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~ Saturday, January 24, 2004

What I'm Reading...

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment | Jump Start Your Brain | The Project 50 (Reinventing Work): Fifty Ways to Transform Every "Task" into a Project That Matters! | The Professional Service Firm50 (Reinventing Work) : Fifty Ways to Transform Your "Department" into a Professional ServiceFirm Whose Trademarks are Passion and Innovation!


RSS Feeds Broken...a little

For those of you reading via RSS, you may have noticed that the main link in each item is broken. Instead of linking you to the blog entry, it gives you a 404 Not Found Error. This is due to some issues with the Feedster.com RSS generation engine that I am using. Any internal links inside the entry will work fine, but the main link to the blog entry will not. You can manually edit the link by adding /blog/ after the domain name. The RSS link is missing the sub-directory part of the URL for some reason. I have emails into tech supprt on the issue and am trying to get it resolved.

Also, Blogger.com has finally turned on their RSS generation services, as well. Unfortunately, this software has an issue with the discussion group links I have been adding to posts for the last week or so. There is a possibility I will switch over to using the Blogger service if I can get it working. This means yet another change in my RSS URL, so please be patient. It make take a little while to get things worked out.

~ Friday, January 23, 2004

High-Tech Career Handbook - The Best of Career Opportunities from ComputorEdge Magazine

Now Available from CafePress.com

This collection of my best columns is a great gift for students who are thinking of a high-tech career, those graduating into the "real world" of high-tech work, or someone who is thinking about moving into high-tech as their second career.


Career-Op: Up and Out
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

As your high-tech career matures, you will have less and less desire to climb under desks, pull cable through ceilings and experience the mind-numbing stupor of watching software install. As the years pass, you will want to find new ways of using your knowledge and experience, while still maintaining a quality of life and career. While it might not be easy, here are few thoughts that can guide your journey from technology installer to technology manager.

~ Thursday, January 22, 2004

Sicily Pictures Now Online

After much selection and deselection, a collection of photos from our recent trip to Sicily are now online. I have endeavored to put some descriptions on the photos, but if you would like more information about a location or photo, drop me an email and I will fill in the blanks.

~ Wednesday, January 21, 2004

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Events

January 31, 2004 - 2-3 pm

Mochi Making

Watch Kodama Taiko pound rice into mochi, used to make Japanese sweets and offerings. Then sample a mochi treat!

January 31, 2004 - 3-5 pm

Sake Tasting

Explore the fascinating lore of this rice wine, and sample a wide variety of sake. Sake tasting requires reservations 310/ 825-8655 and costs $10 per person for non-members, $5 for Fowler members.

Parking is $7, so consider taking the business of other form of public transit.


Now we're coooking...

Today's LA Times Food Section has an excellent article on finding recipes and ingredients on the Internet. A gastronomic world with reach by Regina Schrambling holds lots of information for the Internet foodies in all of us.

When I returned from Sicily at the beginning of this month, I went looking for online resources for a few of the products I found there. This article gives me a few more places to look.

Buon Appetito!

~ Monday, January 19, 2004

Linksys WMP54G issues

I had an interesting problem today installing a WMP54G PCI Wireless Card in a Dell Dimension 2400. I didn't take the time to determine the exact cause of the issues, as I got it working, but the problem related to 2 possible issues.

It is possible that the card had difficulties functioning on both Slot 1 and 3 on this PC. Moving it to slot 2 eventually allowed it to install and function properly. Secondly, when the card was screwed into the backplane, the rear of the card would become unseated from the PCI slot.

I am writing this here in an effort to head off any problems if you are working with a similar card.

~ Sunday, January 18, 2004

Before you get new glasses...

This tip from MacMerc could be just the thing for those of us whose eyes are starting to remind us just how old we are. Zoom nn on any part of the Mac OS X screen to read fine print and more.

From the web site...

Digital Zoom
I'm sure that some of you have poked around all of your System Preferences, including the Universal Access pane, but you'd be amazed at how many Mac users are unaware of "Digital Zoom". It's time to learn more. [MacMerc]


Old man in the computer

I got a Wacom tablet as a late Christmas gift from my sister and I am sooooo happy. I have wanted one of these for the longest time, but couldn't really justify purchasing it myself.

This is the first quick sketch I did with the tablet.

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