Old Magazines

June 15, 2006

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I'm cleaning out some old magazines to donate to the library. Mostly they are photo realeated ones, and going through a '95 copy of Camera and Darkroom, I found a Nikon fold out ad with three cameras on it. The camera with the least amount of play was the F4s which had been out for a while. The one that got the spotlight was the N90s. The one that got middle child position was the "E2s" which, frankly, I don't even remember. Copy says: The Digital Nikon The E2s. To look through its viewfinder is to see the future of photography. Picture quality rivals that of film. etc… At 1.4MB I think the marketers were maybe a little ahead of their time saying the quality rivals that of film. But marketers will do that, I suppose.


Scott Love

June 15, 2006

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I found out earlier this week that Scott Love was killed in Iraq. He's the first person I have known to be killed in war. That's just fucked up. When I was growing up, war was just a game I played with G.I. Joes. Until a few years ago it always seemed like something that belong, in real life, only to other countries or our past. Here's a cache of the al.com story.


Quixotic

June 15, 2006

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I forgot how to pronouce the word "Quixotic" and was asking an office mate if he knew, but he didn't. Turning to the magic of the net I pulled up Merriam-Webster's site and looked up the word: http://m-w.com/dictionary/quixotic Among other useful things, there is a little speaker button beside the word that you can click on to get an audio clip of the word being pronounced. Very cool reminder that we have come a long way since Moveable type was first invented.


Cold Calling

June 15, 2006

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I get cold calls from time to time about tech stuff. Usually staffing agencies. Just got one today on voice mail and the caller had such a thick Indian accent that it took me 30 seconds to figure out what he was calling about. A good principal in cold calling would be to make sure the person doing the call has a voice like a radio announcer. Communication is all you have going for you at the start of a cold call, so the voice (and accent) are about the most important thing in the first few seconds.


Page Graphic Maker - pagesaver

June 12, 2006

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Just found a "pagesaver" tool that's a Firefox extension that takes a page and makes a graphic out of it. Very helpful for those times when you need to screen grab an entire web page and it breaks the fold of your monitor. http://pearlcrescent.com/products/pagesaver/ Can even be run from the command line. So, if you don't mind dedicating a machine to it you can scirpt to pull a grab of a page at a regular interval.


Mall Noise

June 05, 2006

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I made a rare trip to the mall this weekend. I entered through the food court which has always struck me as a loud place, but this time I had a way to provide at least a little measurement. When I went in, I was listening to my MP3 player. If I'm in the office and just want a little background to help keep out the rest of the world I have the volume set at 2 or 3. If I'm out and about and actively listening to it I have the volume between 4 and 6 depending on how much other noise there is. When I walked into the food court of the mall, I had to crank the volume up to 21 in order hear the music clearly. To give you an idea of how loud this is. If I place the headphones at about 3 feet away and turn the volume up to 21 in my office I can clearly make out the words and music. It's a little distorted because my headphones are cheap, but still. That's pretty loud.


Follow up

June 03, 2006

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By the way, that lady really wasn't having a good day. She was on the way to the courthouse to bail someone (I didn't catch who) out of jail.


Check your tires

June 03, 2006

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While driving home this morning from a night out, I came across a 1 car accident that must have happened about 45 seconds before I caught up to it. It was a lady who was driving a Dodge Dakota that had a blow out in the rear passenger side tire. She was trying to pull off to the right side of the road, but somehow the car ended up upside down, pointed backwards on the left side. She was a little banged up, but other than freaking out a lot seemed relatively uninjured considering that the drive side of the passenger compartment was almost completely collapsed. The lady said that she had been telling her husband for a while that the tires were bad. I don't know exactly what she meant, but the entire wheel was gone. This is the second one car wreck I've happened upon that was the result of a tire blowing out on the highway. Let me say that making sure your tires are in good working order is a really good idea.


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