January
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website, WordPress) by Justin on 2005-01-31

Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see by now, this is Wantmoore.com 2.0. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more accomplished than I do at this moment. I’ve spent many, many hours designing, tweaking, and then perfecting only to have to start all over due to what I thought were fundamental flaws with my HTML templates. But, the day has finally come.

I had originally planned on waiting until the two year anniversary of my first blog post, but once I got snowed in for two days, I finished most of it sooner than I thought and then got a little anxious.

I hope you enjoy the new look and feel. The most notable change aside from the look and feel is the all new photo section which is currently very bare, but that will change soon as I take the time to upload some albums.

The site has been heavily tested in Mozilla Firefox and only normally tested in Internet Explorer 6 SP1, so if you’re a Mac user (and I know there are at least ,a few of you out there), please look around and let me know if you find any problems. I have made every attempt to at least make the site decent in IE, but as it always has, it looks correct in something Mozilla/Gecko based such as Firefox.

Leave any questions and/or comments in the comments!

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January
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-01-31

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January
30
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2005-01-30
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January
29
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2005-01-29

Well it would appear that the wife and I are now in the midst of our first bit of wintry weather since being married and living in our own house. There is a lovely mix of snow and sleet falling right now (mostly snow!) and the ground is almost completely covered at this point. The dog has already been out in it to do her business, and she didn’t seem to even notice which I thought was odd. Maybe as more accumulates it will become more interesting to her. I’ll pull the Canon out once Bonnie decides to wake up and we’ll head out with the puppy and take some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

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January
26
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2005-01-26

It’s looking more and more like my lucky streak with cars is continuing. After I took Java to the vet today, I hopped back on Marion Street to head home and almost immediately, my transmission in “Betsy” (the old 1990 Camry which was a hand-me up from my sister after my Civic passed, and yes – she named the car) decided she was too tired to continue. It still goes in and out of gear, but there is just absolutely NO pulling power in it, so I’m currently pointing my finger at the clutch being worn out, but the final verdict won’t come until I can get my uncle Philip to have a look under the hood.

Now the unique part of the story is that I’ve been wanting a new car for a while and have been watching for certain types of SUVs. I had originally thought about one of the new Kia Sorentos – they are very nice, but even that is a little more than we want to pay a month for a car that gets driven less than 10 miles a day to work and back. So I started browsing other types of SUVs and liked the Honda Passport and the older model Toyota 4Runner. I didn’t pursue much more than that due to the financial obligations that stem from the holiday season and have pretty much been avoiding it since then, just waiting for something like this to happen. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, to show how God works in mysterious ways, on my way to the office this morning, I saw what appeared to be a quite nice, silver Isuzu Rodeo. So after waiting for Bonnie to come and and pick up me and Java in the parking lot of the Humane Society (how ironic of a place to pull over), we came home and I immediately restarted my used car research.

Interest rates, Debt-to-income ratios, book value, and so on gets boring after a while, so we decided to go and have a look at the silver Rodeo. We hop in Bonnie’s car and make the long 3/4 of a mile journey up the road and get out to take a look. Someone was clearly inside watching TV, but they never came outside. Not sure how to interpret that, but anyway. It is pretty nice. Nice alloy wheels, rolled-tube running boards, CD player, tinted windows, and a one-owner to boot. The windows are tinted pretty dark, which I’m not totally crazy about, but I don’t really mind, and the interior is leather, which I’m not a fan of (especially in winter), but that’s another one of the things I’m flexible on. The mileage is a tad higher than I’d like, but if it checks out mechanically, that will work to my favor in negotiating price I think.

Well, I sat down to blog about my car breaking down, not sound like a “pre-owned” car salesman. But if anyone knows of any nice SUVs withing a 150ish mile radius of Shelby, NC – let me know.

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January
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-01-26

I’ve found something that makes the time at work go by even faster. After hearing the latest internet pop-culture buzz-word everywhere, I finally decided to look into podcasting. If you have no idea what that is or if you’ve heard the term and are a bit more interested, you’d probably find plenty of information over at the Podcasting page on WikiPedia.

Now I’m not creating my own, nor do I plan on it, but it is quite entertaining to listen to pas the time. After download a couple of shows from random places, I decided that a couple of them would probably be entertaining enough to listen to every day or every how often they update, so I set on on a search for a podcast aggregator. The first and only one I’ve tried so far is Doppler Radio which is based on the .NET framework and seems to work well so far. I’ve got it set to download only the very most recent mp3 at 8:00pm every night so not to affect network speeds for all my users during the day. Then, the following day, I can fire up media player and have it play through each podcast. So far, I’ve got the following podcasting sites in my feeds:

I’m mainly only looking for tech-related feeds I think, so if you have a suggestion of any sort on something I might like, leave it in the comments.

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January
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2005-01-26

It was only a few weeks ago when Brandon chastised me for something like three blog posts in one day. Well today, the infamous Double Helix has posted FOUR entries and has set what I’m sure is a new record for him. His workload has lightened up a bit lately and he’s hot on the trail with sprucing up his site. I think he’s trying to compete with wantmoore.com since it’s taking me forever and a few extra days to release 2.0 but a few people have seen it now, and I promise it’s coming. My two year blogging anniversary is coming soon in February, and I think that will probably be a perfect time to switch things over.

Anyway, the real point to this post was that you need to go check out Brandon’s site and check out the changes happening around there.

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January
25
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-01-25

Thankfully, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame has rediscovered the extension for Firefox that synchronizes your bookmarks on start/exit. I used to use Bookmarks Synchronizer a while back, probably when it was first released, and it was pretty decent. Somehow though, likely during my transition to Linux, I lost track that I was using it and have since then forgot all about it. But thanks to Matt, now I can keep my laptop, the Winbl0wz box at home, and my workstation at ESI all in sync. Of course now it means I’m going to have to really get my bookmarks organized so that the same ones CAN be used on all three machines.

Now if only I had a similar tool to sync my Thunderbird Address Book. Now THAT would be uber-sweet.

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