Monday, 11 October 2004

I picked up a copy of a documentary film on DVD today from Best Buy called FarenHYPE 9/11, which is a response film that was made to take a critical, factual look at the Michael Moore film, Farenheit 9/11.

If you watched the original Michael Moore movie and cared at all about it (whether you liked it or hated it, doesn't matter), you owe it to yourself and everyone else to watch this documentary. You'll see people from the Moore movie talking about how they were misrepresented in the original film. Much of what Moore presented in Farenheit 9/11 is examined, critically reviewed and corrected in this film.

Seriously - there are two sides to every story, and Moore's story was such an exaggeration and misrepresentation of many facts, the FarenHYPE 9/11 DVD should be mandatory viewing. It is inexpensive - only about $11 at Best Buy, and you can order it from as well.

You don't necessarily have to be a Bush supporter to accept that Michael Moore flat out lied and twisted events to meet the requirements of his agenda. This is in no way an attept on my part to change your mind with regard to a voting decision - that's all yours.

It's the best $11 I've spent in quite some time.

One more time: regardless of your opinion of the Moore film and it's content, be sure to see FarenHYPE 9/11 - Once you see it, I think you'll understand why I'm so adamant.

Anyone who wants to borrow my copy, let me know.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming...

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 Sunday, 10 October 2004

The volcano's seismic activity built back up again after dropping off a few days ago, and finally released more steam at about 7am today.

The advisory is still at Level 2 and earthquakes are not as frequent as they were before. A second dome, or “blister” has been pushing up next to the one formed in the crater in the 1980's. The old dome was formed between 1980 and 1986. The new dome has been formed over the past couple of weeks, and is already bigger than the one formed in the 80's.

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Sunday, 10 October 2004 09:12:30 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 09 October 2004

Jared Hudgins a scary-smart dude I met at GnomeDex, as is Brandon Watts (another person I had the good fortune of meeting there). They could always be found together, which makes sense since they both traveled across the country from Georgia or some place around Atlanta. Both of these guys write for Lockergnome (and do a great job of it). Both are way younger and way smarter than me, and my purpose in writing this entry (yes, I do have a reason) is to call out two things:

  • First, that Jared just posted his first audioblog - so go listen to it. Oh, the world is changing so fast...
  • Second, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that both Brandon (who has already authored his own programming language) and Jared are going to be people you'll hear about in a big way sometime in the future (and no, I don't mean in an 11-0'clock news kind of way). Dream big, make it happen. If you happen to be reading this in 15 or 20 years, please remind me and we'll see if I was right.

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Saturday, 09 October 2004 20:08:20 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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ClearType Control Panel Icon - click to download PowerToyI missed this when it was originally released, but Microsoft recently kicked a new PowerToy for Windows XP that lets you fine-tunes the ClearType settings in Windows. It puts an applet in your control panel, so you don't have to find the obscure setting in the display properties dialog mess. It also lets you set the Cleartype settings across all machine accounts and provides much finer control over the ClearType settings.

If you've never turned on ClearType, you really don't know what you're missing. It's unfortunate that most Windows XP users don't have it turned on and have not experienced the benefits.

Whether you have a CRT, flat-panel, or notebook monitor, ClearType can greatly improve the way Windows displays text on the screen, and can make using a computer easier on your eyes.

Why use ClearType?

Just look at the screen clips below (made with another PowerToy for the Tablet PC - the Snipping Tool).

Which would you rather read on your screen? With or without ClearType?

Without ClearType: With ClearType:

You can click here to go to the XP PowerToys page, and look for the link to download the "ClearType Tuner PowerToy."

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Saturday, 09 October 2004 19:34:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Click the play button to listen:

Prologue: After speaking with several respected people in the field about the term PodCasting in preparation for writing this article, I have changed my stance slightly from where I started and from what I wrote below. I decided to place this change-of-heart statement up top, with a quick explanation, but not to alter what my original post looked like, since my change of heart is primarily one of acceptance. So, while I accept current naming conventions and what-not, I still believe what I say below is relevant.

In the words of one respected collegue from the industry:

"... It's certainly a sexy term, and although technically inaccurate (see, --casting implies sending from-- we aren't broadcasting from an iPod), the media seems to love it, people associate '-pod' with the success of the iPod, and that's a good thing. It's good because now bigger radio folks are doing it. We the people are doing it. This whole thing has stickiness, and got that stickiness in record time. I say, let's just revel in it. It can't hurt."

- Eric Rice

Ok, I can do that. Fair enough, and good advice.

 - greg

[How exactly do you describe the process of hanging up a call with someone when you're not actually talking on a traditional telephone anymore? Hmm...] I just got off the Internet with Chris Pirillo. He and I were engaged in an instant messaging session, which branched off to email, and which we then took over to Skype. Chris then used the Skype audio and some kind of hacked-together recording device to create an interview MP3 that he will, undoubtedly, edit (I sure hope he edits it, heh...) and post to his web site at some point in the near future. Personal internet broadcasting hard at work.

We talked about something we both think is great and interesting, but about which we share a similar gripe:

The term "PodCasting" - I know it is catchy and sticky and has already taken off, so I wouldn't expect any kind of change to happen, but regardless, it's just the wrong name to use. Why? Because this new wave of technology use is not actually about iPods (it works with pretty much any MP3 player), yet it sounds like it is all about iPods. It's not about the playback device (again, any MP3 player), it's about the communication medium and the content being distributed. It's about the convergence of several smaller pieces of cool technology, and the interest of a relatively small but rapidly growing group of people whose influence has the potential to create something very, very big. But to say the iPod is the platform is to limit the market and the potential of what's happening -- in my opinion.

Now, please understand -- I don't have any kind of problem or dislike toward Apple's iPods, or the technology, or the idea that people are enabled to communicate to an Internet audience their own opinions, ideas, news, music or what-have-you. In fact I think all those things are great. It's the name that kills me. If you like iPods, that's fine (I think they're great, too), but to call the iPod the platform in this context is just plain-old-flat-out confusing and wrong.

When Chris and I started our conversation this morning, I sent him an email with an admittedly hot-under-the-collar tone complaining about this supposed "revolution" (I don't see it quite that way) and the "podcast" name that's been attached to this "phenomenon" (another over-stated term I think - let's see what happens before we actually attach names like that).

Then we decided, well heck - let's talk about it by creating a personal internet broadcast (yes, you're right, I am intentionally not using that term) of our own.

You see, we love the technology. We love the medium. We love the gadgetry of it all and the idea of enabling people to communicate and express themselves in new ways - and to make it easier for people to do on both ends.

Both of us even plan to create content and use the technology ourselves.

It's just that damn name.

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