Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Here's a nice little trick to load Google Notebook in your sidebar.

Oh yeah, you need to be using a good browser to do this. 8-)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Old Photo Blog

Check out Shorpy - "The 100 year-old photo blog"

Free Audio Books

Go get 'em and load up your mp3 player.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bering Strait Chunnel, or is that Stunnel?

There is talk of a Russian company wanting to build a tunnel connecting Russia and Alaska
under the Bering Strait. It would be over twice the length of the
tunnel connecting France and England. All the talk has to do with
business: shipping oil, transporting natural gas, and hydroelectric
power. Here’s something else to think about, though. While it would be
impractical to use this during winter months, if there was a passable
highway system, one could conceivably drive to Asia from the US. Flight
would obviously be faster, and probably cheaper after a certain
distance, but there would be something cool about saying you could
drive over a vast majority of the planet. It would be the ultimate road

(I cross posted this at the BHT. It was accidental on my part, as I had the wrong blog selected in in Scribefire, but there are elements of the post that could be interesting for them, so I left it there. That's the danger of publishing to too many sites, I guess.)

(EDIT: An astute observer at the above mentioned BHT noted that it isn't really a chunnel, as it isn't passing under the Bering Channel. Thus, stunnel would be more accurate. Now we can have two silly terms for tubes going under large bodies of water.)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lost Email Found ... in Space!

Another fine comic from the mind and pen of Dave Walker.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Dave is an interesting dude. I found his blog while reading up on the worldwide Anglican church. I recommend putting his blog in your feed reader of choice. You'll find over time that he's worth the read.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Weirdest Fortune Cookie Ever

The other day, I got this message in a fortune cookie:

Wow! A secret message from your teeth!


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Google Uber Alles

I am an unashamed Google fan. I admit it. Here's a trick to use Google Talk with AIM, MSN, and Yahoo Messenger.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Fun With Astronomy

Behold - Wikisky

It works in your web browser. It optionally displays just the stars, or it can draw in the constellations for you. Entering a location will show you the current position of stars from that location's point of view. The time can also be changed to see where stars will be, or where the were. Now if only I didn't live in a large metro area where the light pollution wrecks everything...

(HT: Lifehacker)

Monday, April 09, 2007

RIP - Johnny Hart

Johnny Hart, creator of the comic strip BC, passed away at age 76.


University of OReilly - For Real

Geeks I know have often used the phrase "University of O'Reilly" when referring to the collection of O'Reilly books they use for programming, web design, etc.

Now, according to Ars Technica, you can take courses from the O'Reilly School of Technology, with the ability to earn university certification through the U. of Illinois. Cool.

(This has been around for a little while, and some may have their complaints as they always do, but I still like the idea.)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Google Goodness

Backup Gmail with a Google Group

Google apps plus Firefox equals OS independence

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Writers Must Write

Rich, the Blog Rodent, riffs on blogging and writing.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Guitar Tabs

Once there was a great resource for guitar tabs called OLGA (on line guitar archive). The record industry, being the control hungry types that they are, forced them to let go of good content.

But, according to this article at Ars Technica, there may soon be a way to get legally published content. There was no link, but keep watching for a Madison, WI based company called Musicnotes. Couch guitarists everywhere may soon rejoice.

Long Term Archives

What do you use for long term data storage? Most home users don't consider this question. Many people don't use any backups at all. These days, one can find large (500GB) hard drives at a good price, and it's easy enough to install one in an external drive enclosure to create a giant USB attachment. This is great for regular backups, but not necessarily for long-term storage. Another option is to buy a tape drive and tape media. This is a standard among small businesses, but for the average home user, it's an expensive solution. Other solutions exist, but the most practical by far is the use of optical media. Still, this raises the question of which format to use: CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, etc.

This recent Slashdot article (which is actually mostly a dupe of an older article - standard fare for the /. audience) links to the Ad Terras Per Aspera article, "How to Choose CD/DVD Archival Media."

The whole thing is worth a read, but the short answer is this: Get yourself a good DVD burner and some high quality DVD+R media. The author is partial to Taiyo Yuden media, but you will also get good reliability from Verbatim discs.

Verbatim media is easier to find in the average store, but if you want the other, it can be had in the US from the Super Media Store web site.