31.mar.2005 - Evan (far right) sent word he thru up his own web site: his first footprint in the digital world: wollenbergphoto. Evan is pursuing a degree in Photography from Brooks (graduates next month). It's obvious from the photos he's got talent.
We went backpacking in Yosemite a few years back, when he was dating Lani. Being an ex-Eagle scout, he made the experience (my first) more enjoyable, since he had all the equipment & knew all the tricks (such as the best way to poop in the woods). Except he was outsmarted by the ingenious Yosemite bears, who managed to climb a tree (25 feet up) & make off with our food. =(
30.mar.2005 - Broke up the Rad Freeware guide into 4 separate pages. It was getting looong, and is becoming increasingly popular, so I tidied 'er up a bit. Made it look a little more presentable. Instead of a single, unwieldy 60-KB page that scrolls on forever, I now have four pages of ~15-KB each (not including ~10-KB worth of gfx).
29.mar.2005 - Been tinkering with the style & format of the ads. Was hoping to simply use one of Google's pre-designed styles (color schemes), since they offer a dozen varieties. But it looks like I'm going to have to play designer, which is not my strong suit.
The biggest change is adding a vertical tower (Google calls it a "skyscraper"). Took me while to figure out how to do that. I went to other site's that displayed this style of ad & noticed (view source) they coded in a separate "table" around the ad. So I ripped off (copied) their code & did likewise.
The remainder of today's entry is blogged here:> Tweaking style & format of ads
28.mar.2005 - Titans clash this week. Hollywood squares off against the Tech industry. The Entertainment industry heads to the Supreme Court, where they'll try for a third time to bend the US legal system to their will and reverse two California court decisions that protect makers of file-sharing software.
The remainder of today's entry is blogged here:> Supreme court hears MGM vs Grokster file-sharing case
27.mar.2005 - Happy Easter.
26.mar.2005 - Evan (sophomore at UC Santa Barbara) sent word from his surf-trip to Costa Rica. Being from the East coast, the surf culture has always fascinated me. See here for some cool surf lingo & experience the Pura Vida for yourself:> E-dawg surfs Costa Rica
25.mar.2005 - Updated the Guide to Norton Ghost to included reader feedback. Appreciate the suggestions. See entry for 23.March (below) for more info.
24.mar.2005 - Had a conversation today on the topic of cell phone etiquette. Why is it, when two people have a face-to-face conversation in public, it seems perfectly natural? Yet when one person talks on a cell - say, in a restaurant, for example - it seems distracting, annoying, rude even?
23.mar.2005 - Updated the Radified Guide to Norton Ghost: the site's single most popular feature. Also updated the PDF's: both downloadable zipped (90-KB) and printer-friendly (150-KB) versions. It had been ~9 months since the last update. The guide was first posted in the summer of 2000, almost 5 years ago, and has been updated many times.
21.mar.2005 - Been busy incorporating Google's AdSense code into these web pages. Tedious work. Copy-paste-upload-check .. copy-paste-upload-check. There's more pages than I thought. My eyes are bleeding.
Had a heck of a time with the blog, which is controlled by a suite of *templates*. The blog currently contains some 172 entries/pages, which I originally thought I'd have to edit individually. That would've been a nightmare. But I was able to add the code to *one* template (individual archive template), which subsequently updated all 172 pages. (Thanks to the folks at MovableType forums for guidance.) Whew.
20.mar.2005 - Spring solstice today. Also called the the spring equinox and the vernal equinox. The day when hours of light = hours of dark. The word 'equinox' means "equal night". Man has been celebrating the day from the beginning of recorded history (and apparently earlier).
19.mar.2005 - Received a note today from the folks at Google. Details blogged here:> Your AdSense Application has been approved
18.mar.2005 - A friend is writing a novel (political thriller) based in Ireland. He flies there every so often to do a little more research. If you've seen the news these last few days, you might've heard of the deal with Sinn Fein (Shin Fey-n) & the IRA.
17.mar.2005 - Happy St. Patty's day. Erin go braugh and the luck of the Irish.
15.mar.2005 - People who want to post digital photos online, but don't want the hassle of creating a whole web site, might be interested in PBASE. For US$23/year, you get 200 megs worth of space. That's a good deal. For Radified, I pay $16/month, which buys me 350 megs. Of course, I get many features PBASE doesn't offer.
13.mar.2005 - Saw Gunner Palace last night. Kinda like home movies taken by soldiers stationed in Iraq. Trailer looked interesting, and the reviews were positive, but I came away disappointed. Almost walked out: something I rarely do. After the first 10 minutes, everything else seemed like a déjà vu. The music was the best part.
12.mar.2005 - ieSpell is a third-party plug-in that allows you to spell-check text entered in text-input boxes when using Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser. ieSpell is accessed via the drop-down "Tools" menu in IE, or by right-clicking in the text field.
11.mar.2005 - Received another update from my buddy, Battman, who has been traveling the globe. His latest update (from Nairobi) is blogged here: Nomad Mike's World Tour Update v5. See entry for 21.february (below) for info on previous World Tour updates.
06.mar.2005 - Saw The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) last night. Based on a true story. It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. I originally planned to see Hotel Rwanada, but changed my mind while standing in line when a couple came out of the theater and stopped to chat with the people behind me, who asked what movie they saw.
05.mar.2005 - Saw Downfall last night: film about Hitler's last days in his bunker. Based on historical archives from people who were there, presented in the book Der Untergang. (English version: Inside Hitler's Bunker). German dialogue with English subtitles. Strong reviews. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Wikipedia has this to say:
This is how I prefer historical information presented: objectively as possible, allowing me (the viewer) to form my own opinions, come to my own conclusions. Obviously, I realize it's difficult to separate anything about Hitler from the subjectivity of emotion, but I feel this film succeeded better than most I've seen at trying to present the information as objectively as possible.