Friday, July 29, 2005

iWon News: Congress Passes Far-Reaching Energy Bill

Inside is the measure that changes Daylight Saving to be longer...adding 3 weeks in the spring and 1 week in the fall.

Won't go into effect until 2007.

Guess that gives Canada time to mull whether to follow suit or not. Don't know what the EU is going to do....which currently already starts their DST a wee before we do.

More importantly, I won't still be at my present job when I have to figure out how to get all the servers to observe the new Daylight Saving timing. It is hard, because there are a number of servers that are operated on the "if it ain't broke, don't upgrade it" philosophy. Especially, if upgrading means spending money. Might be a hard sell to buy RHEL4 ES (because there's no more RedHat Linux Professional) just because NIS is considered a server feature, so it is omitted from the WS version. Though FTPd is also a server feature, so some users have complained about not being able to ftp in to those build machines. (too much trouble to rlogin -- without passwords because of .rhosts, and use ftp over there.)

Though last night, for inexplicable reasons...a co-worker's cube lost power...he's on a UPS, the same UPS that I'm on. So the guess is the cleaners might have bumped his power last night. But, it trashed a he had to wait for me to come in and repair it.

Wonder what he'll do when I job ends, and I leave....

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Analog Cell Phone phase out.

Apparently, in addition to the government plan to phase out analog TV, they also plan to phase out analog Cell phones.

I suppose that would make sense only if they are taking the spectrum away from the companies. Unlike TV where they are taking a portion of the band away.

Could be that analog is based on older technology of receive/transmit a much bigger chunk of spectrum is used and it is two chunks. Though the digital providers that used to do analog, tend to have their digital spectrum adjacent to the analog bands (not sure if there is some overlap, guess it depends on the technology or how the provider did its initial implementation).

I guess I'm kind of split on the elimination of analog cell phones. When I first switched to digital, the biggest problem was lack of coverage...especially when traveling. There were too many times I'd travel to a distant city, to find no digital service. And having a digital only phone, meant that I had no service.

To this, the industry responded with dual mode they could fall back to analog. Sometimes it required a different provider, especially if it happened a lot and it cost extra to do it (analog roaming fees). So, it was a requirement for me to have analog capability in my phone. And later, one where it wouldn't cost me an arm and leg whenever the phone went analog....

Though now I travel a lot less than I did back then, and digital coverage has improved (though I tend not leave the major areas). To the point, last year, where I made the leap to a digital only phone far so good. Yes, there have been times where I've been without service....but that is more of a reliability problem with the providers network than coverage. Though, that isn't really a good thing....

Monday, July 25, 2005

Garbage Plays Canada

Darn...something I don't have the luxury of doing this year because I'm in job limbo.

Can't do a major trip expedition to see Garbage perform....

Interesting that they'll be playing MacEwan Hall (UofC) in Calgary on August 27th, 2005. I've been meaning to make a trip that direction some day...though I was shooting to go the weekend following Labour Day...and it was more to visit Medicine Hat.

Perhaps next year I'll do the Medicine Hat trip. Don't know if I'll ever get to see Garbage live.

A9 Toolbar for Firefox

Well, I got the A9 Toolbar to behave. By uninstalling it and reinstalling it. Seems it wants to assert itself for position on the browser.

First I had updated my laptop, and it was the last thing I installed, so I didn't really think anything about how it had reappeared....except that it wasn't in the way of RoboForm's toolbar.

But, then I updated my work computer. I uninstalled A9 and Google before starting the update process. Only to find that I couldn't access from work. Fortunately I had some of the files on disk for when I updated my laptop.

In the process, I reinstall A9 toolbar first...and it popped into the wrong location. But, thinking order of install might be important...I uninstalled and installed the Google bar first. And, now the A9 toolbar installed into the line above the Goolge bar. So, RoboForm is where I want it to be now.

Another thing to note is that the office firewall blocks, since it considers the site to be spyware. Though is fine. And, so is

It'll be interesting when I have to remove all my personal data from my work computers....will also have to remember to remove the commercial software that is mine.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Google Toolbar for Firefox

Recently, I installed removed the unofficial Google Bar and installed the Official Google Bar in my Firefox browser on my main desktop.

The reason is because I upgraded to v1.06, which altered the way roboform works. Namely, the roboform toolbar was showing up on top of the google bar, making it less accessible.

Plus there were other bugs in the googlebar, so I was looking to upgrade it.

Because certain other people have blogs on this site, and the office google bar has a "BlogThis!" button. I decided to add yet another Blog site to my arsenal....

Now to upgrade my other computers....

Meanwhile, the A9 toolbar sticks itself under the roboform toolbar, so its days might be numbered.... Except that I kind of like it. Possibly enough that I might see if they, or some other part, is hiring.