Amazon MP3 drops Linux, who wants my money now?

Don’t get too excited, its not a lot of money — about 6 albums and a dozen or so songs this year to date. The thing is, I really liked buying music from Amazon and had been doing so since 2008. They have great selection, a DRM-free product, good support, good prices, convenience, and the […]

Wooden Computer Case Update

The computer I built recently has been sitting disassembled for over a month. I started trying to solve the two problems I mentioned in the previous post – fan too loud and poor video drivers – but it did not go smoothly and then I got interrupted by other projects. To solve the video driver […]

Wooden Computer Case

Early this year, perhaps as far back as February, I visited my friend Martin and he showed me a small form factor (Mini-ITX) computer running Ubuntu that he just built. This gave me the idea for a project to replace our old kitchen computer — a Dell Dimension 4100 (Pentium III). The old one was […]

My dev2dev blog

After Oracle acquired BEA they soon took down the dev2dev site. Much of the content moved to the Oracle Technology Network but not the blogs. I wrote a few posts on my dev2dev blog and for what its worth I’m moving them here. The next few posts will be from my dev2dev blog.

The Presenting Data and Information course

Yesterday I attended a one day course, Presenting Data and Information given by Edward Tufte. It was only a few months ago that I heard of him when I saw the term sparklines and was trying to figure out what that was. Then my friend David told me about this course. I thought it would […]

Do we need another encyclopedia?

If you have used the Internet for research or pretty much anything you have probably found Wikipedia useful. But perhaps you want your big bang with a little less bang. Or you may be looking for more information about how humans and dinosaurs lived contemporaneously. Your search is over. Now there is an alternative to […]

The end of Microsoft Office?

Document formats are not something I usually follow but I was pleased to read that Office Open XML was rejected. Yeah! OOXML is defective by design provides some nice examples of why Microsoft’s Open XML is no good. Don’t you just love the alarmist headlines TV anchors use to suck you in to the 11:00 […]

Analog TV more robust

The NY Times article Converters Signal a New Era for TVs reminds us all that in less than two years analog television signals are scheduled to cease. I receive digital TV over the air so I totally appreciate the improved quality. I think they have given plenty of time to make the switch and vouchers […]

A box to put my music in

If you have ever watched a toddler play with an empty box you know how simple and satisfying a box can be. Put something in and it stays there. Move the box and the thing inside goes with it. Some things fit some things don’t. Toddlers are delighted to put something in and take it […]

Truthiness about Cauliflower

Last night at dinner I learned from my kids that eating cauliflower brings bad luck. They also believe that the more you say it the truer it gets. From what I could gather they did not develop this theory on their own – some other children believe it as well. It seems that they already […]

Redesign Complete

The redesign is complete. Let me know if you find anything broken. Constructive comments welcome. Thanks. So the background picture is now gone. Someday I may create a page for photos

Blog design change comming soon

I’m planning a redesign of this blog soon. I got some feedback on the overall layout and style. A few people commented that the picture on the left was out of place given the technical content of the blog. I tend to agree. One reason for the picture and the effect of the header text […]