Out of the Blue

My 'net connection has been troublesome since sometime yesterday afternoon... it's funny how reliable these things have become compared to the past. This flaky connectivity is actually faster and more reliable than on dial up (though those days of whine and modems are actually farther behind me than I tend to recall at first). Anyway, hopefully MaBell will be able to straighten things out today.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown today, here's to a sweet new year to all who are celebrating!

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Re: A slight change of topic
Sep 16, 2004, 10:00
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Re: A slight change of topic Sep 16, 2004, 10:00
Sep 16, 2004, 10:00
 
They really need to clamp down on the extension interface though

Actually, they did in 0.9. Problem is, a lot of authors have still not updated their extensions. But you can't exactly guarantee forward compatibility in extensions, so whenever you get a new version of the browser all your extensions will break, at least temporarily. They did make a change in 1.0PR so if a new extension comes out that just updates the version compatibility you won't need to download it.

Not to mention bugmenot

Something weird is going on with BugMeNot. You can install 0.6, but have to do it from the author's homepage. To do that you have to turn off the whitelist protection. Go to updates.mozilla.org and click on the BugMeNot extension, read the comments. There's one toward the bottom that explains what you have to do.

As for Flash -- absolutely no problems here with Flash 7.0. And FlashBlock still works too (if you install the Show Old Extensions extension).

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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 16, 2004, 09:55
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 16, 2004, 09:55
Sep 16, 2004, 09:55
 
Does it work with Thunderbird

Not yet... Gmail doesn't work with POP clients yet, but it's on their "todo" list.

That said, I seem to continuously have gmail invites as well.

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Re: SUV
Sep 16, 2004, 00:56
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Re: SUV Sep 16, 2004, 00:56
Sep 16, 2004, 00:56
 
... it's sure a lot easier to commiserate with Ray Marden for his unfortunate experience beta testing a game he did not enjoy - or help bronco out because out of sympathy that he works with poop all the time --

Hey man, don't be giving Bronco no shit. He's got his shit together. I'm not shitting you. He's got his shit DOWN. He really knows his shit!

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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 16, 2004, 00:17
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 16, 2004, 00:17
Sep 16, 2004, 00:17
 
Want to be?

Does it work with Thunderbird (i.e. will I actually be able to send messages rather than just download them)?

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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 15, 2004, 22:54
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 15, 2004, 22:54
Sep 15, 2004, 22:54
 
Want to be?
Hehe, I noticed quite a while ago that you had a little secret message in your profile about gmail invites but never bothered to say anything. I got a gmail account from Zathrus but have used it very little because I'm reluctant to switch to a new email.

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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 15, 2004, 22:48
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 15, 2004, 22:48
Sep 15, 2004, 22:48
 
Want to be?

How do you invite people to Gmail? I've got an account with them, but havn't figured out how to invite others. It says something about a link in my inbox, but I don't see anything there..

Do I have to be a memeber for a certain amount of time first?

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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 15, 2004, 22:31
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 15, 2004, 22:31
Sep 15, 2004, 22:31
 
I'm not on it [gmail]...
Want to be?

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Re: A slight change of topic
Sep 15, 2004, 22:27
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Re: A slight change of topic Sep 15, 2004, 22:27
Sep 15, 2004, 22:27
 
javaw.exe is 36mb, still not too bad. It's also at 0% cpu usage
BitComet was using about 10 megs less than that for me earlier when I checked, and had 3 torrents going as well. It was also using 0-1% cpu.

C'mon, try it, you know you want to.

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caps
Sep 15, 2004, 21:49
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Sep 15, 2004, 21:49
 
i love caps....it makes posts look like Sam Kinnison is writting THEM

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Re: SUV
Sep 15, 2004, 21:02
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Re: SUV Sep 15, 2004, 21:02
Sep 15, 2004, 21:02
 
Yeah, I noticed that too. I just thought he was doing some strange reverse ee cummings thing.

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Re: SUV
Sep 15, 2004, 20:41
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Re: SUV Sep 15, 2004, 20:41
Sep 15, 2004, 20:41
 
unaloony, do YOU need a little WD40 for that CAPS LOCK BUTTON??

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Re: A slight change of topic
Sep 15, 2004, 20:26
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Re: A slight change of topic Sep 15, 2004, 20:26
Sep 15, 2004, 20:26
 
I'm sure the main appeal of gmail is being able to traffic large quantities of porn between friends. Over on shacknews there was a poster who told people to list their gmail addresses for more porn than you'll ever need and he got over 200 addresses last I checked.

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Re: A slight change of topic
Sep 15, 2004, 20:18
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Re: A slight change of topic Sep 15, 2004, 20:18
Sep 15, 2004, 20:18
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Yesterday I was looking for the login and password for our healthcare provider so I could make some changes to our group.

It made me curious as to how people here manage their user names and passwords. Any suggestions?

Well I could tell you...

...but you'd have to have the need to know.

Of course this brings up the next question, what freeware/shareware programs do you use every day? What is the best of the best? Which ones could you live without?

Celestia planetarium software is pretty neat for freeware. Check it out at www.shatters.net/celestia

Jim
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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 15, 2004, 20:06
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 15, 2004, 20:06
Sep 15, 2004, 20:06
 
The current vogue is Google's GMail but you'll need an invite. With GMail there's no worries about storage as I'm sure you are aware. I'm not on it, otherwise I'd invite you, my fellow Heat Sink Goop Spreader.

I've been using Juno (www.juno.com) for many years and it's just fine for me. Use of their web-based mail is free - they offer their own mail reader program but they're charging for that now. Only 2 megs of storage, though. But I have encountered minimal to no spam. Unfortunately Thunderbird and other email clients will not work with it. (I can download my mail but not send any messages since they do not give out the address of their mail server)

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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 15, 2004, 17:59
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 15, 2004, 17:59
Sep 15, 2004, 17:59
 
Realistically, I am looking at keeping it for about three months and I do not mind paying for it. I do not need any other fancy services like a webpage or FTP server; just your usual 5MB - 10MB mail server should be fine for my needs.
If you are willing to pay, odds are great that your current ISP will continue your e-mail for a good bit with payment Give em a call.

Depending on where you are moving to, a local ISP with local dialup #s may suit your needs, as well. Care to give the region you are moving to? Maybe you'll get some suggestions from Blue's readers.

I've been very happy with Softcom.net here in CA, including junk mail blocking and virus scanning of e-mail before it gets sent to your account. Monthly cost is $15 on month-by-month basis, cheaper if you prepay longer periods.

Just an idea if you don't mind paying a little bit.



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Re: Third-party e-mail
Sep 15, 2004, 17:49
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Re: Third-party e-mail Sep 15, 2004, 17:49
Sep 15, 2004, 17:49
 Enahs
 
Realistically, I am looking at keeping it for about three months and I do not mind paying for it. I do not need any other fancy services like a webpage or FTP server; just your usual 5MB - 10MB mail server should be fine for my needs.

If you are willing to pay, odds are great that your current ISP will continue your e-mail for a good bit with payment Give em a call.

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Re: SUV
Sep 15, 2004, 17:48
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Re: SUV Sep 15, 2004, 17:48
Sep 15, 2004, 17:48
 
My mother is something of a PUBLIC FIGURE in San Francisco who is KNOWN by her OPINIONS ON SUVS. I grew up and left home before she met GOD ten years ago and became outspoken politically. She believes that people who drive SUVS are SELFISH, uncaring, and HAVE NOT HEARD THE WORD. I drive a SUV, but it is a small Nissan Xterra SE that I need to drive 14 miles in steep, often snow or ice covered, dirt roads that serve as driveways of my clients. I think large, powerfull, SUV's and trucks have legitimate purposes. My views on SUVs are more tolerant. There are legitimate uses for powerful vehicles. However, I still believe PEOPLE WHO DON'T NEED POWERFUL VEHICLES BUT LIKE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE BIG AND POWERFUL ARE HICKS.

Sometimes there are no comments here because folks are just to shocked and disenfranchised from Bl;ues News that they can't respond. Political discussion isn't easy for anyone ... it's sure a lot easier to commiserate with Ray Marden for his unfortunate experience beta testing a game he did not enjoy - or help bronco out because out of sympathy that he works with poop all the time -- than it is to say, "Hey Buddy, You're Wrong, and here's why . . "

I thought the discussion of the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals was pretty interesting. Noting that the author of of one of the linked articles 'was an expert on corruption in the 9th circuit federal court of appeals' I don't have anything to say about that Court. My expertise only extends to 7 years practicing experience before the First District Court of Appeals for the 1st (Northern) District of California.

The 9th Circuit FEDERAL Court hears appeals from all the cases proceeding in the Federal Court System in the 9th Circuit, which includes California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and a couple other states. The Federal Court hears Federal Cases, dealing with the Laws of the United States (a.k.a. The US Code, Constitution, and Amendments) and disputes between the citizens (and businesses because the law treats a business the same way it treats a person -- nothwithstanding the fact that businesses can't go to jail for employing child labor or deducting hours from employee payrolls) of different states.

Federal Court Judges are appointed by the Federal Government. Maybe the President has a role in the appointment of Judges to the bench of Federal District Courts.

Each State also has it's State Court system, complete with a State Supreme Court which hears appeals from lower courts of appeal or from trial court. Judges in these courts are appointed by the States, and, the Governor has a role in appointing Judges.

It seems entirely plausible to me that Busch could have caused more liberal rulings from the Federal Court, and, through his support of the Governator, indirectly caused more liberal rulings in the State Courts.

'Liberal', however, is troubling. If liberal means the Judges ignore the laws and improperly take the law into their own hands dispensing justice as they personally see fit for their personal reasons, then, I totally agree that Busch would be a role model for SELFISH TEXAS LAWLESSNESS. But, if 'liberal' means the opposite of 'conservative', then I would have to say that Bush would cause the courts to be more conservatively minded rather than liberal.

As far as software goes, if its not broke, or you don't absolutely need it, don't play with it. Win XP Pro & Office have so many basic features out of the box that most people don't need much more than Adobe Acrobat & Quicktime. It takes far less time to rebuild a system if you are comfortable working with the limited feature set of what's available out of the box. Where necessary, you can often manually tweak windows to obtain the specific result you could with shareware or retail software.

Of course, if you aren't running your system behind a real firewall, then security software wouldn't be a bad idea. Something like a FreeBSD Unix box running headless with x-windows server provides decent security if you have nothing.

With all teh money you save from not purchasing software, you can save up to buy a top notch system to run the latest free Federal Government third person game running the Doom 3 engine.

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Re: TiVo and PVRs
Sep 15, 2004, 17:43
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Re: TiVo and PVRs Sep 15, 2004, 17:43
Sep 15, 2004, 17:43
 Enahs
 
As I mentioned, doing HD quality feeds in realtime isn't viable yet, at least not at a reasonable price. (Hell, try to do realtime encoding of standard definition TV with _no_ hardware assist from encoder cards or your graphics card... it'll eat even high end CPUs alive. Now increase the amount of data by 4-16x...


As I said, I know it does not record, but it shows people are trying..sorta (not saying it was a good solution!) but gives us hope!

What would you consider viable (price wise)? As I have no trouble encoding hi def video in real time (through firewire) on an Athlon64 3200; I do not believe it uses much of the video card either, if any. So in theory it can be done on one card for under $1000 (though, I do not think anybody making those types of cards are even 1/10th as advanced in chip design as AMD or Intel).

Give it 2 years and someone will have a product out, then 1 month later it will be banned because of stupid paranoid copyright laws.



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Re: A slight change of topic
Sep 15, 2004, 17:36
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Re: A slight change of topic Sep 15, 2004, 17:36
Sep 15, 2004, 17:36
 
One more great shareware program is Total Commander. I hate having to manage anything file related without it...

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Re: A slight change of topic
Sep 15, 2004, 17:34
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Re: A slight change of topic Sep 15, 2004, 17:34
Sep 15, 2004, 17:34
 
also there doesn't seem to be any working flash players for it now - flash 7 installs no problem, but the browser acts like it didn't.

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