ATC :: Since February 2001

Saturday, October 29, 2005

AOL Update... - [12:31 PM]

I'm here to consume bits!Ha! A comment in my earlier post may explain why the AOL Screen Name service is down! There's a worm running loose on the AIM network.

Makes sense now.
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AOL screen name service still down? - [12:20 PM]

Yesterday I tried off and on to create a screen name for AIM, no luck, just kept getting the "Service Temporarily Unavailable" message, I even tried two different web browsers; Firefox and IE. So... I gave up for the day.

Today I tried again. Same exact problem. What's up AOL? Is there some strange requirement for the service to work, or has it really been off line for two days, or longer?
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Friday, October 28, 2005

Worth reading - [2:40 PM]

Wired: "The promoters of Web 2.0 venerate the amateur and distrust the professional," wrote Carr. "We see it in their unalloyed praise of Wikipedia, and we see it in their worship of open-source software and myriad other examples of democratic creativity." - Dang, unfortunately there is a lot of truth to that statement. BTW, what I said about pirates earlier was supposed to come off as sarcasm, but the above Wired statement makes it sound silly, doesn't it?
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AJAX - [1:32 PM]

Kevin Burton: "AJAX - Your Foundation is a House of Cards?" - The biggest problem with AJAX is the browser, period. The fact that you're using a browser to write rich clients is what I mean by the browser being the problem. Keep the browser in its' place, use it to view web pages, better yet start using an RSS reader. All the Web 2.0 talk probably shouldn't include the browser as the center piece.

Crap, now I've gone and done it. I said 'Web 2.0', please excuse me while I go kick my own butt.
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But of course! - [12:29 PM]

Micro Persuasion: "Forbes Cover Story Blows It, Calling Bloggers Lynch Mobs" - Of course they called us a lynch mob! We're all a bunch of pirates out to pillage and plunder aren't we?

What they're saying won't hurt anyone, just keep blogging.
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How long is temporary? - [12:20 PM]

To help with communications between members of our group it's been decided we'll use AOL Instant Messenger, not my first choice but fine. So I go to the AIM website, click on the download button, select the "New users click here" button to get an account, fill in the form(which took forever BTW because EVERY screen name know to man is taken), and finally click submit only to get "Service temporarily unavailable".

It has been temporarily unavailable for about two hours.

Great choice of messengers.Smile, life is good!
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Bad laptops - [12:16 PM]

John Robb: "I have had the receiver break off from the internal circuitry three times (once on the Sony and twice on the HP). Fixing it took two weeks and $250. Of course, neither company sells the $0.05 part to fix it so I can get it done locally." - Amazing. Bad power receivers seem to plague laptops. This is the kind of thing class action lawsuits are made of.

I've talked about this very problem with our HP laptop, along with sharing a friends account.
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Movie line of the week answer - [12:09 PM]

Good afternoon. Yesterday's movie line was a bit of a flop, but that's how it goes sometimes.

Our winner was Mr. James Robertson, a big time Smalltalker. If you're a curly-brace kind of guy you can actually benefit from James' design sense and experience. But enough of that! The correct answer was...

Which was, IMHO, the best of the Halloween franchise.

Thanks for playing!
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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Soundtrack - [3:42 PM]

HPANA: "Hear entire 'Goblet of Fire' soundtrack on AOL" - Sign me up!
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Congrats VS.Net and .NET teams! - [2:18 PM]

Somasegar: "Earlier today, we shipped Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0!" - Lots of sleepless nights have finally paid off. Here's to a successful run.
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What he said - [2:08 PM]

Nick Bradbury: "Part of the problem is the 'who's gonna win' mindset, as though there's a battle to the death between web-based and desktop-based apps. The reality is that rather than kill desktop apps, the two types of applications can integrate to create a new breed of software." - I couldn't agree more. All the Web 2.0 talk seems a bit boring. The reality is the web will become what we make it, meaning the little guy will have just as much to contribute as the big guy.
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Movie line of the week - [1:32 PM]

And.... ACTION!Good afternoon movie liners! I had this one figured out a long time ago, just think of the season, there's your hint.

Here's the line, good luck!

He was my patient for fifteen years. He became an obsession with me until I realized there neither reason nor understanding or anything about him that was... even remotely human. An hour ago I stood up and fired six shots into him and he just got up and walked away. I am talking about the real possibility that he is STILL OUT THERE!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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