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Labels vs. Folders

Couldn't agree more, Rafe on Labels versus folders, labels win. I have fallen in love with labels and started experimenting with them in Thunderbird, dumbing everything into one folder with lots of labeling. Now if I could just do the same with my home direcory or My Documents. And if MovableType made it easier to label/categorize. Well Thunderbird needs more than 5 label options.


Note to self, PHP on windows:

; cgi.force_redirect is necessary to provide security running PHP as a CGI under
; most web servers. Left undefined, PHP turns this on by default. You can
; turn it off here AT YOUR OWN RISK
; **You CAN safely turn this off for IIS, in fact, you MUST.**
; cgi.force_redirect = 1
cgi.force_redirect = 0

PHP: Installed as CGI binary - Manual

Windows Security Update CD

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Order the Windows Security Update CD and why is this not going to be on the checkout counter of every computer retailer? Sure it would cost but isn't that a required expense of selling a defective product?

The Million dollar question

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Steve Ballmer On Microsoft's Future
Most analysts think the price of Windows to our hardware customers, people like Dell Inc. (DELL ), is about 50 bucks. If you stop and think about it, most people are going to own their PCs for four years. So do we offer $12 a year of value where you can run tremendously more applications, it's tremendously easier to take care of? It's $12 a year when people are spending $90 to $100 a month on cell-phone bills, and we're talking about saving you hours and hours of time. I think it's a pretty good value proposition, myself.
Which assumes that the customer is the consumer when in reality it is Dell. Now $12/year for how many MILLIONS of desktops, laptops and servers. So the real question, Does Windows provide $12,000,000 of value each year to Dell?

Gtk on Windows look

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GTK-Wimp so Gtk apps on Windows look more native and less Gtk. Good for say GIMP on Windows.

Network Attached Storage


Firstly I know that what I'm looking for can be done DIY with pretty much any Linux distribution but the solution should be something that survives if I'm gone.

I'm looking for a Network Attached Storage(NAS) solution. It will need to support SMB, NFS, FTP and HTTP have a built in or easily attached tape backup, have at lease a web based administration and be a plug in and forgetabout it, except for changing daily tape backups. There should also be at lease 2 drives RAID'd for redundacy. Linksys has something close, the EtherFast� Network Attached Storage but no apparent tape backup option.

So anyone have some good suggestions?

Howl, think Zeroconf

Howl is a cross-platform implementation of the Zeroconf networking standard. Zeroconf brings a new ease of use to IP networking.
Windows and Linux like Hydra type application.

Another Spybot Remover

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Found another spyware remover along the lines of AdAware called Spybot - Search & Destroy.

Windows XP Hacks

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Lots of good Registry Edits for Windows XP to help with some of those little annoyances.


w.bloggar a pretty good "rich" blogging client, spell checking included. It posts via the XML-RPC interface to MovableType that was added in version 1.2, so an upgrade is needed mithrandir.

Calendar Woes and Solutions

arcterex mentioned his, or the client's, woes with trying to find a Lotus Notes calendar replacement.

I have recently been given a similar task, the desire to share calendars/schedules between the Kentucky office, Australia and the world travelers. At first I put it to the back burner, thinking it would take more development time that allowed but some random link mentioned Mozilla Calendar Standards Based Calendar Client Project.

All by it's lonesome, not a big deal, but checking out iCalShare lead to,
PHP iCalendar is a php-based iCal file parser. Its based on v2.0 of the IETF spec. It displays iCal files in a nice logical, clean manner with day, week, month, and year navigation, printer view, RSS-enabled, and searchable. It supports 12 languages, is fully theme-able, and has complete timezone support.
Which combined with, How can I share my calendars?
To share your calendars, you need access to a webDAV server. If you run your own web server, you can install mod_dav, a free Apache module that will turn your web server into a webDAV server. Instructions on how to set it up are on their website. Once you set up your webDAV server, you can publish your calendar to the site, then subscribe to it from any other Mozilla Calendar. Automatically updating the calendar will give you a poor man's calendar server.
And maybe a very nice solution. I still have to play around with WebDAV on IIS, but this might be a workable combination. Oh, the delicious side effect might be to get everyong off of Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express.


One can tell when they have entered the world of Windows Wennies when their first email virus ever has been detected.

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