Thursday, January 29, 2004

Check this out.


Can I have a Three-finger roll.

The Man who invented Ctrl-Alt-Del is retiring from IBM.

Notable quotable:

The discussion turned to the keys. 'I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,' Bradley said. Gates didn't laugh. -David Bradley.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Armenian update

Mike. I thought you might like this. Here is a blog entry at The Corner where Mike Krikorian(note that name) lists celebrities that are Armenian. Slightly disturbing, Cher is Armenian.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Notable Quotables 3

A word of advice: if you cross me now, or ever, I shall do unto you what God did unto the Sodomites. -Fictional King Richard in Blackadder 1 addressing his son, Edmund, after making him Archbishop of Canterbury.

Tell me, Brother Baldrick, exactly what *did* God do to the Sodomites? -Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking with his servant Baldrick.

I don't know, My Lord, but I can't imagine it was worse than what they used to do to each other. -Baldrick, replying.

Notable Quotables 2

As the good Lord said: "Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he's Turkish, in which case, kill the bastard!" -Fictional King Richard in Blackadder 1, just before he heads off on a crusade.

Notable Quotables 1

Every now and then, you run across a quote. Some are by the author while others are attributed. Either way, they can be funny, profound, etc. Scott, has been posting quotes on the top of his blog, so I thought I'd copy him by posting quotes I find. Here is the first:

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. -Woody Allen

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I'll have Pork, Pork, and Pork.

Here's a report about eating fish and mercury poisoning. Then there is Beef(Mad cow disease), and Poultry(Salmonella). So far the only meat I haven't heard a warning about is the other white meat.

UPDATE: Nevermind, for pork we have Trichinosis. I'm eating pop-tarts.

One terabit in 1969.

Here is what one terabit looked like in 1969. Link via instapundit.

Hard Disk
I may be getting a new 200GB disk today. If I do, I've also got to get a PCI/ATA-100 controller card.

Ever heard of ELFA shelving. Go here if you care. This stuff is modular and easy to rearrange, and I built one narrow(but tall!) shelf last week. Today I am definitely going to pick up some more. It's pretty easy to install, and the shelves are deep(12'',16'', or 20''). It also comes with all kinds of special devices so that you can use it in closets to hang clothes, or you can use it in your garage(where I'm installing mine) to hang tools. The only bad part is the price. My one shelf cost me around $125. Today's purchase will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $240, and these are sale prices.

Meanwhile, on the Blue-Laser media front. It appears that there is another industry divide on which format to use. I just hope they pick "one" format, and I don't particularly care which one.

The two contesting versions in question are HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. HD-DVD seems to be more consumer friendly(it's players will be able to play CD's and regular DVD's), but it's capacity will be smaller(single layer 15GB, Dual layer 30GB, consumer burnable media 20GB). This format is apparently less secure than Blu-Ray(single layer 25GB, dual layer 50GB), which has 128 bit encryption.

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Bought this for twenty bucks at Best-Buy last Friday. Been playing it way too much. It's a lot like it's ultimate ancestor Dark Forces. The controls are the same, and some of the weapons are the same. It's pretty fun.


Thursday, January 08, 2004

All my friends are....

...laughing? Check out this. In case you miss it, there's also this at the bottom.

UPDATE: This too.

Lileks is back

His entry today is rather general, but I like this quote:

"...personally, if smoking wasn’t bad for you, I’d choose Winstons and burgers over a lifetime of caper-infused mushrooms with basil-ginger sauce. You can only have those once in a while. But you can have 40 Winstons a day!"

Emulator Tests
A little while back, I said I was going to test Bochs and DosBox. I haven't gotten too far with Bochs, but I tested DosBox yesterday and I have to say that it isn't too bad. It's not real fast, but it works about as well as my old 386 when I run it on my new PIV 2.5Gig. This means that most of my old games will play on it. If you're interested, check out the tested games pages.

Monday, January 05, 2004

New Toys

I have found some new freeware. Thought I'd report it. The best one is the Desktop Sidebar. It is multiuse program has links to your quick launch, outlook, and newsfeeds. It has a CPU monitor, disk monitor, and date bar. It also links to and to a stock market ticker. It's quite a toy.

Also downloaded some of these powertoys for XP. I thought that the desktop manager was neat.

Video Info
Found this page. If you look around on it, it claims to have a fix for the audio/video sync issue for the dell/roxio software. I will give it a try. A disturbing piece of info, of which I was pretty much aware, is that the Dell capture card will not function with any software but the roxio stuff. I had figure this out when trying to use Windows Movie Maker 2, but it still bums me out.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Happy New Year!

Good morning! Had an interesting new year's day. My new sister-in-law came in from the old country. I don't remember if I've mentioned it, but my wife's family is Cambodian. Well, one of my brothers-in-law decided to go and get him a wife from there. They got married a little less than a year ago in Cambodia, and since then he's been working to get her over here. They'll have to get married again here, or at least do a courthouse thing.

She seems nice enough, though I don't really know since I don't speak more than about five words of the language. My wife is having a tough time talking to her as well, since her family has a strong Chinese heritage(her mother was born in China and grew up speaking Cantonese, her dad was a first generation Cambodian with his parents coming from China as well), she is used to speaking with words from Cambodian, Chinese, and English all in the same conversation. Our new sister-in-law, whom I will dub Needa so I don't have to type sister-in-law, only speaks Cambodian, so my wife is having to re-learn some of her old words.

My son entertained everyone with his general insanity. It is customary in Cambodia to eat on the floor on top of a matt. Well, they couldn't get the food down on the floor because Matt wouldn't stop crawling under the matt(hey Matt/matt). The thing is about 12'X12', and my son had a blast crawling underneath it. Matt then proceeded to use one of his new lightsabers to club everyone accidentally. We took it away and waaaahhhh!!! He eventually earned it back after leaving everyone alone for a while.

Well, enough rambling, time to get to work.

saving two links, here and here.