October 01, 2004

new post

Blogger has been a real pain in my ass lately. I haven't been able to post using it for weeks, so guess what? I haven't posted anything for weeks. OK, months actually. The whole summmer perhaps. Let's see if I push the button whether this will make it to the 'net.

September 30, 2004

New DVD format?

Researchers have dicovered a way to cram 100 times the data of a current DVD onto a new DVD format. The new format allows up to 1 terabyte. Soon you're whole DVD movie collection may consist of one physical DVD.

July 20, 2004

Superman news

Check out this letter from the Xmen's Wolverine to Superman. Seems somebody's lost their favorite director.

July 07, 2004

Thank God for Home Depot

As if having everything you'd ever need for maintaining your home isn't enough, now they're offering this. Now that's service..and the smile.

July 02, 2004

Some Gmail tidbits

I haven't posted about Gmail much since getting it from ksra_sra at gmailswap. I guess I've had it a little less than a month now and it's just fantastic. I've totally dumped my old email account, despite it being a POP3 compliant and being able to download messages and read them offline. The heck with that, I now say, since I got so much spam that what I was actually downloading most of the time were viruses. So, now I use gmail and go through the web and it's fast. Real fast. It's so fast I hardly notice any difference in speed between using it and Eudora. Now that's cool. And with 1GB the storage is, for the most part, unlimited. Or at least I'll never have to worry about reaching my limit for say, the next 6-10 years or more.

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

Cell phones safe for men

Men, feel free to use your cell phones. Your sperm count will be fine.

Ken gets dumped

Barbie has dumped Ken, her longtime boyfriend, for an Australian surfer dude named Blaine. Breakups are so hard. I just hope she's happy.

June 24, 2004

Jamestown surgery

A new find at the historic Jamestown settlement in Virginia shows that they had surgeons and apparently performed surgery to relieve pain. One such skeleton which appears to have holes drilled in him to relieve pain has been found.

Hotmail says 'me too'

Hotmail is now saying it's going to up the limit for it's users, at least the paying ones. Gee, all this innovation and new features. Maybe we could have all used this years ago? Slackers.

June 18, 2004

Teleportation...possibly

Scientists have successfully broken down the quantum state, the state that describes the properties of matter, of one atom and transported it to another. In theory, this could mean that teleportation could be possible.

Medieval Fun

Went on a trip yesterday to the Lyndhurst, NJ location of Medieval Times. What a trip. Lots of swordplay, horses and fighting, and treachery. All in all a great show and well worth the price of admission. Remember there's no knives and forks (eat with your hands heathens) and do yourself a favor by visiting the optional dungeon exhibit. Lots of good old fashioned torture devices for your viewing pleasure.

June 15, 2004

Very interesting

I just checked another of my Yahoo accounts, interestingly enough not to see if the space limit had been put it into effect, but to actually check my inbox. To my surprise, I now have 100 MB and a newer interface. Awesome. However, for some reason, my other Yahoo account, which is much older (opened somewhere around 1997), has NOT gotten the space increase yet. My guess is that either 1) they hate me and want my account to remain grandfathered in at a smaller MB limit or 2)that they're gradually making the change to all the accounts and just haven't gotten to my other account yet.

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.

Yahoo ups the ante

Looks like Yahoo's upping the ante for it's free email service today. Subscribers will get 100 MB, and Yahoo says it's going to clean up the interface, which has long been derided as cluttered with advertising. This is Yahoo's attempt to thwart Google's gmail, or at least keep the subscribers it has.

I just checked my Yahoo account, but the limit hasn't been raised yet. Maybe it goes into effect later today.

June 11, 2004

Mission accomplished

Oh, Yeah, I'm on Gmail now baby! Haven't had hardly any time to play with it yet, but I'm in there. Now comes the hard work of switching all my differnet subscriptions so they point to my new gmail account. Then we'll see how well it holds up under some stress. You know the best part? I actually got the username I wanted. No funky numbers or anything that's hard to remember. I'm lovin' it. And a big thanks to "ksrasra" who gave it to me at gmailswap. She'll be posting soon to this site, but for now you can check out her existing blogs here and here.

Might I be getting gmail?

I took another shot at getting gmail today. This time I actually thought up something good I could offer at gmailswap.com. Previously I didn't know what I would put up for grabs. Check out what I offered here. Within 10 mintutes, I had someone say "I'll take that offer". If it all comes to pass I'll have a gmail account, and we may have a new contributor with their very own column here on The Revision Bar. Things may get quite interesting around here. I like change!

June 10, 2004

gmail on ebay

Just for kicks I looked up gmail auctions on Ebay. Amazing. Some people selling it outright for $100. There are reports of one guy last night selling one for $2000. Looks like business is still booming.

I hear there are new invitations available. Maybe that's what is fueling all this activity.

Atlantis found?

The BBC has a story claiming Atlantis has been found. Photos included.

June 09, 2004

154 now

Hmm... over at The Giving Tree, I'm now number 154 in line to get a gmail invitation. Strange...when I signed up I was number 153. No line cutting!

Email notes - spymac

In my quest for a better email provider, I decided yesterday to try spymac. What a waste. I had read on forums that the service wasn't great, was slow, etc, but you never know what ax these people have to grind when they make such comments. So, I signed up. Pretty much a mistake. What I'm left with now is an account that I'll probably never use and will hopefully get deleted after a period of inactivity. It's just that the service is slow, and the interface is pretty bare bones and not attractive to use at all. It doesn't seem to support much, if any, HTML mail, and you certainly can't compose an HTML mail. It's just painful to use. So I won't.

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.

Handheld status

A few days ago I mentioned that I've sold my handheld devices and am currently deviceless. The experience has been interesting to say the least. While I am a believer in the power of these devices to store data, and also that they can be much easier and faster to use than powering up your laptop to check your calendar, that convenience has come at a price. Both financial and figurative. The devices are expensive, and are seen as geek tools. Neither of which I like, and both of which I'd like to avoid. So, I ditched my old devices and decided to see if I could go it alone. No devices.

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. :-)

Note the new format

Yesterday I migrated the main Revision Bar page over to the new Blogger template. After using Blogger for about a month, and figuring out how it works and what the benefits were, I decided to take the plunge. It's definitely a network-centric approach to doing things. I can edit this site using any computer, and that's a good thing. Posting couldn't be easier, either. I find that all in all, I post more often simply due to the simplicity afforded me by the Blogger methodolgy.

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.

Enjoy.

The giving tree

While continuing my search for gmail, I found a new site called The Giving Tree. It's a site where people who want gmail can put their name on the list. People who are current gmail users can see your name on the list and send you your invite. The stipulation is that once you're a registered member and get invites of your own to pass out, you'll come back to The Giving Tree to pass them out. Thus, everybody wins. I put my name on the list and was told there are 153 people ahead of me. Not too bad actually. I've been waiting weeks already, what's a few more days or so?

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

Supersize Me

The independant movie Supersize Me is making a big splash at the box office already, and it's only been released to a small number of theaters. Some of us (ahem, ahem) have been saying for years that fast food places like McDonalds are bad for your health.

June 03, 2004

gmail gmail gmail

Enough ranting? I still want gmail. Apparently nothing can bring me closer to this goal. I'm stuck waiting it out for the entire summer. It's too bad, because I could really use it to consolidate all my different accounts. It would be big enough that I could hopefully go down to just one. Patience, patience, patience.

What to do if you're caught in a tornado

Look out Dorothy. This is Kansas, and it's Tornado town. This woman apparently thought the correct thing to do was to go to the bathroom. She was right.

Handhelds no more

I'm currently palmpilot-less. I've sold all my recent goodies on Ebay. Stuff that was either outdated or infuriating. My Palm Tungsten T, my Audiovox Maestro. With both these devices gone, I now have no more handheld to help organize my life.

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

Sony to exit handheld space

Looks like I won't be buying a Sony Clie handheld in the future.

Still no gmail luck

Just an FYI, still looking to get into gmail. And still no luck. Seems invitations are very hard to come by, which may explain why Ebay's been so busy lately. I'm tempted to go to spymac, which also offers 1GB of storage, but I really like the indexing method that gmail uses, where you don't use folders, you assign labels.

Guess I'll keep waiting. Patience has it's place.

check out yafro

Yafro, a site where people can spontaneously post pictures of themselves and other things that catch their interest. Pictures taken while out and about with cell phones are popular on this site, as are nude or provocative pictures, for some reason. If you're into exhibitionism, check it out or start posting.

May 30, 2004

Playstation portable gathering steam

It's not even available yet, and won't be in the US until next year, but fans of the Playstation portable are already eagerly anticipating it's release.

More OQO news

More news on the tiny Windows XP handheld, the OQO, as it signals it's upcoming release by moving into it's beta test stage.

Beware the hen

Yeah, it doesn't get much better than this. A Saturday night, you're alone, so you strike up a conversation with the hen at the end of the bar. What happens next is just plain weird.

May 28, 2004

Speculation on final fate of Harry Potter

Speculation from the actor who plays him that Harry may die in the seventh book. Considering the book hasn't even been written, take this as highly speculative.

Bad Gas

As if the rising gas prices weren't enough, especially in light of the busy summer travel season starting to gear up, some of the gas may actually gum up your car's fuel gauge and damage your car. We pay a premium for this?

Check gas prices online

Sites that allow you to check the gas prices in the town you live in and save money at the pump. Even better, you can participate by becoming a "reporter" and posting the prices you see while driving around.

Some notes on blogging

Is blogging addictive? Does it take over your life?

May 27, 2004

The best new cars

Yikes! Here's an excerpt from the Total Quality survey of new cars in which owners are asked to comment on their new cars after the first 90 days of ownership:


"Saturn and Hyundai ranked higher than
Honda for vehicles priced below $23,000."



Check out the rest of the report.

Big screen Daisy Duke

Apparently there's going to be a theatrical version of the Dukes of Hazzard (that alone is news to me) and Jessica Simpson is in the lead to play Daisy Duke. Other contenders include Brittany Spears.

I admit it. I was wrong

So, I was wrong. I admit it. On last night's season-ending episode of 24, neither Michelle nor Tony died. Jack didn't die either, but he did cry, and Saunders took a couple bullets into the chest from a gun which really couldn't possibly have been available.

Today's gmailswap item of interest

While waiting for gmail to become available, I've been monitoring all kinds of sites, most notably gmailswap.com. Here's an item that someone wants to swap in trade for a gmail invitation. I say it's creative and appealing -- someone should give this guy one.

OQO starts to be noticed

The OQO, the small device that might look like a small Sharp Wizard or a PalmPilot with a keyboard, is starting to make a splash in the electronics world. As I wrote about earlier this month (May 12), the OQO is a device which fits in your pocket but runs full-on Windows XP.

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

Catalog your movies

Check out this freeware program for organizing your movie collection.

And what did you expect?

You hire a clown named Spanky the clown and you're just ripe to be taken for a ride.

The whole world wants an invite

People still looking for gmail invites. www.gmailswap.com is nice but offers not much help since it's deluged by people asking for invites. Google's own blog doesn't give any insight at all (and I would think this would be prime material for a blog). A site in the UK which hosts discussions on all things Google is saying that Blogger users are getting a new round of invites. No confirmation though. And they do point out the vast number of people signing up for Blogger and then creating empty blogs -- not too attractive real estate for our internet neighborhood.

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

Flipped for Flipstart

A device that fits in your pocket, runs full Windows XP, can attach to a full-size display/projector and handle all your calendar, web surfing, MP3 playlists? They call it the Flipstart, from a company called Vulcan. It's founder? A guy called Paul Allen. Remember him? He co-founded a little company called Microsoft.

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.

Four Bad Men

Just a random blog reading flyby has yielded something really funny. Check it out at: Four Bad Men - A Manjournal.

Post a sex diary, lose your job

Capitol Hill Style - a young staffer posts to her weblog the affairs of her sex life, plus her thoughts about the Senators she works with and loses her job--"unacceptable use of Senate Computers". Check out the Washington Post article on this, plus some more info here. And then, when you're ready, you can read a saved copy of her weblog.

Email user IDs

When signing up for an email service, be careful which userID you choose -- your career may be affected by it.
[side note]
Wow, this blog has turned into a post full of email subject matter. I'll stop it soon, promise.
[/side note]

Final Show of '24' Tonight

OK, fans -- the final episode of 24 season 3 is tonight. Personally I think either Tony or Michelle will die. Call it a hunch; we'll see if it proves correct.

Curses! Foiled Again!

OK, so now I'm really getting upset. I really want to get my hands on Google's gmail. I had read that the users of Blogger were getting first dibs as part of the beta testing (blogger being owned by Google -- makes sense). So, I had a Blogger account that rarely got used, and I started using it, hoping to get the elusive and much sought after invitation. No go. So, I figured (and read someplace else) that it must be for the very active Blogger users who post often. So I was bummed, but at least I thought I had the answer. I continue to use Blogger in the hopes that sometime soon I'll achieve a significant number of posts to warrant an invitation and also because the service is pretty cool and I'm considering this time my own "blogger beta testing".

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.

Chloe Fan Club

The character of Chloe on 24 is one which you either love or hate. Most people hate her. She's in your face, a bit bitchy and generally unlikable. However, there is a group of people that apparently think she's hot. Check it out.

May 24, 2004

Gmail. Summer. Darn.

Well, after much searching through the internet, I've come up with a timeline on when Google's Gmail might be available to the public. You know by this point, after all the posts I've made and the interest I've taken in it, that I'd like to get an account. My revisionbar.com account isn't that great of a client, and although it does support POP3, downloading messages directly to my PC has introduced viruses more than once. So, it seems as if a webmail solution is my best bet, at least until the spam situation dies down (if ever). Enter Gmail, from Google. I'd love to get it, but so far I've only found 2 references as to when it might be available to the whole world. 90 days from it's invitation-only start (that would put it at the end of June) and an article that states "late summer" (-->go to article) This makes me unhappy. I really don't want to wait that long. [sigh].

'24' Says Goodbye to Some Characters

So, it looks like some of the cast of 24 won't be back next season. No mention of Chloe though. I'd love to see her get the ax.

May 23, 2004

Kidney for Gmail?

So, would you give up a kidney for a Gmail account? I didn't think so. Check out gmail swap for this and other oddities.

Palm wins Grafitti case

A Sunday posting, no less. Aren't you all special. Actually, I'm just doodling around on the net and ran across this so figured I'd post it. Palm has won their case against Xerox, who claimed they stole the PalmPilot handwriting recognition system, Grafitti, from them. I believe this was an appeals case, so it will be interesting to see what happens next. The score is now 1-1.

May 21, 2004

Dell to acquire PalmOne?

Rumors are swirling about Dell possibly wanting to acquire PalmOne, the arm of Palm that makes the hardware devices. While Palm's (and PalmOne's) future has been in question for some time as a result of lackluster sales and devices that were bourgeois at best, those times had appeared to be over. The reviews of the entire Tungsten line, along with the record-setting sales of it's Zire line, have been key elements in PalmOne's recovery. In effect, most fans had thought the worst had passed.

So, then, the question: why a buyout now? And can PalmOne effectively hold the dealmakers at the door and say "No thanks"?

More video game news

An interesting article from Fortune magazine on the new Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS.

LCD shortage threatens gaming handhelds

Sources now say that a parts shortage may diminish supply of the newly unvelied Sony playstation portable (PSP) and the Nintendo DS. Damn..I'm actually looking forwarding to getting one of these. Crank up the production!

May 20, 2004

Auctioning off a Gmail account

Well, Gmail fever has struck. People want to get their hands on 1GB of email storage space so bad that at least one person who has an inivitation from Google to sign up has decided to auction it off. Going price as of this writing is $16. Gotta love capitalism. According to the auctioner, it will make you popular with the women. A bit of a stretch, don't you think?

Did Torvalds really invent linux?

A new report coming out soon argues whether or not Linus Torvalds really invented Linux. According to the report, he was strongly influenced by another operating system, Minix, created by Andrew Tanenbaum at Vrije University in Amsterdam. The report argues whether or not Torvalds, a student, could have actually come up with linux himself in such a short time.

More Email Thoughts

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

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So What's this All About?

Lots of you may be wondering what this is all about. A whole new format, audio links...what is up?
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.


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About Us

The Revision Bar is my personal weblog, which originated in its most basic concept as email messages sent between myself and friends, circa 1996-1998. The emails were always pointing out new, cool stories, pictures, or videos on the Internet. These emails became so frequent I decided it would be easier, and more central, to start up a web site and just post everything there. Thus, in 1999, the Revision Bar was born.

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.

test post

This is a test post from my email account. How cool would it be
to be able to update my blog remotely?
By the way, here is a post to a cool site:


http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-05-12-mexico-ufos_x.htm



April 30, 2004

Britney Spears, Bond Girl?

Not a lot of time to write today, but I've got to get back into the habit. The slowdown was due to a 2 week trip to Florida earlier this month. After that it was just plain business and laziness. Here's some links to get us all moving again:

April 01, 2004

Top 100 April Fool's Pranks

Happy April Fool's Day. Be sure to check out the top 100 April Fool's pranks of all time and click here for more info on this tradition. Also check out this google list for the day.
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.