30.apr.2005 - Allergy season is here. Everywhere I go, I hear people sneezing. If you have a big ol' schnoz like me, which sucks up all manner of debris, I might be able to help.
The remainder of today's entry is blogged here: Net Pot flushes sinuses with saline solution
28.apr.2005 - Updated the Guide to Norton Ghost. It is the original Radified guide, and still the site's most popular feature .. after 5 years on the 'Net. It presents what many consider to be the ultimate hard drive back-up strategy.
27.apr.2005 - Have a special treat for you today, by popular request: another picture of Rad Jr. v1.0 (aka "The Bug").
His first words were "Half Life 2" (his favorite first person shooter). Rumor has it he's planning to start his own web site: LAN_Parties_For_Toddlers.com. </jest>
26.apr.2005 - Been researching ads, especially the best way to display them. There exists a whole *world* out there on the topic. I've read *dozens* of articles.
25.apr.2005 - Here in Laguna (land of Lagunatics) I know this person (no names) who claims to have psychic abilities. I mean, that is her day-job. And I keep hearing from people how "good" she is.
Evan's slick flash-based site is here:> Wollenberg Photography. He wants to get into automobile advertising, cuz that's where his passion lies. But his talent is not limited to horsepower.
22.apr.2005 - Happy Earth Day. Speaking of the earth .. I received another update (#7) from my buddy Battman. If you're a regular, you know he set out last October on his life-long dream to travel the globe. Today's email comes from Uganda & includes 5 great photos.
See entry for the 14th for update #6.
21.apr.2005 - Delivered the Radified Dell last night. Sad to see 'er go. I poured lots of RAD love into that puppy. But it's satisfying to know it found a good home, where it'll get plenty of attention from its new owner.
20.apr.2005 - Done configuring the new PC. (Refer to entry for the 11th.) Loaded it with all the best freeware. Running a stability test right now. Had to run both Folding@Home and Prime95 Torture Test to get the CPU to run at 100%. And I had to select the Torture Test option: In-place large FFTs (maximum heat, power consumption).
19.apr.2005 - My favorite show airs tonight (Tuesdays): Frontline. They shine their investigative spotlight in some of the most interesting places. Last week, for example, it was on Karl Rove, the political strategist George Bush calls The Architect.
18.apr.2005 - Had a chat with Adam Smith last night. He assured me it would be okay to code ads into the forum pages. He said, "Come down off your high horse, Rad. Join the party. Heck, everybody's doing it."
So I sought technical advice from the gods who rule the world of YaBB (Yet another Bulletin Board), the Perl-based CGI script I use. The oracle there instructed me modify one little (seemingly harmless) 20-KB file (display.pl).
16.apr.2005 - Still working on Radifying the new (Desktop) PC I got yesterday (a friend's). Posted some CPU-Z screenshots for you to peruse. So far, so good. No stability problems. I'm liking what I see. Also posted a 3DMark05 benchmark .. for you to compare with your system.
15.apr.2005 - The new computer I ordered earlier this week arrived today. (Refer to entry for the 11th.) First thing I noticed is that Dell no longer includes a Windows CD. I mean, they include all these other CDs, which no one really cares about. They even installed programs I begged them not to install, such as AOL (AO-Hell), MusicMatch Jukebox and a dozen other krapware trials.
But the one CD I'd really like to have (in case I ever need to re-install the OS), they stop including. Instead, they include a chinchy piece of cardboard, shaped like a CD, which says:...
14.apr.2005 - Received another email from my buddy, Battman, who sold all his worldly possessions to travel the globe. He's been gone since October. See here:
13.apr.2005 - I was thinking of offering space on my site to those who might have a helpful guide/article to write, allowing them to keep 2/3rds of the revenue their feature might generate. (That's "two for you, one for me".)
The remainder of today's entry is blogged here: Write a guide, make a buck.
12.apr.2005 - Regarding yesterday's post, about ordering a new computer, with the new Intel chipset .. just received an email from Dell Shipment Notification: Congratulations! Your order shipped on 04-11-2005. Woohoo! Man, those sukers are fast.
I get pretty excited about stuff like this. When it arrives, I go into an altered state like that guy in Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Wait! Is that the UPS truck I hear? ...
11.apr.2005 - Friends called last night to say their computer died .. as in D-E-A-D dead. Nada, nothing, kaput. Being 5 years old, it's time for a new one. I don't have time to build one right now, so I offered to order one for them from the folks at Dell.
After reviewing Dell's options with longevity in mind, I opted for the 8400, which they call their Cutting Edge Technology model. This PC will not be used for gaming, and good thing, cuz those are most expensive of all. Of course, the introductory teaser price climbs rapidly as you add the goodies.
10.apr.2005 - Folks been asking how I go about posting my photo-series. I use software called BreezeBrowser. You simply upload your photos to your hard drive, using a USB connection/cable. (For this, I use a different program, called Downloader, made by the same guy.)
Then launch BreezeBrowser & select the photos you want to post on your site. Click the "Generate HTML" button and voila!. The software creates all web pages, including thumbnails and reduces your original images to postcard-size .. all with a single click
The remainder of today's post is blogged here: BreezeBrowser: Viewing & Manipulating Digital Images
09.apr.2005 - Posted that photo-series I mentioned yesterday & Wednesday. 18 photos. See here: Swami's Meditation Gardens: Encinitas, California. I'll wait a few days for the regular RAD readers to see them before coding in the ads.
08.apr.2005 - Working on a photograph tour of the Meditation Gardens we visited Wednesday, down in Encinitas .. similar to the one I did of Crystal Cove. Should be done tomorrow. Lots of great shots. Interesting place. Super peaceful. No over-clocking going on there at all.
07.apr.2005 - Regarding the site's new Google ads, I did some detective work and learned Google offers what they call 'channels", which are detailed monitoring 'buckets', so you can see where the clicks come from. (They only pay for *clicks*, not "page impressions".) So I installed the 'channels' to see what gives.
06.apr.2005 - We went to the Yogananda meditation gardens down in Encinitas today. Very cool place (est. 1937). Very peaceful. Some call it "Swami's". Good surfing nearby at Swami's beach. See here > for a photo.
I took enough photos to do a little series, like the ones I did for Crystal Cove and Heisler Park. Maybe I'll throw that together tomorrow. I love that place (and I don't even meditate). Always come away refreshed.
04.apr.2005 - RADIFIED International offices are closed today to mourn the passing of Pope John Paul.
I also question the wisdom of leaving him in office for so long after his health was failing. Puts a feeble face on the church. Might've been better to pass the scepter before things deteriorated so far. I guess the job is "for life". Anyway, the flag here flies at half mast.
02.apr.2005 - Regarding the site's new Google ads, I've been receiving many letters of encouragement, such as this one, which just arrived a few minutes ago:
Letters like these help, cuz I felt like I was caving in to the evils of capitalism. Selling out. The response has been better than I could've imagined. Impressive photos at the 'Biloxi' link. Check out this one. Wow. History of Biloxi here. I appreciate the kind words.
01.apr.2005 - No foolin' here at Radified. Only good, clean, digital fun.