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Crazy Week…

Whew, a fun couple of days… On Monday I get home from work to be greeted by Maddy who says “Mom got hurt” and I then ask where Mom is… Seems Mom is on the couch with her foot elevated and covered with ice. There was an incident involving playing ‘freeze tag’ with the kids, falling over, and crawling to the house. So after examining it, and cosulting with a friend we decide a trip to the ER might be a good idea. So we load up the van, and head to the friend’s house, who offered to watch the kids while the female and I went to the ER. We get about 95% of the way to the friend’s house when BLAM! We blow a tire on the van. So after changing the tire we’re back on track… Luckily it was just a nasty sprain, no breakage, but she’s on crutches for a week. Dang…

So I stay home Tuesday to care for the female, and get new tires for the van. See, I can’t get to work anyway since we’re riding on the spare and the transmission in my car went bye-bye a week ago. So anyway, I take the kids with me to get new tires. A process that ended up taking roughly 4 hours. Which is roughly 3.5 hours longer than it should take… Anyway, we got new tires and the van rides fine now. Oh, and I find out my car is finally fixed. Of course we can’t go get it because the female can’t currently drive, crutches and all that… Note: I may need some corporate sponsorship to manage the repair payments of both vehicles in one week.

Can I complain about all of this? Not really, a bad day at home, consisting of 4+ hours to get new tires, is still better than a good day at work. If that tells you anything…

The name seems to be Blog, and it seems to have neat stuff…

Sorry, but so far I have no commentary (witty or otherwise) on the MacWorld Expo announcements… look elsewhere for that kind of thing, it shouldn’t be hard to find…

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Open-Source Software

For your friends still using Windows: Open SSH on Windows and FileZilla – The open source FTP client… I wish FileZilla, or some other nice, graphical, open-source ftp client was available for Mac OS X… I’ve yet to find one…

Of course for Mac OS X geeks check out Marc Liyanage’s Software section…

And for the Fink users out there, we have FinkCommander, a GUI for Fink.

Weblog-related: Memento is a lightweight knowledge management system based on the principles of memetics, the theory of memes. Naturally, to facilitate distribution of the Memento meme itself, this project is entirely open source.

Has anyone used stumbleupon?

I heard from Mike Chubbuck (of Silent Scream fame) last week, he says he’s got lots of neat stuff to tell me… Stay tuned!

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RCS explained, MySQL

I tried to explain RCS to someone today. They said it sounded great and asked how much it costs. I said it was free. They asked if it was any good. I said yes, and that it had been in use for probably 10 or 15 years. They wondered how it could be free if was so good when you often pay so much for other (crappy) software. At this point I tried to explain the concept of open-source software. I did explain that using RCS is not the easiest thing in the world. (Usually powerful tools are not extremely easy to use.) I demonstrated how to check in a file. At this point the person became slightly agitated, and walked away making a comment about having to be ‘checked in’ somewhere if they had to do that everytime they modified a file…

Actually RCS is 20 years old according to the rcsintro man page

I finally got around to getting MySQL and perl talking to each other properly on my OS X box, what with the proper modules and so on… It’s something I should have done last year, ah well… Let the fun begin…

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blogchalk, 7-11

blogChalking is a neat idea. Of course syndic8 had their meta-data thingy for location long ago… I wish the syndic8 way of doing things caught on, as it would probably open up more possibilities in the future… oh well… here it goes (with appropriate tweaks): Google! DayPop! Etc! This is my blogchalk: English, Perl, United States, Wisconsin, Oconomowoc, Fowler Park!

It’s Big Gulp Day! Do you know why?

I started to draw up plans for the MacKiosk, I’m a little worried about portability and the size/weight aspects of it. Ah, no one said designing and building a kiosk would be easy…

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Web standards and browsers, MacKiosk

In A few valid points, they ask if developers really do develop for Windows/IE only. I can say that yes, they do. The lazy developers, and the ones that just don’t care about the web. I’ve worked with a company where the head cheese said that they should develop everything for Windows/IE since that is what most people used. I pointed out that he was doing work for a publishing company with many Macs, and many users who did not use IE. He didn’t get it. One of his employess wrote code, tested it on Windows/IE and declared it good to go. I then would test it under Netscape, Mozilla, etc. on the Mac, and on Windows, and find the problems. Argh… It’s lazy people who don’t care about the web who are ruining it for the rest of us…

Oh, as for me, I use Mozilla 98% of the time nowadays. I happen to like it very much. I like it better than IE without a doubt. One of the IS guys at work was amazed at the control Mozilla gave him when he first started using it. I’m sure most other IE users would feel the same.

I’ve been working on my MacKiosk thing. It’s an Apple Workgroup Server 80 that will be used for slide shows of digital photos, and possibly as a CD player (sorry, no MP3’s on this box) as well. I think I’ve got the software figured out, and I might build some sort of case for it. I hope to have it ready to go in the next two weeks. More details to come… Want more? try Finding New Uses For Old Macs, or if you have a business, there’s other uses