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Friday, July 11, 2003

Movie line of the week answer - [10:15 AM]

Hudson Hawk Movie PosterYesterday's movie line was a HUGE success! We got one answer, one lovely correct answer to boot!

Congratulations Steven Vore, A.K.A. Mr. Movie Line.

Hudson Hawk

I kinda figured it would be a horrible flop because I'd been on vacation and because it wasn't exactly a popular movie. Thanks for playing Steven, come back and play next week. Of course Steven dropped a hint and I continued the thread, but that wouldn't get most folks there.

I still say it's a great film.
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Thursday, July 10, 2003

Outlook 2003 - [4:38 PM]

I have an old PII-266 sitting on my desktop that I use for e-mail outside of work, blogging, general surfing, and IM'img. It works just fine for stuff like that. It's not killer fast but manages to get the job done. Yesterday I decided to do something kinda weird because I wanted to try out NewsGator so I installed the Outlook 2003 Beta.

Once it was installed I got it configured to get my crabapples and hotmail e-mail then I immediately grabbed NewsGator to give it a look. I've been using SharpReader for a while now and I've fallen in love with it BUT NewsGator gives me the integration I drool over. One smart client gathering all kinds of data from different sources and presenting it in a way I like... Ok, I'm getting sidetracked here...

The thing I wanted to say about Outlook 2003 is the SPAM filtering is absolutely amazing! Most of the crap I've been complaining about getting on a daily basis, you know the offers to increase the size of a certain part of your anatomy, have completely disappeared from both my crabapples and hotmail inboxes. GREAT JOB GUYS!

It'll be worth an upgrade JUST FOR THAT alone IMHO.

Have I ever mentioned I hate SPAM?
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Or would you rather be a... - [3:28 PM]

"A pig is an animal with dirt on his face,
his shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food,
he's fat and lazy and extremely rude

But if you don't care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig"

Encouraged by Steven Vore, voiced by Bing Crosby.
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XBox as a PC? - [12:40 PM]

NY Times: "Andrew Huang, author of a hacking book, says the Xbox, if modified, can be 'the cheapest computer you can get.'" - I wondered how long it would take before someone did something like this. I'm sure it's been going on for some time, but now we can read about it. Very, very, interesting. Need a farm of servers? There ya go...
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Movie line of the week - [11:14 AM]

And.... ACTION!It's been a long time since we've had a M.L.O.T.W. This morning has been a bit hectic so I'm just now getting around to posting it, so are ya'll ready?

Here it is...

History! Tradition! Culture! Are not concepts! These are trophies I keep in my den as paperweights!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here. This is from a movie that didn't do so well at the box office, but I absolutely loved it! My lovely wife recently bought it for me on DVD so I had to share a line from it. Happy guessing!
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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Random Potter Pic - [3:31 PM]

Journey beyond you imagination

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Weird coincidence... - [9:56 AM]

Steven Vore: "I'd rather spend 30 minutes with my aggregator than wandering the "dial" in search of ... " - I was thinking this very thing this morning when I saw a commercial for some new reality show. TV is total crap. Before you know it we'll be watching some new reality show that has cameras following around prostitutes on the street showing their daily life as it happens, oh wait.... we already have that with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette...

The only thing worth watching on TV any more is Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter.
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Another client option? - [9:44 AM]

Rodent Regatta: "Today I downloaded Zempt 0.3 and this is the first entry that I've done from it. We'll see how this goes." - Zempt looks like another good client option if you're using Movable Type, what about compatible systems? I've been using PowerBlog and I couldn't be more pleased with it. It's just a pretty client on top of three different posting mechanisms; PowerBlog native FTP, Blogger API, and the MetaWeblog API. I've used it to successfully post to this blog, which is a Blogger based blog (I have to add a title later using the Blogger PRO API, one drawback but that's not PowerBlog's problem), I was able to successfully post to my Radio UserLand blog with it, and finally I use the PowerBlog native FTP support to manage my other blog.

The reason I'm mentioning this is because Jon announced in the middle of June that the PowerBlog client is now free!

I also noticed this morning that PowerBlog 2.0 will support the new Echo API, sweet! Way to go Jon!
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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Leaving California? - [3:46 PM]

Scott Rosenberg: "There is an unfolding story in California that your newspaper will typically cover as two separate stories." - I'm glad Scott is paying attention to these stories and making the connection between the two. California is a great place to live, no doubt about that. What can I say, it's the sunshine. Like a lot of Californians today I'm a bit put out with our state governments complete failure. They've let down the entire state and in the end it's going to bite them in more ways then one. Taxes will probably go through the roof and more and more services will be cut. My wife works for a local school district and they're feeling the pressure. Teaching positions have been cut which means more students per class and more folks in the unemployment line. We have to make up for our mounting debt so we have to raise taxes. Taxes that go to pay for services we overpaid for in the first place, services that are now insufficient. The snowball is just beginning to roll down the hill, it'll pick up steam. People and businesses will be forced to leave the state which will cause it to pick up more momentum, you see where I'm heading. In the end it's all bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

Folks are starting to leave California. For me the idea is a painful one, but one worth considering. I know I don't want to move back to Washington state, too dreary, but I'm not sure where to go. My wife and I have talked about southern Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, and Texas. I'd also like to consider Nevada but Las Vegas doesn't thrill Kim.

Leaving would be a tough call, but the state of the state may dictate our decision.
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More on UserLand - [10:00 AM]

Scripting News: "To everyone who sent email yesterday offering to help UserLand, thank you, from the bottom of my heart." - I really hope this all works out for UserLand as well as their users. Over the past couple of years there's been a big push on Radio but I think Manila is still the stuff, especially for companies, or schools, interested in publishing weblogs. Check out the Kern County Superintendent of Schools web site, it's all Manila.
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Monday, July 07, 2003

More pingie-dingie - [4:50 PM]

Rodent Regatta: "Now comes BlogChatter. I'm in, but I'm not sure why I'm in. Chris Pirillo said he couldn't tear himself away from it, so I figure it must be worthwhile." - I checked out the site to see what the deal was and discovered it's just another Weblogs style ping endpoint.

So.... I tried CheezyPing on it, and it seems to work just fine. Here's a sample command line to make it work...

czp.exe -s"Your site name goes here" -u"" -p""

The -p parameter is the endpoint, that's the important part of the equation. Replace the -s parameter with your site name and the -u with the URL to your site.
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A Coffee Story - [4:12 PM]

NY Times: "Not long ago, coffee fanatics were thrilled to be within walking distance of fresh cappuccino." - In our household I'm the king of the espresso machine. I've spoiled my wife, and myself, to our own home pulled shots of Mukilteo Coffee Company's Monorail Blend. (Call and ask for it if you want to try it, it's not on the web site.)

At times it's tough being a coffee snob.
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Surprise, surprise, surprise! - [3:13 PM]

Scripting News: "We weren't ready to announce, John surprised us by writing about his departure on his weblog." - Are you trying to read the 'tea leaves' like me? News leaked, John Robb's weblog is history, and Dave is giving us some tidbits of info. Maybe someone bought the Frontier engine, I don't think folks realize how powerful it is. I've talked about it before but it's worth mentioning again. It would make a wonderful component for a larger publishing system. The guts of Manila and Radio are built on it. If it WAS sold then congratulations to whoever snatched it up, you got a great building block IMHO.
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Real talk - [2:25 PM]

Chris Brumme: "Having said all that, CLR reliability in V1 and V1.1 still falls far short of where we would like it to be. " - The more I read this site the more I love it. Why? The talk is real and we need more of that. This post in particular is very real, there's no marketing fluff, no ra-ra-zis-boom-bah-go-Microsoft, it's just a guy working on something he's passionate about sharing his concerns and what he's learned. If you have the time read the entire post, it's worth it.
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Add to the must read list - [12:07 PM]

My wife is a big Stephen King fan. When he did his online serial, The Plant, she was a big supporter of it, she was one of those that sent in her share of money plus enough to cover someone else. She has most of his books in hardback form and even has all of The Green Mile serial books. I'm sure she'll be happy to know that book five in The Dark Tower series is ready and will be hitting the shelves in November.

Think of it as King's version of The Lord of the Rings.
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Back in the saddle! - [9:42 AM]

Ride 'em cowboy!Howdy pardner! Last night I felt kinda bummed about coming back to work, but now that I'm here I'm feeling kinda charged up! I have what appears to be a nasty bug to investigate this morning and I'm actually excited about the prospect of digging around to find it. Sweet! That's what vacations are all about, re-charge those batteries.

Since yesterday was my last vacation day I sat around and did nothing, nada, zip, zilch. That also meant I didn't read any more of Order of the Phoenix like I should have. I managed to pound out about 100 pages on Saturday night before getting so bleary eyed I had to go to bed. I can't begin to describe how different this book is from the first four. It's so dark and Harry is tough to take at times. I find myself wishing Ron or Hermione would slap him across the face and say "Wake up, it's not all about you!"

I know my wife didn't like it as much as she did the others. The biggest problem she saw with it was Harry's incessant whining. It does grow old, but you have to remember he comes from a broken family. Like many kids from broken homes he's having trouble with his teenage years. Anywho... enough about that, I could go on all day about the book. It's different, but very good in my humble opinion. We're getting into the heart of things. I do hope in the next two Harry figures out his role vs. Voldemort. (Maybe he does in this one, since I'm not at the end yet?)

My favorite book is still Prisoner of Azkaban, followed closely by Goblet of Fire.
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