Monthly Archives: June 2005

An evening of spyware, pizza and podcasting

Tom and David
Originally uploaded by CaptQuirk.

Last night, I went over to Tom Wright’s to help him rid his computer of spyware because his system had become so sluggish that he could hardly get anything done. David, shown here in November ’04 photo with Tom, has recently rented a room from Tom (to help ease the general financial burden on both of them) and he was there as well. We had fun with the project, though much remains yet undone. I was able to help speed up the system a bit, but we ran out of time before I got everything accomplished.

I have always enjoyed visiting Tom’s home because it so evidently reflects his interests and his personality. In an older section of Knoxville near the downtown area, it is neat and tastefully decorated and a tribute to his talent for making it his own.

We ordered pizza to be delivered (it’s apparently an unwritten rule that geeks always have to eat pizza when they are working on such a project), and after we had devoured as much as we wanted, Jack (the cat) came in, pounced up on the counter and, in what Tom described as a “cat-off,” the left-over pepperoni was the cat’s choice.

It was a fun evening with friends on a sultry night in Knoxville. I was even able to rope them into listening to an example or two of my podcasts and thereby introduce them to podcasting. That experience evolved into a spontaneous kind of mini-focus-group about the names of software programs that intimidate the non-geek population and how they might be better named to make them more approachable for that segment of the computer-using world. I’ll most certainly be sharing those observations with James Prudente, as he is nearing the release of MixCast Live 1.0.


Test post of image

This post is simply a test to experiment with Blogger’s addition of the ability to post an image.

This image illustrates the options available in Firefox.

This is the way I have my tabbed browsing set up.

Thank you, Blogger Support

At long last, I heard from Blogger Support and they have posted a work-around for the “bug” I discovered in their handling of templates. They suggested that I insert some code into my template that seems to have resolved the problem I’ve had for the last three days. Hooray!!! My faith in Blogger is restored.

Day three, and still no Blogger support response

To my consternation, I still haven’t heard any response to my plea for help from Blogger support, aside from their automated acknowledgement of having received it. This post will reveal, no doubt, that the problem still persists.

Meanwhile on other fronts, I have recorded a 10-minute podcast response to James’ efforts while attending Gnomedex over this past weekend. You can listen to it, if you wish, by clicking this link, and in this link, you can hear James’ response. These podcasts are part of a series of podcasts in which those of us who are using MixCast Live and are participating in an audio discussion about the product/service and our use of it. To listen to any individual podcast in that series, just click on the M3U button beside the podcast you want to hear. It will download a small playlist that will start up your MP3 player, probably Windows Media Player, to stream the podcast to your system.

As James indicated toward the end of his comment in response to my podcast, I really need to produce a more general podcast for you, my loyal readers of this blog. Look for that real soon now, perhaps in the next couple of days. And thanks for continuing to tune into this blog, despite its currently unsightly appearance.

Still no personalize response from Blogger support

This post will reveal whether yesterday’s posting problem, in which the title of the text and the body of it are separated by an amount of white space that equals the height of the sidebar on the right, still persists.

I find it quite frustrating that the way this is displaying is not at all what I intend. I’m sure Blogger support has other fish to fry, but they need to reach the point they can respond to emails from individual users within a 24 hour period. An automated, canned response directing the user to answers to some of the more commonly occurring problems is certainly better than nothing, but it isn’t sufficient.

I’ve got to believe that what I am seeing is something that has occurred before and that it can be fixed easily. But when and how?