We, as Americans are edging closer to the cutoff date for registering as a voter in many states – Texans only have a few days left! If you haven’t registered yet, go to the site Your Vote Matters right now. Voting is a right and responsibility that everyone should take part in, especially in an election cycle as important as this one.
Archives for September 2004
Standards-Compliant New Windows – “a method for opening links in a new window that doesn’t fail XHTML validation tests”
Yet another reason to love Firefox: ColorZilla. The extension adds an eyedropper tool, that will tell you the color of any pixel in the browser, plus a color picker, like the one found in Photoshop. Both of these tools can prove immensely useful to Web developers and designers, as it can save the step of opening a different program when you need to find out the values of a specific color.
Update: I noticed an odd problem when I installed version 0.5.1; the extension broke the ability to use the tab key to move from one form field to the next within a Web page. Upon reverting to version 0.5.0, all was well.
The Hold’em House, has put together a series of free Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments in the Austin area at local pubs. Sounds like a fun time. Hopefully I’ll find some time to head on down to one in the near future.
IPac gives me hope that our rights as both innovators and consumers might survive the current onslaught of intellectual and copyright legislation.
IPac is a political action committee (or PAC) that is dedicated to creating balanced intellectual property policy. We support U.S. Congressional candidates who will be advocates for the public interest in debates over copyright and patent law, technology regulation, and other IP-related issues. IPac focuses on getting better, smarter, tech-savvy legislators into office while coordinating with other groups who engage in litigation, activism, and regulatory work.
Notational Velocity – An interesting OS X note taking app. As stated on 43 Folders, “All Notational Velocity does is record little notes, but it does that in a way that is completely elegant, intuitive, and incrementally searchable. It does this by an uncanny dual use of a single text field for both searching and creation of your notes. If you’re just typing in the field, it acts as a full-text, incremental, live search on all of your notes and their contents. If you hit RETURN at any point, you generate a new note with its title set to whatever you just typed.”
The skill with which you manipulate your poker chips can affect your table rep in a short time. Long time players have spent a lot of time playing with their chips as they wait for other players, or conversely, use them as part of their own thinking process. So, most people will give a bit more respect to the person who is able to casually pull off some chip tricks than those who don’t. It isn’t much of an edge – hell, it may not translate into an advantage at all, but you never know. At the very least, it gives your hands something to do during those long stretches. Enter Poker Chip Tricks, a new site that provides instructions on how to perform many tricks. Even more importantly, the site provides photos and video of the entire process, often from multiple angles, ensuring the explanation is as straight forward as possible.
Now I just need to get my hands on some good clay chips!
color synthAxis – An interesting Web-based (Flash) color picker that is a bit odd to use at first, but proves to be very powerful.
The man who brought us “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” and “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” has died: CNN.com: Legendary filmmaker Russ Meyer dead – Sep 22, 2004
Image from The Leonard Cohen Files
Leonard Cohen, one of the best singer/songwriters celebrates his 70th birthday today. Come late October, he will release a new album, Dear Heather, adding it to an impressive discography. He is an inspiration to a wide array of musicians and artists, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, R.E.M., Tori Amos, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Trent Reznor and Nina Simone among many others, resulting in over 900 covers of his songs.
Happy birthday Mr. Cohen.
Interested in learning more about Leonard Cohen? Check these sites out:
Grrrr. Apple decided that they would no longer support older beige G3s when they released OS 10.3. Apparently, if the machine doesn’t have built-in USB capabilities and a PCI video card, it doesn’t qualify. This is rather sad, as the machine in question could easily handle 10.3 otherwise. In fact, from my research, 10.3 actually runs faster than 10.2, which would easily make it worth the upgrade cost. But, Apple has said I cannot use it, so purchasing the upgrade would be a waste of money.
I found a few sites discussing ways to circumvent the issue. Some people have been able to install 10.3 on older machines, using XPostFacto, but frankly, there are too many hoops to jump through, without any guarantee that it will work, or that it will remain stable over the long run. This is not a good thing as I plan to use the machine as a simple file server. Stability is kind of important, right? Right.
43 Folders presents OSX inventories, tips & hack collections, a list of great links, containing a wealth of OS X information and application recommendations.
> Secret goal: make this post a one-stop-shopping link for people who want to quickly ramp-up on “what’s out there” in the OSX world that they might not know about, with a focus on how one given person has put it all together.