coding in the ivory tower

My favorite IM client, recently renamed to Pidgin, also recently released a new beta version that diverges significantly from previous behavior and appearance. I get the impression, looking at their site, that this is to be treated as a near-release candidate. One of the devs points out in his blog that there’s a current hot […]

PS/2 keyboard port RIP

Dear lazyweb, The PS/2 keyboard port decided it was done being useful when I powered on my desktop this morning. After being taken to the cleaners by Best Buy (misnomer, ha!) for a PS/2 -> USB adapter, I’m back up and working. Should I worry about other failures following close on this one? I’m not […]

incorrect times in Windows?

Are you wondering why your XP Home or other Windows system seems to have missed the update for DST changes? I was, until I went to the Windows Update site and checked what I was missing. I don’t have automatic updates enabled, to prevent Microsoft pushing their pet projects like IE7 on me as “critical” […]

word count FTW

tech Power Up! writes: The coolers use heatpipes to transfer heat from the GPU to a large radiator-like surface that covers the whole video card. Yeah, we call that a <Dr . Evil finger quotes>heat sink</finger quotes> in tech geek lingo. Maybe you’re paid by word count. Whatever. If you are looking for additional cooling […]

Clue for the Day

Instant messaging clients are designed to be an interruption source. If you’re using a DND (“do not disturb”) status message, you’re better off just logging out of the client. I’m going to message you anyway, on the reasonable assumption that if you’re connected to the service, you want some IMs. NB: This is not directed […]

is ZDNet full of it?

I’m tired already of headlines like these. Is Firefox 2.0 a dud? Is Firefox 2.0 a dud? Are users better avoiding it and waiting until a future build? Are too many of the new features buggy and incomplete and is the browser overall more unstable that previous versions? What about Firefox on Vista? This is […]

u there?

When I use instant messaging applications, I don’t make them lie about whether I’m idle, away, or otherwise. The whole point of presence information is to convey something meaningful to anyone interested in communicating with the user. I like this idea, so if I don’t want to be bothered, I go “away” or logout. The […]