I made Cool Tools

March 01, 2006

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I deciede to send some stuff into Cool Tools. Since I love seeing what comes up on that site I figured I should contribute as well. I've only sent two things in and they picked up the second one. The Smart Drive 2002. This kinda has me wanting to try and get something some of the other sites I frequent like BoingBoing.


VMWare Player

February 28, 2006

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For all those Windows users out there that want to play around with Linux (or develop on it like I do), the fine folks at VMWare have release VMWare Player. The software lets you run a "Virtual Machine" inside your computer. You can install from a bunch of options, but I'm a fan on the linux one since you can have your own little linux server sitting in your Windows machine.

If you develop for the web (and your web server is a linux box) this is very handy because you can have a development/testing server sitting inside your work machine.

Just awesome…. (And yes, I'm that much of a geek)


The cost of power

February 28, 2006

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I would hate it if this happend, but it wouldn't surprise me. Pay for Power. Attache some type of payment system to power outlets in public places so that in order to get juice to recharge your laptop, cell phone, music player, etc.. you have to pay. Obviously the rates would be different depending on where you are. For example, a coffee shop might be $1/hour while an airport might be $1/15min. I can understand how some businesses would want to make sure that they are compensated for a higher electric bill, but I'll be it becomes impossible for them to resist the temptation to turn this into a profit center. Smart businesses will realize that they will get more customers for there primary business if they don't do this, but there are a bunch of companies that aren't that smart.


Battlestar

February 27, 2006

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I'm continually impressed with Battlestar Galactica. Don't let the Sci-Fi genra turn you off. It's amazing. And they keep making it better.


Viewfinderless

February 27, 2006

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This probably would never have occured to me and their may already be some out there, but one of Canon's new point and shoots doesn't have a veiwfinder. Just a big-ass LCD screen.

When I shoot with my point-and-shoot I rarely use the viewfinder, but I also don't use the screen. Opting instead for a more zen style where I point the camera in the general direction and pull the trigger.

Generally, I'm not that big a fan of the LCD screens becuase of the battery draw, but it's very nice to have the ability to see exactly what the compisition looks like when you do use it.


No more technotes

February 27, 2006

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I wasn't useing stimulatingpixels.com/technotes so I've moved the things that were poste there over here and am killing it. Much easier to deal with everything in one place. So, there are a bunch of more geek items that just got posted and there will be a few more in the future.


Speed Up Firefox a Little

February 27, 2006

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This will setup FireFox to make multiple connections to a web server and pull stuff down faster. in the location bar type: about:config to bring up Firefox's configuration settings. Change the values of these parameters as follows: network.http.pipelining = true network.http.proxy.pipelining = true network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 8 Create a new one for the following at set it to true: network.http.pipelining.firstrequest = true One that may cause a few problems, so try at your own risk is to create this new boolean param: nglayout.ititialpaint.delay = true (To change settings, just double click on existing items. To make the new ones, right click and select "New -> Boolean", then set the value to "true").


Windows Explorer Shotcut

February 27, 2006

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I don't like the way Windows Explorer opens on default. From that view, I almost always have to close something in order to get at what I want. Instead, I change the target of the shortcut to this: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, /select, d:\ Which opens in a basic view with the drives waiting for me to figure out when one I want to dive into.


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