Tuesday, December 02, 2008

It's December. It's Cold.

You've seen Maple (Syrup), the brown bear. Meet her polar bear "cousin." Maple (Sugar), the polar bear who is called Hayley.

Eventually I will get their black bear "cousin," Molasses.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How very odd

Go Firefox?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Somewhat Maple Tea

Comfy cupholder.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Hey, it's November 4

Weather: Rain/Cloudy
Time in line: 2 hours, 13 minutes
Episodes of "30 Rock" watched on the iPod while waiting in line: 5
Estimated number of people I have seen today: 250
Cups of Starbucks gotten for free due to promotion: 2

Friday, October 17, 2008

copying files to a microSD card

You copy a bunch of files to the microSD card and you get an error message saying, "The directory or file cannot be created."

I assume you copied only 116 files at this point. I also assume you copied it directly onto the root directory of the microSD.

The solution to this is simple.

Create a folder in the microSD, copy the files into that folder.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Yeah, Right, Whatever.

At least shipping is free.

iPod Center Button Woes

The rubber underneath the center button shifted again and I had to open and realign it again. I decided to put a bit of glue on it. A few clicks later it happened again. So I decided to put more glue.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Stuck iPod Center Button

I noticed the iPod's center button was stuck. It was "sunk" into the clickwheel. It didn't make a click but the button worked if I pushed down hard. That was unacceptable and my thumbs were hurting. I was a concerned as the 5.5G iPod Video was woefully out of warranty and do not want to shell out ~$20-75 for a repair. The screen, battery, hard drive, clickwheel were perfectly fine. Just that damn single center button.

It all had to do with a misaligned piece of rubber. Now I have an excuse to pry open the iPod.

1. Open the iPod and expose underneath the clickwheel
2. Move the little rubber piece to the center of the metal contact
3. Put everything back to normal and close iPod

The center button works fine now. The process took less than 10 minutes.

Well, I guess don't have to choose between a 120 GB 6G iPod Classic, 16 GB 4G iPod Nano, or 16 GB 2G iPod Touch just yet. Until the LCD or hard disk fails...

Keep on, Maple.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Mice, Mouses, and Pointing Devices

Microsoft Wheelmouse (Ball)

Grudgingly still works and in perfect condition. Rollers need to be cleaned. PS/2 only.
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3 (Optical)
LMB doubleclicks on a click.
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 4 (Optical)
LMB & RMB often doesn't register a click and must be pressed hard.
Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 (Laser)
Exterior is literally falling apart. Rubber of mousewheel flaking off.
Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 (Laser)
The normally loose mousewheel gets stiff.

Time to clean up, Maple.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Staring at the table

Though they're seven years apart, but still.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Getting stuff out of Notepad

Bear with me again.

Slushie is a relatively new polar bear. Normally he would spend time with the other three bears but they've been gone for months. Slushie is bored. Klondike is lazily lying on the bed. Little Klondike and Black Bear are playing video games. Maple for some reason is drinking tea with Sugar Maple. So what is Slushie to do?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Downloading Observation

Oh no, I need my Windows validated so can get the DirectX run time files.

or I can just go here and download the whole thing without validation

Sure, the web install might save time and megabytes, but whatever.

Monday, June 30, 2008

June Post

Posting to maintain at least one post per month. There. What's with those two dogs? One doesn't like the other. Yet that one will follow that dog.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Another Firefox Observation

Logon Date: 4/22/2008 7:48 PM
It is now: 5/1/2008 9:45 PM

Look at it go.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An April Post

It's the 22nd. Finally it's over. Oh yeah, there's the PA Democratic primary that hasn't ended at the time of typing.

Ta ta.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Firefox Quickies

.tabs-closebutton-box {
display: none !important;

Change Cache Directory ============================
new --> string
browser.cache.disk.parent_directory --> E:\Temp...

Access Local Files ================================
new--> boolean
security.checkloaduri --> false

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Just a made up world.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Movie Monday X

No Country for Old Men


Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Firefox Observation

Windows hasn't technically restarted since 2/20/2008 11:57:17 PM
and Firefox has yet to be closed.

It's 3/9/2008 2:26 PM


Thursday, March 06, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

Movie Monday IX

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Monday, February 25, 2008

Movie Monday VIII


Saturday, February 23, 2008

It's saturday. Let's recap.

Day 1: Icky throat

Day 2: Severe headache
High fever
Muscle pain
Loss of appetite
Violent coughing
Difficulity sleeping

Day 3: Headache that eventually went down
Couhing with mucous

Day 4: Headache

Day 5: Runny watery nose
Some coughing

Day 6: Some Coughing
Minimal runny nose

The missed Movie Monday will tacked on to another Movie Monday
Hang in there Maple Bear

Monday, February 18, 2008

Movie Monday VII on Hold

Due to sickness, Movie Monday VII will be on hold. Perhaps Movie Monday VII on Friday will do.

Day 1: itchy throat

Night 1: Fever, shivering, coughing, muscle ache, headache

Day 2: Same as above including tiredness, loss of appitite.

I feel so sick, I wish it occured on Saturday rather than now on Monday. A test, essay, thunderstorms, how will this day get any better.

Now I'm hungry.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Movie Monday VI

An Inconvenient Truth

Monday, February 04, 2008

Movie Monday V

Der Untergang


Saturday, February 02, 2008

scrapalist ²

scrapalist ²


Don't know exactly what to do with it.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Movie Monday IV


Friday, January 25, 2008


Hey, interstatephobia doesn't exist on Google... until now

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Odd Message

I took a screenshot of this a long time ago. I don't know what app this is but it is intriguing.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Movie Monday III


imdb: 9
movies.yahoo.com: A
metacritic: 9

Monday, January 14, 2008

Movie Monday II

Good Night, and Good Luck.

imdb: 7
movies.yahoo.com: B-
metacritic: 6

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Conan O'Brien - German Disco Light Show

Enjoy while you still can.

Rehash of an old entry

Firefox 30 Day Challenge

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 1, 2005, 10:46 AM

For the 30 days of April, I am going to exclusively use Firefox. FF for everything. No trips to Windows Update for IE either. XP should be fine w/o 1 month's worth of updates. IE's proxy is set to so I couldn't even browse from IE accidentally.

The exception to rule is certain computer labs as I have no choice but to use IE like the one I'm typing at right now, but some places I can load up my "Portable" Firefox on my USB stick. The other exception is when helping others when they are using IE.

I've been in 'hybrid mode' using both browsers in the last week of March. All of this is experimental... see how well this will turn up.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Movie Monday I

The Simpsons Movie
imdb: 9
movies.yahoo.com: A-
metacritic: 9

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Firefox Add-ons as of January 2008

Adblock Plus
Self explanatory. The plus version you subscribe to a block list so you don't have to manually update the list. You can block specific images without blocking the other images of the same website if you wish. #1 add-on for Firefox.

Download Statusbar
Nonintrusive and minimal (in mini mode) compared to the default download manager

Extended Statusbar
Miscellaneous information on the status bar such as # of images loaded, time it took for the page to load, size of page

Fast Video Download
Rip YouTube videos and other embedded files

self explanatory. Some sites won't load properly so you have load it again so you have to tweak the settings if it bothers you

Favicon Picker 2
Replace / create custom favicons in bookmarks/toolbar. For example, bugmenot has an animating favicon and it's annoying to stare at in my bookmarks toolbar. So I replaced it with a static version of the icon.

Cuts out annoying flash, I decide whether to load the particular flash content or not. Add homestarrunner.com in the whitelist.

Image Zoom
Zoom & resize any image on the page. Nice, but I haven't a practical use for it yet.

Useful if you're on a dial-up or tethered cell-phone connection and just want to see the page without loading the images. Save bandwidth.

Menu Editor
Cleans up the menu bar including context menus, I used it to remove "History" and remove unnecessary menu items. You can rearrange the menu, add separators.

Tells the browser what to do when encountered with a certain file type

Blocks javascript on untrusted sites. It takes a bit of work as some sites need javascript to work (any input box in Forums, flash-based sites...) so there's the "temporary allow site..." and "add to trusted sites" options in the status bar.

Organize Status Bar
Rearrange the status bar the way you like. You can even hide items if you wish. Very useful add-on.

Paste and Go 2
Copy url, paste & go.

Stop-or-Reload Button
Combines two icons into one. It just looks nice. Though if I wanted to reload, I press F5, and if I wanted to stop, I press ESC.

Change the look & style of a website. I made YouTube minimalistic.
To get a slim extension list for Firefox 2: go here

Tab Mix Plus
Expands functionality of tabs. Plenty of options to choose from.

Titlebar Tweaks
I use it to remove "- Mozilla Firefox" on the titlebar.

Work Offline
Works exactly like in Internet Explorer. Isn't perfect as not all sites can be viewed offline even with my cache limit set to 500 MB.

It's your browser. Configure it the way you want it. Internet Explorer an okay browser, but it doesn't do everything listed above.