April 2006 - Posts

28 April 2006
Web Designers -- Please Stop Making Left-Aligned Sites!
This one has been driving me crazy over the past couple of weeks, and I don’t know why this just started bugging me recently, but there are at least 2 sites I visit on a daily basis ( here and here )...their content is completely left-aligned making it very difficult to read on my 20 inch LCD…if it was a widescreen it’d be even more of an annoyance. At the very least pad the left with some content or some sort of color block to offset the text a little more to the right (even just a couple of inches makes a world of difference). I literally have to move my chair to the left a bit to get into comfortable reading range. It’s 2006 people, there have been countless usability studies on this…fix it dammit! And no more sites like that…please? Or maybe I’ll start docking my Trillian window to the left hand side of my desktop to offset the entire browser window… Read More...
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28 April 2006
First Day With Vonage
My Vonage equipment arrived (as expected) yesterday evening…nice and speedy shipping is always a plus. Total setup time was less than 10 minutes; the phone automatically configured itself (and even includes an extra ethernet port, which is nice as I’m running out of sockets) and was usable immediately. Everything about the phone and service is completely configurable via the Vonage website (such as setting up voicemail, data speed, etc). The coolest feature IMO is that I can check my voicemail from any web browser without even having to call in! Call quality is crystal clear, and something else I didn’t realize is that I can take the phone/hub with me anywhere…if there’s an internet connection I just plug it in and blammo, I’m good to go. Vonage also offers a “soft phone” option, which is basically just a mobile phone that can tap into wifi hotspots and once again you have everything you need (though I’ll probably pass on this option... Read More...
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28 April 2006
You Think You Know Reflection In .Net?
I thought I did too…I actually pride myself in (thinking) that I’m pretty knowledgeable at the System.Reflection API’s. Go read this guy’s blog to be humbled…(well, I was). Subscribed. Read More...
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26 April 2006
Community Server 2.1 Timeline Update
From the Community Server announcements blog: Yes, we know things have been quiet on CommunityServer.org for the last two months. We've been hard at work on CS 2.1 development as well planning for CS 3.0. Yesterday, we updated CommunityServer.org with the latest CS 2.1 bits. What's in CS 2.1? Well, I'll give you a high level overview and we'll provide more details as the release date for CS 2.1 draws near. Things you'll find in CS 2.1: 1) Bug Fixes - this is the primary focus of the CS 2.1 release. We still have quite a ways to go but we've resolved 81 bugs to date. 2) Make things easier - we felt pretty good about the Control Panel UI for CS 2.0 but we knew there was lots more we could do (there always is right?). The blog management pieces of Control Panel have undergone a facelift and are now super simple to use, navigate, and understand. 3) Tags - perhaps the only major "feature" that snuck its way in to 2.1. Tags are more or less a replacement for categories in blogs but can also be... Read More...
26 April 2006
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 -- Processor Pegged at 100%
As I’m sure everyone is aware, IE7 beta 2 has been released. Unfortunately it’s completely unusable for me as it pegs my processor at 100% for any and all web pages and has to be zapped via task manager to kill it. Fortunately, the IE team has opened up their bug database to the general public, and as is also mentioned in that post they are offering free phone support for the beta (that’s a pretty bold move, but a very welcome one…good job Microsoft) so perhaps I’ll phone them up as I need to get cracking with IE7. Sidenote: Firefox has been acting very strange lately (and of course I know it’s extension related). I’d say about 4 times in as many months it has “forgotten” all of it’s settings/url history/cookies/etc. Wierd. Read More...
24 April 2006
RFC: Vonage Versus Digital Phone
I haven’t had a landline phone in almost 3 years…there really wasn’t a need to have anything besides just a mobile phone. Now that I’m more or less working from home fulltime the need is definitely there as my wireless bill will inevitably soar through the roof at the rate I’m chewing through minutes, most of them long distance as well. The obvious solution is to go with one of the services that allow unlimited long distance, the 2 most popular (that I know of at least) are digital phone through your cable provider, or to go with a VOIP solution like Vonage. At this point I’m leaning heavily towards Vonage as A) it’s cheap cheap cheap (digital phone in my area is $40/month, Vonage is $25) and B) no annual contract…I can drop it at any time if I don’t like it/need it anymore. Anyone out there reading this who has Vonage or digital phone? Perhaps there’s another solution that I don’t know about (and don’t say Skype... Read More...
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20 April 2006
What's Going On Around Here
Yeah yeah, it’s been a little dark around here lately. I recently scored a substantial Community Server project (details to follow later on) which has been keeping me very busy…it’s a pretty large project and will keep me occupied for several months. I’m also going through a pretty bad personal slump due to some poor decisions I’ve made (details may or may not follow, still seeing how things are going to pan out in the long run), plus my Mother’s health continues to deteriorate which is always a bummer. So needless to say I’ve got a pretty bad case of writer’s block. Hopefully everything will work out for better or for worse (shooting for "the better" of course) and I can get back to regular posting. Cheers. Read More...
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16 April 2006
Amazing Music Video: Sia-Breathe Me
I saw this float by on Digg the other day: Astralwerks describes it as "an amazing clip created with 2,500 Polaroids, proverbially making this video worth 2,500,000 words." Real: Hi / Lo Windows Media: Hi / Lo Very well done, not to mention it’s a pretty badass track to boot. At the going price of a 10 pack of Polaroid film, they could’ve easily spent upwards of $4,000 on film alone (though I’m assuming they got a discount either for A) buying in bulk or B) exposure for Polaroid?). Great job! Read More...
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16 April 2006
I'm Going To Be On Southpark!
Ok not really, but if I was going to be, this isn't too far off from my likeness: Read More...
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15 April 2006
XBox 360 -- Yes, It's Time To Make A Purchase
In an effort to completely erode away the rest of my spare time, I’ve decided that it could indeed be time to upgrade my XBox v.original to the newer model. I’ve been searching around to see who has the best deals/packages/etc, but figured why do that when I can tap into the vast gameage power of my 4 readers. So, who has the best deals? Best packages? What are the must have games/accessories? Is it even worth buying one, or should I wait until MS makes their first round of price cuts? Free shipping is always nice as well. I just checked the compatibility list , and it looks like I’m good to go with all my games as well, so that’s nice (the the only 2 title I really care about are Halo 2 and Chaos Theory). It’ll finally be nice to get rid of that ugly black box cluttering up my a/v system as well…that thing is a monster compared to the 360. If this site goes silent for weeks on end, you’ll know that the transaction has been completed, and that I’ll also be getting no sleep whatsoever. Read More...
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