Archive for August, 2004

Nat’s trip

Monday, August 30th, 2004

I meant to post this a while back, but Nat has updated his website. Not only that, it’s a great post where he hands out cameras to a bunch of kids down in Rio.

Evidently, his post made it to MetaFilter today too. Neat.

Non-working technology

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

The cable modem died Friday. Thankfully, Comcast was pretty quick to schedule someone out with a new one, and he showed up today.

Also, my TiVo still doesn’t work. Evidently, my particular TiVo can only be registered over a plain old telephone line. It cannot be VOIP or PBX, and nearly everyone up here in the office has a cell phone only. I’ll have to take it far away and impose for a few hours. It’s either that or kindly request of our landlord to tie up her TV and phone line for a few hours (probably not a good idea).

Why doesn’t TiVo let you subscribe over broadband by default, with every box?

Two things…

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

First off, it’s now my birthday! Yay!

Second of all, TiVo doesn’t work without a land line. *Sigh*

IE’s future or Firefox’s present?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

On the "IEBlog" (Microsoft’s web journal which Internet Explorer developers post about the Microsoft browser), a list of most requested features has just been posted. Do the requested IE features seem familiar at all? It’s pretty much a 1:1 IE request to Firefox feature.

If you’re using Internet Explorer, you really should switch to Firefox and benefit from these features today.

Firefox’s style switcher

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Firefox 1.0 will have the style switcher removed — it has already happened in the latest nightly builds.Thankfully, it looks like someone is making an extension to add the feature back.

Simulation of parking in Boston, Cambridge, etc.

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

There’s a little flash game that is a pretty good simulation of what it’s like to park around here.

Dick Van Dyke, the computer animation geek

Friday, August 20th, 2004

It’s the very same Dick Van Dyke that starred in Marry Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, My Three Sons, Diagnosis Murder, and many other movies and TV shows — he’s mostly retired now, but enjoys computer animation, especially making his own.

I agree with the writer of the article; he is a genuinely nice guy. I once met him years ago (shook his hand, talked to him one-on-one for a bit, and watched a parade at Disneyland with him and my dad).

It’s really cool to know that he’s into computer animation now.