Month: March 2005 blog archive

music to help you fall asleep - 31 Mar 2005

I know several people who have a hard time falling asleep and at times have suggested they try using a relaxation CD. I own one that has done a good job of helping me to relax for going to sleep called Meditation Made Simple, narrated by John Daniels. Sadly, the CD hasn’t always worked as […]

Categories: My Thoughts
topofusion - 30 Mar 2005

When I first used Google Maps, I was spellbound, but the novelty has worn off. It’s still extremely useful technology, but there’s a new technology that predates Google Maps that has caught my attention. The technology is satellite and aerial photos of the United States, wrapped into a neat little package by a program called […]

Categories: Technology
first mention of blog by Calvin? - 29 Mar 2005

I was just viewing my daily comics today and noticed that while Calvin was impersonating a monster during show-and-tell, he unwittingly used the word ‘blog’ (see the fourth box). Methinks the Wikipedia entry for Blog could use an update.

Categories: Blogging
browser security - 28 Mar 2005

I found a site that tests your web browser’s security, trying various exploits to see if you’re vulnerable to them. There’s another site that tests you how well your browser blocks popups. Occasionally I’ll get a popup, but it’s been so infrequent that I haven’t bothered figuring out how they’re getting through.

Categories: Web browsers
a few flash puzzles - 28 Mar 2005

It’s Monday morning and there’s a light drizzling of rain outside. I feel a little under the weather and my mind could use a jump start, so here are a few puzzles to solve in case you’re feeling the same way. Frog Leap – It took me a few tries, but I got it. Crimson […]

Categories: Games
get rid of your old cell phone - 25 Mar 2005

If you have an old cell phone you want to get rid of and don’t want the hassle of selling it on eBay, you may want to try I compared the prices they’ll pay with what you’re likely to get on Ebay for the same phone and with the phones I looked at, on […]

Categories: Useful
zug is one funny site - 24 Mar 2005

I love to find things that make me laugh and that’s what happened when I read a few of John Hargrave’s pranks. The most recent one I ran across is the Credit Card Prank II, which is a follow-up to his original Credit Card Prank. In both of them, he makes up signatures (like ‘My […]

Categories: Humor
password brain teaser - 22 Mar 2005

Today’s Braingle brain teaser was a good one. Incidentally, if you like brain teasers, they have some good ones. Here’s the teaser: A man wanted to encrypt his password but he needed to do it in a way so that he could remember it. His password is 7 characters long. The password consists of letters […]

Categories: Entertaining
a test of traffic - 18 Mar 2005

I’m a curious fellow, and that curiosity has prompted me to conduct an experiment. There are many resources on the web that discuss the most popular search terms. I wanted to know what would happen if I wrote a little paragraph that just happened to be chock full of the hottest words around. Would it […]

Categories: Search engines
xmms skipping - 17 Mar 2005

In the latest stable version of xmms (1.2.10) as well as in previous versions, I’ve noticed that songs would skip a note or two while I was doing other things. It became annoying enough that I eventually stopped listening to MP3s while working on my computer. I finally decided to search for a solution and […]

Categories: Linux
a few quick links - 16 Mar 2005

Survey says cell phones are annoying, but people still want to use them – Other people using their cell phones annoys people, but they still want to use one themselves. I wonder if it occurred to them that they are annoying others… It costs less to retire on a cruise liner instead of a nursing […]

Categories: Links
it’s not just google anymore - 15 Mar 2005

The next time you’re searching for something on the web, you may want to stop by Phil Bradley’s list of sites to find information. It’s a list of sites he uses on a regular basis when he’s looking for different types of information and there are quite a few sites on that list that are […]

Categories: Search engines
brain boost - 11 Mar 2005

A new search engine called Brain Boost is different than other search engines. It’s designed to answer any question you ask and not only provide a link, but extract the answer from the web site and give you an answer to your question. I haven’t tested it extensively, but of the questions I asked, it […]

Categories: Search engines
links to your site - 10 Mar 2005

The referrer spam in my web stats page has all but ruined my ability to see who is linking to my site, so as I see it, I have two options. 1) Find a solution to referrer spam or 2) Find another way to track backlinks. Find a solution to referrer spam A benefit of […]

Categories: Blogging,Search engines
Brother MFC-420CN - 09 Mar 2005

We just bought a Brother MFC-420CN multi-function printer and although I haven’t used it much, I’m already pleased with it. The reason I chose it is because of the network port and the price (less than $150). In addition to being a printer, it’s a copy machine, a fax machine, a scanner and it can […]

Categories: Reviews
quick searches in Firefox - 07 Mar 2005

One of the things I really like about Opera is the ease of searching on Google. To search for information about walruses, type ‘g walruses’ in the URL field and you’re there. Using Firefox, I used to type ‘’ in the URL field which would take me to Google’s web site and I would then […]

Categories: Web browsers
my blog log - 07 Mar 2005

Most bloggers have a way to track their stats. It’s fun to see where people are coming from, the search phrases used to find your site and the most popular pages. That’s all well and good, but do you know what outgoing links are most popular? Me neither, until now. requires a single line […]

Categories: Blogging
glove or jockey box? - 04 Mar 2005

What is the official name for the compartment in front of the passenger seat in a car where people store insurance and registration forms along with other odds and ends (gloves perhaps)? I’ve always used glove compartment but have heard glove box. I recently heard someone call it a jockey box and that caught me […]

Categories: Trivia and tidbits