Monday, December 17, 2007

Oh NOs! What am I to do?

I just figured out that I'm......I' alien! Sssshhhhh! Don't tell anybody my secret! Sheena is an alien too. Oh crap. I wasn't supposed to say that. Oh no what am I going to do? I love abducting people. I find it to be great fun with all the anal probing and brain sucking. Oh just thinking about it makes me so excited! Okay okay I just need to calm down now. But I just can't help thinking abducting my friends! I need their minds! I NEED THEM! Sheena pretends to be scared of being abducted, but it's all an act. She's the mother alien and I'm the father alien. You know E.T.? That was our child. We're actually 178 years old.

I can't believe I'm letting out my secret. I just can't hold it in anymore! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

See you on our spaceship! AH AH anal probes! YES!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Vote for X3F in the 07 Xbox Community Awards [update: win prizes] - Xbox 360 Fanboy

Vote for X3F in the 07 Xbox Community Awards [update: win prizes] - Xbox 360 Fanboy

Vote for your favorite Xbox 360-related podcasts and be entered to win prizes. The winners will also receive prizes to give away on their respective websites.

Monday, November 05, 2007

(2007-11-05) Gmail's IMAP server appears to be down [UPDATE: Back up]

As of 9:33 PM EST (GMT -5:00), the IMAP server appears to be unresponsive. I am using Thunderbird on Windows XP Pro. I am still able to access another IMAP server so Thunderbird is working. It just does not want to connect to Gmail after I left work and started up the computer (and Thunderbird) at home.

UPDATE: As of 10:15 PM EST Gmail's IMAP server is working again.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Official Google Blog: By the pricking of our thumbs...

Official Google Blog: By the pricking of our thumbs...

The Google folks do have some cute costumes.

I just wish that the Picasa slideshow player (which I didn't know existed as something that could be embedded until just now) showed up in Google Reader.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

AT&T Mobility Data Network Down [UPDATED]

The data network for AT&T Mobility seems to be down in the northwest Atlanta area. No Media Net, no google, nothing. I wonder if this is affecting iPhone users.

UPDATE: At about 6:45 pm EDT it was working again.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

So tonight i'm going to a haunted house with my wife and a friend. It should be a lot me fun. Hopefully we end up going to one close to ou

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

RESOLVED: Gmail Problems (after enabling and using IMAP)

I just spent a half hour using IMAP in Mozilla Thunderbird Portable Edition. After using it for a little bit, I decided I wanted to check that the changes I made in Thunderbird were in fact reflected in the webmail.
After attempting to log in it appeared that nothing happened. I tried this multiple times to no avail. I then entered an incorrect password to see if anything was happening and sure enough I got an error that the password was wrong. I have since submitted an error notification to Google and am expecting a response any day now.

Well, I (sort of) found out what was causing my Gmail webmail account to stop letting me log in. I had to delete all of the cookies related to Google. After I did that I was instantly able to log in.

IMAP from Gmail

It appears that Gmail has finally enabled IMAP access for people who don't want to download all their messages. IMAP enables email users to have their email available anywhere they can access it rather than only in the email client that emails are downloaded to via POP.

Screenshot of IMAP option in Gmail

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Inside the Box » Blog Archive » ThinkPads are Ruggedized Machines

Inside the Box » Blog Archive » ThinkPads are Ruggedized Machines: "It was past time for us to get third party validation that our machines could take on the rigors of use normally reserved for only the “rugged” category. Earlier this year, Trace Laboratories took our ThinkPad T61 and ThinkPad R61 and put them to the test. The results are great news and a great testament to our engineers. We passed the following tests: Altitude (500.4), Humidity (507.4), Vibration (514.5), High Temperature (501.4), and Temperature Shock (503.4). We almost passed blowing sand and dust test (510.4), but there was an error message on boot. However, the system did boot normally after we bypassed the error message. I count that as a half victory — so a ThinkPad has successfully passed 5.5 MIL Spec tests."

This makes me somewhat happy to own and use a ThinkPad. I say only somewhat because I used the older T42 model. However, I already knew that the ThinkPad was somewhat ruggedized as it uses accelerometers (starting with the T40 series), and roll cages and such. Its cases are built fairly strongly. The main weak point is the power connector (something like DMC connector?). In any case the ThinkPad which costs slightly more than some other "standard" laptops, but far less than "rugged" laptops, passed 5 MIL Spec tests.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Apple Sales and Refund Policy

Apple Sales and Refund Policy: "Should Apple reduce its price on any shipped product within 10 calendar days of shipment, you may contact Apple Sales Support at 1-800-676-2775 to request a refund or credit of the difference between the price you were charged and the current selling price. To receive the refund or credit you must contact Apple within 14 business days of shipment."

The iPhone (8GB) just dropped in price from $599 to $399. As such, it is important to remember that being the first to own the latest and greatest does have its price. However if you bought the iPhone from Apple withing the last 10 days then you should hurry up and call the above number to ask for a refund of the difference.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Freakin Weekend

Things for me are going all right. I had a not-so-great day in class on Saturday when I found out that one of my group members didn't do all his part for the group paper and presentation. Also, when I got home on Saturday I was on the phone and out of nowhere I feel this burning sensation on the side of my face, right where the phone is. I feel the side of my face and don't feel anything. Then I feel another burning sensation a little lower on my face and wipe at my face and realize that there was something on there. I drop the phone and as I get up I hear the thing flying away. I step out of the room and eventually come back into the room to try to find the bug. I finally find it to discover that it was a wasp.
Apparently, it stung me twice on my face without leaving me with his stinger. So, I go and use some Benadryl spray that I had, thanks to finding poison ivy near my house. Then I put an ice pack on my face and take some ibuprofen. Luckily, I'm not allergic at all to bee and wasp stings otherwise I'd have gone to the emergency room. After an hour the two sting areas didn't hurt at all. Now I'm working and studying for my two finals, one today and one tomorrow.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Aging infrastructure at heart of Minnesota disaster | CNET

Aging infrastructure at heart of Minnesota disaster | CNET "'We just don't have enough inspectors and inspections,' said William Ibbs, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. 'It didn't surprise me. It is a tragedy, but unfortunately it doesn't surprise me.'"

Wow, I guess we really need more civil engineers.

"To a large degree, the difficulty of adequately maintaining infrastructure is caused by the sheer scope of the task. 'Did you know that there are over 600,000 bridges in the U.S.?' Ibbs said. 'And there are also pipelines, roads, dams, schools.'"

Yes, there are also pipelines, roads, dams, and schools. There are quite a few structures and buildings that are not inspected that should be. I know that the county recently sent a person to inspect the quality of the water at my office building. That's great that the water in my building should be clean, but that isn't even what the county is responsible for. The county is only responsible for the water up to the water meter, which I would presume is within 10 feet of the curb.

This makes me wonder how many civil engineers are employed in their field and how many agencies/companies are actively hiring civil engineers. Perhaps Congress and other legislative bodies should look at ways to get these agencies the funds (and directives?) they need to inspect these structures and buildings in a reasonable time period.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Rotating Wall

This is something you have to see in person to really believe, but it looks like a sculptor in the UK has successfully created a rotating wall in a downtown London building that exposes the inside of the building to those outside. I don't think I'd install this in my home, but it is definitely a conversation starter. Fun Tests - Computer Geek / Nerd Quiz Fun Tests - Computer Geek / Nerd Quiz: "
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Friday, July 06, 2007

Photos: Cracking open the iPhone | CNET

Photos: Cracking open the iPhone | CNET "Wait a minute. The iPhone doesn't support 3G. Why does our iPhone have a 3G SIM card? Is this a sign of things to come?

Credit: TechRepublic"

Nope. Sorry. Every SIM card they issue lately is a 3G sim card--even if you have a non-3G phone and/or live in an area without 3G coverage. My replacement Sony Ericsson w810i had a 3G sim card in it when it was sent to me, though I still had to use my previous sim card unless I wanted to call Cingular to have them activate the new sim card in place of the old one.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Novel Concept for Customer Information Security

A company that is providing an online file storage business--with a free level of 1GB of storage. This company is I am not writing to discuss how well the service works, but to make a quick note on the "Security" section in its Privacy Policy. It states:

No customer information is stored on employees' personal computers.

This could be ambiguous. (Is the employer-issued computer the "employee's personal computer" or only computers actually owned by the employee?) I'll look at the following using the stricter interpretation of the former.

Now how hard would that be for other companies and public entities to implement? There are companies that have very personal information on thousand or millions of customers, but let employees have that data on their employees' computers. There have been notebook computers, CDs, and even desktops that have been recently lost, stolen, or otherwise unaccounted for.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The angora nude suit family photo disturbs me and Luke

This is wierd! I have never seen anything like it and hopefully won't ever see anything like it.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Mario Throws Gang Signs at Nintendo Museum in Japan

The videographer meets creators of some famous Nintendo video games as Super Mario Kart and Nintendogs.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wired News: The Wii Is a Plastic Box of Death

Wired News: The Wii Is a Plastic Box of Death

Lore Sjobert (sorry, I don't have the umlaut on my keybord for the o) has written a very entertaining article about how the Nintendo Wii (or "the Murder Appliance" as he calls it) has changed video games to transform troubled and not-so-troubled youth into murdering gang members. As a Wii owner, I find this hilarious. I am somewhat surprised that this was written for Wired and not for
He talks about how the controller could be more popular than the Glock if it were more plentiful. Also, the Wii Sports games encourage gamers to be more active and so they could actually join gangs and "be mobile for a while."

Now if only we could get more Wii gamers to hold on to their controllers a little harder.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

Should this be the end of the radio station that sponsored the "Hold your wee for a Wii" contest? - Strange's Lawyer Asks FCC To Pull Station Off Air

Should this be the end of the radio station that sponsored the "Hold your wee for a Wii" contest? I'm not sure, but they should definitely be punished for this reckless behavior. Either they should be severely fined or they should have their broadcasting license terminated. Apparently, 107.9 "The End" did not warn the 18 contestants of the contest of any potential health hazard and did not do sufficient research to prevent this tragedy from happening. In their standard contest rules, they have the expected stipulation that "17. KDND-107.9 THE END radio, its agencies, affiliates, sponsors, or representatives absolve themselves of any liability, financial or otherwise, resultant of any "on" or "off" air contest staged by KDND-107.9 THE END."
I have to wonder if the FCC is already looking into this, but not wanting to say so publicly. In any case, Sacramento, California may be saying goodbye to "The End" as they know it.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Fredrik and Crew on Maiken: Stone sea and volcano

Fredrik and Crew on Maiken: Stone sea and volcano

This is something that does not happen that often. The birth of an island is caught in pictures by a passing yacht in the Pacific Ocean. Could this be a vacation spot in the making? Not likely given that it is so new and likely to get covered by more volcanic activity. Nevertheless, this is noteworthy as more land is being created despite the alleged disappearance of shores and islands elsewhere.