Fixing my Laptop (Step 2 of 2)

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My replacement laptop keyboard arrived in the mail today.  It took less than five minutes to replace the broken keyboard on my laptop, and now I’m back up and running as if there was never a coffee spill.  Even better, this keyboard is new so it has an Escape key that isn’t missing, and the letters haven’t been worn off as they had been on my old one!  I still have no idea where the two extra screws go, though….

Fixing my Laptop (Step 1 of 2)

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As many of you probably know, earlier this past week I spilled coffee on my laptop, and the keyboard is basically hosed.  Also, the right-click didn’t work on the touchpad.  The “Q” key would be intermittently stuck – occasionally forcing qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq on whatever I was typing – and the “fix” usually involved smacking the keyboard near the “Q” key, to make it stop.  But today it decided to go nonstop.  Urgh.  So I disassembled my laptop, and disconnected the keyboard …

Israel finally gets roads in Google Maps

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It took a while, but it seems that Google Maps has finally updated their Israel data-set, to provide all the roads in the Holy Land.  About time!!  Now I can see how long it would take to drive from Haifa to Jerusalem.  Wonder when they’ll institute “traffic”?

Wordle

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Discovered Wordle today. The website will use Java to generate rather awesome collages from text that you input, using common words. It’s like a “Tag Cloud”, but more artistic.  I fed it my Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs liner notes, and here’s what it came up with.  Pretty sweet!!

Dual

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I’ve made the leap, and gone dual-monitor.  It will take some getting used to; it also took a bit of time to calibrate the two LCD monitors so that they were close enough to each other’s color spaces.  (One is nearly 4 years old, the other is brand new.)

Buh-bye Google Chrome

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Well, I was using Google Chrome (courtesy of the Windows beta that became available yesterday), but I just uninstalled it because of this. Yeah, thanks but no thanks, Google!

Why Cuil is no 'Google Crusher'

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A lot of hoopdiedoo today about the new search engine, Cuil.  Well, here’s my personal take on it and why it’s no Google crusher. Let’s take it from a client standpoint.  Search for “James Dooley” (or even “Jim Dooley“) on Google.  Note the top entries.  Good search engine placement, right?  Now do the same search on Cuil.  Well, that’s…. interesting.  Not only does it not put Jim’s official site as one of the top results, but it finds a page …

Tagging

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I’m starting to add “tags” to my blog, which you can see over on the right-hand sidebar.  It’s not really accurate since I haven’t tagged all my posts (and doing an auto-tag search isn’t entirely accurate either), but it’s a start!

Computer Migration

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Spent a bit of time this weekend moving my documents from my old computer to the new one I built back in October. It was a long time coming, but I had always just been so apprehensive about migrating things, because of the risk of forgetting to move something! But I have both computers up and running, and things seem to be smooth so far. I had to reinstall a lot of software, but so far so good….

DirecTV Update

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Just to follow up on the previous post regarding my DVR….. the DirecTV guy came today, and replaced the DVR with a new one. Turns out the old one that I had (for less than two weeks!) was refurbished, so that could explain the hard drive wonkiness. Things seem good know and shows are recording perfectly!