August 2004 archive

Pounding streets

They have been resurfacing the street outside my office for the past few weeks … and today they are breaking up the concrete. To do this, they are using one of those huge pneumatic sledge hammer devices … the kind that lift the weight up and then drop it down to break the pavement. Unfortunately, …

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Must visit Lake Wobegon someday

While I usually don’t comment on politics that often, Ginny found an article by Garrison Keillor that we both found absolutely tremendous. How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly …

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Blast from the past

A recent thread on MIDRANGE-L got people talking about some of the old hardware they had worked on. I mentioned the fact that, when I was in school, I used to know how to program an IBM 029 card punch. Ken Shields generously sent me a link to information about the 029 … just in …

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Windows XP Desktop Grid

Note: I found this somewhere on the internet … but I can’t remember where. Sometimes there just isn’t enough room for the all the text underneath those icons. Or, you maybe you are having some kind of overlapping problem. You can fix this by adjusting the space between your icons. There is an invisible grid …

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Internet enabled thermostat

EnGadget has a piece on a cool Internet enabled thermostat. I gotta say … this item is something I would really like to have. I even think I could drop the wire down the wall from our thermostat pretty easily. I wonder how long it will be until you have to use a class B …

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Building a box in Malaysia

I ordered a new laptop from Dell (yeah yeah yeah … I said I wasn’t going to buy another Dell). The estimated ship date for the order is August 27th. The order went from “Order Accepted” to “Boxing” in about 6 hours … and it’s been sitting in Boxing since then. Of course I had …

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Business class is cool!

We’re taking a long weekend trip to San Francisco on some freebie tickets that Ginny got. As an added bonus, we’re taking Steve along for the ride. He gets to finally take us to The Stinking Rose (which he has been singing the praises of for years. To add sugar to the treat … we’re …

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Javascript debugger

adot’s notblog has some information on the Venkman Javascript debugger for Firefox. I just tried this puppy out and … WOW … I wish I knew about this tool years ago. It’s fantastic! Thanks to Mike Wills for pointing it out in the first place.

Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace

This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs (and aggregation sites) are most …

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Windows XP SP2

Well, if you are one of the 5 people in the computer world who doesn’t know yet … Microsoft has released Windows XP Service Pack 2. I’ve downloaded it … but I’m going to hold off on installing it for a while. Probably 2-3 weeks. For some undefinable reason … I just don’t trust MS …

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