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Ganked, completely and totally, from [livejournal.com profile] rono64. Vintage Shatner spoken word of the Elton John and Bernie Taupin classic "Rocket Man".

daecabhir: (Geek Out)


I haven't been able to run down the comment you made on one of my posts where you suggested a Mac OS X replacement for Visio. When you see this, could you please comment again here? kthxbye.

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Good thing I didn't tear off the shrink wrap of Logic Express 7 yet. For fsck's sake, willya stop it Steve?
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kcs_slayve for the link to some way cool case mods. I particularly like the retro TV look and the PC-in-a-Shure-microphone. Enjoy!
daecabhir: (Bad Attitude)

The USB controllers in my laptop continue to flake out on an almost daily basis, which means at least one reboot a day to get the damned thing to recognize the mouse again. Add to that the fact that neither the main battery nor the spare will hold a charge for any time at all, and the message is loud and clear: Replace Me. Due to the full integrated nature of laptops, and the reliance on USB for expansion, at almost four years of age it makes no sense to try to get the issue resolved by sending it off to be "serviced" (read: have the motherboard replaced) - if that is even possible.

It used to be that we bought desktop computers because they didn't suffer from this problem... )

Between the fact that there is little difference for most purposes in the integrated nature of desktop systems vs. laptops, and laptops prices have come way down (unless you are buying from Apple), it makes no sense to me to have a desktop system. I don't play computer games (except for Guitar Hero on the PS/2, when [livejournal.com profile] ravynmaniac isn't playing it), but I do roam many places where access to my computer is helpful, so a laptop it is. Ah well... I was looking for an excuse to get away from Micro$haft, although I have been holding out for a 12" MacBook Pro. I figure I'll buy a 15" MacBook Pro this summer, and then this December that asshat Jobs will announce a 12" version.

Now I must put down the keyboard and do things around here... Happy Birthday, USA. Maybe in 2008 we can give you a decent present, like someone with a clue and some concern for the people of this country as president. Slim chance, but we can always hope. TTFN.

daecabhir: (Geek Out)
One of the benefits of working for my employer is the allowance of one week of training per quarter. Of course, as a general rule that training has to do with one of the many software products that my company sells, but that does not diminish the value of the training.

<geek-stuff>
Last Thursday and Friday I was in a two day class on web services, which provided a good introduction to web services in general, but focused on how to create web services and web service clients using JDeveloper... one of my "to do" items is to see what kind of web services support is provided by Eclipse. This week I'm spending three days learning the fundamentals of Oracle Spatial, which is used primarily for storing, manipulating and querying data for GIS (Geospatial Information Systems). I've been amusing myself with one of the demo interfaces for Oracle MapViewer, entering in different queries to produce different overlayed maps. One of my other "to do" items is to combine what I've learned from the two classes, and develop some GIS web services, along with clients to access the services.
</geek-stuff>

Training is out of the Reston office, since that's our regional corporate point of presence. The main thing that sucks about that is the fact that while getting down here in the AM isn't too bad, leaving the area for home much before 7:30 PM is rather pointless. Simply put, there is no good way to get from Reston to Frederick in the evening until AFTER the rush hour has started to run down. Last Thursday I was going to head to the meditation center for the last of the writing classes after training here in Reston, but elected to do "shopping meditation" (more on that joke in another post) at Tysons instead... no point in bringing the negative vibes from two hours of sitting in traffic into the meditation space with a bunch of other people. The payoff from that decision was finding the Lively Lemongrass Green Tea Mints I'd been looking for at the TEAVANA store in Tysons Corner. Huzzah!

I will say that at least there are things to do around here, and places to eat. I've managed to knock off some errands in the area, and just veg with coffee or tea and something to read after class. I've avoided going out of the building for lunch due to the heat, but thankfully the cafeteria here in the building is pretty decent. If the cafeteria at work produced the quality of food they serve here, folks would be less bitched about what they are paying.

Ah well, class is starting... so I better pay attention. I think today I'll just be hiding out at a Starbucks or Panera Bread... stuff to read, stuff to check out online, might as well be comfortable. TTFN
daecabhir: (Rockin Out)
Ok folks, I'm looking for some informed opinions on the following tech items. Suggestions on brand/model and where to purchase would all be appreciated where appropriate. Your thoughts on the relative usefulness of items, or your experiences with them would also be gratefully appreciated.
  • scanners - I would like to obtain a good quality color flatbed scanner with a USB 2.0 interface. The primary use for this would be scanning in color and black & white photos and line art.

  • Used / refurbished PlayStation 2 - I already own one that I bought new, but I am thinking that I want a second one because there are two types of gaming I want to do. First, I want to keep a PS2 hooked up to the TV downstairs for DDR and perhaps some shoot-em-up games that require a tube TV (i.e., uses a light gun). But I would also like to hook up a PS2 to my gear in my office so that I can play Guitar Hero and some other games on my LCD monitor without having to go downstairs. Yeah, I am lazy, so bite me.

  • Diskkeeper - As in, does anyone use this product, and how is it better than what Windows XP Pro provides natively?

  • Snort & Ethereal - We're seeing alot of bandwidth suckage, and I'd like to know if it is because of unauthorized or otherwise suspect traffic via Wifi or an infected box. So I'd like to plug something into the hub we have between the cable modem and the Linksys cable modem router (and later put something between the Wifi box and the router) to get a handle on what is going on. Anyone doing something like this? I am assuming that I should be able to use something like Snort and Ethereal on my 15 inch TiBook, since Unix is Unix is dog-meat, but correct me if I am wrong.





Ok, enough for now... must go set up the new bird feeder, and address the dishes, recycling and trash. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
daecabhir: (Bad Attitude)
This will be brief, because I have a garbage disposal and a humidifier to install today. However, I felt the need to share my general disgust with the state of computer software and the 1d10t programmers who write said software. As some of you know, I am a software engineer are a programmer write code for a living, and I understand what goes into making software happen. Hence the reason for my frustration - I know that software doesn't have to be crappy, it just comes out that way because (a) some coders are lazy, (b) some coders are morons, and (c) managemnt never gives you enough time to do things right much less do them over.

My current frustration has to do with Windows programmers who chose not to honor things like system default font sizes, and then don't provide you with a way to adjust the font sizes within the application... we'll talk about web developers who still use graphical text buttons assuming a given resolution along with OS X and it's apparent unwillingness to let me change the overall default font size some other time. See, I bought a 23" widescreen SONY display for my Windblows boxen, and one of the programs I rely on the most is pissing me off on a daily basis because there is no way to bump the font size it uses. The optimal resolution for the display is 1600 x 1200, and is generally fine when using most programs because they honor my adjustments to the display appearances... I like the idea of putting up two pages on the screen for side-by-side review dammit.

The culprit? Franklin-Covey's Planning Software. Yes, I know this is an "old" application by most standards, but if the latest release was in 2003 I think it is not unreasonable to expect a certain level of compliance with Windblows standards that have been around for eons at this point. And for the record, I did actually download and check out the latest iteration of the software (Plan Plus), but I'm not terribly thrilled with it because it won't let me set the view the way I want to - as in, I want to see today's task list, but the week's events... but it wants to make me use a day view OR a week view for BOTH. The developers have probably had enough time management training and now need to spend some time going to user interface design school. The problem is, no other PIM really focuses on a daily approach to planning, and I am used to the damned software. If the boneheads would have just simply complied with the OS standards, I'd be fine.

*sigh* Anyway, must go work on the disposal...

daecabhir: (March of the Mutha-Fuckin Ducks)
Well, today was spent outside the home but not at work. Geek details, you have been warned... )

Tomorrow (later today?), I need to address the disaster that is my home office, and some laundry early in the day. [livejournal.com profile] ravynmaniac and I will be heading into Bawlmer for a cruise with some friends in the evening, so I expect to be pretty darn useless in the evening. Yes, moreso than usual, bite me Frodo. And on that note, I think I shall go crash. [livejournal.com profile] ravynmaniac has stuff she wants to do tomorrow too, and I don't want to mess her up either. So g'nite....

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