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Silver Lining = Sopranos

The only good thing about losing an hour of sleep today was that we get to watch the Sopranos an hour earlier!

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Ever wonder how to update the default editor in IE when you want to view source?  Ofcourse by default it uses notepad.exe but say you want to use something nicer like Textpad well here’s the steps to do it.

Step 1: Open up your registry editor, by running regedit from your Start->Run window.
Step 2: Browse the tree structure as follows
            ->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
            —->Software
            ———>Microsoft
            ————–>Internet Explorer
            ——————–>View Source Editor
            —————————->Editor Name
            ———————————–>(Default)=”c:\program files\textpad 4\textpad.exe”
Step 3: That’s it, go ahead and restart IE and try it out.  It should pop Textpad right up.

Of course these steps will work for any editor, all you need to do is update the right path in the registry.

Now at this point you maybe saying, great thanks for the tip but I don’t have the View Source Editor directory.  Not to worry, if that directory doesn’t exist for you all you need to do is create it and all the keys below as well.  The “View Source Editor” and “Editor Name” should be create by right-clicking and adding a new key.

That’s it, hope it helps.

So this is some pretty cool news or rumor if you're a halo fan.  My thought is that MSFT was holding off a bit for Halo 3 to burst the PS3 bubble.   Based off of this rumor it seems as though the PS3 should be released prior to Halo 3.  I've spoke with many people who are holding out for sony but always had it in the back of their mind that they would drop it for a glimpse of Halo 3.  In my opinion, the next version of Halo is the PS3 killer, if timed properly.  Is anyone else waiting for Halo 3 to make a decision?

Living Better With Video Games

So here’s a bit of good news. This article describes the benefits people have over those who don’t pick up the controller at all.

A body of research suggests that playing video games provides benefits similar to bilingualism in exercising the mind. Just as people fluent in two languages learn to suppress one language while speaking the other, so too are gamers adept at shutting out distractions to swiftly switch attention between different tasks.

A new study of 100 university undergraduates in Toronto has found that video gamers consistently outperform their non-playing peers in a series of tricky mental tests. If they also happened to be bilingual, they were unbeatable.
Time to dig out that playstation!

I’ve been reading a bunch of predictions for 2006 and most of them interesting. Since the 2006 predictions are already in I figure I might as well get my predictions in for 2007. To early you think? na, the earlier the better… so here I go.

2007 will be known as the “Year of the Wireframe,” let me explain. I would argue that 2005 would be known as the “Year of the Beta,” considering all of the applications which were released in beta, it just makes sense that we dub 2005 with that title. Also, you know you were cool if you got your app out in beta. Continuing this trend, developers will be releasing things even sooner, as web 2.0 continues to grow, it will become apparent a day will make or break you. So with that logic, 2006 will be known as the “Year of the Alpha” and then of course 2007 will be known as the, you guessed it, the “Year of the Wireframe.”
More to come…

My Link Experiment

Updated: click here to digg me and spread the word!

So here’s the deal. I’m extremely intrigued as are many people of the concept of the Google PageRank. To have a high page rank is a valuable metric as a webmaster. There have been many articles and many how-to’s on the basics of increasing your PR. One of the basics of increasing your number is by links in to your site and the PR of those sites. I’d like to test this notion.

This is a fairly new site with minimal content, so this mimicks what a new blogger’s site may look like. What I’d like to experiment with is the ability to have people link into this site and see how the PR of this page changes. Whether you have a PR of 0 or a PR of 10 it’s all the same, a link is a link (or is it???) My thought would be to get as many links as possible and then see what happens with the PR.

Some questions you maybe asking yourself ( I know I would be ):

  • “That’s great, but why would I participate?” good quesiton… If it’s not just from the goodness of your heart, how about a free iPod?? Here’s the deal, the first 1,500 people to link into my site will go into a drawing. From that group of people one person will win a iPod Nano 2Gig (black or white, your choice). That’s right, all you have to do is trackback, or link from your site. Either way Make sure it registers below, if it doesn’t just leave me a comment below saying that you, and your url where I can find it and you will be in the drawing.
  • “Why would you do this?” Not sure, just intrigued about how PR get’s increased. As you can see theres not much on this site. It’s just a free WordPress.com account without any ads of ANY kind. So this is not a con or a spam by any means. In fact, any insight I gain into this experiment will also be documented and published here for you reading enjoyment and learning.
  • “What kind of scam is this?” No scam, just an experiment… not interested? not a problem, enjoy the rest of your day.
  • “1,500, why such a high number?” Not sure, just a number I picked.
  • “What will you learn from this?” Well for one thing, i’ll learn what 1,500 link backs will do to your PR.
  • “What will I learn from this?” Well for one thing, you’ll learn what 1,500 link backs will do to your PR.
  • “What are you gaining from this?” Not a whole lot except for the knowledge I gain. I obviosley do not own this url, and i’m not looking to make any money from ads. So it’s just an experiment.
  • “Why would I not do this?” Not sure why you wouldn’t. You don’t have anything to lose, just gain the opportunity to win an iPod.
  • “What happens if you get 1,500 links in?” Not sure, but if I do get that many, then someone is getting an iPod :).
  • “What happens if you DON’T get 1,500 links in?” Nothing, if I don’t hit the mark then nothing happens… so make sure to pass it on!

So that’s it… that’s my experiment. Interested? Then give a link back… pass it on to your friends and have them link back and you may be on your way to your new iPod Nano.

Official Rules

  • All trackbacks and links must be documented here. In some cases when you trackback from your blog it will register below, if it does then you’re in, if not MAKE SURE to leave a comment letting me know.
  • One link in per site or blog. Sorry, it wouldn’t work if you trackback to me 50 times
  • If I feel if someone is taking advantage (trying to hack) the system, I will have the right to reset the links. This is a difficult one because I can’t have this be comprimised. It’s unfair to the linkers and unfair to me. So please be kind and we’ll all be fine.
  • You’r chances to win a iPod will be 1 in 1,500
  • That’s all the rules!

Keeping Your Computer Safe

Here’s great list of things you should do to keep your computer spyware-safe. Other than the common installation of ad-aware and Microsoft Antispyware, there are a couple of other good tips.