Archive for March, 2007

Apollo and the Desktop

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Adobe’s Apollo platform is, basically, Flex for the desktop. Mike Chambers wrote an article answering the question “Why Apollo?” and it makes a pretty good case for why you’d want to use Apollo and where it fits in. A key point is that Flex lets you write for the desktop and for the browser, using the […]

Twitter IRC

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

All this hype about Twitter.  If you haven’t seen it, well, Twitter is a site where you can post status updates on your life.  That’s it. The only reason it’s interesting is that it’s reached a critical mass – but it’s so obviously *not* got staying power that I’m amazed so many people are so […]

The Donut Scale

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

So I’m looking around the web trying to figure out how many calories per day I need to eat less than to lose weight. You’d think we’d have a pretty good idea of this by now, but I guess it’s different for everyone. I’ve found estimates that differ by over 1000 calories.  That’s 5 Tim […]

Taking Back Search

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Check out the excellent research MSR has been doing into search spam, specifically by following the money to find out who  is profiting from it.  Good stuff.

Febrile Seizure

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

A Febrile Seizure is often related to a sudden spike in temperature.  It only lasts a short period of time, but during that time, the symptoms are scary.  Convulsions, lack of responsiveness, eyes rolled back and staring blankly at the ceiling.  Our son had one last night, and it’s a scary occurrence, let me tell […]

Tech Gadgets that Work (for Me)

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

I’m a bit of a gadget lover.  Okay, a full-fledged gadget lover.  I tend to pick up the new toys and play with them, and generally try to integrate them into my life.  I’m not a professional reviewer or sponsored by anyone, which makes what I say here perhaps a little more trustworthy than what […]

Gmail losing email?

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Has anyone else had a problem with Gmail simply losing mail? I registered an application and the author sent me a license key, but I never got it.  A few days later I sent him and email and he sent me a copy of the message he originally sent me, so I searched for the […]

Consequences of Disabling the Vista Search Indexer

Friday, March 9th, 2007

After comparing Google Desktop Search and the Microsoft Vista search tools, I’ve decided that Google wins hands down.  So I switched off the Windows search indexer.  I don’t need everything indexed twice, right? OneNote thinks I do: When running on Vista, OneNote uses Vista’s search capabilities instead of its own built-in capability (that it must have […]

GDS vs Vista

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I installed Google Desktop Search on Vista, but left the Vista search alive as well, so I’m indexing everything twice.  I’m sure I’ll shut that off at some point, but it’s interesting in that it gives me the ability to search my system with both tools and compare the results. One significant result is that […]

Vista Search not searching OneNote?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I don’t trust Vista’s search at all, but I still try it first when I’m searching for something, just to see if I get lucky.  Today, I was looking for something that exists in my OneNote notebook, and has been there for at least a year.  So I click Start, and type in the text.  […]