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Finally: The 1600-volt Compact Hairdryer
You have to love Amazon. They will sell you anything. Get them while they last ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:10 PM

Configuring the Synology DS1511+
My last post related the sad story of a dead HP MediaSmart Home Server. This time, I will relate the steps I took to configure the Synology DS1511+ for use. To avoid unnecessary typing, I recommend this post to provide the basic details. It is written for the older DS1010+, but the process is the same for the DS1511+. … OK, now that you have read that, I have different drives in my NAS so I had a different kind of problem. I chose to go with five Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA II drives (WD20EARS) ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2011 9:40 PM

Quieting Outlook 2010
I had an Outlook irritation that I resolved recently. I have many irritations with Outlook, but the one I fixed was some of the sounds it makes. Every time I viewed a new folder, it made an irritating noise. Every time I deleted an email or RSS item, it made a different irritating noise. With no program option available other than the new mail sound, I went into Control Panel | Sound | Sounds tab for some surgery. Scroll down the Program Events list until you get to the Microsoft Office section. ......

Posted On Sunday, April 10, 2011 8:36 AM

Black Friday
Retailers are desperate. Amazon has “leaked” their entire Black Friday movie deal schedule. More deals here. I have used their daily deal too ......

Posted On Sunday, November 21, 2010 8:02 PM

I Choose iNada
As a laptop and Kindle user, I have been looking at the usual cyclical Apple frenzy in the press with the same kind of amused tolerance I give my three-year-old son. They never seem to learn, and they keep repeating the same things. However when I read articles like this, I am reminded that that is not always the case. I am a happy user of a monster-sized HP HDX laptop, HP touch screen all-in-one system, and multi-screen Dell desktops at home as well as a HP business laptop at work. I have no iPod, ......

Posted On Saturday, April 3, 2010 9:43 AM

Blocking the "Green Meanie" Popup Ads
I am not sure why it took me so long to implement, but I finally had it with the Vibrant Media IntelliTXT in-line text advertising and their intrusive pop-ups. You have probably seen them yourself. They are the highlighted green words with a double underscore present in many news and blog pages. While they generate money for those sites, they are as irritating as hell, so I decided to remove them. I opened a web page which I knew would display the Vibrant advertising. A few seconds after the page ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 5:32 PM

Emergency Food Distribution
While walking a street in Old Town San Diego one evening after a busy day on a business trip, the scene below was one I just had to take a picture of with my phone. I am sure the church did not intend the juxtaposition... Maybe the trash truck crew had some fun though ......

Posted On Saturday, October 31, 2009 8:03 PM

I Was CompuServe 73700,3344
My first remote computer access outside my home was via CompuServe in 1985. I sat at my original IBM PC and connected via a Hayes Smartmodem 1200 to the service. I spent lots of geeky time sucking text through that modem and its replacements. I used CompuServe from all over the country as I traveled, and even internationally a few times. It worked great and kept down the long distance phone bills. Remember those? Back in the day, we had to call long distance to a company's bulletin board service ......

Posted On Saturday, July 4, 2009 4:28 PM


Wow.  Five years of posts.  Of course, the last eight months have been pretty empty, but I am starting a new WPF project at work that looks to be very interesting.  I hope to get back into the posting routine as the work evolves.  We are working on the design right now.  More to follow on that.

I may also be posting on management of a distributed software development team.

Posted On Saturday, March 21, 2009 6:01 PM

LCD Screen Drawings
My children's artwork adorns the walls of my house in several locations. It is regularly replaced with the most recent efforts, since the preschools seem to excel at a multitude of different craft projects. At home, we favor crayons and washable markers, but we keep close control of them. This evening my three-year-old decided to climb up Daddy's chair and get onto my desk. A ball point pen beckoned from a pen holder placed far from a child-accessible edge. The canvas -- two 19-inch LCD screens. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:59 PM

Tafiti Search
Microsoft announced the availability of a new Tafiti experimental search front-end based on Silverlight. I tried out the Halo 3 branded system, and it is visually very nice and functionally very smooth. However, as a search engine front-end, it is currently a failure. I sent the team the following feedback: Sorry guys, but I have to grade it as a complete failure. 1) You completely fail to operate under a common setting (popup blocker set at medium) in your own browser (IE7) 2) You cannot bypass ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 11:02 AM

Strange Amazon Connection
We got a very strange recommendation from Amazon for our four-year-old. We do not understand it either ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 7:33 PM

Merry Christmas: Santa's Goin' To Kokomo

Merry Christmas!

Mike Love's Santa's Goin' To Kokomo

Posted On Friday, December 22, 2006 8:27 AM

Google Code Search - Finding Source Code
Google Labs has come out with a new means to find source code online. Google Code Search is a feature that returns hits from within posted source code. It did not take long for me to ignore the main page and set the advanced search page as my shortcut. So far, it seems heavily weighted towards Java (not surprising), with less available from C-based sites. The results layout also needs more differentiation between each separate result -- things blend together too much. More to follow as I use the ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 6:09 PM

We Declare - 230 Years Ago
It was very bad 230+ years ago in North America. Compare the bulleted list to the news of today and see if our world really compares. Personally, I like the sentence below, in red, that after listing his errors, calls the King of England a Tyrant. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 4, 2006 7:23 AM

Comment Spam
I just got hit with dozens of spam comments from China.  Isn't there a newer version of .TEXT which provides better comment management?  A bulk delete capability would be awesome.

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 2:28 PM

New Dell Computer Crapware
Today I got to unpack and set up my new toy. After over five years of existing with the same old 1.1GHz P3, I finally got my brand new Dell XPS 400 -- Pentium D Dual Core 3GHz Processor 930, 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, 256MB nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX, and other toys -- Sweet! I plugged in two 19-inch LCD monitors that I had ready, fired it up, and promptly got deluged with the Dell advertising crapware. I had to read the startup configuration screen very closely to make sure I was not agreeing to AOL Broadband ......

Posted On Friday, June 2, 2006 9:12 PM

International Units Trivia
How many of the following 29 units have you never heard of before? The international system of units consists of a short list of base units defined in an absolute manner that does not refer to any other units. The base units are consistent with the part of the metric system called the MKS (meter-kilogram-second) system. meter for distance kilogram for mass second for time ampere for electric current kelvin for temperature mole for amount of substance candela for intensity of light Other international ......

Posted On Sunday, May 28, 2006 7:01 PM

Google Analytics
Update 1: For some reason, the data has stopped. I am tweaking things to see if I can get it to appear again. Update 2: Hmmm. It may not be me. The demand for Google Analytics surpassed even our highest expectations and as a result some customers may temporarily experience report-update delays. All data continues to be collected and no data has been lost. We are currently adding resources to ensure high-quality service. We apologize for any inconvenience. I have added the code for Google Analytics ......

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2005 9:58 AM

Google Zeitgeist
What is it? zeit·geist | Pronunciation: 'tsIt-"gIst, 'zIt | Function: noun | Etymology: German, from Zeit (time) + Geist (spirit) | Date: 1884 | Meaning: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era In Google's reality, it is a place where they list their most popular queries, or as they put it, "Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google". Check it out. Some interesting things pop up there ......

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2005 7:48 PM

Visiting Memory Lane
Today I did some long delayed work and started cleaning out our garage. I needed to free-up space, so I went about straightening up the scattered lumber and tossing out the old and broken things that I held on to for very good reasons -- I just cannot recall what they are now. One stack of boxes held all the old bits of computers that I have bought over the past 21 years. Some things brought a smile to my face. Here are some of the bits I came across. Remember these? CD caddy - These were how we ......

Posted On Sunday, April 9, 2006 6:55 PM

Blogiversary 2
Last year I had hoped to cover so much, but then real life entered the picture and intruded on my time. Two years ago, I started blogging on GWB, and continue, in the hobbyist mode. I support the family via my military job, but I still try to find the time to keep the updates to the EDR. It is a modest income to put against the credit card, but nothing to live by. I hope to get going on VS2005, EntLib, GAT and other neat stuff from Microsoft. We will see how the time is taken up through this coming ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:56 PM

Billion Dollar Idea Busted
The Smoking Gun has the goods on a would-be con artist and forger who was caught prior to trying to pass off $1,000,000,000 bills -- yes billion dollar bills. And they were supposedly from 1934 no less. The real hint that something is up, of course comes in the third page of the article. Note the purported date of issue of the supporting bank certificate and maybe you can see what one possible use of the bills could be ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 7:42 PM

Sinking Aircraft Carriers
Almost two years ago, I posted the answers to a private trivia challenge I was involved in. In the interim, the US Navy has intentionally sunk the ex-USS AMERICA (Hull #66). That ship was subject to a series of real-world tests you rarely get to do -- survivability of a modern aircraft carrier when hit with modern weapons. The details and results are classified, but in the end the ex-AMERICA slipped quietly beneath the surface having survived the weapons, but not the scuttling charges. Another carrier ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 5:06 PM

Sony DRM Defeated
Last time, Sony's DRM was defeated by a dark marking pen. This time it is a piece of tape. (Who knows, the pen may work as well.) A Gartner research post Sony BMG DRM a Public-Relations and Technology Failure describes the simple technique. They also sum up the music industry's efforts at implementing DRM quite eloquently. “Gartner believes that it will never achieve this goal as long as CDs must be playable by stand-alone CD players.” We have come full circle on this story and I am now ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 5:01 PM

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