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?