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Archon 31 has started! Saw f lukeski and others. Internet access stinks, so will use txtlj when i can.
 
 
pickledcritter
If you've been using Newsgator Online and have been annoyed by some of its quirks, a new AJAX-based version has currently been released in a beta state. Gone is the page refresh every time you change feeds, mark items read, etc - it is a much smoother experience.

The biggest issue I have with it right now is that it responds as slowly as the old NGO, but I'm hoping that it might be because it's not on production servers right now. If the Newsgators guys can make it as snappy as something like GMail, then they've got a killer app - as it stands they've just got an "aggravated assault" app :)

There are few other issues at the moment - but it's a beta, so that's expected and none are real showstoppers.

Bottom Line: Even with the issues and speed, I don't think I'll be going back to the regular NGO except for bug verification and research.

To get to the beta, log in with your Newsgator Online account (or create a free one if you don't have one), then browse to:

http://www.newsgator.com/ngs/subscriber/beta.aspx

And click on the "Try the Beta Reader Now!" button.

If you want to go back to the old Newsgator, go back to the above URL and click "No Thanks - I want to keep using the classic reader".
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake
 
 
pickledcritter
02 February 2007 @ 01:08 am
Penn Jillette
 
 
pickledcritter
17 October 2006 @ 12:35 am
Just a test post to check some RSS stuff...
 
 
pickledcritter
14 October 2006 @ 07:22 am
As mentioned before, I have been using the FeedDemon feed reader for over 3 years.   There have been lots of changes in the software over these years, some of which were evolutionary (switching from a group to a tree paradigm) and some were revolutionary (FeedStation, one of the earliest podcast aggregators for Windows systems).  When the next version of FeedDemon comes out, it will include a feature that is both. 

 
 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: He Is Not Dead Yet
 
 
 
pickledcritter
13 October 2006 @ 09:59 am
I have been reading Dilbert creator Scott Adams' blog for the last several months, and I find it endlessly fascinating. He has a way of using very few words to express a massively complex concept and getting it exactly right. Today was one of those days...in this post he makes a statement that I think completely captures the absurdity of politics/elections in the United States today:

We would elect a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts if it believed in the Rapture.

(and no arguments like "we didn't elect Bush - Bush stole the 2000 election via the Supremes and the 2004 Ohio election was rigged" - if there weren't already large number of people that thought like Scott noted above, then the "who won the election" question wouldn't even have come into play).
 
 
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pickledcritter
03 October 2006 @ 11:31 am
1984. The year of Orwell. Big Brother. This year, more than any other in my mind, can be seen as the start of a societal revolution - nerds came out of the lockers we had been stuffed in and started becoming the movers and shakers of society.

We had a tantalizing glimpse of this early in the year. The Macintosh computer debuted via what is still one of the most memorable Superbowl(TM) commercials of all time. Think about this - a device, that up until now was considered the domain of the nerds, dweebs and geeks, was debuting during THE jock-alpha-male event of the year.

That summer - on July 20th, the 15th anniversary of the moon landing, debuted a movie that would erase all doubt that we were coming - Revenge of the Nerds. At first blush it was just another teen sex romp in the vein of Porky's and its ilk, but was really a harbinger of the nerd revolution of the late 80s and early 90s. It was a film that empowered nerds like none before. Sitting in the theater (good thing I knew the theater manager who let me sneak in even though I was underage), I identified with many of the characters, especially Gilbert. I was a stone cold nerd - I was in band throughout high school, did a stint on the chess and math teams, worked as a volunteer for area science fiction conventions, collected comics and was one of the founding members of the school's computer club which is still going strong 22+ years later (about the only thing I could say was that I wore stylish wire-rimmed glasses and didn't carry a pocket protector - I just used the pen holder in my Trapper Keeper...). Gilbert's speech at the end affirming that it was OK to be a nerd, that nerds could make a difference AND can still get the girl was a *powerful* idea to this 16-year old. It really had an impact on me like no other film at the time. My attitude changed almost overnight. Whereas before I tried to hide my geekiness and be "part of the crowd", it no longer mattered to me what the "jocks" or "non-nerds" thought - I no longer needed their validation to be myself. Once I realized this, my last two years of high school were actually quite enjoyable, rather than the dread I had my freshman and sophomore years.

In talking to many others of my age, it was much the same for them - after this movie, they felt more comfortable, more empowered to be themselves and not hide their talents, able to embrace and enjoy their status as nerds, eggheads and geeks. I really believe this is the point at which nerds stopped being laughed and were actually taken seriously. By early 1986, the entire world was forced to take nerds seriously when the poster boys of all nerd-dom, Bill Gates and Paul Allen took Microsoft public. The revolution started in 1984 had now become complete and the nerds truly had their revenge.
 
 
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober
 
 
pickledcritter
08 September 2006 @ 01:01 am
I have been using FeedDemon for my RSS reader since it was in its early stages. Today in the FeedDemon Support Forum FeedDemon's developer Nick Bradbury noted that the alpha release came out in June of 2003. As involved with the application as I have been, it still does not seem like I have been using the product in all it's forms for over 3 years. And as anyone knows, 3 years in the tech sector is like 30 years in the real world. I was thinking about all this and wrote the following little ditty in rememberance of the 3-and-some-odd years FeedDemon has been around:

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("Those Were the Days", a.k.a the "All in the Family" TV theme):

Boy, the way Dave Winer'd preen - "RSS - the next big thing!"
Dev's like us, we had it made. Those were the days.


And we had good feeds back then. Now there's splogs and ads and spam.
Mister, we could use a man like Robert Scoble again.


Didn't need dot Net to run. Delphi's still just fine my son.
Gee, our old code ran great. Those...were...the...daaaaaays!

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As a note of explanation, FeedDemon was (and still is) developed with Delphi
And Robert Scoble's there mainly 'cause he's a well-known Net celeb who
a) Left a high-visibility job and b) has a name that scans to the tune :)
 
 
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Classic TV Themes
 
 
pickledcritter
28 August 2006 @ 06:52 am
Here is a test picture of my dog

lilbit.jpg

 
 
pickledcritter
21 August 2006 @ 08:30 pm
Weird Al released the first single from his new ALbum Straight Outta Lynwood at his MySpace page. The name of the song is "Don't Download This...", and in typical Al fashion, it's downloadable! :) And if anyone can't place the style parody, think of the star-studded message/charity ensemble songs of the mid-80s (y'know the one I'm talkin' about - don't make me say the name...)

The only thing is that I wonder how far over the heads of the RI/MPAA this will fly - I would love to know if they approach Al to use this as a campaign song...they're that brain-dead I wouldn't put it past them...

Sigh...Sept 26 can't come too soon - I put my pre-order in the second I got the notification e-mail that it was up for sale.
 
 
Current Mood: jubilantimpatient
Current Music: Weird Al, "Don't Download This..."