Archive for: August 2008

August 31, 2008


Filed under: Technology — Les Bain @ 1:55 am

I am having lots of problems with FireFox.

  • It is not shutting down properly most of the time
  • Consequently, it is not starting up all of the time.  Sometimes I have to go into task manager and kill the process before it can start.
  • Blog This works in Internet Explorer, but not in Firefox.
  • FireFox goes into a loop and uses all the CPU resources.

First I will uninstall and install FireFox.

Already I am starting to use IE and Opera more.

August 29, 2008

Extended Software Evaluations

Filed under: Technology — Les Bain @ 2:19 pm

I question the value of doing extended software evaluations. I recommend that people find a product that has the basic functionality they need, and instead of evaluating multiple products, spend the time learning how to use the product effectively.

There are several reasons for this:

  • Software products change so rapidly, that extended evaluations are difficult because things are always changing.
  • There is usually a price point that is the major factor.  Find the product in your price range, get it, and spend your time learning how to make it work for you.
  • Software rarely matches 100% of the need.  Once the product is installed, time can be spent finding ways to satisfy the rest of the functionality needed.

I was once in a mainframe Information Technology company that needed to decide on a database system.  Mainframe database systems cost 100K or more and the usual evaluation period was 6-9 months.  The CIO called anyone with database experience into a conference room, invited them to tell of any mainframe database product, and do a quick evaluation.  We decided on a product during that meeting, ordered it the following day, and installed if with a few days.  At the end of 6-9 months, we had the first two applications running, and we all knew how to use the database product.

August 28, 2008

I am tired

Filed under: Personal — Les Bain @ 10:53 am

A very unprofessional post today.  I am tired.

Every morning at 7:30 the construction crews arrive and begin work in the area.  It has been going on for 3 weeks.

I know many get up earlier than that each morning, but I am a night owl and often work past midnight coding and designing.

I need to make some sort of adjustment.

I am tired.

August 26, 2008

Hillary Clinton speaks at Convention – a Perspective

Filed under: Politics — Les Bain @ 6:29 pm

I do not often just reference another article, but this article was insightful on so many levels that I wanted to point to it here.  The article points up the latest example of “conventional wisdom” in the press that has little to do with reality.

“Hillary Clinton speaks at convention. The press concocts a story

by Eric Boehlert

Within the fast-forward world of campaign journalism, it’s not considered cool to examine the recent past in order to provide context for today’s events. (We know it’s not cool because nobody does it.) Nonetheless, here’s a very brief history lesson that the political press prefers to ignore.”

WordPress problems today

Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 10:27 am

I signed on to this blog today to write a blog post.  It took a long time to initialize.  When the blog dashboard came up, it said the blog had no posts.

I did the normal debug first step. I shut it down and then restarted.  Everything is fine.

I exported the blog just in case, groaned at the size of the exported file, came back and deleted all spam comments, and then exported it again.  Much better.

It seems to be fine now.  I will assume that the database did not open, or the database server was unavailable, or something else was temporarily unavailable.  I am not going to trace the problem unless it happens again.  But I am glad I have an exported file.

I think I will also go and backup the database just to be sure.

So I am blogging about blogging again.

August 25, 2008

Obama and Adsense

Filed under: Podcasts,Technology — Les Bain @ 2:53 pm

I support Senator Barack Obama.  I say that in this blog.

Adsense picks up on Bararck Obama and presents ads about Barack Obama, some of them negative.  That creates a quandary.  Do I allow those that are trying to place negative ads advertise on this blog?

I cannot really click the ads to find out if they are reasonable, because that is click fraud.  I do not want to spend my time reading negative Senator Obama ads.  So I restrict the negative ads that I see.

It is simple to go to Adsense and register the URL of those that I would prefer not show on this blog.  It is the first time I have used that service.


Filed under: Technology — Les Bain @ 2:46 pm

I sometimes think that RoboForm is my best productivity tool.

It keeps track of userid/passwords for all the web services that I use, and not only that, allows me to automatically enter them as well.

I find myself looking through the RoboForm list to remember the name for a webpage I have not entered in months, selecting the webpage, and then being signed on and presented with the service.

A fine service done well.

August 19, 2008

Upgraded WordPress to new Version

Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 6:21 pm

Ran the WordPress automated upgrade process to install the new version of WordPress.

  • It is a WordPress plugin and it does make the upgrade much smoother.
  • It is a little confusing running the process responding to the messages, but it does work.

The bottom line: the plugin makes it easier.

August 14, 2008


Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 2:22 pm

Helping a client blog.

  • Use the blog service
  • Send an email
  • Use Blog This!
  • Use a general purpose blog client

I like to help a client with this sort of research, it is research that I can use.

August 13, 2008

“In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.”

Filed under: Politics — Les Bain @ 5:53 pm

John McCain speaking today said “In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.”

Senator McCain!  The United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in the 21st century, and John McCain wants to stay for 100 years.


August 10, 2008

Thoughts on the News

Filed under: Politics — Les Bain @ 6:03 pm

I am pleased that John Edwards was not nominated for a Democratic office.  It would have been just too painful.

Russia and Georgia go to war.  An earnest CNN reporter asks the Russian ambassador why Russia invaded a sovereign country.  Wonder if the reporter has heard of Afghanistan or Iraq.

President Bush criticized Moscow’s military violence in Georgia. Wonder if President Bush has heard of Afghanistan or Iraq.

The Olympics have started.  The medal totals are given by country.  China tries to make a good impression on the world.  A citizen of China kills an American man there to see a family member compete in the Olympics.

Malaysia faces another sodomy trial.  Apparently if you get close to winning an election to topple the existing rulers, you get charged with sodomy.

I think I will turn off the news for a while.

August 5, 2008

Posting Regularly

Filed under: Blogging,Personal — Les Bain @ 11:50 am

If I do not post on the blog regularly, I do not know what to write about.   There are too many things backed up and I do not know where to start.

Seems that is the way with many things.  If you exercise everyday it is a pattern and it generates energy to keep it up.  Getting started again after a period of no exercise is difficult.

It is the difference in a smooth running stream of water versus one that is jammed up or backed up with debris.  Getting the debris out the way is required to get it running smoothly again.

August 4, 2008

Networking groups

Filed under: Management — Les Bain @ 8:14 pm

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to join networking groups.  These are the groups that meet regularly and help each other find referrals for new business.

Some for very organized and very large, like BNI – which claims to be the largest business networking organization in the world.  Rules are stringent, attendance is compulsory, participation is required.

Others are local, spontaneous, disorganized and fun.

I have had success finding business by going to business networking groups, but I resist going.  I have to sort that out.

August 1, 2008

WordPress and RSS feed

Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 12:08 pm

I wrote an RSS tutorial.  I know a little something about RSS, but the RSS feed for this blog is broken.  I have had it on the task list for a while without giving it priority.  But it is getting embarrassing to have this RSS feed broken.

I will update to WordPress 2.6 first, then fix the RSS feed.


  • Used the Automatic Upgrade plugin to upgrade WordPress to 2.6
  • Upgraded the plugins to new versions where appropriate.
  • Finished or deleted all the drafts

Reviewed the comments, which reminded me of the sixties:

  • Sex (All the porn sites, some with dozens of links)
  • Drugs (Viagra, Levitra, and others)
  • But instead of Rock and Roll – Poker and Gambling.

The RSS Feed is fixed.  Easy enough.  Feedburner was pointing to the incorrect source rss xml file.  Such a simple fix for an ongoing problem.  Oh well.

A trillion web pages

Filed under: Technology — Les Bain @ 11:47 am

Google announced that there are now over a trillion web pages, even after the duplicates are eliminated.

I have a hard enough time with numbers already.  Let’s review:

Value SI
10001 k kilo-
10002 M mega-
10003 G giga-
10004 T tera-
10005 P peta-
10006 E exa-
10007 Z zetta-
10008 Y yotta-

does yotta mean the same as lotta … as in lot of.

I remember when Teradata Corporation was selling a data base machine.  Seemed like more data than anyone could ever use.