November 2005

More fun in techdom. My wife’s laptop hard drive was filling up…becoming more fragmented…and therefore, slowing down. I decided to give it the gift of a new life. I purchased a 100gig hard drive with a 16mb cache. Installing on a dell is a snap…sorta. My problem was, I didn’t see the adapter that was attached to the old drive, so when I installed it, the system kept saying that there was no drive…grrr.

So, once I figured out that (dumb) omission, the drive was recognized and away I went. In the end, the full upgrade process (hardware, operating system, software, software updates and eventually documents) took about a day.

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Macs rule! Simple, elegant and the stuff just works.

Prime example: new digital camera.

After our old digital camera died and we purchased a new one, we, of course, wanted to see how well it worked. The test: take a picture and get it off the camera and on to a computer.

For the Mac: a matter of minutes with zero configuration needed. iPhoto did it all perfectly

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So, my cellphone, the Sidekick has a new life! This is first, a great gadget! Cell phone, web browsing, instant messenger, camera, PIM…even has games. Well, there has been a lot of anticipation of an upgrade to the OS which brings some nice new enhancements. The biggest one is the ability to run javascript…

There has been some discusson on the hiptop forum about who has received the update and when…and the moderators of the forum kept saying that it was completely random. Well someone figured out how to “force” the update to happen. It was a bit of a pain but it actually worked for me (continual shutdown and restart of the device). I now have it!

Nice to breathe life into an old gadget!

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I’ve been playing around with MediaWiki…it is quite a bit of work! However, for someone new to it, it is a but overwhelming. Trying to find documentation on how to modify skins and such proved a bit daunting…

Trying to get my teeth into it.

WP (WordPress) seems to be a pretty nice piece of work. I find that any Open Source web-ap that is extendible through plug-ins or extensions is great. Things like Mambo, phpcollab, WP are my personal favorites right now. (Although, phpCollab is a bit stale and a bit harder to extend…)

Note: Joomla looks like the new replacement to Mambo.

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Printing Fixed

November 4, 2005

…how something that has been documented for many years can continue to crop up…

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Fun!

November 3, 2005

…so much tech…

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