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Damon Condemns Palin [10 Sep 2008|11:12pm]

You GO Matt!!!
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DDNC [21 Oct 2007|12:35am]
Ah, that's better...
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One mans solution to feeding the homeless [13 Jul 2007|06:07pm]
[ mood | amused ]

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Out of Character/mind/patience/beer/answers/misery/space [04 Apr 2007|06:00pm]
[ mood | gigity gigity goo ]

Anyone who knows me knows I am not one to praise MS (that's Microsoft for the non-geek), but when it comes to setting up a Blackberry to reconcile email through a BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) with Exchange everything just works. I have had to do the same thing with Lotus Notes and it was a pain in the ass. Now granted it may be because the Notes server was configured for shit, and the person I worked with never bothered to fix it in the two plus years he "maintained" it, but that's another story. It was as easy to setup as putting in the disc, pick BES, pick Exchange, reconcile with Outlook, sync sync sync, and done. Then of course set personal prefs, but that was it.

A close friend of mine once said to me "Making fun of Lotus Notes is like making fun of a retarded kid", and I think I have to agree.

Thanks for reading.

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March 14... that must mean... [14 Mar 2007|05:31pm]

and by a happy coincidence, steak is what I am making for dinner.

MMMMMM... desert.
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[02 Feb 2007|11:10am]
Well, the time off was nice, but I am back to work next week. The job is great! I will be building networks again. WOOT!!!
PLUS, I am working close to home, I am practically in walking distance to the office (just not in the winter).

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curious... [06 Nov 2006|08:31pm]
[ mood | curious ]

at what point is it time to give up on something, be it a person, place, or thing? is it when the music dies, when the fat lady sings... is it when opportunity knocks... i'm not sure. i am however sure of one thing, change. it is the only constant in the universe. and the only thing that can be depended on. even if its effect may allude the simplicity of the complex human mind.

i believe the winds are stirring, and the only thing determining their direction is the way i am facing when they arrive. and since i have always considered myself to be forward minded, i am confident i will receive a push to the posterior.

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not like the Dickens... [28 Sep 2006|08:30pm]
if someone is drinking and doing construction, and they say to you "don't worry I build like the dickens when I drink". I think it's important to remind them that Dickens was a writer....

love ya dee, be careful..
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A "RE-quote of the day" [27 Sep 2006|02:16pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

ya know, i feel i'm beginning to do this too much, but here goes... a quote from Bill Hicks, comedian (and in my opinion, prophet).

"not all drugs are good, some of them are great"

any questions?

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sad to unsad. [11 Sep 2006|06:03pm]
[ mood | so much better. ]

it's just amazing how much better i can feel after just hearing my wifes voice on the phone.

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[25 Aug 2006|12:41pm]
Happy B-day Danyelle!! (of course i had no idea, just saw yer man's post)
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oh well, we had a good run, i guess... [21 Aug 2006|11:32pm]
Nuclear Holocaust starts tomorrow: WSJ
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this post brought to you by the letters D R M... [21 Aug 2006|08:24pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

i was just reading an article on arstechnica entitled Most DVR owners watch live TV and it was talking about how nielson has started to track DVR data and according to the reasearch, DVR owners watch more live tv (hence the title). well, from this article, there was a link to a story on wash post entitled pausing the panic. it talks about how Tivo is working with advertisers.

so what, right... ok, stay with me for a second. according to the second article, advertisers will start to do things like add easter-eggs in commercials this fall. what's an easter-egg you may wonder... well, it's like a little toy surprise in a box of candy. sort of, but for geeks. it's usually some little program hidden inside of another program. the hidden program is activated by a series of key presses from inside the host program. if you don't get it, just google it there are plenty of pages dedicated to the subject.

anyway, these easter-eggs will be put in place specifically for dvr owners. the hope is that instead of trying to fast forward commercials, they will get the easter-egg, IF they go through the commercials frame by frame (this makes sence if the viewer has a commercial DVR because THEY don't have commercial skip anymore). another tactic advertisers will use is a logo that remains on screen for the entirety of the commercial. the idea being that even if DVR owners do fast forward they will still see the logo at some point and remember it.

i know i must be getting boring by now, but if you know me, you know i have a point to get to, so stick with me a little while longer.

the first question that popped into my head was "how is nielson getting this data?" well, i haven't followed the progress of tivo for quite some time, but last i read, tivo tracks user viewing habits. with that in mind, how much of a stretch is it that cable and satelite providers who have added DVR capabilities to there settop boxes would do the same thing? i'm gonna go out on a limb here and say not much (again, google it).

almost there....

now i hate commercials, as do most people i know. so why would i pay a company to track my viewing habits, and force feed me something i hate? me, i don't. i built my own DVR entirely with open source software. this means i am not bound by my service provider, and yeah, they may know some of what i watch, because i have a digital cable box... maybe. but my dvr has 3 tuners 2 for analog recording (like connecting the cable directly to a "cable ready" tv) and 1 for digital (that's the cable box). and while they may be able to track the digital viewing, i do not believe the analog can be because of the way it is transmitted (please tell me if you know differently).

OK OK, so what the hell does all this mean?

here goes... if the company you get your DVR from can track your viewing habits (especially your pay per view porn) than it is also "possible" to decide not only what you can record, but how long you are aloud to keep it. not only that, but they can decide what you can fast forward through and what you MUST watch.

and now the grand finally...

so what you say, you will have to sit through the commercials and easter-eggs too. and to that i say NOPE. while most of the world will continue to have content shoved down their collective throats, i will just need to add a plugin to my DVR that will sence the logos and easter-eggs and still by pass them. that is unless the media providers get their wish and close the analog hole. it has been tried more than once, and so far has not happened. if you want freedom to watch what you want, when you want, don't by their crap. and more importantly fight FOR the analog hole.

oh, and did i mention i can watch what i record via the web, and i expect to have lighting control and home security working soon as well. stay tuned.

i now return you to your regularly scheduled commercial viewing....

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[21 Aug 2006|05:22pm]
Schools ban hoodies, say they hide identity


OK, hoodies CAN hide someones identity. that much i agree with. however, so can umbrellas, books, backpacks, news papers, and any number of other things. banning hoodies and other "nonreligious" head-coverings is not only stupid, it shows favoritism. agree or disagree, it doesn't matter to me. i went through a school system that made up rediculous rules. i fought against them and had no problem being told not to return without a parent (fortunately for me i had a decent support structure).
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[02 Jul 2006|03:45pm]
I just heard about Bagel's passing. My deepest sympathies go out to Moira and his family.

You were my roxy brother, or so we would tell them... may the road ahead bring you peace.
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[02 Jul 2006|03:26pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

I have a wife!!! And she is stunning, I can't wait until we get some of the pictures back.

I must have looked awestruck when they opened the doors, and she began her journey down the isle.

It's like I told my mother the night before when she asked me if I was nervous, I said "it's like when i used to have a big test coming up, i'll get nervous when pencil hits paper" (and i did).

There can be no other for me, she is my all.

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[11 May 2006|10:10pm]
[ mood | powermad ]

there are worse things than being in the office with a guinness, sour dough pretzels, and a 20Gb iriver...

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[25 Apr 2006|12:05am]
i love going to the local... i don't do it often, but when i go, i have such a good time. from listening to the local band (by the way, babe, i found out where that business card came from), to seeing old friends. it really does exemplify what is meant by community. and somehow, i'm a part of it. there are just so few places in this area you can have a stellar burger, see a great band, and watch a couple playing chess and a game of cards... all in the same room!

but maybe that's just how i see it, your mileage may vary.
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[20 Apr 2006|11:42am]
further proof that religion, and being a good person do NOT go hand in hand...

now if i could just shake that "original guilt" i was given through adolescents i'd be set.
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[20 Apr 2006|09:55am]
so, it turns out that according to the Machiavelli personality test at Salon.com i fall under "high Mach"...

how about U?
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