Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Indian Larry

Indian Larry was killed yesterday. Yes he was standing on the seat without wearing a helmet, but he really was one of the better chopper builders.

Visual Web Developer Express

It turns out that Microsoft is giving away some elements of visual studio.net. It looks like the intent is to have a cheap (free) way for hobby programmers to play around with their apps. Joel has a spiel on why they would want to do this. (Read the Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers section)

You can have one of each:

Notice the lack of a link to VB.Net express. You want to start coding in C#. Trust me.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Been a while

I've been busy with "stuff" lately. It really doesn't matter, since my entire viewing audience is in Jamaica.

Anywho; a disclaimer. The next few entries already happened, but I'm going to add them over time. I really don't feel like typing everything in a single entry and I definitely don't feel like adding five logs right now.

While I'm waiting, I need to plug Honkin' On Bobo. Areosmith does some old blues tunes. Good stuff.

Monday, August 23, 2004

eBay Searches Delivered by RSS

Been blogged everywhere.

Interesting to note the urls for the results: http://rssauction.com/cgi/rssget.cgi/1473.rss. Note the URL hackability.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Not like they're that complex, but...

I never really knew how a motorcycle constant mesh transmission worked. Pretty cool, but I had to download the Java runtime (well, as any good programmer would, I downloaded the entire java SDK) as well as Java3d. This one does a good job explaining things too.

While you're at it, learn how Harley's work too.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

So you think your fast...

I don't think I have a vehicle that is this fast, but I bet I have one (or a few) that handle better :)

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Looking for a few good blogs

I'm looking for a few interesting or educational blogs to keep up with. I started out with the top 100 blogs list from technorati. Not like its the actual top 100, but it's close.

Next, I kicked out anything that was too political, too wordy, too not the right language or not interesting to me. Blogs without an RSS feed need not apply.

Whats left:

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Dude, I got a Dell

Broke Friday, shipped out Monday, got it back Wednesday. While I probably could have gotten as much power from a lower priced notebook, I wouldn't have gotten that type of service. Thanks, Dell.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Dude, I broke my Dell

I had my laptop for 2 weeks. Last Friday, I turned it on, nothing. No lights, no noise.

I went on a one on one chat with some guy named Ashton, then some guy named James. Eventually, I got James to agree that the laptop was, in fact, broken. I was going to make fun of the tech support, but it really wasn't too bad.

Dell does provide pretty good support in this sort of situation. They mailed me a padded box (which I received yesterday), made it easy for me to arrange a pick-up and should return my laptop in about a week. All in all, this will work with no extra cost to me, but some extra cost to Dell. Shipping a laptop (assuming they are insuring it) twice can't be cheap.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

I'm an official beginner rider

I just graduated from the motorcycle safety foundation beginner (or is it basic) rider's course. Yeah. I've been riding for a while and didn't really need it, but I did learn a thing or two...

The beginning of the second day, the instructor asked me (and some other riders who were more experienced) if I was dragging my pegs on the turns. I said "no." He then said "Then you're not going fast enough."

Ok, so I dragged my pegs just about every turn I made thereafter. There's nothing like flogging the hell out of crappy motorcycles for an entire afternoon.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Best. Spam. Ever.

I was reading my email this morning and got this (completely unedited) message:

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I'm thinking to myself, 3.27%. That's a pretty good rate...

Assuming this is not some scam (which it probably is...), I can't imagine how ANYONE is going to do something major (Like refinancing your mortgage) and trust s 0 meo ne wh 0typ 35 l1k3 a f001.