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Test of Decoratr Plugin

by on Jun.28, 2009, under Uncategorized

del solThe decoratr plugin for wordpress sounded interesting, so this is a test of it.  The plugin analyzes the content of a post and makes suggestions for photos to put along side the post.  Photos come from Flickr.  So after the jump, we’ll see what kind of suggestions it makes for a rambling post. (continue reading…)

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Playlist: Sia

by on Jun.27, 2009, under Uncategorized

siaSia is an artist I’ve come across lately whom I can’t get enough of. I’ve picked up all her solo CDs and also some from Zero 7 that she performs on. (Two sentence ending prepositions in a row.. I’m on a roll.) Check out the samples and a fantastic clip from a performance on Letterman after the jump. (continue reading…)

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WordPress Comment Spam

by on Jun.24, 2009, under Uncategorized

comment-spamGoogle hasn’t been indexing this blog for more than a couple of weeks and I’m fascinated by the attempts of spammers to leave comments.  So far the anti-spam solution is working perfectly.  I hesitate to say which one I’m using in case that would help a spammer defeat it.  But the interesting thing is the social engineering tactics they use.  The posts are all very generic but offer praise for the quality or helpfulness of the post.  They appeal to the users vanity.  I hold all posts from a user for moderation unless I’ve approved one of their previous posts and I presume the spammers recognize that and try to weasel their way into that first approval through flattery.  A new one was a bit different by asking “Can i take a one small picture from your site?”  That one would have been more believable if the post they were commenting on had contained any pictures.

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Windows Apps in Linux with Wine

by on Jun.24, 2009, under Uncategorized

linux-wine-suckIn an effort to see if I could reasonably dump Windows entirely, I decided to get my feet wet running a windows application in Ubuntu using Wine.  I only have three applications I use on a regular basis that still tie me to Windows.   iTunes, EAC (Exact Audio Copy), and PC-Control.  With iTunes and EAC my first attempt was only partially successful. (continue reading…)

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Playlist: Carolyn Wonderland – Miss Understood

by on Jun.20, 2009, under Uncategorized

wonderland_posterEvery once in awhile I stop at the public library and pick out a CD from an artist I’ve heard nothing about.  My only guidance is the cover art and the genre printed on the label.  This week I found Miss Understood by Carolyn Wonderland on the shelf, labeled “Blues” and decided to give it a try.   Sometimes I make awful choices, and sometimes I find a gem.  This was a bit of a gem that still needed some polishing. (continue reading…)

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Let The Right One In – Good Movie!

by on Jun.19, 2009, under Uncategorized

let_the_right_one_in_swedishIf you’re the kind who likes an intelligent horror movie and don’t mind a little blood, you need to see Let The Right One In.  Its a Swedish movie about a 12 year old boy who strikes up a friendship with the little girl who moves in next door.  Making friends with a vampire turns out to have advantages as well as drawbacks. (continue reading…)

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Crossfire – iPhone Web App

by on Jun.18, 2009, under Uncategorized

crossfire-buttonI’ve been using the open source Crossfire music streaming web app on my iPhone for awhile now, but a recent update has made it much more reliable. Crossfire requires the Firefly media server be installed and operating on the computer where your music is stored. It then provides a web based interface that you can browse to with the iPhone or iPod Touch to play your music. Basically, it makes it as if your device has unlimited song storage capacity.  No jailbreak process is required. (continue reading…)

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Manual Adjustment of Available Ubuntu Display Resolutions

by on Jun.16, 2009, under Uncategorized

This is a callback to a previous post that described my efforts to add additional display resolutions to Ubuntu 8.10 during my efforts to install MythTV.  In that case, the highest resolution Ubuntu offered me was 800×600, despite the monitor and video card being able to display much higher than that.  The point of this post is simply to make that post easier to find by giving a more descriptive title.  See the post Mythbuntu – Back On Track for the full procedure that worked for me.

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Playlist: Pat Metheny – As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

by on Jun.13, 2009, under Uncategorized

methenyThis weeks featured CD is As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays.  While I usually try to pick something that perhaps isn’t so well known, Pat Metheny will certainly be known to people who enjoy jazz.  I’ve owned this CD since at least 1986 and still enjoy listening to it while reading or doing other quiet things. (continue reading…)

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Moovida Media Center

by on Jun.12, 2009, under Uncategorized

moovida_web_logo has found another interesting looking media center for playback of movies, TV Shows, music, photos, and Internet media called Moovida.  The interface is nice looking and is optimized for playback on a TV in HD.  Cross-platform for Linux, Windows and Mac (pending).  See the Lifehacker article and Moovida site for screenshots and feature lists.

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