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Friday, February 01, 2002

[4:58 PM]
Old Houses...

I've mentioned here before that we have an old house. It's really nice, but it's old and needs some T.L.C. So today I had to bail outta work early so I could fix the toilet that busted. Since it is an old house I had to have someone from the city come out and turn off the water. What a pain in the butt! So I get home check the water, it's off! Great! Get upstairs and start replacing the parts that need replacing. Hmmmm this needs plumbers putty. Right! So I run downstairs to find it. After 10 very frustrating minutes of looking I give up. Ok.... Run downtown and get plumbers putty. Got it. Zip back home and put on the fittings. Done! Now call the city so their guy can come back out and turn the water back on. While I'm waiting outside I decide to look in the water box to see what kind of tool they need to turn the water back on and I couldn't even find a place to do it. I step back inside the fence and what do I find! A valve... with a handle that I can twist. DOH!
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[10:41 AM]
Too funny!

Soon London is going to be a giant trailer park! Via BlogDex.
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[8:40 AM]

Happy Birthday!

Today this blog is one year old! Yee-Haw! Here's what I wrote a year ago to kick things off. I've learned a LOT about blogging, the tools behind it, and the web in general. On that day if you said I'd actually know how to edit and change HTML I'd have laughed in your face. It wasn't because I couldn't, it was because I didn't feel the need to. It just didn't seem relative to my day-to-day life. Today I'm messin' around with all kinds of web based stuff. This discussion REALLY applied to me before the birth of this blog. So Happy Birthday At the Core! Here's to the future!

Movie line of the day answer

I had two winners yesterday! Adam Vandenberg and Alwin Hawkins correctly guessed Ghostbusters! The line comes fairly early in the movie when the guys are checking out the New York City Public Library. Congratulations guys... sorry I don't have any cash or prizes for you. I will give you my whole-hearted thanks for playing!
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Thursday, January 31, 2002

[11:15 PM]
Kim Fahrni: "Rob is staring at me with that RABID look of a junkie needing his fix!" - My wife the comedian...
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[4:24 PM]

Any questions? I didn't think so...



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[2:41 PM]
Interesting...

Joel on Software: "When software companies say that 'their capital assets go home every night', they are serious. Dead serious." - The product Joel is referring to seems cool, but I was taken aback by what Quark did to it's developers. We have an ex-Quark guy working on Visio and he said it wasn't a great experience. What the heck is up with those guys?
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[12:18 PM]
The switch has occured...

Well at least the DNS update has trickled out to my ISP's box.

So how do I get one?

These are prettly cool little characters. Kinda like the stortroopers, only you can't make them! You're selected by the sites owner to get one, so my question is how can I get one? Guess I'm gonna have to throw a new picture of myself up here and hope he discovers this site!
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[8:37 AM]

Good Mornin'

Here's a fresh cuppa Joe to start your morning! Ahhhhhh...

Movie line of the week

Are you ready? Here it is....
Listen? You smell something?
Ok quick! What movie! Send your guesses here. And as always I promise NOT to share your e-mail address with anyone!

Site News

Well last night I finally got around to moving my domain to it's new home. I'm not sure how long it's going to take to filter through the "system" but I'm hoping to update both locations for a few days anyway. If you visit here and don't see an update for a couple of days that may be why!

So why the move? Well back in late September I started down the road of creating a blogging service with a couple of friends, namely Bloghouse. That fell apart and the server I purchased has been hosting a couple of Richard's sites and my latest site, but nothing else. So I finally decided it was time to get Crabapples.NET moved over and make use of the hardware. It's not because I'm unhappy with Sierra Tel Internet, no sir. They've been a wonderful host. It's just time I made use of my hardware sitting at ValleyComputer.Net! Daved and the gang are really helpful and would probably love to have your business, that is if you need someone to host a domain or co-loc?

So how will you know the switch has happened? Well hopefully you won't! If I do my "job" right you won't notice a difference, it'll just be like it always was! One way to tell however is to go to http://rob.crabapples.net/, if you see this page with my ugly face on it then your DNS server has updated. The old site doesn't have that sub-domain! As it stands this morning I still see the old site.

Googlewacking

My report yesterday of a successful Googlewack was not valid! Visio doesn't qualify, DARN! So last night while I was moving the domain over I was talking to Richard and Justin about it and they did find a true Googlewack!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002

[4:25 PM]
Googlewacking, BINGO!

My friend Dan up in Seattle just went Googlewacking and found a hit! His search criteria 'visio proctology'. Nice Dan. At least I think it's a valid Googlewack????
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[12:05 PM]
Old friends

Just had a plesant conversation with an old Visio buddy. Mr. Chris Roth parted Microsoft shortly after the acquisition and has been doing Visio freelance work off and on ever since. Now he's shacked up with some ex-Visio'ites working on another type of drawing package, one written entirely in Java! Ooooooo, Ahhhhhh, Ohhhhhh. The company is called W-Factor. Roth is a talented artist and must be doing some graphics for W-Factors new product. Here's a Roth creation, the Visio for the Macintosh splash screen.

Too bad it never saw the light of day, what a shame. Visio is such a perfect application for the Mac.
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[9:20 AM]
Mornin' Y'All

If you live in Visalia I'd strongly recommend showing up at the Orosco Project hearing February 19th to voice your opinions. Personally I hate the idea of yet another strip mall in Visalia so if I lived here you can bet I'd be there. Here's a full article from the Valley Voice on the matter.

Here are some of the reasons I oppose this project, pulled right from the article.

  • "The letter from project manager Dave Harris says they fear a of glut of property and vacant retail space. M and H offers a chart of what happened in Fresno on Mooney's clone - Blackstone north of Ashlan when a major retail complex like River Park comes in. The list shows some 344,700 sq. ft. of vacant retail space on the strip north of Ashlan." - Blackstone is the ugliest place in Fresno. A road that runs on forever and ever and ever. Filled with mini-malls. Ick! Visalia's Mooney Blvd isn't far behind.

  • "...we have absorbed only 500,000 sq. ft. in the past 10 years and currently have 1.3 million sq. ft. available or buildable." - Translation: We don't need more retail space! Building a new strip mall only encourages stores to move to the newer area which causes old areas to decay, that's not a good thing.

  • "...there are some 200,000 sq. ft. of space available at the Visalia Marketplace shopping center occupied by Kmart and Albertsons." - Build this location out! Why not it has great freeway access and there's an existing infrastructure. Perfect!


So if you value Visalia I'd recommend you attend the meeting and voice your opinion, for or against you have a say in the matter. Remember the city's officials are here to serve you the community.

J#

So has anyone been using J#? If you have drop me a line and tell me what you think about it. I've been messin' with C# lately and it's sure is easy to develop with. The only hurdle for most folks going forward is going to be the CLR. What do I mean? Well I mean it's going to take time to get used to all the Objects exposed by the CLR. There's a ton of it there!

NeXT?

Anyone know where I can get a copy of NextStep/OpenStep that'll run on older 68030 based NeXT boxes? I have an old pizza box and cube I'd like to fire up for kicks so I thought I'd try to get an update to the OS as well. Let me know if you have a copy you want to get rid of. Thanks!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

[3:56 PM]
Ooooo, Ahhhhh, Ohhhhh
Hey Hon???

Since my wife really doesn't want me to buy a Macintosh maybe she'll let me get one of these? Here's a blurb from SGI's site...

The new Silicon Graphics Fuel visual workstation maximizes the performance of your desktop applications while offering you unprecedented price/performance value.
Ya I'll bet it maximizes performance!
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[1:44 PM]
Database stuff

Has anyone ever heard of the Associative Model of Data™? Apparently it's a new database technology that can allow your database to change in way not previously possible. Maybe that's not entirely true but it's supposed to cut down on re-coding of apps when the database changes. Fact or fiction? You decide!
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[8:38 AM]
Brrrrrrrr

Yesterday afternoon my youngest daughter and I caught Harry Potter again. After the movie we headed over to grandma's house to help her with her computer. She'd lost her "Quick Launch" bar so we put it back for her and added a folder to her desktop to help her find her downloaded stuff. We'd heard that there was a chance of snow here in the valley but I really didn't think too much about it. Tater was excited about the prospect. She's been hoping for snow since late November, that's about when we'd get our first snow in Washington every year, but it didn't work out this year. The San Joaquin Valley just isn't a snow type of place. It gets over 100 degrees here in the summer and our over night low might slip below 32 for a week or so but for the most part our weather is very mild. So anywho... We finished up at grandma's house around 7:00 and walked out side only to find a thin layer of slushy snow on top of the cars. it made for an interesting and hopeful evening. It's really quite wonderful to wake to a blanket of snow on everything. But that didn't happen.

Ouch!

CNet News: "Earnings alert: AT&T Wireless posts loss" - I have a good friend that works for AT&T Wireless. I certainly hope this doesn't mean anything bad for him. On the other hand I have to remind myself that CNet has a way of making everything look hopeless. Ya know like the report on Microsoft after we'd posted record numbers, ohhhhh the sky is falling, the sky is falling! I remember all the hype surrounding AWE when they went public. My friend said he had people that worked for him taking out loans and had heard of employees getting second mortgages to purchase stock! Yikes! The stock started life at $27.30 now look where it is.

Hello??? Is anyone home?

Cass McNutt has fallen silent.
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Monday, January 28, 2002

[12:20 PM]
AlterCast: New Adobe server product

CNet News: "Graphics software leader Adobe Systems begins its bid to expand into the server market with the release Monday of AlterCast, software that manages the presentation and manipulation of images throughout a business." - So my question is who's going to hook Radio and Manila up to this bugger? Any takers.... During my time between employment at Visio I worked for the Document Management group at Frame. The day I started Frame sold to Adobe who decided they didn't want to be in the server software business and promptly laid off the entire group. So it looks like they've come full circle, back to the server. Interesting, very interesting.
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[9:25 AM]
Bull crap!

People just don't get it do they. I hate reading comments like this "A number of major software companies, such as Microsoft, oppose the GPL due to its open nature." [via InfoWorld] Why you say? Well because it's not true. We don't oppose it because it's open, no sir. We oppose it because if you use it you are REQUIRED to make your code public. So how "open" is source released under the GPL? Not very if you ask me. It has restrictions, handcuffs if you will. You're penalized if you choose to use it. Why not truly open it? Leave it up to the vendor to open their software IF THEY WANT.
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[8:39 AM]
Zeldman??

Cover picture of Jeffrey Zeldman's Taking Your Talent to the Web.Last night Jeffrey Zeldman invaded my dreams. it goes something like this...

Kim and I are sitting in our apartment watching people outside stroll down the busy New York sidewalk. We're looking out the window with the fire escape when we notice a couple of guys coming up the ladder. They get our window and I recognize Mr. Zeldman, but not the other gentleman. We invite them in and start chatting. He notices I have his book sitting on the coffee table and I ask if he would mind signing it for me. His reply is "I'll sign your book for you if you can tell me why you bought it?" My reason for buying books is always the same so I answer back "If I'm having a problem with something I'll go to the bookstore thumb through a bunch of books on the subject and buy the one that looks like it'll answer my question." So he signs the book and my alarm clock goes off and wakes me up!

Funny how that happens. I've been working on a redesign for this site here and there, whenever I get a chance. That usually translates to after 10:00 at night when the house gets quiet. Last night I was messing with the new design trying to figure out how to place boxes at various different locations on the page. See I'd really like to get rid of the tables on my page by using different design elements but I'm really struggling. I'd still like the same sort of behavior I have today with my tables, but I'd rather use XHTML and CSS for my layout. I'm finding it's easier to create a COM component in C++ than it is to design a new web page. If I had some spare cash just falling outta my pocket I'd hire someone that knew what they were doing and call it a day, but that's just not the case.

So was my dream trying to tell me something? Should I run out and buy Zeldman's book; Taking Your Talent to the Web??? Maybe, just maybe...

If only...

I've heard rumor we're going to get high speed internet from our cable company within the next month or so! That's very, very exciting! I certainly hope the rumor is not just that, rumor. We've cancelled our subscription to DirectTV and are patiently awaiting a broadband internet solution. I don't know about you but I'd much rather have a high speed internet connection than HBO or Showtime or Cinemax or.... well you get the picture. Scoble has recently subscribed to a new ISP that is awesome! With deals like this it's no wonder they're thriving. I'll be our new service is going to be totally primitive and expensive, that's ok though. Hopefully other ISP's will come to know the value of deals that have made Sonic.NET so popular.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002

[11:55 AM]
Weekend sport report

Well we had mixed results this weekend for the girls games. The Liberty (3rd-5th grade girls) lost a tough game. The game started at 8AM and I don't think they were awake and ready to play. Our team was down 14-2 going into the fourth quarter. That didn't hold them down however! They managed to come back and make the game interesting losing 18-12. These girls just don't give up, that's something all coaches dream about in their players. The Liberty are now 1-2, they'll win more than they lose this season. They're very good.

The Rockers (6th-8th grade girls) squeeked out a 26-23 win after entering the fourth quarter with a 24-15 lead! We just couldn't put the ball in the hoop, not for a lack of shots! The girls would throw up a shot, get the rebound, put it back up, get a rebound, and finally not get the rebound and the other team would go down the court and score. It's engough to drive a coach nuts! The girls played a great game. They're now 2-1.

Site re-design

I've been trying to find some time to re-design this site to be completely CSS compliant. No more tables! I've been messing with it as much as I can and I have a new design in mind. Hopefully I'll be able to get it up and running soon. I'm also going to switch to Radio when that happens. My only question about the new Radio is can I post to this URL and not my Radio community URL? I think I can, but I'm not sure. There's SO MUCH POWER in Radio I know I've only scratched the surface. I'm really looking forward to the switch.
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