Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Overheard: “TriMet's a great system if you live next to it.”

Uh, yeah. :-)

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Tuesday, 27 January 2004 17:58:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 24 January 2004

It's snowing again. No, wait sleet. No, now it's rain. Oh no, now it's snow. Sheez. Ol' Ma Nature must be concerned these days because all the snow from the recent storms melted or something. Luckily, this won't be enough weather to cause a problem, or likely even enough to stick around.

Even IT pro's have home computer problems sometimes, only ours are usually more complicated because we tend to really challenge our computers. So anyhow, I got home yesterday, found my user profile (among a number of other things) in Windows was completely shot. I had to do some fancy maneuvering to even get into the system, and once things were close to being back to normal, so much data was lost I had to almost start like it was a new computer as far as set up goes. Not literally start new - none of this reinstall Windows crap. It needed to be fixed.

In the process of a lot of repair steps one of the things I had to do was to fight an unhappy hard drive and it's file table. I was certain I had lost some critical data, but suspected it was still in a recoverable mode on the drive. So, I decided to register a copy of Active @ Undelete Pro, which helped me in terms of getting a large number of otherwise lost, deleted and unassociated files on the drive back. While the files and directories in question were no longer associated with their original locations (that file table was pretty screwed up), this program still allowed me to browse them and recover every file I needed (like email dbx files, application profiles, some docs, etc.). That software is worth it's weight in gold. The version I bought (Pro) is $49.95, and allows removable disks to be worked with, but if the only locations you want to be able to recover from are your local hard drives (most home users), the standard version is only $29.95 - and well worth it. BTW, for $99.95 they also have an enterprise version that I will be purchasing for work when I get back to the office next week. It allows you to recover from other computers over the network - very cool.

There's one lesson here worth learning for the paranoid among us (yes, that's you, Steve :-)). Anything you store on/in your Desktop, My Documents, My Pictures, My.* (etc.) folders is stored under your user profile. So, if you want to make sure a Windows glitch is less likely to cause you heartburn, consider relocating the folder(s) or simply store your files elsewhere, not in the Documents and Settings tree.

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Saturday, 24 January 2004 14:06:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Thursday, 22 January 2004

Over on the Tablet PC Questions web site, it was pointed out that I did not give much detail when I recently mentioned I can post to my blog with inked content, etc. from my Tablet PC with no software other than Outlook and the blog software. Valid point.

<Handwritten content>

No keyboard is needed either. Unfortunately sometimes (see above), magical handwriting spellcheck would be nice. All of the text’s recognized from my mediocre handwriting. And that’s about all there is to it. Minor formatting changes can be made on the web application if necessary, after the item has been posted.

One thing I need to figure out is the why and how of getting what appears to be a single line feed in Outlook to carry over to the web entry. If I hit Return twice in Outlook, it puts one blank line between paragraphs. But on the website it ends up being four blank lines. Minor details. At any rate, this entry was just made entirely without the aid of a keyboard, for what its worth.

By the way, the Microsoft Snipping tool power toy for the Tablet PC, which I used to quickly grab the above portion of a screen in the dasBlog setup for mail posting, is super cool. If you have a tablet and have not tried it, you're really missing something.

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Blogging | Tablet PC | Tech
Thursday, 22 January 2004 20:53:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 21 January 2004

Press Release: 


"We have closely followed NASA's recent exploration of Mars and all of us are rooting you on to find ocean water on the Red Planet," Davis wrote. "The 'Free Giant Shrimp' offer is our way of saying NASA's exploration of Mars and the discovery of ocean water would be 'one small step for man, one giant leap for seafood.'"

Riiiiiiight... Hey, ya never know?

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Wednesday, 21 January 2004 22:40:52 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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If you are interested in what Mars actually looks on the ground, you need to check this out.

Someone named Lyle has put together a web site that takes raw feed images from the Mars Spirit rover and aggregates them onto a web site for viewing. This is from slashdot:

"I've spent a few hours hacking together some software to deal with the Mars Exploration Rover imagery at JPL. The software puts together a webpage and RDF feed of new raw imagery as it is posted to the JPL site, along with technical information decoded about how the picture was taken. It also produces stereo anaglyphs and color images that NASA has not seen fit to convert and make publically available. Be sure to also check out the ultra high resolution image of the lander as viewed from Spirit."

This is cool, and a perfect example of what someone can do on the Internet with a little interest, passion and expertise. So cool. ;-)

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Wednesday, 21 January 2004 07:20:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 20 January 2004

My friend and coworker, Scott, forwarded me a link to a blog review where Steve Clarke describes his experience with the Acer C300 Tablet PC, which was recently introduced to the market. I have been using the same Tablet model for the last 6 weeks, and have found I like it a lot. Almost to a “T“ I agree with what Steve has to say.

Scott has the newest Toshiba Tablet PC, which is also a cool device. It has a smaller screen/slate, but higher pixel resolution. Like Steve, I have found the larger screen on the C300, even with max res of 1024x768, to be pretty darn nice. But, hey - Scott's into pain, so I am sure eye strain counts for something. :-) Just kiddin' man!

Scott and I have also been running some interesting software for the tablet that I seem to have better luck with on the Acer than Scott has had on his Toshiba, but then again, with all the stuff he installs on his computers, well - who knows, eh! ;-)

(Oh, and Scott turns 30 on Thursday, so be sure to give him a ration if you happen to read this and have a chance!)

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Tuesday, 20 January 2004 23:25:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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