Tag Archive for tech

Scene From A Mall

I once noticed a girl pass me in the mall while i was using my laptop. My laptop noticed her own laptop’s open wifi signal came and went at the same time. It was oddly poetic.

The Great Exodus to Flickr

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.

What’s a Mac?

If a server is a sever, a mainframe is a mainframe, a PC is a personal computer, what’s a mac supposed to be?

I recall back in computer class in the 80s, a Mac was a Macintosh Personal Computer. This has bothered me ever since Apple started pushing ads with the whole Mac vs PC campaign.

Are Apple’s new target market supposed to be idiots or is Apple unhappy with the fact that personal computer makes people think they own their computer as opposed to Apple owning their customers?

Notice the old cover of Macworld identifies Macintosh as “Apple’s Remarkable New Personal Computer”.

I guess nobody really knows what Goofy is either.

Here’s to you Mac, whatever you are.

I always wondered about the hackcanada chainsaw until….

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!

Trying Again for Those Radio Waves

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.

Firefox Extensions and Customizations

Adblock

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.

http://www.futureshop.ca/javascript/avatar/callout_en.swf

Stumble Upon

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.

NoScript

NoScript does what it says it does. It blocks javascript unless I decide that I want to unblock a particular script. I recommend this one when using stumble upon because you’re constantly being led into new websites and you never know what scripts some sites are trying to push on your system. Of course this does block a lot of ads but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Stylish

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.

iGoogle

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.

Stop Autoplay

This extension blocks websites like youtube from automatically playing audio and video streams to you until you tell it to.

Fasterfox

Claims to speed up Firefox page load times. Nothing to lose by installing this one.

del.icio.us

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.