Sunday, November 27, 2005

[MM] 20051127

This is one of the most incredible flight videos I've seen. Ok, so I'm not a pilot, but you probably aren't either! Anyway, take a look at this short video (6 and a half minutes, nearly 20MB, Windows media format) and see if you agree. All I can say is WOW.

Thanks to John Shay for pointing this out.

Friday, November 18, 2005

I Use... (20051118)


I guess since I use Firefox as my browser, it might also follow that I'd use Thunderbird as my mail client. Yeah, that's me. I was using Netscape since way back when. I used the Mozilla suite when it more or less replaced Netscape. Sometime after Firefox and Thunderbird got underway I began using them as well.

In the beginning, I was a little leery of making the change. But it wasn't too hard to switch since the profiles transferred over with no pain. I haven't looked back.

Well, that might be a slight over statement. But it was very slight. I had some issues in the very early days, but they were so small I can't remember what they were. Really.

So why do I use Thunderbird? Because it's simple. Outlook Express (OE) can be simple--sort of--but it's also got a bit too much baggage. To have a simple OE install, it requires too much work after the initial install. I don't have to worry about that with Thunderbird. It starts simple and only gets complex if I make it that way! The only thing that OE has that Thunderbird does not is HotMail integration. But that's a small price to pay.

You can get Thunderbird here.

There's a lot more that I really should say. I'll re-visit this later.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I Use...


I guess this makes me something of a me too. Many people claim to be using Firefox. Of course if you know me, you’ll know that I’ve been using Netscape and Mozilla for a very long time. Firefox is just the latest incarnation of that same line. But why do I still use it?

There are several reasons. And most of them aren’t “IE” sucks. For instance, I’m a very big fan of tabbed browsing. I normally work with multiple windows open already, so it’s pretty natural that I’d do the same with my broswer—and I do. But with tabbed browsing I get the benefit of multiple windows without the clutter of many windows.

One of the selling points of Firefox is that it’s not bloated. Of course bloated is relative: it’s still a multi-megabyte install. The Netscape/Mozilla suite was stripped down pretty much to the basic browser (although it's grown a bit since the original paring down). But they did add one very useful feature: extensibility. What this means is that you can add new features to your personal installation. If you want some developers tools, no problem. Weather, download tools, feed readers, chat, and more more extensions are available. And more keep coming.

You can get your own copy of Firefox from the Mozilla foundation here. There are many different extensions available. A good place to start is here. I'll have more info on some of my favorites in the future.

Friday, November 11, 2005


No, not Walker—Atkins!

Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ’e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
  O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
  But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
  The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
  O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ’adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-’alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
  For it's Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
  But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
  The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
  O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
  Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ’ow’s yer soul?”
  But it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
  The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
  O it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ’eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
  While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
  But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
  There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
  O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
  For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
  But it’s “Saviour of ’is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
  An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
  An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!