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Firefox 3.5 Released Today

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5 today. I’ve already upgraded and most of my extensions still work. The improved tools and increased privacy make this version a must-install for Firefox users.

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Posts to Twitter

Added a tool that is supposed to link my posts to Twitter. We’ll see how it goes and if it is too much of a nuisance then we’ll just bag it.

For those interested, the plugin is called “TwitterPosts”

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Archives Up To Date

I finished porting the old web site pages over to this site today. All of the old musings have been categorized as Features, keeping in line with the intent of the previous version of the web site. Some of the links embedded in archived features may be dead by now since some refer to events almost 5 years ago! If you find any dead or malformed links, please post a comment and let me know.


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GPS Gone Dark

Ain’t this a kick in the pants? My Garmin died earlier this week. Just shut down. Went dark. Kaput. I contacted Garmin, and they told me that it was a known issue and started processing a replacement for me. Then, two days later, I get this email:

Mandatory Software Update

Today, Garmin released a free, mandatory GPS software update to correct a software issue that has been discovered to cause the nuvi 7×5 devices to repeatedly attempt to update GPS firmware, and then either shut down or no longer acquire GPS satellite signals.

Garmin nüvi 7×5 series products that are no longer able to acquire a GPS satellite signal may download a firmware update immediately that will correct the software issue. This firmware update may be downloaded using Garmin’s WebUpdater program.

Garmin nüvi 7×5 customers who are no longer able to power on their GPS device will need to visit, and select the first FAQ titled “My nüvi 755T, 765T, 775T or 785T is giving me the message ‘Updating GPS Firmware’ or will no longer power on…” Customers will then need to follow the instructions to request a return authorization so that the device may be repaired under warranty.

We know our customers rely upon their Garmin GPS device(s), especially during the summer travel season, and we regret any inconvenience this situation may have caused. We are committed to developing products that are known for their quality and reliability and will continue to work diligently to earn the trust of our customers.

Looks like I got a bad firmware update and had it not done so automatically, I may have been able to get the correct firmware and avoided all of this mess.

At least the CS rep has been nice. Once their processing is complete, he’s going to send my replacement unit next day air.

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Give Me Back My Focus!

One of the most annoying things (to me, anyway) is the way that applications think that they are the important application that you must run on your computer. They simmer to a slow boil in the micronic confines of the system’s processor and just when you need it least, they present themselves in their full splash-screen splendor before presenting themselves in a panoply of majesty which commands every last electron of your computer. Whatever you were working on, you can forget it– the newly spawned app has stolen your focus.

I use a SanDisk Cruzer Titanium U3 thumb drive for just about all of my every day computing and surfing wants and needs. It goes everywhere with me and has every application on it that I use on a daily basis. When plugged in, it automatically fires off the on-board anti-virus application which I trust will keep my thumb drive safe from whatever might have infected the host computer. After that is loaded, the following are launched in rapid succession: Thunderbird, Firefox and Opera (yeah, I know what you’re thinking: why two browsers? Hey, I’ve got my reasons!).

Invariably, Opera comes up first. This is because my Firefox has a lot of extensions that need to load. It is an acceptable trade-off; my browsing sessions are as secure as I can get them.

Next, Thunderbird pops up. Now, understand, I have five different email accounts in my installation of the app so loading my email client takes a little time as it solicits each account in turn for new mail. I usually minimize Thunderbird and allow it to do its thing, promising myself to get back to it in a little while.

Instead of waiting for Firefox to announce its presence, I start working with my Opera session. Somewhere in my browsing, a small pop-up materializes next to my system tray to let me know what, if any, new mail has finally arrived in Thunderbird. Bringing my mail app to the fore, I check the messages and start replying to those that require action:

Dear Sir,

I am more than happy to recieve your funds in the amount of USD$1.5M as your overseas partner to hold the sum in trust for a modest percentage…*

BAM!…Firefox loads and steals my focus!

*This is actually something that I don’t do– I never reply to any of the 419 or Nigerian Email Scams. You shouldn’t either.

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Version 5.0 Now Live! has a slew of web apps that I am playing with offline. Stay tuned for a whole bunch of changes to the site including a simple chat room and a message board. Neat stuff! To go back to the old version 4.0 site, go here

EDIT: Visit my forums!

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