Watch out Windows Live…here comes Netvibes!

In General by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I was browsing my referral stats on Google Analytics and I saw a domain called Netvibes.com show up. Of course, that piqued my interest so I started some research on this. Well, I must say that I was impressed! This is a clear cut example of a Web 2.0 type of site. (What is Web 2.0? Take a look at Wikipedia’s definition.) While Windows Live has a similar type of style (tabs where you can add content, feeds, gadgets, etc), I personally believe that Netvibes did it better. They heavily rely on AJAX to allow you to drag and drop …

Evaluating two Open Source Apps: Vanilla Forum & CraftySyntax

In General, Open Source, Software by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

First one that I was looking at was Vanilla forums by Lussumo. What I was looking for was a forum that was different from all of the others out there. A looong time ago, I played with SnitzForums and phpBB. They seem to be ok, full featured, highly configurable…there are many others out there but they all look the same. Then a few months ago, I stumbled across Vanilla. They are currently at a 1.0.1 release. What I really like about it is its simplicity and clean elegance. It is extendable with user-developed add-ons and fully compliant to the major …

Race for the Cure!

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My wonderful wife did a wonderful thing. About a week ago, she decided that she would do the Race for the Cure (The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation race in San Francisco). She has been working out for a long time but this time decided to do it for the good of others. Driven by various events, including a recent neighbor diagnosis, she decided to ask for sponsorship and did the 16th annual run today! She raised (as of this writing) $1,280.00 in sponsorship (above her $1000 goal)! The race went well (she actually ran in the timed, not …

Go Cobras!

In Family, General by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

My oldest daughter, Natasha, is a member the Cobras of LMYA Soccer. They are currently 3-0 and looking really solid! I’m so proud of my little soccer player! She is showing a lot of promise and talent! Go Cobras! was last modified: September 27th, 2006 by Michael Sheehan

A happy ending to the Apple Support Vicious Circle

In Apple, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Well, I didn’t think it would happen…but it did. Finally, I was able to talk to someone live…after being on hold for 35 minutes. This time, when I went through the SAME status line, there was an option to talk to a representative. So, I got that option, was on hold then, nicely, pleaded my case to the rep. I have found through experience that if you act calmly and nicely, yet articulate and clearly present your case without yelling or screaming, you have better success (than being belligerent). The support guy read through the file history…lots of “Ok’s” and …

Stuck in a vicious Apple support circle

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Ok, I just have to vent for a bit here…but first I want to say that I have always loved Macs and Apple computer…I endorse them, support them, fix them and use them. I’m encouraged with their recent decisions, intel chip, dual boot, fun with Parallels, etc. Wish I could get a new Intel-based one….some day. But I digress… Here’s the background of my “hellish” support issue with Apple. I was reading the Apple Support site trying to figure out if one of my 2 G4 laptops were affected by the battery recall (1 yes, 1 no). Then I read …

Cookie Monster killed my Safari

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Over the past few days, I had been having issues with Safari simply crashing every time that I launched it. No matter what I did (Disk Repair, Repair Permissions, etc.), I was unable to correct. I had to resort to using Firefox (which I actually now kind of like a bit better). So, on a whim, I posted to the User Discussion groups on the Apple Support page and within a day, I got an answer that seems to have worked. So, I figured that I would share it, in case anyone else is encountering similar issues. No promises though …

Fun with OpenSource

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Some interesting opensource items that I have been playing with: JitterBit Integration Server – pretty nice stand alone integration server with various types of hooks activeCollab – a flat out opensource “attack” at BaseCamp SugarCRM – an extremely solid implementation of a CRM solution (although I’m slammed with a upgrade error due to my hosting provider having an old version of mySQL) Cerberus Helpdesk – very nice HelpDesk solutions. Great for a small biz (free license). I use it Owl KnowledgeBase – nice document management system but I need to dig down on its features more KnowledgebasePublisher – great KnowledgeBase …

Trying to re-engage…

In General by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I’m trying to see if I can get back to doing more things with this blog…life always throws you in different directions. Since the last post about Anti-Spyware software, I have been busy evaluating all sorts of different technologies and software (including the fact that I’m using a Firefox Extension called Performancing to post to this blog).Stay tuned…more fun to come!!! Trying to re-engage… was last modified: September 20th, 2006 by Michael Sheehan

Anti-Spyware Tools (recommended)

In General, Security, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

There are two anti-spyware tools that are free that I recommend all Windows users install: Spybot Search & Destroy SpywareBlaster Both of these tools are free, however, you need to be diligent in terms of updating their “definitions” regularly (part of the price of using “freeware” tools). I usually go to one of my favorite Windows program sites called MajorGeeks to get the latest versions of Shareware/Commercial/Freeware programs. I have linked the two programs above to their associated listings on MajorGeeks (if the links do not work, just go to MajorGeeks and search for those programs). Anti-Spyware Tools (recommended) was …

Bringing life to an old laptop

In General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

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. Bringing life to an old laptop was last modified: September 21st, 2006 by Michael Sheehan

The blame game

In Apple, Gadgets, General, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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 The blame game was last modified: September 21st, 2006 by Michael Sheehan

Sidekickin’

In Cellular, Gadgets, General, Hardware by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

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 …

…a new respect…

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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…) …a new respect… was last …

Printing Fixed

In General, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

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