10 Google News items you DON’T want to see!

30 06 2005

Funny





David Weller is blogging that Scoble has left the building – scratch that.

30 06 2005

Over at his blog, David Weller is blogging that Robert Scoble (tech evangelist for MS – and other things unofficially) has left. 

Hopefully he’ll pop up somewhere cool!

Update:  As a fisherman, I can tell when I’ve been caught:  Hook, Line and Sinker….Ouch.





How much do we know about ourselves?

23 06 2005

The Globe and Mail has a nice Flash based survey, to see how much we know about our fellow Canadians.  Shockingly, I appear to know very little.  I scored 10 out of 20 😦

What about you?





Giant Popsicle Melts – Emergency crews called in.

22 06 2005

One world record down the drain 🙂





Lost Boy Scout Found after 4 days!

22 06 2005

An 11 year old boy had wandered into the mountains around his scout camp in Utah, and apparently became disoriented and lost.  After 4 days of searching, a man searching out of the official search grid found the boy, muddy and tired, standing in the middle of a trail.  I guess someone was looking out for him from above!





Fish For the Future

21 06 2005

Two happy fishermen at the Fish for the Future Event….the little girl in pink wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do with her fish.  She later waved bye-bye to it, and let it go in the river (which most everyone did with their fish)

Last Saturday, I figured I’d go and help out at the Fish for the Future event down at Steveston – London’s Landing to be precise.   Wow….  After getting there at 0900, it was pretty much non-stop activity until I had to go at 1500 (unfortunately not able to help clean up – Sorry Rod), and head off to a wedding.

I’ve found one blog that has a 1st person view on the event – glad to see it was enjoyed.  From what I could see on the people’s faces that fished for their first time (or first time as an adult), I knew they had a good time, but it really is special to read about how it affected people.

There are many more pictures here.

And a discussion of the event here, from a volunteering standpoint.

It was great.  We had about 300 people come through, and hopefully next year, with more booths, we will be able to have more people.  I fear that the little dock can’t handle any more fishermen though, so we might have to limit time spent with rods, to ensure equal opportunity to all.

Thanks Rod for putting it on!





Fish For the Future

21 06 2005

Two happy fishermen at the Fish for the Future Event….the little girl in pink wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do with her fish.  She later waved bye-bye to it, and let it go in the river (which most everyone did with their fish)

Last Saturday, I figured I’d go and help out at the Fish for the Future event down at Steveston – London’s Landing to be precise.   Wow….  After getting there at 0900, it was pretty much non-stop activity until I had to go at 1500 (unfortunately not able to help clean up – Sorry Rod), and head off to a wedding.

I’ve found one blog that has a 1st person view on the event – glad to see it was enjoyed.  From what I could see on the people’s faces that fished for their first time (or first time as an adult), I knew they had a good time, but it really is special to read about how it affected people.

There are many more pictures here.

And a discussion of the event here, from a volunteering standpoint.

It was great.  We had about 300 people come through, and hopefully next year, with more booths, we will be able to have more people.  I fear that the little dock can’t handle any more fishermen though, so we might have to limit time spent with rods, to ensure equal opportunity to all.

Thanks Rod for putting it on!





Wonder what that "Neat Phrase" is that someone keeps using?

21 06 2005

Why look dumb by asking, when you can look it up: What Does That Mean?  It’s a little limited at the present, but it’s a Wiki, so it’s user expandable.

Idiom/Phrase: screw the pooch

Where This is Used: U.S.

Definition :

Said when one has seriously messed something up, well beyond making a simple mistake. Can also be used as a term of ironic admiration for the magnitude of said mistake.

Usage:

“Wow, you really screwed the pooch on that one.”

(In cases of extreme screwup, can be shortened simply to “pooch”: “John hadn’t driven a manual transmission before. The clutch is pooched.”)





Ethiopian Girl saved from captors and guarded by lions!

21 06 2005

From MSNBC

She was beaten repeatedly before she was found June 9 by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet, Wondimu said. She had been guarded by the lions for about half a day, he said.

“They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” Wondimu said.

Wierd.





Jack Kilby – Inventor of the Integrated Circuit Dead at 81

21 06 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, the basis of the computer chip revolution and foundation of what is now a trillion-dollar industry, died of cancer on Monday.

Kilby, 81, made the discovery 47 years ago, when, as a recently hired engineer at Texas Instruments Inc., he was left to work alone in a laboratory while most of his 7,500 colleagues were taking a company-wide summer vacation leave.

A holder of 60 patents who went on to become co-inventor of the first handheld electronic calculator, Kilby worked at Texas Instruments from 1958 until 1970 and continued on as a consultant until 1983. Texas Instruments is now the world’s biggest maker of microchips used in mobile telephones.

Wow!  One man – such a large affect on our every day lives.  Cancer… 😦





The Canadian Version of the DMCA has been tabled – Yeach!

20 06 2005

Professor Michael Geist has some commentary on the new bill C-60…. check it out.  In short – lots for the recording industry, nothing for Joe Home user 😦 (Although, apparently, photographers get a better shake under the new bill at least) Here’s a wonderful line:

Moreover, as noted above, the defense expressly excludes private copying from its ambit. Therefore, Canadians may be asked to pay several times for the same work as they may pay once for the CD, once for the digital download, and once through the private copying levy for the blank CD. Attempts to circumvent protections on the CD in order to make a personal copy (a copy already paid for via the levy) will now constitute infringement in Canada.

Ouch.  Thank you CRIA 😦





Jeff Atwood found an interesting gem…

20 06 2005

Brad Wardell, founder of Stardock Systems, wrote a blog entry back in July 2004, which Jeff Atwood has found and linked.

An excellent part about how passion will carry you through the tough parts:

In 1992, OS/2 came out and I felt I could get a competitive advantage by pre-loading OS/2 onto the computers I sold. I became quite familiar with OS/2. In early 1993, I thought there would be demand for an OS/2 video game. The only problem was that I didn’t know how to program. So I bought a book called “Teach yourself C in 21 days” and a book called “OS/2 Presentation Manager Programming”. With those two books I programmed Galactic Civilizations. Anyone who ever played the game and also knows programming can verify that only the techniques in OS/2 PM programming are in that game. What that meant is that all the “graphics” were merely iconic windows, not real images because OS/2 PM programming didn’t include chapters on how to do graphics programming and I couldn’t afford any more books.

So, if you want to do it.  Do it!  don’t sit back and say “I wish I could have done that” later.   Grab the bull by the horns, and hold on for the ride!





Some people need to see daylight more often

20 06 2005

Scott Hanselman has made an incredible list of all the tools he likes to use to make his life easier.  Yikes!





New rumours about Halo 3

17 06 2005

An interesting thread on Team Xbox about the upcoming Halo 3.

Remember….nothing confirmed:

So I’ve got a friend who is the uncle with someone working at the offices of Bungie. He refused to tell me what department the guy’s in, but apparently he was hired earlier this year and is working on their next project for the Xbox 360. This project is Halo 3.
My friend is not a huge fan of the series (he’s a PC FPS player, although he has played both games), but he was made privy to some interesting things through his nephew. Of course, I can’t confirm if they’re valid or not because I’m just taking his word at face value. I will, however, let you guys take a gander at what he told me.
1) It will have a darker and more gritty story than the previous games.
2) They’re attempting to maintain an online cooperative component for the campaign supporting more than two players at once.
3) It has a lot of cinematics planned for it. The opening scenes apparently occur thousands of years before the timeline of the original Halo: Combat Evolved’s story.
4) It will have a multiplayer mode which pits players against bots in scenarios that are directly connected to the story of the game.
5) They’re attempting to implement both a map editor and a movie maker, which would allow players to send and receive their maps/movies through Xbox Live. This would apparently be on a separate disc, and they have an entire team working just on these two projects.
6) Zanzibar, Sidewinder and Hang Em High are said to return to the multiplayer mode, completely reworked. Zanzibar will be mangled and torn apart as though after the battle, the sky will be dark red. Sidewinder will have four legs instead of just two, with bases at each end. Hang Em High will have a massive tree at its center and the structure will be deteriorated.
7) They want to support more than fifty players on Xbox Live for certain maps.





Yet another Security breach at a Financial Credit Handler

17 06 2005

MasterCard is busily notifying 14 million of its clients that their identities and financial information may have been compromised.

This is just great!  No wonder so many people in Vancouver prefer to keep all their money stashed in the mattress.

One of my favourite lines:

CardSystems was hit by a computer virus that captured customer data for the purpose of fraud, said company spokeswoman Sharon Gamsin.

Never heard of AV? C’mon, they sell it down at Best Buy or Future Shop for about $60.  With the money these @#&*~$^’s make off the back of the average consumer, you’d think this would be a drop in the bucket.  Winners.  Fire their IT staff!  And while you’re at it, fire the loser that brought in the infection!





The Backstroke of the West!

17 06 2005

Apparently the subtitling on some of the “street” versions of “Revenge of the Sith” DVD’s is a bit “unusual”

Jeremy has the best of the “creative” subtitles at his blog.





Phony eBay accounts bid tix up to 10 Million Pounds Sterling

16 06 2005

After Sir Bob Geldof referred to eBay as an “Electronic Pimp” he urged people to swamp eBay auctions for Live8 tickets so that sales couldn’t complete.  The masses did, and eBay has now pulled all Live8 tickets from its auctions.

People Power!

On a related note, the Live8 “send an SMS to get into the lottery for the tickets” resulted in over 2 million SMS messages being sent at one time (a new world record)





Engadget has a list of GREAT Father’s Day suggestions

16 06 2005

Over at Engadget, they’ve come out with some GREAT ideas for Father’s Day!

My personal Fave:

Bushnell’s Night Hawk
Chances are, your dad missed his chance at making that exciting  espionage career happen — but he can relive that life that never was via the Bushnell Night Hawk night vision viewing system. It’s a digital compact hand-held system with a 1.8-inch LCD screen, 2x zoom and a  swivel viewer for all of his swiveling, night vision needs. He’ll be forever grateful for the enhanced ability to peep in on the neighbors catch those elusive nocturnal birds in their native habitat.

Don’t forget to check out all the rest





Great Video by Simple Plan – "Untitled"

15 06 2005

Simple Plan has the video for their hit song, “Untitled” available for free viewing their site.

From the description:

“…We wanted to tell a story with this video: the story about all of the innocent victims affected by drinking and driving”

It’s quite a strong video.  When I first heard the lyrics, I had thought it was the standard schmoltz about breaking up, but then their description, and the video really brought it home. 

Well done.

Their album, “Still Not Getting Any” is available through Chapters if you want the “hard copy”, or electronically through the usual suspects such as iTunes or Napstser





Finally, an end to clipped printing in IE

10 06 2005

According to the IEBlog, IE7 will finally make printing web pages less than painful!  Trees around the world breathed a sigh of relief.

2005/06/13 – More on that…

Sanjay has a link to a free ActiveX component so that printing can be fitted to the actual width of your page








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