Regularly Posting Since 2000

June 11th, 2007 @ 9:22 am
How to Open Outlook Attachments

A friend of mine sent me a link to an iTunes song he thought I’d like. Of course I was unable to open it because it came delivered as an attachment. (Cue scary music.) Microsoft thinks that I can’t possibly be trusted to not open some flesh-eating virus, so by default Outlook blocks everything. It’s […]

June 10th, 2007 @ 9:45 am
Email Should Always Be Plain Text

Zeldman does a spectacular job explaining why I hate when people use Word as their email editor.

April 30th, 2007 @ 8:23 am
Old Navy Is Broken

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a great linen shirt at Old Navy. It’s so great, in fact, that today I thought I’d go to the website and grab a couple more of them. Alas, I cannot. Their website is broken. This is a multi-million dollar company and they’re currently not able to […]

April 29th, 2007 @ 12:58 am
Dropkick Murphys

I bought a CD today. It was a little bit strange. I can’t remember the last time I bought an actual compact disc. I’m sure this isn’t the first one I’ve bought since I moved to LA seven years ago, but I know that since I got my iPod the number of CDs I’ve purchased […]

April 26th, 2007 @ 6:08 am
Microsoft Money for Pocket PC

From the Department of Inexplicable Corporate Decisions: Pocket PC integration discontinued with Microsoft Money 2007.

April 21st, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
Delete Empty Folders

Looking for a way to clear some of your computer’s clutter? Getting rid of empty directories is a good start. I was looking for a file and realized that my machine was spending a long time searching through folders that I knew had nothing in them. A quick Google search returned a handy DOS trick […]

April 20th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
Boost Your Belkin Wireless Router

We’re running a Belkin Wireless G router in my office. I had to rummage in my garage for a few old wireless USB dongles, but it’s much nicer than having to string CAT-5 all over the place. (I hate cables.) Some of us were suffering deadly latency and frequently-dropped connections, which was annoying as hell. […]

April 18th, 2007 @ 6:54 am
RSS and the Remote Control

All three of the televisions in my house are connected to either a TiVo box or a DirecTV box. Both of these systems give me the option of displaying a “guide” in a grid right on the screen. If I want to see what else I can watch, I click to the guide and browse […]

April 10th, 2007 @ 4:30 pm
Griffin Reflect iPod Case

A week or so ago I found a link to the Griffin Mirrored Chrome Finish iPod case on Dan’s site. Anything that beautiful must be mine. I ordered one immediately and it arrived last night. The previous case I had — Agent18‘s video-shield — was awesome, to be sure. After a year and a quarter, […]

April 7th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm
Florida Football Schedule

The schedule for the University of Florida 2007 football season has been published. You can find it at the University Athletic Association website. They even give you the ability to import the schedule directly into Outlook! It took me a few minutes to find it, of course. There is just a lot of stuff cluttering […]

April 3rd, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
iTunes Playlist Options Improvement

The feature I’d most like to see added to iTunes “smart playlist” building is the ability to exclude songs based on metadata. I like to listen to music that I haven’t heard in a long time and / or that I haven’t heard very often. The only problem is that when I choose to select […]

March 31st, 2007 @ 9:09 am
WordPress Gunning-Fog Analysis PlugIn

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to build a WordPress plugin to display a Gunning-Fog analysis on his blog. The math part was pretty easy stuff. I was having a borch of a time getting the plugin to count syllables, so I hunted through Google and found someone else had written […]

March 27th, 2007 @ 8:41 am
Vista Roadblock

Washington — At least two federal government agencies are refusing to upgrade their computers with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system, citing concern over costs and compatibility issues. In a Jan. 19 memo to staff, Dan Mintz, the Transportation Department’s chief information officer, imposed an “indefinite moratorium” on upgrading desktop and laptop computers with the […]

March 9th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm
Alexa Is Skewed

I’ve often wondered how Alexa manages to get its data. Their stats never seem to synch with mine. It turns out there’s a fly in the ointment over there.

March 8th, 2007 @ 6:58 am
Motorola HS801 Bluetooth Connection

The first thing I did after crossing the marathon finish line was call my girlfriend so she could come get me. It was the last call I would make with my trusty RAZR. My hands were slick with sweat and the phone was coated with the salt and grime that had evaporated from my body […]

March 2nd, 2007 @ 4:39 pm
Friday Five: Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday Five: Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. CTRL-W (Firefox)
    Closes an open tab.
  2. CTRL-S (almost every Microsoft product)
    Saves.
  3. CTRL-SHIFT+arrow, SHIFT-END, & SHIFT-HOME (almost every text editor)
    Highlights (selects) a word and / or line of text.
  4. ALT-F4 (Windows)
    Closes the current window.
  5. ALT-SPACEBAR-X (Windows)
    Maximizes the current window.
February 27th, 2007 @ 9:29 am
Digital Shower

When the future finally arrives, I think one of the things I’m going to appreciate the most is the digital shower. (Does anyone make one now?) I think being able to simply digitally set the water temperature will revolutionize my morning ablutions beyond belief. Fumbling the faucets for five minutes trying to achieve the perfect […]

February 26th, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
Free WiFi in Los Angeles

I added my house to Hotspotr. If you are desperate for free WiFi in Los Angeles, feel free to sit in my driveway and use some of my bandwidth. I have had a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router with no password for years and I’m also broadcasting with the free FON wireless access point I got […]

February 21st, 2007 @ 7:37 pm
Amazon Wishlist Yahoo! Pipe

Today I decided that my life would not be complete if I didn’t learn how to use Yahoo! Pipes. So I gave it a shot. I couldn’t really think of anything I wanted in a pipe, so I decided to try building one that would let me search eBay for items on my Amazon wishlist. […]

February 20th, 2007 @ 6:21 am
Turn On Links

One of the world’s worst, most-annoying spam-prevention systems is the one in my current version of Outlook — Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 (11.8002.6568) SP2. I’d say about one out of every three times I attempt to click on a link in an email, I get a warning telling me that all links in the message have […]