Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Gmail

Just curious, how many people use gmail. How many people haven't heard of it. If you do use it, do you like the single-folder inbox?

I am a huge fan of the entire system, so much so that I don't use anything else for my email. I've even given up the Apple Mail (yes, I know it can work with Gmail, I just like the web interface that much.

Ever since I first discovered MP3s in 1995-6 I have wished that everything had ID3 tags. Now with Flickr and Technorati and and iTunes and GMAIL, just about everything does.

Back to the Airport.

My buddy is flying in from DFW tonight. He flew out there for Thanksgiving with his family. He bought round trip tickets on the shuttle from Concord, NH to Logan, without even making sure he could catch the return trip. His flight arrives at 9:26, but the last shuttle trip leaves at 9:30.

Guess its a good thing I offered to pick him up anyway.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Microsoft. Nuff Said

A solution is available: follow instructions in the Knowledge Base article

Thank you for submitting an error report.

Problem description

The error was likely caused by Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Solution

To view details about how to fix this problem, click the link under Additional Technical Information below. This link will take you to a Microsoft Support Knowledge Base (KB) article. Please follow the steps in the article to fix your computer problem. Note: If you do not follow the steps, you may continue to see the same error on your computer.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to go to an article to solve this problem?

In the past, you may have downloaded an update from the Windows Update website to fix a specific problem on your computer. Occasionally, you may encounter errors that require you to make manual changes to your computer. While Microsoft may include these fixes in future Windows Update releases, following the steps in the recommended article is the fastest way to fix your computer problem.

What is a Knowledge Base article?

Knowledge Base articles contain specific steps about how to fix an error or problem you're encountering on your computer. You can search all Microsoft Knowledge Base articles on the Microsoft Support site.

Additional Technical Information




Sunday, November 20, 2005

Vacation

Sharon & I will be going to Ohio this week for Thanksgiving. I'll probably be taking lots of pictures, but I don't know what kind of 'net access, if any, we'll have.

We're leaving Monday morning, and will be back Friday evening.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mario Kart DS

I got my copy of Mario Kart DS today. It kicks ass. Anyone who's lookin to play can find me using my friend ID:

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Skype

Among other new things is my new Bluespoon AX2 wireless headset. I got this for my cell phone & my laptop, as both support bluetooth. If you've got skype & want to talk, you can find me as byron [dot] bowerman.

If you don't know what skype is, check out their site for more info.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

iTunes & Podcasts

Having more issues with iTunes

The playlists "New Podcasts" does not contain any songs playable by Party Shuffle. Are you sure you want to choose this playlist?

The smart playlist has 3 requirements, Podcast is true, Kind contains ""audio file", & play count is 0.

The idea is that I could catch up on all of my podcasts while working, without having to keep going back into iTunes to double click on files. The problem: when playing podcasts from the podcast section of your library, at the end of the file the playback stops. There is no automatic track advance. First step was creating the playlist, so all of the files were in order, and all of the videocasts were removed. This worked quite well, but again, playback stops after each track.

For someone so addicted to my Mac, my iPod, & iTunes in general, I am becomming seriously pissed off at Apple, for what I feel are idiotic issues with the software that I use the most.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Podcasts, anyone?

Just like the webcomics post a few days ago, I am interested in what podcasts you listen to. What aggregator, or podcatcher, do you use? Do you have a pmp? Which? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

I have an iPod, and (obviously) use iTunes. I was using iTunes long before I got an iPod, however, so I realize that some of you may also.

    My list, right now, consists of:
  • Daily Source Code by Adam Curry [web] [iTMS]
  • Off the Hook & Off the Wall by 2600 [web] [iTMS]
  • Mashup of the week by Mashuptown [web] [iTMS]
  • The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd [web] [iTMS]
  • Podfinder also by Adam Curry [web] [iTMS]

I've also subscribed to Channel Frederator [web] [iTMS] and Line Item Vito [web] [iTMS], both of which are vidcasts.

I don't own a video iPod, but am seriously lusting after one right now. At first, I didn't really see the point. And I still resent the fact that there's no FireWire support. I mean, hello? FIREWIRE800??!?!?!?!?!?! Seriously. But the more I think about it, the more adding video capability to my iPod seems like a great idea.

Random Rant

I hate squatters. People who register a domain name, and then do nothing with it. People who register it for a decade and have a page with tons of popups and other useless shit on it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

11th Post!!! Bloglet

Holy crap! Today has been a busy news day. More posts today than in the last few weeks combined! I are proud of myself.

I haven't had the time to really read any of my daily sites today. I slept most of the afternoon, and have spent the rest of the day between skool, movies, and the site. After I pick up Sharon, I have a feeling we're going to blockbuster. Maybe during episode V, I'll have time to finish up the Watch blog changes that I've been working on. As you can see now, the listing is back to functional. I need to get the item pages up. I still haven't decided if I'm gunna bother with archive pages or not...

Jeni called. They're on the way to see a couple movies @ the drive in, and just wanted to say "hi". Its always good to hear from old friends.

Most of the Halloween decorations are down. Ok, only about half of them. But I plan on leaving the rope lights out, and I kinda like having the blue & black lights in the living room/office. Just the right amount of light to work by.

Well, Shay should be done any minute, so I'd better head on out.

iTunes :)

I Solved the problem. I just shared my library from my mac, and wiped all the music off the thinkpad. Now I just have 1 copy. Well, 2 if you count my iPod.

I am so smart, I am so smart S-M-R-T.... D'oh!

Blogger

I'm still working on template updates. I've had almost endless small issues keep interfering with what I want to do. I don't really like the Blogger interface for editing templates, so I'm using a text editor, which means a LOT of copy & paste action, and a LOT of waiting for things to publish...

Not to mention when all of a sudden, one of the files gets locked, and I have to wait about ten minutes for the lock to clear before I can re-publish anything.

I guess its all caused by the rather complicated things I am trying to do within the confines of this free service. And I recognize that there will be issues with that. I am doing things in a highly customized manner. I don't expect it to work flawlessly all the time. But when an undocumented issue keeps my page from working all day (through several hours of work) I get kinda frustrated. I'm at the point now where I'm just glad I figured it out.

The problem, it seems, is that the <BloggerPreviousItems> tags must NOT be inside the <Blogger> tags. I was unable to find this information out anywhere on the Blogger site (don't get me started about their documentation) but had to stumble blindly, till in a moment of desperation, I removed everything but the <BloggerPreviousItems> tags to see whathell was going on.

Blogger. I know you offer free shit. I like free. Who doesn't? I also think that you've gone a lot farther in the way of documentation than others who offer free services tend to go. I'm grateful. But please, please, get someone to help with the documentation. More examples, not to mention much more complete explanations of complex topics is needed.

Google Reader

I stumbled across this while trying to read some RSS feeds the other day from the recently tightly locked down VSEA interweb.
This is a great program, and even though most of the RSS feeds were blocked by the VSEA hellhounds, I found an interesting way of avoiding them.

Step 1: Google with site: inurl:xml (or rss, depending on the site)
Step 2: Right click and choose Copy Link Location
Step 3: Paste the link into the Feed URL of Google Reader's subscribe panel

You should notice that instead of www.site.com/feed.xml it pastes in a lot of wierd shit. This wierd shit is the trick, its a link to the Google cache (I assume) of the feed you're trying to view. While it may result in a delay in new feed items showing up, it completely bypasses my corporate web-nazi.


The above works with FireFox, if you don't have it: GET IT!

Leetspeek

This is new to me, but I'm obviously ool. There's a hoodie walking around with

1f y0u c4n r34d 7h15 y0u n33d t0 g37 141d
on it. It took me a couple times to realize the humor... Not because I'm 7337, but because--like most people--I read words, not letters, and there's enough there for my brain to just read it.

So funny, I forgot to laugh. Literally. Now, that's sad.

Edits underway

I am currently fiddling with the blog to get some added functionality out of the recently read & watched sections... This has caused both sections to be very unreliable. Alas, I must head for class, leaving the blog in this state...

I'll get on it as soon as possible. If only ITT had WiFi access, I could do this from class!!!

My techie self

An interesting, if infrequently updated, geek-find. I stumbled across this one whilst looking for FireFox extensions.

iTunes :(

Arghhhh...

Problem. I have 2 computers. *gasp* I have 2 (almost) identical iTunes playlists. My mac has all of my purchased music on it, my thinkpad has (almost) everything else.

I sync my 30gig photo with my mac.

I've run in to the issue where some of the music on my thinkpad has ratings and such, and the identical songs on my mac don't... Its quite a few, so I'd rather not go through and transfer the ratings manually.

Is there anyway to automate processing the 2 different iTunes XML files so that the playcounts, ratings, groupings of songs get copied over? Assuming of course that the song names, album names, etc are the same?

Site Updates

I've accidentally stumbled across backlinks, which appear to be fancy trackbacks from blogs listed by blogsearch.

Integration. Nice.

I've been trying to integrate these new trackbacks into the blog, so lets see how it works. I've also made some changes to the post footers, and the general layout. Nothing too, too major, but all together, noteworthy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Watch turns 50.

I just realized that the Recently Watched section of this site has hit 50 posts.

There are still several posts in *working* status; Shay *ahem* needs to get her act together!

I will also be working getting some proper formatting for the post pages. (Right now they don't looky so good.

Droids

Is it just me, or does C3P0 make Marvin look like a decent companion?

Just food for thought...

Very Scary

I just read this on /., and its quite scary. To think, that this is America...

Watching Revenge of the Sith last night, it was very easy to see the connection between Bush & Palpatine...

America, the first World Empire

Other than all those empires that came before... Uh... They don't count... Or something.

Lame Duck (update)

Although last night was pretty pathetic as a party, Sharon & I managed to have a good Halloween anyway.

It was more like having a friend over to watch a movie than a party, but it wasn't a bad evening.

And we enjoyed decorating the place, and now have a healthy respect for what a royal pain in the ass it is.

Just wanted to clarify, lest anyone get the idea that I was miserably...