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 rinse, repeat Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 11:50 PM PDT
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TechnologyI'm going to laugh my arse off if the solution to NASA's foamy dandruff (dandruffy foam?) turns out to be painting the fuel tank.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, take a look at launch pictures of STS-1 or STS-2.

 Random access Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, April 07 2005 @ 01:46 AM PDT
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TechnologyA/V Geek Warning
If you're not interested in the intricacies of wiring home entertainment systems, skip this entry entirely.

Cool - Setting up a ReplayTV in your home.
Cooler - Performing hardware modifications to a ReplayTV to increase its storage capacity and overall effectiveness.
Coolest - Using software to skip the entire process of doing a hardware mod and have better overall results.

After some recent improvements, I have built an entertainment system that's powerful and flexible enough that I still haven't figured out all the tricks it can do. The only thing it really can't do is handle HDTV, but that's just because I'm poor. Here's my recipe (so far):

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Most Recent Post: 04/12 12:55PM by matt

 Upgrade Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, January 20 2005 @ 11:20 PM PST
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TechnologyI now have a new version of my blogging software, and a snazzier URL to boot.

Let me know if you notice anything broken.

 GMail Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, January 04 2005 @ 10:21 PM PST
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TechnologyI have several.. nay, many invitations to GMail that I can give out, so if anybody's looking for a new e-mail address or just wants to try it out, let me know.

A GMail account is a free email account from Google that includes a pretty cool (read: functional, not pretty and slow like Hotmail) interface and a gigabyte of message storage. So far, the site has been by invitation only, with no apparent sign of them opening their doors to the public.

I had been hordeing invitations so I could hook up some guys in the military, but they've already shipped, and I haven't heard anything in a while from the sites that accept donations, so, in lieu of content, I'm giving the things away to anyone that wants 'em.

In the very unlikely event that I run out, claims will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Most Recent Post: 01/05 05:11PM by Dan4th

 Sated Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 12 2004 @ 06:09 PM PST
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TechnologySo, the new computer's pretty much all set up, and I just thought I'd take a moment to gloat a bit.

Not only does it run current-generation video games at maximum graphics settings while maintaining good framerate (for all you non-pc-gamer-geeks, that basically means that games look really good), but it also does a few other neat tricks.

For example, I just finished setting up the second monitor, and I'm typing this on my 19" with Lola Rennt playing fullscreen on the 17" right next to it. It makes for a cluttered desk, but it's not like that wouldn't have happened anyway.

As an aside, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 is an amazingly addictive game.

Most Recent Post: 12/19 11:03PM by csniezek

 Progress Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, October 05 2004 @ 04:34 PM PDT
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TechnologyI just paid ten bucks so I could listen to a stream of a local AM radio station that's covering the Red Sox game.

Most Recent Post: 10/05 10:41PM by matt

 C1al1s - pwn3d Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, September 24 2004 @ 06:00 PM PDT
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TechnologyWe've all seen them - spam e-mails promising to make our penises larger and sex more fulfilling through the use of drugs, herbal remedies, and even traction.

Now there's a product out there that can extend a penis through the internet to the far corners of the world. The Sinulator, taken in conjunction (pardon the pun) with the Interactive Fleshlight purports to allow a person to do some real-time rogering over the Internet, among other things.

While this is not a new idea (there was a satirical advertisement along these lines somewhere around 1996 the name of which I can't recall), it appears to be the first successful implementation of intercourse at a distance (or "teledildonics", as a writer for Wired put it).

I have to say, -sniff- I am just... so proud... my little Internet... all grown up...

As a side note, while doing research for this entry, I ran across a site that mentions a place called "South Dildo" in eastern Newfoundland. The picture of the whale carving with the caption "South Dildo" is fucking priceless.

 I'm not bitching... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, August 26 2004 @ 12:41 AM PDT
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Technology...I'm just confused.

I just checked my CafePress account, and I've apparently been making referral commissions off of somebody's store... but it doesn't say whose store it is.

I guess the good news (for everybody involved) is that the mystery store is doing a better business than I am, 'cause my referral commissions from August are more than my profits from a year of sales.


Update: Mystery Solved.

Most Recent Post: 08/26 10:22PM by pamela

 Security warning Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, June 25 2004 @ 04:07 PM PDT
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People using Internet Explorer on computers running Windows should severely curtail their web browsing in the next few days.

Reports indicate that there is a complex attack in progress on the Internet in general where websites are being compromised in such a way that visitors to those websites that are running IE on Windows may be infected with malicious software.

I'm usually the guy that tells people to relax when the media puts out a "gloom and doom" warning, but I'm taking this one seriously.

UPDATE: Microsoft has some marginally helpful advice here.

 The Movable Type 3.0 debacle Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, May 14 2004 @ 01:31 AM PDT
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TechnologyY'know, maybe it's because I write software for a living, but having the entire intarweb thingy let out a collective Lucy whine over the fact that the company that wrote Moveable Type wants to start making some money is pretty much the dumbest thing I've seen this week (I keep missing "She Spies").

I'm a huge fan of free software. Love the stuff. I frequently use it when I'm doing projects that make me money and if there's a commercial use clause, I obey it.

Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type, are still offering a free version that has some restrictions. In addition to the usual "no commercial use" type stuff, they're limiting the free version to one author and three blogs. People, apparently, don't like the fact that they will no longer be able to run large-scale publishing operations without a thought toward expenses other than the fifteen bucks a month they spend on hosting. Oh, dear me, what ever will we do?

Here's a thought exercise for those people:

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