30March2004 - The Open
Directory Project (DMOZ ODP) added two more Radified
guides to its human-edited
directory (the largest and most comprehensive list of its kind). You
'ill now find the Windows XP
Install guide listed under:> Computers > Software >
Operating Systems > Windows > Windows XP. See here
(listed alphabetically under 'R' for Radified).
You'll also find the Guide to Ripping
& Encoding CD Audio listed under:> Computers > Multimedia
> Music and Audio > MP3 Format > Tutorials and Information.
This is surprising because I thought someone had to manually submit
a site to be considered for inclusion to their hand-picked list.
I like what they say about the Ripping & Encoding guide: "An excellent guide for using EAC and LAME together to create
high quality MP3s". Google mirrors the ODP
and gives preferential treatment to sites it selects for searches containing
key words. Which means more traffic is heading to these two guides.
The Ghost guide (see here)
and Doc's FDISK guide (see
and the SCSI guide (see here)
have been part of the ODP for years. Doc's FDISK guide
receives the most traffic from DMOZ because it's listed
near the top, whereas the Ghost guide is listed near
the bottom of a long list. ODP sites are listed alphabetically.
The guides would see more traffic from ODP if the site was named ACME.
I almost forgot about the
546 semester. See here
(listed right at the top). Try searching for usc
film school and see what you get.
28March2004 - Today is the Carlsbad
5K, the world's first & premiere 5K foot race
(3.1 miles). 13 world records have
been set on this blazingly-fast coastal course, overlooking the Pacific.
World-class runners from all over the planet will be there, vying in
ocean breezes for the US$70,000 in prize money.
Several different races will be run in several different divisions.
I'll be running in the "aged & decrepit" class. They'll
have live music afterwards. Should be lots of fun. Maybe we'll see you
27March2004 - We saw Dawn
of the Dead last night, at the
Spectrum in Irvine. [Trailers posted here.]
This is a remake of the classic cult horror film from
It's fun to see scary movies with a big group
- at night .. when it's dark. Critical reviews were good. See here.
The movie definitely kept my attention, theater was comfortably-full
It was hard to get everybody
to go, tho. When I told Nick
we were going to the movies, he said, "Great! What're we gonna
see?" I said "Dawn of the Dead."
He said, "Oh.Uh, I can't go. I have to do homework."
[How many kids you know who say they can't go to the movies cuz they
have to do homework?]
I said, "Come on, Nick. Everybody's going."
He asked who. I told him, "Me, Evan, Nikolai, Mikaela, your
mom, Sharon." He interrupted, "Sharon's going?"
I said, "Yeah. Sharon's going." He said, "Okay,
I'll go if Sharon goes."
The only problem was that Sharon didn't want to go 'cause she's afraid
of scary movies. So I told Sharon, "Come on, Shar. Everybody's
going." She asked who. When I got to Nick, she said, "Nick's
going?" I said, "Yeah, Nick's going." She said,
"Okay, I'll go if Nick goes." So I got everyone to go
by telling them everyone else was going. Maria
helped, saying, "Come on. We'll all die together."
But they only lasted 5 minutes. That how long it took
for the first splattering of blood to show up on screen. It was as if
their seats were spring-loaded to release at the first sign of gore.
Sharon & Mikaela were *launched* from their seats.
The remainder of today's entry is blogged
of the Dead - 2004 Remake
26March2004 - I noticed that the guide
to Partitioning Strategies
has overtaken the Ghost guide
as the site's most
popular feature this month. That's never happened before. After
doing a little detective work, I discovered that Fred
mentioned the Strategies in his latest
newsletter [listed under the heading: 5) Good Site for Partitioning
I'm impressed. That's serious traffic. The server
is groaning under the weight of all the visitors.
RADIFIED has been mentioned in other newsletters before (such as Lockergnome
but never seen traffic like this. As a result, the site broke the ten-thousand-visits-per-day
mark for the first time ever (see> here
You can subscribe to Fred's obviously-popular newsletter here.
The remainder of today's entry is posted here:> Langa
Posse Helps Break RAD Record
25March2004 - Every morning, I wake to
an in-box full of comments about the site and things posted here. This
morning saw a particularly robust crop. People get fired up over politics.
What are the 2 things you should never discuss? (Politics
& Religion) Now I remember why
I stick to subjects I know about. Anyway, here is one of the (few) nice
notes that came in today:
Your site is sweet! Compared to other tech sites, your Guide
to Ripping & Encoding felt like reading a good book. Nice
layout. Just the right amount of graphics. Well written, and thanks
for not dumbing it down too much.
I like how your guides include lots of little bits of additional info,
as well as links to other guides. Nice touch. Shows you've done your
homework. I also noticed something different about your site. Couldn't
quite put my finger on it at the time, but then it hit me: there are
NO ADS! Don't you want money?
Here's some constructive criticism: On page
2 you wrote: "Plextor [an international company based
in Belgium]..." Plextor is a Japanese company (based in
Japan). Only their European marketing arm is based in Belgium.
I found you in Google. Thanks
for the great info and keep up the good work.
I will admit that I learned a lot from today's nastier notes. And I
freely admit that I'm *not* well informed, politically speaking. But
who is? Everyone knows the media is biased.
If you're not there in the
room when key decisions are being made, can you really know what's
Are special-interest groups exerting their influence over these decisions?
Most people who already have a position on the issues get their info
from sources they agree with.
Which yields an increasingly unbalanced perspective. I like to be able
to see both sides of an issue.
This is what I *do* know: there was a major (worst in the nation's history)
intelligence failure on 9-11,
and GWB was at the helm when that occurred. But, to ne honest, I don't
feel like he's devious enough to participate in a conspiracy like that.
(Maybe that's part of the problem.)
Nobody at the cee-eye-aye or eff-bee-eye lost their job as a result,
which seems to send the message, "You boys are doing a good
job." Heck, I've fired people for way-less screws-ups than
that. But all the same teams that dropped the ball are still there.
Why wasn't anybody fired? I don't get it. You'd think someone would've
at least resigned after a screw-up of this magnatude. Have they no shame?
The remainder of today's drivel on this topic is blogged
Conspiracy Theory Fall-out
24March2004 - I usually refrain from addressing
political issues, preferring rather to stick to subjects
for which I have first-hand knowledge. But after seeing some of the
9-11 testimonies on TV, and the
fallout from the
book, I have some observations I'd like to share.
These represent nothing more than musings & speculation of someone
who avoids getting caught up in political gymnastics. I think I have
an unbiased, unemotional perspective, at least compared to people I
First, it's 2004. Why did we wait so long to rehash
something that happened back in 2001?
Wouldn't folks have a better recollection 2 years ago? Better late than
never, I guess.
When a new regime takes power, the first thing it does (or should do)
is *reward* those that helped put it there, especially if that regime
holds *loyalty* in high esteem. What groups did Bush+Cheney come out
of? Ansr: Oil+Military+Defense.
Ques: What would be the best way to reward (benefit)
the people (old cronies) in those industries? Ansr:
You'd want something that sells a lot of bombs & makes oil prices
go up at the same time. Can you think of anything that would do that?
It might be a fun exercise to check the prices of stocks in those industries
and compare them to prices prior to the election, vis-a-vis the market
The remainder of today's drivel on this topic is posted here:> 9-11
23March2004 - Renewed the domain
name registration for Radified.com today. Cost me US$50
for two more years (until May, 2006). I use Domain
Discover. They're located right down the road in San
Diego. Everything is done online. You never talk to another human.
I tried to call & ask some questions, but no one was home.
I used to also own the domain names: Radified.net and
NuclearGrade.com, but did not renew them. A guide to selecting your
own domain name is posted here.
Everybody should have their own web site.
22March2004 - Been thinking of moving the
site to a different web hosting provider. I've been with Communitech
since day 1 (June, 2000). About a year ago, they were bought by Interland,
server was physically moved from Kansas
City to Atlanta.
I like the Interland support group; they're very professional. But it
seems like I've been having a lot of problems. I mean, I *never* had
to submit a support ticket with Communitech. Not one in 3
years. With Interland tho, I've submitted 30 or 40
in the last year alone. Usually this is because Apache
goes down, and needs to be reset. But I shouldn't have to call and tell
them Apache is down. They should know before me.
The remainder of today's drivel on this topic is posted here:> New
13March2004 - Saw Secret
Window last night, at the Big
Newport (on the "largest screen in the West"). I was disappointed.
It wasn't that scary. The first third was downright yawning. I did however,
get the willies really good once. But only once. There were some good
parts, but I think my expectations were too high going in.
Nick gave it
a 9 (out of 10). But I don't know how he came up with
that rating because he had his eyes closed for most of the movie. I
kept having to peel his sweatshirt hood down. He would hide his eyes
in his hood. And every time the scary parts came, he would go to the
bathroom. He must've went 5 times. (We did drink a
lot of Coke.)
One time I said, "Come on, you can open your eyes. There's
no scary part now." He said, "No way! They always
put a funny part right before the scary part." The remainder
of today's drivel on this topic is posted here:> Secret
10March2004 - Looking forward to seeing
Window, a suspense thriller starring Johnny
Depp, which opens Friday. Depp has consistently resisted the lure
of mainstream pop culture, opting instead to work on more unconventional
films, where he specializes in playing quirky characters. In this
one, he plays a writer, coming off a troubling divorce. (I can relate.)
The story takes place in the remote woods of upstate New York.
I used to date a girl who lived in Round
Lake, near Clifton
Park, upstate NY, when I worked
in New York,
before coming here to sunny
So I know the area. Come to think of it, she was a big fan of Stephen
King and had read all his books. It's surprising how many people I know
who have gone through a "horror" phase in their lives, where
they read nothing but King & Koontz
novels. What's up with that?
The story is an adaptation of a Stephen
King novella of the same title. I'm in the mood for a scary movie,
and want to take the kids.
Review posted here.
The last scary
movie I took them to (Jeepers Creepers2), they were so
scared that they closed their eyes and stuck their fingers in their
ears. I had to pry their arms down. =) Of course, now they swear they
09March2004 - Saturday night, we went to
the theater at Laguna Beach High School (LBHS)
to watch Mikaela
(top-right) sing. She's a freshman there.
Every year, one of the math teachers
(Shap, originally from Massachusetts), who happens to be handy with
a guitar, lets students choose a song they want to sing and he accompanies
them. It's a big event (called "No Suits Allowed").
16th annual. Sold out every year. In fact, we had to
procure our tickets from a 9-year-old scalper, who
drove a hard bargain.
Proceeds benefits the Senior class graduation trip. Immediately after
graduation ceremonies, the school busses seniors to an undisclosed location
(so undesirables won't drop in). This lets graduates celebrate and have
fun while preventing them from drinking & driving. They don't know
where they're going until they arrive.
30 or 40 students sang different songs. Mikaela sang In
the Arms of the Angels, by Sarah
McLauchlin. Of course, she was the best one. Her
was so proud. Mikaela said she was nervous, but didn't look it. It's
not easy to stand up in front of an auditorium full of people and sing
solo in the spotlight. People were standing in the aisles.
The remainder of today's entry on this topic can be found here:>
"No Suits Allowed" at LBHS.
04March2004 - A reminder for those of you who live here in Laguna
Beach that today is the first
Thursday of the month, which means tonight is the Art
Walk. If you start early enough, you can make a meal out of it,
as many of the galleries offer visitors tasty gourmet treats.
Last month, in one of the galleries on Coast Hwy, just north of Dietrich's
coffee shop, someone farted and cleared the whole dang gallery. Never
seen anything like it. One elderly lady, decked out in a regal outfit
with fur trim, looked as if someone had slapped her. She covered her
nose and walked out with a horrified look on her face. The stench was
indeed horrifying. We're talking potential biological
Hope to see ya out on the town, where I'll be sipping Chardonnay while
taking in the art. I usually start on the north
side of town and work my way south. (Anybody see that huge orange
moon setting over the Pacific
at ~5AM this morning? Wow.)
03March2004 - Watched a PBS
special last night: hi-tech
war. Many new hi-tech gadgets & weapons were used for the first
time in the war with Iraq, in what the government calls network-centric
warfare. I tuned in midway through, and, at first, thought I was
watching a documentary about video
Everybody had a laptop. A map of the battlefield was displayed on screen,
complete with grid coordinates. Different battalions were identified
with/by different colors. GPS
data updated everyone's position real-time (!). So
everybody knew where everybody else was located .. so we wouldn't shoot
our own guys .. like we did in the first Gulf war.
I was drooling, in geek heaven, watching this technology work. Almost
made me want to re-enlist. (Almost.) They went into some detail about
the new software used to create a "digital battle command
system" called FBCB2
[Force XXI Battle Command
Brigade-and-Below 2 (thx John)]. Sounds
like something created for a Digital
The remainder of today's drivel on this topic is posted here:> Hi-Tech