After much urging from the developers at WordPress, (2 emails sent to my domain name) I finally decided to upgrade my self-installation.
You may remember my last update was Version 3.8.3, and I was starting to get about a dozen spam comments a day (up from two or three a week). So it was probably time for an upgrade.
In my old age, I’m hesitant, now, to update/upgrade to the latest version, because while new features are neat, I find functionality falls away to user-friendliness. And this compounds version over version. (more…)
Some of you may have noticed, (though The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com don’t know why, since updates on this site have been few and far between) that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was NOT a delightful alternative to the Error 404 – Not Found.
From the "Who-is-going-to-pick-up-all-these-dropped-packets?" Department
It was a sad day, yesterday, in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Geek-O-Sphere. The long-time faithful router that served IP addresses to countless computers for about ten years, finally served its last packet.
From the "And-I-saw-a-Pale-Horse-with-a-Pale-Rider-Upon-it" Department
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.”
8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
During my University of Arizona days, I often hung out with friends in the Student Union between classes. It was a unique thing, as since there were so many of us, we would just camp at this one group of tables in one of the quieter restaurants. People would come and go, but there was always someone at the table from when the place opened to after dinner before the various evening activities. It was so regular that the restaurant staff made sure the collected tables were all set up for us when we arrived at the start of their day.
We would sit and chat, eat, study, tutor, unwind, or whatever, it was a great place to hang out because everyone knew your name, and if they didn’t they knew the next day. It was nice, because it was a safe place with trusted people. Most of us lived off campus and used that table as a place to congregate and keep our stuff, so we didn’t have to lug everything around. Because we trusted everyone it was a place for peace of mind. There were many tales retold that originated from “The Table at Cafe Sonoroa”.
I spent much of my University free time at that table, as did many of us, because it was such a friendly place. Other patrons even noticed, and eventually joined us, because they liked the familiar camaraderie.
Some of the people who read this website were part of that daily ritual, that is how close we were, including The-Evil-Doctor-Merlin-Channing-Lowe-Jr., Growler, and The-Roommate-Formerly-Known-as-Matthew-Maynard along with his, then, future wife.
The Table, the Cafe, and even the Student Union no longer exist, but it is comforting to know that the friendships solidified there have lasted through today.
So while people were scribbling papers, or doing math homework, I was often working on my Astrophysics homework, or helping people with their college algebra. (Which was actually more helpful for me to keep my skills sharp than helping them pass their classes. But they passed with flying colors anyway.)
Often, I’d be working on a Astronomy exercise where I would take one equation and derive a different equation to solve a question/problem. One technique in these kinds of exercises was to find terms which converged to zero, so you could drop them out and concentrate on the rest of the integral or quantum statements.
I’d try this, and a term which I expected to converge to zero would actually “explode” to infinity. (The opposite of what I intended and I’d drop my pen/pencil to the page in frustration, as I tried to find the mistake in my math.) (more…)
The functionality of the page include all the posts written by said Author. (RIght now there are only three Authors who have written posts on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com. THREE you say? Yes. Read on.) There are currently 25 users. (more…)
From the "I'm-from-the-government-and-I'm-here-to-help" Department
The State of Fear: Take a subject that people are familiar with, but do not know much about, and twist some ideas around to make things more emotionally stimulating.
Journalism: See State of Fear
Everyone uses the Internet, most have no idea how it works. Shewt, I know more than most, and I’m still cloudy in some areas, especially on the macro design/structure, just because it is so nebulous. But this headline pissed me off when I read it:
It was around the same time that we were truly utilizing the Home Network when several of us installed the First Person Shooter, Rainbow Six. At one time there were four of us playing in a network environment. (more…)
I was trolling through YouTube the other day, and came upon a little surprise. Which leads me to this Flashback in the days of Yore (Say, 10 years ago)
Once Upon a time, there was a house of college students/grad students/young working stiffs. Two of the inhabitants were The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, and The-Evil-Doctor-Merlin-Channing-Lowe-Jr.. One of our pastimes (which there were many) was playing console games on a ghettotastic PlayStation Version 1.
There were several games that Chan and I would play head-to-head on. (Thus cementing our arch-nemesii status.) But there were games that had no head-to-head function, but still many of us in the house derived much pleasure from. One of those games was the Granddaddy of GTA, Driver: You are the Wheelman. (more…)
From the "Houston, Tranquility-Base-here, The-Eagle-has-landed" Department
Forty Years ago, on the moment of the time stamp of this article, Neil Armstrong descended the Ladder of the Lunar Module. Two passengers which left Earth on Apollo XI, on July 16, 1969 had finally arrived.
The words, “One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind” are now memorized by students all over the United States and the World. And while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were wearing the flag of the United States, they truly were representatives of the planet Earth, and not one singular nation, which was represented by the Mission Patch of Apollo XI.
From the "A-Delightful-Non-Alternative-to-404-Not-Found" Department
If you didn’t notice, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com and its environs were down for a few hours this morning (Pacific TIme) and just recently came back up.
In my previous employment, one of my tasks was to find patterns in support requests or errors and determine a Root Cause. Sometimes this was something technical, it could be weather related, or in many cases it was user behavior.
I think I’ve determined a pattern with my downtime. (more…)
As of Today, Analog Television has gone the way of the Dinosaur in the United States.
Personally, I don’t understand why the big rush from Analog to digital took place.
When I first heard of this changeover, it was to give more bandwidth to the Cell Phone Market. But Cellphones got tired of waiting for the change over, and moved to a whole different band, and didn’t need the UHF or VHF frequency ranges anymore.
Now that Frequency Band will be vacant and for sale by the FCC. So what is the rush? (more…)
I used MovieLens, for years, to help me decide what movies I would like, or might not like, before I watch them (and I’ve been quite pleased with the results)
Netflix is the service I use to rent movies, online, and receive DVDs through the mail. (more…)
Just an FYI to readers/commenters. It appears there is an issue with the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com webhost; as Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has been cycling through two different version histories, over the past few days.
I would suggest not leaving any comments until the issue is resolved. (more…)
From the "If-you-want-to-draw-pretty-pictures: get-a-mac; if-you-want-to-play-video-games: get-a-windows-PC; if-you-want-to-take-over-the-world..." Department
I was mildly informed yesterday that Wal-Mart was having a sale on a new notebook computer, for a very unbelievable price. So I went to pick one up and brought it home, and after booting it up, was very disappointed in the fact that it came OEM with Windows Vista Home Basic.
So I said to myself, “Self, this is unacceptable.” (more…)
From the "Horked: It's-a-technical-term" Department
All you WordPress users (The installed version, not the WordPress.com version); I’ve been trying to download and unzip the new 2.6.2 release and it is horking both my Windows Unzip utility and WinZip. (more…)
From the "Oh-No! It's-Fire-fox-three-point-Oh; Go-Go-Mozilla! Weeeee-ooooooo" Department
Today, the people at Mozilla released the MR of their award winning Web Browser Firefox 3.0. (The browser most recommended for Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com)
So it is installed, and Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com looks as it was designed, so I’m happy with it. There are a bunch of new features and whatnot in the Release Notes which I will be slowly checking out. (more…)
I’ve been updating some of the plugins for WordPress today.
The first, you should notice, are the Recent Comments in the side bar. I’m using a new Vendor for this, and I like the result. For one, the output is more customizable, and for two, the Trackbacks/Pingbacks don’t get in the way.
The second, I’ve added a third layer to the Spam Prevention Schema. (more…)
From the "And-all-they-hear-is... well... what-they-want-to" Department
Sometimes, when I’m walking about, during my day, and I have my iPod headphones crammed in my ears. I see the looks from my fellow passers by, and they are looks of, well, I guess you could call them looks of disappointment, or even perhaps disdain. Their eyes are asking the tacit question: “Why is that tall white boy separating himself?”
I’m noticing a weird new trend in my not-so-daily blogging career.
It seems, that just minutes, or hours after I post, I get at least one pingback or trackback from some strange “robot site”.
Usually these sites have a theme, like Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama, or hemroids, and they link with the phrase, “Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has an interesting post: [Insert Article Title]
[Then an incomplete excerpt]” (more…)
Once upon a Time, long time web associate Geof Morris published an article about his Uber-Smart iTunes Playlists (I would link to it, but it seems to have vanished from all his many blogs).
Anyways, I borrowed quite a few of them, and added a few of my own.
After swapping iPods with my friends, I’ve noticed a disparity with our playlists. Most people create playlists which are simply glorified sorts or single filters of existing fields in the iTunes Library, like (I want a list of all my Jazz music, or I want a list of all my music from the 1970s.)
But one thing I’ve always appreciated about iTunes, over the other MP3 softwares out there, is their playlist functionality.
(You can stop reading, from here on Cisco… the rest is going to be iPod geek talk)
So, since iPods are now almost as prolific as Cell Phones, I thought I would return the favor to those newer iPod/iTunes users.
It would still play, but I was not able to synchronize with iTunes on my notebook computer. I spent a few days troubleshooting the little device and came to the conclusion that the harddrive inside the 4th Generation iPod was clicking uncomfortably when attempting to write. It is dying.
Dad learned of my dilemma and was quick to offer a new iPod as a Christmas Present. (more…)
From the "When-The-Earth-got-another-Moon" Department
Something I’ve been fascinated by in the past year, is this construct called the Military Industrial Complex. This name that Eisenhower assigned to the machine in society which encourages advancement, discovery, and even war.
In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.
This is like two lousy ideas that go lousy together! (more…)
From the "So-Hologramic oh-my T-V-C-one-five" Department
I don’t know if I should be concerned.
While I was in THREE HOURS of teleconference Meetings (2.5 of which I blame Cisco for), a Contractor was wandering around the cubicle jungle, and came by my desk with a device that looked like it came out of the movie GhostBusters. (more…)
From the "And-what-will-they-read, if-there-is-nothing-written? And-what-will-be-written-if-there-are-no-creators?" Department
I was perusing one of the corporate blogs of the Not-So-Small-Software-Organization, and came across the following chart. It categorizes the current internet population from the Creators of content to the Readers of said content, to the people who never touch a dial up connection.
From the "I-am-in-the-box, I-am-in-the-box, where-can-I-be, I-am-in-the-box." Department
Fox News has been reporting about a recent Pew survey, I found it rather interesting.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that adult Americans are broadly divided into three groups: 31 percent are elite technology users, 20 percent are moderate users and the remainder have little or no usage of the Internet or cell phones.
From the "It seems that you've been living two lives. One life, you're Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, respectable blog and website. The other life is lived in spammer, where you go by the hacker alias "Orlanger-dot-org" and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not." Department
Hopefully, none of you know, there are TWO websites currently being hosted on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
The one you are reading, and another using more subversive methods. (more…)
From the "It-was-only-CDs-back-in '92..." Department
During my Internet Free Weekend, I was listening to the Satellite Radio a lot, and listening to re-runs of Martha Quinn Presents Gods of the Big 80s. A nostalgic, yet amusing, program, and highly recommended by Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com if you are able to listen to it.
But she brought up a study on the effects of downloading music and the recording industry. (more…)
From the "Well, it's-a-well-known-fact, that-there's-a-secret-society of-the-five-wealthiest-people-in-the-world, known-as The-Pentavirate, who-run-everything-in-the-world, including-the-newspapers, and-meet-tri-annually at-a-secret-country-mansion-in-Colorado, known-as-The-Meadows." Department
When I was attending the University of Arizona, I came across a very strange ad in the Daily Wildcat student Newspaper.
(Below the Fold)
It was some kind of weird game. I picked it up, looked at it, thought about it, but eventually put it down. At first glance it appeared to be some kind of tricky religion puzzle, but as you looked again, it appeared far more twisted; bringing science, and history references, seemingly out of nowhere. But there was a non-obvious pattern afoot, which of course seeded my curiosity.
I learned from a few of my learned friends that this kind of add appeared every May, by some crazy guy, or something.
Still, it takes a lot of crazy to come up with that.
I later forgot about those DaVinci-esque ads and left the University of Arizona behind me in my personal history.
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The Google computer physicists have been hard at work deciphering the laws of time and space. Today we have added another day to the week. We call it GooDay (or G’day in Australia). It falls between Saturday and Sunday, and its sole purpose is to be a spare day for catching up on fun.
What should I do on GooDay?
Whatever you like! Have a party. Grill up some burgers. Sleep in late. Go hiking. Set up your new Internet connection. Or all of the above! (we plan on eating pizza, drinking wine, and playing board games)
From the "In-the-Future, everyone-will-have-15-minutes-of-privacy" Department
First, there were websites; people knew who you were
Then, there were blogs; websites which let everyone know who you are, and what you thought
Then, there was myspace; websites which let everyone know who you are, what you do, what you like, who your friends are, and who was stalking you.
Then, signal-to-noise ratio went downhill.
Now, I see a new “service”, called, Twitter. It is essentially a personal tagging engine, so you can share with the world what you are doing. right now. or right. now. And populating a database with stuff that makes my mindless banter almost seem entertaining. (more…)
From the "There's-a-guy-who-works-in-another-room, or-on-another-floor" Department
Since the dawn of the Internet Age, I’ve seen several of these “How to make Geek employees happy” lists. Most are quite condescending: “I am Geek, you don’t understand me, make special cases for me, and give me what I want, and accept my iconoclastic behavior.”
This is a little more of the same, but for the first time, I really identified with one in particular:
Just a friendly reminder from The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, to all of our readers in states where they still worship the sun, you are changing you clocks EARLY, this year, on Sunday March 11, 2007.
The Y2K anarchist in me wants to see schedule carnage of DST2K7. (more…)
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State/Region : Beijing
City : Beijing
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Distance : 6,600 miles
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From the "Iâ€™m-on top-of-the-world-looking down-on-this-software, And-the-only-explanation-I-can-find Is-that Microsoft's-nuts, and-thinks-that-You're-a-klutz, So-Vista's-put-you-on-top-of-the-world." Department
I’m one of the lucky schmucks who gets to test the new Microsoft Vista to see if it will work in our corporate culture.
Check it out:
Language English (United States) en-us
Operating System Microsoft WinVista
Browser Firefox 2.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:126.96.36.199) Gecko/20061204 Firefox/188.8.131.52
Resolution : 1280 x 1024
Color Depth : 32 bits
Time of Visit Dec 22 2006 6:18:38 am
Last Page View Dec 22 2006 6:18:38 am
Visit Length 0 seconds
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Visit Exit Page http://jeremygilby.com/
So far, my review: It makes me feel like I’m using a Mac.
I hate it. (more…)
From the "See-that-girl, watch-that-scene, You-are-the-Spamming-queen." Department
After registering for a site recently, I got this response in e-mail:
I was just looking through the DB to find something and noticed that you made an email address specifically for [Site Name]. I found that a unique, smart, and funny use of having your own domain. Auto-email filters. Very cool.
Oh, and welcome to [Site Name].
Yes Robert, you have stumbled on the genius of the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com primary Spam Deterrence. (more…)
From the "It's-the-people-with follow-through who-excel" Department
Cisco pointed me to Google Labs the other night (There is always something brewing over there in their Lunar Labs), and asked if I had tried their new Beta: Google Spreadsheets, which is in limited Beta.
So I quickly signed up and requested an invitation to join. I got the acceptace e-mail yesterday.
So now I’ve been playing in web-spreadsheets. (more…)
Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.
When I first started Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com (I originally registered this domain name in August of 2000) I really didn’t know what I was going to do with it. After trying a humor cult-of-personality blog elsewhere, I decided, hey, I could create something more personal for Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, and here it was. (more…)
Today, I was prompted by my computer to download the latest update to Apple’s iTunes.
I did so, cause I know that its probably for the best that I do this. (Updates are good, they have bug fixes, bugs are bad.)
But, here is my gripe. NOWHERE can I find any release notes telling me what I’m installing!
Hello! Yes, I know you are the mighty-user-friendly-Apple-Computer, the majority of your users are not smart enough to understand such a weighty topic as “Release Notes” but some of us actually CARE about what we put on our PCs. (more…)
I’m not sure what my stance is on the recent news that Google is bowing to the oppresive Great Firewall of China; or how I feel about the backlash that Google is getting as a result of their business decision.
As I’ve said before, I love Google Maps, and I’ve had some nice downtime just exploring the Earth with it. I’ve found a few gems myself (Like the U.S.S. New Jersey, outside, New Jersey; or the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, [or at least her berth, now -.ed] bearthed at San Diego; and I think this is the U.S.S. America, which was decomissioned and then sunk off the Virginia/North Carolina Coast just last year).
Somehow, somewhere, in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com web-architecture; the mySQL server went FOOM.
(FOOM is a technical term. It looks and sounds like something blowing up, but without the combustion of blowing up. It can involve smoke.)
[Okay, I had to add that to the Vernacular Glossary Database (Which also uses the same broken mySQL) – ed.] (more…)
I just updated Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the recently released Version 2.0. It wasn’t all that difficult of an upgrade, and Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com visitors should not see anything different. (Most of the changes were done in the back end)
From the "Handbooks-the-size-of-your-leg" Department
One of the more annoying things to a professional geek, is the constant badgering about passwords and security compliance.
Now, I’m not the most co-operative person when it comes to mandates from the IT department in our cubicle jungle; but at the same time, I’m also one of the least threatening users in the cubicle jungle.
So I find it tedious, and unproductive to constantly change my logins and passwords for the variety of internal tools that I use every 45 days.
(and all the rules about passwords that come with it: You can’t alternate! You can’t have real words! You have to use gibbrish characters! You HAVE to use letters AND Numbers! It HAS to be 16 characters long! You can’t be able to type it with one hand! The numbers can’t be sequential! The passwords can’t be sequential! The passwords cannot be changed on the Full Moon! You have to capitalize every other character non sequentially! You can’t be able to remember the password! You can’t write the password down!)
Today, a colleague and I were discussing the fact that yet another tool was swallowed by the password police.
I mean, I can understand the need for security, but I can’t understand (and there is probably a reason) why we’re trying to enforce a 3rd-party standards and practice on all our internal systems.
Then I looked down at my desk, and saw something funny. My infamous non-Macintosh Mac is ISO 9000 compliant (and probably the ONLY ISO Compliant system in the organization)
From the "Does-this-make-me-an-image-spammer?" Department
Having a website has some strange sideeffects. One of these things is that people take your content and publish them on their own sites (Almost claiming YOUR content for theirs) (And using your bandwidth in the process)
Granted, I’m guilty of this too, but there are some images I’ve been getting mucho hits on, but with no actual visits to my site.
From the "Well..., We-got-this-here-box" Department
I discovered something whilst perusing Wil-Wheaton-dot-net (Yes, THAT Wil Wheaton).
Anyways, there seems to be a craze going across America, called LetterBoxing. From the looks of it, it sounds pretty cool! (more…)
From the "Where-can-I-find-the-Redundancy-Department?" Department
A lot of you (okay ONE of you) have asked about the strange Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Department nomenclature:
Or, you may or may not have noticed the quirky Department names that appear under the meta-headings of most recent posts which appear on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
Well, it shouldn’t be a secret that the Departments are just made up at the time of the post. Most are just second ideas for titles for individual posts. Others are just something unique and funny to a select few readers who might stumble by, others are inside jokes. Some are funny, others are not.
From the "The-Revolution-will-be-streamed-live" Department
There is a lot of chatter around the Blogosphere regarding an excellent article on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion-Journal-dot-com, from the amazing Peggy Noonan, and her perspective on the news blogs vs. the MSM.
It is probably the best opinion on the subject which I have observed. (more…)
You may remember my Previous Post concerning the idea and potential of Satellite Radio.
Well, I had some bonus gift-certificate cash after becoming one of the PodPeople, so I appeased my Geek-Curiosity and purchased a Sirius Satelite system. It arrived last night, so I activated it. (more…)
Last week, the cubicle jungle rewarded me with about 34 gift certificates to the vendor of my choice. I chose the mighty-mighty Amazon-dot-com. I actually bought two items (the next article will talk about the second item(s))
But to make a long story short… [Too Late]
I’ve become one of the PodPeople. (more…)
One thing I’m taking advantage of this Thansgiving time off is a chance to rest my left leg.
I’ve not addessed it before, but I strained my calf muscle on my left-leg playing baseball on Sunday. (Yes, Mom, I know I said I wouldn’t get hurt…)
I can walk on it, but it hurts, and its stiff; so I’m spending today and tomorrow in bed, to give the leg a chance to heal on its own. This happened before, and it took about a week to mend itself (and that week I was on the move all week, so I wasn’t doing myself any favors.) (more…)
I wanna branch out; I used to be a huge talk-radio junkie, but after I moved to Arizona, I fell away from it (it was probably a good thing.) But now, there are some pretty good shows out there I’m interested in listening to, but I don’t always have a radio or a good-stable station with a decent signal-to-noise ratio where I can listen to such entertainment.
But now I hear about these Satelite Radio Vendors, there are some people at work who use it, and are happy with it. So, Okay, I’m curious. So, Kind-and-faithful-readership, what is your opinion of paid subscription Satelite Radio? (more…)
From the "Its-Firefox-one-point-oh, Go-Go-Mozilla!" Department
As some of you know, I was one of the first users of Mozilla‘s “Phoenix” browser. (I first downloaded this product when it was 0.1)
It was renamed to Firebird, and then FireFox because of various trademark infringements, but now, that project has now left the beta stage and is now a 1.0 product.
That means you have no exuses to not download it.
So do it!
Do it now! (more…)
From the "If-I-could-talk-with-the-animals" Department
For those of you who have seen my library, I’m a big fan of the O’Reilly brand of geek-books. They are unique in their design and the subject matter is covered very well. While its rare for me to read a technical book all the way through, O’Reilly’s authors makes it easy. They are a “Dummies” manual for non-dummies.
From the "Social-Networking-dot-net; its-DOT-COM!" Department
At latest count there are at least 34 “social network” websites out there devoted to connect people to other people. They always have some kind of gimmick to get people to log on and try it. Some hook.
Well, after seeing the popularity of this latest one e-Harmony-dot-com, I’ve come up with a new idea, that is bound to take off.
From the "New-and-creative-ways-to-use-the-HOSTS-File" Department
Are you like me, do you like to browse the web for news, sports, whatnot, and you are frustrated with the LAG you suffer between pages. And you later find that its becuase of the rampant advertisements on these sites?
Do you look at the wares they are selling?
Do you click on those annoying flashing devices cluttering your text?
Should you have to see it?
Is it me, or has there suddenly been an outburst of Spam in recent days. Its been so bad that I’ve had to put up a thicker anti-spam wall on my various E-mail accounts around the World Wide Web.
This is getting out of control. SPAM is one of the most frustrating points of my existence here in the internet age. When 19 out of 20 peices of mail are from people I don’t want to hear from, its a bad thing. (more…)
In my daily life, I’ve often found myself working as a free consultant to my friends and family regarding computers, specifically the software end of things. In this role, I’ve often found myself recommending certain softwares to people, based on the problems they have gotten themselves in, or simply so they could make an informed choice.
So Jeremy-Gilby-Dot-Com presents:
The Jeremy-Gilby-Dot-Com Seal of Approval:Software Edition
You are in good company, many other square roots are also irrational numbers. Just by being a square root you have been branded a radical. You are considered very attractive, especially by Europeans (at least on paper.)
You fear that a relationship with another √2 may somehow end up complex and ultimately imaginary. In reality, only another √2 will make you whole.
Well, as some of you might recall, I inherited a Free PC, around last year. And I had a little geek adventure with Memory, and Operating Systems, well, the latest geek adventure was the harddrive. (more…)
Yesterday, the boys and girls at Mozilla.org announced the MR of Version 1.4!
This looks to be the last of the major releases for the Mozilla Suite for awhile and their development time is going towards thier smaller projects: Their Lite Browser (Firebird) and their Mail Client (Minotaur).
Junkmail filtering in Mozilla Mail (Mozilla is starting to become my favorite E-mail reader)
Improved Pop-Up Blocking (not that I had any issues with previous pop-up blocking)
Aside, when will the Marketeers learn that we are trying to do everything possible to avoid their spam? So STOP SENDING IT TO US!
Image Resizing (while I’m not a big fan of this, I am now running my various PCs at higher resolutions and images are becoming smaller and smaller, this should help.)
Dynamic Profile Switching (While I don’t use multiple profiles, this is a big change for the profile sections.)
Everybody sing along now: To the Tune: Godzilla. By Blue Oyster Cult
Well, the computer is officially up and running. There are some sound card problems though, (probably a bad sound card (no big deal, I don’t miss the sound and if I do I have a Sound Card lying around here somewhere.) Ah, Geek Life!
Yet another update on the iMac Desk Lamp sitting on my primary desk in the Cubicle Jungle.
One might call me obsessed.
Well, the Desk Lamp is more usable now.
I put a real OS on a seperate partition (even though the graphics are still having an issue)
I yanked the foolish one-button Mac Optical Mouse and replaced it with a Kensington Track Ball.
Now I have to find something to replace these “cute” speakers. (They can’t project sound worth the fake plastic they are made with.)
The Good News is, I got Yellow Dog Linux installed on it. The bad news is, Yellow Dog does not display in any graphical format. But rather, it displays in command line only. (Not as bad as it sounds, but I do like X, and I wanted to play with XimianGNOME. I’m still tinkering with it, and it appears to be a known bug to the Linux PPC People.
I knew this day would come. When 256 kbits/second were not enough for 7 Geeks under one roof.
Here I am, downloading a 660 MB disk image. (What I would consider a high prioroty download) At at 30% of the batch, my roommates in the East Wing of the GeekBrigade are downloading who-knows-what. (more…)