Wednesday, March 27, 2002

I can't believe I lasted this long with the control key in the wrong place but every time I spend just 1-2 hrs on a machine with the control key properly located next to the A, my left pinky is at ease again and it complains when I return to the windows layout.

So, finally, I installed a little utility called ctrl2cap I downloaded a while ago and I now have three control keys! I've lost my caps lock key, but I don't really care about that.

Monday, March 25, 2002

The PowerMate looks cool... a fancy metal volume control that sits on your desk that has a nifty glow about it.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Happy Birthday to me! It's also my nephew's first birthday. He and the rest of his family came to visit last weekend. We had three kids under 3 underfoot all weekend. It was lots of fun, but very hectic. The most amazing thing was that on Saturday we actually got all three kids to nap at the same time... and then all four parents napped, too.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Imagine reading these black-and-white words in color using only a differently wired brain. Some people do, according to this article from Kind of sounds like fun.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

It's chauvinistic, I think it's supposed to connect with people who really like a video game, it's a zipped mpeg and it's quite funny (in a politically incorrect sort of way).
Very nice graphics at Worlds Tallest Buildings Diagram. Use the search form at the bottom of the page to limit results to buildings in a geographic area or by use (e.g. office, residential) or status (e.g. built, construction, destroyed).

It doesn't seem to include some notable American cathedrals, e.g. St. John the Devine in NYC or Washington National Cathedral. The facts and figures page on the Washington National Cathedral's website doesn't give an exact height, but says "The Cathedral's center tower is as tall as a thirty-story building." which is certainly tall enough to be included in's database.

Monday, March 11, 2002

eBay Auction Tip - received in email, found on the 'net using google image search.

Friday, March 08, 2002

While surfing around for information about open source java platforms, I found a new way to web surf on the last line of this page of JOnAS documentation:
  1. start tomcat, using for example the script shown previously. It may be useful to run tomcat with a CLASSPATH upgraded with the .jar files of the beans used by servlets and JSPs, because for some reason, tomcat sometimes fails to find this .jar file in its lib directory.
  2. start the EJBServer
  3. Use your brother to access the welcome page, usually index.html
Another fun, comprehensive reference site: The Worldwide Holiday & Festival Site
Real men play pong to the pain.

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

Further adventures in the truly pointless... take a speech synthesizer, the source for linux and broadcast it over the internet