November
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-11-30

This is way too funny for any of you geek inclined I’m sure, but for those uninformed, I feel the need to evangelize. Many years ago there was Netscape. Netscape sorta died and Mozilla was born from the old Netscape code base. Then, from the tree of Mozilla, a new browser was created, which should be affectionally known to all of my readers as Firefox. In the meantime, Netscape still struggled to push it’s own browser and keep up its own code while Internet Exploder gained better than 98% of the browser market share and the Mozilla project began to excel in what it was doing, really leaving Netscape in the dust and eventually leading to the swallowing up of Netscape by internet mogul AOL Time Warner. So now, today, Netscape announced a beta version of a new browser, based on Mozilla Firefox 0.9.3. Rather than try to develop in house this time, Netscape outsourced the development of it’s browser to Mercurial Communications. Probably a smart move, but this gets even better, so don’t stop reading.

One of the “features” of this new browser from Netscape is the ability to switch to the IE rendering engine via an ActiveX plugin. That I simply cannot understand. Why degrade your browsing?! I know that one out of about every 1,000 web sites have a problem rendering properly in Mozilla, but when that time comes, seems smarter to me to just use Internet Explorer?

So for the real comedy here, I refer you to a comment from one Slashdot’er, “That’s the perfect name for a company hired to knock-off the Firefox browser…” His editorial comment was followed by an excerpt from dictionary.com, but here are all of the meanings for the word mercurial:

  1. often Mercurial
    1. Roman Mythology. Of or relating to the god Mercury.
    2. Astronomy. Of or relating to the planet Mercury.
  2. Having the characteristics of eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, and thievishness attributed to the god Mercury.
  3. Containing or caused by the action of the element mercury.
  4. Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile: a mercurial nature.

“shrewdness… and thievishness…” Muhahahaha!

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November
27
Filed Under (Movies) by Justin on 2004-11-27

It’s not enough to make me stay, but if any of you have the Blockbuster Online rental service, log in to your account and go to the “My Account” page. Click on the link for “Cancel my Membership” and you’ll have a few options to get a reduced rate. One month of the 3-at-a-time service for free or 6 months of the 3-at-a-time service discounted to $15.99 per month. It’s not worth it. I’m back in Netflix and sorry I ever left.

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November
26
Filed Under (Life, Peeps) by Justin on 2004-11-26

Now that Brandon has made it home for a few minutes to break the news on his blog, I want to congratulate him and Meagan on their new baby! Ethan Jack Jaynes was born yesterday morning and weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces. We stopped by and visited Mom, Dad, and Baby on our way out of town yesterday and he’s adorable. Certainly didn’t get his looks from his daddy…

Congrats to you both!

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November
24
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-11-24

Picked this up at Slashdot

How much spyware and crap can be installed by visiting one single website using Internet Explorer? Check out this article and see the details for yourself. This is just another reminder for you to make the switch to Firefox and protect yourself from these security holes.

At the very least, if you are going to continue using Internet Exploder, head over to Windows Update and upgrade to the latest patch of IE and close a few of those security holes.

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November
24
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-11-24

I need a map of the southeastern United States for a web development project I’m working on. It needs to be freely available on the Internet with no rules about reproduction and I need to be able to approximate cities on the map. I know I’ve seen a repository of maps like this available to web designers before, but I can’t find it to save my life. Some help please?

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November
22
Filed Under (Politics, Stuff) by Justin on 2004-11-22

I despise “business” class services from these large corporate conglomerates. Why does the same DSL package that’s available at my house go for $24.95/month but if I want to put it in my office, it’s $39.95/month? That’s silly people. Especially considering I just moved about $5,000/month worth of services to your company. Shouldn’t the company spending $5k/month be the one getting the deals and not Joe Schmoe who never has a phone bill higher than $100?

*sigh*

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November
17
Filed Under (Geekspeak, lucidCMS) by Justin on 2004-11-17

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of contactForm – a plugin for lucidCMS that generates a contact form in any page which you desire. The requirements are minimal – typically any system that has lucidCMS running should be able to use my plugin as well.

I have heard of cases where the server admins have disabled the PHP mail() function (recently written about by the infamous Double Helix over at www.getoffthecomputer.com and that will definitely cause my plugin not to work. Future versions may use the SMTP function of PHP to send the message, but don’t hold your breath.

Thanks to zachofalltrades for his assistance in helping me to get the plugin registering and working properly and to Brandon as well for error checking. Please feel free to use the comments of this post as a support forum of sorts if you feel so led.

That being said, download contactForm 1.0 from the Necessary Hosting servers.

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November
16
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2004-11-16

Leave it to Microsoft to bring new meaning to the phrase that Linux distributions often use to refer to alpha/beta releases of their product.

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