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Journal Journal: in which i am a noob all over again 17

I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

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Journal Journal: Just testing out some journal submission changes 8

I don't actually have anything to say. Kathleen is due any day, and I'm looking forward to a few weeks of staying home, getting poor sleep, and changing diapers.
But mostly I'm testing to see if journal saving works properly.

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Journal Journal: Updates to Journal System 13

We've made some significant updates to the submission/journal system. Visiting Submissions and Journals yields a new form that allows stuff like tags to the data types. There are a number of annoying bugs, but for the most part the dust is starting to settle. More notes will be coming, but this journal entry is really just me putting the final test on the new Journal form.

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Journal Journal: a return which is long overdue (plus achievements!) 17

I've lurked at /. without posting for ages, mostly because I just don't have the time to interact like I used to.

But I've been clicking through the old RSS feed more and more lately, and when I saw the PAX Plague thread today, I came over to comment, since I'm kind of affected by the whole damn thing. I thought I'd take a look around since I haven't been here in awhile, and I saw that there are freaking ACHIEVEMENTS associated with our accounts. It's silly, and I'm sure it's been here forever, but I thought it was awesome and I was delighted when I read it.

I didn't realize how much I missed Slashdot until I spent some time here today, and I bet that anyone who joined in the last 2 years doesn't even give a shit about my stupid comments or anything, but it felt good to come back here, and feel safely among my people again.


Journal Journal: Two short stories about a stinkin Mac user

1: Due to a combination of illnesses and cutbacks, I'm doing some desktop support this week. After fixing the issues on a user's PC (network shares got lost, sound cable got yanked) I noticed that the font in her email client was many points larger than her desktop font. I asked her about it to verify that my guess was correct, then quickly clicked Display -> Settings -> Advanced -> Large Fonts. She was astonished, then effusively thankful.

No one else here would have given that a second glance (or even a first). Also, about half our LCDs (that I haven't adjusted) are set to some non-native default resolution. Oh well, at least fuzzy edges aren't as bad as the 60Hz headaches I used to get.

2: My officemate and I moved an old printer in between our desks. It doesn't happen to play nice with our departmental print manager, so I decided to add it directly by address. OS X was straightforward (Print & Fax -> Add button -> IP tab), but XP (virtual) was giving me grief. Finally I google the answer and burst out laughing. In order to connect to a network printer by IP, you go into the Add Printer Wizard, select "Local Printer" (instead of "Network Printer"), then go into the Printer Port Wizard and tell it that the printer's IP address is a local port. Well gee, that's obvious, isn't it? I explained this to my officemate, and he thought it was an interesting trick, but still didn't get why I was laughing.


Journal Journal: every Flash site you ever visited...

...may be recorded quietly on your hard drive, even if you had Flash erase all stored data. Everyone knows about Flash cookies and their largish abuse potential. But none of the sites I saw mentioned one little detail that's left behind, with no incriminating data signature to be detected in a file search.

When Flash removes its temp files and cookies for a site, it fails to remove the surrounding folder. And of course the folder's name is the site domain.

Look in your preferences directory for Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects and you will probably find a lot of unwanted history. You can safely delete the whole folder, but it's somewhat painful if there are one or two Flash-based sites whose persistence data you do want to retain.


Journal Journal: Impress...


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Calc and Writer are usable MSO replacements. Impress is not. I am reinstalling PowerPoint tomorrow (unless I can find a recent version of Keynote somewhere in the office).


Journal Journal: /. Moderation Options v2.1

Pursuant to this comment, here is the complete list of mod options I wish we had:
  • +2, Informative And Has Links To Show It
  • +1, Interesting
  • +0, Funny
  • -0, YMBNH
  • -1, Offtopic/Troll
  • -1, False, And Followup Has Links To Show It

Remember that in Slashcode 2.0, users have the option to assign personal value modifiers to each moderation type.

Lastly, if you give a Mis/Informative mod which is voted down in Metamod, you lose 10x karma.


Journal Journal: Cheaper ways to play GameCube game on Wii? 3

I managed to score a Wii this fall, much to the delight of the little folk in my house. The boy is a Pokemon fan, so he got Battle Revolution for his birthday, but we soon discovered it's only arena fighting with no story.

I've learned that there are Pokemon CRPGs for GameCube. However, this Wii is our first and only electronic device from Nintendo. In order to play GC discs on Wii, we'd need native memory card and controllers, which are in the vicinity of $20 each according to Froogle. In other words, it would cost ~$90 total for a $30 game.

Are there reliable ways to play GC on Wii less expensive than what Google found? Swap meets? Third party brands? Secret landfill in Utah?

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Journal Journal: Cabinet Casting Call 3

My starting point for an Obama Administration Dream Team would be:

  1. early Bush appointees who resigned in protest over policy disagreements:
    • Colin Powell: State? Defense? Education? wherever he prefers
    • Christine Whitman: EPA, doing everything she announced in 2001 but was countermanded
    • Paul O'Neill: Treasury? Commerce? Interior?
    • who else did I miss?
  2. late Bush appointees who have widespread support:
    • Robert Gates: Defense
    • I'm sure there are others
  3. interesting outsiders of all stripes:
    • hmm... ran out of steam to finish this journal entry, help me out here

Journal Journal: Republicans, Mini DisplayPort, and Blu/DVD...

...have very little to do with each other, except that I'm thinking about all 3.

1: I sincerely hope that the Grand Ole Party will have a revolutionary war in 2009, such that either the social conservatives decisively push the fiscal conservatives out of leadership, or vice versa. Please end the unholy alliance, and realign the political landscape from left-right to big-small. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

2: Now that I've had time to think about it, Apple's Mini DisplayPort(tm) is proprietary evil, and another sign that Macs are at risk of return to beleaguered-ness by Lord Steve's growing arrogance. It's a foolish, petty decision that limits interoperability and makes Macs (with add-on adapters) Cost More(tm).

Hmm... no, that's stating it much too mildly. Damn you Steve, *MINI* DisplayPort is f&(#ing STUPID when *ORDINARY* DisplayPort is only a hair wider than USB!!! Shaving a few square millimeters of circuit board cannot justify the drawback of a port that DOES NOT CONNECT TO ANY CURRENTLY EXISTING (non-Apple) PRODUCTS.

3: Pursuant to my upcoming HDTV purchase, any recommendations for a good disc player around $200? Must play progressive DVD (including +/- R/W) and BluRay, optionally other formats like CD, VCD, MP*, etc.

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Journal Journal: Minor and Major updates 8

Pudge made a cool change in discussions- if you link to a comment deep inside a thread and click 'More' the sytem is much more intelligent about crawling down and retrieving children, and then parents and grandparents and so forth up the ancestry. So odds are you'll get more related comments sooner.

We now abbreviate journals in the firehose... so they are more like slashdot stories with a Read More link to the full text.

The big user facing change this week was structural: historically we had 2 different "skeletons" on Slashdot, but with this refresh we unified to a single one. This change simplifies maintenance for us quite a bit (maintaining the idle section and the firehose views of the same data was a royal pain).

You also will see some changes to the layout. We're playing with the tab layout a bit, moving some menus around and better integrating the core functions into the site chrome. It's a bit buggy atm, so feel free to email me if you see something wonky. We're extinguishing a few minor brush fires but there's no forest fires that we're aware of.

The Matrix

Journal Journal: WTF? Big Brother is advertising on Google? 3

While reading a membership reminder email from EFF, which included a paragraph about their fight against warrantless wiretaps, I glanced up and noticed a truly bizarre advert:

Internet Wiretap - - Internet and VoIP intercept with IP Fabrics DeepSweep.

Why in the world does this company think that a general audience web advert is be a good way to reach their target market? Should I laugh, or shudder?

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Journal Journal: The Wind

Zach knows the wind now. I saw him look at the window and see the leaves rustle. He then started making blowing noises. We blow the mobile over his crib whenever we change his diaper, so he knows the blowing noises move objects. But he's translated that to leaves hundreds of feet away through a window. Now I'm not saying he's a genius, but he's pretty awesome.

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