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Sunday, October 14, 2012

One Heck Of A Blocking Tool

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

The other night I read about a tool which helps to block all the tracking done by social networks, ad networks, and companies on many web sites. It’s called Do Not Track Plus and it’s a FREE DOWNLOAD. Here’s an example:


Frak you, selrahC!
Since installing it, it’s blocked over 500 entities! So yeah, me likey. You should too. It works on Firefox, Safari, Chrome, heck even Internet Exploder for PC users who still torture themselves. Doesn’t work on Opera though.
Go Ye and download and install Do Not Track Plus. The Macker Commands It!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Back To T&AT

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

Wow…I actually bought something on eBay for the first time in over two years! You know, sometimes one’s economic situation is a factor, and that was the case for a while. Still is.
One of my friends in town proudly showed me their new Pantech Link II messaging feature phone, and believe it or don’t, I was very impressed with the form factor…being able to comfortably hold it in my hand and hunt-and-peck text out a message on the portrait-format QWERTY keyboard, with buttons that, while conforming to the design, I could actually discern one from another!
At that point I resolved to get the phone, and switch back to AT&T.
I managed to scrounge up the funds to do it, and found a decently priced model someone was selling who only used it for two months while their iPhone was in the shop. I should have it by the end of this week, and then I can take it right away to an AT&T store to activate it as a GoPhone, and be done with Verizon.

And…speaking of eBay, they have a new logo out. Here it is:

Our refreshed logo is rooted in our proud history and reflects a dynamic future. It’s eBay today: a global online marketplace that offers a cleaner, more contemporary and consistent experience, with innovation that makes buying and selling easier and more enjoyable. We retained core elements of our logo, including our iconic color palette. Our vibrant eBay colors and touching letters represent our connected and diverse eBay community – more than 100 million active users and 25 million sellers globally and growing.

Kinda reminds me of Microsoft’s recent brand image revamping. But no matter. And there you have it.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Windows Fans, Rejoice!

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

For your patron finally has a new logo after 25 years!

The logo has two components: the logotype and the symbol. For the logotype, we are using the Segoe font which is the same font we use in our products as well as our marketing communications. The symbol is important in a world of digital motion (as demonstrated in the video above.) The symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.

Took ‘em long enough….

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sheer Processing Power

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

I watched this battle sequence from Skyrim last night on the iPad. I must say that I’m impressed!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet On Strike? Not Exactly…

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Mac Stuff

This is a valid protest against the SOPA and ProtectIP legislation in Congress. By the way, SOPA has according to the Examiner, has already been killed in the House, while protesters are still working on killing ProtectIP in the Senate.
Anyway, here’s what I found on Wiki:

And over at Battlestar Wiki:

And as a result, for a 24-hour period which began at 0500 GMT today, it will remain so.
BUT...

...all is not lost if you have an iOS device…install the free Wikipanion app for iPad and iPhone, and you can still access the English-language wikis, so long as your particular wiki is included in the search engines of the app, which these two are.
Here’s an e-mail release from ALGNews.org:

ALG praises Wikipedia.org and Other Websites for Striking Against
Online Censorship Bill

Jan. 18, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Wikipedia.org and other websites that are striking against legislation that would censor the Internet:
“Wikipedia and other websites are to be praised for going black today, and showing what the world might be like without websites that depend on user contributions. Whether intended or not, SOPA and PIPA will result in a regime of censorship on the Internet, particularly targeted at sites that allow users to upload content without restriction.
“Because of the broad language of the bills in both houses, any site that allegedly ‘facilitates’ features that could be used for posting copyrighted materials could be targeted, along with their revenue streams and visibility in search engines, by the government. The problem is that’s any site that allows uploading, which is practically every social network and blogging website on the Internet.
“Existing protections under the Digital Copyright Millennium Act already provide for the removal of copyrighted material from user-based websites, and give safe harbor to sites that actively remove content that violates intellectual property.  SOPA and PIPA will override those safe harbor provisions, and take the posture that websites are guilty until proven innocent.  In a free society, that is unacceptable.  It is un-American.”

I absolutely agree with this statement. I am only pointing out the chink in the Internet strike’s armor.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Let’s Play #OWS!

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Humor

And to do that, you need…this!

HAT TIP: m

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gee Wally…

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Humor

”...what will all those webOS owners do now that HP has abandoned the TouchPad just 49 days after its launch?”
“You know,” said Wally, the Beav’s big brother, “that’s an excellent question. At least for now, they’ve killed only the hardware, including all those webOS phones. That’s why they’ve had the $99 Fire Sale on those TouchPads, and they sure sold out quickly!”
Beav then mentioned, “I heard that Lenovo might acquire their webOS technology.”
“I don’t like that idea,” countered Wally.
“Why?”
“It has something to do with Godless Communists masquerading as Nationalist businessmen. Lord knows they already own so much of our debt.”
“Gee Wally,” smiled Beaver, “you’re not such a bad brother after all!”

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Sauce For The Goose

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | Republicans

...aka Bitch Stole our Font:


As it turns out, I took a look at the site’s CSS stylesheet and found that Gotham (the typeface in question) is not used on the site per se, but rather in major title graphics only. And what’s Обама gonna do? Sue and sic the Department of Just Us on her?

HAT TIP: Vilmar

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Open Source Look

Filed under: | Admin | Geek Stuff

If you want to see what I see when you read this blog, download and install the tfollowing typeface families. All are Open Source:

DejaVu
Inconsolata
Liberation

You won’t regret it.

UPDATE (05/25/11, 0800 MST): Here’s a screenshot:

Friday, March 04, 2011

Now THIS Game Brings Back Memories

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

Aside from Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Missile Command, the fourth major game I played was, of course, Pac-Man. Let’s face it, when you’re good at the game, it’s a chick magnet. I can attest to that.
I retired from the game when I reached over 250,000 on the scoreboard and the 15th Key. I literally got up from the console and said, “That’s it. I’m done.” People were shocked, I tell you, SHOCKED! that I could do such a thing. After all, I was spending 20 bucks a night at the arcade. I can only imagine how that would translate into today’s dollars. Adjusted for inflation of course.
Yes, those were the days.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Works As Advertised

Filed under: | Geek Stuff

When I found out there was a Body Glove available for the Official Communications Device a couple of weeks ago, I ordered it online and it was at my doorstep a couple of days later. After I properly configured it with a little help from folks who had longer fingernails than I do, it is clear that it was worth every penny.
The phone is easier to hold due to the slightly larger size, and isn’t slippery on a smooth service…not that I’m going to use the device as a Hockey Puck any time soon! So, no matter what type of phone you have, buy a protective case. You won’t regret it.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Navy Advance in Railgun Technology

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | War on Terror

I, for one, would love to see a Naval Railgun blow s**t up!

Once that’s done, you know who’ll get the blame and the next item Президент Оба́ма cuts. Which would really suck.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sunday Night Video

Filed under: | Entertainment | Geek Stuff

And it isn’t just CGI either. It’s done with live actors, no costumes!

HAT TIP: Vilmar

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Update

Filed under: | Geek Stuff | News

Well folks, please forgive me. Not only have I been busy relaxing (trying to at least), I’m also in some pain. But first…
Two days ago I celebrated my 50th Birthday. Yes, I am now 50. Be forewarned, you may see a Senior Moment post on here from time to time.
OK, so what did I do? Well, on Sunday, I went to church with my wife, who is in both the bell and vocal choirs. After that, I wanted us to goto Tucson to see some people I haven’t seen in quite some time…only to find out they weren’t there. So we didn’t go there.
Next, I went to the Verizon Store and upgraded my Official Phone to an LG Cosmos standard messaging phone. I don’t like putting all my eggses into one basket, if you know what I mean. So far, it’s pretty cool! Direct updates to Facebook, and other social networks which I don’t utilize, slideout QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3-megapixel digital camera, and a microSD card slot! A new learning curve is in effect, and it shouldn’t be long.
We also invited The Osprey over and we treated him to my Killer Smooth Nacho Dip for dinner. He really enjoyed it, and we enjoyed his company too!
Yesterday, The Mrs. and I went up to Sedona for the afternoon. It was the only day of the week she has off, so we took full advantage of that. It was the first time I saw Sedona not in its sunny glory, but rather with storm clouds going in:


Taken with the Cosmos, believe it or don’t.
We got back around 1820 hours and she scooted off to bell choir practice, and she got back a couple of hours later. And aside from the pain I’m dealing with (thankfully not in my back, or so it would seem, I’ll get in to the Dr. Friday), I’ve had one heck of a great weekend!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

He Who Lives in Glass Houses…

Filed under: | Battlestar Galactica | Geek Stuff

...have lots of money:

Gee, does it also have video windows too?

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