Tuesday, February 28, 2006
After installation, I began to find random applications on my desktop and dragged and dropped them to selected keys. It all went easy enough but I did notice that the drag and drop keyboard on the monitor was not adjustable or moveable which meant that if the virtual keyboard were covering a application shortcut, then I would have to move it out of the way first in order to find it after to place on hotkeys. Other than that, setup was a snap. I don't have too many applications on my desktop so I have a screenshot of some of the boring apps (the good ones are on my dead laptop) on my desktop. Also, I had the brilliant idea of combining hotkeys with NetJaxer so I could have hotkeys for the multitude of websites I visit but that was a no go. It will require some work so I am looking into that. All in all, qliner hotkeys gets a recommended from me.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
After firing up the small application, we are given options to select favorite and often visited websites. Simply enter in the correct website an title and then you can choose an icon. If your site has a custom icon in the address bar (right before http://) you can use NetJaxer's little 'download site icon' and it will pull up the favicon as your designated icon. Then simply choose if you want it on your Start menu, quicklaunch, desktop or even to run at startup.
After fiddling around with Netjaxer for a few minutes, I was quite annoyed that I overlooked the option to choose my system set browser (Firefox) and initially chose the default NetJaxer browser. So I went back and changed the options to open my icons to the selected websites in Firefox.
So far, NetJaxer has been running like a champ, allowing me to open my browser up to the desired site with one click AND saved me from batch file programming. Sound like an informercial? Hey, it's also free.
Threads for Geeks, Artists and Internet Junkies
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I have been on the hunt for cool, somewhat inexpensive T-Shirts on the net. The usual sites to visit were Jinx, Thinkgeek and a for punk bands, Interpunk. Quite randomly, my friend Nell sent me a link for shirts at Threadless and I was simply awestruck at the bizarre, simply designed but highly imaginative shirts in their catalog. Unfortunately, all of the shirts I wanted were already out of stock. Luckily, Nell had also sent another link to another shirt site iheartguts. I took a gander at the shirts at iheartguts and found them colorful, somewhat cutesy and fun but decided that if I were to purchase a shirt, I would probably never wear it in public.
So like a one eyed crack addict looking to get high again, I stumbled (metaphorically, and over the net to the West Coast) to pester my friend again about other sites where I could find more neat shirts. Probably annoyed as all hell, I was finally sent this link for Cool Hunting. Cool Hunting is a blog on net t-shirt sites worth checking and now I am satiated. Now where can I find cool socks?
I Didn't Know Apple Made Kid's Jackets
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
On the Topic of Phones
Trillian, Miranda, Gaim or ICQ.
DoS A Cell Phone Easily (script kiddies rejoice)
Monday, February 20, 2006
Songbird Crashed My Box (the un-review of Songbird)
Drink of Choice
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Enter the World of Geek Tattoos
Thursday, February 16, 2006
the Music Genone Project (Pandora)
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Let's play musical association. So you have a bit of time to kill while the boss is on a business trip and you are looking for the something new to listen to so you can 'wow' your musical elitist friends. Or maybe you listen to bad music and want more awful ear bleeding induced crap that passes for music these days. Awhile back, I posted a link called liveplasma that maps out artists according to what other people listen to. The next step would be Pandora. With the actual ability to listen to an artist as opposed to seeing a visual representation, I have to hand it to Pandora for this feature. So let's enter in an artist.
Granted, Gogol Bordello isn't something easily associable with other bands such as Blink 182 but I wanted to see what this web application was capable of. So after entering in the band name I am given a song I can listen to. Then if I want a suggestion for another would-be-similar band, I hit the 'next' (button which is the universal two triangles facing to the right) to cue up the next artist.
Look, new music that I can listen to. Of course this can go on and on which includes your own account in which you can create new stations, add more bands to a playlist and a few other minor options. Pandora limits its playlist by selecting one band at a time for you which seems to be a small drawback but is still good enough where if you want to check out some new music for free, and hear it streaming, it is worth checking out.
Rimming and Snowjobs
Monday, February 13, 2006
Pixelate this, Bitch...(Recolored Demo)
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Take your black and white photo and import it into recolored.
From here I take a black ink selection and quite messily outline what I want in black, colors I want for skin tone, hair color, eyes and lips. I can either use a drop down selection of 'human skin' to 'Fabric Jeans.' For other colors in-between, I can select a color from the gradient map. The right most icon will 'colorize' your photo. It may take a few tries so if you get the desired color tone the first time, it is wise to save your ongoing project as a .rcl file so you can further edit and if needed, backtrack to where the tone was the way you like it. Okay, this looks about right so let's hit the 'colorize' icon and see what the result is.
Not too freaking bad. The eyes and lips could better be done with Photoshop but this is not a Photoshop demo. Plus, we are working with a 10 minute overhead. Overall, I say Recolored is worth the download. Give it a try and by the way, the picture in the demo is not included in the application.
the Moblog Addiction (textamerica)
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Poor Product Names
Monday, February 06, 2006
Beautiful and Deadly, But Does She Fly A Kite? (Flyakite 3 Review)
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Everything seems intact. Let's take it on a test run on the net with Firefox. I don't know how many of you out there use the gmail notifier but I had just started my browsing experience when an email popped up on the notifier and could not follow through with the subsequent emails causing me to prematurely close the application. So take away another point here.
The new 'system prefences' is pure eyecandy but is really just a souped up version of the control panel. I saw that a new screensaver was on default and wanted my old one of Bender (from Futurama) back but Flyakite v3 jammed and would not allow me to tweak my settings. There goes another point. I unfortunately did not take a look at the CPU usage before and after Flyakite but after 20 minutes of fooling around with my newly replaced shell, I noticed that my applications were much more sluggish. I don't have a state of the art Voodoo PC but my desktop has an ample p4 with over a gig of RAM. Still Flyakite slowed my workpace to that of a parapalegic on downers. Websurfing was the equivalent of using a 28.8K dial up modem (not really that bad but it felt like it). Before new problems arised, I decided that it would be in my best interest to uninstall Flyakite v3. I never did think that I would be so glad to see my old WinXP logos. Yikes, did I just write that?
My Laptop Has Taken Up Smoking
Saturday, February 04, 2006
This morning as I was firing up a Super Nintendo emulator for my kiddo to play Super Mario World, I noticed that my laptop was still running on its battery even though the AC adapter was plugged into the wall. This was roughly the time that an acrid, not somewhat unfamilar burning smell started and I immediately noticed that the cable to my power supply was literally smoking. A nice little message on my laptop popped up saying 'you fuckwad, you messed up my power and now you are on my shitlist.' Well moreso a message saying that my laptop battery was very low and that my laptop was going to shut off. Needless to say, that update I was going to do for this page was put to a smoking (har har) halt. So I will be giving Toshiba a call tomorrow and in the meantime I will check if BestBuy has a replacement which will more than likely cost me an arm and a leg.
Back Like (not with) the Herpes
Friday, February 03, 2006
*consumed copious amounts of alcohol to the point where my body has all but saturated due to the influx of poisons.
*bought a new DVD burner, namely the LG 16X External Super Multi DVD/CD Rewriter (yes, quite a mouthful of words there LG).
*been on a reverse honeymoon. What is that you say? Think honeymoon but trade the sex part with discussion about child custody and visitation rights.
*reviewed and downloaded a number of applications that will be discussed in the very near future.
*had non-biological parents lecture me about the trials and tribulations of life
*not slept much and as a result have been reading books like Kung Fu High School to books by Ernest Hemingway.
*gotten shit face drunk with a bunch of Peruvians playing dice drinking games.
*reassessed my goals and where life is taking me. I have found no visions, bright lights in long hallways, and no religion. In other words, during my time off from chalkline, I have not had an epiphany.
I am however back, and have a number of things to post. Some reviews, some rants, and some applications to try. So sit back and let's get reacquainted. I promise, I won't taint you with any ill-gotten venereal diseases. At least, I will try.