links for 2009-04-20

  • I sacrificed several months of my life, sanity and dignity working in tech support to amass the dark knowledge I share in this article. I may have even helped you with a computer problem at some point. If so, I'm sorry. Now, it probably seems like every time you call tech support you're playing a game of dipshit-roulette that by and large you can't win.
  • This page is a tribute to the old classic mac game titled "Dungeon of Doom" later released commercially as "The Dungeon Revealed". After spending frustrating weeks trying to get the original Dungeon of Doom game to run on my new Jaguar machine using Vmac I found The Dungeon Revealed at the Macintosh Garden! Yippee! A carbon copy of the game made in Mac heaven! There are very few differences between Dungeon of Doom and Dungeon Revealed. Basically just a few graphical changes. The Dungeon Revealed runs on my current mac running 10.2.4 with an OS 9 partition so there is no need to use an emulator or anything fancy. Just click on the game icon and play as you would any newly released game. The page topics are listed to the left. Feel free to browse around to your hearts content. Also, please contribute any knowledge you may have for addition to this site.
  • The Cell Phones for Soldiers program was started in April 2004 by 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother Robbie of Norwell, Massachusetts. Robbie and Brittany's goal is to help our soldiers serving overseas call home. They hope to provide as many soldiers as possible with prepaid calling cards. Through generous donations and the recycling of used cell phones, Robbie and Brittany have already distributed thousands of calling cards to soldiers around the globe.
  • IE6 is like an illness that just won’t go away, but we have the medicine. IE6 Update looks like IE’s Information Bar, but instead of offering your visitors an ActiveX plugin, it offers a browser update.
  • While I might use some different language today, this technique I posted in 2004 (inspired by Alexander) is still a major help when I’m designing a UI with many elements to juggle. The reason I come back to it is that it helps me design with language first instead of empty templates. Too often a design starts top-down with empty content areas (maybe a main column and a sidebar) and then we fill those boxes in until its “done.” Filling in the boxes would work fine, except having a bunch of stuff on the page doesn’t mean we served the design goals.
  • Google's dominance in Web search is growing and may grow even more thanks to a change in underlying technology it uses to present search results. So much for Steve Ballmer's ambitions for Microsoft. Google had a 63.7 percent share of the 14.3 billion U.S. searches in March, up 0.4 percentage points from February, and above the 63.5 percent level that was its previous high. Meanwhile, Yahoo saw its U.S. search share inch downward in March to 20.5 percent, from 20.6 percent in February. I suppose we need to mention that Microsoft's share of the U.S. search market increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, to 8.3 percent in March. Whoop-dee-doo. My colleague Joe Wilcox thinks the glass is half full for Microsoft because it had a greater increase in the number of search queries than Google, or anyone else for that matter.
  • Welcome religious conservatives, liberals, mainliners, pagans, progressives, secularists, etc. No matter how you describe yourself, you should find your beliefs and practices accurately represented in this website. Almost all other religious web sites explain only the beliefs of the webmaster or sponsoring faith group. We are different; we try to explain accurately the full diversity of religious beliefs, worldviews, and systems of morality, ethics, and values in the U.S. and Canada. We hope that you will find our essays helpful and of interest.
  • "Pastor is it OK to sell a Bible to a prostitute?"
  • We have 1256 free scores and 353 midi sound files for 23 instruments by 56 composers in our database.
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