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.