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Archive for December, 2003

Yet another site update :)

by on Dec.07, 2003, under Site Updates

Ok, did yet another site update which most won’t notice. This is more on my administration end smile Basically, I’ve got an initial admin panel which allows me to add entries, delete entries, and delete comments as needed. Later, I’ll add support for banning a commentor based on ip address, filtering, etc. etc. BUT, pretty good as I didn’t have an admin panel at all when I started.

Ok, now the fun part – go back, update some code to allow different users their own “blog” system. This shouldn’t take too long, and once it’s done, a major segment of the code will be completed and operational. Then, it’ll be a matter of creating alternate “styles” for use, and letting people have the source code. Cheers!

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Some random quotes I found from my ancient website

by on Dec.07, 2003, under General

  • “I got a big burrito, and you can call it Chico.” ~Joel Stein, “My Name Is Carlos”
  • “Woman, this is all yo’ fault! If you didn’t come chargin’ in here like a frikkin’
    moose all bllll!!!”

  • “Damn woman! Why you gotta be such a ragin’ bitch?”
  • “Why you gotta steal my flava?” ~Kenny Griffin, “Can’t Hardly Wait”
  • “What’s with today, today?” ~Lucas, “Empire Records”
  • In a stilted Russian accent… “I am a sex machine. Do you want to touch my penis?”
    ~Foreign Exchange Student, “Can’t Hardly Wait”

  • “Here’s to the beauty that is. I have no idea what that means.” ~Sheryl Crow, Lilith
    Fair Kansas City 1999

  • “Dahling – be a dear – haven’t slept in a year. I need your help to make my
    neighbor’s yappy dog disappear.” ~Angel, “RENT”

  • “I’m forbidden to produce milk. In cyberland we only drink diet coke.” ~Maureen,
    “RENT”

  • “Look baby, I gotta go.” ~The Ladies Man

Feel free to comment and add some more. Eventually I’ll probably post a comments page.

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We now have rss feed support!

by on Dec.04, 2003, under Site Updates

Ok, for all those who use rss feeders (and for those who don’t, you should consider it), look here:Salon article on RSS (subscription required). Also, look here for some more information: rss feed readers for windows. For my personal favorite on OS X, look here Net Newswire. There’s a free version without all the whistles and bells you can use.

RSS is a technology allowing “subscription” to a website giving you the latest updates to that website on a regular interval.

And, as always, drop me an email if you wish (and now comment as well) to let me know what ya think!

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Updated site so comments work

by on Dec.03, 2003, under Site Updates

Well, we’ll see how this works smile I’ve updated the website to work with comments. Hopefully, it’ll work all well and sweet and stuff. Hmm, now lets see, add support for submitting articles instead of by hand and the code is getting much better. Then, I need a nice admin interface, multi-site support, etc. etc. etc…. smile

Anyways, please add some comments, test stuff out, let me know what ya think

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For the record, I don’t want a car like this

by on Dec.01, 2003, under General

I have to say, as a general rule, NO to having my entire car be “intelligent”. Here’s why: BMW glitch locks Thai minister in car. I mean, come on people, there’s a certain point where having your entire car wried, finding a pot of coffee, etc. for you makes it more difficult to use.

My personal view on electronics in cars:

  • Keep it to simple basic requirements, such as locks, doors, etc. NO overly complex systems which control everything.
  • Complex electronics, i.e. a radio or GPS system should be an accessory, NOT an integral part of the car
  • There should be a manual override to ALL such pieces. i.e. your keys should still be able to unlock the door (even if it requires a security code in addition). Meaning, electronic locks and stuff are good, but make sure that if the batteries all die, you still have a method to get in. Also, make sure it’s not easy to break into by cutting the power cables (i.e. a mechanical secure entry system).
  • If there are electronic components, make em cheap and easy to replace. Use standardized components. Simple system makes it one hell of a lot easier to work on things yourself. Consider any car today, and how much it costs to do work on said car. Particularly if it’s the “computer” or any other electrical component. COME ON PEOPLE. Why pay $500 or whatever for an onboard computer when the components themselves are what, $5? And there’s alternative operating systems to run on those components for free?

Ok, I’d better stop. But, these are just a few things I think should be standard. I had an ’84 F150 Ford pickup truck, all manual. Let’s just say there are times that I miss that old truck.

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