July
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, News) by Justin on 2004-07-26

I’ve recently added The Inquirer to my list of “check a few times each day” group of bookmarks. They tend to have the latest and greatest tech news from around the globe a few minutes ahead of the other sites. The two interesting bits I picked up over the past 24 hours deserve a mention here regarding email virii.

Apparently two new virii (or maybe it’s one with different subjects? I can’t remember…) are on the loose, with subjects about “Bin Laden Captured/Killed” and “Scwarzenegger Terminated/Commited Suicide” in the headers of the email. The content will state that if you click this link, you can see pictures and/or a video of the events. DO NOT CLICK! These are both hoaxes – which brings me to my closing statement…

I’ve seen many, many people fall for virus email hoaxes. Some which were harmless – some which were lethal to the computer. When in doubt, trust your judgement and delete it before even opening the message. If you are ever wondering, feel free to contact me and ask, I’ll be more than glad to assist.

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July
26
Filed Under (WordPress) by Justin on 2004-07-26

One of the many people I’ve met in #wordpress is Carthik. I saw him mention a week or so ago about starting a blog to keep track of WordPress news and events, a pseudo-slashdot sort of thing, but only for WP items.

Well, Carthik strikes again with Wordlog. The initial post describing his reasoning can be seen here.

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July
25
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2004-07-25

Well, you might think I have died, but in reality I’m alive and well! I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I’ve posted here.

In reference to my last post, I haven’t touched Windows since. Not one single time. In fact, according to the ‘uptime’ command, it’s been 6 days, 11 hours, and 53 minutes that I’ve been in Xandros. I don’t think I’m looking back this time. I’ll keep Windows installed on this box for gaming purposes and other necessary evils, but other than that, I’m extremely happy. Now my time on the computer has been VERY limited since moving, but the true test will come this week as I hope to dig back in and get some web developing done. I’ve got several projects that I had started before we bought this house that I need to finish up. Then of course I’m still dreaming of a full-blown redesign here and at getoffthecomputer.com.

Hmmm…. that reminds me I need to write a tutorial and post it before Hitler cracks his whip.

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July
18
Filed Under (Geekspeak, House, Peeps) by Justin on 2004-07-18

I’m gonna be trying another alternative OS for a few days and see how things go. I’ve been yearning for some time to run some flavor of Linux full time and only switch to WinXP to play games and do other crap which requires it. The distro I’m trying over the next few days is Xandros 2.0. Xandros has Debian roots if I recall correctly and has a souped up version of KDE 3.2 which is quite easy on the eyeballs. What I’m evaluating is actually a free version of Xandros which is dubbed “Open Circulation Edition” but so far, I’m really liking it! After using SuSE 8 and 9 Pro editions, it’s gonna take something mighty sweet to impress me, but so far so good. Xandros definitely has a much less complicated install (but not at all puny on options for advanced users) and the look and feel of the desktop is much smoother and polished than SuSE’s rendition of KDE. *EVERY* piece of my hardware (including BOTH integrated network controllers – one of which is gigabit) was detected, installed, and configured properly without bugging me. If things continue to go this well, I might be in for the long haul and plop down a little cash on the full version of Xandros, which includes CodeWeavers Crossover app which lets you run Windows programs from Linux (much easier and complete approach than Wine I think…)

Other highlights from the weekend: Scott (aka Scoota) is coming to visit for a few days this week. I’m looking forward to chilling with him and getting caught up. There’s a possibility he is getting a job down here and moving back to the area, so let’s hope that works out.

And finally, the home theater is all setup. It is my pinnacle achivement at the house so far I think. Between that and my whole approach to structured wiring, I’m really enjoying “geeking” the house up. Speaking of which, I’m outta here – gotta go check up on the UPS tracking to make sure the Vonage package has made it to the Shelby distribution center.

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July
15
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2004-07-15

Mozilla based browsers are STILL becoming more prevalent in my web stats.

july 04 browesr view stats

As you can see from the screen capture, IE is dropping fast. At this rate, by the fall of the year, alternative browsers will account for half my page views! You guys and gals are some smart cookies for dumping IE!

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July
15
Filed Under (Geekspeak, House) by Justin on 2004-07-15

My list of things to do is starting to slowly get shorter. The locks on the doors were changed today – that quickly got bumped to the top of the list when I got home today and the exisiting deadbolt’s cylinder decided to stop working. I had to break into my own home.

While I didn’t succeed in getting the home theater reassembled like I had hoped, I did make a good bit of progress with the situation. Hopefully I’ll be able to wrap that up tomorrow and then I can work on the phone situation on Saturday. Gotta get ready for when UPS brings my Vonage adapter on Monday!

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July
14
Filed Under (House, Stuff) by Justin on 2004-07-14

BellSouth is out at my house and VoIP is the new kid in town. I signed up with Vonage last night after doing some research these past few days. Bonnie and myself elected to take a new number rather than go through the hassle and wait of having my current number transferred. So, that being said, if any of you have my current phone number – trash it – because it’s already disconnected. If you want the Vonage number, just leave a comment with a valid email address and I’ll be sure to get it to you. The number is already setup with voicemail but I may have it forward calls to my cell until they get my adapter shipped here. The service looks fantastic on paper and they’ve gotten good reviews, but you can expect my full report on GOTC sometime soon.

In other news, I’ve started the updating of the infrastructure in this house. Cat5e has been first on the list followed closely by the installation of speaker and power cabling to allow me to hide my home theater goodies in the living room coat closet. Should have 3 or 4 network drops and the surround sound all connected and setup by the weekend. Then I’ve gotta tackle re-doing the phone lines before the convertor gets here. Gonna some busy days ahead – but I live for these kind of projects!

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July
12
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2004-07-12

These two cats are just awesome. Now more than ever I’m so glad to have them as my companions. This big ol’ house gets a bit lonely late at night like this, so it’s good to have them around. They both like to follow me around wherever I go, whenever I go there. They enjoy running around the house a lot, but whenever I go and sit down somewhere to stay for a while, they usually follow within about 5 minutes and find themselves a place to get cozy.

So, just wanted to let everyone know that Apache and Pixel just might be the best two cats ever.

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