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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Free SP2 Antivirus? - [10:07 AM]

Scobleizer: "By the way, if you want a firewall that'll block things coming from inside your computer you can download one from microsoft.com/protect (look for the Computer Associates anti-virus/firewall package -- there's a 12-months-for-free version on that site that I'm using on one of my computers)." - Robert points out the free anti-virus/firewall software offered through CA. I decided to take advantage of the offer when I installed SP2 last Sunday. I was supposed to receive something via e-mail that would allow me to download/install it, but it never came. Anyone else have this problem?
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Friday, August 20, 2004

Advice to a friend - [11:19 AM]

Rodent Regatta: "This weblog has too many problems and they are mounting. I get valuable advice from readers. Unfortunately, I find myself not knowing enough to even understand the advice I'm getting." - Steve, I read your site daily and I love it. With that said I've been in the exact position your find yourself in today. Frustrated with web design. It's NOT easy, it's not for a casual user of web technology. Honestly, it's harder than writing a Win32/C++/COM application, really it is! I say take a break, forget about how your site looks, I think it looks great BTW, go have some ice cream, sit under a shady tree and read a book. Your site isn't worth worrying about, IMHO.

The sad thing about all this web stuff is it's difficult for the common user to get correct AND it's much worse in the end than a Word document. Basically web pages are really stoopid word processing documents. Lame formatting, cryptic 'codes', you name it.

I guess that's why we have web designers.

In the end Steven, I don't care how your site looks, I read for the content.
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Movie line of the week answer - [10:56 AM]

I guess folks were watching this flick last Sunday evening along with me. We had a few guessers, all correct.

UPDATE: I stand corrected! Rick was second, Bill Lazar was our winner!!!

Our big winner is Mr. Rick Wolf, former Visio'ite and all around good fella. He's Italian so he was destined to be the winner.

The correct answer is...


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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Localizing product ain't so easy... - [12:37 PM]

CNet News: "Microsoft's lack of multicultural savvy cost the Redmond behemoth millions of dollars, according to a company executive. " - I don't remember which version of Visio it was, but we shipped some maps that offended folks at one time. It's not an easy thing to get right, trust me. The CNet headline makes it sound like it should be a walk in the park.
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Movie line of the week - [10:04 AM]

Hot buttered popcorn and a movie, ahhh!The stuff is starting to hit the fan here a PFI. So here's a quick and dirty movie line.

Ready, set, guess...

Actor #1: It is possible that the two utes...
Actor #2: ...Ah, the two what? Uh... uh, what was that word?
Actor #1: Uh... what word?
Actor #2: Two what?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Sunday, August 15, 2004

One down, two to go... - [9:28 AM]

I'm posting this from my freshly installed Windows XP SP2, the bits have that new car smell.

Anywho I've opted to install eTrust Antivirus from CA. We used that at Microsoft and I liked it so might as well use it at home, right?

So far so good on the installations. I will of course post any problems here. One thing to note is an incompatibility with Microsoft Broadband Networking. I'm guessing there will be a patch available for that as well. Until then I'll disable it because it doesn't do us much good anyway. I've never been able to get it to work correctly. My laptop can see the network but I can't see other boxes on the network, but that's another issue all together.
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