December 13, 2005

Christmas Gift idea - Kodak Easy Share Picture Viewer

Got a friend who takes digital photos and would like an easy way to show them off?
Rather than use your laptop, desktop, or (gasp) drain the batteries on your camera itself, check out this handy device from Kodak, the Easy Share picture viewer. You plop in the SD card and can view the photos, independant of your camera or any other device. Pretty neat, and it's heavily discounted at Tiger Direct, reduced from $99 to $29.
Not bad.

New To Do list

Awesome new To Do list recently appeared on the web: Remember the Milk.
Yeah, it's a funny name, but it makes sense. I haven't signed up yet, but am thinking
about it. Managing information is a hot topic right now, from personal information managers to calendars and now to to-do lists, there's new stuff popping up lately.

Be sure to check this one out. It looks promising.

December 02, 2005

September 22, 2005

It's Autumn!

Yeah, I really hate to see Summer go. Summer ending means that the dream is over. What dream am I referring to? The dreams we all had about what we would do with this summer. You see, it starts sometime around May, usually right around Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. We all think "We've made it through the winter. Spring was a mixed bag, but we made it through that too. Now, it's finally warming up for good and summer's here! What kinds of things do I want to plan?"

And that's how it starts. The dreams of summer. Those of us who are lucky get to realize all or most of those dreams. Other people get mired down in their day to day routine and only get fleeting glimpses of their intentions. The dreams of summer can be a mighty powerful temptation, and a cruel mistress.

Summer ending marks an end to all that. An end to the warm weather, or at least the beginning of the end. The days have been getting shorter for a while now already, and it will only get worse.

It means an end to all those dreams. It means that all the cool things you've been doing, such as hanging out with friends, doing things outside, going bicycle riding, swimming, and whoever knows what else, is now...

over.

At least for another 272 days. <grin>

Whatever else it means, I hope you enjoyed it and it was good to you.

Welcome now Autumn 2005. Official as of 6:23 PM today.

September 20, 2005

Chief Justice Duties

I was unsure about what exactly the Chief Justice does, and with all the turmoil and headlines over the Roberts appointment, I thought I should check it out. Courtesy of CNN, here is some information on the responsibilities of the Chief Justice.

September 16, 2005

Yahoo Videogames

A link from My Yahoo today showed me something interesting and new. A new Yahoo Videogames page. Crisp, clean layout, and lots of content. Support for all the console systems and the handheld.

September 11, 2005

A Test Page Built

I recently made some comments that I was unhappy with this site's template that I use from Blogger. I've noticed it's just like everyone else's site now, which, as a web designer, I abhorr. So, I also mentioned that I may create some new site looks and post them here. The first such test page has been built, and you can now take a look at it. Is this the new Revision Bar? I'm not sure. The colors look OK, but I'm just not sure about them. The black background has been the constant thing among all the different looks this site has had, even now it's still a black background. So that part is probably still OK. I'm just not sure about the gray text box. I may play around with the colors a bit, and if I find something I like, I'll post that too. Stay tuned. And do tell me if you like this new page look or not.

September 01, 2005

James Bond thoughts

A real good article on the next James Bond movie, including the search for the next James Bond himself.

August 31, 2005

Web Tool - NVU

Check out NVU, a new web design software, open sourced and made from the Mozilla core. It's free...looks OK from a first glance. I may pick it up and start playing with it. You may see some of my designs posted here in the future.

Free scheduling - EssentialPIM

Just saw this on CNET's download.com. A free calendar/to do list called EssentialPIM. I've always wondered how I'd manage my information without my PalmPilot; maybe this is how.

August 24, 2005

Google's instant messaging application is ready TODAY. Previous thoughts and reports were that it might be next Wednesday. The future is now, it seems. So far no real feature that sets it apart from any other instant messaging app, though.

August 23, 2005

Google Instant Messaging?

A report in the Los Angeles Times states that Google is preparing it's own instant messaging system. While this is a rumor that's been going around for a quite a while, dating back to last year, this one takes it a step further. It says it could be released as early as next Wednsesday.

August 22, 2005

Creating DVD Covers

For those that have a DVD burner of some kind, here's some good news: there's free software called DVD-cover Printmaster that helps create the covers. Simply drag and drop any graphic you want to use and it resizes it automatically for you.

August 21, 2005

Now that's a basic website

Mowing my yard today with my riding lawn mower, I was almost done and I got a flat tire. Somebody suggested Fix a Flat, that product that squirts into the tire and inflates it at the same time. So, I looked them up on the web and found their web site. Smallest site I think I've ever seen. Simple, yes, but really not much information.
Pretty funny actually. "Here's our product. Now buy it." I think that's the message they're sending.

August 15, 2005

US Copyright Office makes bad call

The US Copyright office mentions it's redesigning it's web site. Says it's going to be IE Only, and asks people to respond whether they'd mind that or not. Ummm....yes, we would mind. Add support for Firefox at least, and Opera too, if you're feeling charitable. Designing this for IE only is a mistake.

Jerk Software

It's about time somebody created this.

Beware daylight savings time

President Bush has proposed a change to Daylight Savings Time, a move that could screw up gadgets and other time-keeping devices.

iPod Cravings

OK, so I'll just come out and admit that I want an iPod. I've been thinking about it for quite some time, and
while I do have my trusty Palm Tungsten E to play MP3s on the go, I think it's just not the same as what an iPod
would give me. For one, the form factor is quite a bit smaller. The Tungsten E needs a case and then where do I store it?
If it's fall or winter, it might fit in the pocket, but right now with temperatures in the 90s every day, there are no such luxuries. And forget about putting it in my pants pockets. Without the case, maybe, but with the case, no way.
The iPod however, is much smaller; from the Shuffle which would positively disappear in any pocket to the Mini which, although larger, would likely do the same. Both are better travel companions and smaller than the Palm. Then there's the hardware and software issues. While the Palm is OK in that department using a 5-way naviagation switch on the front and the Real Music player to play the songs, it's by no means on the same level as the iPod. The unique click wheel on the front does it all,and with the shuffle itself there's no screen to mess with. Heck, even the Mini allows better browsing and selection of songs than the Palm.
I remember a few times trying to select the song I wanted on my Palm while driving -- mistake. There's just not enough time to do it while driving; but the iPod makes it so easy I feel like I could use it in the car.

So enough rambling. I want one, not sure when I'll get one. I'm torn between the 1GB Shuffle ($129) and the Mini ($199). I think for the extra $70 the Mini may be the clear winner.
Although there's always this bad boy from Creative, the Zen Vision, another entry into the mp3 wars.

It also seems Microsoft wants a better piece of the mp3 pie, and has started unleashing the lawyers. Fun.

August 05, 2005

Kerouac's "On the Road" Soon to be On the Screen

Francis Ford Coppola is bringing Jack Kerouac's On the Road to the big screen.
I imagine 3+ hours of frantic storytelling, and when you leave the theater you feel like you've just run a marathon. It will feature very good storytelling, much like the book did.

August 03, 2005

Python under Dishwasher

Dude, I would be SO out of there and calling the 1-800 number for the maintenance agreement on this dishwasher.

Fat Man Walking

In a quest to change his life and lose weight, 350 pound Steve Vaught is walking across America. He started on April 10 and his trek will take him from San Diego to New York City.
Check out his progress at his web site, The Fat Man Walking.

AOL's Free Stuff

For all those who see value in AOL's proprietary offerings (i.e. not me), but not willing to pay the price, breathe easy: much of the content will shortly be free. Truth be told, the beta is going on now, so you could consider it free already. As time goes on and this moves out of the beta stage, expect to see more content available. Teenagers of the world, rejoice! No matter what internet service your parents have, you can still pretend you're an AOL user. You can even shout "You've Got Mail" at the monitor.

Software Worth Looking At

A good application for maanaging the mountains of data. Be it pictures, text files, HTML, whatever, Evernote will help you manage it. Check out a description of it in this CNET story and then head over the EverNote site to download and give it a try.

While you're in the process of downloading stuff, check out the new functions of Flickr. Seems like data organization is becoming a new buzzword these days.

And finally, related to photos, comes video, which Flash 8, due to be released next month, looks to take over. I know for sure if Flash starts doing video, I'd rather use that that some other proprietary format.

August 01, 2005

What is Podcasting?

I keep hearing about it, but had only a vague idea of what it was. Here's a nice entry in the WikiPedia site: Podcasting.

July 29, 2005

Bushnell starts uWink

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, most famous for Pong, is starting a new venture: an adult version of Chuck E Cheese, called uWink.

Really, it's not as bad as that sounds.

The concept is to put diners in the restaurant and have them play games, alone if they want, or in ad hoc competitions. Bushnell says that people are social animals and need the interaction with other people, equating the notion of this new restaurant/video game parlor with another successful venture: the martini bar. While it's true you could have a martini at home (and far cheaper) most people go to martini bars to socialize with others, espeically others who share the same interest -- even if the others are strangers.

This notion seems to have some merit. While it's true that people can play video games today on any number of devices in their home, and can even challenge strangers via online play, most of this is anonymous. Bushnell's new venture puts the social aspect back into it, by having the venture involve a night out, and by having you actually able to see the other person you're playing against.

You know, this concept just might work. If there were one near me, I'd try it out.

From Palm to Pocket PC

Nope, I'm not abandoning my Palm Tunsten E yet, nor can I afford either the Lifedrive or the Dell Axim that I might like to replace it with. I did however, just see this article, How to Put Palm data on a Pocket PC and found it pretty informative. At some point I may be due for an upgrade and if the Pocket PC camp lures me away, I'll need to migrate lots of data.


Update: Hmm...I just did some poking around and there is one somewhat inexpensive unit that has everything I want: the Palm Zire 72 Special Edition. Just something to keep in the back of my mind.

Board = Fried

That machine I was working on for my friend Harold turned out to be fried. I did get it to turn on once, but that was it. It shut down at one point, then never turned back on. Tons of debugging, involving disasembling the entire machine and cleaning it, proved fruitless. I even tried plugging the mother board into a separate power supply, and also plugging the hard drive into another computer. Neither worked.

I think it was all the dirt and grime inside the case and on the components, including the motherboard, which was to blame. Here's some hints and a video from CNET which discuss this.
Seems like the dirt inside, if it gets on the case, can actually create a short in the board, and then the board and the whole system short itself out. I'm pretty sure that's what happened.

Also, here's a page detailing a similar computer problem in a machine shop.

July 28, 2005

Computer from hell

So my friend Harold has an automotive shop and his diagnostic PC is having persistent, but intermittent problems. Shutting down for no reason, especially when the table it's on gets bumped. It reboots and sometimes never comes back.

He brought it to me and last night I worked on it. Got it to boot up once, then as a test i knocked the case a little. It immediately shut down and started to reboot.

But it never came back.

Ever.

I worked on it until 1:30 in the morning, removing wires, checking connections, trying to identify the problem and bring the system down to it's least common denominator. In the end, I had everything unplugged except the power supply to the board and I had the CPU and it's fan still installed, and the RAM. This is the minimum configuration, and I should have at least been able to get to the BIOS. No good. It still won't come to life.

So then I took one step further: I removed the board from the case itself, thinking the board was getting shorted out somehow. I put it on a magazine to keep it from sitting on the metal case. Still no good.

I'm running out of tricks. Today I'm looking at it by hooking it up to a different power supply to see if that's the problem.

This thing is a pain in my ass.

July 26, 2005

Shuttle Launch - redux

Watch again as the Space Shuttle prepares and then finally lifts off, all live via the net. Some of the pre-flight checks and commentary you won't see on regular TV.

July 25, 2005

USB Devices: Security Threat

A new report states that USB devices, such as memory sticks and other add on peripherals that seem to be common lately can be a threat to the security of your computer and can leave you open to an attack. The devices load with miminum security restrictions and usually load with administrator priviledges. A new attack discovered allows a specially modified device to launch an attack just as soon as the device is inserted and the Windows PC loads the correct driver for the device.

While I do think this is a credible threat, I'm not too worried. For the most part, this attack needs to be done in person, at the actual computer. When I'm not using my PC, it's in locked state, and if anyone comes up to it and tries tampering with it, they'll get my password screen and nothing else. Inserting a USB memory drive won't change that. Physical security is often the most overlooked, but easiest way of securing your data.

July 24, 2005

Windows XP CD Burning

Yeah, the internet is a great place. You can find answers to those questions and problems that plague you. In today's case, I've been having a problem with my computer for quite some time now. I burn CDs a lot using my CD recorder. As soon as I upgraded to Windows XP, I discovered the new built-in CD Burning wizard. I loved it. It made burning CDs that much easier. Well, after a year or two of using that (hmm...how long has Windows XP been out anyway?) suddenly it stopped working. I haven't had time to really debug it, and plus I could always go back to using Nero, which was still installed and working. I could always create the CD that way.

Tonight though I put in the time to find the fix. Turns out there's a Services category of Windows that I really hadn't played with much (Start / Settings / control panel / Admin tools / Services).
There you can turn various things on and off. Guess what? One of them is the CD Burning ability, marked as IMAPI CD-Burning.
On my system it was turned off, and set to Manual. Damn! Well, at least I know now and can re-enable it.

At the moment, I'm happy.

July 20, 2005

MP3 restrictions

I feel their pain. I've recently become very soured on the online music shops such as WalMart's music service and Real since I've bought music from each store and can't play it the way I want. One one occasion, I wanted to use a song I bought from Wal Mart as part of a digital photo slide show. I couldn't, because it was marked "restricted". I bought an album on Real's music service, and couldn't play it in my car, which Real had said was within the guidelines. Yet, it wouldn't work.

As stated in the story referenced and linked above, the lure of the cheap music found at the online music stores sometimes doesn't work out in your favor. Sure, you've got the music, but can you play it where and when you like? For my part, I've pretty much gone back to physical CDs. Oh yeah, and then I rip them into MP3s and use them as I please.

Dammit.

Zoom the Moon

Check it out and zoom all the way in.

July 19, 2005

Also Funny: AP's Blog

Pretty funny: AP's Blog

Star Wars Props

Star Wars props to be auctioned off. I want the lightsaber.

No, really. I do.

One more

Yeah, I've got a real problem tonight. Reading and blogging, reading and blogging. I'm going to bed after this. Check out this blog too: I'm on the Bandwagon. You know, if you don't have a life or don't like to sleep, the latter of which seem to be my current affliction.

Blog: What I am Thinking

Trolling around and stumbled across this blog, What I am Thinking.

Fantastic Four Review

I know I said I would post a review the night I saw the movie or at least the morning after. Wrong-o. Things sometimes get in the way and then it's almost a week later. Bad bad bad. Here's the review I promised. No fluff, just the facts you need in case you haven't seen it yet.

The movie is basically good. Fans of the comic will definitely want to see it, since it naturally brings their favorite heroes to life. What it also does, and which will irritate fans of the comic (the yin the yang) is that they've messed up the origins just a tad. For one, they've included Victor Von Doom on board the space station (yes, it's a space station now, not a rocket as in the 1960's original story) and he gets clobbered with cosmic rays along with the rest of the FF. In the original comic, Doom was an old classmate of Reed Richard's who had a laboratory accident that terribly scarred his face and became bitter and bent on using his knowledge for evil. Not so in the movie. He's in space with the rest of the crew, and he's the financier to boot, paying for the whole thing.

Another change is the whole Susan Storm thing. She's immediately made out to be Von Doom's love interest, which to my recollection, NEVER happened in the comics. There was a love interest who was also a villain, and it was Namor, the Sub Mariner.
As the movie goes on, it becomes more and more apparent that the love interest was one-sided, with Von Doom having feelings for Sue, but not having those feelings returned. She eventually sides with Reed Richards, the way things were always meant to be.

So, what's good about this movie? Just about everything else. The acting is OK, but not great. Hey, it's a superhero movie. Deal with it. You want oscar-nominated performances, go see Cinderella Man (it's great).

The transformation from Ben Grimm into the Thing is well done. The whole Invisible Woman thing is played tongue in cheek. Perhaps her true power will be more played up in the sequel, as will the stretching ability of Mr. Fantastic. The Human Torch is played very well and gets lots of screen time, being the charismatic, hot head this tends to work well toward lots of good action and tension. A nice touch is the bickering between Ben and Johnny, who certainly had their share of fights over the years in the comics. This is portrayed well here, such as when Ben crumples up and hands Johnny's Porsche to him in a big metal ball. Funny stuff, and taken right from the comics, in spirit if not from an actual story.

Also taken straight from the comics is the conflict in Ben Grimm. He's the only one of the group that was adversely affected by his newfound powers. The rest all kept their normal looks but gained new abilities. He changed completely, both in abilities and appearance. And the movie, as did the comics, spends much of it's time delving into that.

One of the shockers of the movie is when Von Doom himself starts changing. In the comics he creates his suit of armor and mask to hide himself from the outside world because of his scarring. In the movie he slowly changes into Doctor Doom, his skin oozing out a metal substance that slowly becomes his skin due to the cosmic radiation. A small change but one which made the film feel less true, in my opinion.

To sum it up without giving all the plot points away, it was a good use of less than 2 hours of my time, and I walked away feeling pretty good about it. I definitely see room for improvement, but it was nowhere near the slog-fest I thought it would be from reading all the negative reviews. If you're inclined and on the fence about going to see it, my advice is give it a shot. It's not that bad.

July 14, 2005

Burnout Revenge

Story, pictures and the review of the new Playstation 2 racer Burnout Revenge. For those not in the know, this is the fourth installment of this game franchise, shaping up to be one of the best racers ever, albeit with a slightly evil twist: you get points not just for finishing first in the race, but also for the amount of damage you do to your opponents' cars. This newest installment adds better graphics and more obstacles to the roadways. Burnout 3 was the benchmark so far; Burnout Revenenge is looking promising so far.

July 13, 2005

Shuttle Launch Scrubbed

The space shuttle launch has just been scrubbed....a fuel line mechanism was not sending information to the control center, so today's launch was scrubbed (cancelled).

More details on www.nasa.gov.

Oh, by the way, I seem to be the first site to carry this news. I've even beaten the official nasa site, referenced above. Nice!

Watch the shuttle liftoff...live

I'm curently watching the space shuttle preparations...live on the internet.
Under a deal with Yahoo, there is a live streaming feed of everything going on with the space shuttle, in both RealPlayer and Microsoft Media Player formats. It's like being a fly on the wall; you're able to be a witness to all the preparations and see the astronauts getting ready. It's great. And, of course, this then leads directly into the shuttle launch at 3:38 pm today.

Join me and see for yourself.

July 12, 2005

Stonehenge Mystery

Scientists say they've uncovered how Stonehenge was built and where the stones were from. The theory is that the site was constructed by a teenager and 3 children from Wales and they carried the stones (which are HUGE, by the way) 240 miles from the quarry to where they set up the circle of rocks now known as Stonehenge. You know what? This theory doesn't hold up. A teenager and 3 children? Huge bluestone slabs? 240 miles? Nope.

July 09, 2005

Flame On - tonight!

OK, so maybe I'm really getting into this whole blogging thing. When I start blogging on little things like going to see a movie, I know something's happening. Call it what you will, but I'm really starting to dig it.

Tonight I'm to see The Fantastic Four. It was an idea that was presented to me, so I agreed. Do I care about the crappy reviews? Yes, but it's still a night out. I'll just see how it is. Seems appropriate since I posted yesterday about the reviews it's getting. I'll post my own review later tonight or tommorrow morning.

Cheers.

July 08, 2005

Fantastic Four

I just went to the site for the Fantastic Four movie. The movie itself is getting hammered critically, but I did manage to find a pretty awesome picture of the Human Torch.

July 07, 2005

Steelers Fan Last Game

It's important to know how you want to be remembered in this world. This guy knew, and his family made sure his wishes were carried out. Seems a little bizarre to me, but hey, who am I? This was definitely different than your usual wake/funeral.

Update: Another site has this story and the pictures to go with it.

Fish Story

Another picture for today. This will make one heck of a fish story to tell later on. No one will ever believe it.

Picture of the Day

A war protester becomes the picture of the day.

July 06, 2005

What's That Word Mean?

Ever wonder what a specific word or phrase means? Some examples come to mind, such as to "kick the bucket" or putting the "kibosh" on something. Check out this site for the answers.

Hmm...after yesterday's Jurassic Park mystery solved and now this tidbit, maybe I should change the tag line of this site: (loud booming announcer voice) "The Revision Bar - explaining the mysteries of the universe, one blog post at a time".

OK, maybe not.

Summer Reading

Courtesy of Fast Company magazine, What type of books do you read during the summer?


  • Books my friends recommend

  • Fun books to escape reality

  • Interesting books to further myself

  • Business books to develop my career



Stupid

Just plain stupid.

July 05, 2005

Jurassic Park Mystery Solved

There's a scene in Jurassic Park where the security systems go down and let all the dinosaurs out, including the mighty TRex. The park founder's grandchildren try to help out, and the grandaughter boots up the computer and says "this is UNIX...I know this!". And she proceeds to re-enable the security system. To anyone who's ever been a UNIX system administrator, myself included, this didn't look anything like UNIX. As a matter of fact, the filesystem shown didn't bear even a passing resemblance to UNIX, since most of us use the traditional black screen and navigate the file structure that way, using the good old ls -F command. That is to say, NON-graphically.

Well, the mystery can now be solved, as the filesystem shown in the movie has been allegedly identified as belonging to Silicon Graphics.
So, that's one mystery solved. Now if only I can get my hands on that video game shown in The Last Starfighter, I'll be all set. I hear that there is a musical, which is kind of funny in itself.

Google Tips

Now that we're all back and recovering from our July 4 activities, I guess it's back to work. If you use Google to do any of it (and really, who doesn't?) here's a handy page of Google tips and tricks, some of which aren't documented too well if at all on Google's own site. I love having the inside information, especially when it helps me do things faster or easier.
And while you're surfing around, check out this blog: Casual Friday.

June 30, 2005

Gentoo founder joins Microsoft

Free Linux distro Gentoo founder Daniel Robbins has left his post at the company he helped start and has joined up with Microsoft. I can't help but wonder what will now become of this distro, which is currently one of the best.

New Netscape taps Firefox

The new Netscape browser is touting itself as being super secure. Users will be able to check the security of a site by looking at special icons that Netscape uses to mean trusted, unsure, or not secure. One interesting thing is that if a site comes up as not secure, Netscape will launch Firefox, which they say is "less vulnerable".
Hmm...couldn't you just use Firefox to begin with?

June 29, 2005

Expect changes

I've been fiddling with this site for a while now. After a period of non-activity last year and into this year, I recently recommitted to updating. I'm a big fan of the blog activity, both as a way of sharing data and experiences, and also as a way of chronicling what I've seen on the net and any experiences I may have had.

One thing bothers me though. In moving this site to Blogger, it's lost it own unique look and feel. The old site used to have one. I designed it. I loved it. It was functional, cross-browser, and loaded fast. It was done with tables. I've since moved on to the big wild world of cascading style sheets (CSS) and love them too. Much easier to create and update a page than tables. Clean coding. However, I've found that style sheets are interpreted different in different browsers, and that is a royal pain. The page will look fine in IE, but not in Firefox, for instance. So then I moved the site to Blogger and adopted one of their templates. At first it was fine; I was happy just to get everything working and able to post. Blogger has a lot of nice advantages, such as automatic archiving and the ability for readers to post comments. These are features that would be extremely hard for me to code into the site on my own. So, it's great that Blogger provides it and it makes Blogger the tool I'd like to use to update the site. However, I've become less enamored lately of the template. I've seen many other Blogger sites that use the same template, and you know, that's not great. You never want to see a site that looks the same as yours. Individuality and all that, you know? Plus, when you actually know HTML and CSS, there's no reason for it. So, my big push now is to a) come up with a newer design for this site, something fresh and great, and b) get that site to work with the specific tags used by Blogger. That way the comments feature remains intact.

I'll keep you posted as this progresses. No doubt you'll see the changes when I push them live. Stay tuned.

June 28, 2005

Looking around for a decent FTP program, I came across this free one, SmartFTP. It's got a good CNET rating and the user reviews are good too. Check it out if you need it.

Yahoo Mail upgrade

To up the ante, and also stay competitive with gmail, Yahoo is planning a series of upgrades to it's free email service. Drag and drop filing of messages into folders, a preview message pane and right-click context menus are all planned, and about time. The interface, although still quite usable, has remained largely unchanged since 1997. Let's just hope they don't take a good thing and ruin it.

Lucas Opens New Facility

George Lucas opens up a new moviemaking facility in San Francisco, probably for all the extra creative input he'll need to do the sequel to Howard the Duck.

Check out some pictures of the site here.

June 21, 2005

Internet Explorer seeks to become more secure. Microsoft has bought up a leading spyware-busting program and rebranded it under their own name. If this makes IE a better browser, so much the better. It would still be hard to beat Firefox though.

Some good insight on what makes a successful blog. For now, I've turned my back on Blogger (-sniff-, wipes away tear) opting for full control via an editor and manual FTP. However, Blogger does offer most of the things mentioned in this article, such as user comments and RSS feeds. As Yoda would say, "consider this carefully, you must". Indeed, I will.

More advice on successful blogging in the articles How to Write a Famous Blog and How to Start a Blog.

June 15, 2005

Goodbye VHS (about time)

Wal-Mart and Target will shortly stop offering most of its movies on VHS. Circuit City leads the pack, having made this break 3 years ago.

June 10, 2005

Home Theater

Check out this theater system.
Imagine seeing Revenge of the Sith on that baby.

June 09, 2005

And so it begins again

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends....it just kinda putters out every now and then. It's been a long time, but it's definitely time to get back into this. Thanks for hanging in there, or just for coming back today and reading this. Truthfully, I missed it. There's been so much good stuff happening in between the last post and now --- the end of the Presidential race, the whole Michael Jackson thing heating up, Martha Stewart getting out of prison, and then, of course, Star Wars Episode III. Good stuff to blog about, all of it. With that in mind, I'm going to jump us back into the thick of things and just start posting.

Interesting/Odd: Man with chain saw let into the United States. Full story + picture. This dude is really freaky looking. Apparently there was a chain saw and a hatchet in the trunk of his car and they were covered in blood. Yep, c'mon in to the US. Welcome. Bah.

June 07, 2005

Disposable Video Cameras

CVS Pharmacy is going to start selling disposable video cameras -- $29.99. What will they think of next?

February 11, 2005

Past Articles

Months missing from this list isn't an oversight but merely a reflection that there is no content for those months.

2008

November | October | September | July | June | May | February | January

2007

December | November | September | April | March | February | January

2006

December | November | October | September | August | July | June | March | February

2005

December | September | August | July | June

2004

October | September | July | June | May (& more here) | April | March | February | January

2003

December | November | October | September | August | June | April | March | February

2002

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2001

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