Sunday, February 26, 2006

Middle aged computer geek...

You know your a middle aged computer geek if:
  1. Your first computer was a Commodore VIC-20
  2. You were absolutely amazed at the speed when you upgraded to a 386 motherboard
  3. Your first browser was Netscape Version 3.0
  4. You remember the "browser wars"
  5. You were once addicted to BBS'ing
  6. You recently, FINALLY tossed out that old 5.25" floppy drive

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Best Computer Magazine #1

Maximum PC. The emphasis in this magazine is on high performance, custom design and building, case modding and the cutting edge of home computer technology.
Their HOW TO section is killer.

Best Computer Magazine #2

PC Plus from the UK. They have a different perspective on computers in England. Not so much hype about the latest gadgets. Instead, a lot of useful technical information, an astute sensitivity to costs and perhaps a little suspicious of what Microsoft is up to.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Best Computer Magazine #3

Computer Power User magazine. These guys track AMD and Intel CPU street prices in every issue.
If you want to increase your PC's performance, dabble in overclocking or optimize your hardware configurations then check out: BIOS Magic

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Best Computer Magazine #4

PC Advisor magazine from the UK. The newstand version is jammed packed with every sort of home computer related information you can imagine. So is the on-line version. To get a newstand copy go to BORDERS; to view on-line, click here:

Be sure to have a look at their CONSUMERWATCH forum.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Blog repairs - Sidebar issue

The "cory-apn says" blog is published using the Firefox 1.5 browser. At a certain point, I became aware that the blog was not appearing correctly in Microsoft's (forever boring, tabless and outdated) Internet Explorer browser. More specifically, the blog's sidebar had dropped to the bottom of the page when viewing in IE. After poking around in the HTML code for a couple of hours, I finally discovered the problem. The banner style Google AdSense javascript code was exceeding the maximum 410 pixel width specified for the main content page. This wasn't causing a problem in Firefox, but it sure was in IE. The solution was to restyle the AdSense script to a vertical format and move it to the sidebar. does identify this issue in the help menu. Their instructions however advise to insert the javascript at the top of the sidebar directly below the "begin #sidebar" tag. That turns out to be an ugly and intrusive location for the Google ads to appear. The fix for that is to simply insert the script code at the bottom of the sidebar below the "MainOrArchivePage" tag.