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26Nov/030

Techno and Trance on the Internet

I've found several internet radio stations.


DJDoboy.com - 128k

ETS-global.org 160k

Digitally Imported - 96k (free) - 128k+ (pay)

DJ Virgen - SD DJ


OK, I found something new. LAUNCHcast by Yahoo. Lets you listen to radio stations, create your own, and its all GOOD music.

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26Nov/030

Palm vs. Windows CE/Pocket PC, Round Four

I found this interesting review by someone that shares my experience with Palm vs Pocket PC.



by Mark Minasi, Senior Contributing Editor, mark@minasi.com


For the fourth time, I've purchased a Windows CE device to see whether the Windows CE world is poised to crush my trusty old Palm devices. For the fourth time, I say, "No, it's not," but it's getting closer.

A few years ago, I purchased a couple of Windows CE-based Casio palmtops and an early Compaq iPAQ. Unfortunately, the devices ran an OS that looked like squashed Windows on a small screen, chewed up battery power like it was going out of style, lacked a useful software set, and required about 10 times the CPU power of a Palm device to do the same job. So you'd think that I'd have sworn off Windows CE (or Pocket PC 2002, as it's now called to try to escape the bad reputation of past OSs) platforms for good. Which brings us to device number four.

I recently found a nifty new productivity tool that combines a phone with a PDA--the Samsung i700. Although the device itself isn't all that exciting, I was intrigued by its ability to retrieve my email through its cell phone link and do so at 1xRTT speeds--144Kbps in theory, about 64Kbps in practice. Even better, Verizon, my cell phone service provider, serves the out-of-the-way rural area that I live in. It sounded like the perfect tool for a traveling guy like me.

The only catch is that the device runs Pocket PC 2002. But what the heck, I thought, who cares what OS it runs? After all, I'm just using it as a wireless email appliance that happens to have a cell phone attached. So, I thought I'd just ignore the PDA abilities. (Of course, in the end I couldn't ignore the PDA part: a big bright colorful transflective screen, a 200MHz processor, and 64MB of RAM--take that out and see what it can do.)

The first thing I noticed is that the Pocket PC platform has a desktop that's too sprawling to fit on a PDA, even a big PDA. At least I can no longer say that I'm being forced to view Windows through a very small pane. As with other Windows CE/Pocket PC devices I've tested, the memory management is still irritating; believe it or not, when you start a program, the application remains in memory until you either perform a soft reset or you navigate to Windows CE's Control Panel Memory applet, which lets you shut down the program. I'm not joking when I say that most experienced Pocket PC users agree that your best bet with Pocket PC PDA/phone combinations is to do a soft reset every night to keep the system reliable. Sounds a mite too Windows 9x-ish for my taste. I can't remember the last time that I ran out of memory or had to reset my Palm device.

Regarding power, the i700 has both a main battery and a piggyback battery that should give you 2 to 3 days worth of work, assuming you don't spend much time on the phone and are careful about shutting off the backlight. In contrast, I've run my Palm Tungsten-T system for about a week without a recharge, and my old Palm 505 once ran 3 weeks without a recharge. Then again, the Palm 505 ran on a 33MHz processor and had only 8MB of RAM, so the comparison might seem unfair--but consider that Pocket PC could never run on that slow of a processor and small amount of RAM.

Despite the fast processor, the OS is sluggish compared with the Palm. I found an interesting benchmark of sorts in the Handmark Software implementation of the Monopoly board game, which the company sells for both Palm and Pocket PC platforms. The Palm version runs quite quickly on its 33MHz processor; the Pocket PC version is quite laconic by comparison. Finally, the included synchronization software, ActiveSync, is just as irritating as always, disconnecting your host computer from your PDA at random times even though the PDA is in the cradle and the USB connector is snugly in place.

But some Pocket PC features have changed for the better. My first pleasant surprise happened when I wanted to transfer some of my Palm address book to the i700, so I attempted to beam a contact, and it worked. And my earlier complaint about the lack of Pocket PC software no longer applies. Yes, the Palm world still has more software, but Pocket PC is gaining on Palm. And that, in the end analysis, is why I think that Palm might finally find itself losing ground to Pocket PC. Now that third-party innovators have joined the Pocket PC party, anything can happen--inexpensive useful add-ons, lots of freeware, who knows. But until that happens, I'm going to keep carrying my Palm--and the Pocket PC device.

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11Nov/030

SpamNet for filtering your OUTLOOK mailbox


People are always asking me what I do to fight the deluge of SPAM that attacks all of our inboxes. One thing I do is not use real email addresses when signing up online. But in the 12 months that I have done this, not one company has sold my addresses. The spam that fills my inbox is totally unsolicited, or is gathered from an email source older than 12 months ago. To fight this, I have found the SPAMNET program works AWSOME!. It will remove 95% of the SPAM out of your inbox. At which point for items it misses, you can manually 'block' it, and train it to block those messages as well.


In the off chance SPAMNET identifies something from someone I really want to receive email from, I periodically review the SPAM folder it creates, and when I find that it has FALSELY identified a email as spam, I am able to train it NOT to filter that email. Quite nice. Sign up using my info and get a special price.


For every friend of yours who subscribes using your
referral code noted above, you receive* one month FREE of the SpamNet service
and they lock in the special $1.99 USD per month price up to a year from time of
purchase. Just give them your referral code and send them to
href="http://www.cloudmark.com/spamnet"> size=2>www.cloudmark.com/spamnet . During the
subscription process they will be asked to enter that referral code at which
point they will be awarded the special price you gave them and you will be
recognized for the referral and get *one month FREE.


 

My Information for
using during subscription (which you don't have to do until 30 days
expires). 


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Email Address: spamspamnet.com@544a46.com
Referral Code: yfv4hl

 


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: http://www.cloudmark.com/?rc=yfv4hl


Pass on the good
word about this product.  I love it.  It has done a GREAT job cleaning
my home and work email out.  I have yet to get a "false-Positive". 
When you do, you tell it to unblock and it remembers that type
of email or sender so it doesn't block them anymore.  Its so succesful I
don't review the 'spam' folder it creates, i just delete everything in
it.


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Hope you enjoy it as
much as I do.

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--
T.J.

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4Nov/030

Moving to OpenSourceHost.com

I have now completed my move to open source host (OSH). The move took several hours because I backed up the databases and moved them over. Here are my notes.


Gallery


Backing this up was easy, you need to zip up the albums directory, and the two default style sheets in the gallery/css directory. Make sure the permissions are correct on the new albums directory, especially if you are switching versions.


Had to go in and run the configure.sh / secure.sh scripts to reset some things, specifically the border color (which is not in the CSS) and the admin password.


Drupal


This was a little trickier.
Exporting Backup


mysqldump --opt -u user_name -p database_name > tfiske_drupal.sql

mysqldump --opt -udrupaltfiske -pdrpwtfiske drupal_tfiske > drupal_tfiske-opt.sql


There is more but I need to get onto steve's box to confirm. The --opt flag is needed to make this an update script, rather than something that creates the database from scratch. Remove --opt if you are going to start with an empty database.


Import Restore


mysql -u user_name -p database_name < hacked.sql


Note that there is no password, the mysql utility asks for it. The hacked.sql script was modified from the export to drop 3 tables that the upgrade portion created.


Update


Modify the update.php file to allow it to be in update mode:


// Disable access checking?
$access_check = 0;


Change back to a 1 after you are done.


Then goto your site http://www.corvettepowr.com/update.php . Be sure to select the version your database _WAS_ on. Its very important to double check the date that it tells you since it most likely guessed wrong (read I spent alot of time wasted because the wrong date was chosen). This will go through and produce a report telling you how it altered your tables... this is where i figured out that I needed to drop some tables. If it doesn't work right, you just go back to the import/restore part and re-import.


Change update.php back to the 1, and your set. 🙂


Some Links


Forum on backups

MySQL site docs on backups

mysqldump docs

mysqladmin

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