Monday, March 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

RSS Hero

Trying this out today. It's alpha, but he seems to be adding accounts very quickly after you make the request (in less than 30 minutes for me).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

RIP Google Reader

As I was gearing up for Halloween, I got my first and only trick of the evening, and it was a nasty one. The new and "improved" Google Reader arrived. And, as expected, it sucks. Functionality has been lost, and not replaced on the Google Plus side. The official Reader blog says +1 now replaces the 'Share' and 'Share with Note' functionality. Really? Exactly how does it replace those? If I do +1 it, it certainly does not show up in my Plus stream as the full item, which it did in Reader. And speaking of sharing in Reader, what replaces the 'Note in Reader' bookmarklet? Nothing.

I have to assume not many folks used Reader the way my friends and I did, and I can imagine that Reader was difficult to monetize. But I enjoyed commenting on my friends' shared items, and likewise enjoyed reading their comments on mine. it was a nice, simple way to share almost anything on the web. As my favorite "Occupy Google Reader" protestor so aptly put it, "If I wanted Facebook I'd use it." Hopefully a Reader replacement is coming soon.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Avery Tap Room

The Avery Tap Room in Boulder, CO is, by appearances, nothing fancy, but the beer selection is second to none. The Maharaja was nowhere to be found (one Avery's many seasonal brews), but my other favorite, the Karma, was present and on tap. I started with it, quickly slaking my end-of-workday thirst. I next tried the Eighteen Anniversary, a delightful Saison. I had Funkwerks' Hibiscus Resistance Saison the night before, as this style never disappoints. The Eighteen Anniversary was no exception.

For my next to last selection I chose a hand drawn Ellie's Brown Ale. The hand drawing process gives the beer an amazing smooth texture. Below is a video of my beer being drawn:

My final beer was inadvertently chosen for me, when another member of my party ordered a 2011 Samael's and declined to drink it. This ale has a very strong aroma, almost like a liquor. No doubt this is in part due to the 15.31% alcohol content (by volume). Avery describes it thus:
Sweet, rich, complex. This beer is the best Port you've ever had!

I wish I could say I got to fully enjoy it, but my party was in a hurry to get to dinner, and I was admonished to chug it. An offer of money was made, so I obliged.

here is a small gallery of pictures I took at the Tap Room.

Friday, October 29, 2010

system message of the day

P00>>>boot -fl 1,1
resetting all I/O buses

System Door is Closed

Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sony is the opposite of it just works

I bought an 80GB PS3 about a year-and-a-half ago. It has been a decent piece of hardware. I installed Yellow Dog Linux on it even.

Then Sony came out with the Slim PS3, so I eventually got one of those. Also a decent piece of hardware thus far. But I never deactivated my older 80GB PS3, nor did I activate my new one. Oh sure, I still log in with my PlayStation Network ID on my new one, but I so rarely purchase any content from the PSN, it had never been an issue.

It is an issue now. As you might have guessed, I elected not to update my older 80GB PS3 when they decided to take away the install other OS option. I want to keep the ability to run YDL. But I have been updating the slim model. Last night I finally installed Media Go on my desktop PC, so I could move around some files on Memory Sticks for my PSP. Thus far Media Go is actually not bad. Much better than every previous media management software I have used from Sony (going back to SonicStage ). But the one thing it could not do was backup my digital copy of District 9. This copy came with the Blu-ray version of the movie. Since I was not allowed to back it up, I deleted it, assuming I could copy it again from my older PS3. Of course I was wrong. I was prompted to log into the PSN to copy it. Obviously I cannot log into Sony's precious PSN with my older hax0r PS3 (evidently anyone running Linux on their PS3 is a hacker/pirate/thief).

What to do? I figured I could log in with my up-to-date slim PS3, so I backed up the video, and restored it to my Slim PS3. But, I can't renew the license, even when signed into the PSN, and I suspect it is because my new PS3 is not activated. When I try to activate it for video, I am told I can only have one PS3 active, and I must deactivate the old one. Which I cannot do, because the old one cannot sign into the PSN.

So I call Sony support*, and am told they can deactivate my old PS3, in one to two days. WTF? I want to watch the video this weekend, while traveling. and of course, there is no guarantee that getting the activation sorted out will allow me to renew my license. So I am sure there will be another phone call somewhere down the line.
Frustratingly enough, getting the District 9 digital copy working in the first place was not straightforward, and it also took me a couple of phone calls to get it to work.

This is why Apple is eating Sony's lunch in the digital media market. Say what you will about Jobs and Co., the two times I have called them for support, they have fixed the problems on the spot, and one of those times involved a digital copy and my wife's iPhone. What is it that Sony lacks here? Even Microsoft seems to do a better job with Xbox Live and the Zune marketplace (I also own Xbox 360s). whatever it is, I hope they figure it out.

*the technical support number is 800-345-7669; they are open Mon - Sat 6AM - 8PM (PST), Sun 7AM - 6:30PM (PST)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

the imports are cheaper than domestic

ordering two CDs from

Delivery Method: Standard
Delivery Preference: Group my items into as few deliveries as possible
Subtotal of Items: GBP 14.45
Postage & Packing: GBP 4.07
Total before VAT: GBP 18.52
VAT: GBP 0.00
Total: GBP 18.52
Promotional Gift Certificates: -GBP 0.00
Total for this order: GBP 18.52
Payment Total: USD 29.11**

ordering them from

Items: $48.96
Shipping & Handling: $3.97
Super Saver Discount: -$3.97
Promotion Applied: -$0.00

Total Before Tax: $48.96
Estimated Tax: $0.00
Order Total: $48.96

I save 40% (almost $20) by ordering from even though I live in the US. go figure.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Paste and Go

Dear every other browser maker, please implement this feature at your earliest convenience:

I realize that I am in the minority in using a feature like this, after all most people are just going to click hyperlinks as they find them. But still, what would it hurt to add this for the few of us who would use it? Obviously Google developers must use it, and those guys are pretty smart, so come on Opera, Safari, Firefox, and IE, get cracking.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

1GB HP iPod Shuffle

Remember 2004*, back when HP sold HP-branded Apple iPods? I know those were some sweet times, but I can't imagine how this vintage 1GB HP-branded iPod Shuffle is worth $100 on "clearance". That's right, the orange clearance price tag says $100. I took this picture today, June 17th, 2010. Unfortunately I couldn't handle the product, as it was behind plexiglass.

*okay, the 1GB shuffle didn't come out until 2005.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Brewing Control System

My neighbor is a serious home-brewer, and I recently got to check out his brewing control system.

The coolest part is not pictured. He has an app on his iPhone that lets him not only monitor this setup, but control it as well. I want to say the application was just called BCS, but I could not find it in the app store. I believe he mentioned it was a $10 app. Sounds totally worth it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Why do you even bother?

Why does this USPS station even remain open:

They are closed before work, it would be a stretch to get there over lunch, and they are closed after work. they are open for 2.5 hours a day, five days a week. Sure you can go in and collect your PO Box mail anytime, but if you need a service that requires human interaction, you are screwed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

if you managed to alienate the KKK...

Damn Phelps, even the KKK is against you:

Pass the Word

Man I hope this means somebody in a marketing department somewhere is a huge Guided By Voices fan and snuck this one in:

Monday, March 29, 2010

YDL on PS3

I just installled Yellow Dog Linux on my PS3. here is what cpuinfo looks like:

[root@localhost ~]# cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep processor | wc -l
[root@localhost ~]# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 16.0 (pvr 0070 1000)

processor : 1
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 16.0 (pvr 0070 1000)

timebase : 79800000
platform : PS3
model : SonyPS3
[root@localhost ~]#