Articles by Steven

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More Lego Fun - 318 Windmill
Well, it’s been over a year since I last played around with my Lego ray tracing and even longer since the last time I traced a new model. Well, ’tis the season to build new models! I did some searching around and found a model from 1969: 318 Windmill. Yes, it isn’t a large model…
Posted Dec 23, 2007 2 min read

Safari - 3.0.4
It appears that a new version of Safari is out: 3.0.4. It is still a public beta, but they did fix a few niggles from the last version. For one, tool tips now work. For another, the inline spell checking is now working. Looks like IE7 is still lagging in that area…
Posted Nov 19, 2007 2 min read

RSS Fixes - Sort of
I’m trying to get Brief in Firefox to display my site image. For some reason, it won’t display the image and I can’t seem to figure out why. It displays other sites images fine. Sigh. While trying to get this to work, I also fixed some issues with the subject line not always working properly i…
Posted Nov 19, 2007 1 min read

Tag Cloud
I’ve been using the tag cloud concept on a lot of other sites and find it useful at times. The idea is pretty simple, supply keywords or tags to your content. Those tags are then counted and a tag cloud of links is displayed, with more frequent links larger then less frequent ones…
Posted Nov 11, 2007 2 min read

Yes - 15k
Oh, yeah! 15K—on the nose! Next up 20k!’Nuff said!
Posted Nov 07, 2007 1 min read

Getting into that Web 2.0 Thing
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Web 2.0, but not sure how much I’ve been participating. I signed up for a Digg account, but didn’t really get into it. I’m still not sure what is considered Web 2.0. If you check out Wiki's definition of Web 2.0, I’ve already been part of the whole Web 2…
Posted Oct 22, 2007 2 min read

Daughterly Love
You know your daughter loves you when she says: “Come play Halo. Oh, wait. I got to kill you one more time.” Priceless.
Posted Oct 06, 2007 1 min read

Memories of Daitarn 3
I grew up for some time in Naples in the early 80’s. Surprisingly enough, this was before any English TV was available to us. That didn’t stop me from watching TV, even if shows like Star Trek were dubbed in Italian…
Posted Sep 21, 2007 2 min read

HD What? HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray Wars
Although, to date, I own neither of the latest HD disk formats—heck, I don’t even own an HD TV set yet—I find the whole format war rather interesting. Having lived through the Beta vs. VHS, but not really understanding it, I find it fascinating how two companies complete against each other. Al…
Posted Sep 01, 2007 4 min read

Being Big Brother
I’ve been a fan of the Big Brother (US) series since season 2. This summer, like the last 7 ones, wasn’t an exception. I enjoyed my weekly dose of other people’s reality…
Posted Aug 09, 2007 1 min read

Hanging Around at Marapets
Okay, it may seem silly, but my daughter had me try one of her favorite game sites called Marapets. Okay, okay. Before you go snickering, I actually found the site pretty interesting. For one, it isn’t just for kids—so don’t put it down yet…
Posted Jul 30, 2007 3 min read

iDust? What you get when you blend an iPhone.
I’ve been a big fan of the Blendtec “Will it Blend?” videos on YouTube. The latest installment was unbelievable — he blended an iPhone! What a waste of $600, but it is cool to watch. Take a look below. Or, check it out on YouTube.
Posted Jul 12, 2007 1 min read

Viva Vista?
Well, I traded Viva Piñata this week for Windows Vista. I decided to bite the bullet and give Vista try on my laptop. So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Since I had recently replaced the hard-drive in my laptop, wiping out XP out wasn’t as big a chore since I already had my files backed up…
Posted Jun 23, 2007 3 min read

Unicode and the like
I’ve run into a bit of an issue. XML uses UTF-8 encoding. I wouldn’t think it would be a big issue, but my web pages render in ISO-8859-1. Since my ISP uses perl 5.6.1, I can’t easily encode/decode between the two Unicode formats. So, I thought I’d just render my pages in UTF-8…
Posted Jun 17, 2007 1 min read

MS Home Server
Microsoft has released a public beta of their Microsoft Home Server software. I’ve had various “home servers,” usually older computers, running various version of Windows and Linux. My current one is running Media Center, but it is also a desktop for my daughter. In either case, MSHS sounds go…
Posted Jun 17, 2007 1 min read

Apple vs. Microsoft: Typography
So, I’m still hacking around in Safari. If you read earlier article, you might remember my complaint about the fonts being a bit blurry…
Posted Jun 14, 2007 1 min read

Having fun on Safari
I was looking to try out Safari on Windows the other day, but all the links to get it were down. Now I know why! Apple released Safari for Windows today. Well, not one to wait around, I promptly downloaded it to give it a spin. In fact, I’m writing this article in it right now. Now first thing I h…
Posted Jun 11, 2007 3 min read

Userbars moved to Flickr
Due to issues I’ve been having with ImageShack, I’ve moved some of my userbars over to Flickr. So far, things appear to be working just fine. Oddly, my ImageShack images are working again, but others are now broke. I’m thinking something was wrong with servers, or they are doing maintenance…
Posted Jun 03, 2007 1 min read

Lego USB Drive -- Want One!
Interestingly, an Australian firm is offering a USB drive encased in a LEGO® brick. I just have to say that “I want one!” They look too cool and, of course, very geeky! If you haven’t noticed, I'm a big Lego® Bricks fan. Unfortunately, 50 bucks seems a bit steep…
Posted May 31, 2007 1 min read