February 2004 Archives

February 1, 2004

Fire .32i Fixes Yahoo! Connection Problems

Fire continues to be my favorite multi-IM app for OS X. Friends have suggested other such apps, but I keep coming back to Fire. This latest version fixes the connection problems with YIM! Fire gets updated more often then the others I have found. If you use AIM and ICQ in OS X, my one question for you: Why open multiple IM clients? Yet, people still do it. ... and we continue to dig.

10 percent off iPods this weekend at the Apple Store

The online Apple Store features a 10 percent off sale on all 15, 20 and 40GB iPod models and select accessories, this weekend only. The deal is also available at Apple Store retail locations. Through February 1, 2004, users who purchase a 15, 20 or 40GB iPod can save 10 percent instantly. iPods that you'd like to personalize with engravings are also eligible for the discount. What's more, you can get deals on accessories for your iPod from Apple and third-party manufacturers, including in-ear headphones, car cassette adapters, FM transmitters, remotes, speakers and more. Source: MacCentral This is a great way for Apple to kick off the Apple/Pepsi 100 million free songs deal. Drink your Pepsi!

Ecto is evolution done right (Updated)

I added my quibbles with this initial release of Ecto. Ecto is what Kung-Log used to be. And it is no longer in beta testing! Ecto has gone through a great private and public beta, progressing every step in the way. Not only that, but there are some great changes that just appeared here in the final release. I really liked Kung-Log, and Ecto is a huge upgrade. I love the new UI of ecto! Take a look at other screen shots at the Kula site. I still prefer ecto over NetNewsWire (NNW) and it is because of the UI. Ecto has one tabbed interface for all the main fields: body, extended body, summery, and keywords. With NNW you have to click a "More Options" button to get to more then the main body. In the beginning NNW did not have a customizable HTML menu, it does now. But in ecto you can assign keyboard shortcuts (such a nice feature). The biggest interface change in ecto is the Entries and Drafts window. In Kung-Log this was handled in a shelf, now it is a full window, allowing you to sort, search and even delete entries (as well as delete them off of the server). HTML syntax coloring has been redone completely. In Kung-Log there was only the choice to have all the HTML code in one color, now you can define colors for the tags, attributes, and brackets. This is great if you are used to using Dreamweaver and BBEdit as much as I am. There is now a robust Account Setup window, with an account setup "wizard" that is loads better then how it was handled in Kung-Log. The preview window is also grown up. It has its own toolbar and uses WebKit (Safari) to render the page. You can even set it to load the CSS from the blog, and make the font bigger or smaller - great for late night blogging! Check out the ecto site to see all the new features, and download a time limited demo. It is rare that an application goes through this much change between releases, and it is just wonderful when it happens. I do have some small complaints. Nothing is perfect after all. I have emailed the developer, Adriaan though, and these things will be changed in the next version, or are things that are being considered for a future version. In Kung-Log and in the Ecto betas the blog selecting was done with a drop down menu, so it was clear as to what blog you have selected. In the Ecto final it is now a button in the toolbar, and you get a submenu to select the active blog. I like this better, but now there is no way to know what blog is the active one. Sure you could look at the categories, but what if you are posting to the same blog from multiple users. It no longer says anywhere in the UI what the active blog is. Ecto 1.0.1 will have current account and blog name in the title bar. Another thing that was changed right before the final release was the status for "publish" and "draft" in the Entries and Drafts window. It was just text before, but now there are status is denoted by icons. I don't think the black and white icons are different enough, and I suggested different colors, such as green and red, or green and orange. I hope this is considered. Those two things are small potatoes though. My largest beef with the app is selecting a primary, and then secondary categories. This is not as important on my site, but it is very important what posting to BlogCritics. There is no way to select a primary category, and the secondary category(s). No outright way, that is. I found out how the primary category is set, and that Adriaan is looking for a better way to handle setting the primary category. To set the primary category: From the checked categories, make the primary category the selected category (i.e. select that row). Thanks for that info Adriaan! It sure is annoying to have to switch primary and secondary categories in the MT admin, and now I know. I hope a better solution is implemented soon. Another thing I wished for in the final was to see the keyboard shortcuts in the HTML button in the toolbar. You can see the user configurable keyboard shortcuts in the Edit > Insert HTML menu, but this is not where I go to insert HTML, I use the toolbar button. These keyboard shortcuts were in the Kung-Log HTML toolbar button, but they are gone in Ecto. This is something else Adriaan says he is looking into a better way. He says: "there's a bug in Panther/Jaguar that won't apply menu formatting to keyboard shortcuts. So, if I'd add a shortcut to the popup menu, it would be in 12 pt, whereas the menu item title is in 10pt. Crazy." For now you will just have to memorize your keyboard shortcuts for now, or use the Insert HTML menu. Regardless of these small issues, don't think I don't love this app. I just had another idea. On the Advanced tab you can change the creation date. I wish there was a "Now" button there to set the time to now (current time). This would be great when I want to update a post and want it to show up at the top of the page. Since I donated in the past, I got 25% off the price, $4. I don't think the $17.95 price is bad, but I would have been more inclined to buy at $13.95, (which was what I payed because of my previous donation) but thats just me. However after using this app for so long, it is worth the $18 fee. I recommend this over NNW, mainly because of the user interface changes. Of course the price of NNW is also an issue, $40. I just use the free NNW Lite, and ecto to post to blogs. Be sure to read the comments on this post over at BlogCritics.

Remember Columbia

Today is the one year anniversary of the Columbia disaster. Do you remember where you were? NASA has a web site for the Columbia mission, be sure to check it out!

February 2, 2004

Super Bowl XXXVIII; Commercials

Dan might not watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but I do. The game this year was one of the best Super Bowl that I can remember though. The half time show was more memorable then others too (for the wrong reasons)! I just saw on Sports Center that CBS has apologized for ending the half time show early because of Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson's breast-baring stunt. Needless to say, it was a big Super Bowl half time show this year. But what can you expect from MTV, who produced the half time show. Other then "the wardrobe malfunction," it did not come close to when Aerosmith took the stage. The opening of the night with the tribute to the Columbia mission was great, as was the National Anthem by Beyonce. Do you wonder how the game would have gone if the second half did not take 35 or so minutes to start? The game went from being very slow to being very fun at the very end of the first quarter. Then after the half time show it was back to being sluggish for a while before the game picked up again. John Fox really made some bad decisions when he went for two points. The first one he tried was not needed, the second he really needed and could not convert. The Panthers would have been up by 2 points which at the time could have changed the pace of the game. It was great to see the game go down to the end of the 4th quarter though. And for the record, I was rooting for the Pats and Brady for MVP. Now on to the commercials. That Gillette "Angel by Your Side" commercial won the award for dumbest this year, IMO. I have a problem with the Apple/Pepsi commercial. Yes, it was good. But it had no Apple logo. Just the URL iTunes.com. There is something to be said about brand recognition, and as you are well aware, Apple's brand is one of the most recognizable in the world. It is pretty clear that Apple had little or nothing to do with this commercial. At least it had an iMac, that is recognizable. Pepsi's other commercials were great, I think their best was the Jimi Hendrix commercial. The "Shards 'O Glass" bit was the best of the 'Activism" spots this year, and tied for my favorite this year. My other favorite was the IBM spot with Ali, partially because I really like the Linux 'Open' campaign. But when you add Muhammad Ali, wow, what a great ad for IBM. This year was sure the year of the funny super bowl commercials. Even the serious commercials had a sense of humor this year, such as the Willie Nelson doll from H&R Block. The blatent nod to Alien (FedEx) was a great laugh but I laughed the most at the Jimi Hendrix Pepsi commercial.

Buy a PlayStation 3

Not only that, a black market PS3 from Japan, and bidding only starts at $800! Hurry up though, there are only 2 days left to bid on it. I can't see this being online soon, I am sure eBay will pull it.

DRUDGE REPORT: Janet Jackson at Super Bowl

"Top CBS executives approved a musical skit where Janet Jackson would expose her breast during the MTV-produced Super Bowl half-time concert, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned."

OWASP Top Ten Security Flaws 2004

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has published their list for 2004 security threats. You can download the PDF from their site.

CBS Censors Ads

During this year's Super Bowl, you'll see ads sponsored by beer companies, tobacco companies, and the Bush White House. But you won't see the winning ad in MoveOn.org Voter Fund's Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest. CBS refuses to air it. This is not a partisan issue. It's critical that our media institutions be fair and open to all speakers. CBS is setting a dangerous precedent, and unless we speak up, the pattern may continue. Watch the ad and join the call for CBS to air ads which address issues of public importance today. Source: MoveOn.org I am not surprised at all, because this IS a partisan issue. HELLO PEOPLE! My favorite was "Child's Play" though, very well done!

Chairman Bill's 'magic spam cure' - a revenue opportunity?

Spam is a modern tragedy of the commons: as few as two hundred spammers pollute inboxes of hundreds of millions of Internet users, and will fairly soon account for half of all email volume. Fixing spam is simple if we permit ourselves to make slight changes to the Internet protocols. These protocols are supposed to be our servants, not our masters, but the technical community refuses to support a consensus to allow the tweaks that could cure not only spam, but worms too.* A simple modification to the SMTP protocol is now supported even by the author of the protocol herself. Source: The Register This one is right up there with "Windows is more secure because of all the virus attacks" speech.

Free DVD Backup

TSS is such a great show. Today they showed how to make free DVD backups the easy way. And if you want to do it on the Mac, there is an app called DVDBackup.

(Still) No relief from Microsoft phishing bug

The bug, publicly detailed on December 9th by "Zap the Dingbat," is an easily exploited flaw in the way Internet Explorer displays URLs in the address bar: it turns out the browser is incapable of displaying the special character "%01," or anything following it, in a Web address. Source: SecurityFocus

How to avoid the phishing bug

Technology analyst Bill Thompson is getting used to e-mails which alert him to problems with his online accounts - and he knows to ignore them. Source: BBC News My question is: Why don't more people realize that this crap is all bogus?

Microsoft leaks details on Xbox Next

Three IBM-designed 64-bit microprocessors. The combined power of these chips means the Xbox Next will have more computing power than most personal computers. Earlier versions of these PowerPC chips are used in Apple Computer's high-end G5 PowerMac machines now. A graphics chip designed by ATI Technologies with speeds much faster than its upcoming R400 chip for the personal computer. This chip will help the next Xbox to display games with the resolution of high-definition TV. Compatibility with the original Xbox, which is based on Intel and Nvidia chips, isn't guaranteed. Microsoft is concerned it would cost too much money in hardware or in licensing fees to enable the Xbox Next to play old Xbox games. This is risky in part because Sony's strategy has been to maintain compatibility with its old consoles. Source: Mercury News Thats the way to grow your market share, no compatibly with the first Xbox.

February 3, 2004

Vegas Super Bowl parties spiked by NFL

Some of Las Vegas' biggest hotel-casinos are canceling Super Bowl parties and handing out refunds to thousands of guests after the NFL threatened legal action against those who broadcast the big game on big-screen televisions. Several hotels received letters last week informing them that their parties were "unauthorized use of NFL intellectual property." Source: Tallahassee.com I am split on this one. I agree with their intellectual property claim, after all, it is stated at the end of every game. But if a hotel is charging for beer and hot dogs, which I am sure the majority are charging for food and drink, then what's the deal here? The NFL just wants more money, as said at the end of the article. Greedy fools.

Courtyard Commercial

Courtyard (Marriot) is the first commercial I have noticed with an iSight. Cool!

FCC Wants to Nail CBS for Janet Jackson Incident

FCC Chairman Michael Powell had some choice words regarding the MTV-produced halftime show where the world got to see Janet Jackson's right breast. Powell says the FCC will have an inquiry which may result in large fines against CBS.   Powell says the action will be "thorough and swift." Currently, $27,500 is the largest fine the FCC can levy but lawmakers have been pushing for heavier punishments and the Bush Admin. favors a $275,000 fine for indecency.   FCC rules currently prohibit the airing of any "indecent" items between 6am and 10pm and any "obscene" items at any minute during the day. Powell says the Janet incident "tainted" what was a family celebration. Source: Salon.com News

Ecto 1.0.1 Released

Main window's title is now set to selected account and blog. Accounts- and blogs- menu would not rebuild or crash after doing an Update Cache. Fixed. Refreshing list of recent entries did not remove entries deleted via the online control panel. Fixed. Updated French localization (Olivier Jan).
You can read my first impressions of the Ecto 1.0 final version here.

Dammit Janet: The Breast Super Bowl Halftime Show

Blogcritics.org has a special page setup for everything Janet Jackson, Half Time, and the Super Bowl (XXXVIII). They have seen an insurgence in traffic over this one issue that is amazing - 250,000 unique visitors in one day. Who will ever regard the half time show the same way again? Maybe they should not pick artists that are about to release an album? Who knows. The only thing that is for sure is this: CBS in a matter of seconds has changed everything, and sent ripples through the media like nothing else before. We watched the Super Bowl - who didn't - and were paying a fair amount of attention to the halftime show, but never even had a hint that anything "peculiar" had happened until I ran downstairs and did a quick check of Blogcritics. We were getting 5,000 visitors an hour. This was noteworthy. The Janet Boob Bomb had hit. The fallout continues. WARNING: Several of the stories below include images of near-nudity, or link to images of near-nudity, including animations and close-ups. Proceed at your own risk.

US bans timed-honoured typeface

In a sign that no matter is too small to affect international diplomacy, the US State Department has issued an edict banning its longtime standard typeface from all official correspondence and replacing it with a "more modern" font. In an internal memorandum distributed on Wednesday, the department declared "Courier New 12" - the font and size decreed for US diplomatic documents for years - to be obsolete and unacceptable after February 1. "In response to many requests and with a view to making our written work easier to read, we are moving to a new standard font: 'Times New Roman 14'," said the memorandum. Source: ABC News Online I can't believe they used Courier! That is so unreadable.

Blogcritics Leaderboard

I think this is the first time I have been on the Blogcritics Leaderboard in 3 of the 4 categories. I will never get into the top posters of all time, but right now I am in Top Posters for 30 days, 7 days, and 24 hrs! My name is also on the left column twice too, under top posters for January, and the standard blogroll. And guess what? I am getting more unique visits, imagine that! he he.

"phishing" M$ IE Flaw Finally fixed!

I say FINALLY with Bold CAPS. I think it was (re)discovered on December 9. It is February 3 people. I have a great Idea for Windows users: download Mozilla now!
Microsoft Corp., which is bracing for an attack against its Web site by computers infected with the Mydoom virus, issued a patch for what it called a critical flaw in its Web browser software. Microsoft posted on its Web site a fix for its Internet Explorer Web browser that prevents malicious software coders from making any Web site address look like that of another, a tactic scammers have used to trick individuals into disclosing personal banking information. Microsoft first became aware of the flaws in December, through postings on a security Web site, said Microsoft security program manager Mike Reavey. Microsoft said it was responding to increased demand from customers for a way to prevent faked Web sites, known as "URL spoofing." Software coders have in recent weeks sent out e-mail messages directing consumers to fake Web sites whose addresses appear to be those of Citigroup and banks. The scam, known as "phishing," gulls users into entering their bank account data into a form, which the scammers then mine for information. "They've been aware of some of these problems long before November and December," said Russ Cooper, a security researcher at TruSecure Corporation of Herndon, Virginia. Cooper said the problems that were fixed were being exploited by scammers as long as two years ago.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune This "phishing" flaw really takes the cake. I know M$ takes a while to get patches out (why is beyond me), but this is a serious problem. A lot of people, unfortunately, get swindled into typing in their personal information into these bogus sites. It is almost as if they don't care at all. Do they?

Mick Foleys Greatest hits and Misses DVD Review

For those of you out there who view professional wrestling as a joke, it only takes one look at Mi ck Foley to change your mind. Mick has taken more punishment throughout his career than 99% of other wrestlers, firmly proving pro wrestling is a sport. This outstanding 2-disc DVD set is not quite a perfect collection, but as it's title suggests, these are his "Greatest Hit and Misses." Disc one takes us through some of Micks early work, mostly while wreslting under Cactus Jack. You'll see some great bouts from ECW, WCW, and SMW (Smoky Mountain Wrestling). Disc 2 deals entirely with his WWE/WWF career. Yes, the undeniably classic "Hell in a Cell" bout against the Undertaker is present. Each match also features a brief commentary from Mick himself as to why the next match was chosen for this set. While there are some matches missing that I'm sure fans would've probably included (Boiler Room Brawls anyone?), everything here is a blast to watch. A match in which Catcus tagged with Maxx Payne (who is now suing Rockstar video games over the use of his "name") against the Nasty Boys is a great example of Micks early hardcore stuff. Other matches like the Texas Death match against The Sandman from ECW is a complete mess, but you'll know why thanks to the pre-match commentary. As is to be expected, video quality ranges from outstanding to downright abysmal. The first match featured on the disc against Vader from 1993 has most of it's footage taken from Mick's own home video library. No, it doesn't look good at all, but nearly this entire match was edited by WCW since it featured blood. It's the first time this match has ever been shown uncesnsored. I doubt the quality of the video will really matter to the die-hard fans. Note that the orignal WWF logo has to be censored out of every match featuring it (in ANY form) thanks to those wonderful people know as laywers. Just the "F" though....the 2 W's are ok. It's annoying and distracting, but it's no fault of the organization. Sound is likewise hit or miss depending on the source of the footage. Some of the later WWE matches surprisingly have some rear speaker usage putting you right inside the arena. Special features have been strewn across this disc and even include a few more matches. You'll see some of Micks personal favorite promos, his farewell speech from ECW, his very first match ever in the WWF (from 1986!), WWE Confidential features, and simply more of everything. Still, there is some more missing here as well. Where is the "This is your life, Rock" segment, one of the highest rated segments in RAW history? How about another match or two against Terry Funk, his lifelong rival? I'm sure we'll eventually be treated to some of the missing items on DVD since the WWE is notorious for milking every cent out it's fans. Still, it's hard to go wrong with 6+ hours of Mick Foley on DVD regardles of what form it's presented in. While a minor step down from the Ric Flair 3-disc set recently released, Foley's career hasn't spanned 20+ years like Flair's. This is a no-brainer for any fan of pro wrestling at it's best.

Bloglet is being Bloglet Again

Who, I ask, is happy with Bloglet?
ERROR: String was not recognized as a valid DateTime.
Huh? This is the error I now get, out of the blue, because it had been working for months. That is the problem with Bloglet, it works for a while, then it won't work, and it is a mystery. This is part of the reason I have put my full posts in my RSS feed. I am giving up on Bloglet. Jake is using Dada, but I don't want to take the time (I don't have time to take the time) to set it up. Although it does look nice. I only have 10 people signed up to get the updates, and they are not used to getting reliable updates, thank you Bloglet! UPDATE: I see on the Bloglet site:
'String was not recognized as a valid DateTime.' error for certain RSS feeds Bloglet is rejecting RSS feeds with dates in the following format: "Tue, 21 Oct 2003 24:56:21 -0500". Its probably a good idea to change your date to adhere to the XML-RPC spec, found here: http://www.xml-rpc.com/spec
I just changed my RSS feed to one I got from Neil, but AFAIK, this is the date/time format that has always been used in MT. And I got bloglet updates after I installed the new RSS feed, I am pretty sure. Maybe not. I don't know. All I do not is I am fed up with this continuous bull from bloglet. Here is the deal: Bloglet likes (and the default MT template uses): [dc:date]2004-02-03T21:59:09-05:00[/dc:date] The official spec of RSS uses this: [pubDate]Tue, 03 Feb 2004 23:16:44 -0500[/pubDate] pubDate is the correct tag here. I should NOT have to use the Dublin Core if I do not want to. The Dublin Core is an extension of the spec, it is not the spec. So tell me people, which is better to use? pubDate or the DC tag?

Happy Birthday Breaking Windows!

January 28th, 2003. That is the day this site launched. The original focus of this site was my brand new PC. My oh my have my views changed about my PC in a year. If I would have written my thoughts at the 6 month stage, my opinion of my PC would have been a lot different. But that is for another post. I want to thank Jake Ortman for pushing me to put up a blog. Not to mentioned he actually had to help me install MT! Imagine that. I have installed it a ton since then, and not had one problem since. (knock on wood) After a year of using Movable Type I am a huge supporter of this CMS. I am and will continue to use it for client sites. The price, $150, is really reasonable. Even with out the 3rd party developer community, Movable Type has many, many applications. yea_one_stats.gifWith a total of 555 posts in year one, I am happy. I did not seriously think I would post as much as I have. Ironically, my Boy Scout Troop is 555. I hope you found at least a portion of my posts as informative, and laughed at a fair share of them as well. After all, I don't do this all for me (although, I must admit some are for my sanity, and/or memory!). Thanks. The first year has been great, I can't wait to pass year two. The statistics have grown well, I hope they continue to grow at a similar pace.



February 4, 2004

Microsoft Security Posters

Oh yea, I need these in my room! They are free (I assume for educators), and since I work in academia, I sure will order a set. Butt... NOTICE: The ordering site has been shut down for maintenance purposes. For immediate access to the Microsoft Security Posters, Adobe Acrobat versions of each poster are available for free download (see below). So bookmark this page and come back later.

I hope Backup 2.0.1 Fixes My Problem

Backup 2.0.1 provides added quality and reliability improvements to scheduled backups and is now available through Software Update in System Preferences and as a download from .Mac. All I can say is: I sure hope so! This is an error message I keep getting, every day now. It tells me that backup is running! Yea, at 5 AM I am running Backup manually. Hmmmm, I don't think so. I just love manually backing up stuff.

POPFile Hits 99 Percent

A picture is worth 1,000 words. And in the world of SPAM control I would have to say at least 27,429 (number of words in my SPAM bucket). I first installed POPFile at the end of October. So this number comes after 3 full months of use. 99% is such a nice number. I have not had a false positives in over a month, I just have had to add more SPAM to the corpus.

February 5, 2004

Ecto 1.0.2 Released

updated Textile plugin (Brad Choate). removed default from "Delete Draft" confirmation sheet. Shortcut for "Delete" is now the delete key. Updated Japanese localization (Hiroshi Yamato). Updated French localization (Olivier Jan). Entry and draft data is written to disk before posting, to prevent accidental quitting. Main window can now be closed. %@ substitution now also occurs in closing tags (Textile compatibility). Other minor fixes.
The two changes that stand out is the edition of the %@ substitution on the closing tags, and the saving of entry data before it is posted.

iChat AV, AIM updates add Mac to PC video conferencing

Apple Computer Inc. and America Online Inc. on Thursday announced a new level of compatibility between the companies' instant messaging applications, iChat AV and AIM 5.5 for the PC. With updates released today PC and Mac users will enjoy the benefit of video conferencing between the two platforms. One industry analyst said today that Apple stands to benefit greatly from the relations as it moves out of its niche market. "With the introduction of iChat AV in Mac OS X Panther and the iSight camera, Apple revolutionized the way people communicate with each other over the Internet," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a statement. "Now iChat AV users can video conference with their AOL buddies around the world who use PCs." Source: MacCentral Interesting to note is that if a PC user wants to buy an iSight, they would have to use another mic, even though the iSight has a mic. That is apparently a Mac thing. I am really glad to hear this, now the other 95% of the IM world can video chat. Of course now they need to go buy a video camera. Question: Does this mean that if my PC friends update to AIM 5.5 that they and I can voice chat iChat <-> AIM?

February 6, 2004

Pixar Scores Big

Steve Jobs' other company, Pixar Animation Studios has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2004. For the quarter, Pixar earned $83.9 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, on revenues of $164.8 million. This compares to earnings of $17.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, on revenues of $39.4 million, achieved in the fourth quarter of 2002. As of the year-end, Finding Nemo had generated worldwide box office receipts of $792 million and domestic home video sales of 24.8 million units. Source: Pixar

Safari 1.2 & Ollie's Tab

As you should know by now Safari 1.2 has been released, and it sure is a nice update. I really like the ability to finally tab into drop down menus, finally. Just in time is Ollie's Tab 3.0 for Safari 1.2. Something I was really hoping for in the new Safari release was a tab button. But when there is a hole, there is always someone to plug it. Why hasn't Apple added a tab button to Safari yet?

Apple Plays Big Brother

I just saw this movie over at Brian Flemming's blog that has a very well thought out breakdown of the recent Apple/Pepsi ad. Just go watch it.

Wife escapes bulldozer attack

A man who locked his wife in a toilet and tried to knock it down with a digger is being hunted by police. It is believed Peter Rigden, 64, enticed his wife into the outside loo of their £1.2m Crawley Down, West Sussex, home and then tried to bulldoze it. His wife Gabrielle, 45, escaped with minor injuries before the toilet in Sandy Lane was knocked down. Source: BBC News I have to give credit to my dad, he sent this to post, see, I even have him hooked on my site :-P.

What is RSS?

Are you still baffled about what RSS is? I know some of you are! Read this article from of MacCentral and get learned.

Music industry raids Kazaa offices

Investigators from the Australian recording industry raided the Sydney offices of Internet file-swapping network Kazaa on Friday in search of evidence to support allegations of copyright infringements. The raid was conducted under a rarely used law, known as Anton Pillar, which allows litigants in civil copyright cases to gather evidence. Source: CNN Did they think they are going to find a file server with gigabytes of MP3's or what?

M$ MyDoom removal tool

MyDoom is so bad that M$ has a MyDoom removal tool available for download. And since it is the worse virus ever, I am glad to see this download from Microsoft. And since virus and hackers make Windows more secure, why would you use anything else?

Janet boob stunt most popular Internet search ever

Janet Jackson's near-baring of her breast at the Super Bowl might be the most searched event in the history of the Internet, search site Lycos said. Meanwhile, a paid streaker was a success for the dot-com company he advertised for, and movie studios earned big spikes in traffic for films they pitched. Lycos said that Jackson and searches related to the Super Bowl halftime show the day after the big game amounted to 80 times more searches than did the usual No. 1 celebrity search, Britney Spears. In fact, Jackson and halftime searches that day outscored even the largest one-day total for terrorist-related searches on and after September 11, 2001. Source: CNN I know my site saw a big gain in unique hits, as did Blogcritics.

Who would cheer for the Nimrods?

ESPN has a great set of commercials about a small town high school and their sports mascot. There is in fact the Watersmeet Nimrods. It is true, it is an actual school, they are Nimrods!

February 7, 2004

Validation Feels Great; Other Updates

I am tweaking my site this weekend. My RSS 1.0 feed now has full entries. I edited my Atom feed a little, and I validated all 3, RSS 1, RSS 2, and Atom 0.3, and all three validate! Happy Happy Joy Joy! I could not find one of those nifty badges for Atom 0.3, only earlier versions of Atom, so I made on of my own, please feel free to steel this at will. atombadge.gif Since I bought a license of MT for this site, I thought I would put up some Google AdSense ads. Oh and I also fixed that annoying problem with the links on titles opening in a new window. I have known about this problem, I just have not had the time to fix it.

(Only) A Single Instance of iTunes

What's this nonsense about only being able to run a single instance of iTunes at a time in an otherwise multi-user environment? It's silly enough that I can share my tunes across my home network yet I can't share them with someone on the same machine. Despite keeping all my music in /Macintosh HD/Users/Shared/Music, I still have to wander from account to account adding each new CD or iTunes Music Store purchase to each user's library just so that we can share _our_ (defined in the strictest sense) music. Surely your iTunes library on the local machine should show up in my iTunes window just like any other network-shared iTunes library?
You cannot open the application "iTunes" because another user has it open. Ask the other user to quit the application, then try again. [OK]
No, not OK. Should I mistakenly leave "my copy" of iTunes open and wander off for a bit, there's no music for anyone until my return. No music for you! Nobody but an administrator capable of killing off other logins and processes has the ability to rectify this situation. Should every user really need to be an administrator to truly share this multi-user environment? Bug or feature? If the former, it'd be a good one to squash. If the latter, why doesn't this feature appear in iPhoto or any of other apps (sans any DRM entanglements)? Source: raelity bytes There is a hack available, thanks to the good folks at MacOSXHints.

RSS Feeds for BG News and DP Network (Updated)

This was originally written in March 2003. I have edited and added to it now in February 2004. Our users wanted it. So I had a challenge in head of me. The RSS feed is complete! Boy oh boy am I exited about this. Web Monkeys just get exited about stuff like this. I have coded 2 RSS templates for The BG News CMS with some syntax help from Eric at Digital Partners (DP). Digital Partners home grown CMS (they call it Open Communications System or OCS these days) is written in the SMARTY php temple lanugage. SMARTY was closed, but ispi has open sourced it, so check it out if you get the chance. I like SMARTY a lot, I wish I had more time to learn more. Since March 2003 I have worked on editing a few different templates, and am starting a new template, and in doing this I have learned a lot about SMARTY. I really like this CMS, I like the logic I am afforded the most I think. I wish I could write my own PHP backend so I could install it on my own server and use it. I have created a RSS feed pulls the 3 most recent articles from each section. It is a 1.0 feed, I will not be hard at all to create a RSS 2.0 feed. I created the RSS 2.0 feed, and both validate, well, sort of. The RSS 1.0 feed has some white space at the beginning of the feed, and the validator does not like that. If I manually take out that white space and re-validate, it works. Eric figured out how to fix this with my RSS 2.0 feed, and since that is the one we publicize, we never went back to fix the white space problem in the RSS 1.0 feed. What I am most proud of is the fact that every school's site in the DP network can now use the RSS feed that I created. All told from the time I started pestering Digital Partners about having an RSS feed for our site, to completing both templates, to final legalese, it was about an entire year. Being able to contribute the RSS template to the network is really great. Its not really much, but hey, its more then nothing! I know DP was working on a syndication scheme that was home grown and not standards based, and since I was pushing RSS so much, Monte wrote a RSS Plugin, which is so great for the community. It sure is better to have a standards based syndication method. At first Digital Partners was apprehensive about the RSS thing. They charge for syndication of their content in a lot of their sites (Digital Partners is but one network in the ispi family). I am glad they finally decided to green light my RSS idea. Tomorrow I will put an article in our "Resources" section of the site detailing the feed as well as how to use if for people who don't know what RSS is. I have had a number of emails from users of bgnews.com and this sure will make them happy. I added the article, but have yet to add the info for Windows, using FeedReader (because it is free). This is still on my list of things to do. This is the addy for the feed: well it seems that there are legal and business issues that Digital Partners is dealing with right now. so until they get resolved I am not going to post the feed. Legal and business issues are finalized. You can get to the feeds here: http://www.bgnews.com/?template=rss http://www.bgnews.com/?template=rss2 Now if you go to that web page, and then try to go anywhere else on bgnews.com you will find yourself going absolutely nowhere fast. This is because the site has set a cookie for that template. Click here: http://www.bgnews.com/?template=default That will get you back to the main template. Also if you want to see the PDA/Mobile Phone template, I recently tweaked it a bit: http://www.bgnews.com/?template=pda The pda template is also a great way to view the site on low bandwidth. Next up is a text only template. It will be like the pda template but have all the functions as the main template such as the archive and the search etc. etc. I am about halfway done with the text template now: http://www.bgnews.com/?template=text Next on the list is a total rewrite of the default template, that has been up for a few years now, and it is getting old. I don't like it anymore. I want a proportional design. The work is never done.

February 9, 2004

Blazing Saddles collectors set DVD review

Since Al Barger so kindly reminded us of the 30th anniversary of Blazing Saddles, I figured I'd take my chance and dive into the Limited Edition Blazing Saddles Collectors DVD set. Warner Bros. is really great with these sets and this is really no exception, but you'll always ask for more considering the retail price on this thing. For this stil unaware 30 years later, Blazing Saddles tells the story of Bart, a black slave tossed into the role of sherrif in the small town of Rock Ridge by railroaders who want the land for their own purposes. The "kind" residents don't take too well to their latest aquisition (as expected of course) but thanks to their, shall we say, "lower than average intelligence level," Bart overcomes them which sets up a finale that ranks up there with the best. While I'm sure everyone has read how "racist" this movie is, it's really not. Yes, certain words are spoken that certainly make it seem that way, but the fact of the matter is everyone is this movie is a butt of a joke at some point. The ending also pulls everyone together to prove it's point. 30 years later, it still ranks in my top 5 movies of all time without question simply because it's funny, with no hidden subtext like some close-minded people are led to believe. Warner packages the DVD itself inside their hated cardboard snapper cases (which they are slowly abandoning thankfully). You'll get both the widescreen and full screen version of the film (though why you'd ever want to watch the latter is beyond me) on opposite sides of the disc. The print is only fair with heavily subdued colors, scratches all over the place, and heavy grain bringing everything down a notch. Still, it's probably better than this movie has ever looked. Sound is only available in 1.0 mono and seriously needs to be reworked. The final chapter would be a spectacle in 5.1. Hopefully Warner will fix these issues with their upcoming special edition, rumored for a mid-to-late 2004 release. The only special features you'll get is a beaten up orignal trailer (which looks like it came from a 20 year old VHS tape) and a hour long interview with Mel Brooks that runs over the film. It's not a commentary like you would be led to believe, but just a random sputtering of facts about the film that usually have nothing to do with what's on screen. Still, your bound to learn something, but a commentary by some of the surviving cast would be great. Inlcusions of the scenes that were filmed for TV would've been welcome as well (at least as an extra if their not going to be in the film). The gift set itself if presented in a sturdy cardboard case with a small reproduction poster on the front and side. The inards of the set are pulled out much like a drawer to a dresser. You'll find 8 reproduction lobby cards, a senitype (film frame matted inside a blown up picture of the frame for those not aware), and a MASSIVE replica movie poster measuring in at just over 3 feet tall. Sadly (and obviously), the poster had to be folded about 10 times to fit inside the box and actually displaying it without the folds being obvious is impossible. Also, I've seen a set of still pictures taken on the set shown on some websites but they are neither included or mentioned. A CD soundtrack would've been a welcome edition as well considering there is hardly $80 worth of stuff inside. It's hard to recommended an $80 gift set to anyone unless their true die-hard fans of the film. In that case, you could probably dig this set up for around $40 if you look hard enough and in that case, it's worth every penny. Casual fans who don't have the script memorized wil be fine with just the disc but would also be better off to wait and see if Warner pulls through on the special edition. If you've never seen the movie, then it can be recommenede to all rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, a**-kickers, sh*t-kickers and Methodists. This is Mel Brooks at his absolute best.

BGSU Summer Catalog

If there is one thing I cannot stand about advertising, it is the blatant attempt that everyone seems to want to copy someone else. In a rather far departure from the normal course catalog cover design, this summer the University's cover is a crappy rip on the latest iPod advertising. ipod_ad.gif Does this look familiar? Stills from Apple iPod commercials. What a resemblance! BGSU Summer Course Catalog (click to enlarge). I have no problems with using elements of another design, but this is just a big too close.

February 10, 2004

W3C recommends Semantic Web specs

The Web's leading standards group finalized two drafts at the core of its ambitious effort to let computers glean meaning from the documents they help create, store and transfer. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Tuesday will publish recommendations for the Resource Definition Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL), both key parts of its Semantic Web project. The Semantic Web has stirred controversy in the past among critics, who liken it to failed artificial intelligence schemes and suspect it of draining W3C resources from more pressing commercial projects like those defining Web services technologies. Source: C|Net News.com

VeriSign Reconsiders Site Finder

A company that plays a key role in managing the Internet's domain system is considering whether to restart a controversial search service that makes money off Web users' typos, a move that threatens to reignite a debate over who controls key segments of the Internet. Stratton Sclavos, chief executive of VeriSign Inc., told investors in a conference call last month that the company might relaunch its "Site Finder" service as early as April. Source: Washington Post SiteFinder can go to hell as far as I am concerned. If I type a URL wrong I like to be able to correct the one or so letters I mistyped, not have to retype the entire thing, as well as be forced to see advertising. Not to mention it is bad for web developers. The public backlash (again) will (again) kill SiteFinder (again). If VeriSign considers this again, I hope ICANN tells them to shove it, and while they are at it, ICANN needs to get a back bone and really take it to VeriSign. Verisign needs to be stopped, and ICANN is in a place to do it, if they only would stand up. From Slashdot: Can we outsource VeriSign to India? Very clever.

Bleeping Telemarketers

This is the second time in 3 months I have received a telemarketing call on my phone, my cell phone. I just now got one trying to sell me an HGH product. I can't remember what the last one was about. I have received telemarketing calls on my cell, but those have been solicited, and expected. The two I am referring to were very non solicited calls. It should be against the law for telemarketers to call a cell phone. It still is not. Although some places are stricter then others. The one call I got the lady hung up right away when I said this was a cell, the other was a stupid drone that didn't seem to care. So do I put my cell phone on the "Do Not Call" list? I guess so. One of the main reasons I got a cell phone and got rid of the land line was to get away from telemarketers. Of course the current rate is better then 2-3 a week. But still, I have to pay for those bastards calls. OK, I have calmed down, and changed the title of this post :-P.

Microsoft Sits on Security Flaw for Six Months

from the you've-already-been-hacked dept. pmf writes "Yet another critical vulnerability affecting Windows 2000/XP/2003 has been just announced by eEye. It is worthy to note, that it took Microsoft over 6 months to fix it. The bug affects ASN.1 library and is remotely exploitable through authentication subsystems (Kerberos, NTLMv2) and applications that make use of SSL certificates." The AP has an overview. Source: Slashdot Does this surprise anyone?

February 11, 2004

A Way Out of Automated Phone Hell

Getting transferred from one automated message to another while stuck in a company's convoluted telephone system is enough to make even the most unflappable individual's blood boil. A solution that may prevent violence against handsets comes in the form of a new software program designed to detect callers' frustration and transfer them to a human operator. The system works by analyzing not only what callers say, but also how they say it. Callers get transferred if they start to spit out expletives or if they simply sound angry. Source: WIRED News

An Interview with Noam Chomsky on Bush

Professor of Linguistics at MIT and author of many best-selling political works, most recently Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky has been renown for his incisive and hard-hitting criticism of U.S. foreign policy for decades. Recently, M. Junaid Alam, co-editor of the new leftist youth journal Left Hook, was able to interview Professor Chomsky on the nature of the Bush administration, the American left’s strategy in upcoming elections, domestic and foreign consequences of continued occupation of Iraq, and the basis for US-Israeli relations. Source: dissidentvoice.org Have you ever read Chomsky? If not maybe you should. Be sure to read the comments on this post over at BlogCritics.

Studio MX 2004 for $199

If you are in education in some form or another, and are interested in Macromedia Studio MX 2004 for $199 (the cost of Dreamweaver alone) do not wait. Run, don't walk to this page. It is a savings of $700! You also get a free 12-month digital subscription to MX Developer's Journal. This offer is good through February 29. I should have added this earlier, but am now, thanks to TDavid. This even prompted him to write a post about it, which you should go read. I suggest those in that category carefully read the fine print of their academic license:
Education end users are full-time students, faculty, staff and employees of government-certified educational institutions, consisting of Elementary, Middle, Junior High and High Schools, and Accredited public or private universities, colleges, and community colleges that grant degrees requiring at least two years of full-time matriculation.
What are the restrictions in using education versions of Macromedia products?
Education versions of Macromedia products are intended for instructional and administrative purposes only and may not be used for any commercial purpose. Macromedia will conduct periodic security audits to be certain of your education qualification.

Comcast Proposes Merger With Disney

Comcast, the nation's largest cable television operator, has offered to buy the Walt Disney Company, in a surprise bid worth $66 billion the entertainment giant's board said it would "carefully evaluate." Comcast President and CEO Brian Roberts said today the company was going public with the unsolicited offer after Disney Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner declined to enter discussions. The proposed merger includes stock valued at $54 billion and assumed debt of $11.9 billion. Disney confirmed the offer. "The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors has received and will carefully evaluate the unsolicited proposal from Comcast Corp," the company said in a statement released today. Source: ABC News.com This is just what we need, another AOL/Time Warner. Remember that Disney is also ABC, ESPN, Mirimax, Budwiser, not to mention the rest of what Disney and Comcast owns separately. If successful this will once again reshape entertainment as we know it. I personally think that Eisner should be kicked to the curb after the Pixar deal.

EEye: More Microsoft bugs on the way

EEye says it ain't over yet. After revealing yesterday's seven-month-old XP flaw yesterday, the security firm says there are seven more serious flaws that Microsoft has yet to patch, three of them critical. Source: ZD Net I am so glad the world runs on Windows! Well, I am truly glad that the Mac does not have a bigger market share then it does.

MacMall sells pieces of Virginia Tech G5 supercomputer

MacMall is selling the Apple Refurbished VT G5s. You may think the $2799 is a good deal. If you cannot order through the Apple Education store, then you will be saving $450. If you can order through the Apple Education store you wont save $200. It is questionable, but VT did put these computers through a good amount of work. So it may or may not be worth it to buy a refurbished G5. If I did not work in education I would look at this differently. Educational discounting aside, this is a pretty nice deal. I just wonder how long it will take to sell out of the 1,100 G5s.

February 12, 2004

Stem cells mined from human embryo clone

Researchers in South Korea have become the first to successfully clone a human embryo, and then cull from it master stem cells that many doctors consider key to one day creating customized cures for diabetes, Parkinson's and other diseases. This is not cloning to make babies, but to create medicine. But it immediately revived controversy over whether to ban all human cloning, as the Bush administration wants, or to allow this "therapeutic cloning" that might eventually let patients grow their own replacement tissue. Source: USA TODAY

SiteFinder vs. Engineers: Our Mistake Is Ignorance

We, as the Internet engineering community, have made a great mistake. Actually, it wasn't even one large mistake, but a series of small ones. Engineers are busy people, and most of us work under the constraints of the organizational entities we serve (be it ISPs, non-internet corporates, or even non-profits). Few of us have time for politics; even fewer have the desire and motivation for politics, and those of us who do try usually end up facing a brick wall of stubbornness, lack of understanding of the underlying technical issues, or just a deaf ear. Source: Circle ID

Google spurns RSS for rising blog format

Google's Blogger service is bypassing Really Simple Syndication in favor of an alternative technology, a move that has sparked more discord in a bitter dispute over Web log syndication formats. The search giant, which acquired Blogger.com last year, began allowing the service's million-plus members to syndicate their online diaries to other Web sites last month. To implement the feature, it chose the new Atom format instead of the widely used, older RSS. The battle between RSS and Atom has divided the blogging world since the summer, when critics of RSS came together to create an alternative format. Since then, a raft of blog sites and individuals have lined up behind Atom, while Yahoo has thrown its considerable weight behind RSS. Source: C|Net News.com I guess I am not up to speed here, but whats the big deal? Atom is the new, better, format. At least that is the way I see it. Although, on the other hand, is it that hard to support both?

B.G. eatery owners pull vanishing act

What was missing was obvious: tables, chairs, booths, ovens, grills, sinks - the kinds of things common to restaurants. What was left was barely noticeable: discarded black screws that once held the cushioned booths in place, an empty jug of bleach, and some aging French fries lying where the grills had stood. Source: Toledo Blade

February 13, 2004

Quark releases QuarkXPress 6.1 Update

On Wednesday, Quark released QuarkXPress 6.1 Update, a ~75MB download. Among the changes listed as being included in the update are: Support for Mac OS X v10.3 Panther - Um...Yea. It seemed to work in Panther just fine. But we all know how buggy, or quarky, Quark is. So I am sure they smoothed out some jagged edges. It seems to run as it did before. Improved integration with Microsoft Excel - It sure is. I can confirm this. It is much nicer bringing in tabular data and working with it in Quark. Ability to select a picture then open and edit it in a preferred image editing application - This is a great feature, and something that I won't use. The way InDesign works with Illustrator and Photoshop documents is a thing of beauty, and cannot be matched. But this is better then nothing. New font mapping utility to create and manage rules to govern automatic font substitution - Anything is better the Courier New right? I don't know about you, but if I see that a font didn't load I go turn the font on. Updating went just fine. I did NOT need the installer CD, I read you did. And thank god I did not have to retype that 48 digit install code. I am running Quark License Administrator (QLA), and had no problems with the quark licenses talking to the QLA server. Quark is really turning around. They are shivering in their britches because InDesign is gaining momentum. I have actually, for the first time ever, had good to excellent tech support from Quark when I have had to call them with QLA related questions.

It's splitsville for Barbie and Ken

from the pop-culture-is-stranger-then-fiction department NEW YORK (AP) -- Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken. After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time -- apart." "Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end," said Arons, who quickly added that the duo "will remain friends." Source: CNN Crazy, just crazy. And right before Valentines Day! How cold.

Firm launches game copying software

from the more-lawsuits-are-coming department ST. LOUIS, Missouri (AP) -- A company whose DVD-copying software prompted copyright and piracy-related lawsuits from Hollywood is expanding into the realm of computer games, rolling out a system that lets game buyers make backup copies. With 321 Studios Inc.'s Games X Copy software, launched last weekend, users can burn PC games onto a hard drive, CD or DVD. The company says parents requested those options to safeguard original discs from rough-and-tumble handling by young gamers. Source: CNN I would not be surprised if this app does as advertised. I have been able to backup my own DVDs with no problems with DVD X Copy.

Don't Fall for New 'Don't Spam' Scam

We all hate unsolicited e-mails, or spam. It's time consuming, offending, and at times, dangerous. The U.S. government has passed the CAN SPAM bill, but it is still being debated whether it really addresses the problem. So an opportunity to sign up for a national "don't spam me" list sounds pretty good, right? Wrong. Source: ABC News I give them credit for making a faithful parody of the REAL Do Not Call web site. What is sad is the (what I imagine) alarming amount of people who signed up for just more SPAM today. People need to be educated about this stuff.

FCC: 'Pure' VoIP not a phone service

Handing a partial victory to Internet phone providers, federal regulators said Thursday that voice communications flowing entirely over the Internet are not subject to traditional government regulations. The Federal Communications Commission, in a split decision, approved a request from voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Pulver.com to be immune from the hefty stack of government rules, taxes and requirements that applied to 20th-century telephone networks. Source: C|Net News.com Big win for the little guys, I like that!

Lycos restructures, cuts U.S. staff

Former web search giant Lycos is restructuring. The Spanish based company laid off 20% of its US work force yesterday as it transitions "from a generic portal business to a tight network of interconnected vertical sites focused on personal connections." Most of the wonderful Webmonkey team was laid off - and that's a real loss. If you do not know, Webmonkey is one of THE best web resources out there. What a shame! Source: C|Net News.com

'Miracle' of a Movie

'Miracle' was a great movie, and so far the best of this new year. Kurt Russel did a great job capturing Herb Brooks. I am not a huge hockey fan, I will admit, but the 1980 USA team transcends the sport all together. Just go see this movie! BTW, did you know: Michigan natives and former BGSU students Ken Morrow and Mark Wells were members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team whose improbable run to the gold medal is recaptured in the newly released Disney movie "Miracle." Before being chosen to help take their nation to victory, Wells and Morrow led BGSU to three Central Collegiate Hockey Association titles and three straight NCAA tournament appearances in the late 1970s. Right now our hockey team is not going that well, but they used to be tops in the nation. Just tonight their was a banquet (at $75 a plate, too pricey for me) celebrating the 10 yr. anniversary of BGSU's 1984 National Championship.

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance

I am not one to be tethered by the time of a TV show (especially since I now have the Road Runner DVR). I also hate the "reality tv" shows out there. But.... My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance is friggin' hilarious! Watch it and see, its a riot. Editors Note: I need to write a review of the Road Runner DVR service. Some day. Yea.

How To: By You

I love the web sites that Cat comes up with for Call For Help (and she is getting a PowerBook G4 - yay!). How To: By You (HTBY) is a kick arse site! Ever wonder how to get to work on time? There are 20 answers for you. How wonderful! About HTBY: This sociological project is about the study of knowledge among human society and how it can differ and change. This is the best site I have wasted time at in a long time, even more so then Utterly Boring!

Pixel Fonts

I am in the process of overhauling my identity. HA HA, now stop snickering! I am refering to my corporate identity. To be honest I designed the logo on my Meancode site in about no time flat. And it shows. Since I don't have time (I am too busy working on too many others sites and projects) the second best thing is to pay someone else to do it. They just hope I do not become the client from hell, as I am very specific as to what I want. I want some pixel fonts for my logo type, letterhead, web site, etc, etc. and they are not easy to find. Great ones are not easy to find. Three sites that have some some good ones (specificly for small font sizes) are FontsForFlash.com (FFF), Fonts by Cal Henderson, and MiniFonts.com. I actually suggest MiniFonts.com fonts for fonts that look good under 9 point. But I need some great pixel fonts. Who better then T.26? I mean T.26 is the foundry of choice for cool fonts. I have decided on the font B Positive for my logo type. These fonts are so cheap ($29 to $49 a typeface, including all variants. More if you want both Mac & PC versions) though so I bought Cellular Three, Synkro, and Bit Kit as well. Now to craft a logo I like, biz card, letter head, and then a web site.

BlogCritics turns 2

Happy Birthday BlogCritics!

February 16, 2004

Can iTunes learn from Musicmatch?

Like my co-worker, Jason Snell, I love iTunes. I can't imagine organizing or playing my music on anything else. It's so easy to import, find and play songs, and then skip on over to the iTunes Music Store to buy an album or two. An easy to ease feature-rich application, but as Jason points out, iTunes is far from perfect. While I'm sure most Mac users have tried or use iTunes on a regular basis, I'd be interested to know if those same users listen to iTunes Radio. This is one feature that I don't think I've used since iTunes 1.0 -- to be honest it's terrible. I really had nothing to compare the radio service to until recently when I tried Musicmatch's Windows music service. Source: MacWorld Blog

Three dead, five injured as crane collapses onto freeway bridge

TOLEDO (AP) — A construction crane collapsed Monday onto a construction site at an interstate bridge over the Maumee River, crushing a tractor-trailer and killing three workers, officials said. Five other injured workers, including one in critical condition, were at St. Vincent Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Gloria Enk said. Authorities at the scene said no one else was trapped, and no motorists were injured. The 2 million-pound yellow steel crane was moving but wasn’t lifting any construction materials when it fell about 2:30 p.m. in the space between the northbound and southbound lanes on Interstate 280’s approach to the bridge southeast of the river, said Joe Rutherford, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The cause of the collapse was under investigation, he said. “There’s massive damage,” Toledo Fire Capt. Robert Krause said. Source: mansfield news journal My photog buddy Mike got a call and had to go up and take photos. He said it was rather graphic.

LeBron James Jersy

Way back in October (yes, October) I ordered a a LeBron James jersey from the NBA Store. I got it today, after talking to 4 different people, 4 different times. It would have taken less time to walk to Cleveland and gone to a game at the Gund for crying out loud!

February 18, 2004

Its Official, A-Rod in Pin Stripes

After a couple days of half the nation hoping the deal would go through, and the other half the nation hoping it would slip like the BoSox deal did, it is finally over. A-Rod is now a Yankee. Are you getting tired of hearing about it? Is it better then hearing about Janet Jackson or Paris Hilton? I am really getting tired of hearing about how A-Rod and Jeter will not get a long. Come on people! Most of my friends that follow baseball hate the Yankees. Now I rooted for the Marlins but I don't hate the Yankees. I think this trade was good for baseball. It is really a shame seeing a great player on a very bad team (LeBron James for example). Question: Will Derek Jeter be the Jordan or the Pippen of the relationship?

OmniWeb 5 Beta 2 Is Out

OmniWeb 5 beta 2 is now out. GO GET IT. I would have written up my own review, but I do not have the time. Suffice it to say I really like the new features. You NEED to try out this beta. I like it better then Safari. For a wonderful look at what is new in OmniWeb 5, check out John Gruber's assessment.

February 21, 2004


The Community Storage & Property site is done. I need a few more PDF files from the client, and then it is a done deal. Next up are a couple more projects from this same client, which sure is a nice thing. I will keep you posted.

How Much SPAM do you receive these days?

SPAM is getting worse and worse. The Canned Spam law is not working, or if it is, I am not seeing its benefit. So tell me (vote in my poll) what percentage of your email is spam. My POPFile statistics say 85.60% of my mail is SPAM. The filter is 99.13% accurate at distinguishing that SPAM. I have not had to worry about a false positive in months, I just have to classify emails that POPFile is unsure of (it leaves them as unclassified, which means it doesn't count in the classification error tally).

Its been a busy month this week

Wow I have been busy. Way to busy to even think of my blog. But since I don't make a living bloggings, its the first thing that goes, as well as the video games. I haven't touched a controller in a couple weeks. My role at Student Publications is changing (again). It is exiting, and new. I am always up for a challenge, and this should be fun. My first task is to help streamline the entire production process. We also need to address the fact that our paper (BG News) is straying from the Style Guide set forth a number of years ago. I cannot blame it on the fact that the students are new to putting the paper together. This staff has an entire semester under their belt. My only conclusion is laziness. I am not happy with the way the paper is looking, and I am going to do something about it. Paul, the Director of Unigraphics, (same person I am making the FileMaker Pro database for) and I are going to beat this paper into shape if need be. If you want a laugh, take a look at the front page of todays paper. Take special note of the lines. Not good, not good. Oh, and check out the Pulse front, that is very well done. The Unigraphics Invoicing database is progressing very well. The University gave me a new set of fields and new way they need the export file to be exported, so I have been making these changes. Always changes. I have a couple feature additions that were just brought up. I also now know I need a multi-user login system. So I have FileMaker Server running on a G3, yet another box sitting in the office (added warmth, good for winter here in BG). I am also working on a new look for the system. It might be because I am getting tired of looking at it, but I just think the graphics were too ugly, and too much like Office apps. You can see the new GUI here. What do you think? Old screen shots are here.

Why your Movable Type blog must die

In the past, blogging was an interesting pastime. Now, with the advent of the ridiculously popular weblog package Movable Type, the Web is in risk of drowning under a tidal wave of morons who throttle search engines with writing that has no purpose and such PageRank-destroying features as "TrackBack". Source: kuro5hin.org Thanks Jim for the link! While this is a very funny post, it does pose a great point: Google is drowning in a sea of TrackBack (of which a portion is SPAM) and PageRank relevance has been on a decline. I for one think Google needs to tweak their algorithms a bit.

February 22, 2004

BBEdit 7.1

I have been a very long time BBEdit user. I have used it since about version 2.0. I have been doing OK, but not great without BBEdit 7 (or 6 for that matter). The last version I bought was 5. I have been using DW and/or SimpleText (yes it still lives, in the Developer Tools install) up untill now. I have had it tho! I broke down and got the upgreade to BBEdit 7.1. Now I work so much faster, I do not have to go to DW when I just want to edit code. The new Preview in BBEdit has got to be the best new feature! It automatically updates when the code is changed. This is the reason I own a wide screen laptop! The feature requires Safari, so I assume it uses WebKit to do the rendering in BBEdit. I chose electronic download, and was not given an option to buy a printed manual. I wonder if you get one if you were to choose the boxed version? I really liked the BBEdit 5 manual, why is it that no one sells manuals with their products anymore? Is it just me that likes to have a reference around to look at when I need info on x feature? I know I should have upgraded BBEdit long ago, it was just one of those things that I "got by" with just using DW for coding. Once again I am glad to have BBEdit. It is such an indispensable app. (This was written weeks ago, and has been in my "for blog" folder just waiting for the right time (read: any time at all) to post.

February 25, 2004

Woman Collapses During Showing of "The Passion Of The Christ"

Peggy Law, also known to some by her married name Peggy Scott is a respected figure in the local broadcasting community. The tragedy has hit some here at KAKE especially hard. She was a former employee. People viewing the movie at the Warren Theatre East say Law collapsed during the portion of the movie where the crucifixion of Christ was shown. A few off-duty doctors and nurses who were in the audience tried to revive her. But when she was taken away in the ambulance, authorities say Law still had no pulse. The movie has been criticized for it's graphic portrayal of Jesus' death. Religious leaders around the country and here in Wichita say people need to be prepared for the graphic brutality. Whether Law's death and the timing in the film are related, we will never know, but religious and medical officials stress this film is not for the faint-hearted. Source: KAKE.com Coincidence? I think so. But will there be a wild debate? Of course!

Howard Stern Show Taken Off Clear Channel Stations

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2004--Clear Channel Radio has suspended the broadcast of Viacom's Howard Stern show, consistent with its Responsible Broadcasting Initiative announced earlier today. After assessing the content of yesterday's Howard Stern show, Clear Channel worked with local market managers to take swift and decisive action.

"Clear Channel drew a line in the sand today with regard to protecting our listeners from indecent content and Howard Stern's show blew right through it," said John Hogan, president and CEO of Clear Channel Radio. "It was vulgar, offensive, and insulting, not just to women and African Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency. We will not air Howard Stern on Clear Channel stations until we are assured that his show will conform to acceptable standards of responsible broadcasting," Hogan said.

Source: Yahoo Finance So, can we expect to see a 5 second delay on the Howard Stern show now? UPDATE: 02/26/04 Howard Stern dropped from Clear Channel stations
LOS ANGELES, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Radio station giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. said on Wednesday it was dumping nationally syndicated shock jock Howard Stern from its stations under a new "zero tolerance" policy toward indecency.

In dropping Stern from its six radio outlets that carry his show, Clear Channel (NYSE:CCU - News) cited his interview on Tuesday with Rick Salomon, the man who was filmed having sex with hotel heiress and TV reality star Paris Hilton in a video widely distributed on Internet porn sites.

Be sure to read the 30+ comments on my post over at Blogcritics.org.

Switching to InDesign?

Here at Student Publications only Unigraphics has switched to InDesign. And they love it. This is partially due to the fact that they hate Quark of course. But they love using InDesign for all their projects. This might be changing. The BG News might be moving to InDesign. Which I would dearly love as well. I would also love moving to OS X so I can stop supporting OS 9, which is getting to be a pain since I do not actively use it. On March 9th Baseview and Adobe are putting on a dog and pony show in Chicago to showcase InDesign CS, InCopy CS, and NewsEdit Pro (thats a Baseview app). Paul and I will be there to see what they have to show. Unfortunately we already purchased Quark 6, because we were originally going to start using OS X last year. Adobe's volume licensing is really nice, and is better then Quark's educational pricing, but we already own Quark 6. So moving to InDesign would be $2000 down the drain. We shall see. I wish the Baseview upgrade (to OS X native versions) was not so high. But they can charge whatever they want, they are similar to M$ in that respect.

February 26, 2004

SPOILER ALERT - It's just like the Book

I can't wait to see The Passion of The Christ, I watched the PrimeTime Monday Interview, and this movie looks great. I hope it gets great reviews and hits #1 at the box office this weekend and for the 5 day earnings. I think it will do great, if not for anything but the fact that even bad publicity is good for business. From Blogcritics:
Seeing as though I am not Jewish, I probably would not understand the sentiment of fear this movie allegedly engenders, BUT I have read some/partly/most of the Bible and from my understanding ~ SPOILER ALERT~ the movie is just like the Book.
I too have read most of the Bible, and I am sure that this movie is pretty accurate to the Bible (joke). But as they say, the movie is never as good as the book, so we shall see. I plan on seeing The Passion this weekend sometime.

Microsoft deactivates ActiveX

If a single technology could represent Microsoft's past preference for features over security, that technology would likely be ActiveX. ...But while many Web sites use ActiveX components or controls for that purpose, more malicious sites could use ActiveX to run code on a visitor's computer. For years, security experts have complained that Microsoft's introduction of ActiveX merely served to give online attackers another way to breach the security of computer systems. ...So Chairman Bill Gates has now relegated what had been Microsoft's "Java killer" to the role of a pop-up ad--an annoyance for security-minded people. The company announced that the coming Windows XP Service Pack 2, which is focused on security, will allow consumers to block both pop-up ads and ActiveX scripting. After applying Service Pack 2, Internet Explorer users can permit or block pop-up ads, or request that they be polled every time an ad would appear. The mechanism for stopping ActiveX is identical. ...Perhaps Microsoft's decision to finally allow its customer to turn off a vulnerable feature may mean that the software giant's security initiative is truly a break with the past. Source: C|Net News.com Wouldn't that be a welcome change from the Redmond Behemoth? I am all for choice in Windows. I also for better security in Windows. But then those are two of the main reasons I use a Mac. From a web programmers perspective, I hate ActiveX. I am so happy to see it die. Mostly, I hate how it likes to hijack QuickTime content. When I was developing QuickTime intensive web sites for CTLT I always had to add extra safeguards that my content did not get co-opted by ActiveX. Thanks to my Dad for the link.

Brandon's "Breaking Windows"

Well, OK, he did not break it, but I could not resist the pun :-D. My buddy Brandon woke up to a wonderful sight the other day. Parked at his apartment, his rear windshield was busted by a beer bottle. Some people! Glass shattered all over the back seat, and the front seat. Not a fun mess to clean up.

Golf Warning

The Montana State Department of Fish & Wildlife is advising golfers to take extra precautions & be on the alert for bears while in the Gallatin, Helena & Lewis & Clark National Forests golf courses. They advise golfers to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not startle the bears unexpectedly. They also advise you to carry pepper spray in case of an encounter w/ a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity. Golfers should be able to recognize the difference between black bear & grizzly bear droppings on the golf course. Black bear droppings are smaller & contain berries & possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly droppings have bells in them & smell like pepper spray. Thanks to my Dad for sending this in!

February 27, 2004

Ecto 1.0.4 is Released

- ecto can import photos from the latest iPhoto film roll (MacOS 10.3 only). - images can now be resized before uploading (MacOS 10.3 only). - By default ecto now autosaves drafts (turn it off in Advanced Preferences). - Live preview implemented (can be turned on by clicking on Preview window's Preferences toolbar icon and setting the corresponding option) (MacOS 10.3 only). - RSS, Atom, and text export implemented (control-click on selected rows in the Entries and Drafts list and choose Export Selection from the popup menu). - Settings drawer remembers position (left or right). - Saving drafts did not save trackback urls. Fixed. - Added option to warn if posting without keywords (MT/TP only). - Alerting when posting without categories, summary, and/or keywords now allow to go ahead with posting anyway. - Fixed timezone issue when applying custom date to a recent entry. - Other minor fixes. Download it now!

Blogrolling.com Bought Out By Tucows

I'm writing this today to let you all know that Blogrolling has been acquired by the great folks at Tucows and this will be my last news posting. I will be sticking around behind the scenes for a few months helping the new team get their bearings and finishing up some fixes that I've been promising for the past few weeks. But after today I will no longer be the owner of Blogrolling.com. The decision to sell the company was a very difficult one for me and after talking to several companies who were interested, I decided on Tucows because they are an extremely upstanding group of guys (they're Canadian, after all!) who will treat all of you with care and respect. They are going to continue running Blogrolling as is, which was one of my reasons to go with them. I trust them wholeheartedly and am happy it's going to be taken care of by these fine folks. I've spent the better half of two years building Blogrolling from the ground up and it wouldn't have been such a stellar success if it wasn't for you all and all the friends I've made along the way. It's been a blast! You can still find me at Lockergnome.com behind the scenes and as author of the weekly Web Developers newsletter and blogging at Blogging.LA. From: Blogrolling News It will be interesting to see what happens to the service. I am still a paying member, although I chose a while ago not to use their service any more.

30 Free ZLauncher Skins

Some time ago on the Brighthand forums someone posted a link to some great free ZLauncher skins. The skins are no longer online, but I have them for you: ZLauncher Skins (3 MB zip) The best part are they are all Tungsten T3 (320x480) compatible. If you are a Bringhthand member, you might have noticed I posted these already, but forgot to post them here on my blog.

February 28, 2004

VeriSign sues ICANN for delaying services

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Internet infrastructure company VeriSign Inc.sued a domain-name oversight body Thursday, saying it had overstepped its authority when it prevented VeriSign from introducing new services.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has no authority to prevent VeriSign from rolling out a search engine for users who mistype Interent addressses, VeriSign said, as well another feature that allows users to sign up for a waiting list for desirable domain names

"This brazen attempt by ICANN to assume 'regulatory power' over VeriSign's business is a serious abuse of ICANN's technical coordination function," said VeriSign in the suit, which was filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles.

Source: Forbes

The balls that Verisign has! I wish they would die. DIE I SAY. I hate Verisign. First their marketing tactics pissed me off. Do you remember the sneeky, misleading mass mailings, trying to get people to move their domains to THEM even though your domain wasn't even close to expiring. I remember, I got one letter for each domain I owned at the time. Verisign did not make many people happy with those mailings, as a matter of fact they got a lot of flak about it.

ICANN, as far as I know, is a regulating body, and can kick Verisign's ass in the court room. And I hope they do. The best thing that VeriSign has done recently is sell Network Solutions (for which it should have never bought) and got out of the registrar business.

SiteFinder can go to hell (I have said that a lot) I have written a lot about this actually. I am adamant about my loathing for this SiteFinder feature.

Just to make things clear, as if you have not figured out that I am not a fan, the main reasons I cannot stand this SiteFinder thing are:
  • When I type a URL incorrectly, I really like the "feature" that lets me correct my mistake in the URL field. With SiteFinder I am forced to retype the entire URL. Does nonone read about usability these days?
  • I do not like to be force fed search engine "results" that has sponsored, as in payed for, links. When I want a search engine I type in Google, and when I mistyle that one, I still get there because Google is smart.
  • I do not want to be asked if I want to buy a domain name that I obviously mistyped. Hello people! Does that make sense?
  • Resolving everything, what SiteFinder does, breaks reverse lookups that anti-spam software uses. Why, oh why, would you want to break something that helps prevent spam.
I wait with baited breath to see how this plays out from here. Lets hope that SiteFinder gets shot down again just like it did the first time.

February 29, 2004

Back to Bloglet

At the beginning of the month I was ranting (go figure) about Bloglet. I emailed the Bloglet admin concerning that I brought up in that post from February 3. I never got a response. Surprised? Since I am using a better formed RSS 2.0 file, thanks to Neil, my RSS feed breaks Bloglet. Instead of taking the suggestions of incorporating standards, Bloglet still has its quarks. Since I have not touched my RDF file in a while, I figure that Bloglet will like a malformed old XML standard, and guess what? It does! I'd love to setup Dada, but thats not gonna happen. And since I actually picked up some new subscriptions (thanks!) I am back to using Bloglet. Happy happy, joy joy! Oh, and yes, I have added full entries in the RDF feed.

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