STORY: The Myrtle Beach Pavilion will close Sept. 24 taking with it a symbol of the beach for generations of vacationers. Developers plan to replace the landmark with high-end condos, hotel towers, etc.
These are great. Reposted – don’t know the year. ANNUAL NEOLOGISM CONTEST Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly… Read More »Annual Neologism Contest (Words with Wacky Definitions)
20 (Mostly) Funny Videos By or About Microsoft
I should point out that I am not a Microsoft employee, but I work for a Microsoft partner. That means that I work for a company that sells and supports Microsoft products. My opinions, and the opinions of the videos displayed and/or linked to from this blog do not necessarily (and in most cases almost certainly don’t) represents Microsoft’s official views, or even my own (except what I wrote in the comments). Some of these videos are legitimate Microsoft ads, some are spoofs, some are ads or jokes that I have no idea how they got approved by the corporate bureaucracy ("It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission" mentality?), and some are jokes and parodies that others have made. I hope you enjoy some or all of these. Please post comments about what you like. Just don’t turn this into a religious discussion about how evil or wonderful Microsoft and Bill Gates are, how much better or worse Mac or Linux are (or OS/2 or any other system), etc. As I tell my clients, "I have no religious convictions when it comes to computers. I just recommend that you use whatever works the best for your particular needs given your particular budget." Now, enjoy the lighter side of Microsoft. 🙂
About 6 months ago, I saw the following video at a Microsoft partner event. I’m still waiting for the WSYP to be offered to the partners. Gotta love it!
I’m sure most of you have heard of Net Neutrality for some time by now. Please do not forget to stay current with your representatives’ view on this important issue. Your ability to connect to sites like MySpace.com, Care2.com, ACLU.org, or Eff.org could be at risk. Even if you’ve acted before, following up is important.
If you have not already done so (or if it has been a while), please do the following:
Only weeks after the Supreme Court declared illegal the Bush Administration’s military commissions, the White House is pushing Congress on an illegal proposal that violates… Read More »What part of Human Rights does the Bush administration not get?
Most people want to keep their computers running problem-free, but many do not know how to do so. I thought it might be handy to create this Top 10 list to help you out a bit. This isn’t a complete list, but if you follow these 10 pieces of advice, you will be a lot better off than most people. For more detailed information and a handy checklist for keeping your computer in top-notch condition, download the free Maintenance Schedule from http://www.llogro.com/go/tools
Only about half of the list is actually stuff you need to do to the computer. The other half is a combination of attitudes and practices you should adopt to keep your computer and your personal information personal.
In John C. Dvorak’s column in PC Magazine, The Disc Format Wars, John talks about the need (or lack thereof) to upgrade entertainment equipment for new High-Definition (HD) standards. I see no need to upgrade to either an HD-TV or a new type of DVD player. Here’s why.
Read More »Time to upgrade to HD? Not yet.
I spent a long time looking for information on joining a domain with Windows XP MCE recently. I personally cannot/will not guarantee it will work—it could even kill your Media Center Edition installation. And there might even be other, easier ways to do this. But I’m going to post this here and eventually try it for the fun of it in a lab environment. I certainly wouldn’t recommend trying it in a productions environment without lots of testing.
Read More »Windows Media Center 2005 Can’t Join Domains
Google has an XML-based sitemap specification that has been picked up by most of the other search engines. If you generate the site map in this format, Google can more quickly and accurately traverse our site and return more relevant results. It also gives the googlebot an idea of how frequently to re-index pages (do specific pages change often or rarely?).
To encourage Google and other engines to fully index your website, the “sitemap.php” (or “sitemap.html”, etc.) file, and especially the “sitemap.xml” file need to be at the root level of the site, and a link to the human-readable one needs to be included near the top of every page (above the top 20% of the page in code view, not just in display view) to be sure the sitemap is easily located and indexed. All 404 error pages and other error documents should include a link to the sitemap to help both people and bots find an alternate choice if they followed a stale link.
Read More »The Art and Science of Sitemapping
FWIW there are a lot of acronyms out there, especially on AIM, YIM, MSN, and IRC. I am FAQ about what these things mean. It would be nice to tell people to RTM, but AFAIK there aren’t very many comprehensive lists available (BICBW). So, here is a list of many common acronyms I’ve seen used from time to time. HTH. IAE, if I left some favorite ones out, BMG to add them in the comments. Just keep them kid-friendly. Thx!