Tuesday, 12 October 2004

Windows XP Media Center Edition launched this morning, with support for high-def TV, multiple tuners, and lots of other cool stuff.

Some confusion over licensing, and earlier claims that it would be sold at retail. I think OEM's will have better access, but not so sure about being able to purchase a copy all on its own...



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Tuesday, 12 October 2004 12:07:34 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 11 October 2004

Heat scans are now showing greatly increased temperatures at the surface in the volcano crater and earthquakes are occurring at about one every five minutes. Scientists are saying this shows magma is much closer to the surface, and gas measurements also support this.

When I woke up this morning and was getting ready for work, I looked out the front window, from which I can see the mountain, and saw a column of steam lifting out of the crater. This was the first time I have been home at a time when clouds were cleared and something was happening.

I shot a couple of pictures, and will try to get around to transferring them from the camera to the computer and uploading soon.



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Monday, 11 October 2004 22:09:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Click on over to hear what Eric has to say with regard to a sneak peek of KSSX, his Internet radio station call letters. As he describes, RSS is likely going to be the final link in making distribution of multimedia content in an automated fashion a realistic (meaning relatively seamless) experience and possibility.

"The radio station YOU design?"

Woah... Gonna be cool.



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Monday, 11 October 2004 20:34:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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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 Overstock.com 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 23:02:12 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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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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Mt. St. Helens
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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