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Written By: Gary on February 29, 2004 No Comment

i know exactly what an IEEE 802.3-compliant CSMA _CD-oriented combination RJ-45 BNC-style 10 100-BaseTX PCI 2.1-spec PnP NIC is used for and what it does, and i don't even know what my own spleen accomplishes for me.I saw this somewhere on-line and thought it was interesting enough to post. It’s so true. I’m sure I can rattle off a few similar things but I still need to look up a birthday, a phone number or something equally as significant. I just thought it was extra interesting since I’m not really sure what the spleen does either… Besides, it made me laugh out loud!

I couldn’t link to the original source since I couldn’t determine where it was. It seemed to be linked a few times, I’ll have to ask Bobby I guess…

Written By: Gary on February 27, 2004 One Comment

I’ve been in computers for a long time now. Back before The Apple Macintosh has been around for most of that time. I do not understand how it has not dominated the market. It always reminds me of Sony and Beta (you do remember Beta don’t you?). Beta was the superior competitor to VHS but look what happened to that…

It’s just some of the software and how much easier they make it. Anyone can figure out how to convert and store photos from their digital camera, create a jukebox, edit movies and burn it all to an impressive looking looking DVD. Of course it’s the iLife applications that I’m talking about, they come free with any Macintosh these days.

I thought Macs were a little easier to use even when iLife didn’t exist. It’s always been it little be easier to me. It’s not that I have any problem learning, I’ve programed computers from assembly code to fortran any used operating systems from Atari to pSystem to Linux. Macs are definitely a little bit more money but I always think it’s worth it.

I just got the new version of iLife but haven’t had much time to play with it but it even has a few more features that makes you DVDs even look more professional. The iPhoto program is supposed to be a lot faster and store more photos, but I don’t use it for much other than red-eye reduction. They also have a new program called Garage Band to create your own music.

Written By: Gary on February 26, 2004 No Comment

Do you read Joy of Tech? The do funny up to date computer cartoons. You should be sure to look at the archives or check it out occasionally, they update two or three times a week.

Today’s was about if cats and dogs could blog so it’s relevant to what we are doing here (writing or reading). It definitely speaks for itself. I think it’s way funnier than the old “On the Internet no one knows you’re a dog.” cartoon.

Written By: Gary on February 25, 2004 One Comment

They said they’d never release Roswell on DVD. They said that it would cost to much for all the music rights. But it just came out on DVD. But they said they couldn’t because… Oh. I got it… They changed the music…

I’m better now. Let’s get back on topic.

I’ve seen the first episode again (and again). It’s proably my most watched show ever (except maybe Sports Night but that’s another story). It’s a great show: aliens, kids tricking the authorities, a festival, Sarah McLachlan, Area 51, Jonathan Frakes and more great music. What could be better than that?

It starts off with Liz writing in her journal and a flashback to the Crashdown Cafe . Two customers in the cafe get in an argument and Liz accidentally gets shot and then Max heals her. It’s a great scene, great visuals, great music (did I mention Sarah?), just plain great. The sheriff’s dad used to believe in aliens and now he’s starting to believe. Did I mention that Liz is dating the sheriff’s son? It just gets better from there. :)

Did I tell you it’s a really good episode? If they changed any of the music, I didn’t notice anything. But I think the band was the same one who did some of the background music for the original episodes (but I could be wrong on that). It had a (minor) deleted scene, but I think it’ll be fun to seen them all again. They’re mildly widescreened (letterboxed), I don’t think they originally were. Well, I’m happy that’s it’s out and just needed to say so.

Written By: Gary on February 24, 2004 One Comment

This is my blogger code: B1 d+ t+ k- s– u- f- i++ o++ x+ e l c+. You’ll have to click on the link to see what it means (or to create your own.

I thought it was semi-interesting enough to post, but more importantly… I beat Heather to one of these silly quiz/test things. :)

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Written By: Gary on February 22, 2004 No Comment

So I’ve been messing around with changing the CSS (background) for this blog. There should now be some space between each of the 3 boxes that make up the screen. That’s not all I was trying to do but CSS is such a pain. I’d get it working and then check it out on six different browsers on three different platforms (OS X, Windows and Linux) and it always looked funny on one of them (generally IE on Mac or Win).

So if it doesn’t look very good, please let me know…

If anyone geeky out there can tell me why I shouldn’t switch to tables for this instead of CSS columns, please let me know. It seems like with tables I’d just have two boxes and the browser would keep everything even and wrap nicely…

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Written By: Gary on February 19, 2004 No Comment

As you know I love the Apple iTunes store. Apple and Pepsi are giving away 100 million songs as a promotion. The guys at MacMerc.com have figured out that you can see if you have a winner or loser by holding the bottle at a angle. A diagram and instructions are available at MacMerc.com.

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Written By: Gary on February 16, 2004 No Comment

It looks like Apple might be finally entering the PDA market! This is a good thing since Palm OS 6 doesn’t plan to support the Macintosh.

The odd part of this is that even though Macintosh has a small percentage of the computer market, many of the Palm OS people that I know are Mac-users. The question to me is what percentage of their sales go to Mac-users? The only reason I put Windows back into my house after 20 years was to get better synchronization with my Macintosh. I wanted some of the geekier conduits and they just didn’t exist for the Mac. Some third party company (the Missing-sync folks) will write a Mac-driver if the market is there…

But I digress:
It’ll probably have a hard drive (ala mini-iPod) and Firewire, USB and BlueTooth. The second article mentions WiFi and cell phone. There were hints of it playing music (actually downloading music while in the waiting room). Of course it’ll support QuickTime and sync with all of the iApps. And (wait for it…) it’ll support Windows. Maybe not the first week, but soon. You can’t tell me that all the Windows people who bought iPods (and considered iPods) won’t at least consider this device. I’m assuming it’s share files in a variety of ways (like target disk mode and such). The only thing I haven’t seen mentioned is a camera and GPS. I’d subscribe to .mac I think if this tied into it…

One of the articles I read said something like ‘people spend more time deciding on a phone or a PDA than any other electronic device’. I know I do, if I’m going to carry it everywhere, I’m going to be fussy about it. My 2 cents: No mini-keyboard/thumbboard. Let me use grafitti or something similar. Let it support a regular USB keyboard (or mouse) thought the USB port (or via WiFi?)

You can check out this article from MacNet2.com and part 2.

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Written By: Gary on February 15, 2004 No Comment

“Everyone has a part of themselves that they don’t like… You carry it around like a weight. The lucky ones realize that when it becomes too heavy, you can choose to set it down. That’s when you can see things they way they really are.”

It was probably my least favorite episode. So if it was the first time you had a chance to watch Joan of Arcadia, you do need to give it another try. Too many people arguing and fighting, not the normal happy go lucky show that I normally praise so highly.

Written By: Gary on February 11, 2004 No Comment

They were both very beautiful and happy. They’re about six and half months now and very active. They sure keep Dave and Patti pretty busy. They were just bouncing and smiling (except for when Nathan was crying). They’ve both got hair and some teeth are starting to pop through (I think that might be tied in to the crying). They were just a blast to play with and my cousin Dave cooked us all dinner. Thanks Dave!

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Written By: Gary on February 8, 2004 No Comment

Of course you can, you just might not win in the opinion of the other players. Rules do help since they what not to do. That’s what rules generally do, right? Tell you what not to do. “Have a nice day!” isn’t a rule (but it should be). I’m kind of babbling I just thought it was an interesting sticker. I guess I could have just posted it without any text…

But the rules thing actually made me think about Joan this week. The talk was about choices, actually making choices, and wouldn’t it be easier if we knew the outcome and could make the “correct” choice. It wouldn’t really be a choice then now would it. It’s interesting on how God “bullies” Joan into doing things but talks about choices and outcomes and such.

Back to the rules thing, rules are good, just people need to know when they can be broken. At McDonalds, a cheeseburger comes with ketchup, pickle, onions and mustard (right?) that’s on their list of rules on how to make a sandwich. Wouldn’t it be crazy if every McDonalds made their burgers different? But you can make a special order (thank God for that!) and change that rule so there are no pickles or mustard on it. If you asked nice they’d probably even put BBQ sauce on it, which would be way against the rules (but they might charge you two bits). So sometimes they are good and they let me ‘have it my way’.

Written By: Gary on February 7, 2004 No Comment

Here’s all the states I’ve traveled to. Stops at airports don’t count (and I didn’t count the states I went through when I traveled from Seattle to Chicago by train). I might be wrong about some of those gaps in the North East. Heck, from the map I’n not even sure what states those gaps are.

I’m thinking my next state to fill in might be New Mexico, I’ve always wanted to go to Roswell.

Another idea stolen from Heather’s blog.

Create your own visited states map.

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Written By: Gary on February 6, 2004 One Comment

Actually I haven’t played Scrabble in a while. If you like Scrabble and you have a Palm (or PocketPC) handheld they make an excellent version that you can play against the computer or others.

But I digress. The reason for tonight’s post is that I saw this on Heather’s Blog and had to do it myself… Especially since mine is bigger than Heather’s.

Pholph’s Scrabble Generator

My Scrabble© Score is: 32.
What is your score? Get it here.
Written By: Gary on February 4, 2004 One Comment

I noticed some formatting problems on my blog today. It was hard to read on some Windows browsers. The text on the left flowed under the text on the right. I’m still working how to fix it. I messed with the CSS for a bit and now it looks okay in most browsers but in some the left side isn’t very wide. The important part is that it’s readable. I’ll be playing with it to see if I can get it working a little better, but CSS isn’t really my thing so…

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Written By: Gary on February 3, 2004 2 Comments

Have you seen Keen Eddie? It’s about a cop from New York who screwed up a case and got sent to London to fix it. He liked London so he decided to stay for a while. He’s got this odd roommate (her mom sublet the apartment thinking she’s at college) that he lives with and adds to the storyline (sometimes). It’s a little bit about cultural differences and his issues with dealing with being there. I’m not saying the show has any big socially redeeming values but it’s fun. It’s on Bravo, which means it’s on about 72 times a week. It’s not really new, it was on one of the other networks and got canceled but it’s back with the old episodes and four new (or maybe just unaired) episodes.

I don’t recommend many television shows so you should probably check it out!

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Written By: Gary on February 1, 2004 No Comment

It’s been so nice outside this weekend. It was a little warmer but it’s the sunshine that made it extra nice.

During the week it’s dark when I leave for work and dark when I come home, I feel like a vampire. I’ll take 20 degrees colder in trade if I can get some sunlight to go along with it!

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