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Written By: Gary on February 28, 2005 3 Comments

So the awful colors aren’t bothering me so much anymore (but I’m pretty exhausted), I think they’ll stay for a few days…

I was really looking for a something spring-ish but everything seemed to be too sporty or two girly for me…

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Written By: Gary on February 27, 2005 4 Comments

So I know the colors (on my blog) are awful. I’ll fix them but my batteries are dying and I don’t want to get stuck halfway through an edit. Just for chuckles, scroll down and look at the background (it’s not really moving).

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Written By: Gary on February 27, 2005 No Comment
  1. You’ve got a friend:: Carol King
  2. Immigration:: Passport
  3. Waitress:: Bar
  4. Snickers:: Candy
  5. Recognize:: Stranger
  6. Concept:: Idea
  7. Birthday:: Part
  8. Told you so:: Always Right
  9. Unlikely:: Story
  10. Extension:: USB (I really need a longer cable)

From Unconscious Mutterings.

Written By: Gary on February 27, 2005 No Comment

Orson Welles said that or at least according to Sunday Brunch he did.

1) Do you take your lunch hour at work?
Yes, I need that time to get out for a few…
2) What is your favorite place to eat lunch at?
I usually just rotate through the fast food resturants. I probably go to Arby’s or Wendy’s the most.
3) What do you usually eat for lunch?
Generally just a Coca-Cola and a sandwich.
4) Do you have anyone that you eat lunch with on a regular basis?
On a random-semi-irregular basis I get lunch with Sarah (who works in my building) or Kelly (who works in a different building) somewhere. Most of the time I’ll get lunch when I need to go between buildings (I work in a school district).
5) If not eating, what do you usually do on your lunch hour?
I always eat but I’ll usually read a book (sometimes a magazine) while I’m eating.
Written By: Gary on February 27, 2005 2 Comments

The Blogsnob ads (the boxes that list another one or two web sites) were loading slowly so I took them off. Especially when the didn’t load at all they screwed up the columns on my first page. It was nice because they referred a lot of traffic to my site, but it’s not the first (or second) time they’ve goofed it up. I think every time someone clicked on one it made my site show up on someone else’s (and vice-versa). Can anyone suggest something similar but more reliable?

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Written By: Gary on February 27, 2005 No Comment

If time and space are (sort of) the same thing, why can’t I just drive back a half-hour to get to church at ten (instead of ten-thirty)? I really really thought service was at ten-thirty…

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Written By: Gary on February 26, 2005 No Comment
1. My Favorite Food Was?:
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. It was pretty much all I ate.
2. My Favorite Drink Was?:
Kool-aid (probably something red-flavored).
3. My Favorite Game Was?:
We played a lot of the board game Life.
4. My Favorite Show Was?:
The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday Nights
5. My Favorite Person Was?:
With hindsight I’d say my Grandfather, but I really don’t remember what I thought at the time.

Chick Chat

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Written By: Gary on February 26, 2005 No Comment

1. Is it fun answering these random questions? I think so! As long as it’s a topic I’m interested in.
2. What would you do if Wednesday Whatevers closed? Don’t do that! You just closed Weekend Wonderings…
3. Do windows serve any other purpose than letting in light? They let me see out (which I supposed technically is still light coming in). But they let air in when you open them. Even when closed I think they help with circulation (that’s why they always put heating and cooling ducts by them).
From Wednesday Whatevers

Written By: Gary on February 26, 2005 No Comment

ToriamosWoo Hoo! Tori Amos is going to be at the Detroit Opera House in April!!!!!! Not only is it a semi-small venue (at 3-4,000 seats it’s certainly not the Palace) it’s a very easy ride from my house.

Written By: Gary on February 24, 2005 No Comment

What are the first four things you think of when I say FLU?

  • Snot
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Sleep

    From The First Four

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    Written By: Gary on February 24, 2005 No Comment

    So if you don’t watch Smallville you probably don’t care and if you haven’t watched last night’s episode you probably don’t want to read this. So it’s been bugging me that Lana Lang and Clark Kent haven’t been interacting much (if at all) and it’s been annoying that if they aren’t going to interact then get her off the show.

    Previous to this season Lana was kinda like Clark’s (future) Lois Lane; now that they’ve brought a young Lois onto the show there is too much going on. Lois has this weird mystical story-line about an ancestor of hers and ties to her Jason’s (her boyfriend) family (her ancestor threated to kill the decedents of his ancestors, but I’m not sure if she knows this yet). It’s really been the drawn-out story-line from hell and since it’s mystical anything can happen: anyone can be possessed by anyone and anyone could manifest random powers (and I already don’t like the random kryptonite effects around Smallville) plus this has something to with Clark’s past also (some of the mystical symbols are also kryptonian). So what I’ve been waiting for is for Lana to ask Clark for help! She doesn’t know what’s going on, who’s truthful or not so she finally confided this to Clark as she’s packing to go to Shang-hi. To which Clark said “I’m going to come with you”, so I’m guessing we’re going to get some more interaction between them.

    PS – At this point I’ve only seen the first 20 minutes so I’m guessing I haven’t given too much away…

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    Written By: Gary on February 24, 2005 No Comment
    1) How long have you been blogging?
    One year and a few months.
    2) How many templates (looks) have you had for your blog since it’s inception? Do you design your own or have someone else do them for you?
    Probably close to ten, I had a while that I was messing with it all the time, especially when people complained about the swirling graphics. I usually use my own layout template but I usually use a free template as a basis; that means I’ll use some of their colors and a graphic or two.
    3) How many posts have you made on your blog? How often do you post?
    This will make number 573, I average about one-and-a-half a day but I don’t post every day… I post every few days, more on the weekends.
    4) For many of us having a blog also means we read blogs. Let’s share a few of our favorites for some blog recess linky love.
    I read gobs and gobs of them. You can see my blogroll list on my home page on the lower right.

    From It’s Blogcess

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    Written By: Gary on February 22, 2005 One Comment

    So I picked up The Beekeeper today. It really does reminds me of her older albums (even the packaging). I’m liking it so far. There seems to be two versions a reguluar version with 19 tracks and a limited edition with the same album, a DVD and some seeds to plant (I’m not kidding). The DVD has a really long interview thing that I haven’t really listened to yet and a extra track (Garland) that appears to be part video / part slideshow (with quotes from her book Tori Amos: Piece by Piece). Most places seem to have the regular for $12-ish and the deluxe for $16-ish (YMMV).

    FYI – I had a hard time getting the CD out of my slot-loading Macintosh Powerbook. I’ve never had such a problem before and I didn’t try to replicated it since it was hard to get out (duh!). Once I got it out I did see that it had a kind of rough matte/flat covering on the label side of the CD. It might have been a fluke but bee (get it?) careful!

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    Written By: Gary on February 22, 2005 No Comment

    Mobile PC released a list of The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time and it’s got some fun stuff on it. I’ve owned quite a few of these (even the plain old mechanical ones) or some variation of them at one time or another. It’s a fun list if you like gadget and gizmos….

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    Written By: Gary on February 21, 2005 One Comment

    So there has been complaints of product placement in television shows. It came up a few days ago in a meme question and I’ve seen it mentioned somewhere else since then plus I’ve been thinking about it a bit since Friday. I’m not sure what the problem is? We see product placement in sports all the time, in the background, on the uniforms, sponsorships of the show and who knows what else. I’m not sure what it matters when the hosts are drinking Coca-Cola on American Idol or someone on a fiction show is eating some brand name candy. Someone is going to start drinking Coke because Paula drank it on TV? What about when someone famous is drinking it on an ad? I’m thinking I’m not going to be any more motivated to buy Red Zone deodorant just because I saw Clark Kent with some in his locker on Smallville a few weeks ago. Although the ad stuck in my head (so I guess it worked on some level), but that’s just because they paused on it a bit too long the few times they showed it (it was on a banner at the Smallville High football game too).

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    Written By: Gary on February 21, 2005 One Comment

    So I’m in the hospital today. Mom’s getting some surgery on her shoulder. We had to be here by 6:15 am, did you know it’s still dark out then?!? She’s done already and the Doc said everything went perfect and she’ll be out of recover in a few hours. Yeah!!

    I’m posting this from the hospital via their free WiFi! Actually it’s more likely it’s an accidentally open access point, but I can’t be sure, there’s free coffee and kleenex, why not WiFi?

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    Written By: Gary on February 21, 2005 One Comment

    Tori has a new CD out tomarrow! It’s called The Beekeeper. I’ve only heard one song (Sleeps With Butterflies) but I think I’m going to like it, it reminds me of a few of her older albums.

    She’s also got a new book out called Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. I’ve purchased it but I haven’t read it (today would have been a good day to read it).

    FYI – There is a regular and deluxe edition of the CD, not sure of the difference (I’m assuming a DVD in the bonus version?).

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    Written By: Gary on February 20, 2005 No Comment

    ConstantineSo I enjoyed Constantine . They did a pretty good job of moving the story-line from England to the United States. Great special effects. Keanu did a pretty good job with the character. It hard to put such a complex story and backgound into a movie and still explain it to the general public. I was never a huge Hellblazer fan (the John Constantine comic) but I read it on and off. I do recall reading the “Dangerous Habits” story that they stole a few parts from and recognized a few other characters (even with the changes) from other stories. It’s not a typical Keanu Reeves film and if this kind of movie doesn’t interest you then I’m not going to say go see it (because it’s bizarro) but if it does interest you then go see it.

    Written By: Gary on February 20, 2005 No Comment
    1. Would you say you have a good memory?
    I have a great memory, it’s recalling my memories that’s the problem. I’m serious, sometimes I don’t know what someone is talking about, but once I get it, I recall it with great detail.
    2. Have you ever taken an iq test?
    No (at least I don’t remember it).
    3. Were/are you happy with your grades in school?
    I’ve never been big on grades, there wasn’t enough of a connection between them and knowledge. Most of the classes in a topic I was good in I generally got bad grades (I was bored or distracted).

    From Weekend Wonderings .

    Written By: Gary on February 20, 2005 No Comment
    FQ1: What’s the furthest North you’ve been on this world? What were you doing there?
    Alaska, I went there on vacation when I was 15 (with a bunch of people I didn’t know).
    FQ: What’s the furthest South you’ve been on this world? What were you doing there?
    Costa Rica, I was there on vacation twice and I’m ready to go back again…
    FQ3: Where were you born, and what’s the furthest you’ve been from that spot?
    I was born in Michigan and the farthest away I’ve every been was probably Prague on vacation and it’ll probably be my summer trip this year.
    FQ AWAY: Name a blog you read that’s the most distant from you… whether it be emotionally, culturally, religiously, or by physical location.
    I’d swear that I read one in New Zeland but I can’t figure out which one it is.

    From the Friday Q.

    Written By: Gary on February 19, 2005 One Comment

    Was thinking I’d do a meme or two before bed. I’ll do this one from Four for Friday

    Q1: Which is a bigger waste of time in your life… being stuck in traffic or being placed on hold during telephone calls? Which do you find more annoying?
    Probably being stuck in traffic for two reasons. I’m probably not getting anything done and now I’m probably late… On the phone on hold I can at least get other stuff done (if you want them to answer quick, just start brushing your teeth).

    Q2: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently rejected a petition from a consumer group asking that product placements on TV be clearly labeled as such. The FTC said that the use of products by characters in fictional television shows or contestants on reality TV shows like American Idol or The Apprentice does not constitute an objective claim to the quality of the product being shown on screen. What do you think… have the lines become blurred on this one? Should television shows be barred from using overt product placements, or should they at least be made to disclose these sorts of practices before, during, or after (in the credits) the shows in question?
    Reject away. Sheep People can decide for themselves or choose not to watch.
    Q3: With just about every business under the sun now accepting bank check cards and debit cards, do you find that you carry more, less, or the same amount of cash as you did 5 or 10 years ago?
    I’ve never been a big cash person. I charge just about everything. It really gives me some thought at the end of the month when I can see how much I spent and where… That’s the best way to curb my spending.
    Q4: What’s the last song you downloaded from the Internet? If you’ve never downloaded music, what’s the last CD you bought at a store or received as a gift?
    Technically it’s not a song, but the last thing I downloaded was The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection (The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish, Wolves in the Walls, Cinnamon and Crazy Hair) which I bought from the iTunes store. The last song I bought was probably Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick; I’m sure I’ve downloaded other songs from the itunes store but they’d be the free song of the week so I’m not really counting those.
    Written By: Gary on February 19, 2005 No Comment

    So it’s another nice Saturday in the Detroit area (Dearborn actually). Lots of sunshine and it’s not too cold either. Got the car washed, went to the library, ran a few errands and got and sandwich at Burger King. I’m posting this at the WiFi BK, their WiFi is semi-screwed up again but I managed to get around it get it to work.

    Need to do some organizing around the house but I’ll wait until the sun is shining into that room. Not much of an exciting weekend but it’s nice to relax and get a bit more sleep than usual…

    Written By: Gary on February 17, 2005 No Comment

    Found this at Maison Pants.

    A survey about the songs in your iPod (or just in iTunes).

    How many total songs? 3901 (of 5076 tracks of music, podcasts and audio books and more)

    Sort by Song Title
    First: ? by Nena from 99 Luftballoons
    Last: Zombie by The Cranberries from No Need to Argue

    Sort by Time
    First: The Final Answer Sound from Who Wants to be a Millionaire at 0:02
    Last: God (the dharma kaya-Mix) by Tori Amos at 12:37

    Sort by Album
    First: 3 inch Single by The Go Go’s
    Last: Your Little Secret by Melissa Etheridge

    Sort by Artist
    First: 4 Non Blondes
    Last: Zoe (from an 80’s retro disc)

    Top Ten Most Played Songs
    Wow a bunch of Earthy/Lilith-type stuff (imagine that…)
    Sugarcoated by Aimee Mann
    Adia by Sarah McLachlan
    Answer by Sarah McLachlan
    My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne
    Angel by Sarah McLachlan
    Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
    How Does It Feel by Avril Lavigne
    Nobody’s Home by Avril Lavigne
    Forgotten by Avril Lavigne
    Overdrive by Katy Rose

    Find “sex,” how many songs show up? 18

    Find “death,” how many songs show up? 2

    Find “love,” how many songs show up? 269

    * All links go to the iTunes Music Store.

    Written By: Gary on February 17, 2005 One Comment

    Does anyone use a bluetooth headset with their Macintosh that will let you listen to music and function as a microphone? If so, which model? and how much do you like it?

    To be clear I want this to directly communicate with my Macintosh audio input/outputs without any wires/hookups, just via the bluetooth signal built into my powerbook and the headset.

    Later (Feb 22): So I found a semi-solution at MacDevCenter. They said the audio doesn’t sound great for iTunes but I think it’ll be okay for other stuff. I found this by spotting some search terms on how someone found my post (and did the same search) and found this solution.

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    Written By: Gary on February 17, 2005 No Comment

    SharplcdI’ve been wanting a LCD monitor for my other computer. Hadn’t seen any great deals since I made the decision. Then I saw an awesome price (read below) on this 15“ Sharp LCD TV with built-in TV (antenna or cable) w/CC and RCA video and S-video and a headphone jack and a remote (batteries included) and built-in speakers…

    And did I say it’s got a beautiful picture!?!

    Put one of these and a Mini-Mac and you’ve got a nice little setup for computing and watching DVDs or TV in the den, office, bedroom, etc… It’s just such a nice little package I thought I’d share since they are still offering the deal. This article is where I found it and lists a few coupon codes that gets the price (no rebates necessary) down to $215-$218 (depending on if you are a first time customer or not).

    I’m not sure if I’m actually going to put it on the computer that I bought it for…

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    Written By: Gary on February 16, 2005 No Comment

    So I read The Broker by John Grisham. It starts a little slow (and a little confusing) but really picks up. It’s a lot of chase/run/hide/chase/run, some twists, a little bit of hi-tech (no law) and some spies. During the relocation the learning of a new language is a very interesting sub-plot of the story. Once again I don’t want to give too much away so you get the mini-review. If you like Grisham you’ll like this.

    Okay, so it’s not a very well written review. But you won’t find a more concise review from someone who liked it…

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    Written By: Gary on February 16, 2005 No Comment

    You know how when you really want something and it takes F O R E V E R to get shipped? This isn’t about that. This item (unfortunately) shipped (almost) before I actually ordered it.

    So the last time I ordered something from Apple it was a present for Heather and I had it shipped to her place (FYI, it made good time). So I ordered myself something from there last night. As soon as I hit send I realized it was going to ship to Heather’s place, 90 seconds later I’m on the phone explaining the problem. He says he just submits it to the folks who fix it, it 12 hours I’ll get an e-mail knowing if they did. (Can you see where this story is going?) So at 5 am it ships to the wrong address (of course). I don’t think I’ve every had an Apple product ship so fast for me.

    PS – At 12:47 PM I got an e-mail letting me know they couldn’t change the address… Sigh…

    Written By: Gary on February 15, 2005 No Comment

    It’s a free hour long Louis L’Amour book (at the iTunes Store), it’s called Merrano of the Dry Country. I haven’t even listened to it yet I just wanted you to have a chance at it (before it’s not free any more).


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    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2005 6 Comments

    So I’ve started reading these books Stormbreaker, Point Blank and Skeleton Key.

    Alex Rider, who as all good kid characters happen to be is an orphan, ends up being a junior spy for MI-6 (spy group in London). It’s a kid’s book, so you need a little suspension of disbelief, but it’s really well done. It’s even educational at times (I learned a bit about the breakup of Russia). He even gets some neat spy gizmos to carry around (no guns). The books do build on each other so be sure to read them in order (Stormbreaker is the first). Also to keep in mind is that I think each book has been better than the previous one, so if you only like the first one a little, give the next one a chance. The author’s name is Anthony Horowitz (I just realized I left that out, March 18th, 2005)

    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2005 One Comment

    So you know how Mondays are: it’s the beginning of the week, it’s back to work, it’s raining and it’s cold and there is a board meeting so you have to be at work until 9 at night… So it was that same kind of day. Almost…

    For one thing my presentation (technology update as to what we’ve been up to, what we’re doing and what we will be doing) to the board went very well and I even got a few questions the audience in addition to the questions from the board members.

    Plus I got some other good news that I’ll tell you more about later since I haven’t even mentioned it to friends/family/co-workers yet and a few minor details hammered out still (so I’m going to hold it in for another day or three). But I’m very excited…

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    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2005 No Comment

    That’s the TiVo-lution. Everyone loves TiVo, if you don’t it’s because you haven’t used one yet. I’m telling you, this will change the way you watch television. After 48 hours, Jennifer is now a TiVo-addict. She was excited this morning when she checked to see if it recorded her show in the middle of the night and was going home to see if it taped her other shows for her.

    If you think you want one of these try it. If you don’t like it take it back. TiVo offers a 30 day trial on their web site.

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    Written By: Gary on February 13, 2005 No Comment

    Almost free: From the iTunes music store an 8 song album from UME. That’s less than 12.5 cents a song!


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    Written By: Gary on February 13, 2005 One Comment

    I can’t believe how much stuff I have. A lot of it is old computer/stereo stuff that was a fortune that I can’t bear to part with because (A) it was expensive when I got it or (B) what if someone I know needs a spare part for that model someday (in the far future) or (C) someday I might want a bunch of this stuff for the Gary LaPointe Computer Museum (actually if I ever have my own company or consulting firm the lobby/waiting room will be a computer museum of sorts).

    Needless to say I cleaned/sorted the spare bedroom and storage area (under the stairs) and threw away a lot of stuff. Grabbed a few things to give a away and put a bunch of stuff in the garbage. The storage room is done, the spare bedroom will never be done but at least you can move around in there (and all the holiday stuff is down and in the farthest corner).

    Also this weekend I fixed my car headlight which should have been an easy job (but took forever) and got a friend hooked on the best drug out there, TiVo! She’ll never give it up!!!

    Next weekend will be sorting/cleaning my home office (now that I’ve made room in the other rooms to move that junk to).

    Written By: Gary on February 13, 2005 No Comment

    Here’s another free 16 song album from the Apple Music Store. You must have iTunes installed (the link should launch iTunes and show the free album I know some computers aren’t doing this but if you have iTunes it should, I’ve seen it work on Windows and Mac). A few good songs on it, I had purchased the Toby Lightman on it already.

    Here’s the other 13 song album that I posted last month (again).

    Written By: Gary on February 12, 2005 No Comment

    So I increased my minutes on my cell phone. The intent was to give up my landline and save $$$.

    So I’m having issues giving up my phone number. I’ve considered something like Packet8 (VOIP) Voice Over IP (19.95 a month, only 3% tax, no other fees) for some phone over my high speed internet and while they’ll give me unlimited calls and let me keep my current number it’s kind of a wash dollar-wise after adding the extra minutes to my cell. I guess if it sounds great I could lower my cell plan but I’m just not sure.

    I’d probably be happy with even just switching my phone to a voice mail service or something internet related (like e-fax, at least they used to have voice mail) like that. If I could keep my number somehow just for a little while so I don’t have to lose it if I change my mind.

    Is anyone out there doing something like this? Any suggestions?

    FYI: My phone bill was about $48-$52 a month ($19.95, $2-$4 in long distance and a lot of taxes). So I added more cell minutes for $25 so it’s gotta be cheap or good enough so I can lower the cell minutes. If I added this VOIP service at $20 a month, I’m really only saving about $5 a month, not a reason to sacrifice anything.

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    Written By: Gary on February 10, 2005 4 Comments

    So I was kinda sad when I saw the commercial for the beautiful/sleek m:robe MR-500i (the Olympus MP3/camera). I’ve been raving about my photo iPod and now this thing comes along. But on The Screen Savers they just gave it a pretty bad review (no flash, no shutter button, 20 GB, very slow to download songs, $500). Looks beautiful was pretty much all they had to say that was good about it… And what’s up with the dumb name?

    So I still feel pretty great about my iPod Photo (and isn’t that what really matters?).

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    Written By: Gary on February 8, 2005 24 Comments

    I know I’ve offered before but I’ve got free gmail accounts (1 GB of storage!) from Google. The must be getting ready to open it up to the public since I now have 10 times the amount of invites I’ve had before. So if you’ve been considering it, leave me a comment so that you can get the name of your choice before they’re all gone…

    UPDATE: Late Feb 2005 – I still have lots of invites…

    They’ve got good spam catching and lots of storage and it’s pretty zippy. They’ve also added POP mail and auto forwarding (but I think it still keeps a copy).

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    Written By: Gary on February 5, 2005 2 Comments

    So I was just listening to Today’s Podcast and they were talking about the word cover with Brian from Coverville. The part I’m thinking of is as they were talking they start digressed to talking about visiting states and what counts as a visit. We disscussed this among friends before so I thought this was interesting (Brian wasn’t to visit all 50 by the time he is 40). A layover in an airport doesn’t count, you must leave the airport and do something, he said getting a meal was enough. I liked the meal concept as counting as a visit.

    Here’s a question though — I’ve ridden the train from the State of Washington to Chicago, do I get to count all the states I’ve ridden through? I may have seen a lot through the window, we even got off the train to run and get some munchies (from a store, not the train station), but I probably slept through most of a state at night. The states I saw sure seem like they’d count more than just getting a meal in some other state just to check off your checklist…

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    Written By: Gary on February 5, 2005 No Comment

    I’m out and about running errands (free WiFi at Panera and a lemonade) and it’s gotten sunny out. After the fog weather advisories a few hours ago this is a very welcome change. I’ve been to the doctor (allergy shots), Target (good deals and some normal stuff), Kohls (some awesome clearance items) and the Sprint PCS store (they seem the think that Sprint is still going to release the ultra-geeky Samsung i-550 Palm OS phone!) all before I’m normally even done eating breakfast!

    Later: Plus I got to go to the Apple Store (fyi, they just did a speed bump on the powerbooks) and I got to visit my mom at work and I washed my car…

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    Written By: Gary on February 3, 2005 3 Comments

    So I know I’ve mentioned podcasting before. Listening to podcasts has become a little bit of an obsession for me. The trick is to get the audio files from the Internet and onto your iPod (or other music player). For that you need a podcasting client. The one I use is called iPodderX and it runs on Macintosh OS X. This is probably one of the better clients I’ve seen and it just added the feature I wanted which now makes it the best client I’ve seen.

    IpodderxWhat you do with a client is tell it what feeds (shows) you want to listen to and it gets them for you. It’ll check every few hours pulling down new files for you and put them into a directory and/or itunes for you. iPodderX does all this and more…

    Why is iPodderX the best OS X client?

  • It’ll stick the audio files in custom categories for you (I use this to build my “smart” playlists).
  • It will put them in Custom Folders (or create a folder for each day).
  • It’ll download by keyword (say you listen to the One Minute Tip and you only want tips dealing with PhotoShop you just put that in the keyword field).
  • It’ll let you search the podcast directory right from the program.
  • It’ll convert the files directly to Bookmarkable AAC files (you want this since the iPod is smart enough to use the bookmark to start you up right where you left off, even if you’ve gone and listened to other songs). This is the newest feature that make it the best IMHO.
  • It’ll grab images and put them into iPhoto for you.
  • It’ll also grab movie files (if you like).

    Honestly, I don’t like the way they create the AAC files (the way they have iTunes do it and you can’t adjust settings) but since they do it for me (and I never adjusted the settings) and I don’t have to I can live with it!

    I want a few features to change the audio file ID tags (since many shows don’t use them and it’s hard to find files) with renaming, inserting the date and a few little twists like that and it will be perfect…

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    Written By: Gary on February 3, 2005 No Comment

    So I finally installed MT-Blacklist to help cut down on my comment (and trackback) spam. “Why?” you ask… Because after getting mildly annoyed here and there with the occasional comment spam (and the very rare trackback spam) I got hit with 470 trackback spams in one night! And another 30-40 the next day before I even had a chance to start deleting the others!

    Mt blacklist Let me tell you MT-Blacklist installed like a charm and in less time than it would have taken me to delete 100 spams it took care of all 470. That’s the fastest I’ve ever hit a PayPal donation button!!!

    And to give you a point of reference, I’ve probably never gotten more than forty (maybe only thirty) blog spams total in the last fourteen months.

    My tips for installing it: read the instructions first, then do it step by step. If you hit the place where the instructions split (from congratulations to this is the long path) I don’t know how it will go for you but it was cake for me….

    I only wish it was automated to get more current definitions, it would really help…

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