Archive for the 'Technology' Category

February 4th, 2009

The Sun! It’s Back!

After years of online activity, I have a reasonable sample of data that says I go quiet every winter (from about December to February). Fortunately, the sun is coming back, and I am feeling increasingly communicative. I recently stumbled across a program called MyPaint for my Nokia Internet Tablet (a handheld device similar to a […]

December 10th, 2008

Tree and Internet Removal

We had a tree removed yesterday, by the skilled and and friendly Dave “E” Tree. Here’s a long-exposure picture of my kids climbing on the wood. (We’re keeping the wood–my wife wants a fire pit where the tree used to be.) We had the stump removed today. Unfortunately, during stump removal the Utopia fiber line […]

August 7th, 2008

You can’t verb Live Search.

A while ago I used the quote, “you can’t grep dead trees” (meaning you can’t use a computer to search a paper book). Since I enjoy trying to use plain English rather than jargon, it occurred to me that there’s a pleasingly similar but more modern and mainstream way to express the idea: You can’t […]

May 10th, 2008

Nokia N800 and Verizon Wireless

I recently bought a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. It was $220 from TigerDirect through Amazon. It runs a Debian-based Linux, and works remarkably well as both a web browser and pocket-sized mp3 player. I have paired it with my Verizon phone (LG Model VX8900) using Bluetooth, which is handy for browsing the web when I […]

March 10th, 2008

Amnesia Programming Font

On Sunday I spent some time tweaking the font I usually use for programming (DejaVu Sans Mono) to make it work better for me. My version is called Amnesia Sans Mono (a reference to Stephen Wright‘s joke, “Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time.”). Here’s a sample at 24 point. […]

February 11th, 2008

Sony Boycott

I’ve been boycotting Sony since their DRM Rootkit attack on consumers. Recently Sony/BMG opened their music to DRM-free sale in mp3 format on, and I’ve since been CONSIDERING dropping my boycott. If they were to start selling DRM-free downloadable movies or make a public statement denouncing the use of DRM in general, I would […]

December 20th, 2007

Hard Disk Video Camera

I recently bought a JVC GZ-MG255U camcorder with an internal hard drive. It’s almost everything I’d hoped it would be. The size, weight, features, video quality, etc. are all satisfactory. The macro capability is fantastic, and makes me yearn for insect-infested summertime. It comes with bundled software, which I’m sure provides some sort of Nerf […]

July 4th, 2007

Removing games…

It’s story time. Once upon a time in high school, I had a really cool computer science teacher named Clarence Whetten. Our computer lab consisted of a Unix system with 4 Meg of RAM and about 30 dumb terminals. As I understand it, Mr. Whetten approached a local company (ICON, where I later worked as […]