I got tired of the Blackberry Storm. Honestly, I absolutely hated it. I wanted to load apps. It wanted to show off the spinning clock, drop calls, not ring, etc. But the Motorola DroidX is much better! If all you want is Facebook, it probably will work for you. It has a decent camera.
I got AndroidOS running on a Microsoft VM just for kicks. Pretty easy too. Though I have to admit, i didn’t really know what I was doing at the time. Plus, you can’t exactly make calls.
Recently there have been several cats which have received High School equivalency credits from online schools. It should be no surprise to you that these felines feigning education are just that, fraudulent. It is a terrible farce, really. One perpetuated by the owner themselves, no doubt. There will be no such attempt on my part. I graduated from the school of hard knocks, so to speak. My education comes from the world around me. It comes from the television which I spend many hours absorbing. It comes from the radio, which I listen to while my owner is in the shower. Very rarely, I might add. With the advent of the Internet the radio is less and less, though I hear it is much more popular in the car.
Please find the Guest Blog below. This was written by Charlie the Cat.
I am sure that you will find it strange that a marvelous animal such as myself would agree to compose a post on an unpopular blog such as this one. But fame and fortune have to start somewhere. And here we are. In some ways beggars can’t be choosers. I have been told to take what I can get, and really since there have been no tv deals or talk show appearances lined up, this is about it. I, being the cat living in the home of the blog owner’s mother, well, I guess that makes me his sibling. So I have a sense of entitlement posting here on his blog. He, understanding that I am most adored by his mother–he seems obliged to let me take a small portion of his cyberspace for my own use. Even as temporary as it is. Though we appear to be working on a contract deal where these posts could become more regular if I play my cards right. The owner has been notoriously absent the last couple of years. So in order to keep his little space alive I think that he may be quite motivated to let me eventually take it over. Perhaps I shouldn’t reveal this, though I think that the lack of subscribers poses very low risk: Cats will conquer the world someday, but we must be cautious that none find out.
I should probably take some time to tell you a little about myself. I am a cat. I like some of the usual things a cat does, but being as marvelous as I am, i do a majority of them much better than your average cat. That isn’t to say that I think of myself more highly than I ought to. I am quite down to earth. I just think that cats who spend much of their time on the ground are quite common. Personally I like to lounge around on a bed or in a chair rather than on the ground. The vantage point provides a sense that I have arrived, anyway.
My hobbies are numerous and my joys in life are many. Perhaps I will share some of them with you. But that will take time. Right now, I feel a nap coming on.
My garden is not doing real well this year. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say that. It isn’t doing very well for me. The rabbits seem quite pleased with it. Besides, If you are fond of weeds it is doing remarkably well in that category, too. Each morning I see the rabbits resting in the yard just outside of the garden fence, with their bellies full of my broccoli and beet greens. Lucky for me, they seem to keep their insatiable appetites far from my tomatoes. They don’t seem very fond of my cucumbers, either. But, then again, my wife isn’t really fond of the cucumbers.
No one on Earth is more ready or more normal. Just ask my monkey.
- The man in the Yellow Hat, Curious George
I’m not sure how it happened, but I ended up with quite a few songs in iTunes that were duplicates. Generally, I am never hurting for space on my 80 gb iPod. However, I really don’t like having duplicate songs, if I can help it. These were the exact same files, but with a ’1′ at the end of them, as if I had consolidated the library, and instead of deleting the duplicates, iTunes renamed them. I had been gradually going through each folder and getting rid of quite a few of them when I began searching for alternatives. I would click on ‘show duplicates’ within iTunes, open up a duplicate file within Explorer, sort by date modified, and manually delete the duplicate files.
I have decided that my Vista upgrade has been kind of like an episode of Scrubs. So here it is.
After 7 years, we finally decided to buy my wife a new computer. I couldn’t let my wife have the Vista OS, and still be stuck on Windows XP. So I took a crack at upgrading my computer to Vista. I was still using a computer that I built myself in 2000, so there wasn’t much chance of using too many of the same parts. Of course being the unselfish man that I am, I decided to set up her computer first. We bought a nice little Dell. I still like Dell. They make some good stuff, and their machines always have cool features that I appreciate. I am a sucker for a fairly solid little keyboard or a well crafted mouse. In this case, it was the notification within Windows that the audio port was unplugged. I know that it is silly, but it gives me a degree of satisfaction when I know whether or not my speakers are plugged in.
“Dr. Dorian, Do you not realize that you’re nothing more than a large pair of scrubs to me? For God’s sake, the only reason I carry this chart around is so I can pretend to remember your damn names.”
For me, I decided I would replace some components in my existing system and install a copy of Vista. One new motherboard, processor and power supply later and here I am. I have to say, so far so good. I only have has one minor problem so far. A PCI Communications Controller that wouldn’t install. This is when I begin to think, “Maybe I need a little Dell?”
There was quite a bit of discussion at our house about what type of hawk we saw in our yard this summer. My wife caught video of what we thought was a Goshawk or a Cooper’s Hawk. Either way it was a pretty big surprise to the mailman one weekday afternoon. So I took a portion of the video, posted it to YouTube, and blogged about it on August 7.
I got a comment this month on the YouTube post, regarding the video which indicated that this was, much to my surprise, a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. I’m inclined to agree with this The yellow coloring of the eyes, and the markings are consistent with everything I have read. We never saw the Red-tailed Hawk again, but if it ever comes back, there are more rabbits on which to feed.
There is a “hidden” DLL in the Windows 2003 Resource Kit called Acctinfo.dll which provides additional information from the MMC console within Active Directory Users and Computers. This dll needs to be registered on the system you are accessing Active Directory Users and Computers from, but allows you to see additional properties for users within the domain.
Once you download it or locate the file within the resource kit, run the following command on the machine from which you access Active Directory Users & Computers in order to register the dll.
regsvr32 C:\”path to the dll”\acctinfo.dll
Once you have registered the .dll, go to Active Directory Users and Computers and you will see a new Tab called “Additional Account Info” in the properties dialog for a user. In addition to useful information such as “Last Logon”, the SID and GUID are also listed. Also, the tab shows the last time the password was changed.
A practical application for disabling cookies on a site by site basis.
I use several sites for testing various parts of my web hosting configuration. However, I have been a little disillusioned lately because some of my favorite “free” services now want to charge a membership fee for access to very basic functions like WHOIS or reverse DNS lookup, tools that I use often. I appreciate their usefulness, and the fact that they are located outside of my domain, but I don’t use them often enough to justify a subscription. After all, once you set up DNS for hosting, the only other time you need it is probably going to be if it changes. With only 3 or 4 domains for which I manage DNS, I just don’t change things much.
I have just about had a credit card of some sort from the time I turned 18. Fortunately, I haven’t yet learned the hard way about traps in credit card fine print. I make sure I scrutinize the fine print. However, it may be difficult for that average person to know what to look for. Because the economy is slowly going downhill, and taking the housing market with it, I am working to pay down all of the unsecured debt that I have.
I think that everyone at some point in their lives longs to be a kid again. The older I get, the more I wonder whether or not I will forget riding my 3 speed bike all over town when I was a kid. No worries, no bills, no real responsibilities. No I have all of those. I go on vacations. I visit other states. I go to the beach.
There have been several reports recently about RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and its planned use in China by 2008 to regulate access to health care and education. There has also been discussion about a national ID card in the political campaigns of several of the presidential candidates. Fortunately, from what I understand, they aren’t talking about implanting chips, this would be a card one would carry to access governmental services.
Initial reports made this little endeavor seem like another way China is working to control the huge number of people in its populous. But that isn’t necessarily the case on closer inspection.
It isn’t lost on me that the holiday season is just a few months away! I really don’t know where the year, let alone the summer, has gone. Mainly, what reminds me that summer is nearing an end is seeing all the kids go back to school. Pretty soon we will be carving pumpkins and raking leaves. Then, it is Thanksgiving and you find yourself sitting at the table after dinner thining about all the Christmas shopping there is to be done. This year I’ll be looking for some good deals with CouponChief.
I take for granted the number of rechargeable batteries I use. Laptops, cordless tools, and toys for the little boy in my house. The rechargeable battery always wears out before the tool, especially when you purchase quality tools like the DeWalt drill I own. It has been going strong for several years now, even though I put it through the mill. So, I like to know that I can get the best price on Powertool Batteries when I need them, because there is nothing worse then when you are working on the house and have to stop what you are doing to recharge one of your tools. Extra batteries come in handy. At lowcostbatteries.com you can find these and most every battery available for all of your tools and portable electronic devices at discounts often above 40%. Also, for those of you who use Paypal, they accept Paypal for merchandise payment. Low shipping costs coupled with deep discounts are A+ in my book!
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Each year I plant flowers in our front yard only to have the rabbits come and gradually chew them down to the stump. Each year I complain as the ground squirrels dig tunnels through my landscaping. Over the past 5 years, I have gradually watched the population of each of these tiny little mammals grow to the yard’s capacity. Every year I do nothing. My neighbor battles each with BB gun and pitch fork, but they know him now. I am sure they have a network of lookouts who alert them when his car approaches the driveway.
But now we have a new neighbor. This neighbor works from home, sneaks in from above silently, and has better vision than I do. My wife and son caught our neighbor in our front yard. Check out the video.
…but you think you can ignore because you read this WSJ article.
I was simply amazed at the things recommended in the WSJ article. While they do list the cons and costs of such activity, there is a blatant disregard for security and the range of controls organizations now have in place. Fundamentally, whether you like it or not, it is almost certain that your computer activity either already is logged and that tools used to bypass controls in place at your workplace are easily detectable.
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