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The more complicated things get…

  • January 28, 2010

First off, don't get me wrong: I love my new Alienware laptop. It rocks in so many ways I haven't found them all yet. Still, some things are just too damned fancy in my godlike opinion. For instance? Instead of clicky-button controls for things like volume control, CD ejection, media control (what? your laptop doesn't have play, fast forward and rewind buttons?) and all that other stuff, mine has touch-sensitive capacitance controls. It's the same idea as the ubiquitous touch pads, taken to another level of fancy-it-up-because-we-can. Well, today mine suddenly stopped working. About the same...

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Peremptory re-booting

  • January 22, 2010

I can't be the only person who gets annoyed by Microsoft's insistence on re-booting my machine without asking first. Who the hell do they think they are? I gave permission to install updates autonomously, but why does that include a re-boot? The proper procedure is to install the updates, then provide notice that a re-boot is now needed, and LET ME DECIDE WHEN TO DO IT. Sometimes I leave my machine in the state I want to find it in come morning, and I'm getting sick and tired of waking up to browser crash notices and windows I've left linked for convenience being gone. Guess I need to revoke...

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HTML 5 or XHTML 2?

  • January 15, 2010

Why don't, instead of working feverishly on competing standards, these web geek gurus get together and come up with a single one that offers the best of both? Can anyone say ego issues? The graphics display features in HTML 5 are attractive to a graphics geek like moi, but I have to pause: will HTML 5 become such a pile of bloatware that it rivals a Microsoft product? Sure, it'd be nice to be able to post up animations that don't require proprietary software and plug-ins (I'm talking to you, Flash people), but what part of such displays belong in the realm of content that shouldn't be in the main...

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Rippin’ on FOX

  • January 14, 2010

Like many people in this country whose mindset isn't somewhere to the right of Adolph Hitler (Godwin alert!), when FAUX Noise comes to my attention I greet it with a mixture of exasperation and sadness (for the dupes who believe their shtick). Words usually don't fail me, but I've never really had the inspiration to summarize the plague that they are in any coherent form. Well, my good friend John (who also happens to be a virtuoso guitarist and arranger) put the muse (perfectly IMNSDHO) to words this morning: "Fox gets good ratings telling ultra right wing people what they want to hear, keeping...

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Getting artistic on your ass

  • January 12, 2010

So, one of my favorite time-wasters (especially when golf is out of season) is making "digital art." I work in 3D and 2D, and use a boat load of different applications to get the effects I want. You might have seen my gallery of past work linked on the left, there, but I really haven't updated that pile in ages. (Editor's note: the site has since had a complete make-over and the left hand nav buttons are history. Read further for a current link.) I have been doing new stuff, however; it's just over on a page of its own because frankly I'm kind of tired of my existing web site design. The site...

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Okay, guess you just have to laugh

  • January 7, 2010

The whole Tiger debacle has been what it is. Some people are upset, some pretend they knew it all along, some don't give a rat's ass, and some decide to make a funny. That's what the fine folks over at My Dog Ate My Blog did when they posted Wood’s Wood Warrants 8 New Campaigns! Might as well go check it out and get a chuckle or two.

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