The spam holiday is over

December 30th, 2003

It seems that spammers generally observe the western/christian holidays. The quiet that my inbox and blog comments enjoyed over the past week has been replaced with a barrage of spam since yesterday.


Inexpensive KVM

December 22nd, 2003

I went out today and got a Zonet 4-port KVM switch complete with cables from Logic Computer House for CDN$89.

Works fine with Linux on my server machine (both console and X), Win2k, DOS and Windows 9x so far. There’s no reason why it wouldn’t work with anything, really, because there is no interaction with the operating system. It’s great because it emulates keyboard and mouse for the non-active ports so my compaq computers will boot without me hooking a real keyboard to each of them.

Cables are very high quality well shielded, can do up to 1920×1440 resolution without ghosting.

Amazing deal, really. Used to be a single high quality KVM cable set was at least $50.


Clear Confirmation

December 12th, 2003

It’s been a while since I visited this VB app I’m updating today for a long-time client. I forgot about this gem:

Sub cmdClear_Click()

If MsgBox("Are you absolutely positively certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that you really truly want to clear the task list?", vbYesNo, "Ok, so let's be clear about this.") = vbYes Then clearTaskList

End Sub


Show and tell

November 13th, 2003

We had another great WiFi meetup tonight, with all sorts of people and their electronic goodies. Tim and I arrived at 7 and met up with Joy, who works her web wizardry at ACTRA. Soon after that came a contingent of Tucows fellows, headed by boss Ross who had his sleek Gateway laptop, along with Joey with his Mac laptop, and others – I’ll let them blog who all was there – I was wedged into a corner and not able to effectively schmooze along to the other end of the table.

Joey’s housemate Sam, already a tech person, came to widen her geek experience and along with Joy helped to balance the X chromosome deficiency so often found at such gatherings.

Here’s a photo of the non-camera-shy side of the table:

I had just bought a new USB wireless adapter, so I had both the laptop and the Zaurus up and running. I finally got a chance to use the Spotnik wireless access, if only for a short time since there was much conversation to be had.

Ross and Joy got to play with Knoppix on a couple of the laptops. I’m pretty sure that next time we see Joy, she’ll be a newly minted Linux expert with tons of wireless toys and an empty bank account.


Wifi Meetup anyone?

November 5th, 2003

I’ve been to the last few Toronto Wifi Meetup meetings. They’ve attracted a good range of people – technical, industry, simply interested. WirelessBandit has been along in the flesh to keep us up on trends and there has been an eclectic range of laptops and handheld devices to fawn over.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm at the SpaHa cafe at Spadina and Harbord in fairly-close-to-downtown Toronto. Wireless access there is provided via Spotnik, whose marketing director known as Spotnik_Girl has attended in the past.

I’ve been trying to get a bunch of people out for some general yappage and cameraderie, so I suggest people sign themselves up for this and come along – Ross and Joey of BlogWare fame are the first two on my list.

Come join us, bring your wireless toys and let’s chew up some bandwidth.


The Clinton Bug

November 4th, 2003

Damn. That’s the last time I get Bill Clinton to modify my Javascript code.


Eye to eye and face to face.

October 24th, 2003

Terry Frazier and I have often see eye to eye but have never met face to face until today.

In town on business, Terry joined me and Tim Aiello for some tangential yakking this afternoon about things topical, technical and philosophical.

We all agreed that blogging and being blogged about establishes a level of “net cred” measurable by google, technorati and feedster that can’t be had any other way – the kind of credibility that is useful in opening conversational doors in the internet community that lead to wider collaborative understanding, and yes, opportunity.

And Terry’s just plain good folk. Something that you can’t help but know before you meet him. Blogs tend to help to spread that kind of intangible impression.


Abandoning a s(t)inking ship

October 21st, 2003

Tim Aiello points out that Network Solutions is offering free registrations and transfers. As bloody if I’m going to get anywhere near that stinkpile.

I bet you dollars to donuts that since the Sitefinder debacle they are processing thousands of outgoing domain transfers every day from people worldwide who finally see them for the charlatans they play so hamfistedly on the internet stage.