Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Online Storage

I would love to find a way to combine the security of Strongspace with the ease of use of FolderShare. It just seems like such a natural to me.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Commenting on Ed Bott

This morning, I read this post.

News Hounds (motto: We watch FOX so you don't have to) reports on the latest Fox News fear-mongering. - Ed Bott


I decided to make a comment. I would recommend that you read it, only hours later it has yet to appear. Despite the fact that Ed has posted several things since then. In my comment, I linked to this post.

Do any of the wingnuts on the right seriously believe that if a terrorist can kill and injure people in London, England, that it can’t happen in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., or any of a hundred of our cities? Even I don’t think they’re that dumb. It’s clear that they aren’t so stupid. It is plainly obvious that they do not care. - Oliver Willis


So to repeat as best as I can remember what I said earlier: Why is it "fear-mongering" when a terrorism expert makes a general statement but perfectly acceptable for a leftist like Oliver Willis to make the same point in a rambling, foundation-less attack on George W. Bush?

I am still waiting to find out.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Dueling with Dave

For now, I'm not going to go deeper into the rift between myself and Adam Curry, only to acknowledge that now he's saying more things that are untrue in press interviews, punishing me for thinking he was ever a friend. My generosity with him is, in an ironic and unfair way, a gift that keeps on giving. - Dave Winer


As someone who is proud to have a Winer Number of One, I always follow with fascination Dave's interactions with other people.

It is sort of like watching a train wreck in extremely slow-motion.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

A new beginning

I had an idea for a new domain name a few weeks ago and decided to move my blogger blog over into it. Thus, the blog formerly known as The World of Michael K. Pate has now become incre.dulo.us.

Hopefully disruptions will be kept to a minimum.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Troubled Support Forums

For Textpattern users, the forum seems to be coming apart at the seems. And no one is sure how to fix it.

For WordPress users, frustrated by "off-topicitis" and a lack of manners, the forum helpers are leaving.

Perhaps it is time for everyone to return to Movable Type. Their forum is so helpful in allowing everyone to navigate the legalistic exacting minefield that MT has become.

Then again, maybe not.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Yahoo 360!

I got an account tonight and I have a bunch of invites to give away. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail if you would like one. So far, I am not too impressed. The blog has less templating capability than Microsoft Spaces. If they want to make this popular, that needs to be high on their list.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Photoblog Do It Yourself

I have plenty of storage and bandwidth available these days and because of that, I can't quite bring myself to get a paid account on Flickr. It is kind of a shame to miss out on what they have to offer. Perhaps someday they will offer a less expensive way for us to participate while hosting our own photos.

Until then, this set of Photoblog Scripts and Programs look extremely interesting.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Blogger Comments

I have a new template in the works and I should be releasing it very soon. Until then, you dudes need to chill just a bit.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Photo Galleries

A few weeks Michael Heilemann wrote about his search for a gallery solution. And in my wanderings, I have found he is right: there seems to be no perfect solution. If I was dying to do things in MT, I would be looking to study Doug Bowman's tutorial, but since I am not, I won't do much more than admire it. PhotoStack has been my first choice. I think it is largely there feature-wise, it just needs some work done to make it easier to style. The best Flash gallery I have seen lately is SimpleViewer while the best flashy but non-Flash solution is Couloir (check out Photo fades and then some for more information.)

I think the answer might lie in a combination of the last three if I had time to get it done.

Monday, January 10, 2005

My Adventures in Jury Duty

I got a summons for jury duty recently. That is something I have been patiently awaiting for 20 years now. I have always wanted to do that...except that January is a busy time for us in the Library and this week especially would not be a good time for me to be away. Monday was even worse. But there was no way out of it (even being a county employee does not help) so away I went.
I arrived at the Courthouse a few minutes early and found a parking space (behind the County building rather than next to the Courthouse). I went to the Main entrance, dropped all my things in the bowl at the metal detector, and stepped through. Then I had to explain to the security guard that my Lexar Jumpdrive Secure was not a weapon of some sort.
Past that, I spent a few minutes wandering through three floors looking for a sign of where we were supposed to go. It turns out, of course, that we were to gather in the basement. Then it was sit and wait. Fortunately, I had added eReader to my new Treo 650 and I passed part of the half-hour lost in Little Women.
Eventually, the Clerk of Courts came in to explain what was happening. 16 trials had been scheduled for this week, but during our half-hour wait, 12 of them had opted to settle out of court. Therefore, most of those gathered would not be needed. They proceeded to take numbers of people who wished to speak to a judge about leaving. Then they decided to let all of those go.
A few more minutes pass and 2 more trials had been cancelled (including the 3-day civil trial). It is then decided to cut the pool to fourty souls. The information sheets are shuffled. Fourty are chosen off the top and the rest are called. A few who had their numbers called opted to stay. I did not. When my number was called, I smiled, acknowledged the crowd and headed for the exit. 5 minutes later and I was back at work.
I still want to serve on a jury someday but this just wasn't the time.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Trackback Spams and GeoCities.com

One of my weblogs is getting bombarded by spam pointing to sites at GeoCities.com. I don't think this is going to work out very well (I would expect Yahoo! to be removing the relevant pages forthwith), but I don't think I am have to be too concerned about adding GeoCities to my blacklist. It hasn't been much of a blogging haven since they turned off FTP.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Podcasts and the MP3 on Channel

One of my Christmas gifts this year was an MP3 on Channel. And, being the techno-guy that I am, I wanted to use it to listen to podcasts. My problem was that most of them lasted longer than my average drive. It makes them mighty hard to listen to them in one session. After doing a little research, I found the solution: Mp3splt

After a little experimentation, I found this command works best for me.

mp3splt.exe -f -a -t 3.0 filename.mp3


Now it is simply a question of finding enough stuff to listen to.