Something really depressing...like a Baby Gap

Wed 28 Feb 2007, 01:26 PM by Jay Kastner
This site needs volunteers and would have made a great hobby for my brother Chris --except that he hates America and Jesus. Chris, why do you want the terrorists to win?
http://www.conservapedia.com

Check out the site welcome, "global warming" and "homosexuality" for some great reading...

Mon 26 Feb 2007, 23:28 by Jay Kastner
Mon 26 Feb 2007, 23:27 by Jay Kastner
The Psychedelic Furs: "Book of Days"
Elastica: "Gloria"
Fri 23 Feb 2007, 11:38 AM by Jay Kastner
But please behave. No haxor stuff on my family oriented interweb-site-thingy.
Fri 23 Feb 2007, 11:35 AM by Jay Kastner
Because he tends to get lost while driving. Which is far better than Justin's maniacal driving or Chris' "ignore all stop signs and stop lights" driving:
http://blog.wired.com/wiredphotos47/2007/02/post_3.html
Thu 22 Feb 2007, 01:35 PM by Jay Kastner
I've registered kastnerfamily.net to use the standard (free) version. More on that later...

"Already, some big companies are using Google apps, including GE and Procter & Gamble"
http://techdirt.com/articles/20070222/070905.shtml

Wed 21 Feb 2007, 12:31 by Jay Kastner
Mon 19 Feb 2007, 22:50 by Jay Kastner
I went to this web site, and like, totally did not get hooked-up.

Mon 19 Feb 2007, 01:12 PM by Jay Kastner
OK, part two. Are you happy now Em?

So Sunday afternoon I ordered a new desktop computer from Dell. The specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ dual-core processor
1 GB DDR2 memory
160 GB SATA hard drive
Geforce 6150 LE
DVD ROM
No monitor (I have plenty)
USB keyboard and mouse
Windows Vista Home Basic
1 yr on-site warranty
Free shipping

Price: $399 + $25 tax - $15 paypal promo = $410 to my door. And Dell had it there by 10:30 AM Wednesday. Yes, that's less than three days between order and delivery. The build quality is good, it's quiet, and I actually like the case design. So...Dell did an outstanding job.

One of the first things I noticed taking it out of the box was this would be my first 100% legacy free computer. No serial ports. No parallel port. USB keyboard and mouse connections. That's mostly good, but does create an issue when you have a lot of computers and use a non-USB KVM switch.

I played around with Vista Home Basic for a while. It was disappointing. That particular version is almost the same as Windows XP, with the addition of widgets. Strangely, I experienced my first OS lock-up under Vista after clicking on a Microsoft produced widget that was integrated with their map service. The resulting web site had a script that completely consumed my CPU...power off...cold boot.

I promptly wiped the drive and installed Windows Vista Ultimate RC2. The process was fast and easy.

With any version of Vista above Home Basic, you get Aero. That's the nifty 3-D organization and transparent window feature. It's nice but many people will have to buy a new video card to use it.

In summary, my opinion of Vista so far is not particularly good. I do like the desktop widgets, but that functionality was mostly available under XP.

If you have the money to get a new computer, get Vista on it. But I wouldn't just run out and buy it otherwise...

Sun 18 Feb 2007, 23:42 by Jay Kastner
Royksopp: "Sombre Detune"
Sinead O'Connor: "Jerusalem"
Sun 18 Feb 2007, 15:09 by Jay Kastner
Hope it's a great one. From Jay and Moz.
Fri 16 Feb 2007, 01:11 PM by Jay Kastner
So this is my first proper post in about two weeks. Sorries to those with some sort of Internet- (and/or Jay-) addiction. And since this will be nerdy computer talk, Emily will probably be happy while Jim (K) will likely berate me (and where is YOUR blog Jim?).

Anyway, part 1 is just to explain that as someone working in IT, I am faced with the mixed blessing of needing to update personal hardware and software on a more frequent basis. It's a mixed blessing because on the one hand, I get to play with new toys more often and on the other, I have to pay for those new toys.

As you may know, Microsoft released Windows Vista recently. So last weekend I decided that money would have to be allocated so I could stay ahead of the curve. Allocated is the right word here, because I have had A LOT of expenses of late: school, car, house, various electronic devices failing, Moz's catnip addiction, etc.

Sunday afternoon I ordered a new desktop computer. A Dell. And here's where I stop for part 2...

Sun 11 Feb 2007, 22:13 by Jay Kastner
7 Seconds: "We're Gonna Fight"
Lisa Germano: "Happiness"
Depeche Mode: "In Your Room (zephyr mix)"
Thu 8 Feb 2007, 23:53 by Jay Kastner
Tue 6 Feb 2007, 06:02 PM by Jay Kastner
If you're ever in a class where a concept is demonstrated by having everyone estimate the number of pieces in a 14 ounce bag of M&M's, feel free to utilize Google to, um, look really smart. Particularly when your answer includes "+/-3". : )
Mon 5 Feb 2007, 03:16 PM by Jay Kastner
Music is either important to a person, or not. They're either into the same stuff you are, or not. They either have a perceived level of taste, or not. This matters. And it can't be faked.
http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/02/personality-secrets-in-your-mp3-player.php
Sun 4 Feb 2007, 07:32 PM by Jay Kastner
1. Oprah and David Letterman in love
2. Garmin Godzilla spoof
3. Bud Light face slap
4. Robert Goulet Emerald nuts
5. Fedex Ground: Harry, Joy, Ilene and Bob
Thu 1 Feb 2007, 10:00 by Jay Kastner
You may have heard/read something that mentions "widgets" of late. Well, you need to know about widgets for Windows Vista. Read. Learn. Get ahead. This has been a PSA of Jay's Blogging Network...
http://widgets.yahoo.net/blog/?p=16