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In the unlikely event that anyone cares, I'm over at Ars instead of
1: Due to a combination of illnesses and cutbacks, I'm doing some desktop support this week. After fixing the issues on a user's PC (network shares got lost, sound cable got yanked) I noticed that the font in her email client was many points larger than her desktop font. I asked her about it to verify that my guess was correct, then quickly clicked Display -> Settings -> Advanced -> Large Fonts. She was astonished, then effusively thankful.
No one else here would have given that a second glance (or even a first). Also, about half our LCDs (that I haven't adjusted) are set to some non-native default resolution. Oh well, at least fuzzy edges aren't as bad as the 60Hz headaches I used to get.
2: My officemate and I moved an old printer in between our desks. It doesn't happen to play nice with our departmental print manager, so I decided to add it directly by address. OS X was straightforward (Print & Fax -> Add button -> IP tab), but XP (virtual) was giving me grief. Finally I google the answer and burst out laughing. In order to connect to a network printer by IP, you go into the Add Printer Wizard, select "Local Printer" (instead of "Network Printer"), then go into the Printer Port Wizard and tell it that the printer's IP address is a local port. Well gee, that's obvious, isn't it? I explained this to my officemate, and he thought it was an interesting trick, but still didn't get why I was laughing.
...may be recorded quietly on your hard drive, even if you had Flash erase all stored data. Everyone knows about Flash cookies and their largish abuse potential. But none of the sites I saw mentioned one little detail that's left behind, with no incriminating data signature to be detected in a file search.
When Flash removes its temp files and cookies for a site, it fails to remove the surrounding folder. And of course the folder's name is the site domain.
Look in your preferences directory for Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects and you will probably find a lot of unwanted history. You can safely delete the whole folder, but it's somewhat painful if there are one or two Flash-based sites whose persistence data you do want to retain.
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Calc and Writer are usable MSO replacements. Impress is not. I am reinstalling PowerPoint tomorrow (unless I can find a recent version of Keynote somewhere in the office).
Remember that in Slashcode 2.0, users have the option to assign personal value modifiers to each moderation type.
Lastly, if you give a Mis/Informative mod which is voted down in Metamod, you lose 10x karma.
I managed to score a Wii this fall, much to the delight of the little folk in my house. The boy is a Pokemon fan, so he got Battle Revolution for his birthday, but we soon discovered it's only arena fighting with no story.
I've learned that there are Pokemon CRPGs for GameCube. However, this Wii is our first and only electronic device from Nintendo. In order to play GC discs on Wii, we'd need native memory card and controllers, which are in the vicinity of $20 each according to Froogle. In other words, it would cost ~$90 total for a $30 game.
Are there reliable ways to play GC on Wii less expensive than what Google found? Swap meets? Third party brands? Secret landfill in Utah?
My starting point for an Obama Administration Dream Team would be:
...have very little to do with each other, except that I'm thinking about all 3.
1: I sincerely hope that the Grand Ole Party will have a revolutionary war in 2009, such that either the social conservatives decisively push the fiscal conservatives out of leadership, or vice versa. Please end the unholy alliance, and realign the political landscape from left-right to big-small. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
2: Now that I've had time to think about it, Apple's Mini DisplayPort(tm) is proprietary evil, and another sign that Macs are at risk of return to beleaguered-ness by Lord Steve's growing arrogance. It's a foolish, petty decision that limits interoperability and makes Macs (with add-on adapters) Cost More(tm).
Hmm... no, that's stating it much too mildly. Damn you Steve, *MINI* DisplayPort is f&(#ing STUPID when *ORDINARY* DisplayPort is only a hair wider than USB!!! Shaving a few square millimeters of circuit board cannot justify the drawback of a port that DOES NOT CONNECT TO ANY CURRENTLY EXISTING (non-Apple) PRODUCTS.
3: Pursuant to my upcoming HDTV purchase, any recommendations for a good disc player around $200? Must play progressive DVD (including +/- R/W) and BluRay, optionally other formats like CD, VCD, MP*, etc.
Internet Wiretap - www.ipfabrics.com - Internet and VoIP intercept with IP Fabrics DeepSweep.
Why in the world does this company think that a general audience web advert is be a good way to reach their target market? Should I laugh, or shudder?
With the scary switchover fast approaching, L has expressed interest in replacing our 15yo tube. We are not big TV watchers, somewhere about halfway between typical well-educated suburbanites and annoying no-TV guy. We only buy limited basic cable, and mainly use the TV for DVDs and Wii (which I luckily scored on eBay).
This one looks promising, but I wonder if I should just ignore it and wait for big sales later in the year. Perhaps Black Friday? Suggestions would be appreciated.
After a few years of halted attempts, I am finally at the halfway point of Stephenson's trilogy and progressing steadily. I hope more will be revealed about the nature and plans of Enoch Root, but currently I'm more interested in the side characters and their real-world timelines. For example, Duc d'Arcachon. Did he really exist? When and how did he die? etc? So far both Google and Wikipedia have only pointed me to Stephenson-related pages.
This is just silly. The system has been out for nearly TWO years and it's still out of stock everywhere. WTF?
Where can one buy (and actually receive within 2 weeks) a vanilla Wii, with no bundle (except possibly DDR & pads), for approximately MSRP?
Update: I scored one on Ebay. Bought local so I could pick up in person and inspect. All good.
Not that it would matter, but still, it ought to be said, loudly.
Meanwhile, Putin must be thanking God for speaking to Bush 9 years ago. He has had so much freedom to oppress, thanks to the relative moral vacuum generated by us.
Weird, I just received the 2006 Grassroots Survey of Democratic Leaders from Howard Dean, and it's formatted almost identically to the multiple redundant Republican surveys I've received, right down to the same dollar choices in the contribution checkboxes. BTW, I haven't heard from the Repugs in a while; perhaps they finally flagged me in the database. And they still haven't cashed the various $0.02 checks I sent them.
However, there is a HUGE difference in the tone of questions and answers. The Republican surveys generally sounded like this:
Do you support President Bush's plan to protect American freedom with surveillance cameras in your bedroom?
( ) Yes, I love America.
( ) No, I want the terrorists to win.
Whereas the Democratic survey has (gasp!) two or more plausible answers for each question, like this one (verbatim):
When decisions about Social Security's future are being made what do you think is most important?
( ) Keeping Social Security as a program with a guaranteed monthly benefit.
( ) Allowing younger workers to decide for themselves how their Social Security contributions are invested.
( ) Both guaranteed benefits and investments are important.
Of course, the answers are still confined to the single axis defined by the duopoly. My preferred policy (in this example, reduce the COLA and allow Social Security to gradually fade away) doesn't even cross their minds.
Eh. I guess that's why I'm not a real "Democratic Leader" (or a registered Democrat at all, for that matter). Maybe I'll send a $2 check or something; they're probably easier to buy than the GOP is.
Well, it might, except for the second question in the survey: Do you think YOUR OWN LOCAL members of Congress should get the axe? As you have already guessed, nearly as large a majority responded no. You see, their guys are the ONLY honest and good politicians in all of Washington.
Although Squiggy is right that the one is identifiably better than the other, in my opinion he is not ENOUGH better to be worth a large personal effort on my part. So although I continue to stand against some of the obvious smears, I will not be campaigning for him in Virginia. His 180 on FISA indicates that he is a full member of The Invertebracy.
Meanwhile, although McCain has done his best to disguise himself, he is in fact Not Bush. Therefore, the difference between the two does not exceed epsilon for my purposes.
After playing the electrical college game at 270toWin, I have come to the conclusion that whoever wins Virginia in November will be the next President. Please note that I predicted the same about Ohio in 2004. Suppose I should do some voter registration there this summer. Anybody want to join me?
Someone needs to pay the ISP bills for the websites that I like to use. I'm much happier knowing that it's those folks.
Today I spent a few minutes in blogsearch about Mike Gravel switching to Libertarian. One of the blogs I pseudo-randomly browsed was "That's Right Nate". His views on Gravel were similar to mine (assuming he was being sarcastic about the New Deal being Libertarian), so I decided to read on. That's when I came to this:
During the 2000 Election there was a great deal of discussion about John McCain's dughter. The story that his campaign told was that he adopted her from Bangladesh. The story that Karl Rove and George Bush told was that she was his daughter from a tryst with a black woman. I thought about and prayed about this question for some time before finally accepting the Bush/Rove story as truth.
Re-read that last sentence a few times. Nate prayed about these two opposing narratives before picking one to believe. He apparently continued to believe Rove's version right up to this week. The notion that one could find objective truth to support one story or the other never even crossed his mind.
I had always assumed this sort of behavior was (other than perhaps GWB himself) just a caricature. To see an ordinary person honestly making political decisions from his gut^H^H^HGod was appalling. It brought my opinion of the average US citizen to a new low.
I definitely need to rent Idiocracy ASAP.
I'm drafting the playlist for my neighborhood summer cookout (5th party so far, 4th with music, 3rd with a preplanned playlist). I've laid out a theme but need to about double the duration. So, I have two questions:
2008 Block Party: