No more spell checking emails

July 11, 2007

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The email program I use at work doesn't have an inline spell checker. If you want to do a spell check, you have to click on a button and wait for it to go thru the message and pull up individual words that it finds that it thinks are wrong. While it's not THAT time consuming, the process probably takes a minute for short emails and two or a little more for longer ones. Aside from the time, it also really disrupts the "flow" of working. So, I'm pretty much going to stop doing spell checks. By and large the message should be understandable even with a few typos.


Open firewall for bittorrent

June 30, 2007

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This is mainly a note for me. If you run a bittorrent program like the open source Azureus and have a firewall like Comodo (which I highly recommend), you will need to open the port in the firewall to get the best use out of the bittorrent client. First figure out which port you need to open up by looking under the Tools menu in the "Connection" setting. It'll have the incoming/outgoing port number there. Then you need to go into the "Network Monitor" tab on the side of Comodo and create a new firewall rule with the following: Action = Allow Protocol = TCP or UDP Direction = In Source IP = Any Remote IP = your IP adress (or "Any" ) Source port = Any Remote port = the port your bittorent program uses for the TCP/UDP connections To give credit where credit is due, I got this from this post. I just want to make sure if it disappears I don't have to hunt down how to set it again.


iPhone seems quite nice

June 30, 2007

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okay, I wasn't all that hyped about the iPhone. It looked cool, but none of the ads I was really got my blood up. Today I was out running around with a buddy and he suggested we stop by the local apple store to see if they had one to take a look at. They had about 8 on display (with a huge ass security guard standing about 10 feet away from the table). So, I'm pretty darn impressed. Using the various functions on the phone was very intuitive and the screen/display was gorgeous. The overall size was a little smaller in all three dimensions than I had imagined and by and large that's a good thing. It didn't feel bulky at all to me. I think this was mainly a function of how thin the device is. The only drawback I saw in my few min of fun (aside from the steep ass price for both hardware and service) was typing. It wasn't bad, especially since it was my first time trying it, but I missed the key I was aiming for several times while trying to type "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". When I was typing, I was using both thumbs. After I left, I got to thinking about this, and I'd like to try again just holding the thing with one hand and typing with just the index finger of the other. I have a feeling that would be more accurate. Also, I'm sure it gets a fair amount easier with practice. Bottom line, I'm very impressed, but it's way too steep a price point for me until I get sponsored.


Online Graph Paper

June 28, 2007

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Found myself at work today needing a piece of graph paper. So, go to google and type in pdf graph paper and sure enough, the first link is to a site that let's you make your own pdf graph pages for printing. The internet is cool.


Project Cartoon

June 22, 2007

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For those of you have who ever done development work in a company this will be extremely funny: Project Cartoon. Further example of the scary transformation that started taking place when I first started my real job into someone that finds Dilbert funny way more often than not.


More fire in the eyes

June 16, 2007

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Here's another shot of Dave with his eyes on fire. Not one of the picks, but it shows the fire even higher. I should mention that I shot this on IR film. I was using a strobe and everything in terms of the exposure was a complete guess. I'm pretty sure I had never shot infrared with a strobe before and I sure hadn't shot fire before. The negs are pretty dense. I'd say over exposed by about two stops. Three on some frames. If I had missed that far in my guessing with digital it would not have been recoverable. Of course, when you get virtually instant feedback with a histogram, it only would have taken one or two test shots to dial in the exposure. Fire Eyes 2


New Music: Feist

June 16, 2007

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Just hear an interview with Feist on NPR this morning. Nice and chill. Will have to pick some up.


Handshake

June 16, 2007

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I love overly complicated stuff. Check out this handshake.


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