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Friday, December 1st, 2006

I’ve been working with Feedburner to tweak my rss feeds a bit. I’ve added a comments feed to compliment the existing posts feed. I just added a little box on the right, that will allow you to subscribe by email. This is meant for those of you that do not use RSS readers.

Here is a picture of the nerve endings at the rear of my eye. Some of you were asking to see it, so here it is.

New LCD Monitor

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I just finished setting up my new Phillips 17″ LCD monitor to replace my 17″ CRT monitor. The CRT monitor took up over a third of my desktop, the LCD takes up barely any space at all. I was thinking about getting a 22″ Acer LCD but I decided not to, as the money could be better spent paying off my credit card debt.
I connected my UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to my computer and monitor, so if the power goes out I have “up to” 32 minutes of battery backup. I haven’t been using my UPS for a month or two since the carpet in my house had been replaced and I had not bothered to plug it in. Next time the power goes out, I am hoping to achieve 30 minutes of battery life from the UPS. Previously I had only had 3-5 minutes. I’ve read that this is because the CRT sucks so much power, so hopefully using an LCD will fix this annoyance.

I visited the eye doctor today, he is really nice. He said that I should get glasses to use when I using a computer, and reading textbooks, etc. He also offered to let me email myself a picture of the nerve endings in my right eye. I got it on my flash drive instead, I may post that here or not, I doubt you want to see them.

I recently updated the theme I am using on this website, but I still have to tweak it a bit. I am searching for a better header image, and I will be uploading a picture of myself to put in the top right.

Snowing!

Monday, November 27th, 2006

It’s been snowing here like crazy for the past few days. Last night I was leaving work and I got stuck in the parking lot. I ended up getting out by placing some scraps of carpet that my mom was going to throw away under the rear tires of the Volvo, and got out that way. Yesterday I got paid and I sold my laptop, so the money from that will be going onto my credit card at the end of the month, and that will cut my balance in half. Visa also bumped up my credit card limit to $2000.

BCIT was closed today because of the snow, so I decided to do some reading online. I’ve been on the WickedFire forums, and after reading about Arbitrage for several hours, it looks like the hardest part is trying to find a high paying niche. In a nutshell, Arbitrage is creating websites with very little content, lots of advertising, and then buying ads from 2nd tier advertising companies like 7Search to send traffic to your created webpages. The goal is to get the people coming to your website to click on your advertisements. I will be creating some Arbi sites soon.

My first experience with the Nintendo Wii

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

I was in the metrotown mall today and there was a kiosk there for the Nintendo Wii. Unfortunately I did not have time to play it, but it looks very cool. I’m interested in trying to play one of the shooter games, such as Call of Duty 3. They had 4 Wii consoles setup, each with a different game. Twilight Princess looks good and has some awesome reviews, I am definitely looking forward to playing it.

Why most social networks will fail

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I was browsing Digg last night and I saw an article about why most social networks will fail. The author (Neil Patel) writes a much better explanation then I did in my other social networking post. Good post Neil, I agree 100%.

Iraqi Kid Runs For Water

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Stuff like this makes me sick. Seriously, no wonder those people hate the US troops.

Social Networking Bandwagon

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Looks like another large company has jumped on the social networking bandwagon. Microsoft recently launched Aggreg8. I have not yet signed up for it, but I will just to see what it offers.

Is anyone keeping track of how many social networking websites there are? (I certainly hope not, they obviously would not be seeing much daylight) We have Myspace, Nexopia, Bebo, Facebook, WAYN, Orkut, hi5, and Friendster just to name a few. Most of these websites are simply clones of each other, some of them with a slight spin, but deep down they are the same. While using Google I found a list of social networking websites.

Last week I received several emails from my “friends” on another website called Tagged

To the developers of these websites: If you are not bringing anything new or innovative to the plate, please stop creating these useless websites and filling our mailboxes with your spam.

Google Night in Canada

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Looks like the NHL has signed some kind of agreement with Google Video, allowing Google Video to host full length regular season games on Google Video for free. This is great for some of my friends who are currently in other countries and still want to watch the game. The games appear on Google Video 48 hours after they are air on television. I borrowed the name of this post from an article here.

Go Canucks Go!

Why I Detest Email Forwards

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Tonight I was wasting some time browsing the web, before studying for my final exams next week. I was typing my friends online usernames into Google, to see what projects they are working on, if they are a member of any social websites like Myspace that I can add them to. As I type this, I realize that it may seem a bit stalker-ish. However, it is not. Instead of using each websites search function (if you can call it that, Myspace’s search function is horrible), I just use google.

After doing this for about twenty minutes, I typed in ‘blakberyl’ which is the domain of an old friend. Google returned two results; his domain, and a ‘Large Asset Based Program‘ which sounds like a scam. Someone commented on the latter result, with an email forward in it. It contains many email addresses, including the ones that belong to several people I know. Some of them may have sent it to me to, lucky for me they didn’t. Even more strange, is that the contents of the forward are an obvious hoax. Bill Gates is not going to share his fortune with you! I can’t believe people still believe this shit!

This is exactly the reason why few people I know have my private email address. I have several public email addresses for different interests, but I keep one that only a select few have, and they know not to send forwards to that email.

Midterms

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Last night I watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Episode 6 (Season 1). I think it’s my favorite episode of the show so far. My favorite part of the episode is when they figure out that the old guy used to work at the station, and he starts telling Matt and Danny about his past.

Today I wrote my A+ (PC Hardware) and Introduction to Operating Systems midterms. I’m sure I did well on the A+ midterm, unsure about the OS midterm. The format of each exam was 40 multiple choice questions, 5 essay questions, and 1 bonus question, so it is hard to tell how well I did.

I need to get started on a bonus assignment that my professor assigned to two of us. The bonus assignment consists of a report on AMD’s HyperTransport technology, and how it works. I may post it here when I am finished.
I’ve been using Microsoft OneNote 2003 to take notes in class. I have a special page for terms in the PC hardware book, which I enter as I am reading the book. The other night I was in an IRC channel, and I found that someone had put the whole glossary on his website. I may use his glossary instead of doing it myself.

My professor mentioned that we should use flash cards, and that he knows people who have paid $50 for a good set of flash cards. I thought about creating a good set in a .pdf file, and selling the .pdf file to other BCIT students, but I did a Google search for flash cards. I found this website, and it has lists of flash cards. You can create them and view them online for no charge, but to print them you will have to pay a life-time membership fee of $19.95. If anyone knows a similar website that offers this service for free, please let me know. Flash cards really do help!