Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

It goes without saying that many middle aged geeks are also veterans. Cory-apn among them. It is on this day... Memorial Day, that regardless of our politics or opinions, we pause to remember all of those who served and sacrificed their lives so that we may have the benefit of living in a free society. It is also a reminder that within the context of the history of the world, free societies are rare. It is not something to be taken for granted. I would not want to live any where else but this free society of ours and I owe that privilege, we all do... to the men and women, past and present, who fought and died to obtain and maintain our freedom. How can we possibly repay the awesome debt we owe, except to honor their memory in our hearts.

Memorial Day:

1. Memorial Day
2. History Channel
3. Wikipedia


1. Department of Veterans Affairs
2. Military Service Records
3. Disabled American Veterans

Combat Engineers:

1. 7th Engineer Battalion
2. 10th Engineer Battalion
3. 15th Engineer Battalion

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Music Video - Heaven

Middle aged geeks love music videos. To play this one, click on the "play" button, lower left corner of the media control panel.

By Los Lonely Boys

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Pirates on the web

While sailing the seven seas of the internet aboard our flagship Margarita, living a life of adventure and daring, it has come to pass that we have visited many exotic ports of call. Along the way, inevitably... we have encountered infamous pirates of legend and lore. Come aboard as we set sail on the tide and meet some of our pirate friends:

Monday, May 15, 2006

Eudora email

Looking for a new email client? There is a long list of problems with Microsoft Outlook but cory-apn's top three gripes are:

1. It's boring.
2. It's difficult to configure.
3. It's difficult to back up email files.

There are better programs out there, including; Thunderbird, Pegasus, PocoMail and others. Cory-apn's favorite is Eudora. Been using it through multiple versions for 10 years. The last couple of versions (6.0 and 7.0) have top notch security implementations, a spam guard mechanism that actually works and a user friendly interface that is fun and easy to master. Email files are easy to back up because they exists simply as Windows folders and can be copied manually or automatically with a simple program like SyncBack. One of Eudora's best features is the capability to install it multiple times on the same system thereby making it possible for different users to each have their own email account on a single computer. It is easy to customize and configure. The downloadable product comes in three modes; free, sponsored and paid.

Download page here --->

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 What is it? If your keeping up with all of the computer and internet related chit chat these days, your hearing a lot about Web 2.0. At this point, we still have a ways to go before this all shakes out, but what is emerging goes something like this: The internet is morphing into a sort of on-line Operating System. A platform where all of your assets no longer reside inside your computer but rather exist on-line. By assets I mean software, storage, files, contacts, communications, account records, everything. These assets are then accessable from anywhere, anytime via not just a computer, but any number of devices including your cell phone, your television, your PDA and presumably your wristwatch. Assets can also be shared with family, friends, business partners, employers, the CIA and the IRS.

Cory-apn says... maybe there are some worthy concepts here, maybe not. Two things come to mind. First, moving everything off of our computers and on to a server somewhere is not a new idea. That is exactly how things worked before the invention of the personal computer. You accessed a mainframe computer through what was called a "dumb terminal". Apparently Web 2.0 would have us return to those good old days. Personal computers will become obsolete. Second, with all of the serious security related vulnerabilities associated with the internet, how are we to trust moving our assets on-line?

Regardless, it's happening. Like it or not. Just how far this concept goes remains to be seen. Here are some links to Web 2.0 related sites so you can explore the idea yourself:

1. Web 2.0 Google search
2. Web 2.0 Wikipedia
3. ThinkFree Online
4. Rent Software
5. Windows Live
6. AjaxWrite
7. Wayfaring
8. Flock
9. Flickr
10. Rollyo