Monthly Archives: February 2006

I’m not dead…came close, though.

So yes, I’m still alive, despite my lack of bloggage over the last two and a half to three weeks.

Where to begin? We’re getting a new CIO in at work. Big, big stuff. Therefore, there’s just been a lot going on in the run-up to that. I’ve been working hard on a few projects for work in my spare time so yeah, things are pretty busy.

A few notes:

  • Windows Live Messenger build 0566 is out, and it’s spectacular. The interface is much, much improved. No more green/blue/gray bubbly crapola. It looks Glass-ready, too. Good work Microsoft. I also have three additional invites available. ;)
  • People who ride their bikes fast on sidewalks are teh suck. People who ride their bikes fast on sidewalks and give me, the pedestrian, nasty looks for not realizing they were there, are even teh sucker. Folks, it’s against the law to do it.
  • Back to software releases: Windows Vista February (Enterprise) CTP was made available. It’s got a lot of great changes under the hood yadda yadda, but you know, looking at what they were originally going to do compared to what’s there now, it’s quite disappointing (especially the lack of the clear glassy taskbar and the current abomination of a start ORB). Nevertheless, ExtremeTech does its damndest to convince you otherwise.
  • Regardless of my current thoughts on Vista, I would like to get my hands on it again soon, so I’m not just a detached pundit playing Monday morning quarterback about this stuff. :P

Hopefully I’ll have more blogging frequency in the next few weeks, but only time will tell.

J

Windows Vista Editions Revealed

Paul Thurrott has revealed the Windows Vista product editions today. Basically, it comes down to the fact that the Windows team was jealous of all the different product editions the Office team has wielded since 1997. :P

Windows Vista Home Premium will be a good buy for most home users because it contains Media Center functionality and doesn’t have a lot of the additional overhead stuff the Business editions have. I hope to see either Vista Enterprise or Vista Ultimate deployed – integrated Virtual PC will be sweet! I most certainly am getting Vista Ultimate for my Vista-capable PCs at home.

Sen. Roberts: We don’t need no stinkin’ checks and balances

I rarely discuss politics on this blog, but I saw this on CNN and was utterly outraged.

CNN:

…[T]he Republican chairman [Sen. Pat Roberts] of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he had worked out an agreement with the White House to consider legislation and provide more information to Congress on the eavesdropping program.

“I believe that such an investigation at this point … would be detrimental to this highly classified program and efforts to reach some accommodation with the administration,” Roberts said.

Unbelievable, unacceptable…and par for the course these days. Congressional checks on executive power, anyone? The Framers are turning 10,000 rpm in their graves right now. This is maddening.

Want accommodation? It’s there – it’s called FISA! Or are they going to make a few tweaks and remove the FISA roadblock and permit unlimited wiretapping? That’s sure the vibe I get from all this.

Compromising our liberties is a victory for the terrorists. Make sure you write your Congressional representatives and let them know that. These are the fundamentals of our democracy at risk here.

Windows Defender Beta 2 Available

Windows Defender, the anti-spyware software formerly known as Microsoft AntiSpyware, has reached Beta 2 and is now available to the public.  It requires that awful Microsoft Genuine Advantage check, but it’s worth it.  The interface has been completely redesigned and streamlined.  Versions are available for Windows XP, 2000, 2003, and x64.

See Paul Thurrott’s review of the product for an in-depth look at the product.  So far, so very, very good.  I really like what they’ve done.

A Plea

I rarely do this, but I feel I must here, as I am becoming desperate and impatient :)

Does anyone have a Google Analytics invite code you are willing to share?

If so, please leave a comment and I’ll drop you an e-mail. I appreciate it!

–J

New Deepest Sender

So the new Deepest Sender client is the bomb. Deepest Sender is a Firefox extension which got its start as a LiveJournal client but has expanded to Blogger and – yes! – WordPress. So I’m writing this through there, hoping that this works out well. I’ve been a big fan of this extension for a long time; kinda lost track of it for a year while I went through computer hell, but I’ve got it back and it’s better than ever.

Valentine’s Day

So today is Valentine’s Day. This is the first Valentine’s Day in three years that I don’t have a Valentine. Consequently, I’m saving a bit of money but won’t get a cuddle with much else than the cat. And you know, that’s just fine.

In my younger, far more innocent, cynical, but most of all naive days of running The Realm, I’d post a Valentine’s Day Resource Center with information on how to dodge the issues that Valentine’s Day inevitably would bring. I did this twice, one in 2000 and one in 2001. The 2002 edition was largely scrapped as I was too busy trying to get Realm 4.0 out of the gate, and I had a girlfriend thereafter, so the Resource Center eventually just went away. While I can’t seem to locate the original Valentine’s Day Resource Center, I do have the 2001 edition archived for your viewing pleasure. Please read and see how much of a doofus I was in high school. :) If I find the original incarnation, I’ll be sure to update this post.

Congratulations to the Steelers!

Congratulations to the Steelers for winning Super Bowl XL. I’m especially glad to see the Bus was able to go out on a winning note. The “feel-good” story of this Super Bowl definitely played out. Very nice.

Ameriquest had the best commercials this year, I think. The lady on the airplane…priceless! Local injury lawyer Bill Green most certainly had the worst commercial, in which some opera singer sings the Bill Green jingle with inconsistent orchestral backing. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

In any event, with the Super Bowl now a figment of the past, this can only mean one thing – BASEBALL!!! :) I must say, I can’t wait for the World Baseball Classic. It’ll be nice to have some good competitive ball during the month of March to get me ready for April. :)