Archive for November, 2006

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!

Wordpress Autosave Feature

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Last night, my power went out. It came back on a second later, but it was enough to destroy everything that I had done in the past hour. I had been working on a very long post in wordpress (the blogging platform I use) and when I started my computer back up everything was gone. I started kicking myself mentally, for the following reasons:

  1. My laptop was sitting right beside me with the browser open, unaffected by the power failure.
  2. I have a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) in my closet, not being used. I recently redid the carpet in my room, and neglected to plug the UPS back in, which would have given me enough time to save.
  3. Lack of an autosave feature in Wordpress.

I started to do some research into the possibility of a wordpress autosave feature. It seems that many people have the same problems that I’ve had. There is a plugin for Wordpress 1.5 called Twilight Autosave. I have been unable to find a plugin for Wordpress 2.0, but was told that Twilight Autosave works with the current verson of Wordpress. I installed the plugin and it is working fine for me, running Wordpress 2.0.4.
If you are lazy and don’t want to install the plugin, you can use a word document with autosave enabled, and then copy your post into Wordpress when you are done. The autosave feature will be built into Wordpress 2.1

For those who care, I will now be using my UPS with my desktop machine, and will be writing posts on my laptop computer with the Wordpress autosave plugin. I wrote this post to attempt to save some of you from the same mistakes that I made. I hope it works.

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.

The Ship free trial

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

This weekend, Steam will be allowing steam users to download and tryout the full version of one of their recent releases, ‘The Ship’. The game takes place obviously on a ship.

About the Game

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