October 01, 2004
September 30, 2004
July 20, 2004
July 07, 2004
July 02, 2004
Gmail hasn't pleased everyone, however. Many privacy advocates are unhappy with the targeted ads that appear inline with the messages. Some even have set up sites proclaiming how "creepy" gmail is. To each their own, I guess.
To ksra_sra, who gave me the account, I simply say thank you. It took me a while to create the CD full of software I promised at gmailswap, but I mailed it yesterday so it should be there soon. You're globe-hopping right now anyway, as documented in your blog, so hopefully you haven't missed it too much. Loved the balloon animals, by the way.
June 29, 2004
June 24, 2004
June 18, 2004
June 15, 2004
I choose to think that it's option number 1.
For all you Yahoo Mail users, go check out your inbox and see what's up. There may be a big surprise waiting for you.
I just checked my Yahoo account, but the limit hasn't been raised yet. Maybe it goes into effect later today.
June 11, 2004
June 10, 2004
I hear there are new invitations available. Maybe that's what is fueling all this activity.
June 09, 2004
An interesting side note is that Yahoo Mail is looking better and better as I compare it to all the others. Although I predict gmail will still be better overall, Yahoo's combination of a real decent spam filter and support for HTML messages really make it shine. It's actually quite fast too, and when they increase everyone's quota to 100 MB this summer, it will really be a contender. I don't think it will be better than gmail, but maybe these combinations of features will be appealing.
I'm not sure if I can.
I find myself reaching for one to check my calendar. To find a contact. To make a notation to myself. It's frustrating at times and I find myself thinking "just go to the store, pick out a new one and move on". But it's not quite that easy. The one I would want would have to have wireless internet capability (wifi) capability, and they're not cheap. Whereas you can get a basic PDA for $150, I don't want one of those. I just sold 2 devices that were better than that, so why settle?
We'll see in time if I can actually live without one, or if I crack and buy something. Any bets? Leave a comment by clicking the comments link. (Although there may be a notice saying anonymous posts are not allowed, they are in fact fine. Post away.) Any PDA suggestions are fine, too.
You know, just in case I decide to buy. :-)
I also hooked in the older pages (pre Blogger; Feb. 2000 - April 2004) so you'll still be able to access those. I chose a new template using Blogger so the old pages and the newer ones basically match. There are some differences, but not terrible. I feel it's nice to have some clue to the fact that changes have been made to the site design over the years, thus providing some insight that the site is making progress. Look for the older pages on the right hand side under Archives -- Older Archives.
Hopefully you'll enjoy the new look as I do. This site has always been an evolutionary thing for me. A way to test new things out and see what works. Although I will miss hand-coding everything, this will be fun for awhile and offers many advantages, such as the ability for you to leave comments. Although no one has done so yet, I hope to get some feedback in time and build up a nice rapport with whoever reads these pages.
I've also read that Google has decided to open up more invitations and have given each current gmail member 3 more invitations. If true, that's good news for me and makes my odds of getting one better.
June 08, 2004
June 07, 2004
June 03, 2004
I'm thinking about a new Palm Zire, or maybe an HP Ipaq. Two different platforms, choices to make. Sony's out of the market now and I was pretty much set on a Clie. Rumors are that the prices on the Clies will be going down now to clear out the stock, but I'm still not sure. Buying on now just means it's a dead device with no future.
June 01, 2004
Guess I'll keep waiting. Patience has it's place.
May 30, 2004
May 28, 2004
May 27, 2004
"Saturn and Hyundai ranked higher than
Honda for vehicles priced below $23,000."
Check out the rest of the report.
Prediction: Devices of this size and capability are going to make a big impact to geekhead and businesspeople alike. Why buy a Palm or PocketPC device which has a watered-down operating system when you can bring the full Windows OS with you? Go on vacation, go to the coffee shop, whatever. Other device makers are also going in this direction as I mentioned on May 25. What could make this prediction fail? If the makes themselves price these things too high. Ideally they should be in the $500-1000 range, but I predict they'll be higher. Most people won't buy in at that point.
At any rate, this is good news for those of us who like our data to go.
May 26, 2004
So, meanwhile, the [virtual] world waits and waits for the elusive invitation, or the day when the doors open and it's a real party.
May 25, 2004
I want one of these devices; sadly I just know they'll cost at least $1000 and probably more. Sony is preparing to announce one and it's going to go for $2700. Yikes.
Now, however, I read this post that another guy was in the same situation as me, with a dormant Blogger account that he started using, and he actually got the gmail invitation. Right away.
Seething. Anger. Bah.
May 24, 2004
May 23, 2004
May 21, 2004
So, then, the question: why a buyout now? And can PalmOne effectively hold the dealmakers at the door and say "No thanks"?
May 20, 2004
I'm still looking around for a new email service. I may actually have to wait until Google's Gmail is released to the public. After everything I've read, I think that's the service I want to use. I at least want to give it a try. After all, they're giving their users a full terabyte of space now (up from the staggering 1GB which they started out with)but it's still debatable whether that limit will stay. 1GB is more than enough anyway.
I was hoping that since I'm using blogger now, google would offer me the chance to sign up for Gmail. That's what was reported by many blogger users, but so far no window has popped up which offers this. Maybe it will happen later, or maybe I'll just sign up when the floodgates open.
May 19, 2004
Well, here's the story. I'm experimenting with a new format and new content delivering system for the revision bar. Currently, and historically, I have hand-coded the files (which I love, by the way) and manually FTP-ed the files over to the server. However, with the hand coding and manual manipulation of the server came certain restrictions. For instance, I would like to implement a "talkback" system where users, that is--ANY user, with or without permission, could send comments about something I've written and have it posted to the site. That proved harder than I thought, and so I started looking around. Blogger provides that functionality and much more. Check it out:
- The ability to post from any PC via a web browser. No files need to be on the PC your'e sitting at because they're all on the blogger server
- The ability to post from a handheld device (Palm, PocketPC, etc)
- The ability to send an email, with an included blog entry, directly to your site and have it posted.
- The ability to post from a cellular phone. The entries get saved as .MP3 files and your site visitors can listen to your audio posts. There's one on this site right now.
- Automatic archiving of content. After a month, all the content goes from the front page to an archive section to make room for the newer stuff. Automatically. Very cool.
So, the bottom line is I'm trying this format out, and I encourage you to also. If it all works out well, I may switch to using this and have the full Revision Bar run this way instead of just a subset as it is now. For now though, I encourage you to browse the page, check out some of the links, and definitely try the Comments section. It's the one feature I'm the most pumped about, because it could give me good feedback about who's reading this site. If people comment, I can begin to get a feel for who my readers are and what they'd like to see. We can also get that whole community thing going, which I think is essential to a good site.
Enjoy it, and let me know what you think.
The term "revision bar" comes from the publishing world where a horizontal bar ( | ) is put in the left hand margin of a printed page to indicate where revisions, or new information, have been added. With that same philosophy in mind, The Revision Bar points out the new and unique on the web, and sometimes my own point of view and ramblings.
If you want to learn more about me, check out my Blogger Profile. To learn more about this site, simply peruse the archives. While material from 1999-2000 was (sadly) not safeguarded properly, everything from 2001 - present is fully accounted for. Enjoy.
to be able to update my blog remotely?
By the way, here is a post to a cool site:
April 30, 2004
April 01, 2004
A word of warning: never stick your hand in a turbocharger. Not for the weak-stomached.
April Fool's prank? Google to offer 1GB of free email.
And finally, a Candadian judge rules that file swapping, specifically music, isn't unlawful. Ah, those Canadians. Let's see what ripples this has in the US. Especially in light of the fact that a recent study shows that music sharing doesn't hurt CD sales.