I upgrade my Flickr to Flickr Pro today and I’ve decided to move all my photos and artwork over to Flickr from my previous image gallery backbone which has been Gallery.
After attempting to upgrade my Gallery with no success and getting repetitively spammed in the comments section of the Gallery, I’ve decided to just ditch the whole thing. I’m also pretty certain based on what I have on Flickr already that more people will see my art and photos on Flickr.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be a long and tedious project but I’m in need of a project like this to kill some time.
So yea, the installer from Xplornet came to hook us up with internet via a dish pointed at a tower about five kms away. He’s on the roof and pointed out where the tower was. Somewhere through the dense woods was the tower in question. Unfortunately those dense woods were in the way of the signal. This was where the chainsaw came into play. We discussed which trees would have to come down. I went at it the next morning sawing open a cut line through the trees. I’ll have to cut even more in the spring when the leaves come out but those can wait.
Happy Tenth Birthday Hackcanada!
So the installer came this morning and attempted an install. He lined the antenna up with the tower to the west of us and pointed out the trees that were in the way. There was genuine disappointment in my wife’s face at that news. Of course I do own a chainsaw. This afternoon I was out there cutting a 6 foot gap in the trees to make way for the feed from the tower. By tomorrow afternoon the project should be done. My wife already called and booked an appointment even before I started cutting. She wants that connection more than I do but I have a good DSL connection at work to use. She’s got nothing for the time being unless she comes to work with me.
In other news, the installer is coming Tuesday from Xplornet to test and hopefully install wireless rf broadband. I hope to god it works. The ISP contact seems confident it will but I’ll remain skeptical as she was also a salesperson. I know never to believe anything a salesperson ever has to say. At the same time, Google doesn’t always offer the 100% truth either but it’s always good to research an ISP or any company ahead of time before doing business with them.
This brings me to Xplornetsucks which is more about the satellite service but still an interesting read. A lot of it is just crying over the same thing everyone cries about with any ISP. That being the ever coveted bandwidth.
I don’t really mean to block as with this tool. I realize that advertisers pay the bills for a lot of web designers. I do however use it to block other annoyances.
case in point…
Futureshop.ca has this incredibly annoying bald black guy on the left hand side. If you block the following file with adblock, he will go away and never be seen again.
This particular extension is pretty freaking addictive. You tell it what kinds of websites you’re interested in and it’s feeds them to you. Just click the button. It’s a fantastic time waster.
This one turns pages like boring old white igoogle to sleek sexy black igoogle with a sleep silver logo. You can import any styles you like. I prefer black. I guess I’m just emo that way.
Which brings us to iGoogle. I’m one of those people who if it’s not right there in front of me I’ll forget about it until I abandon it completely. iGoogle keeps things right in front of me. There are hundreds of addons. I use to view google calendar, gmail, my to-do list, currency converter, imperial to metric converter and an ip lookup. I really depend on this one.
This extension blocks websites like youtube from automatically playing audio and video streams to you until you tell it to.
Claims to speed up Firefox page load times. Nothing to lose by installing this one.
There’s several extensions to use with the del.icio.us bookmarking tool. I sometimes install different ones but they all pretty much do the same thing. I use several computers so this one’s essential to keeping all my bookmarks in one place and in some kind of order.
The free contact form generator I used on my contact page from telepro.co.uk created a minor crisis when some lunatic found a way to use the script to send twenty-thousand spam messages via that very script and this server. Crazy bastards.
So anyway, most people who visit this site already know how to reach me on irc.
IRC Server: Undernet
I’ve said it dozens of times. Email is evil, second only to the telephone.