Archive for April, 2005

Hootie

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Ok, so it’s a quiet Saturday night at home, and I’m messing around on my laptop and I get this grand idea of rummaging through my iTunes playlist…and I find Hootie and the Blowfish…so decidedly getting nostalgic for golf rock and 1996, I start playing Cracked Rear View…and wondering where Hootie has gotten to.

So, yes Virginia, there is an official Hootie Web site and apparently the guys are going on tour playing some third tier places this summer.

A road trip is in order my friends…

idiot

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Thanks to the Canadian dialup IP 142.161.182.213, who couldn’t figure out a way to hack into my site, so s/he tried to request my password from my hosting company.

Cute.

that works for me

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

My second mention in a slashdot comment this month.

make fire with chocolate and a soda can

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

No, seriously…I know what I’m packing the next time I go hiking…mmmm chocolate…..

Congrats to a long time blog friend

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

I just wanted to give a quick congrats to a long time blog friend dragonblink who was memepooled for his Starbucks Drinks Page.

I found him first though…..nyah nyah.

oh cry me a river…

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Baltimore Sun : Trust busters are going after real estate establishinment

THE JUSTICE Department has two blunt warnings for the American home real estate establishment:

Do not block efforts to save consumers money through rebates of real estate commissions.

Do not stand in the way of discount “fee-for-service” firms that will list sellers’ properties for a fixed-dollar amount, but not perform all the traditional brokerage services such as holding open houses or advising on buyers’ offers.

A week earlier, the Justice Department sued the Kentucky Real Estate Commission, a regulatory body dominated by state realty association board members, for prohibiting brokers from giving customers rebates on sales commissions.

The department also has stepped up the pace of its investigation of the National Association of Realtors’ rules covering online access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) databases for possible antitrust violations.

In the suit filed against Kentucky, Hewitt accused the real estate commission board members of conspiring with themselves “and others” to “unreasonably restrain competition” in the state by banning brokers from offering commission rebates to clients.

Among the best known of these firms are ZipRealty, a Web-oriented full-service brokerage that rebates 20 percent of its commission to homebuyers, and RealEstate.com, an affiliate of LendingTree.com, that offers $1,000 rebates in the form of gift cards redeemable for merchandise at Home Depot and other stores.

Hewitt quoted comments made to Justice Department investigators by Kentucky Realtors who opposed competitors offering commission rebates. “I think this would just take money right out of our pocket,” said one. “We work too hard to give it away,” said another. “I am for the [rebate ban] as it stands now. If inducements were allowed, they could lead to competitive behavior.”

Realtors…one of my least favorite subjects. A few years ago, when I was buying a home, I had quite the education in Realtor behavior — in a hot seller’s market at that. I learned such things as the ability to keep houses off of MLS for a few days after listing, and so forth. After dealing with realtors, I wound up buying a home FSBO — which is doable, but admittedly time consuming.

So, with the fact that buying a home is time consuming, you would think that realtors and the realtor lobby wouldn’t have to undermine competitive behavior.

mood: happy

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

It’s not just because I grabbed a triple venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks this morning either. ;-)

Also, I had the opportunity to try the pure goodness of a Boddington’s…yummy.

FlashBlock

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

God’s gift to Web browsing…FlashBlock for Firefox.

I only wish they had a Safari equivalent.

hacker high n tight

Monday, April 18th, 2005

U.S. Military’s Elite Hacker Crew from Wired

In simple terms and sans any military jargon, the unit could best be described as the world’s most formidable hacker posse. Ever.

The JFCCNW is charged with defending all Department of Defense networks. The unit is also responsible for the highly classified, evolving mission of Computer Network Attack, or as some military personnel refer to it, CNA.

But aside from that, little else is known. One expert on cyber warfare said considering the unit is a “joint command,” it is most likely made up of personnel from the CIA, National Security Agency, FBI, the four military branches, a smattering of civilians and even military representatives from allied nations.

Hackers in uniform… what’s not to like about this? :-D

just wanted to note

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

That this blog is not currently blocked by the Chinese Internet Censoring Authorities…as evidenced by a visitor who wanted to find out how to
download from iTunes.

fraidy cat tech columnists

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Whenever I read, John Fried’s tech column in the Inquirer [real cities reg required], I just get to wondering if he’s afraid of actually advising someone to use a Mac since he always has to end his if you switch to a Mac answer with this….

The vast majority of virus and spyware attacks are on Windows. But you should still protect your PowerBook with a firewall, an antivirus program and antispyware software.

I mean, I just wonder how many of my readers are using a Mac based antivirus program and Mac based antispyware program???

impressions of adobe golive

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Now I’m obviously not a noted design maven, but this is a pretty crappy implementation of Adobe GoLive.