Sunday, March 18, 2012

Goodbye GoDaddy

Today I finally said "goodbye" to GoDaddy as one of my domain name registrars. The reason, their support of SOPA. Even though they later changed their position due to the numerous folks leaving them, I decided to leave them as well. Vote with your money folks!
I'm now using NameCheap. The reason I chose them is that they have the main features I was looking for; URL Forwarding and E-mail Forwarding, for a reasonable cost. I have one domain there now and plan to move others if they do well.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Copyright Gestapo

This morning I woke to find an e-mail from YouTube aka Google that said one of my videos was breaking copyright owned by La7! Who the F is La7? Looked them up, they are a TV channel in Italy!
Ok, in my video I was doing a review of the Roku and on the TV screen I had showing the BRITISH TV show Midsomer Murders while I talked about the Roku.
La7 licenses the show for Italian TV but they blocked my video! Excuse me!
And of course with YouTube/Google you have no way of contacting anyone.
So fine, I removed the video from my channel and this weekend I'm going to go in and edit the video to be sure to block what is shown on the TV screen.
Midsomer Murders I hope you'll be happy to be loosing 30 seconds of free advertising.
C'est La Vie!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TechNet reducing keys again - rumor

Rumor is that TechNet will be reducing the number of keys you can use from 5 down to 3. So if you want to get your keys before you can't get them anymore you better start now. Also Microsoft is limiting the number of keys you can get in a day so get the most important keys first.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Around the House

Ok, so everything isn't all hi-tech for me. Sometimes one has to do lo-tech every once in awhile.
Last weekend I put together a couple raised garden beds for our garden this year.
Construction materials were six 2" x 12" x 8' boards and two pressure treated 2" x 4" x 8's.
I took two of the 2" x 12"s and cut them in half to make the ends.
I took the 2"x4"s and cut them into 2' lengths. Those would be the feet.
I dug the holes 1' down and constructed the frames near the holes and then put them in. I then filled the holes with gravel.

I then took some weed block and cut it into 2' widths so that I could then nail them to the inside of the frames. I'm hoping that it helps protect the wood a little from the dirt.
Using roofing nails I hammered the weed block on the inside.
I'm still filling with dirt/compost but in another month it'll be ready for planting season.
The project this weekend was to build a couple mason bee nests. At my previous house I had much success at getting the bees to build their nests so I'm hopeful they will here too.
This project takes part of a 4"x4"x8' and a 1"x12"x4' to make these.
I took just 2' of the 4"x4" and then with a 45° angle cut it in half. I then cut 1" holes near the top and bottom of the 4"x4" so that I could drive a couple screws into the holes and into the fence post.
Then I drilled a bunch of 5/16" holes a little over 3/4 of the way to the back (you don't want to drill all the way through).
I then cut the 1"x12" into 9" lengths and screwed them on top to help keep the rain off.
I then put some varnish on the roof to help preserve the wood against the elements. I did not put any on the 4"x4" because I didn't want it to be toxic to the bees.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Windows 8 Settings

Windows 8 is definitely something to get used to. To me many of the options work for phones or tablets but not for a desktop. To me, so far anyway, Windows 8 is trying to be all things. Will it succeed that remains to be seen.
It seems that many capabilities will be superfluous for a desktop user unless they have a touch screen. Now it could be interesting to have a large touch screen be the main interface, but to me it would seem odd to stretch all the way across my desk to my monitor to do something when I have a mouse right next to me in easy reach.
For a tablet, yes, Windows 8 could be pretty good for that. I could see myself deciding between an Android or Windows tablet someday.
Here I walk through the PC Settings for Windows 8.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Last night I downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and today I've installed it in Oracle's VirtualBox.
Here's a video of setting up the Guest for Windows 8 and then the installation. Total time was almost 18 minutes on my old quad core computer.


I've liked using VirtualBox for many years now as I needed a way to run some older Windows programs that don't work very well in Windows 7. So it is perfect for setting up a new operating system in for the first time.
I haven't explored Windows 8 much, yet, but when I do I'll make some more videos on what I find.