Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I was reminded today

of the funniest story that has ever been told.

Please, go read this old post, and have a laugh yourselves.

Friday, March 20, 2009


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Syncing your RSS feeds across multiple computers

As many of you know, I use several PCs regularly.  There’s the work PC, my personal PC, and a laptop that I use.  The work and personal PC are both at my desk, just on opposite sides.  I switch back and forth using a super cool KVM switch that supports dual monitors (anyone know of a KVM for triple monitors?).

As such, it is pretty frustrating for me to have data on one machine and not the other; I use the same keyboard, mouse, and monitors to interact with each PC, so it always feels like I am using the same PC.

I found Live Mesh, and I freaking love it.  I have all my docs synced, as well as my favorites folder, and some other random folders.  I’ve used up about half of my online storage space :).

So, I’ve got most of my stuff synced between these three machines, but my RSS feeds were a sticking point.  Previously I’d used outlook to synchronize between the two primary PCs.  This requires having outlook set up to connect to my MS account from my home machine, though, and I’ve not had a need for it yet.  I wanted another solution, and figured Mesh was a good place to start.

I found a blog posting that pointed me right where I needed to be:  The key part of this article is the location of the feeds files: c:\users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Feeds.  So I added the Feeds folder to my Mesh, and voila, I have sync’ed feeds!

The dryer’s not broken, honey

Courtney: Is our dryer broken?

Cullen: I’m not sure, is it?  What’s wrong?

Courtney: It won’t start.

Cullen: <looks in the laundry room>. The light’s on, it’s got power.  Was the door closed all the way?

Courtney: <blushing, closes the dryer door>.  Dryer works!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Friday, March 06, 2009

Duplicity in Advertising?

I just installed Java on my home PC.  Amazing how often I forget to do that, until I need to run a java app.  For reference, it’s been weeks since I went to win7 at home, and I just, today, needed java installed.

Anyway, the java installer tries to install the MSN toolbar also.  Big win for MSN, bundling the toolbar with java, rather than having google’s toolbar bundled.  I bet that bundle results in tons more installations (and more ad revenue, I bet).

Right after the option to install the MSN toolbar is an ad for openoffice, which is a direct competitor (though with very minor market share) to MS Office.

I wonder if the guys that built that installer felt dirty while they did it?  I would have, selling ad space on page1 to MS, and ad space on page2 to a competitor, and having to code each explicitly, rather than it being a byproduct of some advertising mashup or whatever.

What do you think?  Semi dirty?  Or just fine, as a business practice?