Category Archives: Tech
Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this posted. Recorded almost a week ago! That’s how busy this week has been I guess with Luke’s swim lessons, big promotions at work, and birthday parties. It was a good one though as M.Carver joins us as a fellow old dude. I get interrupted a few times for baby stuff, but all in all, it was a fun show!
Biebs and I cranked out another podcast. Hopefully this continues to be a weekly feature. Head on over to joshbieber.com to see what his site is all about.
This week we talked about copyright law, Valve supporting Linux, Lots of Guild Wars 2 info for the upcoming Beta weekend.
If you are going to be playing GW2 we’ll be playing on the Vasburg server. So come find us!
Take a look at this video. This is a super old commercial from the 90’s, but might remind you of an ad campaign you’ve seen recently.
Andrea just finished building Mom a new computer. I had nothing to do with it. She ordered all the parts, and assembled the whole thing. She did a perfect job too from what I can tell!
Aye carrumba. What a crazy few weeks it’s been. I haven’t posted, and really I haven’t been online much at all. The biggest factor has been the promotion I got at work. Our Operations Manager took a new job so I had the opportunity to move up to that position. It’s going to be a new challenge, and one I think I’m definitely ready for. But right now, I’m still carrying a lot of my old duties while we get people trained and it’s a lot of extra hours for now. Eventually though it won’t be too bad.
A family friend, Dave Boyce died this past week and I was hoping we could make it up for the funeral in Woodlawn. I was hoping we could make it up, but our Camaro giveaway and the extra workload would have made it real crazy. I wasn’t that close to him personally, but he’s one of those guys that I just remember always being around when I was a kid and always there whenever I went back to Sabetha. It just goes to show ya that we could all take our last ride any day.
I’ve been walking to work alot lately. It’s only about 5 blocks from the house so 10 minutes is about my daily commute by foot. I don’t know if it’s really contributed, but I’ve lost about 5 pounds in the last month. The last few days have been so damn hot though, 100+ and if I walk home for lunch, I’m just a stinky sweaty mess by the time I get back to work. And nobody wants that.
I finally broke down and got a smart phone. The HTC Hero. Andrea has been dead-set on an Android phone since Nextech Wireless got them in. And I’ll admit, I’ve been sorta itching to jump on the smartphone bandwagon. Having my gmail and calendar with me all the time is REALLY attractive. So I’ve been messing with it for a while so far and really been liking it. The typing on the touchscreen is going to take some getting used to though.
So I think I’m just laying low this weekend. Kinda re-grouping. I have tons around here that needs done, but none of it right away. So for now, back to piddling with this damn phone!
Back when Internet Explorer and Netscape were duking it out, so were search sites like Excite, Lycos, and Altavista. I remember much debate over which search site was the best. Of course I always preferred the one that ranked my Helen Hunt website the highest at the time. Ha ha!
Search sites were truly awful back then. If you don’t believe me, head over to the current Excite.com website and search for anything you might search for today. Excite has updated their search algorithms as much as they’ve updated their homepage in the last 10 years is seems.
Of course in addition to searching, Excite was a mish-mash of all sorts of information and services. I used to have an Excite e-mail address, custom Excite homepage, and even used good old Excite Chat, also known as Virtual Places (VP).
VP was basically just a chat program that used webpages as the chat rooms. They had a bunch of specific Excite Super Chat pages with themed backgrounds for whatever your interest happened to be (though any URL on the internet could be a chatroom). And upon entering any of these rooms you were thrown into the jungle of random immaturity, heated arguments, and suggestive (or sometimes just plain explicit) chatting. I suppose the internet hasn’t changed much in that regard.
The part that makes it memorable for me though are all the little avatars folks would use. Tiny little images there were about half the size of a postage stamp that you could create and little speech bubbles would pop out of them as you chatted. You could move them around the screen. Usually to harass other users as you changed your avatar to something like “LOSER” with an arrow pointing at the avatar next to you. Then watch as they try to move away from you.
Of course Excite.com was a casualty of the “Dot Com Bust”. And once Google picked up steam, I know I for one left those old search engines behind and never looked back. But it’s interesting to look back and see how the online landscape has changed in such a short amount of time. Then we all pretty much consumed content that was created and placed in front of us. And now-a-days it’s all about user generated stuff like YouTube and Facebook. Stuff like the dancing baby and fart soundboards are relegated to e-mail forwards and internet obscurity.
But don’t forget those simpler times. When sites like Excite had EVERYTHING you’d EVER need!
Well I’ve been wanting to build a nostalgia machine for a while. I don’t really have all the pieces I need, so I created a virtual install of Windows 98. (I wanted to install Windows 95, but I couldn’t find an install disc anywhere!) It’s not QUITE the same. I mean with the LCD monitor and the laser mouse and all. Nothing really is ever going to bring back the experience of chatting in ICQ or the Excite chat rooms. Or seeing “This site is best viewed in Internet Explorer 4. 600×800 resolution.” Those days are long lost, left only to my somewhat blurry memory.
The Wayback Machine has been helpful to some extent, but I wish there was a way to route all traffic through archived sites. That sounds like more work than I’m willing to put forth.
It has been fairly nostalgic though flipping through all the old built in wallpaper patterns. Enjoying the retro screen savers like 3-D maze, and 3-D pipes. If it was 3-D it was friggin’ awesome! I might have to install my copy of Unreal Tournament to really relive the experience. Software rendering FTW!