Archive for April, 2006

Feeling the itch to compose

April 25th, 2006 by sjan

While I have been incredibly busy at work and busy with other projects, I find that I am missing composing. So I think that it may be time to get back to working on music.

With that in mind, I will no doubt be giving a few of my favorite online tools a workout. For things like modifying samples I use the at quite a bit. For things like finding odball sounds to work with of course I turn to . When it comes time for percussion inspiration I go to for African rhythms and ‘s Middle Eastern Rhythms FAQ. I use Anvil Studio for creating bass, melody and spheres, and then pull them into TiMidity to convert them to sampled wav files. Now, if I could just find an online idea generator . . ..

Snobbery hurting Linux migration?

April 19th, 2006 by sjan

An article at points out the issue of Linux user elitism and snobbery – which seems to be putting some Windows users off of trying Linux.

I know it is something I’ve said before (although I’m not sure I have said it here) but it bears repeating: we all start out as a n00b but somewhere along the way we had some kind of assistance to get where we are. It is only if we are willing to share what we know that we can spread our knowledge for the “greater good.” Besides, if you don’t tell anyone what you know, you get no claim to being 1337.

Peter Nederlof’s whatever:hover to the rescue!

April 16th, 2006 by sjan

Well, I found a way to do CSS2 drop-down menus and force IE to accept them. It takes a little bit of JavaScript madness created by Peter Nederlof called which forces IE to accept the :hover psuedo-class for any element (as is the spec for CSS2).

While it uses IE specific tricks to make it work, it can be done in such a way as to not break in other browsers. (In other words, the changes are only applied if the browser is IE.)

There is a handy tutorial at SEOConsultants that was incredibly helpful.

Speed vs. cool

April 13th, 2006 by sjan

I have been talking to my service provider, trying to get increased upstream bandwidth, but am shocked at the price. I find it unbelieveable that a carrier that doesn’t provide service in Anchorage can offer 768K up and down for much less than the carriers in Anchorage.

Anyhow, since it seems that upgrading my bandwidth isn’t likely to happen any time soon, I think I need to rework some elements of the site. The JS menus on the top bar and right-click currently use images for all of the elements. I will probably rework those to be text only. I would like to move away from JS menus and go to CSS menus, but they don’t work in Internet Explorer. Hmm.

So, for the short term, it looks like I need to pull some of the things that one of my co-workers describes as “way cool” and switch to something that will load faster for those who will notice it – which is anyone with a broadband connection. Of course, the provider says that 360K up is plenty, because I can keep 6 56K modems busy. I personally don’t know anyone who still connects to the internet via dial-up. I am sure there are some out there, and there are others who are on their cable or phone company’s “free” plan who get 56 or 128K cable or DSL connections, but I don’t personally know any of them either.

If they go one way . . .

April 8th, 2006 by sjan

I was reading over at Ted Leung ‘s blog that there is a rumor that VMWare is working on a MacOSX version. I have to wonder, could this be the impetus for Apple to release an OSX version that will run on non-Apple hardware, or will VMWare come up with a virtual machine that will look like Apple hardware to OSX? Either way, I would be running to grab my copy of OSX as quick as as I could.

Official Apple dual-boot Mac/Win software released

April 5th, 2006 by sjan

Computerworld is reporting today that Apple released a public beta of Boot Camp, a program that uses the GUI to partition the drive, burn an install CD with all the required drivers and install WindowsXP for dual booting on a MacX86. It is currently available as a limited time trial, but is reported to be included in the next version of OSX, 10.5 Leopard, which is to be released later this year.

This seems to be coming from Apple a lot quicker than anyone guessed. With that in mind, how much longer will it be before Apple releases a version of OSX that doesn’t require Apple hardware? Given that their business model involves selling the hardware on which to run their OS I doubt it could be anytime soon, although I really do hope they decide to take that route.

Despite the assertions of Apple’s senior vice president of worlwide marketing, Phillip Schiller, I don’t think that Apple necessarily has “superior hardware” nor do I think that the dual boot strategy makes me more apt to switch. I have long built my own PCs using the hardware I choose, or ordered from vendors where I can select the hardware to be installed, and I don’t intend to change that. I would not be surprised to find that I am not alone in hoping that Apple releases an “any X86 hardware” version of OSX.

Until then, I won’t hold my breath.