Building your own reminder system

One of the hats I wear is as a member of the Independence Library Board.  I love it because I don’t work with public libraries as often as I’d like to in my real job, and honestly, the Independence Public Library is the center of the community.  The Library is a center for adults looking… Read more

Windows 8 first impressions

I’ve been spending a lot of time working with the Windows 8 beta, partly because I wanted to make sure marcedit would work with the new system and partly because I know that at some point I’d be seeing it. First impressions: Not having the start button is a little jarring because you find and… Read more

XP Virtualization in Windows 7

I generally prefer to run Sun’s VirtualBox for virtualization – but the fact that Microsoft provides a free version of XP for virtualization was too good to pass up for my testing purposes.  Installing XP Mode was easy enough – but what I found interesting was how Microsoft integrated the XP Mode.  While you can… Read more

Trying out Windows 7 with the TV

One of the benefits of having a large flat screen TV is the wide abundance of video inputs.  At present, there are 8 on our TV, 4 HD,  2 RCA style, 1 cable and 1 PC connection (DVI).  This leaves lots of room for experimentation.  As noted on Saturday (, I picked up a netbook,… Read more

New toys

So like most folks, I’m hanging out today kind of watching the super bowl – but am also playing with a new toy, my MSI Wind netbook.  This is a nifty little device, running a 1.6 ghz, 1 gb, 160 gb HD, 10.1 inch monitor weight about 2 lbs.  The machine came installed by default… Read more

Random Google Thoughts

I was following a thread today talking about some of the legal wrangling’s related to Google and their Google Books project.  The message that made me laugh was a series where someone had commented that Google had long since forgotten their ‘do no evil’ philosophy and have become pure evil.  Of which, someone said it was… Read more

OSCON 2006: Day 2

Keynotes: The Zen of Free Simon Phipps, Sun “Opening” the Possibilities: APIs and Open Source Gary Lang, AutoDesk, Inc. Ugh — As good as the first day’s keynotes were — these were not.  I was nearly ready to bag the keynotes when… 5 a day Robert “rOml” Lefkowitz, Root Markets This was a fantastic keynote. … Read more