Chat With Me

Recently Google’s development team released a web widget for their Google Talk Chat Network called “Chatback“. This widget allows anyone visiting my website to be able to chat with me without having to sign up for any kind of account. I think think it’s pretty cool and I am giving it a test drive. I have currently placed it on my side bar. So feel free to chat with me!

HardDrive Replacement

Hard DriveTwo weeks ago I was sitting down at my PowerBook to do some work. Right away I noticed that my mouse and keyboard were not working. “This isn’t good” I thought to myself. My computer rarely gives me any trouble at all. Upon closer inspection I heard a noise that could sounded close to “the click of death” that pledged old . It’s the type of noise that would make a zit faced Geek Squad rep from Best Buy say “That not a good sound”. From That point i powered down my Powerbook was not able to get it to boot back up again. I would just keep getting that hard drive clicking noise.

It was upsetting at first that my hard drive might be dead but I was very great full that I do nightly backups on my system. (Thank you Silverkeeper)

I spent a good chunk of that first weekend trying to save my drive. With the help of some disk utility software I was able to get my computer to boot back up again. But it was not the same. The whole system was slow and eventlly a few days later the hard drive died.

Powerbook openedSo, I ordered a new hard drive from newegg.com and four days later (it’s because I live in Juneau) I had it installed. Replacing the old hard drive was not as easy with the G4 Powerbook as it was with my G3Powerbook. With the G3 it was just a matter of lifting up the keyboard. With my G4 it required a lot more steps. Just look at this to see what I went through.

Redmond, We Have A Problem

Microsoft employee Rory Blyth:

I think IE is horribly behind the times. When every other browser on the planet that’s worth a damn supports tabbed browsing, it’s just crappy that I still have to have different copies of IE open to have multiple sites open at once.

As of right now, my favorite browser on the planet is Apple’s Safari.

A bewildered ex-Mac IE developer Jorg Brown recalls a conversation with a Microsoft superior:

Over the whole sad journey, the single most surprising thing I ever discovered was from a small conversation that went:

Me: “Look, if it makes sense to devote dozens of people to WinIE, then surely it makes sense to devote half a dozen to MacIE!”

Higher-up: (confused look) “There aren’t dozens of people on WinIE. WinIE had some great people on it! We need those great people on products that make money!”

Me: “Then why on earth did we pursue IE in the first place? Just so that the DOJ would sue us?”

Higher-up: (confused look)

Some day I hope to get a proper answer on our motivation to do WinIE and MacIE in the first place. It seems to be that we were scared of not having control of the HTML standard. And indeed, now that Firefox is gaining traction, Microsoft has added more people to WinIE again.

Epilogue: All of this made it a lot more easy for me to quit and go work at Google.

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Quake Theme Music by Nine Inch Nails

I think my all time favorite computer video game is the original Quake. Quake is a game that was developed by ID software back in the 1996. I originally played the game on a Packard Bell computer running at 133MHZ on a dial up connection and I was damn good if I do say so myself.

My friends and myself started a Quake Clan back in the day to take on other Quake Clans. We called our selves E.O.D (Elements of Destruction) and even made a website.

So I have had the Quake game for a while but have not been able to play it since I installed Apple’s Macintosh OS X on my computer. In the last day or so I have come across two websites that have been very helpful in getting Quake to run on OS X.

fruitz-of-dojo, which has an app that works to run the normal version of quake.

Chaoticbox which has an app that will run the GL version of Quake. Which is what I have been playing the most and looks and runs great!

Mood: Im currently Sick, Maybe due to the dog bite