October 2004 - Posts

31 October 2004
Kerry...Err, Green Bay Wins
I normally wouldn't care, but Green Bay defeated Washington 28-14. Why does it matter ? We'll see what happens! Read More...
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31 October 2004
Gmail Security Vulnerability
A pretty important security hole has been found in Google's GMail service. [Update 10/31] This has been fixed by Google. Wow, that was fast (as it most definitely needed to be). Faith (somewhat) restored. Read More...
29 October 2004
Redskins Determine President
I heard an interesting “fact” on Inside the NFL tonight...for the last 16 presidential elections (since 1936 for the mathematically challenged), the winner has been predicted by how the Redskins fared in the game preceeding the election; Redskins win == incumbent stays...Redskins lose == incumbent is audi. This isn't a scientific fact , but it will be interesting to see how the Redskins fare against The Pack this coming weekend vs how the election turns out. *Note to self*: buy a cheesehead and stock up on green and gold face paint. Go Pack!!! Read More...
28 October 2004
Which File Extension Are You?
Which File Extension are You? Read More...
28 October 2004
Happy Blogoversary to jayBlog
Wow, has it been a year already? This started out as just a small pet project of mine (didn't switch to .Text until about a month after I started blogging) to see if I could even write a blog-type application. It's addictive though. I've attempted journaling before (never lasted longer than a couple of weeks, mainly because I'm not a big fan of pencil/paper...may brain thinks faster than I can write by hand, but typing is a different story), and here I am 140 posts later...and still going :-). I've been struggling a bit lately for content, and am mulling over either creating a seperate personal blog, or just lumping all of my randomness/tech nuggets together in one place. For administrative reasons, I'm leaning more towards having it all in one place, but I don't want to cheapen the jayBlog experience (lol) with complete randomness. That being said, my daily page hits have dropped by about 20% due to lack of technical content. Anywho, happy birthday to jayBlog...this is for my 2 regular... Read More...
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28 October 2004
Weirdness Abounds in the Ether
Today has been quite a strange day, either there's a ghost in the machine or it's the lunar eclipse ...I don't know. I blogged about Keyhole earlier today; the reason being is that I had a lengthy chat with a colleague of mine about the benefits Keyhole brings to the table for a specific application he's writing (demographics-type application, won't get into specifics). Lo and behold, Google decides they want a piece of the Earth mapping pie (and drop the price of the software by over 50%). Then, barely a day after Haacked mentions getting comment spammed for the first time, I get a rapid succession of 9 spams myself (my first as well); to add insult to injury, I get the spams one year to the day after I started this blog. I guess Halloween + Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse + Election Year + [fill in the blank] == weirdness. The good news is that I get my car back tomorrow. It'll be nice to be mobile again. Read More...
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27 October 2004
Nasa World Wind -- Great Open Source C# Application
I blogged about Keyhole a while back... Nasa World Wind is a similar Earth mapping type application, with a notable difference: It's open-source and written in C#. I've been playing around with it for about a week now and am very impressed. Make sure you download the add-on packs for 3-d rendering of specific areas (World Wind is supposed to download this content on the fly, but their servers are overloaded with requests). As a side note, it would appear that Keyhole has released newer versions of their software, so I'm going to have a look at those as well. Read More...
25 October 2004
Ashlee Simpson Lip-Sync Blunder -- Video
I must have been the last person in the free world to hear about the Ashlee Simpson mix-up on SNL this weekend (I haven't watched SNL since I was a teenager, back when it was somewhat funny). At any rate, I'm a huge fan of pseudo-wannabe pop stars making asses out of themselves, so I set out to find the video; snag it here . That's quality for ya...and wtf was she doing at the end, a hoe-down? Then she blames the band (not just a session band, her band) at the end of the show? Classy. More commentary here , and a link to her messageboards where more views of the clip can be downloaded. Absolutely hilarious. Read More...
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25 October 2004
Random RSS Thoughts
I wish my online bank account had an RSS feed...that's pretty much the only site I have to physically open a browser for anymore (I realize there are some security implications involved with this). The point is that RSS has made information dispersal/aggregation enormously easy; given a good RSS reader (I'm a huge fan of OmeaReader) the need for the browser is diminishing somewhat. A question I've had in the back of my head for some time now is how are sites that depend on advertising for revenue going to deal with the every growing popularity of RSS? I realize that RSS traffic makes up a small percentage of most site's visitors, but this is only going to increase; I'm very curious to see how some of the big players are going to respond to this. Read More...
25 October 2004
O'Reilly: The State of Java
An interesting discussion amongst some of the editors over at O'Reilly about what's going on with Java; commentary via TheServerSide.com is here . Read More...
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