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Thursday, August 28, 2003

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Bytes for Kids

There is almost no feeling grander than introducing a young child to computers for the first time. My grandson's mom is working on completing her high school studies. Some of her course work requires her to be online which points out the pervasiveness of the internet into all sorts of areas of life.

Her oldest son Jeffery at three, is learning to use a mouse for the first time. It is a interesting experience watching the look on his face as he learns to move the mouse rather than picking it up.

Since I do a lot of forklift upgrades, (load all the old stuff on a forklift and bring in new stuff) I end up with a lot of parts I turn into machines that clients can donate to their favorite causes. I still end up with a lot of parts that don't match or are really old. (got some 32 pin 1MB simms for example) I built this machine out of spare parts that I have laying around. The donors are too many to list here, but they will know that they are doing good things.


The last two weeks has been spent updating and upgrading client machines and OS's. Thank you to the prick who invented SoBig. This has pushed back a number of projects. Among them is building Linux/Samba Servers to replace NT and Win 2000 Servers.

I am currently testing Win2000 Pro as service pack 4 is out. Never test a Microsoft product until SR4 is out. I have found that this is a mile stone event, whereby the OS has reached a point in it's life that 'stability' in as much you can apply that to any MS product has an almost even chance of not ruining your life by having 'issues' as a result of 'enhancements' caused by 'features'. Amazing how one company can turn positives into negatives.

Win2000 is really NT '5' under the hood once you get past all the crap. NT works well as a file server which is what it should be doing. Shares and Permissions are a PITA, but we will iron out these wrinkles as well over time.

On the upside it does manage memory better and is not as prone to needing rebooting as often as Win98 does. Having to need three screens to unplug my camera or other USB devices is a bit much though.


Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02

One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.

p i x e l v i e w

Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.

p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with Mitch Ratcliffe
read here - go there

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