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  • Google to Release Application Bundle Tomorrow

    From Ars Technica (full article here):

    …Google will also take the wraps off of "Google Pack," a bundle of applications that will be made available for download in a single installation bundle. Sources tell us that Google pack will feature a Google-tweaked version of Firefox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, antivirus software from Symantec, AdAware, Trillian, and Google's own offerings, including Google Desktop Search, Picasa, Google Earth, Google Talk, and all of the toolbar action you can shake a stick at. Oh, and I left out one other item: the RealPlayer.

    This is the first interesting piece of news to come out of the Google camp for a while (what with the L.A. Times really dropping the ball recently).  I use all of the software in that list except for AdAware and RealPlayer (my first reaction to seeing RealPlayer in the bundle is probably the same one any readers of this will have, but Google probably had no choice as they would have had to approach either Apple or MS which would create a strong branding conflict, though they could have perhaps used WinAmp which while owned by AOL, still has a brand separate of that…who knows), and I’m a huge Google fan, so it’ll be interesting to see what they’ve done to tie in their services to these applications.

    I do realize I didn’t mention anything about the first half of the article (the Google video stuff); I’m simply not interested in it whatsoever.

  • News of the Disgusting

    I try not to link to plain news stories, but this is just flat out disgusting (and therefore worth blogging about).  From the article:

    Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a clan bred through incest, was convicted Friday of murdering nine of his children, whose bodies were found in a bloody pile last year at the end of a police standoff.

    Wesson's conviction on nine counts of first-degree murder makes him eligible for the death penalty. He also was found guilty on all 14 counts of raping and molesting seven of his underage daughters and nieces.

    In the words of Jules Winnfield; “This is some fucked up repugnant shit.”  I simply can’t even begin to fathom what possesses some people to act the way they do.  The article also mentions that his family (I'm assuming the members he didn't kill) still supports him?  At some point you really have to just walk away…let it go man.  Bleh.

  • .Text .95 to Community Server 2.0 Migration Assistant

    Shannon asks me the other day (general wording is mine, not his):

    Will there be an option for all the .Text holdouts who didn’t want to move to Community Server 1.0?  Will we have to upgrade to an interim build first and then to 2.0, or can we go straight from .Text .95 to CS 2.0?

    First off, I’m ecstatic that he’s considering the move over to the CS platform as obviously it’s a kickass product, and .Text is largely dead (though subText seems to be doing pretty well).  Second, that’s a fantastic question:  I wrote my own migration tool back when CS1.0 was released that was essentially a database to database migration using DTS; Kevin Harder came along and trumped me with a very nice tool of his own that used the CS API to migrate the data, which became the defacto migration tool in the community and was generally easier to use and less error prone.

    So I emailed Kevin and asked him just that…the answer is a resounding yes that he’ll be updating his migration tool to support a .Text .95 to Community Server 2.0 scenario.  Before anyone asks…there is indeed a timeframe in place, but nothing is nailed down yet so I can’t mention it here.  It’ll be done when it’s done, and it’ll definitely be done by the 2.0 RTM.  This is great news though, and hopefully CS2.0 will be a compelling enough upgrade to get the rest of the .Text folks over to the new platform.


  • Food Obsession Du Jour

    Completely 100% off topic, but I just discovered these recently in my local convenience store and cannot seem to eat enough of them: Fiery Habanero Doritos (no links to the Doritos site as it's 100% flash based...bleh).  They are quite possibly the best chip I've ever tasted.  Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

  • Community Server Live Demo -- Updated to Beta 2

    I’ve updated my Community Server Live Demo site (login is bob/iambob) to an internal beta 2 build (meaning it’s not released to the general public yet, but it should be soon)…I need you guys to go poke around and try to break stuff/find bugs if/when you get a chance.  Our bug list is getting pretty short, so hopefully we’re getting close to a final release soon…which is fantastic news.

    It’s stable enough that I’ll probably be rolling with this build on my main site soon, perhaps this weekend…so expect some changes in the very near future.

  • Change is in the Air -- Reloaded

    I recently came across this skin and decided that it would be a welcome addition to my site (for now it’s only on the blog page, but I’m working on the rest of; it will also be the theme I’ll use when I migrate over to Community Server 2.0, so I figured I’d get everyone on board early with the GUI changes.  Overall it’s still got the same basic “look and feel” as my previous theme, but “looks and feels” quite a bit more polished IMO.  RSS folks click here to have a look.

    As always, recommendations are welcome, and I’m still in the process of doing some minor CSS tweaks from my end (namely getting back to a dual sidebar layout as the left sidebar is a bit cluttered for my taste).  Thoughts?

    Sidenote:  I’ll be getting back to doing more technical posts once the holidays are over…I have drafts/notes for lots of stuff, but a severe lack of time as of late.  I’ll be doing a “best of” post within the next few days to provide a refresher for any new visitors.

  • Oh. My. God.

    You simply must be kidding me.  Is this really at the top of America’s priority list right now?  I’m speechless…
  • I Blame Bush

    [edit] I made a mistake...they were actually trackback spams.  Not that it makes any difference.  [/edit]

    The comment spammers have f’d it up for the rest of you guys (95 spams today, a new record for me)…for the first time since I’ve started blogging (almost 2 years now), I am going to have to turn moderation on.  I’m pretty religious about checking email so the comment turnaround should usually be pretty quick if you choose to leave one.  Man the internet really pisses me off sometimes…goddamn spammers.

    The good news is that the next build of CS will support IP banning…I’ll get the newest build up and running within the next couple of weeks; I hate having to moderate comments.  Cheers.

  • Community Server Live Demo -- Updated to Latest Build

    I have updated my CS Live Demo to the latest build (currently 51014).  The Virtual Server I’m hosting it in has been acting a little funky recently, so it might run a little slow.  I’ve been accepted into the Virtual Server SP1 beta program over on betaplace (which behaves horribly with Firefox I might add), so I’ll be upgrading my servers within the next couple of days…huge performance increases have been reported with the service pack.

    It’s a pretty safe bet that the next point release of CS will support CommentAPI natively by the way…all I need to do is get my changes checked in sometime this week before the next drop.  It’s worth mentioning that CS will ship with this feature turned off by default, though this will be configurable via the admin piece.

  • Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65 - Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65 - Dec 10, 2005.

    Pryor, who had been ill with multiple sclerosis, died at Encino Hospital near Los Angeles, at 7:58 a.m. PT. Jennifer Lee Pryor tried to revive him before paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital, she said.

    Ground breaking doesn’t even begin to describe Pryor’s contributions to the comedy world…he basically invented/popularized his style of comedy (which Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock both followed up on quite well)…for his style of comedy, he was definitely the best and will probably remain so for quite some time.  I know what I’ll be watching on TV tonight.  Rest in peace.

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