Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Adults acting like children...

This is a reminder to myself to write my rant about silly parents and spoiled children...my take on discipline from day one. Who needs it more--the parents, or the kids? Who's quicker to learn?

Stay tuned...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Apple's Cupertino campus Fire Damage reaches Two Million $

Fire from construction workers welding an HVAC unit on Apple bldg. 6 roof breaks out at 20604 Valley Green Drive, Santa Clara County Tuesday night around 10pm, damaging roof and second floor...no injuries reported, but 40 yr old building suffers an estimated $2 million in damage after 60 firefighters from 4 departments fought the blaze for 3 hours.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

a Reply to the LillyAnn debacle (on yoonamania's blog)

I thought it was strange that while that user was active we discussed some topics via Plurk and occasionally mentioned how great a Plurk meet-up in Chicago would be. However, when I agreed and suggested to plan a time and place, the conversation would stop...dead. Right there...not another word. Every time I called the bluff, it was all silence. This person was either not in Chicago or afraid to actually meet any Plurk-friends, and was probably astonished to learn that I live there and was serious.
I stayed out of that fiasco...
Almost twenty years ago, when the idea of server and data sharing was a brand-new concept to people, we were some of the first ones in our circle of life to warn, "Don't believe everything you're going to see on here in the future." We ran a BBS starting in the early 80's and could tell back then that the masking of an identity behind a monitor would open up a whole new can of worms. We've never let our guard down, but have carefully been able to enjoy what the internet does have to offer. It's not any more or less safer today...Don't be stupid; know where you're going and what the risks are. Humans will always have their emotional needs and bonds, just don't let them cloud our judgment.
Good luck to everyone touched by this occurrence...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

XP is eXtra Problems

To revisit my love/hate relationship with my machines, I think I'll take XP Home off the PC and install XP Pro for a little added functionality and security.

Great idea...now my sound card isn't recognized at all. I've installed every driver, run every test, and smacked every piece of hardware I could think of! This is driving me nuts--at least you'll know why if I go over the edge.

Looks like I know what I'll be working on for a while...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Digg This! Real-Time Earthquake Plurk Updates by Jim Metzger

Jim has set up a PLURK to post the US Geological Survey earthquake monitor feeds...

Links and info are available at:

Gneiss, Tuff, and a Little Wacke
Welcome to JimMetzger.net

or you can view PlurkQuakes right here on Plurk.com

Digg This!!

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

My Son Caught the Sun!!

Gabriel has the Sun
Gabriel and I worked on this sun-catching set...it was fun, and we got some good shots--despite the lag in digital photo shutter speed with the rear curtain sync on to allow the shutter to remain open for a bit before the flash and close.Thanks for looking!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Plurk Code Swarm by Amir

You can check out Amir's new Code Swarm post on Vimeo for Plurk here, showing the development of Plurk over the last year. Fantastic freeform visualizations in a timeline environment of project developers and their files as they commit to their central project repository. (code_swarm was created by Michael Ogawa)


Plurk code_swarm

Friday, July 4, 2008

#4 Mysterious moving sack (Chipmunk like hamster wheel)

Yes, he's safe now! We let him go in someone else's neighborhood--more woodsy ;)

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Get Your Plurk On!

If you haven't signed up yet for Plurk.com yet, you really should. There's a great mix of interesting friends, qualified professionals, and inquisitive minds. You will have a blast Plurking with some of the great people on my friends-list already!

Use this link: (ClassTax Invite to Plurk) to check out my timeline and see what it really looks like and sign up right there. It only takes about 30 seconds! Don't forget to go back to view my profile after signing in and click the 'Add ClassTax as friend' link for us to follow each other.

I'll be adding more info soon to a dedicated section here solely for Plurk users, so stay tuned! Feel free to ask any questions--I may not have all the answers, but I'm working for all of us to gather them together into one place from all of our great sources and friends in Plurk. If you have anything to share, feel free to post it here; and thanks!


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Getting Started in the E and I World...

This has got to be the best part...

I've been hovering around this subject for years, just watching; too scared to sample the goods, because I know, with my obsessive-compulsive tendencies, that it would take me far too long to get it where I want it. So here we are-

After owning a domain for years and using it only to provide my own personal, well-controllable email account, it's time to finally set up the damn website and learn to fully use everything technology has to offer. I need to build a web page, join some networking or social sites, get connected, learn to compose and create, find a way to get all the accounts linked easily together, tell all my friends what rock I've been hiding under, and so on...

To give you some background into my wrecked personalilty, I'm the kind of guy who takes forever to purchase a new cellphone as the other one's dying because I don't want to learn all the different features of the replacement. When I actually did get the last one, I was regarded at the store as setting the record for the longest memory transfer from phone to phone! I have over 950 numbers stored between family, friends, business (local and networking throughout the country), and clients. That may not be a record, but it's a damn lot for me to look through when I forget someone's name.

"Delete some of those unused numbers", I always hear from people. Right. I already did... I removed all the contacts that I have no use for, and this is what's left over; all the ones I expect to hear from and want to recognize on the CID, or anyone I fully anticipate calling again in the future. I travel all over the country, so there's numbers for people and places I'll be going back to see yet.

Oh, and one more thing; yes, my VCR is still flashing 12:00... And I was the last person on the block to buy a DVD player--my first brand-new unit was $40 for the top model, not $300! WTF is Blu-Ray?!?!

So anyway, business has been so busy the last few years (coupled with my insatiable need to travel constantly for pleasure more than business) that I didn't feel I had the time to do more than simply answer the cell; I hated even checking for emails. Now I've made the commitment to 'get connected', and I will. So, God help me, if you have any suggestions, please let me know, because I'm not going to stop until this is near-complete (at least by the time I'm set up, I'd like to be operating in this millenium--year 2004 technology will be fine with me :)

I've made this decision after spending countless hours recently dabbling with reloading my OS, networking a friend's new office, installing new memory, and learning to write a little basic HTML. For a guy like me, I went through that brief phase where I thought I could take on the cyber-world! You know, the big 'IT-WannaBe' head on my shoulders, handing out advice to my non-geek friends who think I'm a god now, phase?...
"Sure, give me that new DVD-Rom drive you bought--I can install it with my eyes closed!"
"Of course I can install the drivers for your scanner." and,
"Let me tell you what notebook you might need"
Yeah, that lasted about two weeks or so... I do know one thing: no matter how much I learn, I still don't know squat!

After putting up with my PC running slow from all the crap I had accumulated on it over the last year, I decided to clean up and start over. Hard drive speed's ok for now, so I need more RAM, less redundant software, and better protection [since my PC and I were surfing the net like a teenage boy who just received a high social accolade to date the world from his newly-ex girlfriend, and a pack of 3-yr old Trojans that his friend's older brother found under the seat of his Vega]; I had no idea where my desktop's virtual hands have been. All the other devices are suitable for now (I think--it's only a year old, right?), so I saved what files I needed and rebooted with a copy of Pro I just acquired.

Wow, do I love a clean install! Got my new memory, my new OS, and only what programs I need right now; my control panel and fragmentation never looked so attractive ;-) Now, I'm ready to take on the world! After doing all this myself, I learned some very important lessons: Wrap your ports, know what you're downloading before you just click 'ok', and XP stands for 'eXtra Problems'.

{My next computer will be a Mac!}

Ok, enough with the damn hardware--I'm not an IT guy, and don't care to be yet. I already have my own business, and that's what I need to get back to. There's not always a benefit to the 'do-it-yourself' philosophy if you're only going to do it one time. Now, it's time to move on to mental-connectivity, or social and business networks to reach out to the world! My brother, an IT Consultant with Bill Gates as his arch-nemesis (he just got his iphone and Mac now), had always talked about Cali Lewis, Leo Laporte, and a few others, so I wanted to chase them down to see if I could benefit from some i-time with them through a little e-osmosis.

Now, here comes Twitter, Blog, YouTube, Pownce, Facebook, MySpace, RSS, Jaiku, Linkedin, Friendster, Blogger, Blogspot, Blogrover, Bloglines, Blogsmith, your-blog-here, whatever... Jesus! How the hell can I manage all those accounts, do I even need them, or which one is the best that everyone should be on?!? *I'm not going to have time for all this* I know this doesn't even scratch the surface, but I have some work to do...

I'll comment another day on my personal review of the sites I am using right now; I signed up on many, but like very few, and will only focus on a couple. Next step is hosting my site and learning how to build my webpages--again, the DIY'er in me wants to do it right the first time, so there's much research to do. Stick with me as we get this thing going... I think I just Plurked all over myself :-)

"Measure Twice, Cut Once"