An interesting introduction to how Facebook works

28 02 2014

Sadly, Facebook is not all about sharing with everybody…  It shares selectively and poorly Sad smile


hmmm…. Bad Facebook Smile with tongue out

Catching up on some Photo Processing on a Wet Sunday

10 04 2011

It’s a wet, cool day out today, so I caught up on some of my birds from a couple of weeks ago.  I haven’t had a chance to do much work on them recently with a short trip to Cleveland in the middle and a website that I’m supposed to have done for somebody 😦

Well, here are the birds from a couple of weeks ago… all nicely geotagged with the new BT-Q1000XT (Fun little device)

1. Little Marsh Wren

Where is my mate? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Chickadee making a nest.

Hellooo? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Tree Swallows

Out! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A GBH passing by.

Soaring by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Female Harrier in the sky – Hawk(?) on the ground.

A bird in the hand? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Northern Saw-whet with prey.

Dinner! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!

What the HELL is some Project Manager at MS thinking????

2 05 2008

Count me as NOT impressed!

I’ve talked about Foldershare before and mentioned how good it is.

That just changed.   MS have forced an "upgrade" to a new version.  Win2K NOT supported 😦

Well shucks – great way to kill off a product guys.

There is so little code that should require XP only… Come on, this is ridiculous.

Apparently I’ve got to go look into some nice little open source tool called Unison

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New Version of Foldershare!

25 03 2008

For those of you that have been using the great File sync/sharing app called Foldershare, the boys at previously named ByteTaxi (now part of MS) have put out a new version finally!

If you are using any older version, you should get the new one.  It apparently is better and smoother than the (very) old version.

Get your New Version of Foldershare!

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MS Fixed, then broke and then fixed the "Click To Activate"

14 02 2008

A while back, MS announced that they had “made a deal with the devil” and have an agreement to license the stupid Eolas patent which will allow us to load pages and NOT have to “Click here to activate”.

They implemented it  Life was good.  No more extra clicks just to get a page to load.

This stopped working with the Black Tuesday updates that came down the pipe this month 😦

Now… they’ve FIXED it again!!!

I’m starting to miss the easier, earlier days of the Internets.

For those that don’t want to read all the extra and just get on with it…. just GO HERE


Post Christmas Goodness

2 01 2008

Boxing Day:

  • Best Buy:
  1. Logitech Headphone/Microphone  (regular $80) for $39.99!
  2. HP Laptop Docking Station $140 – No great deal… but we were there, and now Mrs D doesn’t have to unplug  a half dozen cables to mobilize her laptop.
  • WalMart:
    1. 100 DVD-R’s for $17

    Portland (land of no tax!):

    1. Tommy Hillfiger pants $29
    2. Bass Pants: $20
    3. Guitar Hero III (w/ guitar) $90
    4. Wii Controller $40
    5. XBox 360 Controller $40
    6. Salad Bowl: $17 (regular $69)
    7. UnderArmor thermal tights $50 – You can’t get the thermal wear up here… don’t know why – it’s COLDER here.
    8. Ivory Soap AOSep for less than half of what you pay up here (and bigger).
    9. Duracell batteries – 36 for $12.50

    New Year’s Day:

    1. 30 DVD+R Dual Layer $24 @ Future Shop

    Good times!  The Portland trip was crazy and fun, but a LOT of driving.  With gas at the equivalent of $0.75/L it didn’t seem quite so bad – particularly with my truck just LOVING highway driving compared to city.  We drove approximately 1300 km on 2 tanks of gas – about $140.  Having the TomTom One XL GPS was a life saver.  We were able to find our hotel, the outlet mall, and REI in Portland and Seattle without really having any idea which streets took us where.  The only problems came when we didn’t have a correct street or address for a location.  We found that the POI interface was a bit difficult to navigate, but I think we’ll find it easier with more use.  Did I miss having street names pronounced for our directions?  No.  If  I DID miss a street turn (which happened once or twice when streets were kind of crazy in Seattle) it just rerouted me.  No problems.

    My Thanks to the gang that had us along:  Brad, Greg, Dave and the crew… it was a blast!

    Happy New Year to all!


    30 11 2007  – This site is great!   I can’t stay away.  I was introduced to it via my photoblog and now it looks like we’re all using it (a bit too much it might seem.  The site is down as I post this 😦 ).

    Here are a couple of the shots I’ve “magged”:
    MagMyPic - make magazine covers out of your pictures

    MagMyPic - make magazine covers out of your pictures

    They also have Time, Sports  Illustrated, Vogue, PC Gamer Cosmo and a few others!   Great fun!

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    Halo 3 – Finish the Fight!

    25 09 2007

    OK – I lined up last night. I got it!  I played until 0300 🙂

    So… how much sleep do people REALLY need?  Don’t give me suggested amounts.  What do I “NEED” to keep alive? 😉  I figure if I budget my day just right I can go for that target + 15 minutes.  That should be enough!

    Buy the game!  Finish the Fight!

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    T minus 12 hours!

    24 09 2007

    Finish the Fight!

    Over 1.5 million presales. 

    Estimated USD 160 Million take for the first week!

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    Canon 40D info leaking out – like water from a sieve

    9 08 2007

    ***UPDATE*** This has been superceded… Actual information can be found on Canon’s Site, you can hop there via



    The Digital Photography Blog has published some “supposedly leaked” specs of the upcoming Canon 40D.  The only apparent difference over the 30D would seem to be 10.1 vs. 8.2 MP and self cleaning.  Not much there Canon 😦

    Best Buy leaked list price: $1599 and availability in Sept. ’07

    What do YOU think of this???  Worth the price and the wait?



    1. 8.2 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor
    2. 5 fps and 30 large JPEG frame burst
    3. 2.5?, 230K pixel, 170� wide viewing angle LCD screen
    4. Picture Style image processing parameters
    5. Spot metering and High Precision 9-point AF system
    6. DIGIC II image processor with 0.15 sec start-up time
    7. Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
    8. 100,000 cycle shutter durability and rugged magnesium alloy body
    9. Simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording
    10. Wide 100-3200 ISO range
    11. E-TTL II Flash
    12. PictBridge compatibility
    13. Complete compatibility with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
    14. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and Video Out connectivity
    1. 10.1 MP CMOS sensor
    2. 5fps, 30 JPEG image burst
    3. Integrated Cleaning System
    4. 2.5in LCD with 230K pixels and 160� viewing angle
    5. Picture Style image processing
    6. Spot metering & 9-point AF
    7. DIGIC II processor with 0.2 sec start up
    8. Digital Photo Professional software
    9. Magnesium alloy body
    10. Compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlite flashes
    11. Including powerpack and accessories

    What happened to the DIGIC III ???  We KNOW you know how to use it in DSLRs (c.f. ID Mark III)


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    Acer Aspire ASE700-EQ661A and Onboard RAID

    9 08 2007

    I recently posted that I had acquired the ACER Aspire with the Core2 Quad. I also was miffed that I appeared to have a neutered BIOS that had support for onboard RAID but not accessible.

    Heheh.  Boy was I wrong.  After finally configuring my Adaptec 1430SA to work with my disks and Vista I plugged my two old HD’s from my old PC into my Motherboard SATA connectors and what should I see when I boot, but the option to configure my disks into anything from RAID 0 to RAID 5 🙂  So, ACER doesn’t totally screw you around.  My mean thoughts that I was having were wrong.


    Vista Fun Continues…HP and Linksys SUCK!

    8 08 2007

    I finally got the disks all working the way I wanted to, so I then put in my Linksys 100TX card.  Nope… Not supported.  No biggie, I can drop in a cheap Gb card.  Next… Printer.  HP Laserjet 1500 Colour printer.  Sweet little printer Vista drivers?  Nope.  Great.  It’s starting to look like I’m going to need a little Windows Server to handle the printing etc so that the new Vista machines in the house can actually do their job 😦


    Adaptec 1430SA and Vista – Success!

    8 08 2007

    I know that many have read my problem I was having with my Adaptec 1430SA card and Vista Ultimate… I have solved the problem (FINALLY!) with NO help from Adaptec’s tech support link on their website 😦

    Don’t use the drivers on Adaptec’s site.  BSOD!  0x000000F7 ( I think)  Death in short.

    Use the drivers that come on the CD. They are an older rev (1.4.11949.0) vs. the ones on the website (1.4.11955.0)!!!

    After that, I was able to configure my 2 disk RAID 1 and get it up and happy… What a long night last night was 😦


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    Adaptec 1430SA and Vista – having a bit of a problem

    4 08 2007

    My plan to RAID my VISTA BOOT drive seems to have come to a bit of a speed bump in its path to completion 😦

    Here’s what’s happening:

    1. Vista installed and running using onboard SATA port
    2. Installed Adaptec 1430 card
    3. Vista recognized and installed the drivers from the Adaptec site.
    4. Device Manager shows the Adaptec 1430SA card installed and happy.
    5. Shutdown – move HDD to 1430SA. – Start up
    6. Vista begins to boot (probably the part where it uses BIOS calls) and then “POOF!”
    7. It reboots and we’re back to step 6 😦

    How can I get past this?  Any suggestions?  With XP there was a “Generic Disk driver” which you could install and it would then rediscover its controller later.  Not so much that I can see with Vista.

    All you tech guys out there….what do you suggest?

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    Why do people NEED to use the mouse????

    30 07 2007

    I was reading a post by Jeff Atwood about Google’s dumb “I’m feeling lucky” button which devolved into a generic “What’s wrong with users” post and I got to thinking.  I see users making dumb decisions EVERY day it seems.

    The one that really gets me is when they sit down and login to their computer:

    Cursor is on password field with the wrong name.  Here is the sequence of events:

    1.  go to mouse and moveto and click on the username field.  Click again (often accidentally) and then hit combinations of delete and backspace to clear out the last username.
    2. Type username
    3. switch hand to mouse and moveto and click in the password field.
    4. Switch back to keyboard, type in password
    5. Switch back to mouse and moveto and click on “OK”

    It PAINS ME!!!

    This could easily have been achieved, never moving your hands from the keyboard:

    1. Hit- SHIFT TAB to go back to username field. (Automatically selecting all text)
    2. Type username
    3. Hit TAB
    4. Type password
    5. Hit Enter

    DONE!!!!!   No back and forth from the mouse to the keyboard… No weird clicking and moving and hoopla.  Quick and efficient.  Please do your part to help a person gain that little efficiency in their life!  PLEASE!

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    Now this is WAYYYYY cool!

    26 07 2007

    A SMART RAID system.  Self monitoring, self growing RAID…. Drobo

    Check out the demo video here.

    It’s USB 2.0 and it’s only $500 US.  (which soon will be cheaper than $500 CAD 😉

    This product was mentioned by Scott Kelby in his photoshop insider blog.


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    Another Rootkit detector for your Arsenal!

    26 07 2007

    McAfee has released their rootkit detector to the general public.  FREE!

    If you do any kind of IT support (either corporate or for Aunt Martha), this should be on your USB keychain.

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    Changing my PC – Migrating RAID1?

    19 07 2007

    OK – here’s my dilemma…

    I just picked up a new PC.

    Acer Aspire (Intel Q5500 Core 2 Quad) at 2.4GHz w/ 2GB RAM and a 500GB SATA (II?) drive.  It comes with Vista Home Premium.

    I already have an XP install running on a clone system built on a P5GD1 using the ICH6R SATA RAID on the motherbooard.  My two 120GB disks are running RAID level 1.

    I also happen to have a PCI-x SATA RAID card.

    Which of the following options seems the best?

    1. Move my existing mirrored setup over to the new box (disk image/rebuild on new RAID card/restore (running XP Pro), and use the 500GB as a second,JBOD disk for scratch and things I don’t really care that much about
    2. Acquire new 500GB drive and mirror with present one, running VISTA Home Premium.  Keep other disks as JBOD for scratch etc.
    3. Acquire new 500GB drive and mirror with present one but reinstall XP and all apps. RAID up the old disks for a mirrored second drive.

    If I’m going to move the XP installation, I suppose my best bet is to install the card into my old computer first, thereby having XP load the appropriate drivers for it resulting in the OS seeing the drives when it boots later (in the new computer).

    Also, how would I hardware mirror a drive without having to reformat?

    Thoughts? Ideas? Input?

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    Who needs pesky install and uninstall files?

    16 07 2007

    Way to go symantec!

    Various installers and uninstallers are being flagged as adware.cpush  Not a lot of fun.  Thankfully today’s defs will fix that.  Urgh.


    Goodbye Facebook

    15 06 2007

    Well, it looks like Facebook is becoming too popular.  Like Myspace, without colours and music to make you puke, many people like to surf the hyperaddictive social networking site. All. The. Time. 

     Obviously this causes grief in a workplace environment and yesterday Facebook access became a thing of the past in our company.  Just too many people wasting too much time and bandwidth.   Killed by it’s own popularity.   Funny thing though. BECAUSE we banned Facebook, I went over last night and signed up, because now I wanted to see what it was all about.   Meh.

     It was nice that I could get in touch with some old friends from high school, but I can’t see myself using it regulary.  Now that I’ve got my profile up on facebook  (you’ll need to be a member to see it) and up on myspace.  I’ve made sure the website links  point to here, people can read about me here, see my pictures at the photoblog and keep in touch using comments or email.  I’m good.

     I wonder how long before more and more companies realize that these kind of sites are just killing productivity and in many cases even more precious bandwidth.

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