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Month: January 2006


I just wanted to test this MP3 link trick. You should see a little “play” arrow next to the link below, which when clicked upon, will play the MP3 linked to.

The Days Are Long Gone by The Second String Bluegrass Band.

It’s On


I have put in a few hours since yesterday updating this site. I have found a WordPress template I am willing to go with for a while. What do you think?

Additionally, you will be pleased to know that I created a brand-spankin’ new Ye Olde Photo Gallery. I started fresh and put up recent pictures.

I also remade my resume page, my portfolio page, and the contact page.

Perhaps most importantly, I installed a new discussion forum, complete with a Gangsta Haiku section.

Now I shall leave you with some gangsta knowledge. As a haiku, of course.

You hear mah glock cock

Now you know what time it is

Go to tha forumz


I finished up the new Mobile 360 web site tonight. I am happy in that it is visually unlike any other site I have done so far. Some sudden spark of creativity hit me and I was able to run with it.

I also employed an image replacement technique on the headlines on each of the pages, allowing me to swap out the actual headline text with an image. In case users browse with images turned off, they still get the readable text. I think I will start doing this more often.

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5

Thunderbird 1.5 is out, and so far I am very pleased with the free email application. The realtime spellchecker is done quite well. It is unobtrusive but highly usable. The junkmail controls are helpful and allow me to integrate with SpamAssasin, which runs on my web/email server. This version has the improved Updater that Firefox 1.5 got, and it installed without a hitch. Cool!


For a long time I have searched for a simple online calendar that had several important features:

  • Online, accessible from anywhere, but protected by password
  • Easy to use, with multiple views (day/week/month/year)
  • Ability to have never-ending recurring events, and the ability to set them monthly or quarterly.
  • Some sort of reminder system to send me emails when things are due/coming up.

After about 2 years of searching, I found it. Well, it was born, rather. HipCal does everything I listed above, does a little more, and does it well. I am now getting text messages on my cell phone AND email when events are due. My main goal was to use this for reminding myself to bill clients, and it seems that it will do this well. As a bonus, HipCal also includes a Memos section and a Task/To-Do list. Everything is designed well, and it appears to be written using Web 2.0 goodness. Did I mention it is free? I just hope it stays free and stays around a long time.


Yet another reason to stop using Norton Antivirus. If you want good, free virus protection that doesn’t bog down your system’s resources, use AVG Free. I would recommend ClamWin, the open-source AV tool, but its realtime file scanner isn’t ready yet.

It’s best to stay away from the big guys: Norton (Symantec) and McAfee.