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Example Gallery Post

Posted on March 21, 2012 I Written By

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This is an example post of a WordPress image gallery. Thanks to Windows 7 for the sample pics.

WordPress on the Blackberry

Posted on: November 4, 2009 I Written By

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I just got a Blackberry and I’m surprised how much I like it. Today I decided that I’d try out the WordPress app for blackberry. So, this is my first blog post from the blackberry.

I like it since now I’ll be able to do a lot more blog posting during down time. The small keyboard is kind of a pain, but it’s manageable. The only problem I see with blogging like this is that it’s harder to add links to blog posts also.

Are there any other must have Blackberry apps? I already have email(of course) and Twitter. I also use I’m quite a bit as well. I think I want to look into a Mint.com app if there is one. Are there others I should get?

Windows XP Will Last Longer Than Troops in Iraq

Posted on: April 14, 2008 I Written By

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I just read that the Windows XP OEM will end on June 30, 2008. The fact of the matter is…I don’t really care. No, I’m not a Mac or Linux fanboi (although they are both very nice and workable offerings). I’m just not concerned, because Windows stopping the OEM license doesn’t mean that XP isn’t going to be around for a long time to come.

I still have a friend who swears by Windows 2000. Despite my personal dislike for Windows 2000, I’ve installed it on a few “throw away” laptops for my little sisters to use. Windows 2000 hasn’t been offered for how long? Eternity in tech terms. However, I had no problem finding a CD and license to install it for my sisters. Windows XP will be no different.

Until If Vista can finally get things together, then it might catch on and start to take some share from XP. If it doesn’t, then people will continue to use XP for the foreseeable future. It won’t be that hard to find an XP install CD, legally or illegally.

So, all those worried about Vista and not wanting to switch from XP, stop it. There’s nothing to worry about. Go back to worrying about getting the US troops back from Iraq, because that’s going to happen before Windows XP stops being the main O/S people use.

Update: This post on Techcrunch made me think about how much the O/S matters. It’s true that a lot of things can be done with a web browser. Certainly gives pause for thought, but realistically corporations have thousands of products that run clients on Windows O/S. The majority of people use the web browser, Office Documents (which the web still hasn’t completely replaced), and at least one other major application to do their job (and many more than one application). Microsoft will still be dominate on desktops for a while.

Remote Desktop Access from Asus eee

Posted on: February 26, 2008 I Written By

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I think you all know that I’m totally in love with the Asus eee that my wife gave me for Christmas. It’s a sweet little machine to use in front of the TV. However, sometimes I just find it necessary to have access to some of the things on my windows machine (bookmarks, word documents, visio documents, etc) Today I was happy to find instructions to do remote desktop from my Asus eee to my windows xp machine.

Here they are as much for my reference as yours:

CTRL-ALT-T to get a terminal window

Full screen remote desktop
rdesktop -f 192.168.15.100

Remote Desktop in a window
rdesktop -g 800×420 192.168.15.100
(Of course replace it with your IP address)

Add -u username to avoid having to enter the user. I still wish I could add a launcher so I didn’t have to do it command line, but I haven’t taken the time to figure that out yet.

Emoze vs Blackberry: A Great Showdown

Posted on: January 11, 2007 I Written By

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I’ve blogged before about Emoze and all there various services. Here’s a small list of what you can do with Emoze:
-Receive your emails and Outlook data anywhere, anytime

-Handle your schedule and meetings via your mobile device

-Enjoy synchronized Personal Information Management (PIM)

-Access information about your Contacts, anywhere, anytime

Well, it turns out that Emoze is calling Blackberry out of the closet. That sounds like a good competition. Emoze vs. Blackberry.

A very nice matchup of two powerhouses in mobile email. I have a feeling that Blackberry isn’t going to care about Emoze.

I attended the International CES this week and saw a ton of new technology. A lot of it is focused on portable electronics. I don’t think I saw anything too revolutionary. Most of seemed like it was an incremental improvement over the previous technology. However, one interesting thing I heard (or read or saw) said that Windows CE now runs on more mobile devices than blackberry. In true Windows form, Windows is dominating a market while Blackberry (or should we call it crackberry) dominates the marketing and PR front.

I think I’d rather have market share than be with the “cool kids.” If I’m Emoze, I wouldn’t worry about Blackberry either. I worry more about Windows. They are a software company after all.

Shared Hosting Services

Posted on: October 17, 2006 I Written By

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I’ve talked to a number of people recently about hosting their website at home or on their own server in a data center. I personally think that doing so is a pretty big mistake. I think that getting a shared host is the best option for 90% of consumers. In fact, most businesses wouldn’t need more than a shared hosting service like Hosting Zoom either.

Here are a couple reasons you might think about when deciding to use a shared hosting service or not:

High Availability
A shared host often uses clustered failover to handle the failure of the server. If you have your own server your more than likely don’t have this level of reliability. If you do have clustered failover then you should stop reading this blog post altogether. It’s not designed for you.

Improved Performance
In a shared host environment they have designed these servers to handle high volumes of traffic. Their netowrk pipe is designed to handle large amounts of traffic.

Patching the Server
Patching and securing a server is not a trivial thing. Let them take care of that while you just take care of driving more traffic to your website.

Much more could be said, but that’s a start.

Hosting Zoom is an example of a company that’s using this clustered failover hosting technology. Pricing starts at $7.95/mo. It still amazes me how low such a robust technology costs these days. For that price all website data including email, web, and databases are mirrored in real time and in the event of a server failure our system will route all traffic to the available server within the cluster keeping your website online until the problem is resolved.

Why then did you want to host your own server?

Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist – Vinton G. Cerf Spoke At Educause 2005 in Dallas

Posted on: October 13, 2006 I Written By

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This past week I’ve been attending a conference called Educause 2006 in Dallas. The first general session speaker was Vinton G. Cerf the Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. I must admit that when I saw that someone from Google was planning on speaking at the conference I was quite excited.

Well, I must admit that overall I was quite disappointed by the experience. I would have expected more. Yes, I do have a high standard.

Despite my personal distaste for his speech, he did say one thing that I found very interesting and enlightening.

He talked about how it is necessary for us to think about not only the data that we are storing, but also how we are going to be able to view that data as technology evolves. Sure, that’s nothing new. He gave a nice example of how we would be able to read a Powerpoint 2003 file with Powerpoint 3003 software. I don’t think backwards compatibility is going to last that far out.

His solution was something I hadn’t realized. He suggested that web applications need to be created to read this old file types. How simple is that? No wonder Google has such a thrust in making web applications. Google will be a very serious player if down the road, they are the ones that own the web applications that are able to read these archived files. Pretty neat.

The sad part is that Microsot amongst others are probably not as interested in making their applications easily readable in some web format. Why would they be interested? That cuts into their bottom line. It should be really interesting to see how this evolves over time.

Windows Vista Video – The Small Things Windows Has Done

Posted on: September 4, 2006 I Written By

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I’ve been really interested for Windows Vista to finally come out so I could take a look at it. Most people have said that it probably isn’t worth paying for since it isn’t that much more different than Windows XP. However, I want to see for myself. Unfortunately, there are probably many things in the new Windows Vista which we won’t see, but will make our lives better. In fact, some of the best enhancements are things that we will just immediately start to take for granted.

Scoble did a video interview before he left Microsoft that had a demo of an item that does just what I described above. Scroll to about 34 minutes into the video and you’ll see the demo. The rest of the video was pretty much crap. Kind of interesting, but not worth your time.

USB Drives, Flash Drives, Thumb Drives, Whatever You Call It, Get One!!

Posted on: August 17, 2006 I Written By

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I don’t want to mention names, but there is someone at my office who is still using a floppy drive. I honestly didn’t know that they existed anymore. I told her to take that stack of floppy disks and put the huge stack of annoying, unreliable and piece of junk floppies on one little Portable Drive. People just can’t continue to use floppies. They are horrible and just cause problems. The only reasonable reason to use a floppy anymore is for a boot disk. I do have this nice floppy disk that will wipe out a hard drive. Honestly, it’s kind of a scary disk to have. Otherwise, get rid of them.

Do you realize that on one Portable Drive you could store 120 GB of data on one little device. That’s roughly 50,000 times more space. There are a ton of other features on a Portable Drive, but space and reliability is the most important. Add in a one touch backup of your hard drive and you have your whole computer backed up.

New Laptop

Posted on: June 30, 2005 I Written By

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I just posted on Tech 0verkill and so I had to post what should be arriving this week at my work:
Gateway Convertible Tablet

Anyone have some good tablet applications? I can’t wait to waste at least one whole day of work playing with it!!