Valleywag-ing it’s tail over Propeller screenshot

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I think it’s fun when someone gives Propeller free press over such trivial things. Oh, like a fuzzy, poor quality, camera-captured screenshot?

Via: ValleyWag

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Asus Eee PC with Windows XP

I’ve been reading the past two days that Asus will soon be releasing an update to their Eee PC that will include Microsoft Windows XP, instead of Linux. The Asus Eee PC 900 will not only come with Windows XP pre-installed, it will feature a larger 8.9 inch screen, 1GB of memory, and a increase storage capacity over the previous Asus Eee PCs coming with 12GB of storage. According to X-bit labs, the new Eee PC 900 will have a price tag of around 399 euros (or about $600 US Dollars).

In my opinion, this new ultra mobile PC from Asus probably won’t be as successful as the current generation Asus Eee PC. The reason being, I’m not so sure people will pay $600 for a laptop that has low performance and storage capacity when the same amount of money can get you a brand new, low-end laptop with much better performance specifications and storage capacity. Asus should stick to the sub-$500 range.

Something else striking me as strange is Asus moving to Windows XP as opposed to a Linux operating system. Don’t get me wrong, Windows XP is far easier to use than Linux when you first start out. Not to mention it has wider support among hardware vendors, and doesn’t give you any problems when trying to use peripheral devices, but is it really worth the cost? The added cost of a Windows XP license only hurts the customers, which probably aren’t going to be using the Asus Eee as an average laptop. The idea is a low-cost, ultra mobile, Internet ready machine; and quite frankly adding XP to that equation just doesn’t make sense to me.

Propeller.com Performance Issues

If you’re a fan of Propeller.com, the AOL-backed Social News website, then you know that lately the site performance has been going downhill. Pages are taking longer to load, sessions are timing out, sometimes I can’t even log into the site.

Rest assured though, the people behind the scenes know what’s going on and are attempting to fix the issues.

Thank you all for informing us of the performance issues on Propeller.com. Rest assured that these reports are not falling on deaf ears. We are hard at work diagnosing the likely causes (and yes, are looking for bandwidth!). At the same time, we are putting the finishing touches on something bigger and better, that we hope will be worth all of the patience you have exhibited on the current site.

-Tom Drapeau

What is Open Source to You?

Open Source is a term familiar to anyone who has a good bit of technology know-how under their belt, but what does the term mean to the average person? Why would they even care about the concepts behind Open Source and Free Software?

These are a few questions I’m aiming to answer in a definition research paper I’m writing for my Expository Writing class. I’m not sure, yet, how I’m going to convey the definition of Open Source/Free Software in terms that would apply to the average person or make the definition of my term even matter to my audience (my classmates).

Maybe the economical advantages will be the key to having my audience understand Open Source, but in turn, I don’t want them to think of Open Source software as “Freeware”.

If you’re reading this, what does Open Source mean to you?

Fun With CSS – Attribute Selectors

As I’m just playing around with my blog design, I’m actually learning a little bit about CSS2. One particular bit that I have never seen or used before are “attribute selectors”. Attribute selectors simple select a piece of code to be modified base on certain attributes.

For example, I was attempting to remove the “view more photos” link from the Flickr feed located in my side panel on my blog. I had tried several different approaches to this problem, but came up empty handed because the images and links all lack a CLASS or ID definition. That was, until I stumbled across a page on the W3C website defining certain selectors, their functions, and uses.

In order to finally remove the link, I used an Attribute selector like so:

#flickr_badge_wrapper a[href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerhoyet/"] {
display:none;
}

As you can see, I modified the <a> tag that included the attribute href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerhoyet&#8221;, which successfully removed the link.

Neat huh?

Twitter RSS on WordPress.com

Follow Up: Read about the solution I found here.

I’ve been trying to figure out a clean and simple way to display my latest Twitter Updates on my WordPress.com blog. The obvious, and most simple, solution to this problem is to just take my Twitter account’s RSS feed and add that feed to one of my RSS widgets. The only problem with this method is that the texted displayed always includes my Twitter account name before every Tweet, which in my opinion is not very sightly.

I’ve turned to a couple of free solutions to this problem, all of which have their ups and downs. My first attempt was using a website called Feed43 (Feed For Free). Feed43 actually works quite well, after you figure out how to section off the bit of the page you would actually like to have included in the RSS feed. The only problem with this service is that, even when paid for, the feed will only update every hour or so. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I Tweet 2-3 times in 30 minutes, meaning no one would see what I’m up to for hours, completely defeating the purpose of displaying the feed.

I then turned my attention to Dapper.net. Dapper is intended to be used for mashups, but from what I could tell, it’s an awesome tool to use when in need of a “custom” feed. Though I can extract the information I want from my Twitter page much easier with Dapper, I’m still having the problem of infrequent updates to the feed I’ve created.

Does anyone know a service that will edit or create feeds, won’t cost me money, and updates at least once every thirty minutes?

Goodbye to Netscape Navigator

I just read a BBC News story that reminded me of something very important, tomorrow is the end of the line for our old friend, Netscape Navigator. Originally released way back in 1994 (back when I was a mere 5 years old), Netscape Navigator used to own the Internet with over 90% of the market. Of course any geek would know that Netscape Navigator has long since been replaced by the likes of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, but I can’t help but mourn the lose of the very first browser I ever surfed the web with.

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