Sunday, 05 June 2005

Ok, time for a random pet-peeve post. I don't do these often, but I figure maybe I can change the whole world if I post this, so here goes:

People, listen up. If you learn only one grammatical/spelling/language rule this year, please make it this one... It will improve your sales figures, professional development, ability to earn promotions and recognition at work, and your general status in the community. Seriously.

Loose is a four-letter word.

Now, allow me to explain...

  • Loose = loos = adj/adv, meaning not tight, fastened, restrained, rigid, bound, etc.
  • Lose = looz = verb, meaning to fail in, or to fail to retain possession (opposite of win or find)

I can't even begin to tell you the number of emails, blog entries, letters, and even printed and online professional news articles (who's copy-editing these days anyhow?) I've read where members of the Hooked-on-Phonics generation (dat's Huhked-ahn-Fonikz fer yoo membrz) use the incorrect word in a variety of sentences.

Examples of improper use of "loose" in a sentence:

  • "Joe is such a looser. I can't believe that guy."
  • "If you don't try hard enough, you'll loose the game."

Examples of correct use of "loose" in a sentence:

  • "He's got a screw loose in his head."
  • "Your seatbelt is looser than mine."

I could also easily list a variety of colorful uses of both words in the same sentence - but I won't. Use your imagination and post a comment if you feel so inclined.

How have you seen these words (or others) completely butchered? Any funny examples?



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Sunday, 05 June 2005 14:59:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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It became obvious last week that the IBM Tablet PC was most definitely real. Now it appears IBM/Lenovo will hold a webcast to introduce their X41 Tablet PC to the world, probably on Monday (possibly Tuesday since the URL includes 07June in the address?).

Lenovo/PC Institute: Complimentary Tablet Webcast
06 Jun
IBM Business Partners
Customers

Description: Be sure to tell your Business Partners and customers about this complimentary Webcast on the one-of-a-kind features of the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet!

This Webcast will feature:

  • A demonstration of ThinkPad X41 Tablet
  • The new Lenovo CEO and VP of Marketing explaining Tablet's importance in the marketplace
  • Microsoft, Dendrite and Siebel discussing Tablet OS and ISV strategy
  • Customers, including MIT and Harvard Medical School, as well as IBM’s Healthcare and Life Sciences GM, discussing Tablet's use in the public sector

Replay available through June 30, 2005.



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Sunday, 05 June 2005 13:23:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 04 June 2005

eWeek says Microsoft will release a security roll-up for Windows 2000 this week. The roll-up package replaces Windows 2000 SP5, which was recently scrapped. You'll need to have SP4 already installed to apply the rollup. It will be available via Windows Update, SUS, et al.

It's scary how time flies...Windows 2000 is five years old now - wow... Speakimng of which, mainstram support for Windows 2000 ends on June 30th, when the OS goes in to "extended support" mode (which means you pay for support pretty much no matter what).

Information from Microsoft's web site to answer questions people have asked in email and elsewhere:

Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server support dates:

  • Mainstream Support ends June 30, 2005
  • Extended Support ends June 30, 2010

Mainstream support includes:

  • Incident support (no-charge incident support, paid incident support, support charged on an hourly basis, support for warranty claims)
  • Security update support
  • The ability to request non-security hotfixes

Extended support includes:

  • Paid support
  • Security update support at no additional cost
  • Non-security related hotfix support requires a separate Extended Hotfix Support contract to be purchased. Per-fix fees also apply.
  • Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended support phase.
  • Extended support is not available for Consumer, Hardware, Multimedia, and Business Solutions.

Complete Windows lifecycle dates are listed here. Other products also listed here.

Not running on Windows Server 2003 yet? Make the move now and you'll be glad you did - if you haven't tried it, you seriously don't know what you're missing. Not to mention the fact that most every substantial future network security enhancement from Microsoft will rely on the back-end of Windows Server 2003.

And for those still on NT4 - Your version expired long ago, and it's replacement is entering the old folks' home. Time to get with the program and secure your little world.



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Saturday, 04 June 2005 09:48:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Friday, 03 June 2005

Blogjet_mainscreenI use BlogJet to post nearly all my weblog entries - it's a great client-side application that connects to pretty much every blog package you can think of. So, you can write your blog posts locally, include and resize images, format to your heart's content, etc., and then post to your weblog software when you're ready. You can also edit your blog posts. I'm writing this post in BlogJet now - so this would be a BlogJet post about BlogJet.

It'll also record audio, check spelling, and insert "what's playing" info. It creates context menu items that allow you to "BlogJet This" and adds a web browser action button.

Anyhow, BlogJet is cool and awesome. You can get the v6.1 Beta 1 version here.

For complete BlogJet info, go to http://blogjet.com/

 



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Friday, 03 June 2005 22:17:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Blogging is reaching new heights. While Scoble's blogging from the seat of an airliner with WiFi on a trip to Europe on his way to a geek dinner (sounds like fun), a group of 20 police officers and companion climbers are slowly but steadily audioblogging their way to the rugged summits of Denali in Alaska (20,320 feet) and Humphreys Peak in Arizona (12,634 feet).

Using a satellite phone in Alaska and mobile phones in Arizona, the officers are calling in to a special phone number at audioblog.com, which immediately posts their voice recordings to the Climbers' Weblog at copsontop.com.

Both teams will strive this weekend to summit the mountains as a memorial to honor the lives, service and sacrifices of police officers Eric White and Jason Wolfe, both of the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department. Officers White and Wolfe were killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2004, while searching for a suspect who had just shot another man in the chest.

The officers are members and representatives of Cops on Top, a non-profit organization of police officers and others who execute memorial expeditions to remember peace officers killed in the line of duty. The audioblogging technology enables the teams to document their progress in real time, and to reach the families and friends of those fallen officers who are honored on each expedition.



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Friday, 03 June 2005 20:25:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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From The Raw Feed - Apparently they've finally found a way to completely eliminate the Blue Screen of Death in Windows Longhorn:

Make it red.

Red

Now, why didn't someone think of that earlier?



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Friday, 03 June 2005 15:58:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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