Tuesday, July 24/2007 -- 07:11 PM
days without a cogeco dns server update [or cache purge] = 5
Monday, July 23/2007 -- 07:02 PM
major changes coming. the spleen now has it's own domain theventedspleen.com . of course if you are on the same isp i am you can't get there until they update their dns servers but it's been 4 days and counting so who knows how long it will take.|
cogeco if you're reading, PLEASE update your dns servers.
in the mean time you can use the opendns guys, they're like a real internet company. snrk.
i'm no longer going to be duping my blog. too much of a major PITA. i'm going to be using some combination of tkblog and wordpress... they're also be a forum. probably a ruby on rails project or two...
Wednesday, May 30/2007 -- 07:44 PM
...and twitter is gone. i think it may have been another solution to a problem that didn't exist...
Wednesday, April 18/2007 -- 07:51 PM
not one to follow fads or anything but i started a twitter account...link on the left
Monday, April 09/2007 -- 12:50 PM
i checked out google reader again... and made the switch from the sage firefox extension.|
i'll still keep sage installed , but i really like using google reader now for rss feeds.
i'm finding it very handy to use firefox for instant messaging (with all the services), email, rss feeds. i don't use meebo that much at home, but when it's aways an option available to me.
Sunday, April 08/2007 -- 06:34 PM
i'm a big fan of google. i've bought into most of the google applications. there's a few i don't use because i don't like them. google desktop. google rss feeds. last time i used them i found them to cumbersome to use, but i'll check them out again after i've posted this. i think google notebook has potential. it's not there yet.|
i've decided not put in a link of anything easily found in google. only the more obscure stuff. just about every link i've been to i can find on google.
if i can force even one reader of my blog to use google that's potentially one less person i might have to blog about later...
Sunday, March 18/2007 -- 07:27 PM
a couple of months ago i bought and ipod nano. i still like the iriver mp3 player, but anybody who owns one knows that the interface is horrendous to use. because i only had the 256 meg model i didn't do a lot of mp3 transfers with it. my biggest use was listening to the radio with the built in fm tuner. the nano made it more convenient to transfer and navigate.|
up to a month or so ago i'd completely avoided podcasts. i have to read enough idiot content on the weeb, i didn't want to hear it also. patrick norton of dltv fame mentioned the TWIT podcast. twit is hosted by leo laporte who used to host the sceensavers and still does call for help. i've never watched call for help as it was mainly clueless windows users who got themselves into trouble or for some reason didn't know about or couldn't find google.
anyway, i downloaded a few ep's of twit and i was hooked, both on the show and with podcasting in general. i found it was too time consuming to watch dltv and cranky geeks, so i started listening to the audio only podcast of those shows. i've since added security now. i'm behind on all of them, taking me a while to catch up but i'm enjoying them a lot.
i'm not likely to start my own podcast. not really in my personality, and i know bandwidth could become an issue.
anyway, if you miss the old screensavers you can get the same thing with twit and dltv, and if miss the old techtv show silicon spin you can get the same thing with cranky geeks.
Monday, March 05/2007 -- 08:51 PM
i had a chance to install kubuntu the other day. i'm not really a fan of kde, but i wanted an ubuntu install with kde.|
kubuntu suffers from the same problem that all debian distros suffer from. first off the latest kubuntu itself was out of date. i have yet to install any debian based distro that didn't have to pull down more updates after the install.
then of course there is the stoopid debian philosophy that older buggier software is more stable.
i finally had to wipe the kubuntu install because i couldn't compile vim with gui support. i just couldn't seem to pull down enough libs for the configure to find what it needed. if i want to do that much work with linux i'll just work up an LFS
in contrast to that, i installed xubuntu, and found it much easier to work with. i'll keep with that to see how it goes.
Wednesday, January 03/2007 -- 07:21 PM
i think i figured out what would happen if you took the stupid comments you see on slashdot and added video to them:|
don't get me wrong, i like youtube, i first saw the baseball funtwo guy there. and the copywrited T.REX stuff that's been ripped and posted are great. it's too bad they couldn't get better quality of the dvd's they're ripping. the 70's were NOT that blurry :)
i'm actually referring to the guy who proves there's no global warming by melting an ice cube in a glass of water.
obviously not a physics major. snrk.
Friday, December 01/2006 -- 06:55 PM
i had to give up on qumana. i haven't actually tested it under windows now that i've upgrade my blogger account to blogger beta. but i'm just going to assume it broke qumana..
on the other hand, the performancing extension for firefox works on ubuntu for both blogger beta and msn live spaces (or whatever they're calling it this week).
also even if qumana DID run under linux, the java install would probably change my mind about using it.
Friday, December 01/2006 -- 06:12 PM
i mentioned a while back that i accidently got freeguide working.|
i thought i would try the same process to get a version running under ubuntu.
no such luck. you need xmltv installed. you can get that through the package manager. you need java installed. you can get that through the package manager also.
and then you install the freeguide .deb file.
it should work, but a few hundred java errors come up.
i dunno. how about using a real language, so all i have to do is ./configure , make, and then make install.
i can't imagine how the freeguide code is easy to maintain.
i also can't express how much i think java sucks. it's quite possibly the suckingest thing that ever sucked...
oh, and it's slow and bloated too. snrk.
Wednesday, November 22/2006 -- 07:28 PM
to keep the warranty ok on my laptop i decided to install linux on an external usb drive.|
the choice of linux isn't really a factor for me anymore. i've been using it long enough that i only really need to get used to vendor specific tweaks (or quircks for that matter)
i liked the whole idea behind ubuntu and even though it's based on debian if figured i'd give it a whirl.
first problem was finding out the information needed to install it on an external usb drive and actually get it to boot. i wanted the process to go fairly quickly and after googling around i found
you have to pay for an "install key" but that was a minor inconvenience. it installed in about 15 minutes. rebooted, all my hardware was recognized and x came up fine.
i'm not all that impressed with support from the site. i had a technical question that got answered about a day after i got my install key, which also took about a day. i misplaced my install key email and i emailed the support to see if i could get it resent. i found it soon afterwards, but as far as they know i've paid for product i can't use. i still haven't received a response.
i like the clean x interface ubuntu has but i'll probably add a few more window managers.
my only problem with any debian distro is their insistence on using stale software. ubuntusb is based on dapper drake and the version of vim installed is 6.4.6. version 7 has been out for a while now. with 135+ patches. all those patches are bug fixes so there is no logical reason other than maybe laziness that version 6.x should be on any linux distro.
Wednesday, November 22/2006 -- 06:57 PM
microsoft has pushed out ie7... and a bunch of you drooled like there was an actual advancement in browser technology...|
um, there isn't. ie7 can be safely ignored
Wednesday, November 22/2006 -- 02:53 PM
spent a little more time searching for blogger clients that would run on linux. i had to give up early on ms spaces clients...pretty sure that's not gonna happen anytime soon.|
anyway i found drivel for linux. specifically debian, but as per usual it was out of date (in the debian world "old and buggy" = "stable" go figure...
i updated from the drivel web site manually, but...
blogger is forcing an upgrade to their new version, so rather than be forced at an inconvenient time i decided to do it now. and that immediately broke drivel. so now i'm doing this via blogger itself...
there's somthing to be said for the simpler way tkblog does things :)
Tuesday, November 21/2006 -- 04:56 PM
didn't seem to be an ms spaces linux client, so i think i'll probably have to do that one manually.|
seems like qumana the cross-platform blogging tool (written in java, insert appropriate snrk's here) doesn't have a linux version.
tkblog of course requires no changes to work under linux... the only thing you might want to do is change your paths in the tkbog.cfg file. oh... and you need tcl/tk installed. nobody has ever asked for a linux binary but i could provide one if anybody needed one...
Tuesday, November 21/2006 -- 03:14 PM
this is my first blog under ubuntu... more on that in a bit
Saturday, October 21/2006 -- 01:13 PM
what's debian got to do with a boat? that's an easy one. they
missed it. |
here's some reasons. they're are probably more.
the biggest one is old software. how is it the debian people
thought that old software with bugs should be labelled "stable" i
can probably name 20 or 30 packages right off the bat that have
bugs but have been knighted by debian as stable.
and then there
is apt-get, the pride and joy of the vocal debian crowd. sure it
was great when there were only a dozen or so linux packages, but
now there are thousands and apt-get doesn't scale AT ALL. on top of
that apt-get is pretty much useless for the less popular software.
i've killed 4 or 5 debian installs by getting the memmap error. i
think it just choked on the number of dependencies it had to
automagically get and configure. at that point i was back to using
tarballs. and if you ask me, if you're using linux you should be
using tarballs anyway. for both the initial installing of new
packages, and their upgrading.
let's not turn linux into
another windows where we have to spoon feed it's users.
on slashdot (like that's the last bastion of tech news. snrk.) that
one of the upper management type guys just up and left. that's what
i want, none of the debian problems being fixed because a few 12
year olds got their knickers in a knot.
another bit i read on
slashot was the problems they were having with the firefox people.
debian dumb move. i'll go out on a limb and say that firefox is
much more popular than debian will ever be. don't know about you
but if it came to a choice between the two... s'later deb try the
Tuesday, September 05/2006 -- 10:16 AM
and today another release announcement on freshmeat: freedos v1.0.
i'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the last time anybody used dos as their main os was around '95 at the outside. i know those guys who ran bbs's (and didn't use os/2) were running it on dos.
ok, just kidding, i'm gonna install freedos on my 3gig machine because i know all my favorite dos programs will just scream on it.
i'm sure the owners arj and 4dos. just giggled until they wet themselves at the prospect making $150 collectively for software for all those who will need it on brand spanking new freedos machines. snrk.
Tuesday, September 05/2006 -- 10:00 AM
i saw via the freshmeat rss feed a few weeks ago that a new version
of freeguide was
i thought i would give it one more try. |
lo and behold i
actually got it working. once i updated my account on the web page
that actually contains your account/data info, freeguide seemed to
pick up the changed and do it's thing.
i notice that program
listing updates slowly. i'm just assuming that it's because
freeguide was written in java.
i sure htf java is running on
any medial equipment that require realtime updates. snrk.
Tuesday, September 05/2006 -- 09:50 AM
i kinda wish microsoft would stop playing follow the leader.
they're failing badly. |
things they screwd up: email (hotmail),
instant messaging (messenger), and now blogging (msn spaces,
windows live, or wtf they're calling it this week).
went to make a quickie post saying i was in the middle of a move
and would blog things later and noticed that windows live had
screwed up the look on my browser. on all three of the browsers
i have installed. apparently it looks ok to others so i guess
that's not the worse thing.
what you SHOULD be seeing on my
is two even columns, blog on the left side and archives on the
i noticed a few weeks ago that i could no longer see
the comments. i have them enabled but i have no way of reading
them without logging in to edit the settings.
if there's a
secret, email me
('cause i sure can't read the friggin' comment)
Tuesday, September 05/2006 -- 09:39 AM
after the move i had the opportunity to set up a wireless router
and pc. |
i'll tell you that after the set up and some help (hi
ross) i remain unimpressed with wireless.
i gather most
wireless users are too. you sure don't read about the wonders of
maybe if, along with your router, mouse, and
keyboard; your speakers, monitor, external drives, printer and
scanner were ALSO wireless you might have something to rave about.
right now i have a wireless router sitting by the cable modem, and
like it's been for the last 10 years or so, my computer set up is a
mess of wires. if you didn't notice the antenna on the router you'd
never know i went wireless. snrk.
Tuesday, September 05/2006 -- 09:24 AM
if you spend any kind of time on the interweb by now you've
probably come across youtube and probably that kid with the
baseball cap playing pacabel's canon on guitar (arrangement by
i originally saw it from dvorak's blog and
read all the slashdot like comments (ie. stupid things like what
slashdotters post. some idiot said the kid was just faking
it. and someone else thankfully pointed out that if he could
fake it that well he might as well be playing it for real.
curiosity got the better of me so i went over to youtube
and searched for some of the others playing the same thing:
the guy who lights the cigarette had too much distortion
on his guitar...and he made mistakes.
the guy who rolled
(oh this is so easy a child could play it) his eyes had too
much distortion...and he made mistakes.
made mistakes, and like the others i mentioned he was a
as far as i'm concerned if you make that stupid
devil's rock n roll horn thing (at any time when music is
involved) with your index and baby finger you should
immediately have them both pulled off with a
pair of pliers. notice i didn't say CUT off. snrk.
baseball cap kid makes mistakes too. but he's such a good
guitar player he managed to cover them up and you really have
to look to catch them.
one of the more interesting
versions was a guy playing the tune with an acoustic guitar
and mainly using hammer ons and pull offs.
refreshing to see a kid with that kind of talent. he's better
than a lot of guitar players who get paid money to drink until they
puke on stage.
Sunday, August 06/2006 -- 09:30 PM
i've been in the middle of a move. i have a number of things that i
want to blog about. some related to the move some internet
Wednesday, July 12/2006 -- 07:14 PM
lately i'm finding that if i can use firefox to perform the same function as a desktop program i'll go the firefox way. which is to say the ajax way.
i use gmail and yahoomail via their respective web sites. my real email account is web based.
now that i have a writely account [and many thanks to the kind soul who invited me] i don't really need a word processor installed. i don't think i would write code in writely, but it will work for all the word processing i do.
i used to use the blogger and msn spaces sites themselve and cut and past from tkblog.
but now i just use qumana and tkblog.
lately i've been reading my newsgroups via newega. not fancy but it works for casual reading/writing. it probably won't replace agent for me.
and after watching ep #56 of dl.tv i found out about meebo. now i can use firefox and meebo to do any im'ing. i have firefox running all the time anyway.
somebody on the meebo forums said firefox was overrated. i bet all IE users say that before their machine gets owned. snrk.
Tuesday, July 11/2006 -- 01:19 PM
crankygeeks ep #11 was about myspace. everyone there over 15
thought myspace was a fad and not well done at that. the ryder
stacy guy (if that's your real name, snrk) like, thought it was
like, the coolest, like thing, like for kids, like you know? |
didn't count the number of "likes" he used to express himself,
but, like, it was LOT.
he mentioned about this maddox guy
who had more power on the internet then coca-cola.
umm............no. if you're under 15 you'll disagree with me.
i'll admit. some of maddox's stuff was funny. most of
it was contrived. he seems a lot more concerned with pop culture
than any adult is, and it looks like he'll eventually degenerate
into sarcastic blogs that cut up his hate email.
ever decides to envision himself as more powerful than
coca-cola, he'll add oh, an rss feed. although now that i think
about it. 90% of his audience might not know what to do with it.
either way, the vented spleen has 5 years on him for that
kind blog (ie. venting your spleen) via the dialup bbs.
Friday, July 07/2006 -- 10:34 AM
now that writely has been taken over by google, accounts are as rare as hen's cliches. as of the timestamp of this blog you can only get an account by invitation. or you could probably buy one on ebay if you need one right now. as before with gmail i didn't know anybody who had a gmail account, and now everybody i know has one. once i'd been given an invite to gmail, i sent out invites as fast as i got them.
i'm thinking that writely hasn't got as much widespread appeal as gmail did. a lot of people will probably get accounts and never use them. anybody wants to invite me i'd be eternally grateful :)
just watched ep #9 of crankygeeks. at the end they complained about stupid slashdot comments. hopefully they just didn't figure out the moronic level slashdot commenters can get to.
Thursday, July 06/2006 -- 07:23 PM
a few years ago i bought vc++ v6.0 professional on sale at a
bookstore [of all places]. it was a deal i couldn't pass up, and
since then i've used it to compile vim from the tarball. i've
written the odd command line program, but never anything gui
related with it. i just don't do c++ programming. |
professional version IS a nice package. it included a number of
goodies among them was a vc++ specific version of installshield,
which could actually be used for creating installers for
any binary. i had that installed along with installshield
express but never really used either one with the exception
that one release of tkblog used it.
anyway right beside
the incredibly cheap vc++ was office 2000 developer tools.
and i pretty much forgot i had that...
night. when i remembered that the office 2000 dev tools
have the redistributable access runtime included. that
means i could write access 2k applications and my end users
didn't have to have be ripped off by microsoft and forced
to buy a copy of access.
it also means i could run my
book database application even though microsoft won't let
me use my legitimate copy of access 2k2.
so i say this
to microsoft: FYITN*
words meaning "screw you in the neck" [thanks penn
& teller :) ]
Thursday, July 06/2006 -- 08:25 AM
from what i've been reading after googling around the shuttle cost $10 billion to develop/build in the '70's. the cost of a shuttle launch is up to $1.3 billion. the total cost of the program is approaching $150 billion dollars.
and a 5 inch piece of foam weighing less than an ounce can turn the shuttle into a big fireworks display?
what's wrong with that picture?
maybe it's time to get the cost of foam tiles and adhesive up into the billion dollar mark instead of that dollar store stuff they're obviously using now.
Tuesday, July 04/2006 -- 09:03 AM
sometimes i start the morning with a particular objective in mind,
and through frustration or the inability to find the
information i need end up where i started. |
few weeks i've been using visual
studio express c# edition . i know i've complained
about .net before, but that was when i was using win2k
and very reluctant to screw up an already working os by a
failed .net install. of course xp doesn't have this
problem as it's already part of the os.
part of the
requirement for the vs c# is sql
server express edition, and so yesterday morning i
had the brilliant idea of transferring over my access2k2
book database to sql server. the only frontend
applications i could find were database managers with
the actual database stuff done through sql statements.
i'm reasonably competent with sql but for quick updates
that's not efficient.
and sql express is not exactly
portable, so i started looking at sqlite which IS
portable.it's the backend db that popfile uses
so it's robust. same problem: all the applications fell
into the category of db managers.
i googled for
hours, installing various mssql/sqlite applications i
could find, but no luck..
i came to the conclusion
that both sql server and sqlite were aimed at programmers
and NOT the end user. which is fine in itself, except
that no programmers have cranked out any database
applications for the end user.
for now i'm still
base. it's a little bit of overkill. right now my
book database is a flat file that i could easily export
to csv and just use a text editor. i have other plans for
it, and the db paradigm is the obvious way to go for the
information i have.
as per usual when the internet
world is lacking the one piece of software i could make
use of, i end up writing my own. i'll probably end up
writing my own database program...probably based on sqlite or
mysql to keep it portable. last time i had to do this,
the result was tkblog
Friday, June 30/2006 -- 01:49 PM
from version 3.2 of knoppix onwards i haven't been able to boot on an old pII/350. could be the hardware was too old to work with the updated changes on the knoppix cd.
after googling around i was lead to smart boot manager. this got me to the knoppix boot prompt and i was able to boot from there.
there's been a lot of changes since the v3.1 i had hanging around. all positive as far as i can tell. with the flakey hd's on that machine, i have knoppix as the default os.
while i was working with live cd's i tried goblin mini, and it wasn't ready for primetime. also tried (and liked) the afterlive cd. burnt that to a mini-cd. it will be added to the list of tools i need to carry around.
Friday, June 23/2006 -- 08:16 AM
i mentioned here
my frustation with divx when getting files from www.publicdomaintorrents.com
since i posted that i'm STILL trying to get three movies [as
i type this they're at 6.8%, 24.9%, and 27.8% complete]. utorrent
[that's "u" as in micro] has been running for weeks. i was
thinking yesterday that i can't be the only one who's having this
problem with obscure torrents.
so i think i have a solution.
it's called a "roving swarm". if something legitimate like this
already exists i couldn't find it. basically, it's a group of users
running a bitorrent client.
google for a good one, i use utorrent. and what they do is
take a users request and "migrate the swarm" over to that torrent.
once the person requesting the file has it, he leaves a message on
a mailing list and the users in the group can remove the torrent
data, and wait for the next request.
requesting copyrighted software is removed from the group.
this sound altruistic? well, yeah, it's a white hat kind of
operation. the whole idea to get large legitimate files, quickly.
it has the side benefit of showing isp's that p2p programs can
actually be used for something good. it will also show the real
power of the bitorrent protocol.
if bitorrent is something
you'd like to get into but thought the clients were too hard to set
up, then just get the latest opera 9 browser, it has torrent client
if you've ever had to wait for a large and lumbering
torrent if you're just interested then join up at roving_swarm.
even if there were just 25 of us it would make a significant
impact. more and we could handle more requests at a time. i have
some other thoughts on the whole process, but i'll wait to see how
successful it is.
Tuesday, June 06/2006 -- 07:46 AM
don't look now folks. it's Tuesday of the Beast
Sunday, June 04/2006 -- 04:49 PM
it's probably safe to say that just about any newsgroup has had the vi vs emacs war at some point. nobody really touches the learning curve argument as they both have it, but usually the power of each is argued until godwin's law is eventually reached.
if you're looking at sheer power, then emacs probably wins. doing email, newsgroups, debugging, etc. all within your editor makes it more powerful. this seems to be the antithesis of the unix philosophy of one program that does one thing well. that argument is generally overlooked in the editor wars between the two.
back in '87 vi was the first real editor i used (learned on microsoft's xenix :) . there was no usable version of it on dos, at least one that was cheap or free, so i hadn't used it for awhile. but when i got into linux around '94, vim was an editor usually installed by default so i made it a point of updating my vi skills to vim.
around '98 i made it a point of learning emacs, not so i could involve myself in any of the debates but just to add another tool to my toolbox.
but i didn't need full emacs. i have an email client i like better than the emacs effort. same with my newsreader. same with my debugger. and probably the same with every other extension you can get for emacs.
the other day my interested in emacs was piqued again, so i installed the jasspa version of microemacs. i've used other editors with emacs style keybinding (jed, etc.) but i find i end up spending more time configuring them. my intent on installing microemacs was to maybe config the colours for easier reading, but to leave it as stock as possible.
so reducing emacs to just the editor part with microemacs which one is better? i guess it depends if you like a moded editor or not. vim is great if you're a touch typist (as i am). you appreciate the one key commands as opposed to the finger contortions needed to do even simple tasks with emacs.
i'm far from a vim expert. there's all kinds key commands it has that i don't use and may never use. i'll at least get my emacs skills up to where i can get on a linux machine and use either one comfortably.
Saturday, June 03/2006 -- 02:00 PM
i wanted to add something to my windows context menu [more details next blog] and to do that i fire up a program called context edit . you can read the pc mag article about it here .
i've been using the program for ages, but this was the first time it encountered an error with my registry. it caught me a little off guard but i got a whole different feeling when i saw it was a divx registry entry.
xp wouldn't allow me to delete the registry keys directly because they were corrupt.
it took me a few minutes between regedit and ccleaner to remove all the divx garbage the divx uninstaller behind.
i got to thinking about how badly an operating system could be designed that let a third party program screw up parts of the os so that the os itself and other third party programs were affected. and that user with admin rights couldn't do anything about it with the tools that come with the os.
that's because windows xp is a piece of crap. windows has ALWAYS
been crap. it will aways BE crap. if there were a "Which OS is the
Worst Piece of Crap" contest windows would come in last.
BECAUSE IT'S A PIECE OF CRAP.
Thursday, May 25/2006 -- 07:56 AM
um, how did peter funt win american idol?
i don't watch the show but i DO know they already voted off the island the guy with the most talent
Sunday, May 21/2006 -- 01:23 PM
sidenote for you kids that aren't getting the education you deserve. africa is a continent. there are 54 countries IN africa.
but i'll tell you what kids, africa isn't NEARLY large enough to hold bono's ego.
he wants africa to cure malaria or something. i realize he thinks of himself as one of the most influential people that ever lived, but does he really think he can get all 54 countries, of which i'm guessing only 1 or 2 ever heard of him, to rally around and fix the malaria problem. a problem, apparently that has gotten bigger than poverty, aids, and war.
i COULD be out of line here. if bono has set his sights on a smaller project than world peace, and decided to fix the african malaria problem then he IS making progress.
so i'm a little confused... i'm... "i'm mystified by the man". insert big ole snrk here.
Tuesday, May 16/2006 -- 07:58 AM
first off let me declare my bias. i think a good number of people claiming to be christians are narrow-minded, ignorant, and intolerant.
- myth #1 - dan brown claims all the facts in the novel are true.
decoded: NO HE DOES NOT. for those of you
claiming this about the novel and have not actually cracked it open
, the <"claim" actually says:
"All descriptions of artwork, architecture,
documents, and secret rituals in the novel are
emphasis is mine first, an accurately described document does not magically make it fact. and second the novel is fiction. as far as i'm concerned i consider everything after the copyright notice, dedication, and acknowledgements in a novel to be part of the novel.
Thursday, May 11/2006 -- 08:48 AM
sent feedback to the divx people via their feedback interface.
they sent a reply back. in the body of the all the replies they have the following:
"We hope your issue has been solved. If we do not receive an
from you in this same incident within the next 24
hours, this incident
will be set to solved."
"Please do not reply to this e-mail. E-mail responses do not
and below that they pointed me to where i could get a divx diagnostic utility. and then said to attach the two files it outputs and send it back.
so let me get this straight. if it takes me over 24 hrs to not
solve the problem it'll be "solved" on their end? chalk one up for tech support, another problem fixed [sounds of high fiving in the background.]
or. i give up on it completely? same result? solved?
but i like the second quote the best. which to me reads: "here's
a convenient email address that has the word 'support' in it. so
could you NOT reply to this address and attach the files we
requested so we can solve your problem?"
if you add all the emails together, this is the basic content:
ME: divx 6.2 reboots my machine without warning before the install completes. an earlier version WILL install, but the codec isn't recognized by windows
THEM: divx doesn't not work properly?
ME: 6.2 doesn't install, earlier versions aren't recognized.
THEM: here's a utility. run it and send us the results.
ME: ok, i'll send it through the web based feedback interface. [i do that]
THEM: [instructions for running the diagnostic utility], then [here's an exact quote:]
"Attach a screen shot of the error message to your
Question. You can take a screen shot by pressing the 'Print
Screen' key on your keyboard and paste in the Paint
ME: divx 6.2 reboots without warning before completing the install. earlier versions DO install, but the codec isn't recognized.
but with that last email, i actually emailed them to the support email address that email says not to reply to. just my way of sticking it to the man.
Tuesday, May 09/2006 -- 06:20 PM
for the most part windows users are clueless oh sure, you find people who know everything there is to know about windows.
but who cares. they're windows users. there used to be a fidonet tag line that read:
windows expert: the guy with the biggest font collection
bill has made a whole generation of computer users into idiots. and a lot of them can't spell either.
i went to the bookstore today, and i saw a computer book series whose covers actually made me chuckle out loud. i thought i would come home and write a sarcastic blog aginst the publisher.
and then i saw who the publisher was: oreilly
then i realized this was just tim's way of being sarcastic. again. how do you appeal to a clueless windows user? get them buy computer books with covers like these.
thanks tim. your books are expensive, but the real computer books are worth every penny.
Sunday, May 07/2006 -- 05:26 PM
another quick hello to anybody popping up here from the new shilobrats msg forum.
Sunday, May 07/2006 -- 04:26 PM
i was watching episode 22 of dl.tv and they were talking about publicdomaintorrents.com. it turns out there are some real gems on this sight and they're in the public domain.
decided i would try both hosts favorite bitorrent client. patrick's was utorrent [that's a micro in the front there]. and robert's was azureus.
robert probably has the fastest machine ON THE PLANET because he's sticking with that client. the rest of us will see that it's HUGE and SLOW just like the rest of the java apps out there.
so i went to the site and that's when i ran into some of the stupidity.
it was subtle but you could see fear of threats of legal action by riaa and the mpaa.
first off movies are only downloadable via bittorrent. that might be a great idea to save bandwidth, but you've eliminated the casual and newbie end-user. and the dial-up user. and the user with a very flakey cable connection [snowzone raises hand]. bitorrents are S-L-O-W for obscure files.
second the geniuses who go to all the trouble to crank out the movies in various video formats decided to NOT use a windows standard: wmv. and possibly locking out the mac and linux people . not really a problem because there are other cross-platform video formats. but the one they chose was the avi [divx] format. now that shouldn't be a problem either but it was.
you need to download and install a divx decoder. the latest as of this blog is divx 6.2. codec and now here's the interesting part:
it has all kinds of problems in windows xp sp2.
read that again. how many millions of machines are using that version? and there are a number of people having a problem [like me] because the knowledge base on the site was filled with problems and possible solutions.
i said possible because i spent ALL day yesterday trying to encode a public domain movie on legally purchased software/equipment and could not do it.
first problem the divx v6.2 codec would NOT install on my computer without rebooting before the install finished. ok, not a disaster, i just went back a version, and that DID install ok.
next problem. windows xp sp2 didn't recognize the codec. windows media player didn't, winamp didn't, at least a dozen pieces converting software didn't. the bigfix program the divx site has available didn't work either. i went back to earlier versions [back to v5.0.2] and none of them were recognized.
i DO have a solution for the divx programmers. but i'm sure they won't like reading it. they can either:
- FIX THE GDF* PROGRAM
- STOP PROGRAMMING FOR WINDOWS
i tried using a few trial versions of programs that had built in divx codecs for converting and the closest one that worked converted a 733meg avi at 1hr 7min of playbackl file to a 17meg mpg at 1min 38sec of playback. so i'm just gonna guess here and say it didn't work.
anybody has a solution i'm all ears. email me
*gdf is some swear words
Thursday, May 04/2006 -- 09:54 AM
well, i did it. i started a hockey blog.|
this wouldn't have happened 10 years ago
Thursday, May 04/2006 -- 08:17 AM
after watching calgary-anaheim last night i'm tempted to start a hockey blog to start commenting on some of the games i watch.
anaheim has a great passing game which was made just that much better by calgary passing to them every chance they got. snrk.
i was sorta hoping for an ottawa-calgary final, but last night it looked like the flames were tired and just not hungry enough for the stanley cup
Wednesday, May 03/2006 -- 03:50 PM
for those of you who track every change that happens on the web
page you'll see that i added a "subscribe by email" option. a place called feedblitz makes this possible.
those of you who can't be bothered with configuring rss software can now read the spleen with your favorite email client. all three duped blogs have this option.
Tuesday, May 02/2006 -- 08:19 AM
this review applies to the Qumana 3 beta.
it's written in java. java is slow and huge. i doubt the
developers will rewrite it for me :) so i'll learn to live with
it. Qumana is a great front end to blogger/msn spaces so i can
overlook java's glacial performance...
the drop pad.
i know this is a big feature point for them but as "text
blogger" i have no interest in it. and after reading the FAQ i found out that the drop pad isn't as intuitive as you would think. it didn't work like i thought, so i had to read the FAQ to see if it was covered there. the fact that it doesn't work with msn spaces would limit me to posting images to blogger. thankfully you can hide the drop pad but only after Qumana has fired up.
the only thing i encountered which could be considered a bug
is when i clicked on the 'unordered list' button. i couldn't
find a way in the "WYSIWYG" tab of getting out of the list. i
had to go to the "view source tab" and do some editing there before going back to the WYSIWYG tab and continuing on.
[later] after writing this blog, i see how to fix the above so it's not a bug.
the ability to turn off the drop pad completely.
when you click on "publish post" i'd like to see some kind of
indication verbose of what's happening. right now i sometimes
see a "publishing" circle thingy
- the ability to see
comments (or maybe a button to get to comments directly) for a
other than that i'm pretty happy
with it. and because it's a Canadian company i'll continue to
support it with the "powered by" tag at the end.
Sunday, April 30/2006 -- 05:59 PM
i was asked by someone why i'm duping my blog to 2 other places:
when originally wrote tkblog there was no other software [that i could google] that did the same thing [ie. standalone, cross-platform, free]. i had to settle for any two of those attributes :)
i only wrote tkblog because blogger had a broken account set up. now of course, you can trip on a blogging program because blogging is even bigger now than it was when i started. msn spaces makes a blog more like a home page and can be set up in less than 10 minutes.
tkblog is 4 years old now. the current beta adds a few features, but definitely can't compete with something like qumana. i think it's ok for someone who's isp gives them web space but not much else, or even someone who runs their own server but doesn't want to bother with perl/php based blogs and the associated back ends.
one one person actually added some code for inline images and tweaked the rss feed code (which has been tweaked and tweaked as the standard changes). for the most part i can probably name tkblog users on one hand...
obviously i feel a certain loyalty to tkblog and i'll still support those using it, but it was written out of necessity and was a good learning experience.
one of the reasons for duping on blogger and msn spaces is that the archiving is much better than tkblog's. both tkblog and blogger allow you to customize that the html/css level. that's both an advantage and disadvantage depending on your level of expertise. . msn spaces has better templates, and the setup is probably much better for newbies.
i'm counting on the longevity of blogger and msn spaces over my isp or any third part hosting company for that matter.
for a java app qumana is faster than i thought it would be, although it does take a few seconds to fire up.
Sunday, April 30/2006 -- 12:37 PM
microsoft has been playing monopoly again. this time they've decided that emailing your blog to msn spaces via google will be a hit or miss thing. so far i've had two misses so that's why i'm trying out qumana
Tuesday, April 25/2006 -- 02:59 PM
when it comes to fallen canadian soldiers the prime minister has
decided to "return to tradition" and NOT honour them by flying
flags at half mast.|
instead, the soldiers' families can wait for the governent's
respect on rememberance day.
7 months from now.
it's not like the soldiers gave their lives or anything...oh wait,
i guess my first question is: what does bono think of this? and
what's he doing to change it?
stephen harper 0
bono's ego 1
bono: frankly, i'm.... "i'm mystified by the man"
i wonder how many canadian soldiers will have to die in dubya's war
before the canadian people do something about it.
well, just a sec, they DID do something about it. they voted
how's it working out for you guys?
Sunday, April 23/2006 -- 05:24 PM
my intention was to burn dltv ep's to vcd so i could watch them more comfortable on my tv and not my computer.
why vcd's instead of dvd'?. two reasons mainly; one, dvd's were total overkill for what i wanted to do. and two, i don't have a dvd burner on the computer in quesiton. i'll likely NEVER have a dvd burner on a computer by choice. i have no need for one.
anyway, it turns out that various movie exectutives, the government, and the authors of ripping software were pretty sure i was going to turn the entire star wars saga into 25 or 30 vcd's.
i guess they don't realize that anybody interested in the special effects of these movies are NOT going to reduce the quality to get them on 25 vcd's
but that didn't make the software hard to find. i eventually settled on a shareware program called super dvd creator it lets me create vcd's from a variety of media formats. all from one program that was handy so that was an easy choice to register.
i found a suite of programs to rip dvd's to vcd's called eazyvcd, but i have no reason to use it.
one thing i learned is that doing something like this for free is going to have you excersizing your google skills. if you don't mind paying a shareware fee, it's a lot simpler.
simpler worked for me.
Thursday, April 13/2006 -- 10:02 AM
every now and then i'd google around to see if patrick
norton had finally started a regular blog yet. the last one i
saw was here but as
you can see that's over a year old...|
ever since the tv execs of techtv turned it into a video gaming
network [snrk] all the regulars ran from it and the whole thing is
unwatchable if you're over 6 years old.
the good news is that i DID find patrick norton at digitallife tv and he's there doing what he
the offshoot of finding dl.tv was getting into vcd's so i would
watch the ep's at night at my own convenience.
more on vcd's next blog...
Friday, March 31/2006 -- 08:54 AM
i have a new favorite piece of software: multitail. you
need cygwin to run it on
windows, but it's worth the install.|
i'm a big fan of logs. i've written a number of specific log
parsers for my own use, but multitail has made some of them
if you need to track the progress of any number logs this program
Monday, March 06/2006 -- 08:08 AM
rap "music". it sucks. it's the suckingest music that ever
when an example of that garbage gets nominated for an academy award
you think "ok, they want to show the world that they're hip and
with it and not a bunch of old hollywood cronies."
but then it wins, and you get some ignorant, illiterate, talentless
fup accepting the award.
my prediction: next year ALL the nominees will be rap songs.
Friday, March 03/2006 -- 08:21 AM
i still have thunderbird v1.5 on
my system and i keep it up to date, but it's no longer my primary
for that i'm back to agent. v3.2
has been released and it it included much needed features which
probably should have been there as far back as 1998.
i read a lot of mailing lists and newsgroups and it was just too
painful using thunderbird to do this. even though you can use the
keyboard, thunderbird is oriented to the mouse. agent makes
reading/working with email and newsgroups much easier.
Monday, February 13/2006 -- 07:10 PM
like all canadians we have some important questions to ask our new
what doe he think of bono (inventor of world peace)?
what does he think of bono's job as master of world peace?
will he grant an audience to bono when bono demands one?
is he "mystified by the man"
add snrk's where appropriate. snrk.
Monday, January 23/2006 -- 10:23 PM
we just had a federal election up here in the gwn:|
stephen harper 1
canadian charter of rights 0
i'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who voted and for setting us back 40 years.
you bunch of feepers.
Tuesday, January 03/2006 -- 02:37 PM
as a canadian citizen i have no real need to go anywhere.|
if i WANT to though, i need a passport. i used to have a passport
as a kid when i moved to and from europe, but obviously that's no
i have all the proper supporting documentation to get a passport.
and i'll also have to send $85+ worth of portrats of the queen
before i'll get one.
one of the documents i have to send is my birth certificate. not a
photocopy, not a notarized copy, my original birth certficicate.
what this means is that i have to trust a branch of the canadian
goverment that's handling potentially MILLIONS of passport
applications, AND a crown coporation (ie. Canada Post) to NOT lose
either my application and birth cerfificate, on the way there, or
my passport and birth certificate, on the way back.
so my plan is to apply for a copy or duplicate of my birth
certificate ($30+ in queen pictures). and send them THAT copy of
and if i get ANY questions about the process along the way, i'll
send letters to my MP, MMP, and probably the local paper. it's
unlikely to do anything, but at least my objections will be on
all this because osama got a bug up his ass about dubya.... if you
ask me, george didn't drop NEAR enough bombs over there.
Friday, December 30/2005 -- 12:17 PM
forgot to mention yesterday that one of the things i tried was an
internet security suite offered for free from my isp. it's some
kind of deal they have with the f-secure guys.|
after installing it, the only real "feature" i could see was
rebooting continually on a reboot. i did that twice before using
the cost is $49.95. let me tell you, the first time bill's software
has hosed ALL your tweaking and installed applications and you're
dreading the reinstalling of EVERYTYHING, you won't even think
twice about what you paid for it. amof, you're going to think that
was a steal.
Thursday, December 29/2005 -- 02:33 PM
zonealarm decided to act up on me today for no reason.|
i've had various problems with it. i've moved up an down in version
numbers, but i've come to the conclusion the effort just isn't
worth it. so uninstalled. never to be used again. ever.
personal firewall the deal they have till march 31, 2006 is
hard to pass up.
Tuesday, December 20/2005 -- 11:40 AM
i think it's funny when your average movie goer who happens to have a web site (or any online forum) decides s/he's a Movie Critic and starts reviewing movies they've just seen.|
one of the worst offenders was/is the filthy critic .
for a guy who's claimed (i say 'claimed' as it's clear there's some movies he's reviewed and definitely NOT seen) to see a lot of movies he's generally clueless to the purpose, plot, and everything else about a movie. i've mentioned this a few times before.
anyway i just read a 'review' of a movie today that said king kong was the funniest movies he'd seen.
everyone pretty much knows the beauty and the beast plot, so there's no suprise there. peter jackson probably has his own take on it as well (i'll be seeing the movie sometime in the next 2 weeks).
i'm assuming (yeah i know , i know) that the 'reviewers' knew they were going to see a big budget special effects movie. folks that only means one thing. consider it a fringe benefit if there's any plot. consider it a bonus if there's any real acting.
if you assume anything else you're a pretentious wanker and shouldn't be allowed to go see movies you don't get.
Friday, December 16/2005 -- 03:19 PM
that moron 50cent was in canada the other day.|
an agent of our Ministry of Bad Music tried to stop him at the airport but was unable to.
maybe 50cent just shot him. snrk.
Friday, December 16/2005 -- 10:39 AM
surfing around looking for watchdog websites for the various
canadian political parties.|
as expected i found blogs where the author thought stephen harper
would be good for canada.
i just assumed that the poster was under 30. otherwise he was a
hypocrit...unless he actually AGREED with the suppression of our
freedoms as outlined in the canadian charter of
Thursday, December 15/2005 -- 12:27 PM
it's probably just a matter of time before i get tired of doing it,
but for the last few months i've been duping my blog to my blogger and and msn
i can do it all from firefox v1.5 between,
an extension, gmail and a link on my navigation bar that fires
Tuesday, December 13/2005 -- 07:28 PM
trackback bug has been fixed...will update the beta soon as i can...
Sunday, December 04/2005 -- 03:28 PM
up in here in the gwn blockbuster has "removed" late fees.|
in reality the process goes something like this
you rent the movie actually you bought the movie
you just rented if returned before 7 days are up the
"sale" reverts back to rental if returned within 30 days
there's a $1.75 "restocking" fee.
and to clarify thats: RESTOCKING. that extra $1.75 is a fee
that is in no way related to you being 29 days late with the movie.
Tuesday, November 29/2005 -- 09:29 AM
the canadian government fell last night.|
how did that happen you
seems like the distant 4th and the distant 3rd party (ie.
parties that will NEVER have a form a federal government)
brown tongued the 2nd and voted againt the current federal
government in a non-confidence vote.
politically speaking the
3rd and 4th are light years beyond the 2nd. and that will show
itself clearly enough when they have to back peddle and support the
current government when it comes to issues like religous freedom,
medical care, etc.
stephen harper could very well be the
scariest man alive. he makes dubya look like clinton. only
he does it behind a lying smirk.
open blog to
canadians: go ahead, vote for harper. you'll see that the
sponsership scandal was meaningless compared to what you
get to watch, hear, and think.
Friday, November 25/2005 -- 05:43 PM
bobo (clown of world peace)...ok sorry, bono (master of world
peace) dropped by the prime minister's (of canada) residence
looking for an audience.|
so check off the appropriate
i just hope to hell he ran it by buck reporter
spicoli first. [a snrk is so inadequate here]
Thursday, November 10/2005 -- 09:29 AM
i'll bet you can't do this with internet explorer
Thursday, November 10/2005 -- 08:22 AM
recently i upgraded my suse 6.4 box (affectionately known as
"frankensuse") the majority of the software i used was
compiled from the tarball and the only rpm remaining programs were
more of the system level things that with the exception of
recompiling the new 2.2.x kernels as they came out didn't get
the suse box now runs v10 . it was clear during the install that i
hadn't been paying much to the suse world.
that novell owns it, they've decided to make the iso's available.
which should have been done from the start, but better late than
Wednesday, November 09/2005 -- 06:19 PM
tkblog now has an official forum
Monday, October 24/2005 -- 01:05 PM
sometimes i wish guys who thought they knew how the web should look would just go away.|
i think this guy means well, but this article saps all the fun out of blogging.
and yes i made a point out of doing something he doesn't like. snrk.
Wednesday, October 19/2005 -- 01:01 PM
a quick hello to anybody who knows me from the shilobrats website
Monday, October 17/2005 -- 05:20 PM
i think this pretty much describes my feelings about perl6
Monday, October 17/2005 -- 02:48 PM
recently i decided it might be fun to collect hockey cards again [i used to way back when]|
i don't need more card boxes to store so it was time to dump my magic cards. i've already given away half of them but i still have a little over 5000 cards to get rid of. i'm keeping the decks i had the most fun with, and would play again when i find someone interested. but my magic days have slowed WAY down.
Wednesday, September 28/2005 -- 03:31 PM
it looks like haloscan's comments weren't working. came down to a user error on my part. i was so quick to cut and paste code i didn't really rtfm :) |
if nothing else i expanded tkblog's capabilities a little bit.
Wednesday, September 21/2005 -- 09:16 AM
saw that there was a new release of firefox [1.07] thought i would update.
decided to try out the 1.5 beta 1 also.|
more than half my extensions
didn't work, so i just gave it a few minutes and then gave up on it. i'll
stick with 1.07. unfortunatley 1.5b1 screwed up enough of the settings so
that 1.07 had severe display problems. reinstalling didn't help.
norton go back to the rescue.
that's twice now that the program has saved by butt.
would blog my experience, and as i dupe this blog on blogger.com and msn spaces, i check
to see if any new comments have been left there. turns out that blogger.com
allows a new type of spam based on comments.
i've gotten two of these on
my blogger.com blog. i think i see now why you can set blogger.com to
disallow anonymous comments...
Tuesday, September 20/2005 -- 07:27 AM
looks like opera is now free|
it's interesting that this comes on the
heels of mozilla foundation setting up a separate entity to handle the
money they've been making from the free firefox/thunderbird/mozilla
will probably install the new opera to try it out. i'm unlikely to use it
though. i've gotten use to the power of firefox and it's extensions. i
don't want to give that up.
Wednesday, September 14/2005 -- 12:57 PM
a few weeks ago i wanted to fire up my seti@home client again...|
turns out that boinc is the
apparently you can link your "classic seti"
account with the new boinc one.
after a number of 'wrong email' and
'wrong password' error pages, on the "account activation" page, came to
the conclusion that you can't. so the 1300 WU [work units] from my
"classic" account are lost.
which is probably a good thing anyway
because i don't know wtf the new "credit" system actually translates to.
yeah, there's a page explaining it. i'm not sure that giving 16.73 credits
for wu is an improvement over 1 wu credit given for wu worth of work
though. could be just me [snrk]
Tuesday, September 13/2005 -- 10:15 AM
as you can see i'm working with a new layout. i was getting tired of the
old one. i wanted to get rid of the frame, and get a cleaner look.|
geb page is still
there until i decide what to do with it. and so is the tools page.
buttons were generated courtesy of adam kalsey's page. logos
were generated via the cooltext site.
originall wanted a treeview like menu on the left side. but couldn't find
a really free one, so after searching around i found a few sites with free
templates, but it was steve's
free templates i decided on..
of course i did all the editing with
boxer text editor.
but not least, just to show that the power of tkblog is only
limited by your skills in html/css/etc. but if you can edit a template
(like i did) then tkblog won't stand in your way.
Sunday, September 11/2005 -- 10:54 AM permalink
microsoft is going to have 7
different versions of windows. that one gets a [snrk] all on it's own.
so does that mean:|
7 different eula's?
7 different versions of office?
7 different versions of each virus?
Thursday, September 08/2005 -- 07:31 PM permalink
today i thought i would grab some rss feeds from celebrity blogs. so i hit google looking for blogs to tap.|
every celebrity bloglist i found listed the same 7-10.
and all the "best celebrity blog" lists i found listed...the exact same 7-10.
looks like wil [war is bad] wheaton's is one of the favorites.
bill maher had a good blog (left wing that it was) but that disappeared. i think he really wrote his and it was not ghost written by his assistant (like the other 7-10 are)
it's too bad harlan ellison didn't have one. that would be a great blog
but he doesn't believe in computers in general, or in the internet. that's ok mr. ellison, the internet believes in you. :)
Tuesday, September 06/2005 -- 09:07 AM permalink
after single-handedly saving iraq, sean penn decides to save new orleans
(yes, singlehandedly also)|
he was shown how to do it properly when he
needed rescuing himself
somebody at the academy forgot to tell mr. penn
that the golden statuette was for acting
personally, i don't know
why the tree huggers, anti-nuke, anti-war, pro-lifers are worried when it's
pretty clear to me that both sean penn and bono are going to save the
Friday, August 26/2005 -- 03:06 PM permalink
i think i'm either missing something very fundamental about the tags
concept as defined by technorati, or their instructions about pinging as
it applies to tags isn't quite right.|
tags: tags technorati
Wednesday, August 24/2005 -- 10:12 AM permalink
i'd like to think my scathing
blog was the reason :) but activestate just released a new
tcl/tk package that inludes expect.
kinda feel sorry for the guys that bought it at the ridiculous
price of $300.
Monday, August 22/2005 -- 07:04 PM permalink
i read slashdot pretty much on a daily basis via rss. and a few other tech
some how i managed to miss the renaming of radio
apparently this is canada only, but still it feels like i
stepped into the
twilight zone. probably a good thing i'm not a slider
Monday, August 22/2005 -- 04:30 PM permalink
obviously i'm missing something fundamental about tags and technorati...not
that worried about it.|
one thing i like about blog explosion is some of the
interesting free services i'm finding for independant blogging software
like halo comments for example. this
is a great free (or inexpensive premium membership) comment/trackback
system for blogs. especially for standalone blogs that don't have that
built in. so comments for this page are via that site unless something
Friday, August 19/2005 -- 08:38 AM permalink
i'm not so sure technorati tags are working. but just to be sure i'll try
another one with tags...|
one thing i can say is that, with a few
hundred blogs with the same tag, some will go unread. my guess is any
after the first two pages on technotrati...
anyway here goes
tags: tags technorati
Wednesday, August 17/2005 -- 09:16 AM permalink
open blog to sean combs:|
hey, i gotta an idea. PICK ONE.
here's some for you to chose from:
piffy puffy cloudy diddy diddler doody doodler piddly puddly poodle
Monday, August 15/2005 -- 08:39 AM permalink
don't know what i haven't discovered this before but i just read about blog
tags. they were easy enough to add as a macro to tkblog so i thought i
would test it.|
tags: tkblog, tags
Tuesday, August 09/2005 -- 08:06 AM permalink
i'm not sure i should feel flattered or not, that out of all the blogoshere
mr. perdue has singled out my blog...anyway...|
i'll quote some excerpts from the comments, and reply to them:
perdue: "Anyway, to the subject at hand: Dan Brown won a round, but the
case is far from over."
i guess as long as this thing stays in the news, you will sell a few more
copies of your books. to clarify, i had copies before i read dan brown's
perdue: "Contrary to the headlines, Judge Daniels did not "acquit" Brown,
but quite to the contrary, acknowledged that there were many
similarities in the setting, plot and characters, in other words the key
ideas making up my books."
let me repeat. neither your ideas, or brown's were original. davinci codex
aside, i've run across the basic premise before. i came up with the basic
premise in '75 or so. i don't think either one of you should be claiming
it's an original idea.
ok, the setting is the same, but i'm not sure that point should be
mentioned in the lawsuit. any thriller involving those themes is probably
going to have scenes that take place in italy.
the plot of all the books involved was formulaic. certainly not original.
same with the characters. male hero, temporary female sidekick/love
interest/possible key figure. is there a thriller on the books shelves that
DOESN'T have that?
perdue: "Thus, I believe Judge Daniels erred in his decision. "
i'm not sure you're going to get very far with this line of thinking.the
attitidue of: 'we're standing in front of you your honour because we think
the last judge was wrong...and if you're wrong, we'll just find another
judge until he thinks the right way' is very productive.
i find it hard to believe that your books aren't selling more because of
the lawsuit. even, god forbid, some illiterate judge decides it IS
copyright infringement and awards you the money, you probably still won't
have a best seller on your hands, just the winnings of the Litagation
as a writer myself, i also find it hard to believe that YOU [as a writer]
have not come to terms with the fact that ideas can be conceived of in
parallel. and that somebody could get those ideas published before you
you conveniently avoided one of my main points: the davinci code is a
better read. it's more interesting, entertaining, and it's better written
[refer to my two examples of the writing]. i agree with the judge's 'erred'
comment about that also.
Sunday, August 07/2005 -- 03:28 PM permalink
[i would have commented on the blog in quesiton, but again, it was elitist
blogger.com only comments allowed.]|
just read a blog via blog explosion about somebody complaining they
couldn't swear on various msg boards they frequent.
i think it was isaac asimov that said 'swearing is a crutch for the
Sunday, August 07/2005 -- 03:13 PM permalink
while browsing around technorati a few days ago i saw a list of popular
blogs. it might just have been that days popular ones, i can't remember.|
one of the blogs listed was wil wheaton's blog. i started reading that one
when he hosted the
screensavers a few times and mentioned he had a blog. the screensavers of
is no longer around because the morons that bought techtv decided to cater
diminishing audience (ie. 'a younger audience').
anyway, i read weaton's blog until it (about two blogs after i started
reading it) degenerated into a 'war is bad' blog. and i ignore those,
'cause, you know, like war IS bad. get over it. it's not going away THIS
guess what wil, you're an actor. i'd guess most people read your blog to
get insights into the industry and your take on them, not some actor
bandwagon diatribe that half the country doesn't GAF about.
Sunday, August 07/2005 -- 10:48 AM permalink
quick links for the lewis perdue thing.|
my original blog
lewis perdue's comment
my reply to that
and i read yesterday morning (from various google alerts) that the judge in the lawsuit decided that 'davinci code' was NOT plagerized. and it didn't take much reading between the lines to see that he thought dan brown's book was a lot better. given the examples i pointed to in the third link above, one could make the valid assumption that dan brown is just a better writer than lewis perdue.
having said that i still have two lewis perdue books i want to read. but i'll read them when i'm looking for a 'light' read.
Tuesday, August 02/2005 -- 07:54 AM permalink
over the last year or so i've seen increasingly bad writing in tech publications. at first i thought it was just the various columnists trying to be clever. but it's not. most of it is bad grammar. so either the editor who's had no education in the basics of the language, is 'fixing' the writers work. or the writer themselves have been spending too much time on the internet amongst the kids who can't spell, have no grammar skills, and worse yet, aren't learning any of that in school|
in college i had an english teacher tell us that one of the best ways to write better, was to read better. ie read stuff that's well written. he suggested some of the better known magazines,but i'm beginning to think the range of magazines falling into that category has diminished since he suggested that.
Friday, July 29/2005 -- 07:50 AM permalink
another problem i had reinstalling software after the hd failure was with two different activation keys. with one i was able to contact the author, and get a new key. after having gone through the process, that particular software will be easier next time...|
but the other was with the ramdisknt guys. they're are just determined to nickle and dime their customers. i have no probem paying for upgrades. most software i own (sorry, 'licence' ) has a clear upgrade policy. when i went to plug in the key for ramdisknt it said the key had expired. EXCUSE ME? the software isn't subscription-ware. it ran for years on the other hd before the drive failure.
it IS encouraging though that software vendors can reach new lows.
Thursday, July 28/2005 -- 07:05 PM
i think i have my blog template the way i want it now...|
not sure i'd be able to do it this easily with other blog software, but blogs done with tkblog are really only limited to what your html skills are.
Thursday, July 28/2005 -- 01:05 PM comment
ok, taking a ride on the neoworx
bandwagon. see the counter at the bottom...|
oh, and the
neoboard link on the left.
Thursday, July 28/2005 -- 10:22 AM comment
well that's interesting. while surfing blog explosion, i wanted to leave a
relatively sarcastic comment on a blog. but it didn't accept anonymous
comments or allow one to enter in non-anonymous info. some how blogger.com
people are better than the rest?|
wasn't very christian of him. which is what he claimed to be after the
fabulous god-let-me-lend-my-car-to-the-nameless-neighbor episode [snrk]
Thursday, July 28/2005 -- 07:57 AM comment
i've had to use xp now for about two weeks. any guesses at the VU level of the xp suckage meter? yup, pegged in the red. |
if it wasn't for personel ancestry file i'd likely dump windows completely. two programs that make me feel 'safer' are v-com's autosave, and norton's goback.
Wednesday, July 27/2005 -- 12:18 PM comment
been surfing a lot of the blogs at blog explosion.|
bookmarked a few. i just ignore the 'war is bad' blogs. they're usually from the same group that brings you 'poverty is bad' and 'world hunger is bad'
thing about the latter two, is that they can go out there an actually DO something about it. they don't of 'course. they're hypocrits.
but the first? they pretty much have to wait for a protest so they can get back to their rock and bottle throwing or screaming obscenities at the police. who, by the way, while sheilding themselve from the rocks and bottles are NOT out arresting the baggy-panted punk harrasing your grandmother while she's out shopping.
i got an idea. what if the hypocrits out there tried NOT to be a hypocrit? you know, like just for a day? or an hour even. that might mean one less stitch above the eye for a guy doing his job while trying to prevent you from excersizing your freedom of 'speech'.
Wednesday, July 27/2005 -- 11:35 AM comment
yeah, font change
Wednesday, July 27/2005 -- 09:19 AM comment
i keep reading about how many millions of blogs are out there. ok, 99% are
pointless (a few million about pets, a few million regurgitating
world/political/tech news, a few million by nutbars who think people
really care they just had their pinky peirced and stapled to their
i'm interested in reading personalized blogs,. ones that have a tendency to
be sarcastic, or talk about stuff i'm interested in...which i guess is
close to what i'm writing myself. anyway, i found blog explosion.
it's supposed to be a site that lets you generate traffic to you blog, but
i think that's going to suffer from diminishing returns if the number of
sites they're claiming is anywhere true (14mil+)
instead it's just a good way to find interesting blogs. more traffic will
just be a fringe benefit...
Tuesday, July 26/2005 -- 09:26 AM comment
a few weeks ago i had a hard drive fail on me. it was a learning
experience. basically i learned two main things from the whole
my backup strategy works.
i keep two directories on another drive. one is call 'bak' which is where
i backup actual data for various programs (email, databases, serial
numbers, etc.). the other is called 'installs' and this is where i
put all the setup files for programs i use on a regular basis
(thunderbird, firefox, etc.). and each of those directories are burnt to
their own cdrw. and then i do that on another set of cdrw's just in case
something goes horribly wrong with a burn or the system fails while
and each time i sit in front of the comptuer i ask myself 'if i lost this
hard drive/computer' today would i be happy'. if the answer is 'no', then
so after the hd failure, the only thing i seemed to have lost was my public
gpg key. if you
click on the link you'll notice it's a new one.
ms product activation.
ok, i understand that bill thinks that ALL of his customers are pirates
first and foremost. i don't agree with that but it's obivously a business
model that works, because he's a billionaire, and the company he founded
has even more liquid assets than he does. anybody saying that it's not a
way to treat customers or run a business, simply needs to check out the one
of the net wealth clocks [just tried a quick check and they seemed to have
been taken down]
anyway, i have a legitimate copy of access 2k2, so i installed it a the new
system, and when i went to activate it it told me it was already
activiated. and it IS already activated... it was done 3 years ago on the
now the dead hd.
i guess my question is: could NONE of the innovative ms programmers build
in a 're-activation' scheme? something that knows a product has been
activated, and maybe asks for password/personal infomation that was entered
the first time around? apparently not. worse, the dialogue that comes up
says to call ms but fails to leave a number. i'd rather not be in
voice-menu hell or on hold for 3 hours.
so microsoft got it's last $150 from me of my own free will.
i DO have a solution though. openoffice. i really liked access 2k2
but openoffices 'base' database module lets me get at my access db's the
queries still work. it took me less than a minute to recreate the form i
was using. and with abc's amber access converter
, i can export the database to csv format (which i use to with db-editor to
create the pdb format for my palm pilot)
i have to use the acces converter because openoffice base, mindnumbingly
DOESN'T include an 'export to csv' option. how did guys over their missed
Monday, July 25/2005 -- 08:20 AM comment
this is a reply to a comment made to my davinci code blog. first time i've had somebody famous commenting...|
i'll admit i haven't read 'daughter of god'. i don't see the point now.
and i DID mention that the idea wasn't original from either of you. *i* had
that idea back in'75. i was 13 years old, and i'm pretty sure i must have
picked it up somewhere in my reading...
idea aside, you STILL don't want anybody reading your book before OR after
'the davinci code'.
example from TOR 2004 paperback reprinting:
"...Would you like to frisk them all? His face was angular and hard with
i'm not a famous author with pending lawsuits, but THAT is bad writing.
not to be out done, same page TWO LINES farther down:
"Tony looked at her, his face angular and hard with anger;"
as the book was obviously updated from the previous edition (eg. references to 9/11) how that got missed makes me think the reprinting was fastracked to gain a few more sales on the coattails of dan brown's novel.
i'm just assuming that you stumbled across my blog while surfing the weeb [sic] and were NOT specifically looking for negative comments about the lawsuit.
Sunday, July 03/2005 -- 12:36 PM comment
some live 8 comments:|
it was beyond dumb, 'poverty is bad?' come ON,
that ranks up there with 'war is bad'.
the politicians KNOW
that. they can't, or are unwilling to do anything about it. probably a
little of both.
i could go on and on about
this, but some things that stood out.
rap sucks world wide. live 8
proved it beyond a doubt.
pet shop boys still suck dead bunnies,
THAT'S why they played in moscow [snrk]
popquiz: was michael
A) trying to be a martian?
B) rejected from Blue Man Group
changed out of his super hero costume ?
bjork, what the heck was
that? she looked like a Gong Showcontestant
who hadn't been gonged yet.
quick name three boomtown rats
songs...yeah that's what i thought. it took another series of concerts
for him to confirm how full of himself he is...
up here in the gwn,
our 'host' to the event on tv was ben mulrooney. i can only assume that
his dad's money
is being used to bribe canadian tv execs to get him these gigs.
what else...i think the barrie portion showed that canadian songwriters
are still some of the best song writers in the world, sir paul mcartnety
and for those of you who didn't know who a half of artists
were, you shouldn't have been allowed to go or watch it on tv, and
should be barred from buying music in the future...ok sorry, stealing
off the internet. why? you know nothing about music, and likely never
Monday, June 20/2005 -- 07:42 AM comment
spleen is down while it changes machines and locations.
Saturday, June 11/2005 -- 01:14 PM comment
intrepid buck reporter shawny penn on assignment in iran.
ok. i'm just
gonna ASSUME he got the ok from bono (master negotiator of world peace) to
do that? [snrk]
OPEN BLOG TO THE BOTH OF THEM
have you guys
considered concentrating on the things you're known for?
SEAN, in your
case great actor. maybe you've reached your peak if you win five academy
awards in a row. 'till then...
BONO, you're just a mediocre musician.
(i'll give you 'vertigo' is a great tune, but it took HOW many albums to
Tuesday, May 24/2005 -- 11:24 AM comment
ok, the whole da vinci code thing is starting to get stupid.|
let me deal
with lewis perdue first. he's sueing dan brown because he thinks dan brown
plagerized his novel 'the da vinci legacy'
first perdue needs to look
up 'plagerize' in a handy dictionary.next the most dan brown could be
accused of is stealling ideas. neither one of them came up with the idea so
perdue needs to STFU.
second, i've read perdue's book. the main point
of perdue's book (without giving away any spoilers) centers around leonardo
da vinci's writings. i can't remember if the church was involved in the
plot or not (which goes to show how lasting an impression that book made on
i read that a judge will be reading all books in
question. i think he will see that perdue is simply trying to sell a
couple dozen more copies of his books then he has.
take my word
for it, lewis perdue does NOT want anybody reading his book and then
reading dan brown's book. there's no comparison. perdue's is an
average thriller written for a juevenile audience, where brown's is a
pretty good thriller with ton of interesting tidbits thrown in.
ok, now the church. they are assigning cardinals to debunk the
read that again. let me emphasize some words for you
they are assigning cardinales to DEBUNK THE NOVEL
that means they're trying to prove that the novel isn't true. you
know like star wars and star trek aren't true (with apologies to the
guys wearing spock ears or klingon turtle shells who may be
no where in the novel, or the associated web
page does dan brown state this as a theory to be investigated. his
characters do, but THIS IS A NOVEL. all kinds of wonderful things
happen in fiction. authors make up stuff to entertain, explore, or to
but i think dan brown should be considered one of
the best novelists of our time. why?
his novel was able to provoke
stupidity from the church.
and now i'm beginning to see how great
some of shakespeares quotes were "me thinks thou doth protest too
i'm sure somebody could clarify for me why the church is
denouncing a NOVEL as being a bunch of lies.
somebody needs to tell them
that a good number of characters seen in cartoons aren't real either.
Monday, May 16/2005 -- 04:18 PM comment
i did something today i thought i would never do.|
i bought an mp3 player. specfically i picked up the iriver ifp 790t
i don't do mp3's on my computer, because i have a good stereo. but this was a good solution for me while away from home.
they packed quite a bit into the interface, (it has a ton of features) but the software installation needs to be improved.
Friday, April 29/2005 -- 11:33 AM comment
well, as you can see at the bottom i'm now using my 3rd free hit counter site. i believe the count is accurate
Friday, April 29/2005 -- 11:02 AM comment
it's been longer than i like since last entry...|
i've been busy with a full port of geb for windows. and eventually that will lead to the linux version. there WAS a windows version but it was very basic, and never relaly got out of beta...it wasn't the least bit challenging like the palm pilot version is...
Friday, April 01/2005 -- 09:11 AM comment
the other day i was sent some mail from my cel provider. it was a
promotional bit on upgrading my plan enabling me to save some money on
it was coincidentally timed about a month before
those same features were going to increase in price.
never to ignore a good
thing, i called the number given and immediately entered voicemenu hell.
and this type of voicemenu system doesn't allow you to push any buttons.
it's all voice recognition...
i've worked with voice recognition
systems, and the big drawback is usually the training of your voice to make
the system more accurate...this was definitely not needed here. the system
had no problem understanding and responding to my commands.
was that there was no option to take advantage of the limited time promo
offer. eventually i narrowed it down to the fact that i was pretty much
going to have to go to their web site...not really a problem as i access my
account for my cel on it all the time....
the next problem was that
there was no link having anything to do with the promo offer.
line of attack was sending them email. i explained that i received the
promo offer in the mail and would like to take advantage of it. i got a
relatively prompt reply giving me the phone number to call or i could go to
having already clicked around the website i knew that
was futile, so i started to dial the number and then realized it was the
same number listed on the promo material.
i sent reply to their reply
that the problem i was having was that he two places i could go to upgrade my
plan didn't have any information to do so
THEIR reply to my reply to
their reply was to send me the same number and link where i would find
information to upgrade AND they had a link so that i could fill out
the customer satisfaction feedback to my inquiry.
i didn't do anything
rude, but i DID let them know that the automated computer email reply
didn't seem to understand what the problem was....
so i'll actually have
to physcially go to an outlet and see if i can upgrade my plan
this is a
clear example of a marketing department gettting WAY ahead od the phone/web
Friday, March 25/2005 -- 12:19 PM comment
yesterday i was walking downtown and saw three people dressed up in the goth motif.|
i guess i have only one thing to say about that. THE 80'S ARE OVER.
get a new fad, that one is just starting to look dumb.
Thursday, March 24/2005 -- 08:24 AM comment
just updated to the latest releases of firefox and thunderbird. AFTER my coffee of course :)|
smoothest upgrade so far. as per usual whenever i see a header that says the user is working with outlook or outlook express, or internet explorer, i just shake my head....
sometimes i wonder how many plugin's those users have had to install to stop spam, popups, etc. or just to get the features the rest of us have been using for a while...
Sunday, March 20/2005 -- 01:46 PM comment
today while flipping around channels i ran into a bit about a movied called
'dust to glory' which is about baja racing...it reminded me of patrick
norton ex-techtv host (that was before comcast executives pretended to be
decided to see if he had started a blog yet. and three
days ago he did. check it out here
Saturday, March 19/2005 -- 03:19 PM comment
i've been trying for a few weeks to get freeguide up and running.
my first attempt was on a win2k sp2 machine. it sorta half worked when a
newer version of it came out, but not completely....and being java it was
so i tried installing on a debian machine (that's linux to
you windows users). it only worked up to a certain point.. also
then i tried on a fully uptodate xp home machine. same thing. only
works up to a certain point. and even though the xp machine is 4 times
faster than the win2k machine, it was still slow (because java is
so what am i to conclude:
freeguide is just
not ready for primetime? freedguide installer isn't very good on
windows OR linux? it's plain dumb to write any application in
it SHOULD have been a pain free install on one of those
Saturday, March 19/2005 -- 12:14 PM comment
the comment link of source will take you to msn spaces where the blog is duped with comment features...|
this is the last one not duped (because it makes no sense to have it over there :)
Friday, March 18/2005 -- 03:45 PM
and of course, that would be here: ventedspleen
Friday, March 18/2005 -- 03:41 PM
i just created an alternative blog on 'msn spaces'. had it been around when
i had my blogger.com problems, it's entirely possible tkblog might not
have been written..
Monday, March 14/2005 -- 07:28 PM
eweek reported in november last year (i'm way behind on my trade mags) that
sun was going to release solaris 10 on the intel platform for free. just
$500 US for support and bug fixes.|
so that's NOT:
free as in speech
free as in beer
it's free as in NOT free. subtle difference i know...
Tuesday, March 01/2005 -- 06:47 PM
not a lot of time to blog lately...|
mainly because of dai senryaku
Tuesday, February 15/2005 -- 07:34 AM
just had a 7 hour plus outtage from my isp...|
looks like a utility pole
was struck by lightning...and freak accidents being what they are it must
have hit a pole holding a transformer just outside the address of their new
Sunday, February 13/2005 -- 04:43 PM
i've been watching the whole ward churchill thing via cnn and fox news
(usually via the o'reilly factor)....|
free speech thing aside the media
is going to make the guy a millionaire. giving him the attention he
all i can really say is he needs to cut his hair short, OR let
it grow a lot longer, 'cause i kinda giggle inside everytime they show a
picture of him...
if he's trying to be one of those hip older guys he
seriously needs to starting feeding his head something else.
you're one of the 3 or 4 people in cyberspace that DOESN'T have a gmail
account just email me.
Sunday, January 30/2005 -- 01:37 PM
why are politicians giving bono the time of day? the MOST they should say
to him is 'vertigo is ok but the rest of your songs suck'|
he's a mediocre
vocalist at best. as far as i know he has political opinions but no
political experience...and you know what they say about opinions...
Friday, January 28/2005 -- 03:09 PM
ok, this one is too easy|
i got some spam from zonelabs, and they're pushing their latest product, a
they have page where you can get a free scan of your
system. so i went over their to see how efficient it might be.
the error i got:
You're using Netscape(Mozilla)!
Sorry. This is an ActiveX control, it will only run in MS Internet Explorer!
what's wrong with that statement? :)
not only that, but it was badly formatted/rendered like they had written
it specifically for a IE...
i'm sorry. ANY product or web page that makes you use IE is a joke.
Friday, January 28/2005 -- 02:53 PM
i hit the weather network page just about every day. today an extremely
annoying ad popped up in FRONT of the information i wanted to see...|
i use firefox and
with the adblock extension i was
able to get rid of it without clicking on the close button the ad wanted me
to click on.
so the company in question probably just lost any potential
customer by trying to hijack my browser...
i really feel sorry for the
people still using IE...AND thinking that it's a good secure browser
Wednesday, January 26/2005 -- 02:41 PM
uh oh...looks like i was wuhrong|
turns out my cable modem didn't like a
particular upgrade from my isp...
so for now the 'lost' link isn't
available, but it will be if problems start up again...
Tuesday, January 25/2005 -- 05:42 PM
i've spent most of the day trying to get my email from my isp|
i suppose if they had real tech
support, they could inform their actual admins to take an msce course or
incompetent techs are one thing...but i'll give them
the benefit of the doubt...could be microsoft software malfunctioning...
Sunday, January 23/2005 -- 06:38 PM
just heard that johnny
carson passed away...|
i was a big fan, hasn't been a talk show host
that even came close...
Friday, January 14/2005 -- 01:37 PM
what's wrong with this phrase:|
'spamassassin for outlook'
at first i thought it was a joke but you can get it on sourceforge...
Friday, January 14/2005 -- 12:51 PM
python people just can't let it go. the python community is the rudest
bunch of feepers you'll find online...and it just sticks in their craw
that i'm right about it.|
well, i didn't want to do it but:
FREE TICKET FOR THE CLUE TRAIN (exclusively for python users):
you can't say: 'i'm not yelling' at the top of your lungs and expect people
to believe you....because you're like...yellling....get it?
Tuesday, January 11/2005 -- 08:30 PM
i ran into an interesting site www.text editors.org|
when i ran a
dialup bbs, it speciallized in dos text editors...gave it up when people
moved to the dark side (ie. windows)...
i followed some links to editors
i was familiar with and used...among some of the information i found was
that the some of the authors of brief (a popular commercial editor way back
when) were now developing one called 'Rimstar'. among other things on
the web page:
a single link to the selfology guys
and that last one explains the price of the 'standard ' edition of the
you guys are dreaming.
Tuesday, January 11/2005 -- 05:10 PM
just saw a national
post commercial. saw the phrase 'fans flock to eminem funeral'. checked
google just to make sure the good news was true...awww. it's just the name
of an album...|
well i can dream can't i?
Monday, January 10/2005 -- 10:11 AM
trolltech is still sitting there scratching their collective heads on why
QT isn't popular on windows...
Monday, January 10/2005 -- 09:47 AM
i've tried to avoid the 'moron' tag with python people. but let me dredge
this up again:|
of course, this was in response to my
saying that python people tend to be rude and not very friendly...did he
sure prove me wrong [insert more snrk's here]
my only regret is that it
ended up in the ruby mailing list and not the python newsgroup where that
kind of stuff belongs...
Friday, January 07/2005 -- 11:57 PM
far as i'm concerned bono has two options. donate the entire proceeds of
the next tour/album to the relief effort...OR...|
Friday, January 07/2005 -- 03:53 PM
i think my isp has decided that my email isn't all that important...or
updating my web page via ftp...or my general web experience...at least
that's what i assume because of the constant drop in tcp packets...|
i'll click on publish here, in a sec, but the time stamp isn't necessarily
the date it's going to show up :/
Wednesday, January 05/2005 -- 12:21 PM
my isp has been flakey the last two days...good news is that it's at no
extra cost to me [snrk]
Monday, December 13/2004 -- 09:21 AM
for those interested in how flakey an isp can really be. check out lost. it's also
going to be a permanent link on the left...|
Tuesday, December 07/2004 -- 07:13 PM
just upgraded to the newest thunderbird (v1.0). smoothest upgrade
yet...updated engimail, contacts, palmsync extensions all installed
fine......i'm a happy camper...
Tuesday, November 30/2004 -- 06:22 PM
ok, new idea. the guy who injured the police officer in ottawa. the peaceful protestor is the one i'm referring to [snrk].|
there's no actual number of times you should be kicked in the head...instead it should be based on a time period...
so that blue veiner should be held down, and repeatedly kicked in the head for about 5 ot 6 days straight...
you blue veiners don't like the president. we get it. what is it about the police you don't particularly like that you have to throw rocks and bottles at them?
being kicked in the head is too good for you bunch.
the entire lot of you should be put to death so i don't have to blog your stupidity anymore....
Tuesday, November 30/2004 -- 11:46 AM
you know the worst thing about watching a blue veiner in canada? inevitably
they'll do something stupid. something that not only makes the local news
but cnn also.|
then they'll be an investigation (maybe on both sides of
the border), and canada will end up apologizing over it for the next
maybe after the blue veiner finishes his pepsi, he'll consider
actually dropping it into the garbage instead of throwing it at the police.
Tuesday, November 30/2004 -- 11:40 AM
president bush is going to be up here in the great white north. 'course the
blue veiners are bussing in truckloads of themselves to protest.|
by throwing rocks and bottles at the police, vandalizing
store fronts, oh, and canadian parks, memorials. and screaming obcenities
at political figures.
i wonder if one of the things there'll be
'protesting' is the fact that this is the first time the president has been
here since he was elected. gee i wonder why he waited so long [snrk]
given the amount of times i think various blue veiners should be kicked in
the head i came up with the following:
anti-nukes - 31 times
pro-life - 117 times
tree-hugger - 13 times
political -1123 times
poverty - 89 times
animal activists - 56 times
Monday, November 29/2004 -- 09:29 AM
michael jackson must be running out of money to pay his legal bills. he's found it necessary to sell another beatles tune.|
open blog to canon:
you should be ashamed of yourself.
open blog to all beatles fans:
don't buy any canon products...unless you WANT to help pay michael
jackson's legal fees. that is, of course, if your so disillusioned you
actually think he's innocent. you know, like OJ and scott peterson [snrk]
Thursday, November 18/2004 -- 04:21 PM
i just realized i had a typo on my tkblog.cfg file that affected the
interval of blogs i keep on the main page and rss feed....fixed now...
Thursday, November 18/2004 -- 04:04 PM
i wonder if they'll execute scott peterson in the basement of a cozy little
cafe in...oh...i don't know...paris?
Wednesday, November 10/2004 -- 09:34 PM
here's a quickie definition of hypocrasy: cat stevens winning a 'peace'
gorbachev apparently forgot that the 'peace train' engineer
[snrk] condoned the killing of a writer.
nice religion you got there
Tuesday, November 09/2004 -- 09:36 PM
as i type this, our city council has just finished sticking it to war
at least they did it as close to nov 11 as possible [snrk]
Tuesday, November 09/2004 -- 02:46 PM
just made the upgrade to the firebird 1.0 and thunderbird 0.9. probably
the smoothest upgrades i've done with all the extensions i wanted
once again i feel sorry for those using IE and think it's
state of the art AND safe...
Friday, October 29/2004 -- 07:06 PM
between getting over a nasty cold and some late hours programming i almost
forgot i had a blog :)|
just a quick open blog to those parents that are
going to deny their kids a halloween because it's not allowed in the bible
or something [snrk]
you need to be kicked in the head.
Tuesday, October 12/2004 -- 08:15 AM
a relative of mine lost his connection to the internet the other day. as it
happens he's on the same isp i am...on calling the tech support he got the
standard greeting 'there is no current outage in your area' . i don't think
they change that even if there IS [snrk].|
anyway, the tech support
people walked him through everything; is your computer turned on? does
your cable modem have power? ok, power cycle it.' etc.
conclusion? you seem to be missing your network drivers.
windows is flakey enough to lose track of drivers. but the real
problem is xp's automatic updates, and specifically sp2..
uninstalling sp2 and all the 'network drivers' were back [snrk]
you're reading this and you think xp is the best os you've ever used
then you just might be the perfect micorosft customer. double [snrk]
Wednesday, September 29/2004 -- 01:21 PM
finally got email back and forth to my palmpilot via thunderbird 0.8|
had to jump through WAY too many hoops to do it.
the main problem seems
to be you need an updated palmsync.xpi. and as far as i can tell there is
only ONE friggin' link on the ENTIRE INTERNET for it...i just happened to
find it through sheer luck...
Wednesday, September 29/2004 -- 10:59 AM
well, i think i've narrowed it down. either syncing to your palmpilot using
thunderbird as your email client is COMPLETELY broken, OR there is no step
by step faq that explains why it's not broken...|
google is great, but
it can't pull up information that doesn't exist...
and to answer the
questions i'll inevitably get:
yes, i've searched the mozillzine
forums yes, i've installed the palmsync extension yes, i've
installed the sidebarcontacts extension no, i don't have mozilla
none of this is the mozilla guy's fault, of course, why the
palm desktop doesn't recognize thunderbird as an email client (like, which
internet rock are they hiding under?) is beyond me.
Monday, September 27/2004 -- 07:32 AM
i'm starting to read artciles on various web sites that complain about 'the
apprentice' not being 'real' in the business world...|
oh come ON people.
'the apprentice' is real like 'survivor' is real: staged shots, edits, no
'real' danger ...anywhere. which is why you'll never see 'survivor:
the difference that 'the apprentice' has over the
other reality shows. it's interesting to watch AND nobody has to eat
Thursday, September 16/2004 -- 03:34 PM
i finally got enigmail installed with thunderbird 0.8. i even moved my mail
directory which i've wanted to do for a while...|
in the process i
completely trashed my thunderbird 0.7 setup...i'm slowly beginning to
organize my email again...shouldn't have to do it again for awhile...the
enigmail upgrade procedure needs serious work...
while going through
old email, i ran into one from a friend i'd known years ago and was
recently able to re-contact...i asked him if he was on the various im's
but he said no, they were "to easy to hack". he also mentioned that he was
working on (and i assume using) bearshare...the irony of is it worth a
Wednesday, September 15/2004 -- 12:09 PM
mozilla guys were busy...triple release of mozilla, firefox, and
firefox was an easy upgrade...although i found the
'live bookmark' feature to be DOA. not really a problem as i installed sage.
i like this enough that it will probably be my main rss reader...and of
works fine with it...
the thunderbird install went ok, but this time
around the enigmail extensions didn't install properly. well enigmail did,
enigmime didn't...it's been a few releases since i had this problem
in the mean time i'm not without encrypted mail . gpgshell
takes care of that for me...
and as with usual whenever there's a
major release from mozilla, the extension pages get overloaded with
people needing to update. the mozilla
forums get overloaded also...although these usually crawl even
it looks like someone over their got their
thumb out and actually put together howto's for moving your
thunderbird profile/mail directories...i've wanted to do this from
the first time i installed thunderbird...
Tuesday, September 07/2004 -- 02:57 PM
well...there you have it. in an eweek interview (for the may 31/2004
edtion) with gerald cohen, who apparently has his thumb on the
industry pulse [snrk] says that 'open source is going nowhere'.|
guess that apache, firefox, thunderbird, and linux in general just aren't
more quotes from this genius: 'you can't have free
software', and 'you're not going to get support'
i'd rather not waste the
time and provide all the links for support forums for the above mentioned
gee, i'm just speculating here, but do you think he has some
kind of lucrative deal with microsoft?
the number one flaw in the
argument of open software support is this: a good number of users/companies
don't NEED support. i've been able to deploy AND upgrade the
software i mentioned on a number of machines and didn't need any help
just out of curiosity i wonder how much money this guy's
company makes from supporting their own software...it's entirely possible
the manual is so badly written that you have to call their tech
mr. cohen, if you're reading this (unlikely if you're busy
thinking up industry stunners like that last one). this blog was
written with open source software. i've answered everyone's question who
asked about it. there are several methods of support.
brings up another point. there are some industry people out there
(analysts, columnists, c[fill in the blank]o's) who are sitting in behind
their desk and are ABSOLUTELY END USER CLUELESS. ie. they have NO idea of
what's going on at the end user level.
i'll leave you with another
beaut from this guy: 'linux, if it weren't for ibm, would be going
nowhere'. there's a core group of us that were using linux when ibm was
still fumbling the ball with os/2. let's not pretend that ibm throwing
it's weight behind a product will make it successful. there are all kinds
of people using linux because windows is making morons out of users, not
because it' supported by ibm.
shame on mr cohen for making an idiotic
statement. double shame on eweek for printing it...
Friday, August 27/2004 -- 04:08 PM
i won't blog anymore items happening on the vented spleen. a bulletin
gets automatically displayed when you logon there...
Sunday, August 22/2004 -- 07:58 PM
lord v2.50 is now registered and online at the vented spleen
Saturday, August 21/2004 -- 04:28 PM
registered versions of Junkyard, Money Market, and Lemonade Stand are now
online at the vented spleen
Wednesday, August 18/2004 -- 08:01 PM
the feedback door on the vented
spleen is now a message door.
Tuesday, August 17/2004 -- 02:19 PM
there's now a feedback door up and running on the vented spleen
Monday, August 09/2004 -- 07:58 AM
my flakey isp was out for a few hours last friday and saturday. two days
later nobody knows what happened. good customer service...|
local fe game
is now up and running at the
bre league 203 is up and running also.
working on fe league 203 sometime today...
Thursday, August 05/2004 -- 10:52 AM
two local games of BRE are
up and running (i'll work on league before the week is out).|
Mines of Gorr is also up and
running. i was surprised how addictive the game was.
local and league FE
games will be available soon.
all games are registered, and i can fire
up as many as people want. for those who want a pretty good online version
of GEB then Galactic Overlord is for you.
Tuesday, August 03/2004 -- 03:22 PM
for those of you who can't get enough Galactic Overlord or Global
War and as soon as i configure it BRE then check out vented spleen
Monday, July 26/2004 -- 01:02 PM
after i set up my gmail account i started looking for ways to make
accessing it easier. i've found that these two firefox extensions are
and GMail Notifier. i
found references to them at G-Mailto.|
there was a
pop3 proxy similar to hotmail
popper, but for win2k users it's a 100meg plus download. why so big you
it's a .net program.
while i'm sure the author is talented
(although i'd question the need for the .net api), there is no way a
program like that should be much over 200k TOTAL.
Sunday, July 25/2004 -- 04:51 PM
a kind soul just sent me a gmail invite (thanks, jason)
Thursday, July 22/2004 -- 03:44 PM
i think it's ironic that i may have gotten a gmail invite, but of course
anything sent to hotmail got filtered.|
i think that if microsoft really
put their minds to it, they could bury gmail. all they really have to do is
offer 1gb (of course) and actually have some kind of spam filter in
i'm not holding my breath (for a gmail invite either)
Wednesday, July 21/2004 -- 12:18 PM
i'm starting to see a lot of .net programs. most of the ones i've run into
were RSS aggregators, but today i ran into a visual cron program.. with
something that runs all the time i'm usually concerned with how many
resources it takes. not so much on disk but in ram. visual cron, by it's
very nature of being a .net program immediatly takes over 100meg on disk on
a win2k system. unacceptable.|
the cron i use takes less than 40k on
disk, and less than 2meg of ram while running. and works pretty much like
the cron used on most linux distros.
i suppose .net programs aren't that
noticeable on a bloated os like xp.
Thursday, July 15/2004 -- 02:54 PM
i was taken for two rides today.|
neither one of them invovled a car or
was particularly pleasant.
on the first one my BS meter started to
wiggle after 10 minutes, and around the half hour mark, it registered FULL
LOAD. i believe i remained polite (but probably less talkative) in the face
of some obvious dishonesty, but that's all part of growing up kids. you can
get screwed over even when you're an adult.
the second one involved a
series of obtuse emails about upgrading software i run (the tools
section has been updated).
eventually it came down to 'we want
more of your money' and if a new version of windows comes out, i'm sure
they'll want even more of it. sorry. i was born in the wee hours of the
morning but not THIS morning :/
Monday, July 12/2004 -- 09:29 PM
another code editor not ready for prime time is jedit. this one has folding, i sure
couldn't figure it out but i'll bet it's real powerful [snrk]|
one of the
many RSS feeds i read on a regular basis is sourceforge.
i think there should be a slightly higher standard and/or submission
policy. sometimes i look for specific software on sourceforge and see the
dreaded 'this project has not released any files'. you shouldn't be able to
submit a project without SOMETHING for a user to download. and not just a
single source file to and editor that has one include and the comment ' i
need help '. i see a lot of those comments also.
one of the dumbest projects i've ever seen on sourceforge (but would have
been VERY cool had it ever gotten off the ground); someone wanted to
create a mud world using tad williams OTHERLAND books series. great
idea. and if the particular mud software he wanted to use had about 100
experienced world builders working 24/7 to even come close. i'd say after 4
or 5 years there'd be something playable in the spirit of the series. after
10 years it would be the most famous mud of all time.
Monday, July 12/2004 -- 09:01 PM
even though i'm happy with my current editors of choice (boxer and vim) i like to check out some other
ones from time to time.|
through the various mailing lists i'm on and the
newsgroups i frequent i've been reading a few things about eclipse. so i downloaded, and installed.
the first thing it told me when i tried to fire it up was that my version
of java is too old, so i updated to 1.4.2. my last version was 1.3.0, but
guess what, java is still slow.
i'm assuming that eclipse is great for java development. i wouldn't know,
because i don't do java BECAUSE IT'S SLOW. anyway, after fiddling with
eclipse for 15 minutes i can make these observations.
it's not intuitive
you can't change the syntax colour of the syntax highlighting
no code folding
i spent a few minutes just trying to load a perl source file, you can't
even do that easily. i'm guessing you have to create a project, create
resources for files, etc.
so my venting comes down to this: some
software is not ready for prime time.
eclipse is at v3.0 but there's no File-> Open menu command. i don't care
how powerful it is, or how powerful the plugin api is. if you can't open a
file simply with a code editor you don't deserve a 0.01 allpha release
designation, let alone v3.0
Saturday, July 10/2004 -- 03:38 PM
i just helped another tkblog get
Monday, July 05/2004 -- 03:03 PM
could be not everyone is getting on the dot net boat. microsoft has
released free 'express' versions of their visual .net compiler for vb.net,
c#, vc++, and sql server.. you need 3 gig to install it (that's
AFTER the 100 meg .net install [snrk]).|
i haven't bought
into the dot net thing yet...mainly because i don't really believe
in a 100 meg "hello world" program.
Monday, July 05/2004 -- 02:40 PM
if you don't know a programming language backwards and forwards, then you
WILL eventually need to RTFM. i learned a valuage lesson today...
Wednesday, June 30/2004 -- 10:49 AM
i can only assume from the amount of blank email i'm getting on my hotmail
account that somebody has found yet another hole in a microsoft product. |
let me quote some microsoft ads running in various computer papers:
"windows is more secure than linux"
Monday, June 28/2004 -- 11:35 PM
as i type this it looks like there will be a minority liberal government
in canada. that means we slapped the hand of the current prime minister (we
scared him with the boogieman, harper)|
in canada that generally
means that the party leaders have to work together to get anything
done...or more likely the minority government can't get anything
the saddest thing that happened in this election, is that some stupid dumb
feep canadians gave the the conservatives a voice, and NOW harper is going
to think he's a legitimate political entity. he's not. NOBODY can be who
wants to take away some of your basic rights.
i only agreed with one
item on his platform, (capital punishement) and he'd
have never floated it successfully anyway, 'cause the majority of canadians
much prefer that some rapists and child molesters to go free on what we
like to to call 'mandatory release'.
Monday, June 28/2004 -- 09:09 AM
let me give you an idea, just how scary this guy running for prime minister
a number of years ago, a party formed out west called Reform.
it's policies didn't seem to be that far off from nazi socialism...their
leader (check out the german word for that) ended up losing an internal
election (i can only assume i didn't really follow their antics). and a new
leader emerged. the new guy was a religious nutbar and the party was
renamed to Alliance.
meanwhile back in the real world one of the
parties that had been doing poorly (the conservatives, but back to this in
a bit) lost a lot of seats in our federal government, and they
haven't been much more than a footnote in federal politics for the last 10
years. in a move i can only describe as 'oh oh' they 'joined' with the
alliance, but now have ANOTHER new leader. very clever that. people may
think they'll be voting for 'the conservatives' today, but they'll really
be voting for 'the reform' and all that implies.
it turns out that this
new leader, oh hell, let's give the nazi a name: stephen harper, has an
advisor. this 'advisor' has two significant facts you can attribute to
he added extra taxes to diapers and milk for kids, and he taxed
books is the subject of a 500+ page book called 'on the
and harper is the guy who's going to stop government
corruption? he's also the guy who's going to take away some basic charter
of canada rights.
of the last 3 conservative prime ministers, one had to
'leave' after screwing up so badly. the second one (the 'advisor'). took 9
years to bring canada to it's knees. we're STILL paying for that one. the
third one, almost destroyed the conservative party as a political entity.
having the fourth one take away some of your rights would be a nice capper
you deserve the government you vote for.
Sunday, June 27/2004 -- 07:47 PM
canadian election for prime minister tomorrow. one guy, the really scary
one, thinks that if he's elected he's going to stop government corruption.
on that basis alone he should be booted out of politics.
Friday, June 25/2004 -- 02:49 PM
tkblog v2.50 beta 1 can be downloaded for testing. the file name is:
Friday, June 25/2004 -- 02:31 PM
when i first watched michael moore's ROGER AND ME i saw a few scenes
where i had to say 'hey, wait a sec'. what he'd shown wasn't exactly what
corresponded with what he was saying. i noticed it in BOWLING FOR
COLUMBINE also. making a biased point is one thing. selective editing
and setting up a scene for the camera is another thing entirely.|
apparently not the only one that thinks so. lately i've been reading moorewatch.com.
here's some more watch sites:
warning. if you're a michael moore fan, you won't like these sites. but if
you're a fan you SHOULD be reading them.
Friday, June 18/2004 -- 07:04 PM
well. i don't get it...with all the l33t 'murican hackers proclaiming their
'l33tness none of them are unable to take out terrorist web sites...|
guess it's much more interesting programming in microsoft macro languages
Thursday, June 10/2004 -- 01:17 PM
oj sure has a lot of nerve|
instead of being on tv doing interviews,he should be spending his time (you
know, when he's not on the golf course) at the command centre
co-ordinating the search for ron and nicole's killer.
i can't believe he
hasn't made any progress unless...of course he's GUILTY<snrk>
Tuesday, June 01/2004 -- 08:11 AM
i've noticed a disturbing trend i first mentioned here.
webattack, now with the new snappy <snrk> name of 'snapfiles' has
posted yet another trialware program and called it 'freeware'.|
not suprised. this is from the people unable to get tkblog running.
slashdot comment warning....sometimes the comments posted by readers are
not 100% accurate. i'm referring to the latest diatribe by bruce sterling
(who lately seems to be on a
kick). some of the comments were made by people who clearly have done zero
research and are just making a typical comment that was only half accurate
if made 30 years ago.
i know this is probably not a new observation to
most of you but: some people on the internet are idiots.
with a little help from google, or preferably using google to find the
appropriately good books to read, they'll work their way up to just stupid.
Wednesday, May 26/2004 -- 04:09 PM
so the new techtv owners, in their quest to become real tv execs, replaced
a show called 'call for help' which was actually informative, with a show
that features a people playing video games <snrk>
Tuesday, May 25/2004 -- 05:06 PM
i'm trying something exprimental.|
for the time being you can get live tkblog support/discussion on irc channel #tkblog
Tuesday, May 25/2004 -- 08:11 AM
i've been reading microsoft watch for a while now (via the rss feed)
and it USED to look like mary jo was keeping a watchful eye on
microsoft....now it reads like once product and 'innovation' announcement
it's no longer 'look at the evil thing ms did today'
but 'look at this great new technology ms is revealing today'
Tuesday, May 18/2004 -- 11:27 AM
i think my flakey isp has decided to re-write their dns config files by
hand based on their memory :/
Thursday, May 13/2004 -- 04:11 PM
i've started using a few new utilities so i updated the tools section...
Monday, May 10/2004 -- 07:41 AM
so comcast owns a tv station...and it appears they want to act like REAL tv
executives. well the only way to do that is to make a stupid tv exec type
decision...in this case they fired all the techtv staff...|
watching techtv, so it doesn't really affect me. kudos to comcast, a few
weeks ago you couldn't even spell 'tv exec' now you are one.<snrk>
Monday, April 26/2004 -- 01:29 PM
just ran into something funny and stupid at the same time. it was a web
page to buy a forth ide/compiler for windows at only $395. gets
funnier...that was the standard version. the 'pro' version was $1495.|
sorry guys, i'm sure the 5 or 6 forth programmers out there can't afford
it...or already use free tools.
i remember looking at forth once...on my
commodore 64, and the compiler for THAT machine was too expensive also...
Thursday, April 22/2004 -- 01:24 PM
i've decided that there is only one way i'm ever going to run a .net
program: i'm given a machine that has .net already installed on it AND is
fast enough to actually run .net programs without chugging. big clue here,
the 3gig machines can't do it. |
i'd say there's a pretty good probability that i'm never going to run .net
programs, or have a .net enabled operating system.
Sunday, April 18/2004 -- 10:33 PM
so yesterday my flakey isp decides to bounce around 100 legitimate email to
me. turns out they decided to go with some untested/untrained spam
well, guess what guys. it don't work.
now i know
the reason why people decide to go with third party email services.
you're in the same situation check out burntmail
Friday, April 16/2004 -- 12:43 PM
they made it seem like it was neck and neck between kwame and bill:|
omarossa lost jessica simspon
omarossa lied about losing jessica simpson
omarossa scurried her off when trump was coming to meet her
kwame didn't fire omarossa
kwami was standing around doing nothing when trump wondered where
omarossa OR JS was
frost delay for the gulf tournament was unavoidable
bill did some dumpster diving and found the sign himself
before he did that, he met with the company guys. he didn't try to
he was on top of EVERYTHING
none of that sounds neck and neck to me...
Monday, April 05/2004 -- 03:59 PM
ok here's some 7-eleven logic/math for you: ($1,618,200 - $21,924,000) <
i managed to glean that from the 'getthefacts' link <snrk>
Wednesday, March 31/2004 -- 12:27 PM
yesterday i was reading my backlog of various computer magazines. there was
a microsoft ad in eweek that said running windows server 2003 on two 900
mhz pc's was cheaper than running two copies of linux on a mainframe.|
yes, and running microsoft office is MUCH easier than writing and debugging
your own full blown office suite in lisp <snrk>
and today, there's
more ms fud. i can't believe anyone typed that up
with a straight face. today is marh 31 NOT april 1.
Saturday, March 27/2004 -- 01:40 PM
i've got an old 200 mhz pentium, with a 500meg hd and 64meg of ram. the cd
rom on it is one of those soundblaster based ones (ie. plugs into the sound
card not an ide card...)|
it's proving to be an interesting
challenge to get an os other than dos on it. the closest i got was suse
8.2, but the cd's i got from linuxcd.org had problems. figures.i've tried,
knoppix, suse, os/2 v2.1 (i figured os/2 might test with the sbpcd
the bios doesn't see the cdrom drive, but an
os will. i'm in a catch-22 situation. think i'll try zipslack
next...the various one/two floppy linux distros work ok, but not
one of them will give you a net connection via the lan card...
Wednesday, March 17/2004 -- 03:55 PM
somebody should take a look at what activestate is doing. they're taking a
free programming language, updating it a bit and then sell it for $300 (in
them 'murcan dollars). i think it's disgusting what they did to
up here in the great white north, that would cost us over
OR we can use the free version that does what most expect
programmers will want anyway...
Thursday, March 11/2004 -- 12:53 PM
give or take, i've probably read somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5000
computer magazines in the last 20 years.|
just today i read my second
reference to a programming language called PL/M. it was mainly used for an
os called 'rmx'.
the impression i got in college was from at least one
of my computer teachers that rmx and/or pl/m was the future of computing. i
knew it was that little ibm at sitting in the corner.
another one of my
computer teachers thought that basic wasn't very powerful or wouldn't
amount to much...7 versions of visual basic, several commercial compilers,
several free compilers later, i was right again.
feels a lot better...
Tuesday, March 09/2004 -- 04:21 PM
webattack has undergone a name change. i'm assuming that it underwent a
policy change also. trialware is now being classified as freeware. used to
be that sofware listed under 'freeware' was not
i suppose it's entirely possible that
the invidiual that started that policy was the same person that couldn't
install tkblog <snrk>
as it is i have to uninstall the 'free
trialware' now that i downloaded in good faith and i just KNOW it's going
to leave stuff behind...
Sunday, March 07/2004 -- 07:06 PM
i think if the morphOS guys are even
halfway serious about their os they'll seriously think about adding an x86
version. if not they can split up the 10% slice that the mac has on the
industry. i'm sure they can convince somebody who's paying through the nose
for mac hardware and software to buy copy.|
my prediction is that they
won't cut into mac os sales at all. 132 years from now they'll be a curious
blip on the os screen....and i'm being generous with the blip.<snrk>
Friday, March 05/2004 -- 04:05 PM
managed to get firefox working the way i want. i still don't think it's a
step forward for the browser. more of a step sideways...|
last night i
watched my final episode of the screensavers on techtv. techtv has
slowly killed all the shows i used to watch. first they dumped 'silicon
spin'. too bad, john c dvorak could have had a field day with the sco
stupidity. and then they made tss too formula.
3 news items from sarah
check on tech live
i can no longer watch any leo segments.
the good news is that i replaced it with Court TV
Tuesday, March 02/2004 -- 11:01 AM
well firefox v0.8 is
a bit of a step backwards. for some reason it won't show me a downloading
window. i'm not too worried. if i never have to upgrade from firebird v.07
i'll still be a happy camper
Wednesday, February 25/2004 -- 03:35 PM
bill gates gives the keynote speech at a security conference. |
nah, not gonna bother...too easy
Wednesday, February 18/2004 -- 12:08 PM
licensing stupdity has hit the linux world...again. this time it's with the
new version of Xfree86.|
tkblog is free. the source is free. back in the
dos days we called it 'freeware' we didn't need any fancy legal mumbo jumbo
about when you could use it (third day of the quarter moon, as long as you
were renting from major video) (that's an in-joke). that was the
spirit tkblog was written in, and that's the 'license' i use.
Sunday, February 15/2004 -- 01:24 PM
looks like the WB network wants to play like the big boy
networks...cancelling popular shows because they are clueless about tv
programming in general...how Angel got cancelled before that tripe
they're calling 'smallville' is beyond me.|
execs (in any profession) who
make stupid descisions should have their fingers broken so they can't sign
any more papers.
Friday, February 06/2004 -- 08:40 AM
my vote for the dumbest computer term ever 'invented' by microsoft:
who's the braintrust that came up with that one...don't tell me it
was the 'chief software architect'.
i can imagine the name of the new
product ms agile X<snrk>
Friday, February 06/2004 -- 08:36 AM
i should know better, but i've been sparring with a few people on our local
forsale newsgroups, on the price of a particular model of radio scanner.|
eventually one of them will actually look up what the scanner is worth and
'course this is the internet, and like fidonet, that just
ain't gonna happen<snrk>
Friday, January 30/2004 -- 10:05 AM
every now and then i check out language translation software, and every
time i check i'm disappointed. one called babylon-pro seemd to do half a
dozen languages. another was over $700. i'm sorry, if you're charging that
much for your language translation software, it better be able to
translate munchkin, goa'uld, and puppish (for the 6 of us that get that
Saturday, January 17/2004 -- 12:41 PM
there was an article on slashdot today about bsd vs. linux 'philosphies'.
after reading the article it just sounded like sour grapes from another bsd
user who can't figure out why more people aren't using a version of
note to bsd users: bsd ain't gonna happen no matter how many times
you click your ruby reds together. for now linux is the 'in' alternative
os. deal with it.
Thursday, January 01/2004 -- 03:01 PM
i wonder how many of vh1's 100 most shocking moments in rock and roll would
be whittled down if you removed all the loser drug 'moments'|
yawning junkie moments....yawn...
Thursday, January 01/2004 -- 12:10 PM
i'm starting off the new year right with a head cold. it's not bad now, but
it's gonna be :/
Tuesday, December 23/2003 -- 11:37 AM
a few of you may have noticed that i shutdown the geb mailing list on
yahoo. rest assured that i still support the program and will fix any bugs
you might have come across. i'm still considering giving the source to
anyone who wants to work on it. the beta linux/windows version is still
Tuesday, December 23/2003 -- 10:39 AM
i'm starting to feel sorry for SCO. i really think they thought they had a
case. i pictured darl rubbing his hands together at the prospect of a buy
out or cashing in a $3 billion cheque.|
and to show the tech world that
they really DID have some substance to their claims, they leaked bits of
information, in an attempt to seed worry for open source/linux users, all
leading up to the big bombshell they were going to drop...
have made a good strategy, but each time they've released information a bit
of history comes out that proves they are wrong.
ok here comes the
feeling sorry part: they've dug their hole so deep now that in order to
save face they have to continue. each time they do that they dig a little
lawyer jokes aside, they should be ashamed of themselves for
leading SCO execs to believe they still have a case. but if money is the
bottom line (as SCO detractors seem to harp on) then it's really the SCO
lawyers who are going to be cashing in, so i guess it's worth it for them
to perpetuate the stupidity...
Friday, December 19/2003 -- 11:56 AM
with all the fuss about rss, you'd think there would be more polished rss
feed readers out there.|
i think at this point i've gone through them
no two work alike none of them work completely
the ones in java seem to work the best, but like all java programs are
SLOOOOOOW all the above applies to linux, with the addition of
most of them sucking
come on guys, do i have to write THAT utility
for everyone also?
Monday, December 15/2003 -- 09:50 PM
for security reasons, msg area is gone. those who want to talk about tkblog
can request an altme account.|
Friday, December 12/2003 -- 05:52 PM
today the 21st prime minister of canada was sworn in. here in kingston,
which was the first capital our local paper is called the whig
standard. what did it show on the front page? well, a couple of
guys caught a big fish, eh...
Sunday, December 07/2003 -- 06:20 PM
i keep hearing various computer magazine columnists, and industry people in
general complaining about spam.|
it's painfully obvious they aren't
Sunday, December 07/2003 -- 06:16 PM
i see that blogshare went belly up.|
and THAT'S the reason tkblog was written. there's just you (using
tkblog) and your web page...no need to rely on anybody that can't
keep a web page up or a business for that matter...
Friday, December 05/2003 -- 04:53 PM
my flakey isp was at it again...and what do you get when you phone customer
service 'there are no outages in your area' <snrk>
Thursday, December 04/2003 -- 02:24 PM
i decided to let my object
desktop subscription expire. it became obvious that win2k was going to
be left behind in favour of xp. getting updated odnt components with new
features that i couldn't use wasn't worth the money. there was that, and
the fact that i didn't see any new components coming out in the last year
(odnt subscribers get those for free. )|
this reminds me that i really
have to update the tools page.
there's a lot of programs i've changed, dropped or added since i last
worked on that page...
Monday, November 24/2003 -- 11:38 AM
i haven't been watching too much of the michael jackson circus. as a
freakshow the news is still 'same old, same old'. one thing i did
notice is that only the really flakey celebrities are in support. i don't
think i'd want uri (the fake spoon bender) gellar on my side as opposed to
maybe now that he's officially arrested, they have the
option of getting a psych evaluation...i'll bet that will be an eye
Saturday, November 15/2003 -- 01:17 PM
if the open source people weren't completely on board with the anti-sco
movement, i'd say a few more of them joined the ranks when sco decided to
drag linus into the fray. could be HIS laywer will tell sco to put up or shut
if sco was hoping that they would be bought out to solve the problem
maybe it's not such a bad idea...but do it the microsoft way. buy sco, and
just shut down the company.
and a twist could be added. fire all sco
employees and make ALL of it's current software open source...
Tuesday, November 11/2003 -- 12:36 PM
today's the day in canada where we pause and thank members of our military
who fought and died for our rights and freedoms...|
and this is how we thank them locally
we TAKE AWAY some of those rights
and freedoms. not just in general, but directed specifically at our
this happened in our local city council, and the voters
thanked THEM by voting a good number of them out last night...
Friday, November 07/2003 -- 12:52 PM
looks like i have trillblog and tkblog working interchangably at the blog
Friday, November 07/2003 -- 12:41 PM
we had the newly elected premiere of ontario come to town and tell us he
can't do pretty much what we (at least locally) elected him to do...|
that's ok though. given the reaming we got from the last provincial
government i imagine it will take some time to set things right...
Wednesday, November 05/2003 -- 04:43 PM
first blog with trillian via trillblog, a trillperl plugin...
Wednesday, November 05/2003 -- 11:15 AM
still here...just busy...blogging took a backseat to programming the last
couple of weeks...
Monday, October 27/2003 -- 02:30 PM
i finally had to give up on jeremiah . saw the first ep of
the 2nd season. just too friggin' boring...and i was pretty sure that 'god'
thing that frodo's buddy was going on about was just going to annoy
too bad too. jms
really can crank out better stuff than that.
and carnivale is beginning the drain
spin also. although i should compliment hbo for the first sepia toned
series. i guess i'm too jaded. at least 'dead like me' has some humour in
Saturday, October 25/2003 -- 01:16 PM
gah, too busy to blog...that's not good...all my programming projects have
slowed way down....
Wednesday, October 15/2003 -- 01:53 PM
obviously more people are using firebird and/or
thunderbird than the various computer magazines would have you believe.
firebird v0.7 and thunderbird v0.3 were both released today.|
are the respective sites SLOW but the forums are offline. they'll be
interesting reading once they're back up and running...
Tuesday, October 14/2003 -- 01:38 PM
i'm not sure exactly how i did it, but i managed to get it so that outlook
express wouldn't run on my windows 2000 machine...that's a good thing :)
Wednesday, October 08/2003 -- 11:23 PM
well i SHOULD be putting out the maintenance release of tkblog v2.41, i've
been working feverishly on another program in collaboration with a
colleague from my fidonet days.|
i'll make an announcement when it's actually on the web site...
Thursday, October 02/2003 -- 11:00 PM
"not this time ernie, not this time"
Tuesday, September 30/2003 -- 03:52 PM
everyone should use my isp...where it takes TWO clicks to get to a web
you reading this feepers? it's now been a week.
some of you may say,
'did you phone tech support' and you'll find that the my isp's
customers don't generally phone anymore. 'reboot windows' and 'power
cycle the cable modem' are the typical responses from tech support.
and, of course rebooting MY computer won't fix THEIR servers.
Friday, September 26/2003 -- 11:33 AM
open blog to microsoft, yahoo, others considering the same im policy of
i can probably speak for a few people here. we aren't going to use your
'official' instant messengers. if gaim, or trillian will no longer work
with your im service, i will go to altme and invite my contacts.
everyone who uses the official msn or yahoo im clients: you deserve
everything that software is going to do to your machine. haven't you heard?
it's the new millenium, security and privacy are the new normal.
Friday, September 26/2003 -- 09:51 AM
between my flakey isp, and and even flakier windows, i was unable to do
complete testing on tkblog and the installer so the mini-maintenance
release is delayed.|
open comment to microsoft: your os really does bite.
Tuesday, September 23/2003 -- 11:40 AM
my flakey isp is at it again.|
every url i clicked on yesterday required a minimum of TWO clicks to get to
the web page....some required anywhere between 2 and 10...
worse, one of the regular pages i visit still won't resolve...
this morning two people reported that they sent email to me that i didn't
hey guys if you're wandering around your servers reading this
or generally violating my privacy FIX YOUR FEEPING SERVERS
Tuesday, September 23/2003 -- 11:30 AM
it looks like there will be a new release of tkblog this week. a wee bit of
an rss tweak, and i'll try to squeeze at least one feature into it...
Tuesday, September 23/2003 -- 12:15 AM
wow, here's some things pissing me off.|
one of the reasons i watch stuff on the the movie network (we get
the hbo and showtime series via those channels) is that you get to
see the movies and series the way the directors intended....
so what did
they do to tonight's episode of dead like me ? they
CENSORED a few words from one of the characters lines. my jaw
literally dropped open....wtf is THAT about?
now you'll notice the link
for that show isn't the official link to the series. showtime has the official web
page. if you're in the states, you'll see that without any problem...but
if you're up here in the Great White North you get a bullsh*t message that
"We at Showtime Online express our apologies; however, these
pages are intended for access only from within the United States."
wtdf is THAT about?
first they censor the show, then they censor
canadians. well, hopefully they don't make any really clever hacker irate
and s/he takes their site offline...
Monday, September 22/2003 -- 11:56 PM
ok, this shouldn't be that hard to do...|
i tried for about 3 hours to order a wireless compact flash card via the
web. i found a few sites in canada, but they didn't have the card. a number
of places in the states had what i wanted but they wouldn't ship to
ecommerce is a nice idea, but it's got a LONG way to go.
Monday, September 22/2003 -- 02:16 PM
six feet under just couldn't
catch a break on last night's emmy show. curb your enthusiasm didn't do
all that well either....at least friends was mostly ignored.|
the network executives should probably wake up and look at the nomination
list...how many HBO shows were nominated?
Wednesday, September 17/2003 -- 02:42 PM
i was at staples a few hours ago, and made an on the spot impulse
purchase. 5 mini cd-r's (verbatim brand). as i was picking them up off the
shelf wandering what i would do with them when i was flooded with
first up was a 'mini installs' cd. this would be software i can't live
without and would want to get up and running right away, in case i had to
reinstall my os. i've already created a 650meg 'installs' disk which i
update on a cd-rw. but i thought a permanent 185meg install might be
fun...i can already tell that these won't be the last mini cd-r's i buy
next up is going to be a programming environment, one for perl, one for
tcl/tk, and once for bcx. they'll probably all fit on the same disk...
Monday, September 15/2003 -- 06:08 PM
finally got around to installing gpg and enigmail for thunderbird...my old
pgp key is history (it had the wrong email address anyway) so my this is
my new pgp key
Friday, September 12/2003 -- 01:03 PM
ok anybody who read
knows i was off by six months...what can i say they must have been busy
with movies...i expect that the huge business that giggly did at
the boxoffice and all that attention they got, it , "<sniff> just got
to be too much we HAD to cancel" <snrk>
Friday, September 12/2003 -- 11:52 AM
ah, i see lame-o's denials are starting already...his lawyer(s) probably
told him to admit to just enough to stay out of prison...|
i wonder how many hits a 'jail-lame-o.org' site would get?
Thursday, September 11/2003 -- 11:31 AM
today we are reminded that peace and freedom just pisses off some countries
over there :/
Wednesday, September 10/2003 -- 11:47 AM
mitnick's girlfriend (lame-o, you should get one too) decides to put up a
'free lame-o' site...to help pay his legal defense...|
of course everyone is entitiled to a legal defense but WE DON'T HAVE TO PAY
FOR HIS. unless your stupid enough to want to.
did anybody else catch
his contradiction when talking to kevin rose?
oh, and his parents put up
their house as collateral for his bond....you know why? because some
oober-hacker used is REAL NAME <snrk>
Sunday, September 07/2003 -- 03:09 PM
open blog to lame-o: so you pooped in your own sandbox and got caught at
ok, everyone raise your hand if your an oober-hacker and use your real
name...you know, so the FBI can stake out your parent's house...yeah,
that's what i thought.
ok, it's not bad enough that you pooped in
your own sandbox so that when you get caught you probably won't be able
to play in it again, but you stunk it up for the rest of us.
it you're smart enough to get a real job. so why don't you have one?
because you bought into your own existential hacker-mindset bullsh*t
that you appropriated from a real hacker...
and i'm not an expert on
US law, but isn't the 'safe and secure' place you're staying actually
owned by people harbouring a fugitive?
and are hackers not allowed to
learn from other hackers? if so what did you learn from kevin mitnick's
ordeal? i can answer that: nothing. didn't fit in with your 'freedom to
hack' moronic code...or some equally stupid motto...
some of us real
computer users have words for guys like you: loser and idiot come to
mind right away...
Saturday, September 06/2003 -- 11:53 AM
this is funny. the FBI finally charged that adrian lamo hacker k-rad
d00d...wonder if that will wipe the smirk off his face. i think they were
trying to turn him into some kind of tech folk hero on the
screensavers. listening to him talk was like listening to one of our
local hackers here (back in the bbs days).|
and where are these guys now...from what i can tell neither one of them
have jobs. and now only one of them is 'free to do his own thing'.
lamo can try his superior social engineering skills to get out of a
friendly encounter with bubba and his two cell mates....<snrk>
well, i can dream can't i?
Friday, September 05/2003 -- 03:08 PM
another thing the various computer trade magazines like to bring up: 'linux
winning the desktop race' or 'capturing the desktop'.|
linux doesn't need to 'win'. it doesn't need to to anything...well, sure it
would be nice for the commercial linux vendors like redhat if linux became
the dominating desktop os but it's ONLY the commercial companies that need
it to win.
the various columnists seem to forget that a number of those
who chose to use linux did so before win95 was even released. some chose it
because they were tired of the windows problems. some of those people were
amgia and os/2 users so rock solid underdog os's appeal to them
i think there's enough developers out there that linux isn't
going to go away anytime soon, so new and updated applications aren't going
to be a problem...
and every virus, worm, security udpate from microsoft
puts another notch on the linux harddrive...
i notice that a lot of the
columnists are starting to quote 'free' when referring to linux....here's
one for them: windows is very 'secure' <snrk>
Friday, September 05/2003 -- 02:05 PM
the various trade magazines are starting another round of articles about
how linux might not be cheaper than windows...|
it's obvious by reading the various columns that NOT ONE of the columnists
has a calculator...
sure they talk about 'migration costs' and 'training
costs' when it comes to adopting linux...but they ALWAYS to fail to mention
the 'upgrade costs' and 'licensing costs' when it comes to maintaining
well, i've made the switch on my main machine. cost of linux:
zero dollars. cost of linux licensing: zero dollars. cost of linux
training: $25 (ok it was a book i had to read). that was almost ten years
there IS no training needed for linux today. it's a windowed
interface, just like windows. and from my experience people who have
trouble with the gui desktop of linux have the same problems with windows.
Thursday, September 04/2003 -- 01:58 PM
i should be working on the next version of tkblog...i have a few tweaks i
want to do for v2.45, and i think there will be one or two major features
for v3.00. i know that i want to rewrite one of the routines and there
maybe an interface change/addition.|
in order to keep some semblance of regular updates, i need to add fewer
features for each release...
Sunday, August 31/2003 -- 11:30 PM
well, knoppix is ok for an emergency boot cd or a default installation. but
any heavy duty customization will kill it. apt-get is a major bottle neck
for any debian install...|
my knoppix hd install will no longer fire up
the moziilla mail client...i wish i'd done something to cause it, but i was
just doing some mindless surfing...decided to fire up mozilla mail and
i have my suse 8.2 cd's now, so i'll give that a whirl after
i backup my current suse 6.4 setup....
Tuesday, August 26/2003 -- 10:04 AM
it's been a while since i've downloaded an burnt the knoppix 3.1 cd.. the
real technical feat of that particular distro is the hardware
detection...puts the commercial distributions to shame...|
there's an option to save all your .*rc files to floppy so they are
available on the next reboot. with all the customization i was doing it
didn't take too long before the compressed file was too large for the
the obvious next step is to install it to the hard drive.
knoppix makes this easy with an install script. if you already have a swap
file and a ready to format partition, installation is simplicity itself.
it's just a matter of picking options as they come up on the install
screen.. it probably took 30 minutes before i had the full debian based
as debian users know (and proselytize) about the
wonders of the apt-get package management system. i had made that system
useless inside of ten minutes. kilt it all up (voice of dub taylor or
i wasn't the first though and there was a fix
that was half-easily found...but anytime i see a debian user yelling 'rpm
hell', i'll yell back with 'dynamic mmap ran out of memory'.
i did once installed to the hd was dump that bloated boat anchor they
called kde. i prefer to use once called vtwm. and i have it
configured to looks like this.
it's small, light, fast, etc. i don't like a cluttered desktop (i have NO
icons on my windows desktop). i have a bit more customization to do
before i'm happen with the setup...
Thursday, August 21/2003 -- 08:35 AM
it really bugs me when i hit a news type of site (whether it's computer
related or not) and there is no option for an rss feed...specifically
i'm complaing about the pc mag site. i'd rather not click half a dozen
times to read john c
dvorak's column or his inside
my best guess is that they do it just to generate hits on their web page...
free clue to those sites that do that: nobody is impressed by the number of
hits anymore. people are more impressed with the ease of navigating a site
and getting information on it.
cnn's rss feed seems to have disappeared
Thursday, August 21/2003 -- 03:39 AM
today should be the last day of potential rolling blackouts. we didn't have
any yesterday but i wasn't going to take any chances...|
i had knoppix up and running for over 10 hours yesterday...i was suprised
how how much i DIDN'T miss windows...i guess i'm going to have to break
down and upgrade my suse 6.4 with 8.2 and just dump that windows piece of
Tuesday, August 19/2003 -- 03:00 PM
decided to run an emgercency knoppix (3.1) so i wouldn't lose anything on a
power failure...with a bit of wangling i moved what i needed of my tkblog
setup so i could post this...
Monday, August 18/2003 -- 12:29 PM
vented spleen is still being affected by rolling blackouts...
Sunday, August 17/2003 -- 01:53 PM
i started a view
polls to get some installation feedback on tkblog installation...feel
free to leave any other kind of feedback also...
Sunday, August 17/2003 -- 01:27 PM
i think north america got a wake up call for 'free' with the blackout. and
now we see the politicians are starting to bicker...hopefully they won't
bicker too long and actually initiate some kind of fix...|
nobody has said it yet (on tv) but a major portion of the internet was
taken out too. this leads me to question the myth that the internet was
'built to survive a nuclear war'...uh, no it wasn't...
Saturday, August 16/2003 -- 01:03 PM
ok, looks like you won't see tkblog on webattack. the reasons given were
'poorly documented' i guess the three different versions of of the docs
provided were too much to read. or they missed the
<snrk> ; the other reason was 'too many errors'. generally that
happens when the DOCS AREN'T READ. |
so, i can only conclude that tkblog
isn't really for newbies OR for people who can't find the Quicktart
section of the docs...
that comes as a bit of a relief , that usually
means i don't need to support windows users...those who use it, were able
to set it up (even with the odd config issue) and generally like the
rather than fix the 'problems' the editors/reviewers on
webattack or tucows had, i'll keep submitting updates to the other 60 or
70 sites that took it <snrk>
oh, one other thing. NONE of
the sites i submitted to had an appropriate category to submit to...i
generally picked 'internet/misc.' when it was available.
Friday, August 15/2003 -- 10:10 AM
i guess it goes without saying that if the msgboard or my entire page is
gone...you know what's going on :)
Friday, August 15/2003 -- 10:06 AM
raise your hand if you think the power infrastructure is ok in north
america...yeah, that's what i thought...
Friday, August 15/2003 -- 10:03 AM
Thursday, 14 August, 2003 -- 05:45 PM|
Turns out this is a big one..
Friday, August 15/2003 -- 10:02 AM
Thursday, 14 August, 2003 -- 05:45 PM|
As i scribble this on my pocketpc the power has gone out city wide. And at
least in one of the next towns over. I think i know how they feel in
Wednesday, August 13/2003 -- 09:27 PM
and the three dog night 'one' award for dumbest sign up procedure for a
free email account goes to....hotpop.com...i'd be less interested in how
many accounts they actually have, than i'm interested in how many people
COULDN'T sign up for them. the idea was probably clever when they came up
with it, but poor implementation made them useless...
Wednesday, August 13/2003 -- 02:08 PM
MSBlast....kinda gives new meaning to the phrase 'windows sucks'.
Monday, August 11/2003 -- 02:41 PM
here's an important hint for those companies that run software submission
sites: you may be missing out on a lot of good freeware/shareware
software. the reason i s simple. some of you won't allow free email
addresses to be used for registration or contact information. my guess is
that you have some affiliation with the various spammers.
Saturday, August 09/2003 -- 12:50 PM
finally released tkblog
v2.40. more details in docs or here.|
it will start showing up on freshmeat and nonags among other places, but
because of that mysterious 'readme.1st' file and the tucows 'reviewers'
(and/or) windows inability to handle that file, you will NOT see it on
tucows...that's a badge of honour for me :)
Thursday, August 07/2003 -- 02:48 PM
not that it was a suprise but i think i learned a valuable lesson today.
not all rss feed readers are the same. some have bugs, some are just plain
i started out with feedreader, but
i didn't really like the interface. then i moved to amphetadesk. it wasn't
reading my own feed very well (although it looks like i may have screwed
something up now that i look closer at the blog data. i tried a
python one called 'effnews' but it was crap AND slow. now i'm trying
out one called awasu and it's not
bad...as i typed this i fired up my browser to get the url's and i
noticed that feedreader has been heavily upgraded so i'll probably
take another look at that...
Thursday, August 07/2003 -- 12:54 PM
first test of tkblog v2.40 that i'll probably release today...
Thursday, August 07/2003 -- 10:19 AM
last night i did a google search for tkblog. i do it semi regularly to see
who's linking in, number of hits, etc. imagine my suprise when i found www.tkblog.com as the first link that
google showed :) a few few links down i find tk.modblog.com. i've had an email
exchange with them and we're all able to play nice in the internet sandbox.
i've made a mention of the other sites on the tkblog page. so
nobody ends up here without a route there...|
Wednesday, August 06/2003 -- 07:55 PM
you'll notice a new graphic in the frame at the left. i added my site to blogscanada.ca. check it out...
Wednesday, August 06/2003 -- 07:49 PM
i've been a fan of bill maher since i first saw him on the tonight show
with johnny carson. his movie 'cannibal women in the avacado jungle of
death' wasn't the appearance that swayed me :) . i can't figure out why i
never searched for it sooner but just a few minutes ago, i discovered his
generally agree with about 90% of his opinions...he's just wrong about the
other 10% :)
Wednesday, August 06/2003 -- 02:03 PM
cbc up here is running the spielberg mini-series Taken. some
'doctor' wrote in to TV Guide complaining that some of the events weren't
real and the mini-series was presenting them as if they were.|
well, two things he might be interested in:
it IS a TV mini-series. some stuff on tv isn't real. <snrk>
to paraphrase george carlin, 'doctor there's a few buttons on your
tv. one to switch the channels, one to turn it off.' VAGUELY
Monday, August 04/2003 -- 04:01 PM
tkblog v2.40 will definitely be released this week. i'm going to use it for
the next day or so to make sure there aren't any surprises,...
Wednesday, July 30/2003 -- 06:53 PM
kudos to muchmusic, they still aren't showing any of the actual sars
concert, but they HAVE gone almost 7 hours without playing any
Wednesday, July 30/2003 -- 03:16 PM
up here in the GWN, the 'music station' (ok, it mostly plays rap, just
like mtv does) is called 'muchmusic'.|
they're covering the 'sars concert'. you know the one with 14 different
bands playing but you only hear about the rolling stones <snrk>
from what i gather the whole thing started around noon. as i type this it's
been running for about 3 hours...and as far as i can tell muchmusic has
shown just over 2 minutes of actual live music...as a matter of fact,
they've had more commercial time advertising the concert than they
have actual concert...
but hey, they're playing videos from all
the bands that are live, so that's something. double <snrk>
oh, and justin timberlake (if that's your REAL name). maybe you could
cut your set short, turn around and watch a few bands play some real
Tuesday, July 29/2003 -- 11:02 AM
we have a new tkblog user . check out except when you get a
speaking of tkblog, a release is imiminent. a few things on the todo list
have been finished, and it least one major feature will have been added...
Monday, July 28/2003 -- 11:32 AM
the author of XPB Basic packed it in. no url's to point you to as he took
the web site down. from what he told the members of the forum he ran, it
was the piracy and the growing lack of enjoyment in the development
process of the compiler.|
while xpb had a few bugs they were constantly being fixed along with new
features being added as the compiler progressed. the only way to get the
capability now that xpb had is with bcx, and the full development install
of bcx is over 80 meg. xpb was just under 1 meg.
so the piraters win
again. instead of cracking a program so everyone could use it illegally,
they've stopped the development so that nobody could use it. kudos to
feepers that pulled that one off. <snrk>
Thursday, July 24/2003 -- 11:44 AM
ah, it's nice to hear about a windows 2003 server exploit. so it turns out
w2k3 ISN'T the most secure version of windows after all <snrk>
'course this one isn't specific to that version, but from win98 onwards.|
a windows security flaw. really. who'da thunk it.
Wednesday, July 23/2003 -- 02:37 PM
up here in the great white north, we get to see junkyard wars on a
channel called 'tlc' (the learning channel). |
it seems like they lowered themselves a bit when they aired 'facelifts from
hell'. a wee bit too sensationalistic for that channel...although they did
sink a bit when they had judd nelson offering jaw droppingly stupid
explanations for crop circles, ufo's, the pyramids, etc. judd must have
needed to pay his rent that day <snrk>
Sunday, July 13/2003 -- 09:20 PM
you know you're spending too much time programming when you don't get to
blog for a week...|
i've been fiddling with the porting of tkblog to
perl/tk...i SHOULD finish v2.40 and release it...
Monday, July 07/2003 -- 07:45 AM
so the mozilla guys are cranking out a free browser. probably one of the
best you can currently use. and they give it away for free..AND THEN they
give you the source code...|
so what's the point of the ddos attack guys?
i've said it before, it just looks like you enjoy sitting in your own poop...
Saturday, July 05/2003 -- 09:30 AM
i was working on a friends xp system the other day. he's running it on one
of IBM's 'newer' machines (new within the last year or so). unfortunately
IBM (and they aren't the only company) tied that particular model heavily
to the OS (xp in this case). |
here's how bad the situation is: when xp locks up (and folks, it DO
lockup, IBM (obviously thinking like microsoft) failed to include a
reset switch. 'simple' you say, just toggle the power. yes that would
work...except, like i said the machine is heavily tied to the OS. so
xp controls most of that. hitting the on/off switch does nothing
(because xp is frozen solid)
you know how i rebooted? i pulled the
fricken' plug, and plugged it back in.
i remember when win98 SE
came out. everybody was saying (you can google around to find it)
that it was one of the more stable versions of windows around. and we
know now that it was NOT. then when windows ME came out, people were
claiming it was rock solid (go ahead, google it, not hard to find).
of course, now we know that it was one of the biggest pieces of crap
ever cranked out by microsoft and being called an os at that same
now we have xp. and what are the flock saying: 'most stable
and secure versions of windows ever' (well actually they're saying it
about server 2003 now). but you know what.? xp really IS crap..
i can lock up any xp system in half an hour just doing 'regular
windows stuff' (i SHOULD say regular OS stuff, but you can't do
regular OS stuff with xp.
one of my machines has win2k on
it. and it's usually stable for about 3 weeks before it's obvious
it needs a reboot. anyway, when i eventually upgrade to a newer
machine i will make the clean break and just use linux
exclusively. i really need to make the break from microsoft's
stranglehold, and that's probably a good time to do it...
my point is. XP sucks, those of you who don't believe it does just
don't want to admit you flushed $400 down the drain.
Saturday, July 05/2003 -- 09:06 AM
my cell phone beeps at me when i have a voice or text message waiting for
me. if my phone is on and it does that, it usually means that my cell
service is sending me a text message (usually about upgrading the features
on my phone). last night it beeped, so that's what i figured....|
turns out i got two spam text messages. that's a first for me. but i have
a guaranteed foolproof method for NOT getting spam on my cell phone.
one of those people who thinks text messaging is major dumbness. i don't
use it. it's a phone if i need to tell something to somebody i will
phone them. neat, eh? so my plan is to let my inbox fill up with it.
when it's full, no more spam. simple concept. HAPPENS to work.
Thursday, July 03/2003 -- 09:02 PM
windows xp sucks.
Thursday, June 26/2003 -- 09:50 AM
we're 3 days into a 'heatwave' here. you know that means...the funky wiring
my isp uses could cut in and out...if you're not reading this, that's what
Sunday, June 22/2003 -- 11:04 PM
i register a lot of shareware. sometimes i grumble about the price. in
canada, after you make the exchange it's no longer a $25.00 affordable
bargain. right now its not bad at $35.37, but it USED to be $41.85. we
really take a hit on that exchange rate. but this is just insane. ok, the nt
versions are probably worth it but MY cost for a dos program (yes
that's DOS as in BEFORE windows) is $98.96.... for a dos program..and
that doesn't include the $10 shipping which is $13.10 for me.|
and that's just for one copy. look at the multi-license prices...funnier
than microsoft license agreements..
Sunday, June 22/2003 -- 07:28 PM
decided to go with gostats. quick setup
good selection of counter styles. note to the counter guys: free stuff
still works. see how many of those $17.95 accounts you get...
Sunday, June 22/2003 -- 07:19 PM
the counter guys decided that free services suck, so i'm switching
Tuesday, June 17/2003 -- 03:42 PM
so when is someone going to tell SCO to put up or STFU?
Tuesday, June 10/2003 -- 11:59 PM
i thought i would check out the new adobe acrobat reader v6. adobe site
has two versions. a 'basic' version about 9 meg, and a 'full' version about
15 meg. i downloaded both just to see what the difference was.|
clicked on the 'basic' version. the first thing it does is 'recompose'
itself. must be a new fangled technology that adobe invented. and then when
it runs it downloads the installer...yep you read that right. apprently the
9 or 15 meg download is just the client to download the installer
v6 wouldn't install on that pentium machine i mentioned
earlier...needs sp2. microsoft should thank adobe for perpetuating the
Tuesday, June 10/2003 -- 01:16 PM
i have old pentiumm/266 that's running win98 se. win98 gave me a crippled
install, but that was all i had to work with at the time. it's been
limping along since then...yesterday it crashed. big time. so big it took
files with it so that it wouldn't boot (not to safe mode, not to anything).
installed win2k on it. to my suprise win2k runs fine in 64 meg (especiallly
if you turn off unneeded services. not only that, but it's easily 3
times faster than win98 was on the same machine.|
i'll bet it's a toss up as to what's a bigger piece of crap win98 or winME.
from what i've seen of xp, i'd add that to the contest too...
Monday, June 09/2003 -- 02:59 PM
this is funny: Microsoft Licensing Agreement v6.0
Monday, June 09/2003 -- 12:26 PM
i had a bad dream last night. i dreamed i still had a machine with os/2 on
it. but that wasn't the worst part. i had the idea that i'd like to install
it on my main machine. i woke up this morning thinking, 'what did i eat
Wednesday, June 04/2003 -- 03:40 PM
i was just thinking about various movements and the blue-veiners who
protest in them:|
not once have i had to make a bomb, shoot somebody, or throw rocks at the
police for my beliefs.
my favorite though, is probably the pro-lifers
who kill people to, you know, save lives <snrk>
Monday, May 26/2003 -- 11:43 AM
i keep hearing that microsoft is working to reduce the amount of spam being
sent to hotmail customers. i can only assume that it's not quite working
yet. if anything my spam has gone UP. <snrk>
Wednesday, May 21/2003 -- 11:56 AM
so the war is officially over. here are some stats:|
number of blue-veiners helping out with the relief effort: 0
turns out they didn't want peace, they just needed a war to protest.
Tuesday, May 20/2003 -- 12:20 PM
someone trying to follow in the knoppix footsteps has tried a bootable
slackware distribution. the author claims it only contains software HE
thought was useful. the closest thing i can guess as to what he thought was
useful is 'mp3 player'|
sure the iso is only 200 meg. but just looking at the list of packages it
contains i can only conclude that it's not useful for power user or a
newbie who wants to try out linux.
for example. he includes ONE editor.
emacs. that's a great programmer's editor, but it's NOT for a newbie or
anywone who wants to edit something quick. and that's all you can use emacs
for in that distro because it doesn't contain any language (unless you
count bash scripting).
pico, dude, THAT'S the editor you include.
i figure he could shave off 50 meg or replace it with something more
Thursday, May 15/2003 -- 08:23 PM
i see the early reviewers of 'matrix reloaded' want to get on the 'it
didn't impress me ' bandwagon.|
star wars fans shouldn't be allowed to watch the movie let alone review it.
go home, jar-jar is calling you...
Monday, May 12/2003 -- 12:37 PM
i just read that hp is going to put expiry times on their inkjet
cartridges. assuming they don't 'tm' it, and other printer companies (and
printer cartridge companies for that matter) decide to follow their
lead, i have the perfect advertisement for the competition who's really
never been noticed in printer reviews:|
'our cartridges don't expire'
i've been trying to come up with an analogy of just how bad a business
practice that would be, but i can't think of anyting that doesn't sound
stupid. probably because the idea IS stupid. microsoft is starting to take
it in the pants for their licencing practises (how many times have they had
to back peddle on that?) maybe hp needs a wakeup call too...
don't have an hp printer, and now i have TWO reasons not to buy one.
Friday, May 09/2003 -- 04:14 PM
if you like rap you should not be allowed to review non-rap music. let me
clarify some terms:|
by 'rap' i mean rap, hip hop, or whatever new name they come up with this
year to disguise the fact that it's just rap.
by 'like' i mean, out of
all the thousands of rap 'tunes' available, if you like more than 6 seconds
of any of it: you are a fan...
and that all means you are completely
unqualifed to review anything but rap. you've been tainted, no deep purple,
jetrhro tull , or T.REX fan will ever believe any review you
write...although a fan of rush's 'roll the bones' might.
Friday, May 09/2003 -- 01:16 AM
i think it's entirely possible that the firebird database people made a big
stink about nothing. i suppose they could fight for the name and maybe even
win it, but here it is guys, a ticket for your very own ride on the clue
train: nobody uses interbase, why do you think it's open source now?
Tuesday, May 06/2003 -- 09:52 PM
i've spent the last week installing/testing/uninstalling software. i've
decided i'm making a permanent change of my email client to thunderbird and my
web browser to firebird.|
it hasn't been ALL work of course...i've sunk a lot of hours into galactic civilizations :)
Monday, April 28/2003 -- 07:58 PM
open blog to 'mike the spammer' who just called techtv's screensavers show:
i will never see any of your spam...oh, and you are an idiot. hopefully
that grand a day you claim to make, will pay for your legal bills if you
folks, eleminate ALL your spam get popfile
Friday, April 25/2003 -- 11:58 AM
too bad rob zombie caved and listened to the mpaa...i guess i'll just wait
for his movie to hit dvd, i'm sure it will be the full version and not that
watered down, saccharin crap the mpaa would have us watch...clue for those
guys. some of us movie goers are older than 12. i know you guys are in
your nineties (hi jack) but you really need to get yourself firmly
established into the '60's
Wednesday, April 16/2003 -- 12:20 AM
i got an offer on one of the eweek newsletters i get...it was for an
electronic version of the magazine (i already have a subscription to the
paper version). i thought i would check it out, it's through a web
site called 'zinio.com'. first attempt with opera6: got an error message
saying the browser wasn't supported. apparently they only support
internet explorer and a view versions of netscape|
i closed opera and fired up mozilla v1.3...no go.
with extreme reluctance i fired up internet explorer...lit up my firewall
like a christmas tree. decided to cancel it all, and do a virus check.
conclusion: i'm not going to bother with electronic magazines through that
web site. i shouldn't have to jump through hoops to download a specialized
free clue for the zineo guys: opera or mozilla. check'em out,
there IS a world beyond microsoft...
Sunday, April 13/2003 -- 09:35 PM
looks like the anti-war protesters suffered a big blow to their cause
today. the pow's got rescued, and i just know some of you blue-veiner's
were hoping they'd be killed....<snrk>
Wednesday, April 09/2003 -- 03:17 PM
the number one faq question for tkblog seems to be 'where the heck is
v2.40'. answer: you can email me for the latest beta. i'm working on the
docs (in between a hundred other projects).
Sunday, April 06/2003 -- 10:19 PM
way to go mathers you illiterate idiot...at least you didn't need a comma
Thursday, April 03/2003 -- 04:11 PM
jk rowling has a lot of nerve...(AND money) for suing the russian writer
over 'tanya grotter'. ms. rowling needs to check out wizard's hall
by jane yolen. unless jane yolen is already being compensated heavily by
rowling for re-writing her works...that particular bit of news seems to
have gotten buried...
Tuesday, April 01/2003 -- 08:58 PM
well, that's funny. guys in [-programming-] on msn chat who think their
ubercool. (uber and msn chat just do NOT go together <snrk> )
Tuesday, April 01/2003 -- 02:29 PM
i've set up a world via safeworlds
called 'vented spleen' there is a tkblog support area and a geb support
area. it's by invite only so you have to email me for a username password.
it's free, private, and secure. spleenboard is still going to run though...
Monday, March 31/2003 -- 10:34 AM
how do you know when anti-war protesters are feeling frustrated? they start
doing stupid things. they throw rocks and bottles at the police, they make
public statements hoping more troops get killed, they give treasoness
information to iraqi media. i'm not saying all protesters are breaking
the law. but those excersizing the right to 'peaceful assembly' aren't
getting on tv to blue-vein their hypocrasy , now are they? <snrk>
Friday, March 28/2003 -- 11:02 AM
as expected the filthy critic, hasn't seen alien, or
dreamcatcher (the movie he supposedly reviewed, here's a hint: proof
read). or he hasn't read dreamcatcher. and i'd hazard a guess he's
not seen any other movie based on a stephen king book (although he's
probably reviewed them <snrk>) i suspect he's fallen into trap
i've seen other reviewers fall into: not seeing the movie, and proving it
by a review where they makes it painfully obvious.|
he said the movie didn't make sense to him....i believe him (two snrks)
Thursday, March 27/2003 -- 12:59 PM
i seem to be getting flack from some protesters. their main complaint of
course, is that i'm calling them hypocrits. rather than explaining in
detail why i think they are, i'd extend the opportunity to have them tell
me why they aren't. hint: the following arguments won't work:|
war is bad
bush is wrong
i don't think i have to explain why those two arguments border on silly.
and let's be clear that i'm not against their right to protest. i'm sure
everyone is aware of the people who died fighting to keep that right alive.
Monday, March 24/2003 -- 12:06 AM
you know what one of the two hardest things in the world to do are?|
win an an academy award AND look like an idiot in front of a billion people
at the same time.
so mikey, i take it you WERE expecting the boo's...
Sunday, March 23/2003 -- 03:31 PM
you had to wonder why there was so much resistance from france, germany,
and russia that they didn't want to help out against the iraqi
regime....well now we know what russia has been up to. poutine
<snrk> gets added to the bag of hammers...
Sunday, March 23/2003 -- 03:27 PM
something i forgot to add in my how to list:|
make sure you sign up for the diplomatic corps. in your country. your
obvious brilliance in diplomacy is probably superior to the hundreds of
politicians and diplomats who couldn't solve the problem
Saturday, March 22/2003 -- 11:40 PM
i was thinking of calling this 'the vented spleen anti-war protester's kit'
but instead i think a better name is 'how to be an anti-war
make sure you don't have anything above a grade 3 education reason:
from about grade 4 onwards you start learning about geography and
make sure your sign is clever. you can do this by
mispelling words, peace signs, etc.
when you're screaming your
obscenities (you know, in between your anti-war statements) you have at
least one vein pulsing on your forehead
make sure, if your
a mommy and daddy, you drag junior out there holding a sign he can't read.
that way there'll be 3 of you out there that are clueless
make sure that the equivalent of all the time and effort you spend in
protesting is NOT spent on the humanitarian part
Friday, March 21/2003 -- 11:18 AM
somebody in the US patent office needs to check the outside world for a
minute or so. they're granting patents for ideas. i was under the
impression you couldn't do that. |
what's wrong with this CNN headline: "anti-war protests turn violent". CNN
should probably stop reporting the obvious. protesters are hypocrits...they
give proof of that everytime they blue-face with their sign. what is it
about being under 21 that makes some people dumb feeping stupid?
least when the 'war' is over the hypocrits can go home and be stupid where
we can't see them...
Wednesday, March 19/2003 -- 01:25 PM
you'll notice i toned down the background colours again...adding a
stylesheet has made the process a lot easier. i should have done it ages
Wednesday, March 19/2003 -- 01:10 PM
i've been watching CNN when i really should be updating tkblog...
Wednesday, March 19/2003 -- 10:32 AM
i wish CNN would STFU with their "chicken little" routine. they did
the same thing the first time around before the gulf war. for those who've
fallen for it:|
the jets will NOT drop out of the sky because of the distance
the troops will NOT die of starvation
the troops are NOT psychologically disturbed from the wait
i get the feeling that everyone will be suprised at the ferocity of the
attack if/when it happens...
Wednesday, March 19/2003 -- 10:16 AM
i see the hit counter passed the 10k mark...the first 3 or 4 thousand of
those were initially due to the release of geb...the rest have been since
tkblog was released.|
the blog format is going to change, and that's why the release has been
delayed. those of you using the beta's already know this...
and it was
pointed out to me twice about the dumb stupid bug tkblog has, which is
going to be fixed and tested before the next release. the release has
enough significant changes that i don't think a version number of 2.40 is
justified. i may have to go to v3.00...
Monday, March 17/2003 -- 12:39 PM
looks like my isp's wires are really wet today <snrk> i just had a
45 minute outage :/
Friday, March 14/2003 -- 12:36 PM
mozilla v1.3 just got released and i already found a bug in it...i can't
believe it wasn't tested before it was released...
Thursday, March 13/2003 -- 11:04 PM
Why is ANYBODY from CNN talking to ANYBODY from vanity fair? Or, for that
matter, why was ANY french leader talking to anybody from the music
industry? And who really GAF what jessica lange has to say about foreign
Tuesday, March 11/2003 -- 11:18 AM
larry wall has released more information on perl6. he's doing this as a
series of documents he's calling 'apocalypse'. when they get released they
are usually slashdotted....and then....and then folks we get the usual
round of stupidity from the regular slashdot posters. probably clueless
Friday, March 07/2003 -- 02:32 PM
i just realized that most people viewing this web page probably don't have
their brightness turned down like i do. i'm using an lcd monitor and to
avoid major retina burnout i have to really crank down the brighness...the
hex code for the background colour is #008080 but crt users would get a
better idea of what i wanted the page to look like if they could see it at
Friday, March 07/2003 -- 12:38 PM
i'm in the process of creating a
treepad help file for tkblog. i can see that in the process it's going
to make the regular text documentation better...
Wednesday, March 05/2003 -- 02:26 PM
michael jackson in the news again...the voodoo stuff is clearly an
attempt to take the focus away from that freakshow he's using for a head.
Monday, March 03/2003 -- 02:02 PM
i don't know who should be more to blame here, CNN or rolling
stone...yesterday some cnn 'journalist' was interviewing some rolling
stone 'journalist' about avril lavigne...|
they said she was from napanee (which is true) and that napanee was 'just
outside of toronto' which is 'geographically' WRONG. that's like saying
washington DC is 'just outside of' buffalo ny'
as a canadian living in
ontario that was funny enough, but then they turned it into a relgious town
'the whole town goes to church on sunday'. this may have been an attempt at
a colloquial generalization . there are all kinds of people in napanee that
don't go to church on sunday or ANY day for that matter...
all i kept
thinking was 'don't you guys have atlases down there?'
Friday, February 28/2003 -- 06:26 PM
i'm glad bono could meet with the french leader's to help solve the world's
problems...i was gettin' kinda worried there<snrk>
Wednesday, February 26/2003 -- 07:40 PM
i think tonight is going to be the first night that i'm going to miss
the west wing on purpose...i hate to say it, but it's just not the same
without rob lowe. i'm pretty sure it doesn't have anything to do with the
history-ignorant actor who plays the president...
Monday, February 24/2003 -- 12:07 PM
looks like some knob using cogeco (my isp) has decided to get every one of
us banned from lockergnome...smooth move exlax...
Friday, February 21/2003 -- 12:44 PM
so the UN inspectors got sent home...i wonder if the tv networks will
still run the celebrity infested 'inspections work' ads. <snrk>
Friday, February 21/2003 -- 12:42 PM
Geez, if i keep it up i'll have to rename this site STFU...because the
list of people who need to do it is growing and i have no qualms about
Friday, February 21/2003 -- 12:41 PM
Just watched that smarmy knob's diatribe ending with 'body bags'. He looked
pretty pleased with his inflammatory comment. |
And then the other guy's rebuttal was cut short. it's not 'talkback live'
it's 'soundbyte live'
Wednesday, February 19/2003 -- 08:09 PM
this happened a while ago but it's ironic. while complaining about the
attitide and rudeness of members in the python newsgroup somebody called me
a f***ing ***hole :) i think the post is still available through google
anyway, i assume his point was that they weren't rude and didn't have an
Wednesday, February 19/2003 -- 08:03 PM
Let's break down the stupity of those 'public service' ads shall we:|
phrase: "inspections work"
fact: no it doesn't
proof: the current deception and inaction
solution for peaceniks: need to watch more news.
phrase: "war doesn't"
fact: yes it does
proof: saddam invades kuwait. he is removed by military force.
solution for peaceniks: watch more tv...world affairs are obviously beyond
your understanding but they don't have to pass you by. But it's not a
suprise if your a ' survivor' or 'american idol' fan and think it's real
Wednesday, February 19/2003 -- 04:22 PM
well, what can you say about that idiot kid in michigan that had his
t-shirt banned? he needs to read a few history text books, get about ten
more years of life experience...and read some history...THEN he can wear
his t-shirt. he'll still be an idiot, but at least he'll have some
and this 'virtual protest' the celebrities are advocating...i don't think
too many of them are at the right end of the bell curve and it shows. using
your status to promote your ignorance is typical...
in case i haven't
made my point: if you are protesting the new gulf war II show on cnn you
are a hypocrit...
Tuesday, February 18/2003 -- 11:15 AM
the google-whine (oops,sorry 'watch') site is at it again. somewhere along
the line he got a bug up his ass about google and he can't get it out.
until another search engine can pull up consistently GOOD searches i'm not
switching. google detractors should probably swtich now and then
Monday, February 17/2003 -- 06:49 PM
i was going to give the sharpest knife in the drawer award to that
guy selling an airline operations manual on ebay...but i think the award
MUST go to the 'human shield ' group over in iraq...congradulations, you are
too stupid to live...and you're doing just the right thing to accept the
Monday, February 17/2003 -- 04:09 PM
upgraded spleenboard to the latest released elog...someday when i get
really energetic i'll sit down and commment the css file so the colours
aren't a half hour trial and error session to configure...
Monday, February 17/2003 -- 11:45 AM
if you're reading this and you're a misguided peacnik: isn't it nice to
live in a country where you can actually take to the streets and scream
injustice till you're blue in the face? make you feel good? so good that
you can go home and watch the news about countries whose citizens CAN'T do
i hope so you fricken' hypocrit.
Monday, February 17/2003 -- 11:40 AM
here's a comment i made on wil wheaton's blog about all the 'world wide'
protests about iraq's impending doom:|
you know, it's really groovy to be a peacenik and all that, but what *i*
want to know is: what the hell is it about freedom that pisses off those
countries over there? i noticed that the peaceniks kept their cakehole
shut after sept 11...it's sad to think that a few thousand people have to
die before someone clue's in to the bigger picture...
Sunday, February 16/2003 -- 06:19 PM
'the michael jackson freakshow review' is touring all week on tv...ok maybe
only two nights, but three hours is about 3 hours longer than the media
should be spending on that nutbar...
Friday, February 14/2003 -- 02:01 PM
here's an example of online shopping failing horribly:|
i went to amazon looking for a few books to complete a collection. i found
every book i was looking for. i COULD have bought them new, but decided to
buy used copies to save money. i was able to find each book for $0.50 or
less (and one was suspiciously being sold for $0.01). anyway, i clicked on
the various used books to buy them, and the total price was less than
$5.00....and then i looked at what the shipping total came to: $39 and
change. that broke down to almost $10 shipping and handling for each
this is all in US currency. that $10 equates to $15 in canadian
funds and i know for a fact that it does not cost $15 canadian to ship a
paperback to the states...i think both parties are getting ripped off
Thursday, February 13/2003 -- 08:34 PM
i see the author of the language , which should be called ostrich, is out
flogging it again...|
dude, nobody is writing command line programs anymore...and ostrich (you
know it as python) is just klunky when it comes to writing gui
i could probably port tkblog to python, but there's no point in
doubling the amount of code <snrk>
Thursday, February 13/2003 -- 12:01 PM
paypal has a new license agreement they want you to agree to...some mumbo
jumbo of giving you 60 days and then you get to agree to it anyway
so i went to the site to just agree to it and get it over with...about 25
clicks later i found a page that actually lets you to agree to it...they
SHOULD have had a direct link to it...but i guess the web guys and the
legal guys are in different rooms...
Wednesday, February 12/2003 -- 10:47 AM
another blogging program
is available. this one is written in ruby. it's not standalone, but for
those who don't want to fiddle around with php it's an option.|
and another one has been written in python (that makes two so far).
somebody on leoville
wrote a standalone, cross-platform one in java that looks pretty good.
as far as i can tell tkblog was the first standalone, cross-platform
blogging tool. so far it's the only written in tcl/tk :)
Tuesday, February 11/2003 -- 12:17 AM
dude you're not getting a doob...|
anybody think that's the end of his career with dell?
Sunday, February 09/2003 -- 06:29 PM
i'd mention that michael jackson interview, but i think my last
comment pretty much says it all.|
i'm going to make the tkblog installtion a little cleaner...all the sample
templates will go into a 'sample ' directory. current ones will be in the
main directory. i'm also going to have a plain default template and config
file...tkblog should fire up even if it hasn't been properly configured...
Monday, February 03/2003 -- 06:46 PM
spleen is about to be hit by some bad weather...it's entirely possible my
flakey isp will get REALLY wet wires, and we'll be offline for a
bit...maybe not, but i'm going by the past track record...
Sunday, February 02/2003 -- 04:29 PM
to the stupid people putting up columbia items on ebay (real or
not): you are an idiot.
Friday, January 31/2003 -- 03:54 PM
the real beta 5 is there now...i'll be adding a few small things before the
final release, but 2.40 is pretty much where i want it now...
Friday, January 31/2003 -- 11:55 AM
as i posted in the tkblog msg area, i uploaded the tkblog beta 5
of course if you look at the files you'lll see that everything screams
that's because it still is...but the template syncing tool is
included and that's what counts.
i'll have a proper beta 5 sometime this
weekend, with an extra feature or two...
Thursday, January 30/2003 -- 11:05 AM
you'll notice that the blog archives now all look like current
template. that means my template syncing tool is working, and
i will be putting the new beta up sometime later today. blogs
written with v2.40 won't have a problem with syncing...all blogs written
with a previous version need the blogtext tags around the blog entry in
yes, it's a pain to do, i have over 300 i had to add to, but you don't need
to do it all at once. i haven't actually tested what happens if
you don't conver them all, but i think they'll be written to the blog.dat
file as they are...
Thursday, January 30/2003 -- 10:56 AM
i'm a registered user of opera 5. opera 6 was a free
upgrade. i just found out very indirectly that opera 7 has been
released. i received no email about an upgrade. |
so i installed it right over top my opera 6 installation (i'm kinda
dangerous that way :) and plugged in my registration
code. nothing. i thought i would figure it out
later, so i worked on getting it working with my opera 6 bookmarks,
configuration/look, etc.. i didn't like the fact that some
of the config files were a different format, so i restored the opera 6
installation, and installed 7 in a different directory.
then i find out that i'll have to pay $15 US to upgrade.
that's over $20 CAN which , because i registered opera during a sale,
effectively doubles my cost for the program. uh huh, i
don't think so.
after working with it for a bit, i found the only new
feature i really like is the 'wand' feature. and all that
really does is enter my password with one click, instead of the two i
i decided that i'm not being nickel and dimed by opera
even if it IS the best browser out there.
Monday, January 27/2003 -- 09:20 PM
tkblog v2.40 beta 4 is in the downloads area...more info in the tkblog msg
Monday, January 27/2003 -- 02:09 PM
from what i can tell, my flakey isp has caused me to miss at least 53
email. in case you're wondering THAT'S why you need
more than one email address.
Monday, January 27/2003 -- 12:15 PM
i've really got to finish the new beta of tkblog and make it
available...the biggest new feature is blog syncing (ie. making all your
blogs, including archive) looking like the latest enabled
when i've finished the code i can clean up some of the regular tkblog
code. unfortunately it means that anybody with a lot of bog
entries using version prior to 2.40 (me for example) have a bit of work to
do if they want the new feature to work with old blogs...not difficult
work, just tedious. i was going to write a conversion tool, but there's no
way it would ever work 100% so it's not woth putting the effort into.
i'm taking out the palmpilot support (which was a kludge at best) and i'm
removing the eudora support, for now at least...i'm concentrating on some
features that were requested by users. they were easier and
quicker to implement.
Sunday, January 26/2003 -- 02:21 PM
are you tired of the negative feedback you get on ebay? be a
wee bit more accurate in your descriptions...oh, and make sure that if you
take a particular payment method, you actually take that payment method
without a list of conditions...
Sunday, January 26/2003 -- 12:13 AM
a politician that represents our local area has a great idea for the
location of federal offices, which are currently spread all over the
city. he's been turned down by our city council. it
seems our city council (who really cares what kind of turn-around they get,
the philosophies haven't changed) wants to keep the stone age status
quo we're being saddled with.|
we have a local joke here and it's called 'block D'. it's property that has had numerous developers interested in putting money into but they always get stalled or refused by our city council. as far as i can tell it's been going on for 50 years or so....THAT'S what this policitian is up against...
Friday, January 24/2003 -- 11:48 AM
'call for help' has an article on the 'bloggies' weblog awards.
going to the site and i found pretty much what i expected...blogs that have
been associated with techtv at some point or other.|
i don't conisider 'slashdot' a blog. and obviously those in
the tech reporting industry, still consider third party hosting as the only
way to blog.
Thursday, January 23/2003 -- 08:05 PM
clownaid is claiming how many clones? why don't they just say
it's, oh, i don't, 1053...no proof of that many is the exact same as no
proof for one.|
eventually the serious media will get tired of being taken for a ride, but
for now it's a 'story' <snrk>
Thursday, January 23/2003 -- 05:44 PM
clownaid...sorry, 'clonaid' <snrk> say they did it again...and the
'president' of clownaid is apparently barring the various media that print
'bad things' about what's going on...that's ok...eventually only the
enquirer and their colleagues will be covering clownaid stupidity.|
and i have a question...just what grade did that clownaid and the cult it's
invovled in get to? because i'm pretty sure that i learned real early on in
my school experience that you can't make outlandish claims AND have people
believe you if you don't offer a shred of evidence.
i'd say something
about the will power of people invovled in cults, but they've got their own
Wednesday, January 22/2003 -- 01:16 PM
this site lists free isp's
. when you read through the listing, you'll see that
there's really no free isp's. the ones that use to be free,
were pretty much useless...i remember connnecting successfully
once to netzero when i was looking for a back up to my flakey
i guess i can remove that link from my opera hotlist <snrk>
Tuesday, January 21/2003 -- 08:50 PM
it's not the first time, but the screensavers made it sound like
kevin mitnick knew nothing about modern computers or the internet...it was
technology he wasn't allowed to touch, not books...
Tuesday, January 21/2003 -- 02:50 PM
i've been using gaim for my
multi-im client. i WAS using trillian, but i found it buggy as
hell and dropped it. the current version of gaim is still alpha
and doesn't support file transfers...i thought i would check out some of
the free multi-im clients on webattack...|
every one of the clients had problems connecting to the various im
services. i suppose if my isp wasn't so flakey (wet wires or
whatever) my testing might have gone better. as it stands
now. gaim gets disconnected (due to the isp) but it doesn't crash and it
connects to the all the services fine...
Tuesday, January 21/2003 -- 10:13 AM
guess which product this is:|
cyclopentasiloxane, alcohol denat., isononyl isononanoate,
octyldodecanol, c30-45 alkyk dimethicone, silica, ammonium
polyacryloydimethyl taurate, olea europaea fruit oil, stearyl
alcohol, glycerin, hydrogenated myristyl olive esters, panthenol,
olea europaea leaf extract, triticum vulgare germ extract, totopheryl
acetate, ceramide 3, vitreoscilla ferment, capryloyl salicylic acid,
biosaccharide gum-1, guanosine, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,
tocopherol, glycine soja oil, peg-20 stearate, peg-100 stearate,
clyceryl stearate, polyglyceryl-2 distearate, peg-8 stearage,
disodium stearoyl glutamate, polyacrylamide, c13-14 isoparaffin,
laureth-7, bht, tetrasodium edta, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben,
butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, cl 19140/yello 5, ci
it's entirely possible i made a spelling mistake
<snrk> i'm sure a chemical engineer can correct
Tuesday, January 21/2003 -- 09:55 AM
ok. new continuing rant: the google "clueless slashdot" count as
of the timestamp on this blog it's: 6.|
i hate to admit it because i actually like the 'nerd news' aspect of
slashdot, but lately the cluelessness seems to be increasing...slashdot is
coming across as very 'american'. the posters are entitled to
their opinions but it needs to come from some kind of legitimate foundation
not a knee-jerk reaction...
Tuesday, January 21/2003 -- 09:42 AM
san francisco wants to ban the wheel...but only the wheels THEY choose...if
i were dean i'd pull out all financial/tech intertest from the
city. maybe other innovators will follow suit and that city
will be just left with fire...until they ban that too <snrk>
Monday, January 20/2003 -- 06:44 PM
so i'm watching the local news and there's a segment on public protests
about a looming war in iraq...the protests (by a bunch of hypocrits as most
protests are) wouldn't have bugged me except for a few things:|
some kid giving a speech had blue hair
he clearly new squat about the world in general
he was too young to have any life experience whatsoever
did i mention he had blue hair?
i'll concede that you might have an important message about various global
topics, but it is completely and totally lost when you
scream about injustice AND you have blue hair.
i'm sorry, at that point
you are a clown and i will give you the attention a clown
Monday, January 20/2003 -- 04:04 PM
decided to take a look at the spleen using the various
browsers. it renders ok in opera, and ie, but mozilla shows the
comment under the date...i'm using an earlier build of mozilla so that
could be it.
Monday, January 20/2003 -- 03:28 PM
new beta of tkblog in the downloads
area. more details on the tkblog forum.
Monday, January 20/2003 -- 02:17 PM
i watched the 'golden globe' awards last night...well it was more like
background noise for my programming but it seemed to me that not too many
celebrities took the whole thing very seriously|
the fake gushing was embarrasing after the first 15 minutes.
and i think meryl streep was more than a bit tipsy...
i noticed mr
decaprio didn't go home with any awards. i hope
he's not too disappointed. that particular award show is his
best bet for an 'acting' award <snrk>
Monday, January 20/2003 -- 01:33 PM
new template again...another round of colour changes...
Friday, January 17/2003 -- 08:14 PM
went to see LOTR: the two towers today. there's a movie that
defines the word 'epic'. i thought it was better than the first.
Wednesday, January 15/2003 -- 01:51 PM
seems to be a lot of noise generated from the hacktivismo camp...so i
mosied on over to their website...and it looks like they have a radical
user license for vapourware. not only that but it's only two pieces of
Tuesday, January 14/2003 -- 03:34 PM
new version of tkblog v2.40 beta in the downloads section. more
information on the tkblog msg area...
Saturday, January 11/2003 -- 05:58 PM
just had a quick visit the the fark web site...as i expected i'm
unimpressed. i'm not sure i get what all the fuss is about. could be i
missed their point...
Saturday, January 11/2003 -- 02:32 PM
i'm really torn between keeping this template for my blog for a little
while, or using the same style (maybe even colours) as the blog i mentioned
for codesnob. i'm also working on a template to blog syncing program...
Friday, January 10/2003 -- 10:44 PM
just sitting here watching john doe doesn't seem quite as
interesting as it did when the series first started. i think it's one i can
cross off my have-to-see list.
Friday, January 10/2003 -- 02:56 PM
beta version of tkblog v2.40 is available in the downloads section.
more details in on the tkblog msg area.
Friday, January 10/2003 -- 10:33 AM
had to take the car in this morning to be 'e-tested'. that's an emissions
test that the ontario provincial government is forcing on us to help clean
up the air, eh? :) |
i wonder if the costs for this will go through the roof like the gun
registry problem they're having...'course that's a general federal
government problem...although now i hear they're going to fix it by
spending more money to find out why it's costing so much <snrk>
Wednesday, January 08/2003 -- 02:57 PM
my isp is being flakey again today...it's not snowing out, so i know the
wires can be wet <snrk>
Wednesday, January 08/2003 -- 11:28 AM
my isp has been flakey for the last 15 hours...i think it's ok now...the
internet was created to withstand a nuclear war...we had a bit of wet snow
last night and that's pretty much all it takes for my isp to have problems
Tuesday, January 07/2003 -- 12:32 PM
we have another tkblog user. check out code snob . nice
Tuesday, January 07/2003 -- 11:52 AM
saddam: portrait of a guy who doesn't get it...but maybe he will...
Saturday, January 04/2003 -- 05:34 PM
i've added a msg area for tkblog. haven't really decided if i should create
a mailing list or not...when i announce new versions, i'll leave a more
detailed description there.
Friday, January 03/2003 -- 09:22 PM
just watched the trailer of the new Daredevil movie...on my
pocketpc...the only real problem....ben affleck. sorry folks, he's not
Monday, December 30/2002 -- 01:51 PM
as i type this slashdot seems to be down...could be they're trying for a
clever cowboy neal poll before they put it back up...<snrk>
Monday, December 30/2002 -- 02:06 AM
as it turns out i did NOT re-install ez cd creator. i'm getting
used to nero and of course they've now got the 'express' interface
you can toggle on or off. i was really impressed with burning the
700meg knoppix iso in less than 6 minutes.|
i'm not really sure i
want to add up the cost of software i've bought or registered and
no longer use. :)
Monday, December 30/2002 -- 01:54 AM
it's now been over two months since i announced
tkblog v2.40...you'll notice i haven't released it yet. the only
thing it had was crude palmpilot support. i wanted to add a few
more features before macking an actual v2.40 release...all kinds of
real life stuff got in the way...and i'll admit i'm spending more
than my fair share of time on my pocketpc.
Sunday, December 29/2002 -- 04:51 PM
i'm giving the spleen a new look...if you keep refreshing and it's
changing, that's what's happening :)
Sunday, December 29/2002 -- 01:49 AM
i just found harlan ellison's EDGEWORKS (all three volumes)
at a second hand bookstore. his stuff is hard enough to find
(mainly because it always seems to be out of print) that i buy the
books whenever i find them. |
Lately i've started to pick up
frederik pohl's novels, and asimov's non-fiction as well.
Monday, December 23/2002 -- 12:24 PM
i see that most people hitting this web site are using internet
explorer and by a large percentage too...i can only assume there
are no power users in that crowd. power users would be using
mozilla or opera...
Wednesday, December 18/2002 -- 06:09 PM
i've been playing around with knoppix
for the last few hours. i was impressed that it found all my
hardware on bootup. i was even more impressed with the goodies that
are included. as far as i'm concerned it completely dispels the
myth that linux is hard to install. knoppix installation: put
cd-rom into bootable drive. installed.
Wednesday, December 18/2002 -- 01:32 PM
a quick hello to the members of blogboard
who drop by...
Tuesday, December 17/2002 -- 04:34 PM
i had to replace an 4 or 5 year old 2x cdrw drive the other day.
the new drive came with nero v5 burning software. i was interested
in trying it out..burnt a few cd's with it, but frankly i don't see
what all the fuss was about. the interface sucks on it. it's not
all that intuitive and more than a bit clunky. i also think it's
interfering with a few other things. i'll probably re-install the
last software i was using (ez cd creator).
Tuesday, December 10/2002 -- 01:41 PM
ok, i can live with the ads in the sponsered version of eudora
(although qualcomm would make a quicker sale at half price), but
the ads are for clicking...which is dumb if the link doesn't
Tuesday, December 10/2002 -- 11:15 AM
been busy lately...|
does spam free hotmail going to eudora
sound good to you? then check out popfile and hotmail popper . i'll be
gving more detail on the tools
section when i get around to updating it...
Tuesday, December 03/2002 -- 01:43 PM
my favorite editor boxer
was just released. a number of features
were added. the macro language being everyone's favorite if i had
to guess...i've been using boxer (for dos and os/2) since '89 or
so...well not for os/2 anymore, 'cause it's dead...but i still use
the dos version almost daily on the dialup bbs
Tuesday, December 03/2002 -- 11:24 AM
another microsoft funded idc 'survey' was released. saying that
win2k had a cheaper total cost of ownership than linux. anybody
with a calculator, a pencil and a piece of paper an figure out
that linux is cheaper in the long run...even when you include the
training angle..microsoft sure knows the right people to pay for
their 'surveys'. they got caught with the mindcraft survey
Monday, December 02/2002 -- 01:36 PM
looking at the filthy critics archives i see there's a wack of
movies i need to correct him on...don't really feel like doing that
now, but i'm making a list. a general observation though...he ALSO
doesn't seem to get subtle or black comedy. or pretends to not get
it. i'm not sure which is worse...anyway i'll be pointing these out
in future blogs as i get to them...
Wednesday, November 27/2002 -- 10:54 PM
i think i have the solution to animal testing. test on members of
peta or shac. problem solved.
Tuesday, November 26/2002 -- 02:03 PM
it's not so much that hotmail hasn't got very good spam
filters...it's that their not even trying AT ALL. as far as i know
.qwzxcvwq is not a valid top level domain, but hotmail lets it
Tuesday, November 26/2002 -- 01:57 PM
it's official...the filthy critic doesn't get james bond movies
either. if i had to take a guess, i'd say die another day is
the first bond movie he's seen, he's just heard of the
others...almost like the band paul mccartney had before the
Monday, November 25/2002 -- 02:48 PM
i think it's funny everytime someone on the the
screensavers asks (usually a celebrity) 'pc or mac'. mac's
grew till they had 10% or 11% of the market...and then they stayed
there. if anybody thinks that an open architecture (or opensource
for that matter) doesn't work, just look at the mac numbers.
billion dollar proof.
Monday, November 25/2002 -- 02:46 PM
i've been making my way through the post-OJ trial books...anybody
who still thinks oj is innocent is an idiot.
Thursday, November 21/2002 -- 12:15 AM
it's not a new thing, but every now and then when i'm searching for
blog things, i run into somebody who's a tech columnist complaining
that blogs are boring, a fad and on their way out, etc. i guess if
the numbers showed that it were remotely true i'd give them a wee
bit of credit for 'foreseeing' it. they're wrong of course, but
even if they were right, i imagine there'd be quite a few people
that will continue to blog anyway...i know i will be. i've been
doing it on paper long enough i can't see any reason to stop
Wednesday, November 20/2002 -- 11:13 AM
just went to read the filthy critic's 'review' of hannibal.
and this time i agree with what he says about the movie. the part
that bugs me is that he said all the right things, for the wrong
reasons. the main reason the movie is so bad is because the book
is gawdawful. it ranks as one of the worse books i've ever read
(i've unintentionaly read a few stinkers). i'm convinced that the
reason the book stunk was because the author forgot who his main
characters were. somewhere between the second and third book
hannibal lector became the master of all trades, and clarice became
a screwup with no will power...i'm pretty sure parts of the book
were ghost written also....anyway, try to make a movie out of all
the crap, and you end up with the movie that made it to the box
Tuesday, November 19/2002 -- 11:35 AM
like i needed any more proof that win98 was a piece of garbage
(sorry it's NOT an os, no matter how many times you click
your ruby slippers together and wish it were). i was printing all
morning on a win98 machine. and then suddenly windows brought up a
dialog that said i needed to set the default printer. i checked,
and of course my printer WAS the default printer, i had
other printer drivers installed, so i removed them so
windows wouldn't get confused. no go. even though my
printer was the ONLY printer installed AND set as the
default. windows still popped up the dialog. rebooted,
everything was back to 'normal' <snrk>|
a few years
ago, i had a win98 machine where i had to reinstall the
twain driver each time i wanted to use the flatbed scanner.
on that machine i actually needed to do some work, so i
Friday, November 15/2002 -- 12:03 AM
i see michael jackson is making the news again. i can only think of one
word to describe his latest appearance...FREAKSHOW
Wednesday, November 13/2002 -- 01:13 PM
well i'm not sure that the filthy critic saw '8 mile' either, but
his 'review' was entertaining. i'm always entertained by anything
that makes rap, rap movies, or rap artists look like the
non-talents they are. he forgot one point though, the title of the
movie gets the 'three dog night' award for stupid titles.
Monday, November 11/2002 -- 03:29 PM
almost 10 years ago i got heavily into shortwave. probably a
natural progression from being a scanner enthusiast (that's
radio scanner. you probably know them as 'police'
scanners <snrk>) anyway, i use to listen to johnny lightning
on radio new york international. at first i thought i'd run into a
pirate station...i also used to listen to glen hauser's world of
radio . through a random conversation and a google search
follow up i ran into WBCQ
and i was pretty happy to find both of those again...now i
have to get one of those 10-hour recorders
for the longer shows when i'm not at home.
Monday, November 11/2002 -- 12:34 AM
a local peta group here wanted to canvas the university with their
don't-drink-milk campaign. their slogan? Got beer? like i needed
any more proof that they were a bunch of fanatical idiots.
Thursday, November 07/2002 -- 12:48 AM
i know i'm being kind here, but i'm giving the jennifer lopez/ben
affleck thing about six months
Tuesday, November 05/2002 -- 12:06 AM
i wonder how many 'outside' sources disney 'borrowed' for their new
movie treasure planet. i can see at least two just from the
trailer. maybe disney will just sue the original author's so they
can own the ideas 'legally'.
Sunday, November 03/2002 -- 03:47 PM
if you needed any more proof that 'the filthy critic' probably
doesn't watch more than a few minutes of a movie he 'reviews' (or
more than the trailer for that matter) read his review of
'from hell'. it also shows that he doesn't read much either. if he
did then 'writing reviews for dummies' (if it existed) wouldn't do
him much good. and i think a good portion of real history as
escaped his ears also. he spouts off his facts like they were
actually real. he 'reviews' (i'm using the word here loosely folks)
movies well outside his experience, education, and genre (which i
assume is 'adam sandler' related). |
and i take it, that
except for adam sandlers movies, the point of a movie pretty much
goes over his head.
Saturday, November 02/2002 -- 01:38 AM
pat buchanan doesn't seem to like the way the free world works. or
he could be just trying to generate some interest in his political
career. or he might simply be an idiot...
Thursday, October 31/2002 -- 12:03 AM
tkblog release has been delayed...busy. i bought a pocketpc and
have been playing around with that. after tkblog v2.40, there'll be
another two releases (at least) with the latter having some kind of
Monday, October 28/2002 -- 09:35 AM
so this week the filthy critic decides to go see a movie that
really tanks (and you can tell by the numbers, folks). and...he
'sorta' likes it. that's consistency for you. unless of course,
adam sandler is an example of a good actor to him. adam sandler
plays the same character in every single movie he's in. could be
he missed that, you know, being a real critic and all
Wednesday, October 23/2002 -- 07:56 PM
right now i have NO mp3's on my system. My computer is NOT my stereo
Wednesday, October 23/2002 -- 01:51 PM
just sitting here watching cnn as they talk about the ddos attack
yesterday. If you figure it's the work of hackers, you also have to
figure that none of them are the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Kinda like pooping where you sleep...
Monday, October 21/2002 -- 06:02 PM
the tucows 'reviewers' refused my submission of tkblog again. this
time they're reason was that they got an error launching
'readme.1st'. apparently after several attempts to launch
'readme.1st' they gave up. tkblog would not run. i replied to
their email that the readme.1st was a text file (the tkblog docs)
and that it was not an executable file. i mentioned that it was
ALSO not the tkblog executable file. the tkblog executable file
has the filename of...wait for it....tkblog.exe. i'm
starting to wonder about the competency of the tucows 'reviewers'.
i refrained from going into a windows 'file associations' lesson .
it's obvious that they need a lot of handholding just to get to
the actual executable. this is the second time they've been unable
to run the program. personally i don't what what they're
gonna do if they're actually able to run tkblog.exe and find
they'll have to create or edit a config file too. don't look for
on tucows anytime soon.|
if i were the paranoid type, i'd say
they really aren't interested. i've downloaded plenty of software
from tucows that was a lot harder to get up
and running than tkblog.
Monday, October 21/2002 -- 12:23 PM
google is being sued. from another
search engine that sucks. if you're not using google, you're not finding
stuff on the internet.
Monday, October 21/2002 -- 12:10 PM
the filthy critic. that guy sure likes to read himself swear
doesn't he? he's not a movie fan. that's clear enough from his
reviews. he's definitely not a good critic. and i'd take a guess
that he doesn't 'get' a lot of movies. not even the simple stuff.
he sure doesn't know anything about movies. that's the worst
quaility anybody reviewing movies can have. total ignorance is
NOT clever. if you took the potty words out of his review
you'd have...well nothing really. it's like he saw one bad movie,
wrote about it (potty words included) and decided he was a movie
critic. have i seen The Ring? no, but i have the
sneaking suspicion that he didn't either.
Sunday, October 20/2002 -- 01:05 PM
slashdot poll 'creator' outdid himself today. double whammy. he was
not only consistent with the usual stupid polls (unclever,
ignorant, steeped in major dumbness) -- that's pretty much a
given -- he showed he knew nothing about tools, screwdrivers in
particular). it's painfully obvious to ANYBODY who's ever
had serious work that needed a screwdriver that a robertson is the
best tip you can work with.. a screw fitted with the proper size
screwdriver is impossible to strip. figures that a canadian
Friday, October 18/2002 -- 11:09 AM
so george is complaining about the death of movies via dvd. i
wonder if he just paraphrased valenti's speech about vcr's. i think
he really wanted to complain that his new movie was making the
hardisk rounds before it ever hit the theaters...maybe he could
stop making star wars movies? that'd be good.
Tuesday, October 15/2002 -- 08:38 PM
eminem in a movie? hope the academy is watching <snrk>
Tuesday, October 15/2002 -- 11:56 AM
so the filthy critic just reviewed 'rules of attraction'. and he was a
potty mouth...ooh, that's clever.
Sunday, October 13/2002 -- 01:26 PM
i took my time getting over there, but i decided to check out the
movie review web site that slashdot is always hawking. the filthy critic . critics
who hate everything are cliche. it's been done. you weren't the
first. get over it. having said that, it doesn't bother that a
movie critic doesn't like a movie. it doesn't bother me that a
movie critic doesn't get a particular movie. it DOES bother
me when a movie critic just gets some things wrong. and now
that i've been there, i now have to blog their dumb posts like i
Friday, October 11/2002 -- 01:01 AM
as it turns out tucows DIDN'T have an old version of the tkblog
archive. they just had a zip file. AND they had the current one.
so by their phrase 'unable to find an executable' i can only assume
they didn't know how to open the archive. i updated it with the
installer version. see how that goes.
Friday, October 11/2002 -- 12:31 AM
i saw session 9
last night. i thought the director might be doing a david lynch
kind of thing. if he was he fell way short of it. if the ending was
supposed to be obvious, it wasn't. i think it was a good idea in
need of a better script...
Friday, October 11/2002 -- 12:23 AM
i mentioned here
that i submited tkblog to tucows. i got a generic message today
that says the reviewer was unable to find an executable to run. i'd
like to make a smartass comment that s/he didn't look in the
archive very hard. as it turns out that's probably the case.
anybody grabbing the zip file of an older version will see what i
mean. i'd resubmit it, but the same problem will occur. and i'd
rather not jump through the hoops tucows makes you go through just
to get another form email. looks like tkblog will never make it to
tucows because their 'reviewers' can't click on a link. not really
a problem as tucows made it too hard to actually find the software
you want anyway...think i'll check out webattacks 'submission
Friday, October 11/2002 -- 12:16 AM
it occurs to me that i'm in the habit of blogging slashdot. yeah,
whatever. when they stop allowing (or stop doing it themselves)
mind-numbing stupidity, then i won't have much to type about them.
i don't see that happening anytime soon...
Tuesday, October 08/2002 -- 12:46 PM
yup. i read the suse 8.1 'review'
that slashdot mentioned. sounds like a whiney windows user who
can't figure out distro installs. to me the bottom line is 'did you
get it installed?' yes? then stfu about it or go back to windows.
Tuesday, October 08/2002 -- 12:42 PM
so the 'clever' person creating the stupid slashdot polls doesn't
like 'blog' as a word. that's perfect. gives me a reason to keep at
it. as far as i can tell the slashdot people have NOT
figured out that they aren't the be-all-end-all of computer news,
information, or general opinion. mostly they are elitest
*nix snobs with maybe just a little too much interest in star wars
(trek would be ok though :)
Monday, October 07/2002 -- 02:57 PM
i see that lycos is invading the banner ads on sponsered
eudora....lycos should give it up, they became a useless search
engine a long time ago.
Friday, October 04/2002 -- 02:23 PM
good news for linux people: the source code for maximus and squish
Friday, October 04/2002 -- 10:39 AM
don't you think it's interesting that hotmail does NOT have
a 'report spam' option like yahoomail does? and that you can't
block email from the msn.com domain?
Friday, October 04/2002 -- 01:24 AM
here's a clue for that guy suing people talking about his stupid
lawsuit: PEOPLE ARE STARVING! doesn't he have anything better to
do than filing a "he's looking at me" lawsuit? maybe his stupidity
will directly affect his business and he'll just fade away into
obscurity. being accidentally kicked in the head 14 or 15 times is
probably too much to ask for...
Monday, September 30/2002 -- 12:37 PM
here what i thought about the #linux ops on efnet. but the
general population of #ostrich (you know it as #python) are the
Saturday, September 28/2002 -- 02:01 AM
i just submitted tkBlog
to tucows . part of the
submission form asks what category (which is par for the course for
the 50 or 60 sites i've submitted to). NONE of them
have a 'blog' section under the internet category. most have an
'internet-misc' to cover software that doesn't fit anywhere else,
but the closest category on tucows was 'internet - notes and
messages'. i guess that will work.
Saturday, September 28/2002 -- 12:43 AM
mitnick and woz on the
screensavers . i guess reading that teleprompter isn't the
easiest thing in the world. it was almost too painful to watch. oh
and that hacker going on about life, the universe , and everything
was typical hacker diatribe. he was 21. 'nuff said.
Friday, September 27/2002 -- 06:39 PM
gah. my kingdom for an html 2 rss generator that works.
Friday, September 27/2002 -- 04:10 PM
so dr. phil has his own show . i wonder if he has a quota of how many
people he has to make cry in the course of a week. <snrk>
Friday, September 27/2002 -- 11:31 AM
i've provided an rss
file for those who want an xml/rss feed. it's availabe via the
'rss' link on the left.
Thursday, September 26/2002 -- 08:26 PM
so of course, everytime one of the techtv guys has an instant
messenger running so that you can see the account name, some idiot
just has to fire off a message to them and disrupt the segment.
there's a special computer term for people like that...MORON.
Wednesday, September 25/2002 -- 12:45 PM
and i just had to re-edit that blog, so i'm gonna fix it today...
Wednesday, September 25/2002 -- 12:43 PM
ran into someone (hi, dude ) from my early fidonet (and you'll
notice i don't have a link to that dying beast (that's for
you, carl <snrk>) days. turns out he's using tkblog
for the same reason i wrote it: braindead blogger.com. you
can read his blog here
. he also reminded me of a problem i've been putting off
dealing with, but i'm finally going to have to. :)
Tuesday, September 24/2002 -- 01:16 PM
new version of tkBlog 2.25 has been released.
Tuesday, September 24/2002 -- 12:26 PM
i'm still working on palmpilot support for tkblog. i keep getting
Monday, September 23/2002 -- 12:13 PM
i really like google news. now someobody needs to crank out a desktop
client for it. one that actually works with the site.
Sunday, September 22/2002 -- 04:42 PM
i'm now working my way through the necropscope
series, again. i keep getting side tracked by other novels.
i'm currently reading deadspeak
Sunday, September 22/2002 -- 04:23 PM
just finished reading the touch
by f. paul wilson. not quite sure how it fits into the 'adversary
cycle', but it was a good read.
Saturday, September 21/2002 -- 02:12 PM
the 'canadian firearms centre' , is the organization the canadian
justice department has directed to issue stickers for firearms.
there are several problems with this. first off, the criminals
don't have to do ANYTHING legal when it comes to firearms. and that
probably includes taking the sticker off. <snrk> that's
something the peaceniks forget on a daily basis. second, the
'canadian firearms centre' is so far behind in their paperwork from
the LAST round of stupidity, starting a new round is just...well,
stupid. and thirdly, they are complaining that all those with
firearms licences haven't registered all their firearms. while
there's always going to be people lagging behind in all that
paperwork, a few dissenters who just aren't going to do it,
there's a few (and i'm one of them) who have a firearm's
licence and...wait for it...HAVE NO FIREARMS. i can't speak for
everyone, but one of the reasons i got one of the nice shiny,
official government printed cards was that it's excellent ID.
to give you an idea of how efficient they are, i had to read
about this in the local paper. i received nothing in the mail.
Saturday, September 21/2002 -- 02:24 AM
here's a little something for the next time the clue train passes
by that google watch guy: get over yourself. google is a search
engine. and a pretty good one too. looking at the google watch web
site i can see the guy has an agenda. i think it's funny that i
found the google watch web site via google. <snrk>
Wednesday, September 18/2002 -- 08:52 PM
i give up. i've been sitting here wondering how 'mutant X' ever got
renewed for tv. the show sucks. AND it's not very good <snrk>
Tuesday, September 17/2002 -- 10:25 PM
a quick hello to the people from leoville
who happen to pop in here :)
Tuesday, September 17/2002 -- 01:30 PM
updated date2clip. it had a minor bug of not clearing the clipboard
before putting the new date/time in. you can get it via the
'downloads' link on the menu.
Monday, September 16/2002 -- 10:58 PM
so 'pyramids live'. yeah, i''ll believe that if a tv network says it's
Monday, September 16/2002 -- 02:58 PM
added a tkBlog section to the menu. should make it easier to find the
Sunday, September 15/2002 -- 01:28 PM
i think i have some proof that hotmail is specifically working with
spammers. clue for the hotmail webmasters: you guys are already a joke.
Saturday, September 14/2002 -- 01:43 PM
gaim has been released for
windows. i might be able to dump the buggy trillian if it works ok...
Friday, September 13/2002 -- 10:07 AM
today i got some spam that said it wasn't spam because of some loop
hole in a Bill passed in the US. we have a way of telling us what
email is or isn't spam...common sense.
Wednesday, September 11/2002 -- 01:44 PM
a year later. even though i wasn't personally affected, i'm still
angry. i would like to change atlases world wide, by wiping a few
countries off the map. at least the peaceniks are keeping their
cakehole shut today...
Wednesday, September 11/2002 -- 12:39 AM
the new version of trillian
is out. it still has the runaway cpu problem. i keep hoping it
gets fixed for new releases...
Tuesday, September 10/2002 -- 01:48 PM
here you go. my vote for the dumbest sf concept? 'the force' .
and of course any storyline(s) you build around it will be equally
as dumb. although i have to admit, the upped the dumbness level
with 'episode I' with the whole blood thing...can you tell i'm not
even close to a 'star wars' fan <snrk>
Tuesday, September 10/2002 -- 11:37 AM
o'reilly just released essential
blogging . it was obvious that they were going to deal with the
more popular blogging hosts like the braindead blogger.com,
greymatter and the others, but i looking through the index,
and i didn't see any mention of third party or standalone
blogging tools. if the book was completed before april 15 of
this year i could see why tkblog wasn't mentioned, but that
other standalone blogging program should have been. i wonder
how much research was actually done beyond the hosting sites?
i could be mis-guessing here, but maybe there really isn't
anybody interested in a standalone cross-platform blogging
Monday, September 09/2002 -- 06:49 PM
i wrote a quick utility to copy the date/time to the clipboard .
it's for pasting to an application that doesn't have date/time
generation on it's own. it's called date2clip
you can customize the date/time format...
Friday, September 06/2002 -- 04:01 PM
just released tkblog v2.20. read the tkblog forum on spleenboard
for more info...
Thursday, September 05/2002 -- 01:16 AM
i was just sitting here listening to KISS on rockline . i still
like their old stuff. i wasn't too suprised that i knew every note
for the few tunes that they played. around '79 or '80 i discovered
and never looked back.
Wednesday, September 04/2002 -- 06:47 PM
if i were the paranoid type, i'd say that hotmail is SPECIFICALLY
letting in spam from various domains. obviously hotmail.com and
msn.com are allowed. but i'm seeing domains i block using the
'block sender' link 'disappearing' after a few days. we already
know that for microsoft it's all about the bottom line, but would
they stoop that low?
Tuesday, September 03/2002 -- 01:35 AM
i think spammers who can't spell should have their domain name
yanked. getting spam is bad enough, getting spam from a company
trying make money but can't afford a dictionary is another thing
Sunday, September 01/2002 -- 01:04 AM
a couple of months ago i was looking for some ebay software to keep
track of my bids. i was looking for free software, but if i found
something i really liked i didn't have any aversion to registering
it. i found an excellent program called 'auction tamer'. it was
supposed to be free. i usually bid on ebay items when i'm looking
for something, so i can be a month or more before checking it out
again. just the other day i fired up auction tamer to check on an
old bid i had one. apparently the 'free' period was over. not only
is the program NOT free, it's expireware, AND you have to subscribe
to the program (apparently you can't just register it and own a
copy) so that makes it 'subscribeware' also. i'll look around
again, but if i don't find anything better, or anything i can't
own, i'll stick with it. i'd send them a sarcastigram, but i'm sure
it would be lost on them...
Saturday, August 31/2002 -- 02:26 PM
a complany called 'clean flicks' just got slashdotted. they're
suing for the right to rent edited (ie. censored) movies. slashdot
is calling it a battle of copyright verses first amendment. i think
they're mixing apples and oranges here. the line is pretty clear.
even if the company 'cleans' up' a move like, oh, 'the excorcist'
are you still going to let your kid watch it? the lawyers
representing the company sound all high and mighty, but if i were
the paranoid type [and to quote dale gribble: 'i am') i'd say there
was more than a hint of some kind of religious backing to this.
it's obvious that this silent entity is in constant fear that some
people, somewhere are enjoying uncensored movies. and these guys
just don't like that thought.
Thursday, August 29/2002 -- 04:34 PM
tkblog v2.10 has been released. read the tkblog forum on
spleenboard for more details...
Sunday, August 25/2002 -- 02:41 PM
has been released for windows. it's one of the best system
monitoring tools for linux. with this release my windows desktop
can look exactly like my linux desktop.
Saturday, August 24/2002 -- 11:21 PM
one of the worse things that could happen with the linux community
is being wishy washy. waffling back and forth on what they want.
i'm reffering to the article about
support for linux developers. sorry, don't buy the idea he
puts forth. if developers want to be paid for the work, they should
CHARGE for the their work. don't make it 'free' and then say 'pay'.
to paraphrase a famous sf neon sign ' free linux software: $15'. if
linux fails on the desktop because software developers went broke,
what does that tell you about the open software model? linux
is successful because a lot of people wrote a lot of software
in their spare time and then gave it away. don't be whining
now. that's just ammo the microsoft camp like to hear.
Wednesday, August 21/2002 -- 11:02 AM
not a suprise that the 'vi improved -- vim' slashdot review sparked
off another editor war. i've used vim. i've used emacs. emacs
didn't do some things i wanted it to do. i had to extend it with a
few functions written in lisp. had to learn lisp first. vim didn't
so some of the things i wanted it to do. i had to extend it with a
few functions written in...wait for it...THE LANGUAGE OF MY CHOICE.
i could use vimscript, but i already know python, perl, tcl, and
ruby. i got to pick one of those. and THAT is what emacs users
don't get. lisp is dead. it started OFF dead. lisp will always be
dead. how many times has lisp been slashdotted compared to perl?
anybody who's a touch typist will appreciate vim. turns out i don't
need my editor to be a mail/web/news client. i need it to be
powerful with perl built in. and with tcl. and with python. and
with ruby. why? because i CAN. maybe someobody will write a perl
intrepreter for emacs...in lisp <snrk>
Monday, August 19/2002 -- 11:44 AM
it looks like the perl journal is finally gone. two of my favorite
magazines were the perl journal, and before that boardwatch. i'm
not sure if it was jack (rickard) idea or not, but i think the
magazine lost a lot of their audience when they assumed that bbs
sysops would be isp owners. while i'm sure some did go that route,
i'd say most went the telnet/web based bbs route. back in
the bbs heyday, boardwatch was THE magazine to read.
Monday, August 19/2002 -- 11:40 AM
the rc64 guys are at 85% and they still haven't found the key?
hopefully there's nothing wrong with the client (i'll bet they're
scrambling to find a bug there). if for some reason the key
isn't found and a flaw in the client is found, i don't see people
starting all over again.
Sunday, August 18/2002 -- 02:46 PM
flakey weather here. even though the weather people are giving
percentages for everything, so far they've been 90% wrong.
Wednesday, August 14/2002 -- 11:26 AM
subdimension's email is down for days and when it comes back up, i
have a spam waiting for me. the only two emails i've received on
that account have been spam. this from a service that said they
wouldn't give out email addresses (i think they said they were a
bunch of hackers and wanted to provide a secure email
service...something like that :/
Wednesday, August 14/2002 -- 12:23 AM
seems like the eudora programmers spent a lot of time and effort to
make sure you see the ads. crazy idea but i wonder if their sales
would double if they halfed the price? opera sold me on their half
price deal...maybe when eudora's bugs are all fixed i'd consider
dropping close to $100 on it, but not at a version that's calling
itself '5.1' in it's current state
Monday, August 12/2002 -- 11:02 PM
just started reading the keep by f. paul wilson. i've been meaning
to reading it for that last 15 years or so. it's only the cult
thing starting with repairman jack that prompted me to start reading it.
Monday, August 12/2002 -- 09:30 AM
well there you have it. dell execs have taken a leave of absence
above the ears and caved to microsoft philosophy. i'm assuming that
all business's and governments who are making the linux move will
no longer consider getting a dell computer. so if i got my score
card filled in right, this means microsoft is NOT a monopoly and
can continue with this type of extortion.
Saturday, August 10/2002 -- 01:06 PM
opera again. i'm not quite sure they've figured out just how bad a
problem spam is. they seem to be taking a completely opposite
approach to stopping it.
Friday, August 09/2002 -- 11:43 PM
the new opera deal is pretty hard to pass up. still with opera being a
distant third in the browser wars, charging for it will only keep it
there. despite the fact that it's the best browser out there.
Friday, August 09/2002 -- 11:54 AM
looks like it's time for the eudora staff responsible for the ads
that show up in the sponsered version to look at an atlas. not
everybody who uses eudora is in the good ole' yew ess of ay.
Friday, August 09/2002 -- 11:38 AM
i've been on a number of windows xp systems. working with them.
tweaking them. installing software, and hooking them up to
networks. i don't need to work on them anymore. xp is sluggish and
buggy. of course i'm only going by the machines i was working on.
1gig plus cpu's running xp and comparing them to my own machine:
pII/350 on win2k. my system is faster and more stable. once again
microsofts marketing triumphs over actualy technology. and windows
users get to make bill rich. :/
Friday, August 09/2002 -- 11:10 AM
the first batch of the
spock's beard cd's i ordered came in a few days ago. if you
like progressive rock, this is definitely a band to listen to. the
band probably doesn't like the comparison but they DO sound quite a
bit like yes .
Thursday, August 08/2002 -- 07:03 PM
so saddam is at it again. i don't think he was believed the LAST
time he made a threat how about how bad we was going to pound the
U.S. the only pounding was the sound of feet making a retreat. and
they weren't wearing boots, but sandals. AND they had their hands
on their heads in surrender. elite republic guard...that was funny
Thursday, August 08/2002 -- 06:59 PM
i think i'm going to switch blog templates for a while. this is one
that will be in the next version (so far three will be included). i
got this one from the author of dblog . who based some of the code
for his shell blogging program on tkblog :)
Wednesday, August 07/2002 -- 11:21 AM
windows xp again. yesterday i took a few hours to tweak a friends xp
system. he's got a 1gig plus cpu, with 384 meg of ram. i turned off all
animation, fading, sliding, etc. optimized the disk and vcache, and virtual
memory. i still found it sluggish. as a matter of fact my pII/350 win2k
system with the same amount of ram is faster than xp systems with three
times the processor speed. my conculusion. 'upgrading' to xp isn't worth
it. even on a faster system. it seems like microsoft wants to keep you at
a constant speed. faster hardware is being hampered by their slower
Wednesday, August 07/2002 -- 10:52 AM
i think the time is coming where the free web based email guys are
going to have to cut down on the amount of ads, and popup ads they
have. i'm using opera so i don't have to worry about popup ads.
newsflash guys: they don't work. people are using your free web
based email for their spam address. my hotmail account is just
about useless, i'll be moving on to a new one soon enough.
Wednesday, August 07/2002 -- 12:31 AM
just read a bad review of tkblog. well, in truth the bad review was
with the installer. and apparently the person (who didn't leave any
email address so he could be contacted, AND never contacted
me so i could help him). so the guy couldn't 'recommend ' it.
i can only assume he was a windows user, and if the install program
failed he pretty much gave up the ghost. i've switched the install
program three different times in the last three releases. so far
i'm not happy with the installer. i'm plugging away at getting a
real installshield version going. of course anyone who really
wanted to try using it could just download the zip file and unzip
it in the directory of their choice. tkblog, i recommend it. you
don't need a server, you don't need perl/php/mysql. it's what i'm
using right now. it's great. easily the best cross-platform
blogging tool i've used, although i have the feeling that kaa is
going to be there pretty soon.
Wednesday, August 07/2002 -- 12:22 AM
if you were ever looking for an example that showed tv executives
really didn't ride the clue train, here's one: letting rob lowe
leave 'the west wing'. he isn't my favorite actor, but he IS
excellent in this tv series. i sure hope the 'new' guy has the
chemistry with the other actors that rob lowe seems to have.
Monday, August 05/2002 -- 10:48 PM
it was just a matter of time. but it looks like somebody finally
wrote a blogging tool in python. it's called kaa
and it's an early alpha at this point. i've got tkblog
pretty much where i want it, so i'm not likely to change, but
it's good to see the number of cross-platform applications
increasing. had i found this before i wrote mine, i would probably
have just added what i needed to kaa.
Sunday, August 04/2002 -- 10:26 PM
it looks like i have to write yet another utility that doesn't
exist anywhere on the internet. i went looking for a utility to
convert eudora's .mbx mailboxes to xml format. i expected to have
to choose between some substandard freeware and maybe a few
expensive shareware programs. there was a third possibility:
nothing. i can't believe i'm the first person to need it.
Sunday, August 04/2002 -- 01:55 PM
yahoo must be busy screwing over it's customer base. i got a
're-activate' message from them. i wasn't aware that it had been
Wednesday, July 31/2002 -- 02:03 PM
last night's 'the screensavers' ep. i think i'd question the verson
of the 'scientific method' that the 'doctor' (who was apparently an
astronomer) used when it came to dismissing crop circles.
yeah, yeah, there's a lot of hype because of the new movie coming
out. but he chalked it up as two guys in england with some boards
and a rope. that tlc ep hosted by judd nelson basically said the
same thing. neither one of them mentioned the actual evidence for
the circles that aren't hoaxed. why bother with the facts when you
can spew your opinion instead?
Monday, July 29/2002 -- 01:50 AM
here's an in-joke for Who fans (sing it in a low gruff voice)
"boris the SNORTER" another rock junkie bites it. joinin' his buddy
keith. i really wish there were an html tag for a yawn...
Thursday, July 25/2002 -- 08:29 PM
how many times has a web site advertised a product that you can
download to try as it's 'fully functional'. of course when you
download it and look at the docs, you're probably going to find the
word 'except' after those words. meaning of course that not only is
the software limited to 30 days, it's also NOT fully functional.
it's crippled. why not say the software is FREE? except charge $30
for it. i register a lot of programs, but if i can't fully evaulate
it, i usually toss it and try a competing product.
Thursday, July 25/2002 -- 12:14 PM
well it's been close to a year that a new version of pocketC
has been released. i usually try to at least update GEB to the new
release. and i've just gotten the NEXT new release of pocketC. so
if nothing else i will definitely crank out geb compiled with the
new version. but i'm still planning on cranking out a colour
version. i have a new strategy idea that will make a big difference
to the interface, but will increase the number of strategy
options. anybody who wants to discuss the changes, etc. can do so
in the forum on spleenboard...
Thursday, July 25/2002 -- 12:08 PM
here's a good example of why somebody at microsoft isn't the
sharpest knife in the drawer: their spam filters on hotmail are
pretty much useless. they now have a size limit on the mail space
you can have (they want you to pay for more drive space). why? so
it can fill up with more spam? solution: create a new account.
move over the addresses of anything important you might still be
getting. if your account is like mine, the email address is pretty
much useless. i think it's a sad state of affairs when you can no
longer sift through your spam account for anything that might be
legitimate because of too much spam :/
Tuesday, July 23/2002 -- 02:36 AM
i think i have a new favorite program. it's called treepad . the free version is a
great outliner, but the plus version is something i've been looking
to find for a long time. i can think of a dozen uses for it right
off the top of my head. as you can tell from the time, i'm still
fiddling with the program :)
Monday, July 22/2002 -- 03:25 PM
i think i've mentioned this before but i find it really annoying
when a company or software author abandons their product and
forgets to release the source code or make it freeware. my latest
beef is with 'ecco'. you can't buy it, you can't get support, and
the demo only lasts for 30 days.
Friday, July 19/2002 -- 11:21 AM
to the jpeg patent owners, here's your very own clue to keep: the
reason that jpeg is so popular is that the gif patent owners tried
the same thing.
Friday, July 19/2002 -- 01:04 AM
tkblog v2.01 has been released. it's in the downloads section.
you'll want to read the readme.doc file
Thursday, July 18/2002 -- 04:14 PM
tkblog v2.01 should be released later on tonight...i need to update the
docs with the new features first...
Thursday, July 18/2002 -- 02:32 PM
i think the the counter
guys are down...i guess i have to search for another free web
Wednesday, July 17/2002 -- 12:52 PM
looks like microsoft programmers are busy trying to break hotmail again.
Wednesday, July 17/2002 -- 12:51 PM
i'm thinking that maybe slashdot should have a special 'dead links'
page. that way, they can put all their dead links on that page,
and those of us who wanted to actually go to the link, could
avoid the disappointment. i can't believe that nobody at
slashdot has a dead link checker :/
Saturday, July 13/2002 -- 01:59 PM
the screensavers had
an interview with kevin
mitnick . it's too bad he's being made out to be a folk hero.
sure he was 'curious' and 'exposing' security flaws, etc. (ad
nauseum). they always forget to mention the credit card
numbers he stole. sure the U.S. governement DID go overboard and
tried to make an example out of him. i'm under the opinion that
hacking isn't all that serious a crime if there's no malicious
intent or damage. stealing credit card numbers is another matter.
Saturday, July 13/2002 -- 01:12 PM
jeez, here we go, another slashdot
article from somone (obviously a window's user) complaining
that linux isn't easy to use. NEWSFLASH: it isn't. linux is not for
window's users. window's users should NOT use linux. it's not
'easy' for them. they might have to read and learn. rather than go
through all of his points, i'll just say that a good beginner's
book will help....and maybe a google search.
Thursday, July 11/2002 -- 10:14 AM
it's really annoying to read/hear pro-windows people complain about
how much linux looks like the windows desktop. or when they
mis-list archive extensions. i'm referring to the letter in the may
20th issue of eweek . it was
clear he wasn't familiar with linux other than what he's read in
windows magazines. he assumed that the linux desktop was kde. and
he got a lot of the file extensions wrong. of course a google
search would have corrected the problem.
Tuesday, July 09/2002 -- 07:54 PM
my favorite cartoon character is bobby hill
Tuesday, July 09/2002 -- 10:32 AM
the most interesting item slashdot
l has posted in days (the coffepot computer) has a dead link.
some should offer to write them a dead link checker...
Monday, July 08/2002 -- 06:57 PM
i think i've settled on a msg board for the vented spleen...
Monday, July 08/2002 -- 01:50 PM
possibly the dumbest thing i've seen online is people listing their
mp3's. either what they have, or the winamp play list. who cares?
anybody who's searching for mp3's or goes to your website is
actually looking for the mp3. they don't care about your music
Tuesday, July 02/2002 -- 08:11 AM
the slashdot poll was interesting. i can't figure out how the
rolling stones didn't make the list of options but radiohead did.
of course they managed to include the over-rated u2. and of course
they completely missed T.REX
Sunday, June 30/2002 -- 06:26 PM
just in case anyone is wondering. these blog's (other than the
actual typing) take exactly two click to publish. one to fire
. and one click to publish.
Friday, June 28/2002 -- 11:05 AM
i don't know why people are going on and on about emusic.com . if you are into
that mp3 thing, then it's a good deal, but i just did 10 searches
of stuff i would be interested in, and each one came up empty. i'm
pretty sure i could do a few dozen more with the same result. maybe
in a few years they'll be up to speed...
Wednesday, June 26/2002 -- 09:00 PM
the g8 summit protesters on both sides of the border are hypocrits
in so many ways it takes a few minutes to list. if they sat down
and put any kind of thought into what they were doing, why they
were doing it, and HOW they were doing it, any of those with a
conscience at all would stay home. most fanatical groups are
hypocrits so i'm not really suprised at this bunch
Wednesday, June 26/2002 -- 03:41 PM
well that linux article on on msnbc wasn't too biased was it? hmmm,
let's see MSnbc and linux...obviously the author was paid
directly or indirecly by microsoft. as a 'senior producer' he
should know better. the almight dollar speaks again. is that
even real journalism? hey microsoft! linux is cutting into
your profits, we get it. it's still a better os than anything
you guys have produced so far.
Tuesday, June 25/2002 -- 07:58 PM
so npr. what can you say about a company that has absolutely nobody working
for it that has any common sense. well, STUPID comes to mind, just my
opinion of course <snrk>
Tuesday, June 25/2002 -- 01:30 PM
looks like hotmail programmers managed to break it for trillian again. opera of course, has had problems
with the hotmail 'standard' for a while now.
Monday, June 24/2002 -- 03:26 PM
jeez, the guys in
leoville sure get cranky if you try to help them. although i
suppose i'd get steamed too if i thought i was doing something
efficiently and shown that my efforts were really taking the long
way around. they're lettin' 'em on the that internet doohickie
thing younger and younger :/
Sunday, June 23/2002 -- 06:15 PM
i'm looking forward to getting up early and watching wimbledon this year. it's the
only sport i watch :)
Sunday, June 23/2002 -- 12:41 PM
i have to question the wisdom of the freshmeat staff allowing the posting of a linux virus
writing howto. i think any potential linux virus writers should
have to learn how to do it the hard way.
Thursday, June 20/2002 -- 04:32 PM
just relased the windows installer for tkblog v1.30 . i was using
installshield but the
setup was unecessarily complicated. i may end up going back to it
in the future. i was using installwizard
by digtalweb, but the 'freeware' version is really too
crippled to be useful. instead i used install wizard
v3.0. fairly intuitive, not crippled in anyway
Thursday, June 20/2002 -- 12:03 AM
american gods by neil gaiman right
now. great book. i've never read any of the
sandman so this is my first real intro into his writing.
Tuesday, June 18/2002 -- 02:30 PM
just released tkblog v1.30 on freshmeat. i haven't created the windows installer for this
version yet, but you only need the executable from the zip file.
i'm working on an more flexible archive setup. i'm open to ideas on
Sunday, June 16/2002 -- 05:34 PM
wow. i just read blogger
unofficial FAQ. if i ever needed proof that blogger.com is becoming
more braindead than it already is, that faq confirms it
Sunday, June 16/2002 -- 05:07 PM
more blogging stupidity. the site 'blog domains' (gah, i really have to add cut and paste to
tkblog) has five rules before you can list with them. brutal too.
they elimate the average home user. yet the 'goal' of the site is
to 'bring together the domains that that are only or mainly blogs'.
so it's not really a blogging web ring, but a blogging DOMAIN web
ring. subtle difference. one is useful, the other is restrictive to
the point of stupidity...
Sunday, June 16/2002 -- 04:27 PM
i've been surfing various blog pages for awhile. it really is
frustrating to see how many blogging programs/sites have specific
requirements out of the range of knowledge and/or ability of the
average computer user. tkblog doesn't. all it requires is that you
have ftp access to your web page from either linux or windows.
that's it. no xml, no php, no perl, no mysql, no need to memorize a
Sunday, June 16/2002 -- 04:02 PM
having typed all that, i realize that tkblog v1.25 has no cut and
paste feature. i'm not sure about cut, but it definitely needs a
paste. i'm not quite happy with the installer either. i've also got
a request to add an archive template. i've been holding off on the
archive thing, but i guess it's time to do it right...
Sunday, June 16/2002 -- 04:00 PM
maybe i'm slow, but i think i got lost six or seven clicks into
the weblogs.com site about
actually adding my blog to their site. i THINK i have to learn xml,
and then follow a few dozen rules they have. and THEN
maybe i'll get listed. i think...
Friday, June 14/2002 -- 06:43 PM
my isp was down for 4 hours. i wonder if they use microsoft
products for 'stability' :/
Thursday, June 13/2002 -- 09:51 AM
they found yet ANOTHER bug in IIs? ms needs to adopt some serious code
review policies. it's obvious they don't have any.
Wednesday, June 12/2002 -- 09:26 PM
so did i read that right? a certain 'chief software architect' (i
chuckle every time i read that title) basically says that the
U.S. government will pretty much topple if he has to release
source code? either somebody has gone completely insane, or he just
gave the U.S. government (et al) a good reason to switch over to
linux completely. maybe they need to have a few more ships dead in
the water before they do that...
Wednesday, June 12/2002 -- 09:23 PM
hopefully, when staroffice goes commercial (as i hear they're
planning to for version 6.0) they get a wake up call when
they lose their linux audience. i assume linux vendors AND users
will drop the product. i don't use it myself, but it was nice to
know there was a free alternative to ms office.
Tuesday, June 11/2002 -- 07:17 PM
i think all the time spent on creating the 'clever' cowboy neal options in
the slashdot polls over the course of a year, could be spent TAKING a
'cleverness 101' course.
Friday, June 07/2002 -- 10:15 PM
tkblog v1.25 has been released. avialable via the downloads link on the
left. but also on freshmeat. windows installer udpated.
Friday, June 07/2002 -- 02:48 PM
i really don't think any research was done with that 'opensource is
Friday, June 07/2002 -- 12:15 AM
i've got a question. is it possible to have a movie soundtrack that
DOESN'T include any rap tunes? just curious. at least with cd
players you can program around the rap crap.
Thursday, June 06/2002 -- 12:23 PM
heads up! another failed attempt at a clever slashdot poll....
Tuesday, June 04/2002 -- 12:52 PM
slashdot had an interesting poll about who you thought was the best
james bond. it's a given that they tainted the poll with the cowboy
neal stupidity. i'd be willing to bet that most voters can't figure
out why peter sellers is in the list, and i'd say that 99% of the
voters didn't even know who george lazenby is.
Tuesday, June 04/2002 -- 01:51 AM
the majority of microsoft's website is completely broken for opera
users. hey guys, html isn't all that hard to learn, i think you
even publish a book on it. check it out, you'll learn about
standards and stuff <snrk>
Sunday, June 02/2002 -- 01:36 AM
and somehow 'snowzone' was already taken as an alias. so the
postings from 'zinc alloy' are from me. that's an nick i used on
bbs's ages ago. one of my original nicks...
Saturday, June 01/2002 -- 03:20 AM
the hotmail programmers must be hard at work making sure that it
doesn't work with opera...seems like they've worked extra hard in
the last two weeks so that trillian only half works with hotmail.
Thursday, May 30/2002 -- 08:41 PM
so the winxpnews spam guys are at it again. another issue talking
about spam. i guess i should mention that i clicked on their
'unsubscribe' link a week or so ago. i didn't actually expect it to
work, but i thought i would give it a try.
Thursday, May 30/2002 -- 08:39 PM
newsflash: if you stop using outlook express, you can stop the
email macro viruses in their tracks. i can name half a dozen email
clients that are better than outlook express so you can't use the
'it's a good email client argument. get rid of cscript.exe and
wscript.exe, you don't need them, but the email macro viruses do.
if you really want to script gui programs, use
Monday, May 27/2002 -- 04:16 PM
i think i have a new favorite linux program. it's called 'worker'
and you can find it on freshmeat. it's a look/work alike of the
amiga's directory opus. which not only happens to be a great file
manager, but a good frontend to command line utilties. it's easily
better than any file manager currently available for linux right
Saturday, May 25/2002 -- 02:50 PM
i now have a response to my email about a 'certificate'. they want
to see this web page. i was pretty sure that i already provided
that information, but even if i didn't and i sent them a url, the
email exchange could go back and forth a few more times. i think
it's a few too many hoops to jump through just to get a
'certificate' for free software. they told me the software doesn't
expire (that's nice for free software :/). could be just the mood
i'm in but the email reply seemed rather 'rude'.
Saturday, May 25/2002 -- 03:20 AM
tried to get a 'certificate' for the software i'm using for the
spleenboard. you have to be non-commercial to use it. it's run on
my own machine with free software. i was refused because my isp is
commercial. i'm not sure there is ANY way to connect to the
internet without going through some commercial provider. at the
time i type this they haven't responded to my email outlining that
particicular conundrum. if i were the paranoid type i'd say they
just don't want to hand out any free 'certificates'. i WOULD be
interested to know though, how one can have a web page that isn't
hosted on a commercial server (ie. a company that wants to make
money). most isp's, and geocities, et al let you have a free
web page but you can't use it for commercial purposes. so the
company in question has really elevated the 'catch-22' situation to
new heights. joseph heller really coined a clever phrase. i like to
think of it with one simple word...stupidity.
Friday, May 24/2002 -- 01:38 PM
as i type this, doing a search of 'tkblog' pulls up three links on
google. the third link is useless, but the first two links are
from freshmeat. last night, no links came up.
Wednesday, May 22/2002 -- 03:01 PM
ok. here's how stupid SOMEBODY at aol is: you can sign up for a
screenname, so that you can use aim (aol's instant messaging
attempt). you automatically get an email address. and your aim
client will even check to see if you have email waiting. but you
can't read your aol email. you need to be a member. that's not
really a big deal, i can use it as my spam email address.
Tuesday, May 21/2002 -- 07:45 PM
i just typed in "vented spleen" (with quotes) into google. this
page is the sixth link. although i was disappointed to see another
vented spleen web page. i think i've had the name online (first via
bbs) since '93.
Tuesday, May 21/2002 -- 11:53 AM
slashdot polls are usually dumb enough, but now they've added an
extra twist of dumbness with the star wars theme. news flash
people: star wars (the whole thing) isn't very good sf. if L. ron
hubbard had written star wars it would get the proper attention it
Tuesday, May 21/2002 -- 01:20 AM
the tv show, "politically incorrect" is being cancelled. if i were
the paranoid type i'd say that someone in washington got to someone
at abc. i think what's more likely due to some braindead tv exec at
abc. and at least one guest tonight showed their ignorance when it
came to north american geography. not to mention any names, but she
was the loud mouthed one through most of the episode. if you saw
it, you know who i mean.
Monday, May 20/2002 -- 12:55 AM
so it was really the consipracy finale, and not an x-files finale.
i thought it was a bit anti-climactic, but i guess they had to save
something for the movie.
Saturday, May 18/2002 -- 02:48 PM
'attack of the clones' at the cannes film festival? i don't think so.
Friday, May 17/2002 -- 01:43 AM
windows 2000 decided to help me today. it must have thought that i
was spending way too much time on the computer, so it decided to
run explorer.exe using 99% of the cpu. that way i couldn't get any
work done. i thought that maybe the executable got corrupted, so i
grabbed the original off the cd and replaced it. nope. must be
something in the config. i kept my login barebones, nothing. i
created a new user login. same thing. i finally reinstalled
windows. windows (all versions) really are pieces of crap. if i
could get pocketC to run under linux/wine, i would never boot to
Thursday, May 16/2002 -- 01:10 AM
So when i submitted v1.13 of tkblog, i leaned a little heavily on a
key and accidentaly deleted one of the config options. tkblog v1.14
is now available. And as i type this i realize that i forgot to
update the readme.doc file. guess that will make it in the next
release. i'm already receiving some email on the program. looks
like others like a cross-platform, standalone blogging app...
Wednesday, May 15/2002 -- 01:33 AM
yup, i submitted tkblog v1.12 to over 50 sites and it had the wrong
executable in it. tkblog v1.13 fixed that, available via the 'downloads'
link on the left. didn't get any email on it yet, so i assume bloggers
prever the php/mysql way of doing it.
Tuesday, May 14/2002 -- 12:05 PM
got another spam from the winxpnews guys again. in it they mention
that they couldn't believe how bad the spam problem was. worth a
laugh. if they scratched they're collective heads long enough,
they'd figure out a way of reducing the spam by at least one
Saturday, May 11/2002 -- 02:41 PM
surfing the web on a cell phone is useless, and borders on
stupidty. it's just a money grab for the cell phone companies. for
me the only comfortable 'portable' web surfing would be with a pc
Thursday, May 09/2002 -- 06:06 PM
i think it's time for the eudora folks to add access to web based
email accounts. hotmail comes to mind, but there are plenty of
others out there. several third party pograms can do that already.
they could even be added as a plug-in. other than a scripting
language, that's about all eudora needs.
Wednesday, May 08/2002 -- 11:42 AM
this is funny. i got a spam today on my hotmail account from a
'winxpnews' newsletter. the topic: 'dealing with spam'.
Tuesday, May 07/2002 -- 04:15 PM
i had the opportunity to day to work with windows xp on a fairly
high-end system. i can officially report that it's as flakey as any
other version of windows. starting up windows explorer would fail,
and sometimes for no obvious reasons, xp would just
spontaneously reboot. so far the most stable version of
windows i've used is windows 2000 professional.
Monday, May 06/2002 -- 07:09 PM
this is probably not news, or suprising, but i seem to be unable to
find ANY link on the microsoft site to register software. this make
the microsoft site officially braindead. i shouldn't have to search
for a 'register' link on a vendors web site. unless microsoft is in
league with the post office and is forcing me to use a stamp to
send the registration card.
Saturday, May 04/2002 -- 09:34 PM
so it looks like techtv is butchering the ep's of the 'max
headroom' tv series. i don't know what they're reasoning is, but
it's probably money related. it's too bad that the almighty dollar
is the bottom line for tv networks.
Thursday, May 02/2002 -- 07:36 PM
could be techtv's chat is severly broken for opera users. not a big
suprise as they seem to push ie most of the time. newsflash
people: opera is faster, more secure, and more configurable than
Tuesday, April 30/2002 -- 11:50 AM
it looks like the canadian 'space' channel and the 'sci-fi' channel
in the U.S. completely missed the boat. techtv will be running the
entire 'max headroom' tv series. that series needs to be on dvd.
Monday, April 29/2002 -- 06:19 PM
i found a nasty bug in zonealarm a few weeks ago. but thanks to the help
with the guys from the grc newsgroups, i was able to get around it.
Sunday, April 28/2002 -- 03:22 PM
the yahoogroups 'edit my membership' option is so completely
braindead i'm suprised it hasn't collapsed under the weight of it's
Sunday, April 28/2002 -- 02:10 PM
i see that version 4 of the plan9 os was released. is anybody even using
that os for anything? hopefully it comes with a ton of documentation
because i don't see anything on the bookshelves covering it.
Sunday, April 28/2002 -- 02:39 AM
it's interesting that there's still no cross-platform, standalone
blogging application other than what i'm using right now. there
must be a lot of people that like working with php and mysql,
and/or blogging.com for their blogging. i didn't.
Friday, April 26/2002 -- 07:48 AM
so juliette lewis doesn't think it's a cult doe she? obviously
celebrity's get treated a lot different than us regular folk when
it come to cult activities. i would have thought she could have
gotten all that drug help from the betty ford center instead of
that xenu guy
Friday, April 26/2002 -- 07:11 AM
looks like slashdot actually tried to fix a dead link with an
explanation for opera users. it didn't work, but a nice try on
slashdot's part. time for web developers to see that opera really
is the best of the browsers and start catering to it more than they
have. writing html code following standards that have been already
set would be a good start.
Thursday, April 25/2002 -- 12:20 PM
hotmail is having severe problems today. over and above the usual:
spam filters being useless, only half working for opera users. some
options not working at all.
Tuesday, April 23/2002 -- 05:45 PM
i can't decide whether it's genius or sheer stupidity on the part
of tv network executives. i'm referring, of course, the the mtv
show 'the osbournes'. i haven't seen the show, but i've seen enough
interviews with ozzy to know that he's incablable of putting
together a coherent sentence. watching half an hour of that is
either going to be funny, or it's going go be very sad.
Tuesday, April 23/2002 -- 11:19 AM
seems to me there's an awful lot of software on freshmeat that's
pretty much useless as submitted. sourceforge has the same problem.
some projects are looking for developers but will clearly never get
off the ground. you can't wait form someone to help you with some
projects. you'll get results faster if you just finish up the
Monday, April 22/2002 -- 09:51 PM
i've got the elog program configured as far as i can without
actually changing the source. it's too bad it that it was vc++
source, i'd much rather use the standalone mingw32 compiler. i've
already got that installed for compiling vim and patches when they
Monday, April 22/2002 -- 06:08 PM
hmm, i really like that elog program. if i hadn't already written
the blog program i'm using to type this, i'd probably use elog. as
it is it can works as a message board for those that can't
configure a news reader
Monday, April 22/2002 -- 07:42 AM
'the lone gunmen' made slashdot...and as expected the usual round
of stupid postings followed it, with the original posting not
containing a spoiler. also, a half intelligent poll was ruined by
'cowboy neal' idiocy.
Monday, April 22/2002 -- 12:44 AM
kudos to chris carter for killing off 'the lone gunmen'. great way
to stick it to fox executives for their stupidy and narrow
sightedness. if he really wanted to make his point he'd kill off
mulder. then scully, then skinner, then take reyes and dogget out.
all in one fell swoop. of course, for those who like to hang on to
the hope that the lone gunmen aren't really dead should realize
that unless you see the bodies (as the audience) writers can bring
them back at any time.
Sunday, April 21/2002 -- 06:02 PM
so i finally find 'livesite 2.0' and it requires a resigration key
to use it for 'free' past 30 days. of course with the home page for
this software a dead link, the software is pretty much useless. it
reminds me why i don't use expireware even if i was going to
register a program. i always need 31 days
Sunday, April 21/2002 -- 05:41 PM
it looks like 'livesite 2.0' has disappeared from the web. i think
it's time to keep track of useful software that's going the way of
the dinosaur. a few weeks ago it was tuba (a debugger for tcl/tk)
but i finally tracked down a copy of it and made it available for
download (check the downloads link on the left. i've been clicking
on links for half an hour now looking for livesite 2.0. the
majority of the links point to the two dead links that were
home pages at one time.
Sunday, April 21/2002 -- 05:36 PM
tucows went from being a site where you could 'probably' find any
windows shareware/freeware software you wanted to what it is now:
a waste of web space. 'we couldn't find the software you were
looking for, but check out these great titles'. i think the turning
point was when you had to click half a dozen times just to get to a
Sunday, April 21/2002 -- 01:15 PM
it's come to my attention that some people don't even know what
blogging is. OR that it's popular on the web.
Friday, April 19/2002 -- 12:31 PM
just submitted tkblog101.zip to freshmeat. creating an account
on freshmeat is a little bit of a pain if you're using opera, and
you have to jump through a few hoops to submit an application.
Thursday, April 18/2002 -- 08:53 PM
as i type this robert blake is being '"cnn'd". i imagine that over the
next few hours, or days, you'll find out everything you ever wanted to
know about robert blake and his late wife via cnn :/
Thursday, April 18/2002 -- 02:17 PM
tkblog v1.01 is available for download.
you can also use the 'download' link on the left.
Thursday, April 18/2002 -- 01:54 PM
i wonder if anybody found any new IE bugs since my last blog :/
Thursday, April 18/2002 -- 10:36 AM
i'm still typing up the docs for my blog program. i'll try to have
it up before the end of the day.
Thursday, April 18/2002 -- 10:20 AM
using the 'back button' in IEis dangerous. who would have thought there was
yet ANOTHER bug in IE :/ best move i made was switching to opera
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:53 AM
below i've reposted old blogs from two different blogging programs. now
they are all in the new format...
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:48 AM
more dead links on slashdot again today...i can't believe nobody
over there is a programmer. probably a five minute programming job
would fix it...
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:47 AM
slashdot needs to check their links a little more closely. second
time this week they've had a dead link. maybe one of the slashdot
gurus could write a link checker program. that tests the links, and
either remove the article or the dead link when finding one. did i
mention that slashdot has one of the most useless account creation
setups i've seen?
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:47 AM
another day, and still no cross-platform blogging tool (other than
my own 'proof of concept' one). could be you just CAN'T do it
in python or java (the cross-platform wonder languages that they
are) and it can only be done in tcl/tk...
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:46 AM
with all the complaints about blogger.com stability. you'd think
more standalone blogging tools would be available. looks like
windows has one (blog v5.0) and linux still has none. there needs
to be a cross-platform standalone blogging application. i guess if
the python or java programmers can't do it, i'll rollup my sleeves
and write it in tcl/tk.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:46 AM
i think the slashdot poll really showed a good statistic sample of
os/2 usage. most people, including myself, are in the 'i used it
once' category. we're the people that left it after ibm dropped
the ball on it. the 3% that are still using it can probably be
lumped in with the amiga users. i owned both at one point. i used
both at one point. and i really liked both. still do. i wish both
would come back. i think i'm gonna have to stick to linux even
though it doesn't have any decent standalone blog software.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:45 AM
hmm, looks like there's no standalone (ie. server not required)
blog program for linux. looks like windows is the leader here :/
i'd even take one written in python or java.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:44 AM
my two favorite bots: 'son of whyachi' from 'battlebots' and
'razer' from 'robot wars'. sure would be interesting to see them
pitted against each other...
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:44 AM
just picked up a laser pointer at a local dollar store for $2.00
(canadian). it doesn't seem to work any different than the $70
models. came with the batteries also...
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:43 AM
if slashdot needs clever poll option. 'cowboy neal' isn't it.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:42 AM
i think yahoo groups setup is a bit braindead. i switched all of
my groups to my yahoo address...and then stopped getting any mail
from the groups.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:42 AM
how to be a linux guru: man man.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:42 AM
don't suggest a possible perl solution to a problem in #linuxhelp.
various nicks who don't like perl will complain.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:41 AM
i'm convinced that baggy pants make you stupid.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:41 AM
i put a small functional toolbar for X
in the downloads section you can see how to
change/adds things easily. i can also add an executable for windows users.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:40 AM
runbox decided to go pay. so out of the three 'free'
internet/email services i've tried (netzero, netforward, and
runbox) they all turned out to be duds. now i'm gonna get
email from runbox for ages telling me about the costs.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:39 AM
'download for FREE' one of the dumbest phrases i've ever run across. it
usually applies to shareware or 'free evaluation' software. and who
actually charges for a download?
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:38 AM
i think 'the west wing' should be at least 2 hours per episode.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:38 AM
spamcop.net. great idea, and then they killed it with a few dozen
rules. my choice between reading the 7 or 8 pages of rules and
just adding to my email filter was was an easy one to make.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:36 AM
python should be renamed to 'ostrich' for the obvious reason.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:36 AM
#linux, where only the ops can have opinions.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:35 AM
linux semantics: X, or xwindows, or X-windows, or x-windows or x Windows,
or x-Windows, or x wInDows, or x WiNdOws. i'm a linux user, wgaf
what it's called.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:35 AM
irc.prison.net is useless for people with full time connections
AND who like irc.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:34 AM
once again slashdot posters don't get it. i'm referring to the US
request for hackers. Message to hackers: get over yourself.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:33 AM
it's interesting that even though you can specify categories for
the ads in the sponsered version of opera, any kind of ad will
come up anyway. waste of code on the developers' part if it's not
used at all.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:32 AM
sure wish i could find whoever it is that pisses on the cornflakes
of the various ops on #linux. you know the ones i mean. rudest
bunch of feepers i've ever encountered online.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:31 AM
one of eminem's latest tunes is in bad need of a comma.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:31 AM
who would have thought that nena's tune might be partially responsible for
anything to do with the wtc attack. who's the bright light who came up
with that one?
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:30 AM
my pgp public key is available for anyone interested. left frame
near the bottom.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:30 AM
the 'cowboy neal' stuff got old on slashdot the second time they
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:27 AM
the hugo's were beset by a literary travesty. 'calculating god' by robert j. sawyer should have won,
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:26 AM
the guy who runs the grcsucks site, doesn't get it either.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:25 AM
jeez, you'd think i had nothing to say...well, locally Critical
Stupidity (you know them as Critical Mass, the bicycle hypocrits)
have been strangely silent this summer.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:23 AM
a lot of ranting against steve gibson. none of them with any facts
that i've read yet. everything he's said so far has been right on
the mark. his track record so far is better than his detractors .
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:22 AM
turns out the critics were wrong. AGAIN. 'planet of the apes'
pretty much blew away the competition.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:19 AM
the music to the new hyundai elantra gt commercial is 'i love to
boogie' by T.REX that makes
two T.REX songs to make it to car commericals.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:17 AM
i guess you can add the people at 'the register' to the list of
those who don't get it. i'm talking about their problem with steve
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:15 AM
ben affleck in rehab? who would have guessed a celebrity ended up
in rehab. too bad there were no html tags for a yawn. personally,
i think celebrity junkies should just od and save all that print
space and reading time.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:14 AM
i guess stem cell research isn't going to cure any deseases in the
united states any time soon is it?
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:11 AM
as an addendum to below: there ARE movies with plots. they're called
'chick flicks'. i generally prefer to
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:10 AM
slashdot reviewed 'planet of the apes'. i don't think the reviewer
'got it'. like 'jurassic park' (and sequels) the move was about the
sfx. anybody who thinks differently is going to be disappointed by
these movies time and time again.
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:08 AM
so who was that idiot that gave away the ending of the new 'planet
of the apes movie'? i wonder if he's proud of himself for getting
Wednesday, April 17/2002 -- 11:07 AM
i see that blogger is still broken, at least with opera. i think
have two accounts on there now i can't edit.
Tuesday, April 16/2002 -- 05:05 PM
the tentative name for my blogging program was 'blog' but i think
i'm going to have to rename it to avoid confusion with the windows
program of the same name. it's not fancy but it works fine. i will
put it up for download once i write up some documentation.
Tuesday, April 16/2002 -- 05:00 PM
this is the first post with the gui version of a cross-platform
standalone blogging application.
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