Friday, November 19, 2004
resistance is futile
as you can see, this blog now supports trackback, courtesy of Haloscan.com, which offers a *free* comment/trackback service. now all i have to do is write some content worthy of linking to!
Thursday, November 18, 2004
i think i finally figured out what my problem is. the quarter-life crisis. basically, i came to the point in my life where i realize i've been in school for over 20 straight years, without a clear end in sight (yet), and no discernible "practical" skills. that's a pretty depressing thought, don't you think?
i've seen friends go through it so i'm surprised it took me so long to come to this conclusion. pretty bad timing though, as i have a preliminary exam to get through!
edit: see, i didn't just make this stuff up!
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
On the advice of Jared, I've been using Kinja to keep tabs on non-xanga sites of interest. It has a lot of potential, but nearly five months later, I'm still not impressed. I realize that it's still in beta, but the service is very slow at picking up updates, and seems to have more trouble with some for no apparent reason. Other than some improvements in the ways you are able to manage your digests, I've seen very little in the way of tangible change. Glancing through my own list, there are sites that reportedly haven't updated since october, however a vist to the site in question will tell a completely different story. Nice try but give me RSS, which, thanks to the latest version of Thunderbird, I can read just as easily as I do my email.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Taking a page from J. Blaze's playbook:
iPod Tunes Illustrate Engineering Principles
Okay, so they're showing that these things can be useful for more than just playing illegally downloaded mp3's, so when do the grad students get them? Doctoral students are around for much longer than undergrads, so we are in the best position to take advantage of the academic benefits of the technology. In addition, we are working on cutting edge research, which ultimately works to benefit the university as a whole. I don't think it's a stretch to suggest that graduate students contribute more to the academic community than first year undergrads.
I'll take one of the new 20GB ones. Thanks.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
apparently my ability to procratinate is proportional to the amount of work i have to do. right now i'm facing what is probably the biggest challenge i've ever had to face and i can't seem to get myself to work for longer than like 20 minutes before i feel inclined to take an extended break. let's hope i can get out of this funk before i manage to fail out of school!
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
ZDNet News is reporting that version 1.0 of Firefox, Mozilla's stand-alone browser, is finally available for download. I've got it, do you?
- Popup Blocking - Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox's built in popup blocker.
- Tabbed Browsing - View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Find out more...
- Privacy and Security - Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business.
- Smarter Search - Google Search is built right into the toolbar, and there is a plethora of other search tools including Smart Keywords (type "dict " in the Location bar), and the new Find bar (which finds text as you type without covering up anything).
- Live Bookmarks - RSS integration lets you read the latest news headlines and read updates to your favorite sites that are syndicated. Find out more...
- Hassle-Free Downloading - Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they're easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.
- Fits Like a Glove - Simple and intuitive, yet fully featured, Firefox has all the functions you're used to - Bookmarks, History, Full Screen, Text Zooming to make pages with small text easier to read, etc.
- S, M, L or XL—It's Your Choice - Firefox is the most customizable browser on the planet. Customize your toolbars to add additional buttons, install new Extensions that add new features, add new Themes to browse with style, and use the adaptive search system to allow you to search an infinite number of engines. Firefox is as big or small as you want.
- Setup's a Snap - At only 4.7MB (Windows), Firefox takes just a few minutes to download over a slow connection and seconds over a fast connection. The installer gets you set up quickly, and the new Easy Transition system imports all of your settings - Favorites, passwords and other data from Internet Explorer and other browsers - so you can start surfing right away.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Don't be a fool. Rock the vote.
Do it now. Before it's too late.