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March, 2007:

Picks of the Week

The Unarchiver: Stuffit Alternative

Now I am a big fan of Stuffit Expander, it always does what it has to and the free version does not harass me the way Winzip does and it’s pretty feature rich as well. But if you are going to want some more advanced features, you’ll love The Unarchiver, it’s open source so that means guilt free use and pretty quick feature turnaround.


How to Save Newspapers

For the past 6 or 7 years I have pretty much abandoned traditional Print Press for the simple fact that I rarely ever read the full article, didn’t care mush for all the advertising, don’t enjoy the ink on my fingers and would rather put newspaper money into an few extra channels on the dish than recycle a tree a month. But this blog article form Doc Searls and Dave Winer is actually a really good read and made me think that anybody even has to tell this guys how to do the obvious things us webbies have known since day one:

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…1) Stop giving away the news and charging for the olds. Okay, give away the news, if you have to, on your website. There’s advertising money there. But please, open up the archives. Stop putting tomorrow’s fishwrap behind paywalls…

…3) Link outside the paper…

…4) Start following, and linking to, local bloggers and even competing papers (such as the local arts weeklies)…

…8) Uncomplicate your webistes. I can’t find a single newspaper that doesn’t have a slow-loading, hard-to-navigate, crapped-up home page…

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Read on, it’s well worth it.

All Nike running shoes to be iPod compatible by year’s end

Just a HINT that this would be a great Father’ day present this year. Maybe it’s time to finally retire the old Addidas Torsions… Size 12.

The Seven Essential “Stations” Every Home Should Have

I like to think that I am a pretty organised kind of guy. In my mind, there is a rule that says that everything must have a structure, I guess this is all part of being a Database Administrator. The area where all this structure probably fails is at the house, most likely becuase there is no way for me to control how the “little people” respect the general order of things. But seriously this is a great idea of how to organise things and probably easy enough for the kids to understand and play along. maybe we’ll implement this in the new house. Of course you need a house big enough for 7 separate stations or you’ll need to spend some serious time at Ikea measuring things up.

Apple TV, I Want One For All The Wrong Reasons

This has to be the sexiest appliance to get hacked to pieces in the shortest amount of time on record. And to be quite honest, I want to try all these hacks:
http://www.cwob.com/yellowtext/yellowtext0307.html#59355
http://tutorialninjas.net/2007/03/26/hacking-the-apple-tv/
http://www.appletvhacks.net/2007/04/01/mac-os-x-running-on-apple-tv/
http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/04/02/the-300-mac
http://macslash.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/02/0938202
The list goes on and on and on just search for “Apple TV” on Digg for the full list.

Google Suggests You Swim Across The Atlantic Ocean

This is just plain old amusing:
19. Turn right at Long Wharf 0.1 mi
20. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,462 mi
29 days 0 hours

21. Slight right at E05 0.5 mi
Google Maps

In the map view the actually take the user to the end of a pier in Boston and then…water..

Well that was my week. Enjoy.

BlackBerry test

This post is just a test of the email blog function from blogger. I just wanted to know how hard it would be to post from the blackberry. So far the typing part is fine but we'll have to see how it looks once online.

Here goes.

RSS BABY! Feed Me Seymour Feed ME!

Finally got the RSS feed to work. That should be great, just need to add twitter feeds, the AdSense scripts as soon as they come through properly and of course the Google Analytics. I guess the next test will be posting from the BlackBerry and opf course Mo-Blogging phone pictures.

New CSS Layout

Ok so I have finally finished the new CSS layout. Man this was a lot of work. I know it looks a little web2.0′ish but this is actual version 5.0 of the site since we started the site in 1999. I am pretty excited about this one and we are now using quite a bit of Classic ASP and we’ll be introducing some AJAX in the new photo albums. It’s all really exciting stuff so I hope you keep us in your RSS bookmark.