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When a long hospital stay is a good thing

April 8, 2005 Comments off

I’ve got some great news … looks like we’re in a position to have a prolonged hospital stay of up to 4+ weeks! Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, right? Not so much. But in this case, it’s great!

We spoke with our doc this afternoon and he’s very happy about how Alicea’s been reacting to treatments and our situation has mellowed out some and stabalized nicely. She’ll need to spend the rest of her pregnancy under close observation and treatment here at the hospital, but there’s a good chance we get to “bake the bun in the oven” another few weeks to get the baby to a pretty safe age before they’ll induce labor. Horray!

So, instead of having a baby girl born sometime in early June, now it looks like we’ll become parents around the end of April or the first few days of May. So much for our pre-baby classes! But I guess that’s what the nurses here, and our close friends B&C (and R) are for.

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AMD’s dual-core Opteron due this month

April 8, 2005 Comments off

AMD’s dual-core Opteron due this month:

Advanced Micro Devices is expected to launch new Opteron chips later this month that combine dual processing engines on a single slice of silicon, CNET News.com has learned.

AMD will announce at an event on April 21 in New York that the first dual-core Opteron processors are available, months ahead of schedule, sources familiar with the situation said. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker also is expected to announce its dual-core chips for personal computers will go on sale in June.

[continues at news source: CNet News.com]

So it’s not a rumor anymore … Intel really IS screwed. This will be interesting; I wonder what Dell will do? We’re a Dell shop at work and we’ve been very happy with their servers. However, we’re going to be doing a big tech refresh later this year and an x64 foundation is a key decision factor for us as Longhorn will be around during these boxes’ lifetimes.

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Scarry times … need some prayers

April 7, 2005 Comments off

Well, I don’t want to get into too many medical details (especially since this is on the Internet), but my wife Alicea has run into some serious complications with her pregnancy. It’s our first child so we’re doubly worried about this whole process. We’re supposed to be due in early June, but all that’s up in the air right now. Alicea’s going to be staying at the hospital under observation, etc. until the baby is delivered. The question is when that will be. So – your thoughts and prayers are appreciated during these trying days.

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Microsoft’s TBox auto computer road-ready?

April 5, 2005 Comments off

Microsoft’s TBox auto computer road-ready?

Remember the old joke about what would happen if Microsoft made cars? Well, it looks like the joke may be on us. Word is that Microsoft’s in-car computer, the TBox, is good to go, with functionality that includes GPS, music control, electronic yellow pages, and access to vehicle diagnostics.

Anybody want a Fiat? I’m betting that’ll be the hot new car around these parts (I live and work near Redmond). I still want to make sure it’s not going to reboot at 75mph. On the other hand, if the MS technoloy really is cheaper than what’s out there these days ROCK ON!

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10 Features Longhorn needs – A WinCustomize Article by Brad Wardell

April 5, 2005 Comments off

10 Features Longhorn needs – A WinCustomize Article by Brad Wardell

Great list of stuff to see in Longhorn. Reading the comments looks like this is definitely a thorough top 10 that most can agree with. Personally, I think XP SP2 WiFi made great strides and I’m pretty happy with it. What I’d love to see in #6 (networking) is the abilitiy to make IP stack config changes from the command line.

I often find myself doing testing from my laptop between multiple VLANs on my network and the ability to turn on/off DHCP, specify static IP addresses, subnet, gateway, DNS, etc. from the command line would make my life a lot easier. It’s pretty darn slow to go to the Start Menu, Connect to…, Show all…, right-click on the interface in question, properties, make changes on multiple tabs, hit OK and wait 60 seconds while Windows figures out what the hell it’s doing. But I’m not bitter. 🙂

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Google Feature Incorporates Satellite Maps (AP)

April 5, 2005 Comments off

Google Feature Incorporates Satellite Maps (AP): “

AP – Online search engine leader Google has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on homes and businesses using satellite images, an advance that may raise privacy concerns as well as intensify the competitive pressures on its…


This is pretty sweet! If you just want to cut to the chase, go to http://maps.google.com, search an address, and then click “Satellite” in the top-left corner.

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Watch what you pray for

April 4, 2005 Comments off


Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Christian and a pretty strong believer. That being said, this is hallarious. Good blog too.

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You HAVE to be kidding me!

April 4, 2005 Comments off

Red Falls Out of Favor As Teacher’s Choice

AP – Of all the things that can make a person see red, school principal Gail Karwoski was not expecting parents to get huffy about, well, seeing red. At Daniels Farm Elementary School in Trumbull, Conn., Karwoski’s teachers grade papers by giving examples of better answers for those students who make mistakes. But that approach meant the kids often found their work covered in red, the color that teachers long have used to grade work.

Parents objected. Red writing, they said, was “stressful.” … [So the principal] has instructed his teachers to grade with colors featuring more “pleasant-feeling tones” so that their instructional messages do not come across as derogatory or demeaning.

This is among the worst panzy-assed ideas I’ve ever read! Maybe teachers use red because it stands out from black or blue text and makes their marks easier to find!
Wussies!

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Ride along with a Verizon Wireless test man

April 4, 2005 Comments off

MobileTracker – Ride along with a Verizon Wireless test man

This is a pretty interesting article to read. And here we all thought they just made up their coverage maps. [Honestly, I’m still not convinced – I have a great friend who’s a senior engineer for a VZW competitor and I’ve seen some things heard some stories]

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Talking about RSS aggregators — which one do you like the best?

April 4, 2005 1 comment

Talking about RSS aggregators — which one do you like the best?:

Onfolio recently released its Onfolio 2.0 Release Candidate. For new news aggregator users, this is my second recommendation after Bloglines. Bloglines is easier, but Onfolio is much more powerful and, because it stores everything on your hard drive, opens up new scenarios (like you can read and search your feeds even when on a plane unconnected from the Internet).
[continues @ Scobelizer]

Hey Scobel, the answer to your question is complicated: I’ve been using RSS Bandit for quite some time and love it … but after your post I decided to try Onfolio 2.0 RC. So far I’m pretty impressed. I’ve been struggling with the idea that I have to jump through a bunch of hoops to post to my MSN Space has long been aggravating – they don’t currently support an API to allow external publishing. I started looking at Blogger the other night and found I can use Blogger to manage a blog on my own server (which I already have). What you’re reading is the result. But here’s where the really cool part comes in … with Onfolio I can now reply to an RSS feed item right from my aggregator!

Now I hear the argument, “But you can do that from RSS Bandit too.” Quite true, and I’ve tested that using W.Bloggar (great tool – writing in that now). But here’s where Onfolio beats RSS Bandit for me … I can read articles in a “newspaper” view and still have access to item-specific action buttons (file, flag, email, blog, etc.). In RSS Bandit I can only do those things if I right-click on the article in the feed’s posting list – it’s simply more cumbersome. Another plus for Onfolio is that if I choose to email an article to someone it actually includes the whole article, not just a URL link.

The bad about Onfolio? Obviously I’ll have to transfer all my feeds over, but beyond that it doesn’t seem to want to allow me to use W.Bloggar as my blog post tool – it opens an empty window. It worked twice right when I set it up, and then no more. 😦 Work around for me is to use the Blogger interface to start the reply, save it as a draft, and then use W.Bloggar to grab that post and edit it.

PS – W.Bloggar’s web site was hacked a few days ago and is currently unavailable. Bummer! If you Google for “wbloggar download” though you can find the installer.

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