Hail to the Redskins! :-)

Washington 17, Pittsburgh 10
Okay, so I’ll gloat for a moment, only because I know Chris over at DeckMoney.com is probably feeling kind of down after Washington’s overpowering defense. Granted, I’ll admit, I didn’t see the game, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express, oh wait, nevermind 😉
It’s nice to read through a recap and see that your starting quarterback is starting to get a little praise from the press and that he’s not getting beat up both on and off the field anymore. I’m stoked about this season, even if pre-season has been pathetic.


Google Talk with Trillian Pro

If you’re like me and you read something from Smash World regarding Google Talk / Jabber Server, then you’re probably wondering, “But how do I connect?”

If you’re looking for information on how to connect using something like AdiumX or gAIM, check out my buddy Chris’s site here.

However, if you’re curious about something like Trillian Pro with Jabber plugin.

First, make sure that you’ve got the download from Trillian. Next go to “Trillian” -> “Connections” -> “Manage Connections”. Choose the Identity that you would like to add the account to by selecting “Add a new connection”. Remember to select the Jabber protocol when adding the account. Put in your e-mail address (full thing, including the “@gmail.com”). Put in your password, and then select “Change”.

Server Host: talk.google.com
Authenticate As: Just your username (not including the @gmail.com)

Press Save Settings. Get ready to rock and roll.

If you’d like to use Google Talk, but don’t have a GMail/Google account, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment (binarybrewery@gmail.com).

Update @ 11:16 PM ET
Received this message from Google…

“[23:16] gmail.com: The broken link has been fixed. Thanks for being our first users!”

Update @ 12:48 AM ET
Did a little Googling and found this over at GMailInvitation.com. Is this the real deal?

[Sparks Fly – David Crowder Band – Illuminate (0:18)]

Time to Wipe Away the Controversy

Wi-Fi Speed Spray Dramatically Increase Data Throughput

So I saw this on a blog that I read on a regular basis and I was astounded to think that someone would actually try to make a buck off of those that aren’t quite as well educated as the rest of us. Don’t get me wrong, I do know that there are solutions which you can spray on say metal objects which will clear them of negative electrical charge, but something like this where you spray a solution (which for all you know is toilet water with 2000 flushes mixed in) into the air just makes me wonder how gullable people are.
Thinking from a physics perspective, a saturation of the mist sprayed from the bottle would then cause most people to cough and choke, depending on the molecular and chemical make up of the spray. If though the fluid were able to somehow hover in the air in which the system of transmitter and receivers was located it would either cause more interference or could act as water does, conducting electricity between two metal rods with opposite polarizations. This hypothesis is highly unlikely though as it would also mean that electricity would have a good chance of arcing through the fluid as well. Something that would be highly interesting though is if one was able to make said molecules hover in the air and then find their frequencies and harmonics of oscillation, attempting to make the air itself shake.

[Listening to: Round Midnight – Play – Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea (8:00)]

Google Desktop Beta 2

Just around 2 o’clock today as I was sitting in my office, a colleague, Ro, knocked on my door with an ecstatic smile on his asking how I liked the new Google Desktop. I looked at him and said, “No way.” Quickly I was off, tickling the keyboard, quickling navigating to the Google Desktop homepage.
Needless to say I’m blown away by the interface and the fact that it sits there riding the side of the screen. After having Google come out with the customized search page and Microsoft quickly come alongside and copy it using similar tools (Ajax, DHTML, etc.). That being said, I’m curious to see what Microsoft has up their sleeves.
Foreward thinking though, with Microsoft cornering the market with Visual Studio .NET, I’m curious if Google is going to go and invest in the Mono project or something else and begin to craft its own web accessible IDE. Oh well, just a crazy thought I thought to throw out there.

Back to School… C# Style

So I decided that I would try to make myself a little more intelligent and decided it was time to formalize some skills (no not nunchuks, sorry) and looked around for some classes to take this Fall. Well, I looked at GMU and found that it probably wasn’t going to happen mostly because their course costs are pretty expensive (granted, I could easily request the company for which I am employed by to pay for them) but I figure that I don’t mind picking up the tab this go round.
So I’m enrolled as a part time student at Northern Virginia Community College where I’m taking a class on the C# programming language, a part of the .NET framework. I know that there are a few people that might read this and think that I’ve slipped to the dark side. Fear not, just like Professor Snape I’m not really a member of the dark side… or am I 😉
Nonetheless, the class looks to be a decent one and the instructor is quite knowledgable in the area of Object Oriented Programming having authored one book entitled C++ For Artists: The Art, Philosophy, and Science of Object-Oriented Programming distributed by Pulp Free Press and working on another entitled Java for Artists.
The class over all seems to be knowledgable in the area of programming, but there are a few folks that I think is definitely cause some mental anguish to. So if you’re curious why I’m never around on Monday nights, you now know why.

[Listening to: Even From Me – Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea – 6:34]

Hard Drive Crash

So Friday night, I downloaded a plugin for the Google Desktop Search that was supposed to go through my harddrives and search for all images, make thumbnails and make them searchable. Now sure, you’re probably thinking, why not just use Picasa for all images. And you’re right, I should probably just use that in the future, but I got giddy and wanted to test this out.
Please note that the plugin for GDS was in Beta.
So I came back upstairs after watching The Italian Job and my computer was frozen. I eventually was able to get control back but it seemed to be giving me cacheing errors related to my D: (the secondary drive, 160GB with a bunch of images and documents and what not on it).
So I rebooted, alas, it had all sorts of file record errors. I wouldn’t let it go any further, brought the computer up in safe mode and it would seem that Windows no longer recognizes the drive. Not good.
So course of action — ordering a duplicate harddrive of what I have for my master harddrive, actually ordering two of them, creating a raid 1 array on them and using that strictly as a data set for the purposes of proctection. Ordering a pair of Hitachi 160GB ATA150 SATA drives from NewEgg.com and hopefully will be able to install them this coming weekend. Additionally I’m ordering a SATA drive enclosure in hopes that I can still salvage some of the data off the D drive.
Anyone else ever have a problem like this?

[Listening to: Show Me Love – Building 429 – Space In Between Us (3:41)]