October 2005 Archives

Too Many Tabs

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Once again, I have way too many tabs open in Firefox, with 42 at the moment. I put my laptop to sleep at night and that lets me leave the browser open for when I come back in the morning. Unfortunately, that allows tab buildup, to the point where I don't even see the new tabs since they can't fit all on one screen. So, here's a few that I have open so I can finally close them.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

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When the time comes to change the clocks (today at 2am, it becomes 1am again, meaning an extra hour of sleep!), how many clocks do you have to change? It was always fun in the dorm room to see just how many clocks there were in that small space. I had my watch, xbox, clock radio, iPaq, laptop, desktop, microwave...my roommate had his clock radio, watch, tv, computer, and cell phone. That's 12! Sure, the computers and cell phone would update themselves, but it's pretty crazy how many things keep time in that small a space. And I'm sure I'm forgetting one or two. Later on I eventually got a pre-paid cell phone, so there's one more.
At home, in just the kitchen you can look down the line at the clocks on the stove, microwave, and clock radio, all within 10 feet of eachother. People loooove time. Or at the least, people love to add the ability to tell time to just about anything. How many widgets, docklets, gadgets, etc. for operating systems just tell time? It's crazy. And usually, there's already a nice little clock in some corner of the screen!

Friday Means Friday Music

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Ahh, Friday. Not like it's been a busy work week, but Friday does mean it's time for that special music playlist to be queued up and pumped out of iTunes. Ever since some point in college, myself and my roommate began a tradition of playing certain songs on Friday's, knowing that these songs were worthy of ushering in the weekend. A typical Friday Music session started off with War's Low Rider. Classic. These sessions usually started whenever one of us remembered to start playing them, either by screaming "ITS FRIDAAAAAAY" as we got back to the dorm, or remembering once we were both in the room and racing to start the music first. Other typical songs on the playlist:

Gadget Watch: Nokia 770

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I want one. I forget how I came across a site for it initially, but I've been keeping an eye out for this new gizmo from Nokia.

It's not a cell phone - you don't even have to pay monthly for it - it's just a simple wi-fi enabled "tablet". It has built in applications like a web browser, RSS reader, e-mail client, and the ability to add on lots of other apps. While the official Nokia page has been the same for the last few months with its "Coming Soon!" labels, several other sites have sprung up to cover this fledgling platform. Since the tablet is linux-based, the entire OS is very open for tinkering, and the tools for doing so are already available.

Kids nowadays...

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They get everything! I was in target today, and I see this:

A 1:6 Scale Chrysler 300M. Not only is it a huge remote-controlled car complete with "spinner rims" and "pulsating light-up interior", it also has an auxillary jack in the trunk so you can plug in your MP3 player of choice to play through the speakers that are in the car! When Iwas a kid, my remote controlled cars were the kind that went in a straight line, and then when you went in reverse, they veered to the left at the same time. That's how you turned. How, you have a $119.99 iPod jukebox with wheels!

It Came From IFILM

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While looking at video of the alleged new cohost of G4's Attack of the Show, I saw a few other short clips that were also in the playlist, including this one entitled "Spin". It's a great short, very well done and polished, and not what I thought it was going to be when it started. The thing about sites like IFILM is that you get sucked in and keep watching shorts that look cool and then half an hour has gone by. And now, take a look at a composite picture I just created! It explains how hurricanes can hear everything going on, and it's out for justice.

Obligatory Jack Thompson Post

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Since it's the hot-button topic of the week/month, I figured I'll jump into the frenzy! Jack Thompson is a "lawyer" who feels it is his mission in life to sue various parts of the gaming industry whenever it seems fit, or unfit. Recently, he made a "Modest Proposal" for a video game where a character went and did stuff similar to the games he was suing people over, except the targets in the games were the heads of these game companies. He states that if someone makes this game, he'll donate $10,000 to charity. Of course, people go ahead and make the game using a variety of medium ranging from text-adventure to game mod, and Thompson comes back to say he was just kidding. As a kicker, Penny Arcade hold Thompson to his word, and donate $10,000 of their own to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation. Hilarity Ensues!

First Post!

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I figure it's about time I create/use one of these blog things. What will it be about? I have no idea. Computers? Obvious choice. I might just use this as a place to post links that I want to keep track of, instead of just littering my desktop with links.

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