I hate Windows 8.
That is the end of the beginning of this post.
I abhor Windows 8.
I thought I hated Windows Vista, and I still do, but I absolutely detest Windows 8.
Don’t talk to me about Windows Me.
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Tales From Around the Geek-o-Sphere
I hate Windows 8.
That is the end of the beginning of this post.
I abhor Windows 8.
I thought I hated Windows Vista, and I still do, but I absolutely detest Windows 8.
Don’t talk to me about Windows Me.
If you are reading this, the Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have successfully upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the WordPress 3.2.1 release.
Yeah, it took me a little while.
It was the first step for the United States, off the ground, to Neal Armstrong’s Giant Leap for Mankind,
Well NOW they have gone and done it! They broke breaking the laws of SpaceTime.
If you are reading this, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully upgraded to WordPress 3.1.1. This was both an update (x.x.1) and an upgrade (x.1), as The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com waited to upgrade to WordPress 3.1 until the first maintenance release.
I guess this means that the space craft is safe from the intense heat from the Mercurial surface.
Yesterday, the NASA MESSENGER spacecraft achieved orbit around the planet Mercury, becoming the first man-made object to achieve orbit of our innermost planet.
If you are reading this, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully updated to WordPress 3.0.5.
This was not a big update, and it only affected a handfull of files.
And again, the auto-update was neither automatic, nor did it update.
I think I have a plug in that really takes a dump in the Upgrades folders. It is really annoying.
[Editor's Note: The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are allergic to cats, so when they have a sneezing fit, they will ask the above question.]
It seems that the servers of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are on the fritz.
Please Stand By
For something more stable, try The Backup Blog
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully updated to the latest 0.0.x release of WordPress 3.0.4.
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.
We’re feeling much better now.
After months of procrastination, I finally updated the New Laptop to Ubuntu 9.10.
The process took a little longer than a hour, which was fine, there was a lot of changes to be made in the legacy programs and packages.
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.
This was forwarded to me, by reader Myssa, thinking I would appreciate it, and she was right:
Seems the heartland is looking for more than potatoes.
Say what you want about Internet Explorer 8, it changed my world in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Geek-O-Sphere.
For YEARS, I could not get Internet Explorer 7 to work on my sole Windows PC in the Geek-O-Sphere. Of the *counting* 4 working PCs, The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have only one Windows PC, and it runs Windows Vista.
I saw this on Power Line Blog and found it worthwhile to reprint.
It is a series of magazine ads, from Seagram’s VO Canadian whiskey, which they used in their advertising.
Most of them were pretty amazingly accurate, even for World War II era. Almost 1984-esque.
But less Orwellian.
As expected, there was a quick update from the WordPress 2.9 Upgrade.
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully Updated to WordPres 2.9.1.
Last night I upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to, the latest 0.x release: WordPress 2.9.
Since this was a upgrade and not an update, please be aware of any issues you might see on Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
Sorry for the lack of text, but there is a story behind it.
See, on Saturday, I woke up in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-Compound and found I had no access to my Jeremy-Gilby-dot-Email, or the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com website proper.
I thought it was another server outage. Since I just recently applied for a job, and was expecting some kind of communication.
It wasn’t until Tuesday, when I accessed the internet away from the house that I learned it was something else.
Given that opening, I used my Captain Picard impersonation (which sounds more like Sean Connery than Patrick Stewart) and threw out lines from A Christmas Carol.
It went downhill from there…
This is what we created:
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has successfully updated to WordPress 2.8.6..
Well the Issue with post numbers is now resolved.
From this point on, the post numbering should be back to normal.
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.
The End of the World is Nigh.
The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are now the owners of a Cellular Phone.
And part of me has died.
Jeremy R. Gilby is now officially on the Grid.
So, as far as the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com readership cares, the move is complete.
So why do I still have all this unpacking to do?
As I’ve been packing for the big move on Saturday, I’ve found that I’m having a hard time putting my life into boxes.
Before, it was easy. But now, I have much more fragile things. And it does not compartmentalize well.
I saw this geek joke one year. And I never wanted to forget it.
Why do geeks confused Halloween and Christmas?
I did not notice, but after the Update of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 2.8.5, the issue of Post revisions increasing the Post Count returned as I lost the Configuration setting which turned it off.
I discovered it, and turned it back off, and now I have to recover the “lost” database entries. So the next few posts will be backnumbered until that is resolved.
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully updated to WordPress 2.8.5.
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.)
I learned on Google today that today is the birthday of the Barcode.
So I went to Barcodes-Inc to participate in some Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Vanity:
In one of the underrated stories in the news yesterday, I saw this article on Google News appears in everything from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal:
The FTC is demanding Full Disclosure of Bloggers who provide reviews and information.
My question: How is a Government, who cannot regulate Spam, going to regulate blogging?
You may recall my rant, earlier about my frustration with iTunes updates, and where it left me.
Well, I was attempting to download a free Starbucks Music Video from the iStore, and got a message saying that I needed to upgrade.
I didn’t notice that iTunes had put out version 9. So I decided to press my luck with this Russian Roulette of updates.
On a whim, this weekend, I was tinkering with the PHP pages in WordPress and introduced “Author Pages” to the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com theme.
See, the software looks at the User List, which is a Database Table, and creates a Page, just like it does for the content you are reading right now.
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.
You may recall the laptop I bought back in late January, which re-launched my exploration into Linux.
One of the issues I had with it, was that it was new hardware, that wasn’t recognized by the newest Ubuntu Distribution, in particular the Wireless LAN card.
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:
Drudge had this as the headline on his page, in scare quote and colors. I was immediately skeptical.
Once again, when I’m applying for a job, and expecting E-mail. My Webhost unexpectedly goes down. (Talk about frustrating)
Well, I at least still had the phone. (Egads, the Phone)
Earlier, I talked about our House adventures with Driver: You are the Wheelman on the PSOne.
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.
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.
If you are reading this, that means that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, successfully updated to the latest 0.0.x release, WordPress 2.8.4.
I would have stalled on the update, but even before I learned of the security hole it fixed, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was victim of the exact hacking attempt, yesterday.
If you are reading this, then Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was successfully updated to the lated 0.0.x release, WordPress 2.8.3.
So I’ve been pulling teeth with iTunes as of late. It all started when I began noticing that my iShuffle was not syncing correctly with iTunes.
I’ll just say this, the issue remains unresolved…
I just updated Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 2.8.2, and if you are reading this, that means it worked.
It was just an update to a security hole, and shouldn’t be too exciting.
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 recently-late Walter Cronkite, was at the anchor desk at this incredible achievement of mankind.
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.
What he was referencing is a funny situation we had with the Technical Support of our Internet Service Provider, back in the old place.
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was successfully updated to the latest x.x.1 release of WordPress.
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.
I saw this on Little Green Footballs and I had to repost it here:
I say, “taken over by” because these are already existing DisOrders that have just manifested themselves anew in Internet Culture.
Looks like the technology issues were not resolved, as Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was down all weekend.
We’re back now, but I’m not holding my breath.
The system was down, yo.
No word yet on the cause, but at 3:30 local time, the webhost for Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com went down and all the sites I know that are hosted by it were not available.
As of late this morning, the site returned.
But we’re feeling much better.
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?
As I was contorting a pair of Google Maps to work out the boundaries of a comment in the previous post, I was wondering about this age-old-concern about people unable to grasp elementary geography.
An issue so complex that it stumped Miss. Teen South Carolina in 2007.
As many of you know, I’ve been using two Movie Services for years now:
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.
In the course of my life in the geek realm, I’ve come across various pronouns in reference to technical jobs or tasks.
They sound like similar skill sets, but I think there is probably a difference…
You may have noticed that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was down for 24 hours. It just recently came up.
I noticed that several other sites hosted by this particular webhost (including the webhost’s main site) was also down. I figured a server needed kicking.
After conferring with my Web Provider, we think we found the problem and implemented a solution.
Seems that my particular server was upgraded and there was a snafu in the process.
I’ve got all the “lost” comments in my E-mail and I’ll re-enter them.
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.
Leave it to the web comics to put things into perspective:
Outer Space had its first Space Wreck today, as two satellites were victims of a collision:
Yesterday, I upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 2.7.1.
It was one of note, because this was the first time I used the new internal update feature in WordPress.
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.”
Have you ever mistyped the top-level-domain name of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com?
Well, now they all go to the same place.
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com has been successfully upgraded to WordPress 2.6.5.
I’m also still trying to figure out why my PC will not properly unzip a WordPress zip file.
I saw this over at Birdland, a website with discerns the personality of the Blog Owner:
And according to it, I’m an ISTP.
If you are reading this, than Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com successfully upgraded to Version 2.6.3
Though, technically, I cheated, and I just uploaded the two files for this particular release.
Waking up this morning, I noticed that someone is still trying to hack into the Administrative Functions of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
But now I know they are actually reading this site.
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.
Every once in a while, I like to look back into the Wayback Machine and look at Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com
On this day, in 2004, Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com looked like this: August 30, 2004.
While the WordPress upgrade went fine, I’m disappointed in other things.
Well, thanks to Google, I can use my joke:
Stinkin Rick informed me that our work is being displayed on other websites:
Subject: I almost feel violated
The Belgians are coming!
One of the byproducts of the month of June was a new iPod.
If you are seeing this message, that means that Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com was successfully upgraded to the newest .x release, WordPress 2.6.
So far, everything looks good on the back end.
You might have been noticing all the testing in the comments this weekend.
The reason for which is I tweaked one of the layers of Spam Defense at Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, with a plugin I found by webgeek Chad over at The Pirate King.
I added it, incorrectly, and there were some errors popping when users commented.
But Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com is feeling much better now.
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.
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.
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 didn’t really think about it. Then I heard Neil Cavuto’s analysis on the subject:
I’m noticing a weird new trend in my not-so-daily blogging career.
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]”
I just upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the latest WordPress 2.5 release. This is a “version” change, so please point out any anomalies you might see.
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.
After rating so many movies, it profiles you and predicts how you will rate additional movies.
In my experience, it is within half a star 19 out of 20 times, and is far better than all other movie rating/ranking systems I’ve found out there (Netflix included)
You may recall my Previous Post on the subject of the Google Earth expansion to browse the sky.
Google recently released the Online version of this application:
There is an interesting debate going on in the internets regarding a piece of Legislation going on in the Kentucky House of Representatives:
Don’t mind this, I’m geeking out between online applications.
Ah, Web 2.0, is there anything it can’t do?
Back on December 18th, The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com added Google Ads to the Right Sidebar.
Today marks the day we have made our first twenty dollars.
Just another FYI, in my Administrivial Maintenance of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, I’ve re-instated the second layer of Spam Protection (Bad Behavior).
Well, whatever the issue was, a “simple” upgrade of WordPress to the latest version (v.2.3.2) and Eureka! The comment issue is resolved.
Product Managers love people like me. “if it don’t work, get a bigger version!”
So I’m noticing a strange behavior with Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, which started happening last night.
In Firefox, when you view a page, and use the address h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash w-w-w-dot jeremy-gilby-dot-com, nothing displays. No Source, No Data, No color, just a white screen.
It must be a three day weekend, because The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are battling the spammers at their old game.
Whenever there is a holiday, the Bottom-Dwelling blood-sucking marketing leeches sent out tens of thousands of spam E-mails with the send-to address being a derivative of at-Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
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.
Some of you might remember, back in the day, on the previous site, there was a Community Forum.
Unfortunately, I forget the actual circumstances involved, I had to shut down the site, and the forum. And all was lost.
But now, the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Forum is back in business.
With a snazzy new name, and logo!
This last outage was more my fault. Since I’m a stubborn Geek who chooses to manage his own domain name, and does not delegate that task to his web host.
Now, I know what some of you were thinking. This new webhost really tanked on The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com?
Well, while I am disappointed in the difficulty, it was still a much better experience than my previous webhost.
Not only that, but Philadelphia was added as well.
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.
One of the key events of the Space Race, occurred 50 years ago today: The 50th anniversary of the launch of the world’s first satellite, Sputnik:
The success of Soviet engineers in launching Sputnik stunned the world, and was followed just four years later by another historic achievement — the launch of Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space.
Sputnik galvanized the United States to pour money into space research and technology with the goal of landing a man on the moon — an event that occurred in 1969.
I just realized, this morning, that this is the first full week I will have worked in well over a month.
The last time I worked a week without taking a single day off, was back in Mid August.
This is just one piece of Mindless Banter today.
I installed it, and took a gander, it looks pretty neat.
This has been thrown around the blogging community, either in jest or in inspiration this past week:
Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union
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!
Wednesdays are always a joy.
Thursdays are my Death-By-Meeting day (As I’m plundered by a plethora of meetings from 09:00 to 15:00)
But Wednesdays are my reporting days. Where I deliver, sometimes countless, reports to various units all over the world!
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.
For you Mac Geeks out there, today is the day your iCal icon matches the rest of the world.
They say a broken clock is right twice a day, well the iMac Calender is right once a year. Soak it up!
You’re living the dream!
Aparently, this is becoming an epidemic, as tens upon tens of people are rendered homeless after precious family members are smoted by the Ninja Horde
And the Pool is growing.
So what kind of economy are we living in right now?
Good, or bad?
Housing is pretty spongy, and I predict some major foreclosures coming from this SubPrime Mortgage Fad.
But look at unemployment. Its at 4.5%, pretty much everyone has a job.
So what are people doing with their money?
People have asked The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com what they think of the following headline:
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.
It also makes an attempt to quantify each group.
With the recent successes in the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com database, I’m going to try to re-promote Bad Behavior to be the primary Spam Deterrence.
To sweep in the month of June, I decided to finally upgrade to the 2.2 branch of the WordPress 2.x Tree, from the 2.0.x Tree.
This was a major upgrade compared to the previous maintenance releases. As some of my personal theme’s tags were deprecated and thus rendered useless.
Add to the fact there was a database update. (Big deal)
Ipowerweb was a great starting point, but I think my grandfathered account with them is now more trouble than it is worth.
My problem, I don’t know who to go to.
What do you other web guys use?
This Wired Article was sented to me by a co-worker this morning.
Some guy, posted an Ad in Google with the words:
“Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!”
And at least 409 people clicked it.
*shakes head ruefully*
Though,I think that number is surprisingly low, for the average internet-intelligence of the average user out there.
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.
They even offer a Quiz
So where does this non-cell-phone user fall in Pew’s Topography?
Some of you might have noticed, there was a Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com outage yesterday. It was resolved in a reasonable time… almost.
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.
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.
One of the more inspirational stories coming out of the Virgina Tech Massacre, is the ex post facto on the role the internet played in this event.
From how the internet was used to notify students of trouble, to how the internet is being used as a vehicle for news, sympathy, and public information.
Seems the online world is afire about this article on this article on A Blogger’s Code of Conduct, by Geek-Guru Tim O’Reilly
Now it is enshrined at the Bloggers Wiki.
Look who’s talking:
h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org
The Gray Lady (New York Times)
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.
Then I came across this site, and it all came back: May Day Mystery
This thing was more than meets the eye! 25+ years more!
In their usual fashion of April Fools pranks, the boys and girls at Google came up with the following three for our geeky entertainment, this year:
Now with one extra day
Wouldn’t it be great if you had more time in the week for fun with friends and family, and doing all those things you want to do? We thought so, too. Learn More
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)
No, not really. Happy April 1st!
Prepare for part two of the DST2K7 Virus.
Remember, there are systems out there that are still programmed to convert an hour on April 1, at 02:00 Local Time.
Several topics are running around in my head this morning, but none of them are making their way into any kind of thoughtful text:
It is hard to deny, these days, the power of the internet, and this marketing construct which is called Web 2.0.
I’ve always known there is an information revolution going on. And there is a lot of opportunity out there for incredible success, or the opposite.
I found this video at Randy’s Blog:
I was directed to these folks several years ago, when they published their first DVD of computer animated music:
When I first saw it, I said, big deal, this is just a cartoon to music.
But then I learned more, it was a cartoon programed to music.
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.
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:
But, as a geek, I’m curious, how many of these “things” are appreciated by non-Geeks?
Okay, I’ve been bashing Apple/Macintosh a few too many times the past few weeks, so The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com thought the readers of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com would appreciate this article we found on Scrappleface.
The-Roommate-Formerly-Known-as-Matthew-Maynard sented me this link today, with the following message:
Why do I have the feeling that this will describe to a T your first experience with a cell phone of your own?
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 business news of the day is the news of a merger plan between Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.
While this could take up to 15 months, the news is stirring up lots of talk.
For the four of you out there that lack a Google Gmail Account, Google has opened its GMail doors to the regular public and it is no longer invitation only.
I guess this is the Google way to celebrate the Anniversary of the Statehood of Arizona.
Yes, we’re still good in China!
Domain Name (Unknown)
IP Address 60.191.80.# (CHINANET Zhejiang province network)
ISP CHINANET Zhejiang province network
Continent : Asia
Country : China (Facts)
State/Region : Beijing
City : Beijing
Lat/Long : 39.9289, 116.3883 (Map)
Distance : 6,600 miles
Operating System Unknown Unknown
Time of Visit Feb 12 2007 8:57:17 am
Last Page View Feb 12 2007 8:57:17 am
Visit Length 0 seconds
Page Views 1
Referring URL unknown
Visit Entry Page
Visit Exit Page
Time Zone unknown
Visitor’s Time Unknown
Visit Number 103,383
Just a note, as this article is published, people are camping out in Ciscofornia waiting for computer stores to open their doors to sell them a cheap copy of the newest Microsoft software platform.
After months of preparing for this day, in the cubicle jungle, I’m not eager for “users” (Pronounced “Losers”) to install this.
But at the same time, I’m not eager for the next stage in the dumbing down of computers for the common man.
I’m usually not a “quiz blog” but I saw the title to this one, and I had to try my skills.
The jist: Of the 43 things listed, which is a Web 2.0 company/term and which is a Star Wars Character.
I feel like I’m slowly being surrounded by the iPod people.
Maybe its the announcement of the iPhone, or the craziness around Microsoft Vista, but Apple (and the AppleNuts) are really pouring on the “Macs are better than PCs” tripe.
(and that is what it is, Tripe.)
Of course, this is when Marshie pipes in, “Ask him about Dark Matter!”
The universe gives up its deepest secret
It is the invisible material that makes up most of the cosmos. Now, scientists have created the first image of dark matter
Minor Upgrade, we did it, and it looks just fine here.
Apple is the Eastern Orthodox Church, Microsoft is Catholicism, and Linux is Protestantism.
This insightful thought, brought to us by The Pirate King.
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:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20061204 Firefox/184.108.40.206
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
Page Views 1
Visit Entry Page http://jeremygilby.com/
Visit Exit Page http://jeremygilby.com/
So far, my review: It makes me feel like I’m using a Mac.
I hate it.
h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org is reporting on a new IBM initiative to design a chip to decode the big bang.
I’ve seen this movie before…
Which means, that you should comment, and make sure you are allowed through the uber-spam wall that is now implemented at Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
I’ve upgraded my Anti-Spam deterrence of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
Regular readers/commenters should take some time to test if they are blocked, as to make sure they are not blocked in the future.
These Upgrades are getting easier with experience.
Not that any of you should notice, but Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com just updated to WordPress 2.0.5.
So far, so good.
One of these days, I will figure out who this visitor is:
I was reminded of this parody work I wrote many a year ago, in my early geek days.
Thank you for your patience.
And go hug a system administrator, because today, The Dark Cabal that Controls Everything has declared this a geek-holiday.
Since the [first wave of the] “Web 2.0″ craze is almost over, now everyone is either jumping on, or jumping off the Net Neutrality bandwagon.
The Premise, The Dark Cabal that Controls Everything is working with ISPs so they can have the ability to throttle certain domains, thus encouraging their readers to go to more “preferred” websites.
Anyways, I think its safe to say there is a lot of misinformation going around about this issue. So The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com waited until the signal-to-noise ratio was a litte more stable. And it appears that it is:
So much to comment about, but so little urge to write on my part.
So here is some news of the day, with little Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Commentary
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.
It seems everyone and their grandmother has something called a MySpace account.
The odd thing is, I don’t hear anything GOOD about them.
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.
Several of you have complained that I’ve not upgraded my website to Web 2.0.
The-Roommate-Formerly-Known-as-Matthew-Maynard delivered his latest home brew creation:
Kitt Peak Oatmeal Stout
There some some non-geography questions there, but in all I enjoied it.
I Found this curious article at Boston-dot-com from the feeds inside my WordPress Engine:
Blogs ‘essential’ to a good career
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.
What is it about holidays?
It seems around holidays like Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, and now Easter, the cycle of Spam-Qaeda erupts again.
Since Good Friday, I’ve been getting bounceback errors from various E-mail servers, because some malicious spammer is spoofing the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com E-mail Address Domain.
Well, the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Vernacular Glossary is working again.
No, I didn’t do anything to break or fix it. (Can you say “Server Side Error”?)
Now, I need to go back to my previous entries/comments and enter the Vernacular code that I intentionally left out.
Update: Or is it?
Update 2: False Alarm, all is well.
If there is one day a year, I visit h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org, its on April Fools Day:
Today, Apple Computer began its life. Steve Jobs and “The Woz” would forever be the folk heroes of the computer age.
And the fables are true, before the Two-headed-Steve, there was no personal computer market. After the Apple, it was a brave new world.
But Progress left Apple behind, as IBM, Oracle, and all the IBM clones ran with the idea. Leaving Apple with just a basket of progressive ideals.
You may have noticed (but I hope not) that the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Vernacular module is not working. I fear this is a result of the server hijinx from Sunday.
Once again, my webhost decided to go belly up.
I read this story on h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org over at CNSNews-dot-com:
Pelosi Hints at Democrats’ ‘Unified’ Agenda
There are some familiar Democratic Platform points, but the last one in this quote caught my eye:
Two things for the AstroGeek in me, today:
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.
Just upgraded Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to the latest release of WordPress.
I didn’t fix any of the bugs I’ve recently discovered (So I guess I need to log them, so they DO get fixed)
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.
My biggest hangup, is the argument that the internet is a form of free speech. (That argument, is too United-States-centric for me.)
Last night, while geeking out, The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com were quickly coming to the conclusion that their Geek-O-Sphere needed a serious upgrade. Too many applications were crashing, and well, its time for new computers.
Currently, “Kosh” is the primary box, and he’s only running 350MHz under the hood.
“Morden” is the secondary, and he’s got 800MHz under the hood.
Its 2006, and we’ve not crossed the Gigahurt barrier! (Yes, we know how Hertz is spelled, Hurt just sounds meaner)
I stumbled across this last night.
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).
Its a slow Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Newsday, so we, The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com present you with a rather interesting (at least to us) meme which we found out there in the World Wide Web of blogs.
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 stories from the great humanitarian nation that is China.
China has successfully petitioned Microsoft to shut down a disident blog of Michael Anti.
Granted, I’m not frowning at Microsoft (for once) they are meerly following their standards about users following the local laws of their country.
I’m frowning at the oppressive Chinese laws operating inside the Great Firewall of China.
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)
Though I doubt this has happened, I regret to inform the readers of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com that The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com have not be receiving E-mail through the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com domain.
The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are currently dealing with the support techs at the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com webprovider, to resolve this issue. The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com are very certain the issue is with the provider’s servers, and not The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com.
So I thought I’d hack this little geeky gimmick into Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com:
Some men are born to greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
From the Archives of Scientific American:
This morning, in my rush to get in the car and get to the cubicle jungle, I neglected to bring along my Sirius Shuttle. So I had to put up with local Terestrial Radio on my 20-30 minute commute.
After almost a year of Sirius, I can now say I hate Terrestrial Radio.
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.
Good news for all those blogs, like me, who occasionally look at how e-popular they are, because of their blog/website.
Since the events of Katrina, The Truth Laid Bear (One of the most cited web-monitors of Blogs out there) wasn’t keeping up with their crawls.
I looked today, and my visit count and link count almost look normal.
Dad alerted me to this nefarious business venture.
This may have something to do with AOL’s looming decision to drop Google, and use MSN, as the service’s default browser..
Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Analysis: “I guess this is Capitalism’s way of putting all the bad eggs in one basket”
Late Friday Night, I enjoied some Geek-Downtime and finally got around to updating Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to WordPress 1.5.2.
I’m getting the hang of these updates. Given good bandwidth it takes about 15-20 minutes to backup, delete, upload and run the Upgrade protocol. (Ironically, it takes about 20 minutes for The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com to compile a weekly report on the cubicle jungle for the rest of the Not-So-Small-Software-Organization.)
A co-worker just sent this too me, and I’ll be honest, I find this highly disturbing:
I saw this New York Times article on h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org.
This is going around the net, I thought it was cute.
I wont use this myself, as I have my own Google Page
But Check out the Create your Own Google Logo
Do you know how long Apple Products have offered 2+ button mouse functionality?
A long time (since at lease OS9)
Do you know how long Apple has offered an OEM 2+ button mouse?
(they still don’t)
But apple JUST recently offered this “upgrade”
The Apple Mighty Mouse
First CISC archetecture and now this?
What is Steve Jobs doing these days?
DATELINE: February 1, 2003: Space Shuttle Columbia breaks up during re-entry.
You may have noticed, I’ve added a new section to the SideBar.
I’m amazed at the level of detail.
Go ahead, zoom all the way in!
You know you want to!
I finally got around to the WordPress Upgrade (220.127.116.11)
[For those of you keeping score, that is 0.0.1.2 more than I had before]
The Upgrade was quite simple. I’m liking these new themes, no need to horde my code away so that it doesn’t get overwritten.
Well, not only has word gotten out about Apple’s choice to move to Intel chips, the jokes are still flowing.
h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org talked about it last week, monday.
Today, the geeky comic strips are still talking about it.
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.
I’ve found a solution:
You may remember earlier this year, about our acquisition of the
Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com iPod Special Edition iPod. (Hey, if U2 can have one, why can’t Jeremy-Gilby-dot com?)
With my schedule and TV-taste the way it is, at present I’m really only watching ONE Television program a week.
Up until last week, that show was the new Battlestar Galactica.
Its sad, too, that I have to subscribe to Digital Cable to watch one program on one channel. *shakes head ruefully*
But, its so worth it!
Okay, so I wasted a ton of time with these new Google Satelite Maps.
But I found an interesting curiousity.
Scandal! Coverup! Investigations! Clandestine Cyber-sleuthing! Diabolical Methods! – Is this another Clinton Scandal? Karl Rove is on the move? No. This is WordPress!
Uh oh. It seems the geniuses behind the webpublishing software I use are doing some “diabolical” things.
I saw this article on h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org: WordPress Banned by Google for Spamming
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!
Okay, I’m being inundated from all vectors by some very offensive spam.
WHY do these Spam companies think I’m interested in their horrible product?
You know what it is?
Do you want to know?
WARNING: Graphic information below
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.
Or did you think that The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com had endless resources in Page Generation, bureaucraticly delegated to hundreds of different departments of Pontifications and Mindless Banter?
Please Pardon our dust, as our WP1.5 Upgrade is proceeding
Please Stand By
Comments do not appear to be working.
Please be patient. I know you have a lot to say.
I’ve been geeked! I bet you are asking yourself what that means, aren’t ya?
I say: Its about time that the accomplishments of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com be appreciated!
*cough* Sheesh, I can’t even take myself seriously.
A site I read on occasion, when I’m on my notebook (as I have their RSS feed in my newsreader on that computer) is Pirates! Man your Women, a.k.a. Pirate-King.com. Recently, they posted a story regarding a day-in-the-life of a LAN Administrator.
Tales from the East Coast #4: Coffee Error
It’s a good geek-day when your kronic [sic] spammer makes statements like this in their spamvertizements:
There was a murmer in the back alleys of the Geek Realm this weekend.
A Pop-up Ad found a hole in the Firefox defense.
Say it aint so? And its published by out-of-work staffers from the Campaign for the The haughty French-looking Massachusetts Democrat who by-the-way also served in Vietnam!
Check it out: U.N. Dispatch – dot- com
I wonder if I’ll be on their blogroll of Moral Authority?
This weekend, on both my WordPress sites, there was a mild spammer skirmish. There were no casualties, and we appear to be in the midst of a cease fire.
Seeing that both my sites were subversively attacked, I thought there might be an enemy campaign afoot. So I wondered if other WordPress users might want to compare notes:
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.
Well, I’m getting used to listening to the radio at my desk.
Its kinda nice!
And my talk-radio-diet just increased by a manifold degree.
Egads, I think I’ve overdone it this week… After a series of trips back and forth to the cubicle jungle, I’ve got too many toys to carry around.
I think I need to get another GeekSatchel to carry all this stuff, cause my pockets don’t cut it anymore.
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.
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.
This brightened my day.
A Googlefight: How to virtually assault a geek-colleague from miles away… Matthew Maynard vs. Jeremy Gilby
I saw this article on h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org, from the Wisconsin Technology Network:
This caught my attention because I used to play a lot of those “situational” games (Civilization, Railroad Tycoon, Pirates!, etc.)
This article talks about leadership training, but I’m arguing this from a different angle.
We had to change accounts for our Precious TV-Internet-Cable Cable serivice yesterday.
This transaction seems simple enough, but alas, it is not.
In the year twenty-fourteen, news was beginning…
This took a lot of imagination.
Very George-Orwell-esque. (I don’t want to say “Orwellian”, because it really isn’t.)
People who read-my-site/know me, know that I appreciate a Customizable Vocabulary.
Which made me appreciate this news item:
Its a list of buzzwords and when they first became popular in the common tongue.
Microsoft Security Patch blocks Firefox Downloads – I saw this subject line in my newsreader and I almost panicked.
The WordPress Spammers are burning the midnight oil (and causing me to burn mine)
Just before the kick off of the 2004 Holiday Season, the Spammers have infiltrated my E-mail Firewall, and have been flooding my comments with a bunch of crap.
Granted, you don’t see them, cause I’ve got enough deterrents in place, but I get an E-mail every time its tried…
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.)
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?
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!
From h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org, the CBC News is reporting the Internet turns 35 years old today.
Al Gore was unavailable for comment.
First, read this “classic” User-Friendly-dot-org cartoon.
Today, on h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org I saw this article from ARS Technica on a prediction that the intenet will crash and burn in 2006.
Now before you panic, keep reading
(As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Of course you know, this means war…”)
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.
Well, I picked up another one.
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.
Today is Nostalgia day at Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com, and to celebrate, The Editors of Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com present you with the following Link:
Dedicated to G.I. Joe of the 1980s, 1990s, and beyond – G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!
Well, today, as I logged into my mighty-mighty GMail account, I discovered the fact I had qualified to invited 6 people. (YAY!)
So I invited a few of my jealous cubicle node dwellers, and I saved one for a special purpose.
A wonderful, kind, longtime reader has blessed me with an invitation to GMail. (The Holy-Grail of all Webmail accounts)
*Fresh breath sigh of releif*
No more MSN, Yahoo, or Excite Spamvertizements cluttering my Webmail console.
*another blissful sigh*
Find your nearest System Administrator, and give them a big HUG!
It was Andy Warhol who said:
In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes
I’m beginning to think otherwise.
I was watching a show on the History Channel the other weekend, and someone said something to the contrary.
“In the Future, everyone will have 15 minutes of privacy”
I mean it this time, STOP!
I’ve only been in the office for an hour, and I’ve already got my support team laughing.
I don’t know if Stinkin’ Rick wanted to show off that he lost weight with his diet, or what, but he decided to go Retro and do “The Hammer”
Anyone who is familiar with my “Where does Naugahyde come from?” or my “History of The Naugas” should know about this bit of comedy routine that I often practice.
I saw this article over at h-t-t-p-colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org. You might remember my previous articles on the Evils of Verisign and their numberous Clashes with ICANN.
Well, now VeriSign is getting into the game of lawsuits.
Real life is really entertaining sometimes.
Picture it: May 7th, 2004, I read this comic from Day By Day – by Chris Muir my daily trolling of the Internet:
Not funny? Keep Reading…
(Comic Appears below)
Trolling around the net, it looks like Yahoo has developed a new little gimmick for their Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo Avatars. So I had some fun with it.
It doesn’t QUITE look like look like me. But its a close resemblance. Personall,y I think the guy should tuck in his shirt and invest more in belts, and less in highlighting his short hair.
And he could use some more Slashdot Green. Maybe I’d hire this kid to do my web design work.
Hat tip to Melissa.
You may remember my mindless banter about the quagmire being made about Google’s new venture GMail.
Tim O’Reily (the CEO and founder of O’Reilly & Associates, my favorite source for all things in technical manuals) echoes my thoughts, but sounding much more educated then myself:
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?
I think I have a solution.
GMail short for Google Mail, is Googles step forward into the webmail business.
But it seems to be the center of a lot of unfriendly attention.
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.
I’ve finally made the switch from the Palm Pilot to the Sony “Clie”. So now my Personal Data Assistant has a ton of bells and whistles, including an inexpensive digital recorder.
Stinkin’ Rick was the object of my testing.
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:
Whilst trolling on h-t-t-p colon forward-slash forward-slash slash-dot-dot-org, I came across This Article on useless meetings, and I saw a link to another interesting article.
Stop reading right now. Look at your desktop. How many tasks are you working besides reading this weblog? More than 10? You’ve got N.A.D.D.
Well, I would call it G.A.D.D. (as I take offense to the word “nerd”) but alas, as I look to my taskbar(s), I’m saddened at the result:
The Primary PC was begging for some more attention (As “Morden” was given an upgrade from Windows 98 to Windows XP Pro). So since I had the afternoon to kill, I downloaded Mandrake 9.2 and installed that on “Kosh” (The Primary Linux Box in my Geek-O-Sphere at home).
Now he’s a lot more streamlined.
The article was filed under “humor”, but its far from funny. I wish it was a joke.
For those of you who came in late: I hate Apple Macintosh desk clutter.
I refuse to call these things computers, because its not a computer, its an internet appliance, that’s all.
Anyways, as some of you recall, I formatted my iMac, and installed Yellow Dog.
And with the genius of the Mac-On-Linux people, I can still run my Mac programs, so that I can still do my job.
But instead of having an overpriced MP3 player on my desk, I have a real computer.
A REAL ONE.
Some of you have asked for screen shots, to see what I’m talking about, so here ya go:
|What Irrational Number Are You?|
You are √2
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.
Your lucky number is approximately 1.41421356
Most of you know the punch line just by reading the title:
But this is just eerie.
Looks like the people at Mozilla.org were busy last night.
Every Product was updated!
Check em out!
Looks like I’ll be downloading all these updates most of the day.
As I was crafting an E-mail to a friend this morning, I noticed I was using a lot of unorthodox vernacular that I’ve invented or stolen from somewhere else over the years.
I thought to myself, “How confusing of me.”
Most of these were made as a joke, but eventually developed into my common tongue. (So much so, that in some cases, people around me have adopted them as everyday language.)
I have a few concerns about some of the names, I highlight them below:
This week and next week, work is paying my way through training for COMPTIA A+ Certification. Already, I feel my brain aching.
But this might be a good thing.
So, in advance, please forgive me if my posts for the next few days are non-existant, or even non-sensical….
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.
I’ve probably said this more times then I can count.
Macintosh is NOT a computer.
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).
So, I sing the song one more time:
The boys and girls at Opera have done it again.
They released Opera 7.10, but the BEST part is the fact they released 7.10 for Windows and Linux!
This is the first time (since I’ve been using Opera) that their WIndows and Linux Browsers were released at the same time.
(I’ve been waiting for Opera 7 for awhile.)
Now its here.
Things are getting exciting in my little geek-o-sphere.
This appears to be a pretty neat release:
Everybody sing along now:
To the Tune: Godzilla. By Blue Oyster Cult
There are several reasons why I think this is funny.
At long last, I now know where I’m supposed to be again.
Tis a sad state of affairs when a 6 oz gadget tells a human being where to be and what to do, on an hourly basis.
Today, I replaced my malfunctioning Palm IIIxe, which went kaput several months ago.
Now I know when I’m missing an important meeting again.
What does a geek house do when they have no internet access?
Scream, Yell and Complain, that’s what!
At approximately, 9:30 PM MST, the Geek Brigade was without Internet Access.
The Network was up (still could play Rainbow Six) but no Slashdot.org.
As I’m writing this, I think I feel better now.
Well, I was tinkering around the lastest wave of new browsers to come out, with my co-worker Keith, and we made an interesting discovery.
Essentially, special code in the HTML of the page enables standardized buttons to appear in the Site Navigation Bar, when activated.
Keith and I did a little exploring and discovered the text of this code, and now, it is a new feature on JeremyGilby.com.
As you can probably tell from my “About This Site” page, I’m pretty much an iconoclast when it comes to the mainstream broswer(s).
When most people think “Web Browser” they often think “IE” or “internet explorer“.
Me, I think “Which one?”
Okay, back in September, I made one observation on why Four Computers on one desk is bad.
Today, I made a new discovery.
I found myself using a mouse with my Left Hand.
Well, the Primary Computer got an upgrade.
And, in retrospect, I’m glad I did.
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!
Well, I solved the Memory Problem, and picked up 128 MB of RAM real cheap.
Now the new Drakh has 192 MB of RAM, an overpowered 56x CD-ROM Drive.
As for the Operating System, see below.
The Cubicle Jungle was giving away 3-Year Old PCs today, and I was one of the lucky Cubicle Warlords to get one.
Actually, someone swiped the 128 stick, but fortunatly, I had a spare 32 MB lying around my Geek-O-Sphere.
Now, what to do with this treasure….
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.)
Its here, the dreaded Macintosh.
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 Ximian GNOME. 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.
Many people have asked me (non-geeks mostly), “Why do you have four computers on your desk in your room?”
My answer: “Because five is too many.”
But seriously folks, I do have reasons, but this is one reason NOT to try this at home…
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