Thursday, June 24, 2004

O Hotmail, where art thou?

(Via Chris' Corner)

So apparently, Hotmail are going to up their storage to 250mb. It seems everyone is jumping on the lots-of-storage-for-free-email bandwagon now.

  • Rediff (an Indian portal) recently Upped their offering to 1Gb
  • Hotmail are about to up theirs to 250mb (2Gb if you've got a paid account - up from 10mb for a paid account, which raises the question of why would you bother to pay for 10mb of email space)
  • Yahoo mail have upped theirs to 100mb (not sure what it used to be)

It had to happen I guess - businesses have to at least try and protect themselves from entry of new competitors, even if it's in a domain that makes them no money (at least directly). Or do they? is it just a reflex action to protect your turf, even when you're not making any money from it? Oh, wait, they are making mondy off the advertising. It's always about the marketing.

One of the interesting things I read in that cnet article:

Separately, Microsoft said it will offer free antivirus software to scan e-mails before they appear in a user's in-box.
That should get AV providers' knickers in a twist.

we won volleyball!

Oh my goodness. For the first time since I've been playing with this team - 2 years - We won 2 sets in a row. we lost the third set, but that means WE WON!!!. Yay us. First set was a thriller - we came back from 21-16 down to win 25-27, and we won the second one a bit easier (came back from 20-17 down to win 21-25, I believe.) And it was against the second-placed team on the ladder :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Goose gig

So last Saturday night, went to see Goose play, again at The Gov (you'd think that was the only live music venue in Adelaide, wouldn't you? You'd almost be right).For those unfamiliar with the work of Goose, they're a local 15-piece funk/soul band - 7-piece brass section, big rhythm section (couple of guitar players, couple of keyboard players, drums, bass, percussion), led by the very nice Dave Palmer. They rule.

It was an absolutely sensational gig - they played a solid 90-100 minute set I reckon, with a 15 minute encore. All of my favourite tracks from the album got a run, along with some great new songs, and as always the band were totally kicking ass - Damien Steele-Scott is one of my favourite bass players I reckon. I'd love to have a tenth of his ability!

I was going to list all the tracks on my mobile and then blog a whole set list, but the batteries on the phone ran out and i was too busy having a great time :)

My mum & dad even came, and they both loved it as well. See, Goose, bringing families together. awwwww.

So if you're in Australia and you're reading this, keep an eye out for when Goose are playing near you (Gig Guide here), and check them out. They totally rock.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Exam tomorrow

Exam tomorrow. Nervous.

Update: Exam went well - it was a little bit easier than I expected. I'll be fairly disappointed if I fail it.

Friday, June 18, 2004

XUL file manager...cool

(from MozTips Reloaded!)

This rocks! The people at anisolution.com have come up with a remote file browser that looks virtually identical to windows explorer written in XUL. So it runs on most major platforms client-side, and I believe the server-side has been ported to PHP (from ASP initially), so it'll run on almost any platform as well.

I haven't tried it out, but the screenshots look awesome. It's even got in-place text editing. Very cool.

Mozilla 1.7 Released

In the third release from mozilla.org in a very short time, Mozilla (the suite) 1.7 has been released! New stuff includes:

  • Talkback (crash reports) for all platforms
  • option to prevent one of my pet hates - sites that use JavaScript to block the browser's context menu (hate hate hate)
  • New file icons for windows (nice)
  • Basic FTP upload support
  • New "show passwords" mode in Password Manager (displays your saved passwords - what a lifesaver)
  • IMAP IDLE support and Palm Sync improvements
  • Support for relative paths for mail folders in prefs.js. Yay. (Makes it easier to copy profiles around without needing manuallu hack around with prefs.js)
  • support for the onbeforeunload event (i.e. an event that fires when you close your browser window). I can see this being very handy in web app development, as you can now alert users about potential data-loss when closing a window or leaving an HTML page.
  • Various performance and memory improvements, as always
  • Read about all the new stuffand more in the release notes

I haven't used this release at all, because I'm using Firefox and Thunderbird, but I might install it just to see how the suite is coming along. I used to use the suite exclusively until Firefox 0.7ish (then called firebird) and thunderbird 0.4ish. It was my first mozilla love ;)

1.7 is slated to become the new stable branch (meaning it will stay feature- and API-frozen for the forseeable future, with major bug & security fixes backported from the main mozilla trunk. This is good; the previous stable branch was 1.4 (and 1.0 before that), which was getting a little long in the tooth and was missing out on some of the great new things the trunk had picked up. Nice to see the mozilla suite project moving along still, even though all the focus nowadays seems to be on the standalone apps (Firefox/Thunderbird/Sunbird/Nvu).

This is my last mozilla-whoring post for a while, I promise ;)

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Thunderbird 0.7 released

Thunderbird 0.7 is out! New stuff includes:

  • New Themes and Extension Manager (similar to firefox; includes automated updating)
  • New interface for viewing vCards
  • New Profile Manager - supports running from a USB device
  • Color quoting for quoted message parts
  • New interface for creating multiple identities per account
  • Smaller download - The Windows Installer is now only 5.9MB.
  • Improved Performance
  • Talkback
  • Plenty of bugfixes and more in the release notes

So what are you waiting for? Grab the windows version from here, or other versions (Linux, MacOSX) from the FTP directory.

Thunderbird is the standalone version of the mozilla suite's email client, plus improvements. It goes along with Firefox (Browser) and Nvu (HTML Editor - i.e. Composer). It's got a good interface and excellent spam filtering built-in, and it's significantly less prone to automated viruses than other email clients. It's a perfect replacement for Outlook Express.

Reclaim Your Inbox!

volleyball

Played volleyball last night (in the local friendly league). We won the first set! yay! This is a big deal, because we lose every week. But it's a lot of fun :) Last season we managed to win 1 set out of all the games we played (that's not an exaggeration), and this season we've won a few (probably 4 or 5), so we're improving!

Only 6 of us turned up this week, which meant we had no sub - which turned out to be a good thing, as you get into a bit of a groove, being on the court the whole time. of course, I was stuffed by the end of it.

We won the first set 25-19ish, we lost the second set 25-17ish, lost the 3rd set 25-13 (after a shocker of a start, 18-1), and we lost the 4th set 14-12ish (we didn't finish that set because of time).

Go the mighty Mixed Yellow! (Yes, that is our team name. No, I didn't have anything to do with choosing it. Yes, I do want to change it ;-) )

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Working Hard, Hardly Working

Note to self: read this article again next time I get a non-self-employed job.

Firefox 0.9 is out, update.mozilla.org opens

Mozilla Firefox 0.9 is out! New stuff includes:

  • New Extension & Theme Managers (with automated updating)
  • Comprehensive migration of bookmarks, cookies, preferences from other browsers (IE, Mozilla, Netscape, older versions of Firefox)
  • New default theme (Winstripe, replacing Qute, after a little bit of a developer bust-up)
  • The Windows Installer version is just 4.7mb! That's even bearable on dialup :)
  • Lots of bugfixes
  • Read all the improvements in the release notes

You can grab the windows version from here , or versions for other systems from the FTP directory. Get it now! It rocks. So many benefits over IE.

On the extensions/themes front, update.mozilla.org has opened. I'm not a fan of the look of the site, but having a central place for extensions & themes can only be a good thing. If only they could just move the Texturizer.net extensions page across to u.m.o I'd be happy ;-)

0.9 seems like a great release - 0.8 was fantastic (and has been my default browser for a while now), so if it's any kind of improvement it can only be great. looking forward to 1.0 :)

I'm not 100% convinced about the new default theme (winstripe), I think the old default theme (Qute) was better for the windows platform. It just...fitted in better, or something. I can understand wanting to have one theme for all platforms, I just don't think it's actually necessary (or even desirable). The 3 platforms (OSX, windows, linux) are different enough in their visuals that having a different theme for each that fits in with the OS is a good thing IMO. But what do I know, I'm just a user ;-)

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Lost In Translation

This is absolutely wonderful: Lost In Translation.

As of September 2003, translation software is almost good enough to turn grammatically correct, slang-free text from one language into grammatically incorrect, barely readable approximations in another.
It drags english through about 7 different translations and back to english, producing such gems as

  • "Compire of the tin a horse l'eau, but you cannot instruiz he he drunk it" ("You can lead a horse to water, but you can not make him drink")
  • "the dog, this scorteccia, does not bite" ("The dog that barks does not bite"), and
  • "a bird in how much he evaluates any two in the value of shrubs" ("a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush").

Hilarious :)

Friday, June 11, 2004

Idea Of North gig

A bunch of us1 went to see The Idea Of North play (sing?) at The Gov last night. What a great gig - they are truly amazing singers, and it was a very fun night.

They started out with a song I can't remember, then played one of my favourites - But Not For Me - followed by Sarah's favourite of theirs (an amazing arrangement of It's Alright With Me). Good start.

I didn't write down a full set list or anything, but some of the highlights were a stunning rendition of Sting's Fields of Gold, an absolutely beautiful His Eye Is On The Sparrow, an amusing version of Singin' A Capella (including some A Capella Anonymous-style confessions), and a bit of crowd participation with everyone singing harmonies to their version of Steve wonders Isn't She Lovely.

They obviously loved what they were doing, they were all very comfortable on stage and with each other. It was lots of fun to watch. They've all got stunning voices as well, of course; Naomi Crellin (alto) has one of those wonderful dark female voices, Trish Delaney-Brown has a stunningly clear soprano, Nick Begbie (tenor) has a fantastic voice (perfect for pop) and an amazing range, and Andrew Piper (Bass) is simpy incredible, great voice and very impressive vocal percussion at the same time. That Nick Begbie's a funny bugger.

The evening was helped by the fact that The Gov is a great venue. We were standing up the back of the room - most of which was occupied by people sitting at tables where they had had dinner - and some very nice staff members went and carried a bunch of chairs in for everyone standing up at the back to sit on. Friendly.

This was the first time I've seen Idea Of North live, and I'm sure it won't be the last. A totally fantastic evening. (I'm running out of superlatives, can you tell?)

1. Andrew, Jodey, Elisa, Sarah, Sarah, and myself. Hi guys.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Woohoo!

Finished my assignments for uni today. Finally.

Now for the exam on the 21st, and then 5 weeks of freedom. Hell yeah.

Getting a little bit shitted off at uni at the moment. The only thing keeping me there is "it'll be worth it when I finish" and sheer stubbornness (stubbornity?) - there's no way I'm giving up now when I'm this close and after all this effort. Stupid uni. Stupid degree.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

The silence is deafening...

Hmm, haven't posted in a while. There's a draft post coming Real Soon Now, I promise.

To entertain you in the meantime, you can read all about Jason's exciting adventures in lundun ing-uh-lund!

Friday, June 04, 2004

Motivation

Hmm. Got paid for the last fortnight on Wednesday, and really felt the impact of spending so much time on uni. Steve and I have determined that we're going to draw salary based on the billable hours we do - in stark contrast to our previous jobs, where nothing we did has seemingly any impact on anything - because it's likely that Steve will have a fair amount more time to put into Iugo than I will, being single1 and living alone and all. I've been heaps busy, it's just that spending all that time on uni and not work has hit home.

On the positive side, talk about motivation to get things done! I've had two very productive days yesterday and today (apart from going into town for lunch with Steve and Glen). I like being productive, I just wish I could be like that all the time :)

[1] At least, as far as I know...want to correct me, Steve?

Phones

So Sarah just got a new phone from 3, and I'm heaps jealous. It's an LG (not that you'll find it on their site, for some reason), and it rocks the house. Very very cool. It came with a USB data cable too, which I was pleasantly surprised by, that's the kind of thing that's normally a $40 extra. Nice.

Still, Steve and I should be getting new mobiles pretty soon, so I won't have to be jealous for long. Those Nokia 6230s look rad.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

badgers

Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger

Also, It's the badgerphone!