Monday, November 27, 2006
KeePass is an open-source password manager that lets you track all of your online accounts and passwords in one secure vault with a master password to access. It has a nice export feature for keeping backups and it includes a strong password generator.
Monday, November 20, 2006
I originally installed StealthRay when I was looking for a popup blocker with a few extras. I downloaded the trial from GoDaddy.com but now it looks like their partnership with StarField Tech has ended. Basically, StealthRay keeps my hard drive clean at the end of each day of surfing, creating temp files and other gunk that feels like unnecessary baggage. I haven't taken advantage of all of the features, but I did end up buying a license for this utility as well.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Today's installment focuses on advanced screen capturing. In my line of work, I need to send screenshots to lots of individuals not only to prove the error that I'm seeing on my screen but sometimes to prove that what isn't there isn't there. I'm using SnagIt 5.0 even though the latest version is 8.12. It still does a great job and has been worth the $14.95 I paid 6 years ago. (And it doesn't cause you to look like an idiot shipping around 5MB screenshots created with the PrntScrn key..)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
So today I'm beginning a series to chronicle all of my favorite tools so I'll have a record of what I need to load. So here we go...
Day 1 - Sciral Consistency
I'm big into To Do lists and the whole David Allen GTD thing. The only problem with most to do lists is that they don't handle recurring tasks very well. Sciral Consistency provides a graphical way to view and sort all of the routine things you want to do, when you want to do them. It also allows you to set your own "grace" period for how long you give yourself to complete a task before you're tardy. It can also be used to simply track how many times you do something or something happens - like how often you go (or don't go) to the gym. Their site also offers some cool freebie calendars that you can print out. I rarely pay for utilities, but this one is worth it.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
There are a lot of other options for workbenches in SketchUp's 3D Warehouse.
Next I guess I'll need to paint the walls and floor in my basement.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Geoff then says, "Oh crap. Don't tell Milton or he'll put this on his #@&*# blog!"
Monday, September 11, 2006
I challenge you to watch the trailer and then not rent this movie. There is also an official site that has lots of information on the migratory patterns of the birds that were filmed. The filmakers and naturalists used the process of "filial imprinting" on some of the birds which allowed them to get incredibly close to these birds while not causing them harm or worry. Definitely worth the 90-minute investment vs 3 episodes of Spongebob.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
The system also lets you play others online if you can maintain an internet connection when the system comes up.
Monday, August 14, 2006
This of course is another "too much time on my hands" entry...
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Google of course is the master of all things searchable, however, snap.com has an interesting interface that is a cross between a traditional search engine and an RSS reader with preview mode.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Oh, and if you want to learn how to make a sailor's monkey fist, go here.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Take for instance a first time I had yesterday with the waitress at one of my favorite Indian restaurants (No, it's not what you're thinking). I was off work on holiday and I took my wife out for a lovely lunch at this restaurant's Friday afternoon buffet. While we were finishing our meal and I was relating a workplace incident, our waitress came by with the tab. As she was passing behind me and leaning over my left shoulder to place the bill on the table, she belched. It was a closed-mouth belch thank goodness but her upper GI tract was in close enough proximity to my left ear that I felt every reverberation of her faux pas. She said "Excuse me" as if she had cut in front of me while on line at the bank, not like she had just shared curry tainted stomach gas with me. Fortunately, I was able to continue my story by looking directly into my wife's eyes until the waitress was far enough away for us to act stunned.
I'm not sure if this "first" was magical, but it unfortunately will be "unforgettable."
Thursday, May 25, 2006
This afternoon at work, I brought up my browser and noticed that my homepage, BBC News (of course) had a link to "This Day in History" next to a photo of JFK. I clicked on the link and discovered that he had delivered the speech that my son had shown in class today, on May 25, 1961. Check it out here.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Here's how it works:
Simply send a text message to 46645 (googl) in any of the following ways to get the info you're looking for.
Here are some sample search terms:
Local listings: hospital San Jose CA
Phonebook : 2122269817
Driving directions : pasadena CA to santa monica CA
Movies : ice age 94110
Weather : weather dallas tx
Stock quotes : tgt
Q&A : population of Japan
Glossary : define prosimian
Translation : translate coffee in french
Froogle : price mp3 player
Zip code : 94043
Area code : 650
Calculator : 160 pounds * 4000 feet in calories
Currency conversion : 5 usd in yen
Sports: duke, detroit nhl, lakers, sf giants
Help : help
Tips : tips
You can also get driving directions and even ask general questions like "What is Mark Twain's real name?"
Learn more at How to use Google SMS. You can even print out a tip sheet to carry in your wallet.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Or...if you're like me, you'll use Google Trends to validate one of your hypotheses, such as confirming my suspicion that the townspeople of Consett in the northwest of County Durham, England, are smitten with monkeys.
Friday, May 12, 2006
SequoiaView was developed by the computer science division of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and you can download and use it totally free.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
1. A,an 2. After 3. Again 4. All 5. Almost
6. Also 7. Always 8. And 9. Because 10. Before
11. Big 12. But 13. (I) can 14. (I) come 15. Either/or
16. (I) find 17. First 18. For 19. Friend 20. From
21. (I) go 22. Good 23. Good-bye 24. Happy 25. (I) have
26. He 27. Hello 28. Here 29. How 30. I
31. (I) am 32. If 33. In 34. (I) know 35. Last
36. (I) like 37. Little 38. (I) love 39. (I) make 40. Many
41. One 42. More 43. Most 44. Much 45. My
46. New 47. No 48. Not 49. Now 50. Of
51. Often 52. On 53. One 54. Only 55. Or
56. Other 57. Our 58. Out 59. Over 60. People
61. Place 62. Please 63. Same 64. (I) see 65. She
66. So 67. Some 68. Sometimes 69. Still 70. Such
71. (I) tell 72. Thank you 73. That 74. The 75. Their
76. Them 77. Then 78. There is 79. They 80. Thing
81. (I) think 82. This 83. Time 84. To 85. Under
86. Up 87. Us 88. (I) use 89. Very 90. We
91. What 92. When 93. Where 94. Which 95. Who
96. Why 97. With 98. Yes 99. You 100. Your
There are also many other tips on learning a foreign language at Mind Tools.
If you have some spare coin, you can do what I'm doing and try the Rosetta Stone Dynamic Immersion Method of learning a foreign language. (They have free demos on their site if you're short of spare coin.)
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
To learn more about the woman who would be Queen at age 25, visit the official 80th Birthday site.
If you'd prefer to dash off a quick greeting to HRH, use this.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
This lead me to William Frank's list of "The World's Best Quotes in 1-10 Words."
My favorite is number 10 since I have a copy of "The Daily Drucker" on my desk:
Do first things first, and second things not at all.
It's so easy to do what's familiar, comfortable, or fun. It's so difficult, sometimes, to tackle the highest priority. And sometimes it's difficult to even know your top priorities; hence, the phrase, "I can't see the forest for the trees."
We suffer from over-choice: 67 varieties of toothpaste, 487 styles of shoes, 186 brands of cell phones with 137 telephone companies. We demand more variety than we could possibly need or want; and as a result, we get lost in options, opportunities, and choices. There are 87 varieties of lawyers, and 75 specialties inside medicine. The world of work can be a confusing landscape.
When you're flooded with career possibilities, or "swimming up Niagara Falls," it's good to spend time answering questions like, "What is the best and highest use of my talents?" and, "How can I make a bigger impact?"
If you can't establish clear career priorities by yourself, use friends and business acquaintances as a sounding board. They will want to help. Ask them to help you determine your "first things" and "second things." Or seek an outside coach or advisor to help you focus. Because if you don't know what your "first things" are, you simply can't do them FIRST.
Monday, May 08, 2006
My favorite is the "Clean Your House in 19 Minutes" article. (I think this only applies if your house starts off in museum-like condition.)
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
woot.com does just that - selling a single different item each day at insane clearance prices. Most items are computer and electronice gadgetry and some are refurbished. The cool thing is that they never tell you what is going to be sold tomorrow or the next day, forcing you to visit their site every day to satisfy your w00t curiosity - brilliant.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Not sure what triggered this one but here are a few of my favorite trial films.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) directed by Otto Preminger, this story is about an army lieutenant accused of murdering the man who raped his wife. Jimmy Stewart plays the lawyer for the defense.
12 Angry Men (1957) stars Henry Fonda as 1 of 12 jurors who doesn't think the murder trial they are sitting on is as cut and dried as the other 11 think it is and slowly works to win them over.
...And Justice for All (1979) with Al Pacino as the lawyer who is trying to do the right thing and gets blackmailed into defending a judge that he despises. Jack Warden plays a lunatic judge with a death wish.
The Verdict (1982) Paul Newman as an alcoholic ambulance chaser who gets a chance to redeem himself against all odds.
And my favorite courtroom movie of all time...
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defending a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee about her life was required reading for me in school. She turned 80 last Friday. If you have some extra cash, you might want to pick up a first edition here.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
If ever there were 50 or more of his kind in one place, this kind of thing would happen. I know it's only Tuesday, but this gets my vote for funniest story of the week.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
You can use wists to have all your wishlists in one place, from any store on the web.
Also, I'm looking for a term that defines something that is a summary of summaries or an aggregator of aggregators to describe the concept behind this site. They've assembled the top of the top consolidating sites into one site called popurls.
Friday, April 28, 2006
A friend of mine pointed me to Wiktionary, the lexical companion to the open-content encyclopedia Wikipedia.
According to the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia;
A Web site that can be quickly edited by its visitors with simple formatting rules. Developed by Ward Cunningham in the mid-1990s to provide collaborative discussions, there are several "Wiki" tools on the market for creating such sites, including www.editme.com, www.seedwiki.com, www.socialtext.com and www.swiki.net. Cunningham's site is http://c2.com/cgi/wiki.
"Wiki wiki" means "quick" in Hawaiian.
My next international flavor excursion is planned for a bowl of piping hot McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.
And if you're up for a quirky spot of tea, try the South African Red Bush or Rooibos.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
"Mike Stroud has started to "pass blood" in the urine. This will be the haemoglobin from red blood cells caused by the crushing of capillaries in the feet each time they hit the road."
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Or if you'd rather attend Berklee and get free music lessons, then you should go here.
Or maybe you'd like to get smart somewhere else. Then checkout the OpenCourseWare Finder.
Happy brain wrinkles...
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
A couple days later, I'm having lunch with another friend who had told me a couple of weeks ago that the movie "Fargo" was not based on a true story so I told him I had verified his statement by checking the trivia for the movie on IMDb. He said the Coen brothers were pure genius at marketing their product. I said, speaking of genius, have you seen the VW Mark V GTI campaign with the German scientist. He said he had only caught parts of it while channel surfing but recognized the guy as being one of his favorite bad guys in films. I told him I had no idea who he was. My friend looked him up on IMDb and found out that he is Swedish-born Peter Stormare and the number 1 rated movie that he was in was...."Fargo."
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
The following letters can be rearranged to form a single English word.
If you give up, go here for the answer.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
And if you're tired of long url's breaking when you e-mail them, try out TinyURL which converts them into an alias that will redirect automatically for you. For example, the Xcopy link above is really:
but when I used TinyURL, it became:
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
A news analysis tool from The Hive Group.
Want to learn how to make your own photo mosaic? Check out this article over at Engadget.
Best Life Hacks of 2005 can be found here.
Here's an interesting social experiment with people holding up numbers to tell time.
And no pictures yet, but Levi has announced customized jeans that integrate with your iPod complete with built in joystick and retractable earphone cords.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
"This recipe has been in my family for centuries. It is my pleasure to share it with you now to enjoy with your family."
8 - 12 Red Tomatoes (~4lbs)
6 - 8 Roma Tomatoes
1 Medium White Onion
1 Orange Bell Pepper
6 - 8 Jalapeno Peppers
3 Yellow Chili Peppers
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Bunch of Cilantro
6oz can of Tomato Paste
Distilled White Vinegar
Using a food processor, chop the tomatoes until they become like a thick milkshake and add to a large bowl. Use the food processor to coarsely chop the onion and peppers. Be careful not to chop the peppers too long or they will liquify. Add the onion and peppers to the bowl of tomatoes. Using a garlic press, add the 3 cloves of garlic to the bowl. Add 1 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt to the bowl and stir. Let sit for 30 minutes, stirring at least twice. Using a ladle and a strainer, strain the mixture one ladle at a time over the sink and transfer the strained mixture to your serving bowl. Do this until you have strained the entire bowl. To the serving bowl, add the 6oz can of tomato paste and stir until well blended. The mixture should be quite thick at this point. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and blend well. To finish, add enough white vinegar to produce the desired consistency. Chill before serving with white corn tortilla chips and and ice cold beer on a hot summer's day. The jalapenos and yellow chili peppers from the base for the pepper taste and temperature. You can adjust this to you liking by adding more or less of each or adding other peppers such as fingerhots and serranos. I usually add 3 fingerhots when I am making this for my friends. This pico de gallo is also delicious over fried eggs and in omelettes.