avoid, I'm using a Razer Copperhead mouse and this appears to be the level of suport we receive.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I kind of went hog-wild hoping this new one lasts more than two years. Here's what I've got now:
- Athlon X2 3800 64-bit dualcore CPU running on an ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe mobo
- 2G of DDR PC3200 RAM
- Asus Geforce EN7900GTX 512MB DDR3 PCIe video card (and down the line I'll add a second)
- Creative Labs Audigy2 soundcard
- 520W power supply
- C: 36G Western Digital Raptor SATA HD (10,000RPM!)
- D: 250G WD HD (7,200 RPM)
- E: LG 16x DVD-RW (dual layer) (GSA-H10N)
- No floppy drive!
Friday, May 19, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Calling people on Skype is totally free. It's also free to call landlines and
mobiles within the US and Canada until the end of the year.
I'm signing up as soon as I get home.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
There are 42 episodes in this 102MB file, so the download will take some time, but its worth it!
Friday, May 12, 2006
The beginnings of time travel?
WELL. My buddy Tim pointed me to Google Maps for Mobile! I can now use the service on my Blackberry and you can too, on your cell phone. Unbelievable.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
See for yourself
Monday, May 08, 2006
Click the pic below for a larger image.
So, clearly I'm kidding. But Anne-Marie and I went to Spinnakers in Victoria for a little overnight get-away. It was the best overnighter we've ever had.
They greeted us with big smiles and a free upgrade (to a garden suite), we had some fantastic beer and appies, took a nice walk around the harbor, had an unbelievable dinner at their restaurant and ended up sleeping soundly in a giant bed with big fluffy pillows. Slept in, enjoyed a "breakfast basket" in bed, had a jacuzzi with too many bubbles and left the place feeling like we'd been at a spa all weekend.
I can't recommend Spinnakers enough.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
This season has been pretty disappointing, though. I haven't found the story near as compelling, but what's really ruining it for me is all of the damn re-runs!
That's why this site is helpful:
Saturday, April 29, 2006
What's silly is that his first season was free to begin with. Now that its done, if you want to get it, iTunes and Audible.com are both charging for it.
Fortunately for you, I found it available for free right here:
I've just been listening to Episode 3 and can barely contain myself - way, way too funny.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Being the spiteful jerk I can be I took the 10 minutes it required to build a small program to send him 1,500 emails to his home address "reminding him".
That was before I learned about this new service called Beeplet:
Beelplet offers a great way for creating, organizing, and receiving reminders with notifications through Email, RSS, and soon to be SMS and Instant Messengers.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
So, here's the story... I said to my girlfriend that any stupid website could
get tons of hits, simply because people are bored all the time. She said that I
was an idiot and couldn’t make a website that could get tons of hits if I wanted
to. After a long argument (mostly centered around the fact that she called me an
idiot) we made a bet
If he wins she's supposedly granting him a threesome.
Help out a brutha right here.
Monday, April 24, 2006
1) could kick my ass
2) makes me feel about an inch tall
3) probably smells like cheese.
His main site is here.
Thanks to Dan in Arkansas for pointing this site out. I'd link to Dan's blog, but he's clearly above that and isn't near the narcissist I am.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
It turns out my link to a review for the Fusion razor gave credit to The Consumerist, not the original author who is now one of my favorites: Copyranter.
Check out his article about Flower, a $15,700 watch. And I quote:
Or, for about $15,699 less, you could eat a bag of skittles®, stick your finger down your
throat, throw up on your wrist, stick your cheap Timex® piece in the goo, and
wait for the project to harden.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.
In the first year, “S” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f” This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “O” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor t rubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Recently I've been subscribing to the RSS feed of a site called The Consumerist. As a lark I decided to email them that recording and just today they posted it as an article called Customer Service from Mumble Land.
I previously referenced their site in this posting. That was likely the funniest product review I've ever read.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Yet another free online service in Beta: Remember The Milk. Its a way for you to maintain a to-do list online and have it remind you via email, text message to your cell phone, via your IM software, etc.
Doesn't do a lot for me as I've got a Blackberry and use Outlook, but for those of you without either this could be pretty helpful.
A seven year old boy was at the center of a Vancouver courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.
The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with the child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.
After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Vancouver Canucks, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
While we're on the topic, here's something hilarious.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
A buddy of mine (thanks Greg) sent me some hilarious comics a couple weeks ago. Within minutes I'd found their site on the web and had subscribed to their RSS feed.
I found one in the archive that was particularly funny. Click the image for the full size, or you can view it on their website.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
- I had no idea this existed, but it turns out Ricky Gervais has a music video from 1984. In this interview he clearly wasn't expecting the video to be shown and its unusual to see HIM squirm so much.
- I'm still poking around on youtube.com and found this classic from The Office (the original BBC version, of course). One of the greatest dance numbers I've ever seen. I still use a couple of these moves in public to embarass my girlfriend.
- Ricky on Letterman!
- This is a clip from his show Extra's where he's talking with Patrick Stewart (a favorite actor of mine)
- The second video podcast from the Ricky Gervais Show talking the new book about Karl
- A cat hiding from his singing!!!!
- His David Brent character discussing "the handicapped"
- Karl discusses his fridge
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Check out the Consumerist for a better explanation.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Its the best candid photo of Anne that I've taken and I liked it enough to put on my corkboard at work.
There's a whole lot that could be better about the photo, but I absolutely love the peaceful look on her face.
ANYHOW, I just started reading about FeedBurner and have signed myself up. It'll be interesting to see what kind of statistics their site will generate for me.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
I went to Munich, Germany in 2003 for Oktoberfest. I took a ton of photo's and videos and, now that I'm experimenting with YouTube I thought I'd upload some good clips of what its like to be at a party with 10,000+ people in a tent, all drinking & eating & singing & generally being merry.
There's a vid here and here.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
NTP, weeping the tears of martyrs all the way to the bank, have gone on
record as stating they aren’t happy with the settlement but will stoically cry
themselves to sleep on beds made of money for the good of the nation.
Monday, March 06, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Remember this guy from those annoying "penile enhancement" commercials? I could never understand how a company could get away with such blatant false advertizing.
Well, it turns out they can't:
"Smiling Bob" Penis Pill Scammers Nailed - Consumerist
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
“This must be what it felt like to be caressed by Aphrodite. God must now
include the Fusion in your orientation kit when you ascend to heaven. After
shaving this morning, I grabbed 3 random downtown Supermodels and kissed them.
All three are now under my desk taking turns gently and lovingly servicing me.
The five-blade Fusion—well worth the $109.99 price tag.”
Gilette’s Fusion Razor Review With Built-In Laser-Ion Cannon - Consumerist
Saturday, February 25, 2006
It turns out you have to prepare/partition the virtual drive first then the install will proceed.
Friday, February 24, 2006
After posting this entry I tried logging into the service and got this message:
Google Page Creator has experienced extremely strong demand, and, as a result,
we have temporarily limited the number of new signups as we increase capacity.
We will notify you as soon as we are ready to add new accounts. Thank you for
What a terrific idea - I haven't tried it yet and apparently there's a bit of a "capacity problem" right now, but Google has released a beta of a web-based web page creator.
Make it easier for lay people to create web pages - its about time.
Google Page Creator
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
I'm not sold on watching a movie on an iPod, though. I can't understand why Apple is trying to get more and more people to watch video on a teensy weensy screen. What up with dat?
Anyhow, this site as a good read about why Apple might buy Blockbuster to help "build a video distribution empire to match its existing music distribution empire"
PBS I, Cringely . February 16, 2006 - BYOB
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Case in point:
And, as often happens on the Internet, some Photoshoppers got their hands on the picture and it became a phenomenom - now known as MOSHZILLA!!!!!
Check out the different versions at this site, or better still, search Google Images for Moshzilla or "mosh girl".
There's more here:
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Well, I use Google Earth a lot and have always wondered what it takes to create a Google Maps URL out of what I'm seeing on Google Earth's screen.
The dude at GOUILLOU.COM below has it all figured out!
GOUILLOU.COM: Google Maps <-> Google Earth Automatic Conversion
I just watched the video at this site and have an idea of what I'd like to see more of!
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Yikes, this one kind of blew up in Google's face. Not only was the feature not exciting to me, but the EFF is advising against installing this version!
Speaking of new releases, there's apparently ANOTHER new version of Google Desktop (v3), but for the first time I'm not really compelled.
Official Google Blog: New on your Desktop
Slashdot RIM Announces Workaround in NTP Case
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The lenses come in amber for sports like baseball and tennis where the wearer
must separate fast moving objects from the background, and grey-green for sports
like golf, where the background environment is what’s visually important. Both
colors filter out a significant amount of overall light, but they also sharpen
and improve contrast, so they have a brightening effect, says Alan Reichow, who
invented the lenses and is a sports vision consultant for Nike.
The amber lenses also turn the wearer's eye's an unsettling shade of red. But when Nike
asked players if they'd like to create a version that created less of an evil
eye, the answer was an overwhelming "no."
Wired News: Sharper Image, Better Performance
What studies to date show is a compound that attacks HIV at its molecular
membrane level, disrupting the virus from interacting with their primary
targets, the "T-helper" class white blood cells that comprise and direct the
human immune system. Further, CSAs appear to be deadly to all known strains of
Salt Lake Tribune
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Microsoft describes OneCare Live as a PC health service that runs continually in the background on a PC, providing round-the-clock protection and maintenance capabilities. The product includes a virus scanner and a two-way firewall, performs various system tune-ups, and has a data backup feature. Later this year, Microsoft will also integrate OneCare Live with Windows Defender, the company's antispyware solution.
John Dvorak has this great quote about OneCare:
Does Microsoft think it is going to get away with charging real money for any sort of add-on, service, or new product that protects clients against flaws in its own operating system? Does the existence of this not constitute an incredible conflict of interest? Why improve the base code when you can sell “protection”? Is Frank Nitti the new CEO?
There's more here: http://www.tonybove.com/getoffmicrosoft/blog/?p=27
Monday, February 06, 2006
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
"O.K., I'm not saying violence is funny and I'm not saying that Star Jones is rather difficult to like, but even her producer on 'The View' admits that he can't get enough of seeing her hit in the puss with a football, Marcia Brady-style. Enjoy, people!"See it here
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Jan is rolling his eyes right now. Get over it, bud. ;-)
You can check out its new features and download the Beta here.
Oh! By the way:
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems
Monday, January 30, 2006
Now you can make your Toolbar as unique as you are. You can add buttons and bookmarks; get instant search suggestions; share web pages with friends; and enjoy the Toolbar's pop-up blocker, web form filler, and spellchecker.
Google Toolbar Beta
a usable public toilet enclosed in one-way mirrored glass situated on a sidewalk near the River Thames
Saturday, January 28, 2006
The point is, his lyrics are hilarious. I've read some and couldn't really make sense of them. That's where James Lipton (of the Actor's Guild) comes in. Thanks to The Superficial for providing us the link.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Alongside food and fire crackers, Chinese are adding a new item to their
lunar New Year shopping: Adult diapers. Sales have soared ahead of the holiday as travelers prepare for long trips home aboard trains so crowded that even the toilets are jammed with people, newspapers said Tuesday.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
CNN.com - Doctor: New lips not made for smoking - Jan 18, 2006
NoiseBot.com - Funny Vintage T-Shirts ( funny vintage tshirts, funny vintage tees, funny vintage shirts )
Google releases Google Earth. Google pays us to put their ads on our site.
How about Google Adsense on my roof?
Rooftops used for advertising News.blog CNET News.com
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Instead of waking up to one of our somewhat lame radio stations in town, I wake up to a podcast instead!
Check it out: http://www.codepoetry.net/archives/2004/08/01/ipod_alarm_clock.php
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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Saturday, January 14, 2006
I fought with it for about an hour, read some FAQs and then remembered a friend suggesting that Shaw was blocking Bit Torrent packets. I tried a quick search and found this article.
What a freaking shame - but it seems like a necessary evil as Reuters claims Bit Torrent accounts for 35% of all Internet activity!
Friday, January 13, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
When I hear from Shaw I'm used to "professional", stale, boring, faceless, corporate personalities on the other end.
This time I was lucky enough to speak with Dee. She was unprofessional, easy to speak with, hilarious, personable, a little quirky and SHE TOTALLY MADE A BAD THING GOOD.
As of NOW my Internet connection is almost 3x faster than it was before speaking with Dee. Turns out one of her (less qualified, less personable) co-workers put me on an enhanced telephone service instead of an enhanced Internet service. Easy mistake? I'm guessing not.
Dee. I encourage you to send the link to this blog to your boss to let him/her know how much I appreciate your help tonight. You were one of the most helpful, well spoken and personable tech support people I've ever spoken with. For real. I think that says a lot since I've been in the computer industry for nearly 15 years (like you).
Thanks a bunch, Dee. You made my day.
New Scientist Breaking News - Einstein's 'spooky action' seen on a chip
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Its still a bit green, but I LOVE the idea. It'd be great if we could customize the software in the package.
This kind of thing would convince me to blow away and re-install Windows more than once every year or so.
I know my buddy Jan is gasping at that 'cause he apparently does it every couple of WEEKS.
Friday, January 06, 2006
Now that we're on the topic, here are some good feeds:
- Official Google Blog
Speaks for itself, so I'm not sure why I'm adding this...
Do you need to ask?
- Joel on Software
Smart, smart guy running this site. Sharing his experience working in our industry
- PeekJ's Blank Blatherings
A buddy of mine runs this site - he knows his stuff and finds GREAT stuff out there
Something for the boys
Hilarious write-ups about stuff happening in the entertainment world
One of the most well known tech-writers today (and for a while now)
(also a contributor to the TWIT podcasts I mention above)
Really interesting science articles from this site
- CNet News
More hi-tech, but still great articles to help keep us up to speed with our fast moving industry
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Microsoft (wisely) released a patch for this vulnerbility 5 days ahead of schedule so don't bother what's below.
Why are you reading this? Didn't you just hear what I said? Eeesh.
If you're running Windows and you're reading this before January 10, your computer is potentially at risk for a creepy new attack on the Internet.
You really should read this article.