- Find Bar: just start typing to search a page, and there is no box in the way (be sure to try "Highlight").
- Smart Keywords: turn the address bar into a veritable command-line.For example, you can set up bookmards with keywords to:
- Live Bookmarks display RSS feeds as folders, each link a bookmark.
- SmartFind bookmarks, which have no friendly user interface yet, but the examples can be copied and modified to suit your needs. Think of them as saved bookmark searches. Even LiveBookmark items are included, making this a nifty aggregation tool!
A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
This version appears to be significantly faster to load, even without the "fastloader" it puts in your Startup folder.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Deserving Nonprofit, Open Source Software Projects
- The Mozilla Project
- Makers of the excellent Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email client, and more.
- A massive infrastructure for programmers, providing resources for thousands of projects, including the individually deserving cURL, 7-zip, FileZilla, Programmer's Notepad, PopTray, GhostScript, jEdit, and PDFCreator.
- The Apache Software Foundation
- The source of many important software projects, such as ant, fop, SpamAssasin, and the Apache web server.
- Another collaborative environment for programmers. Home of Subversion and TortoiseSVN.
- The free image viewer. It can read and convert nearly any graphic file.
- A language for automating typing and clicking. After all, the whole point of computers is to release humans from mindless tedium.
- SpyBot Search & Destroy
- The front lines on the war against spyware. SpyBot cleans up infections.
- Prevents spyware from being installed in the first place.
- The GNU Image Manipulation Program; a powerful graphics editor.
- The GNOME Foundation
- Home of the GNOME Free Software Desktop, including the Epiphany web browser (based on Mozilla), Evolution, and Dia.
Laudable Charities & Nonprofits
- The Wikimedia Foundation
- Support Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation & DigitalConsumer.org
- Movie companies and TV networks are making it illegal to skip commercials, fast forward past previews, and even record certain radio and TV shows. Recording industry companies want to control what kind of devices we can use to listen to music. Copyright law has been badly distorted in favor of exploitative companies that have wrested legal ownership away from artists. Help preserve what little rights we have left.
- Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email
- Can't we have one tiny corner of our lives that is not completely saturated by insipid, vacuous advertising and scams?
- Electronic Privacy Information Center & Americans for Computer Privacy
- Remember when 1984 sounded scary, but unlikely? Remember when Big Brother was a universally rejected concept?
- BlackBoxVoting.org, The Center for Democracy and Technology & MoveOn.org
- Accurate voting and an informed electorate are critical to our democracy.
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Help protect freedom!
Traditional Wish Lists
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
To drastically speed up disk cleanup in Windows, delete the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ VolumeCaches\ Compress old files\ key.
To configure and save a cleanup job, type cleanmgr /sageset:n (n is the job number); to execute a cleanup job, type cleanmgr /sagerun:n .
To delete the key, you can create use a .reg file containing the following:
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Compress old files]
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
<col style="width:20em" />
<tbody><font face="Arial" size=2><p></font>
<font face="Arial" size=2> </font>
<p> <font face="Arial" size=2> </font>
%TIME% and others are documented in the system help. Type help set.
Date and time strings use the formats set via Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel; the default date format is MM/DD/YYYY in the US, which isn't good for scheduled archival file renaming, so change the format to ISO 8601-style YYYY-MM-DD for the user account you run your scheduled jobs under.
Monday, November 01, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
- Get apt and synaptic at FreshRPMs.net.
rpm http://download.fedora.us/fedora fedora/2/i386 os updates stable
rpm http://rpm.livna.org/ fedora/2/i386 stable unstable testing
rpm http://apt.sw.be fedora/2/en/i386 dag
rpm http://apt.atrpms.net fedora/2/en/i386 at-testing
rpm http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/apt/ redhat/en/i386/fc2 newrpms
rpm http://apt.sw.be dries/fedora/fc2/i386 dries
rpm http://ayo.freshrpms.net fedora/linux/2/i386 core updates freshrpms
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Friday, September 17, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Monday, September 13, 2004
In a nutshell:
- Add a user: control userpasswords2 (or rundll32 netplwiz.dll,UsersRunDll, lusrmgr.msc is more advanced); uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer to auto-logon
- Remove Internet Explorer Enhanced Security (useless mode) from Add or Remove Programs
- Install Sun Java
- Disable shutdown event tracker: gpedit.msc → Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Display Shutdown Event Tracker → Disabled
- Install drivers
- Display Properties → Settings → Advanced → Troubleshoot → Hardware Acceleration → Full
- dxdiag → Display → Enable all
- services.msc → Windows Audio → Automatic & Start
- dxdiag → Sound → Full
- System Properties → Advanced → Performance → Advanced → Programs (both)
- Install DirectX
- Visit Windows Update
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Star Trek, as science fiction, died with Gene Roddenberry. Don't get me wrong, DS9 was powerful and my favorite series of the franchise, in terms of entertainment value. But, too often, the writers would simply insert [TECH] into the script where they required deus ex machina (this is true). There was almost no pursuit of where an idea would lead, or how a deeper understanding of the universe could improve (or imperil) our existence.
Excellent examples of contemporary genuine science fiction (GSF) include:
Science fiction is a form of fiction which deals principally with the impact of imagined science and/or technology upon society or individuals.
The slashdot article and discussion Slashdot | Is Science Fiction About The Future Anymore? has touched on something that has bothered me for a few years now.
The job of SF is to ask "what if", and examine the effects. It's a way of auditioning scientific priorities socially. Remove the science and you just have fiction.
To too many, sci-fi is just a setting for a story: in the future, maybe traveling in space, lots of "computers". Sadly, this is the prevailing attitude for nearly all SF writers anymore (certainly all "mainstream" "entertainment", including Star Trek).
<rant>This attitude infuriates me for two reasons: First, it is anti-intellectual to regard the whole of science; all mathematics, physics, information theory, sociology, cosmology, ...; as a minor implementation detail. Second, it lulls the general populous into thinking that science is "indistinguishable from magic": utterly unknowable, unapproachable, fearsome, and cannot be trusted.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Friday, August 20, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
In VBScript, there were
Empty (no value, initial value of all variables),
Null (a third logical state), and
Nothing (a non-object).
IsNothing tested for these values.
Nothing is a keyword that actually means "default", and
IsNothing checks for object assignment:
Public dt as DateTime
Console.WriteLine(IsNothing(dt)) ' FALSE!
Console.WriteLine(dt = #00:00#) ' True
The .NET docs imply that
Empty, though this is clearly not the case.
Friday, July 09, 2004
Due to a Windows flaw, Mozilla has released updated versions of its product line.
All that has changed is the
network.protocol-handler.external.shell setting to
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Friday, June 18, 2004
Now Mozilla provides:
- better granularity for popup blocking;
- FTP upload;
- multiple mail identities for the same account (also in Thunderbird 0.7);
- and, as with every Mozilla release, this one is smaller and faster!
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
- New Extension and Theme Managers to match those in the new Firefox 0.9.
- Color quoting is now part of Thunderbird, rather than an extension.
- There is a new look for vCard attachments.
- STILL no UI for birthdays and anniversaries, though the backend provides fields hungry for that data.
- The new Extension and Theme Managers:
- do away with the redundant confiration dialog box that showed after you had already clicked the Install button,
- do not ask where you want the extension/theme to be installed,
- support updating extensions/themes,
- allow multiple extension installs before restart,
- and look far more attractive.
- Inline autocomplete is available by setting the browser.urlbar.autoFill hidden pref.
- Text can now be dragged to the address bar or search bar.
- Individual autocomplete results can now be deleted.
- Right-click a text box to "Add keyword for this search".
- The installer now imports data from nearly any other browser.
- The progress bar is now more accurate.
- Help is now included.
- There is a new theme, which I consider much less attractive.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.— Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or a right. There is only an up or down: up to man's age-old dream—the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order—or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.— Ronald Reagan, Address to the Republican National Convention, 1964
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Current developments require so much infrastructure from previous inventions as to highlight the crippling effect that denying additional incremental improvements produces.