I got a Sock Monkey kit for Christmas. It contained a pair of socks, some thread, needles, some fabric and sewing instructions.
He's named for the Top Banana, Milton Berle. He's a little lumpy, his ears uneven and his hat's a bit too large. But, he's my monkey.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Hooray! Santa brought me a Wii for Christmas. Boo! Attempting to connect to the internet gave me error code 52030.
The set up I have is a Wii and a D-Link WBR-2310 wireless router. Usually, this router just works without any problems. But, it sure didn't like my Wii. I went through a whole swath of experiments with the settings, but I could not find a solution.
However, after a while, it occurred to me that I should try a firmware update for the router. And, Hurray! the firmware upgrade fixed it all. Now, I can enjoy the best weather forecast available and participate in odd polls.
So the lesson is, the D-Link WBR-2310 with firmware 1.02 does not work with the Wii, but upgrading to 1.04 does.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
After snooping around for what the problem is, I found a few web pages that suggested reducing the catalog size. Yes, I did have a large number of items in my catalogue. Therefore, I promptly unchecked many of the items in my catalogue and issued a rescan command. However, contrary to my expectations, this had no noticeable effect.
Apparently deselecting items does not actually remove them. The whole lot is still sitting in memory. They are only cleared out after Quicksilver is shut down and restarted. Ugh. That's the way I had to fix things on my old operating system.
Gripe aside, here's the lesson. To really fix a dawdling Quicksilver, pare down your catalogue and restart the application.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
It turns out that there are a number of available tools to rotate movies. I'm sure that most top-end movie editors can do this, but iMovie doesn't. QuickTime Pro can, but I don't want to shell out for the pro tools just for a simple edit.
The solution I found is to use BitPlayer, a simple video player with the abilities to apply some transformations and re-encodings. All we have to do is rotate the video in the playback display and export it with the current settings applied. All very simple!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Now this is an interesting little thing. Somehow this cool little photo of a nifty tiny robot shot up to be the most viewed photo on my Flickr stream. I have no idea how that happened. I never promoted this photo, sent it to any groups. It's yet to be favourited or showcased anywhere. But somehow, it is my most viewed photo.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The Stamps took a nice 37-9 victory over the Ti-Cats yesterday. Looks like Calgary is off to a fine start and Hamilton still has to work out their issues from last year. Meanwhile, BC squeaked past Toronto, the Pegs tied Deadmonton and Sask beat Montreal. All in all, an interesting first set of matches.
So, what's your outlook on this season?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
There is photocast trick over on Mac OS X Hints, but that has the limitation of only using recent photos out of a Flickr stream. I would really like to pull random photos out of my Flickr photostream, just like John's Background Switcher does. I'd also like to have some specific Flickr interaction, like jumping to the displayed photo, or showing the most interesting photos.
Unfortunately, I just can't find a good application on the Mac to do this. Thus, my only solution is to write one! I think that this should be a relatively simple application when it's done; however, discovering the most elegant way to put this together will be a small adventure. It should be fun and a good way to explore some of the principles of Mac development.
We'll all just have to see how this develops.
To keep the information about this project separate from the miscellaneous clutter of this blog, I've started a new blog specifically to journal my progress. You can visit this project journal at http://flickrdesktop.blogspot.com.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Update: Final score of 4-2. A great victory for our boys. The fantastic work by Pryce had a lot to do with it.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Installing ispell isn't too difficult, though it's not trivial either. The first requirement is that Cygwin needs to be installed, or at least, the cygwin1.dll shared library needs to be somewhere accessible. Once Cygwin is installed, you can download ispell. See the README file for instructions. Do make sure to follow the instructions! Especially, do not forget to set the variable DICTDIR. It's easy with the instructions, but skipping a step can result in odd errors.
Afterwards, ispell can be invoked on the current Emacs buffer with the simple command M-x ispell.