The thought of trying to get my work done without a cute little laptop got to be the best of me. I am sure I could have gotten by with a big old laptop, and perhaps even survived with no laptop at all. We will never know for sure.
I have not looked at it too closely because I have been busy setting up the essentials like antivirus and such. I guess all new computers come with programs one does not want. IBM may not be as bad as some as there were no really trashy programs included. The first thing taken off this one was Norton antivirus. I had a lot of fun deleting registry keys (after a double backup) and then installing AVG. I may even take it with me to the meeting tomorrow if I get enough setup done.
The plan is to switch hard drives on the old one and put the one I have been using in a USB case. The first program I will move over is Firefox. I have been moving Firefox from computer to computer for years now and don't expect any trouble. The trick is to install a fresh instance of Firefox, then copy over two folders to overwrite the new ones. The first folder is in Program Files. The second is in C:\Documents and Settings\(your name)\Application Data. These are also the folders you want to back up before you do something risky to your Firefox.
After that, there is not too much to do but install different programs as I need them. I have mostly been using the same tools for years so I have a pretty good idea by now how to preserve the settings. The thing I do not look forward to is beating the Windows settings into submission.
The laptop itself seems nice. It is not exactly like the one I have been using day after day. Perhaps I can forgive it if it is fast enough. The battery is huge and I may have settled for less juice in order to lighten it some. I may change my mind if I don't have to worry too much about plugging in while I am out.
The bad thing is I no longer have an excuse for not getting any work done.
I am happy with the way this whole weblog thing is working out. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to read. This is not the most serious blog on the intertubes, but I have made a few new friends with it. All the boys seemed to be able to find it once word got out that I was dynamite with a laser beam. Life is good.
It has been pointed out to me that the one thing I am missing in life is descriptive URLs. Well, ok, maybe a few other things too but I think that one tops the list. I am going to give it a try, and if this post generates an URL that satisfies The Ones In The Know then all posts after it will follow the same format. If not, I may just have to try again.
Yeah you guessed it, this is only a test.
Leave a comment if you like my nice new URL structure.
After all it is only a computer. Not a very good one, either, it is much older than what most people would call serviceable. The screen was scratched pretty bad when I first got it. I am all the time waiting for it to do something or other.
It is still one of the coolest things I ever owned.
I mean, the thing is tiny. It was too cool just to pick up and move over there. Balance it and the cat on my knee when I watched TV. Check my email at the coffee shop.
I guess I wore it out. It looks like the connector to the left mouse button is just gone. I could get it repaired, but it seems the money would be better spent on something more modern. The end of an era.
Funny thing is, computers like it are selling for the same price I paid for this one. Current versions sell for what I might pay for an automobile.
I mourn the loss of my friend.
The overwhelming number of domains registered every day will never add anything positive to the Internet. They will be used to host a script which will in turn list a large number of links on the home page. What's more, most of these domains will immediately be dropped during the five day grace period and the party registering the domain will pay no money at all. This is known as domain tasting. It is allowed to happen because the domains that do bring enough clicks on the displayed links to make a profit are picked up for a full year. The folks who make the rules earn a small profit on every domain registered.
I have a nice set of graphs as an example for those of you who are into that sort of thing.
There is also such a thing as domain tasting taken to the extreme, labeled domain kiting by GoDaddy's Bob Parsons. He blogged extensively about domain kiting on May 10, 2006, June 21, 2006 and June 4, 2007. What it boils down to is the registering party uses really good timing to tie up the domain for another 5 days still at no cost. They do this over and over.
The good news is that ICANN, or the people who make the rules for the .com and .net TLDs, is accepting comments about domain tasting until January 28, 2008. Please head on over there and voice your opinion.
I think domain tasting should be eliminated, or at least restricted. A small restocking fee would cut down much of the abuse. Domains used solely for advertising do not contribute to the Internet as a whole. It does cause major problems for folks who accidentally let their domain registrations lapse. Tasters tend to grab up all expiring domains, and if the former website got a fair amount of traffic the new owners would be likely to hang on to the domain after the grace period, or even demand high prices for it's return.
In related news, NetSol was recently accused of front-running, a practice similar to domain tasting. You can read a writeup at Mark Fulton's Dot Sauce, but basically NetSol was reserving every domain searched through it's server and releasing them after four days. The domains could still be registered by anyone, but only through NetSol. As far as I can tell they have stopped this practice. Domains searched at their website and reserved yesterday can still be purchased through them, but the page generated for that domain no longer says:
This Domain is Available - Get it Now!
600,000 domain names are registered daily! Don't delay; there's no guarantee that a domain name you see today will still be here tomorrow!
Buy a domain name as low as $19.99
but now reads:
This Site Is Under Construction and Coming Soon.
This Domain Is Registered with Network Solutions
A small but important change.
New searches do not seem to be reserved at all. This would have been a major problem had it continued, especially since NetSol charges many times over the going rate for domain registrations. If I am correct and this practice has been stopped, it is a positive sign that large companies will be kept in line.
This ain't funny. And it should not be this hard.
I beg the indulgence of the Twitterati. I do believe I have this thing worked out. Gonna try it now. Please register all complaints through the contact form.
What a day. It was not so much one of those days where I felt "In The Zone", but just a regular day with lots of hope.
The major event today was a meeting, and I had some things to do beforehand. I got things done here at the house, got things done in town, had a nice lunch with some great friends, and got to the meeting well in time.
The meeting went well too. I was mostly prepared, and caught up the slack by wowing them with technology (Thanks louie for the idea).
It looks real good for me to get an office. I need an office. The amount of paperwork I deal with is staggering for me.
Then, just when I am transferring to life from work, I get an email from the most respected Bryan Ruby asking for details so he can add me to his blogroll. I have been watching his blog since it's inception and I am so very impressed with Bryan's insights and dedication. I very much want to scream "I Am Not Worthy". Anybody visiting from CMS Report, welcome, and please accept this humble website as a Drupal equivalent to Blogspot, Wordpress, LJ, and anything like that, except with brass balls.
My other projects are going well. I was issued a challenge of sorts to build a website that can be updated by mobile phone. My efforts are working out and looking promising. I have not had any luck with voice updates, but the texting works just fine, thank you. I feel like I am working on something we will all take for granted in a couple of years.
These are exciting times. I am happy to be here to see it.
Let's just get one thing straight. When you sign up for Facebook, you agree to hand them the ownership of anything you add to their website. Actually I am not sure that a case of Facebook claiming to own your name and birthday would hold up in court, but their ownership stops very close to that point. A very recent Wired article describes the new Social Ads to be possibly an illegal practice. IANAL and even more to the point I can't afford to hire one, so my strategy will have to be not to share anything I value.
I am really not against Facebook at all. It does not add much value to my life and I rarely visit. I do hope people become more careful about where they put their stuffs. I also hope that people do not get turned off to social networks altogether. After all, I am building a social site that will be much better than Facebook and will allow you to own your own stuff.
I do want to point out that the policy of this particular blog more closely mirrors the one at Facebook. Join this blog and all your stuffs are belong to me.
Should I have pointed that out earlier?
Looks like this week's big news across the Blogosphere is about Scobelizer getting himself banned from Facebook. I don't really have much of an opinion about that right now, except to say that everybody knew Facebook was a walled garden going in. I have not wasted much time on Facebook anyway, Twitter and IconBuffet waste all of my free time anyway.
What I would like to comment on is the apparent hypocrisy of Facebook, as explained in this post from Paul Buchheit. I have experienced some issues with data portability recently. It is one of those things that is cool and creepy at the same time.
I did try out the find friends feature on Facebook. Lucky for me the concept of handing out my Gmail password to another website was enough to put me on guard. I did change my Gmail password immediately. Facebook does state "We won't store your login or password or email anyone without your permission." I did not trust that too much given the way Facebook works. Who knows if I have already given them that permission?
I immediately regretted my decision. I did find one friend out of my hundreds of contacts. The horrifying thing was that FB was all too eager to send an invitation to everyone I had ever sent an email to. Business contacts and everything. It was way too much work to keep this from happening.
Just to prove that I am a slow learner, I did the exact same thing when I was playing with my new VOIP program. I don't really remember if Gizmo tried to spam everybody in my address book or not, but what it did do was log me out of my other chat program and transfer my chats over to it's own interface. It is possible that it would have been a Good Thing, but I was not ready at that time to make that move. Took a dig through their forums to set things right.
I am not against data portability at all, but at the moment it is all too easy for me to alert people such as the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspector that I just purchased T-Rex's "Bang The Gong" from Amazon.com. Looks like I need to pay attention here.
BTW I think I do like the Gizmo VOIP program despite the chat hijacking. It might be even more fun if somebody I knew had it. I am not quite ready to post the number here, but maybe someday I will. In the meantime, you can contact me about it if you like.
Here I give you my phone number
When you worry call me
I make you happy