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Jan 9, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments -

Volume Shadow Copy Service is Pretty Cool

(at least in Windows 2008) More specifically the “Previous Versions” functionality that leverages this service. To cut to the chase, I didn’t realize that you could browse into whole folders worth of snapshots… screenshot below says it all… Notice that there’s a funky “localhostdrive$@GMT…” syntax for getting at the old version of that folder… in this case I shadowed the entire drive starting at the root level. After Googling around a little more on this I’m starting to think us Winblows users shouldn’t be quite so OSX TimeWarp jealous and that VSS although not as sexy, is perhaps even more robust.

Oct 6, 2008 - 2 minute read - Comments

(Fairly) Quick & Painless Streaming of Your Local Audio

Here’s the basic pieces I plugged together: MediaMonkey is my preferred mp3 player: www.MediaMonkey.com MediaMonkey supports WinAmp API plugins which provides an excellent pool to draw nifty add-ons from EdCast (formerly “OddCast”) comes in various implementations, one of which is a WinAmp plugin that sends your current song to a ShoutCast (or IceCast) server: https://www.oddsock.org/tools/edcast/ I chose the EdCast plugin versus ShoutCast’s own plugin because EdCast got the song name and artist to come through Media Monkey and ShoutCast’s plugin has a known issue that this feature only works with WinAmp ShoutCast DNAS (Distributed Network Audio Server) – streams the audio out to clients: https://www.

Sep 11, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments -

The Origin of VirguleStar.com

I’m drafting off the idea of expanding geeky punctuation into words (popularized by www.SlashDot.org) (Funny story behind his originating motivation) so SlashDot equals /. Based on that, being a comment happy developer, I thought an expansion of /* would be particularly apropos as that’s the well known opening comment syntax in languages like C, C++, C#, Java, T-SQL, etc. Of course, SlashStar.com and readily desirable derivates were already taken 🙁 … however, browsing for slash synonyms turned up “virgule”, specifically for the forward slash character, nice!

Sep 8, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Canon’s consumer inkjet printer + scanner workhorses

This is the Canon MP830 that I got two years ago for ~$200:   As of 07 Oct 2009 it’s now the MX860 that’s sitting in that slot… progress marches on 🙂   As with all this consumer electronics cr_p there’s no guarantees it’ll be all sunshine and daisies…The initial unit I received had some serious problems that can now confidently chalk up to a solid lemon syndrome… I returned it and the brand new replacement I got back has had absolutely zero issues and is still cranking like a champ as of Q4 2009!

Aug 31, 2008 - 12 minute read - Comments -

Samsung Q1U-V Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)

[Update: 5 Apr 2012] Just popped for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. [Update: 19 Aug 2009] Windows 7 totally rocks on this thing!!! At least as peppy as XP, probably better. Buy.com has some more good photos, AT THE BOTTOM some of my own photos Samsung’s Q1U landing page (Interesting, they just (Sept. 19th, 2008) withdrew their links for the Vista model that I got –for obvious reasons– looks like the new “Premium” model with a beefier CPU is the currently promoted Vista solution) Samsung Software & Drivers Page

Jul 25, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Transparent Command Shell (Windows)

Nice, someone’s gone and created the perfect pill for even the most serious case of Mac OS X Terminal envy… I give you: Console2 ! It's got dang near everything I could ever want to configure... somebody really loves their command shells mmm hmmm 😛 Only little nit pick I can come up with is that I think the Mac actually allows you to set the transparency of the just the background.

Jul 18, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

Word of the Day – Meretricious

Adjective: meretricious `meri’treeshus Tastelessly showy “a meretricious yet stylish book” Based on pretense; deceptively pleasing “meretricious praise”; “a meretricious argument” [archaic] Like or relating to a prostitute “meretricious relationships”