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More Underutilized (X)HTML
Yesterday’s entry about definition lists was, I think, a good one for all web developers but especially so for the slightly less experienced ones.  So I thought I’d point out some other tags that can be very valuable but that don’t typically get the exposure …
Friday Jan 30, 2004 | 4 Comments
(X)HTML Definition Lists
The “definition list” (the tag and associates) is definitely one of the more underused, yet useful :HTML: tags around.  How underused is it?  Well, as far as I can remember, the first time I ever use a definition list was a few days ago when …
Thursday Jan 29, 2004 | 3 Comments
The Scoop on Selling Cars
The car site Edmunds.com hired a new journalist and decided to send him undercover as a car salesman for his first assignment.  You can now read the entire story of the journalist: from his first job in a high-pressure import dealership, to his stint on …
Wednesday Jan 28, 2004 | 1 Comment
Linus Torvalds on SCO
Business Week has a nice, fairly short interview with Linux creator Linus Torvalds.  Most of us are aware at least of the fact that SCO has been almost as lawsuit-crazy as the :RIAA: recently.  Anyway, the interview is good and there are a couple of …
Wednesday Jan 28, 2004 | 0 Comments
super size me
One Morgan Spurlock spent 30 days making a documentary on the health of eating a McDonald’s diet.  He ate all three meals each day, and any snacks, only from McDonald’s.  Not only did he gain 25 pounds, but by the end of the month he …
Monday Jan 26, 2004 | 5 Comments
pMachine: Current Member Info, Take 2
I previously posted an entry about an add-on for :pMachine: I wrote.  What I had certainly worked, but while working on another project I discovered that I needed something even more flexible and powerful.  So, I went about revising the add-on from the ground up …
Saturday Jan 24, 2004 | 3 Comments
find new music that you like
This is a very nifty tool.  Slow as molasses, but it’s incredibly accurate.  Well at least I think it’s incredibly accurate. Music Plasma is a visual music search engine.  You tell it one of your favorite artists, and then it draws on a (very slow) …
Friday Jan 23, 2004 | 2 Comments
Apple and Pepsi vs. RIAA
We already know how Apple’s flying circles just outside the RIAA‘s borders, seemingly taunting them.  People have speculated if it was intentional, or just conjecture.  Well, on February 1st, during the Superbowl, the issue will be out in the open. Pepsi and Apple, as you …
Friday Jan 23, 2004 | 3 Comments
I do love me some British Parliament
Hoyle/Lindsay of the Labour Party signed an EDM discussing iPod batteries. That this House notes with concern the difficulty people are having in replacing batteries for iPods, the new pocket sized walkmans; notes that iPods were a favourite Christmas present, with a value of between …
Friday Jan 23, 2004 | 4 Comments
What Do People Search For?
While searching for some other information this evening, I took a little side trip and looked at some of the actual search terms that people have used in search engines to get to the site.  Some were just too good to not share, and so …
Thursday Jan 22, 2004 | 6 Comments
nintendo is going to steal from me again
How can I resist?  They obviously sit around on trans-Pacific conference calls in Seattle and Tokyo discussing, “What’s the next ridiculous thing that we can do that will take Derek’s money?”  Aside from the N64 and Virtual Boy, they have always succeeded.  Those two were …
Thursday Jan 22, 2004 | 8 Comments
mikerowesoft.com
I almost put this up yesterday, but I honestly didn’t think it was that big a deal.  However, the blogging and news community seem to really have latched on to this story about a 17 year old being “harassed” my big, bad Microsoft.  You can …
Tuesday Jan 20, 2004 | 8 Comments
Badger Badger Badger
Fo your amusement (and stupified mystification) I bring you the Badger song.  You may know it from such sources as yesterday’s and today’s User Friendly comic strips. Yeah… I don’t really get it either.  It’s both strangely soothing and repulsive at the same time. …
Tuesday Jan 20, 2004 | 6 Comments
Mix Up Those Websites
Wow, this is really, really neat.  TopFX has a very cool utility that will let you mix style and content from two different websites.  You select the style/layout from one site and another site for the content. I tried a quick one using my site …
Monday Jan 19, 2004 | 7 Comments
Metrosexual?
What the heck is a [g]metrosexual[/g]?  I’ve heard the term before a couple of times, but the definition always seemed kind of ambiguous.  Well, now you can simply take a quiz to find out “are you a metrosexual?” Yeah, it’s pretty dumb, but I figure …
Monday Jan 19, 2004 | 5 Comments
Hot deal ‘vinyl’ CD-R’s under 50 cents each
Today and tomorrow (through 1/17), Office Depot has an in-store only buy one get one free of the Verbatim Digital Vinyl CD-R’s.  The five pack is $4.83, so after the free pack (at register, not a rebate) they end up being 48 cents each.  It’s …
Friday Jan 16, 2004 | 8 Comments
my give up!
This is scary.  You can’t beat it.  You can try, but if you know the answers to the questions it asks, and answer them truthfully, it can’t be done.  Go ahead.  Try to think obscure.  Use Google to help you with some that you think …
Thursday Jan 15, 2004 | 1 Comment
How to Write Letters without the hand cramps
If you’re like me, you’ve spent so much time typing, that it’s not only faster for you than writing by hand, but if you write with a pen for any length of time, your hand cramps.  Now, I’m also plagued with bad handwriting (thanks dad!), …
Wednesday Jan 14, 2004 | 2 Comments
Handy Dandy Printer
While I’ve been researching products for my business, one piece that I knew I wanted was a printer that could print directly onto printable DVD and CD media.  None of that sticker crap.  What I found were a bunch of high priced, costly to maintain, …
Wednesday Jan 14, 2004 | 6 Comments
NET SEND Your Way to a Suspension
Thirteen year old Carl Grimmer (a fellow Texan, I might add) enjoys learning about computers and how they work from his techie parents.  Among other things, they showed him DOS and it’s old NET SEND command.  It can be used to send short messages to …
Tuesday Jan 13, 2004 | 9 Comments
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