6.18.2009

Browser Comparison Chart, Get the Facts

This is the official page where MS compares IE8 to other browsers. It would be a great piece on The Onion. Somebody is going to get demoted for this one.

My Rankings :
  • Chrome wins: Security, Ease of Use, Privacy, Reliability, and Performance
  • Firefox wins: Developer Tools and my own special category of Interoperability (try running IE8 on linux).
  • IE8 wins: Nothing really. IE8 is a big improvement for MS but it doesn't stand out in any area. I'm happy that they have finally started to adhere to standards instead of inventing their own and that they threw in some developer tools. I actually use IE8 on a daily basis and it's o.k. But it won't keep people from switching to Chrome or Firefox.
Here is another opinion...

6.13.2009

Hauppauge 950

So I bought the Haupauge 950. The Elgato is basically the same thing. This works great on the macbook and the setup was dead simple. The PC struggles and the software doesn't seem to work as well.


Mac Mini HD Media Center

Found this recipe in the Mac Forums. This is combo for a Mac Mini Media Center reportedly works well.
  • 1.83 GHz Mac Mini (Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HDD, SuperDrive, Mac OS 10.4, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, Apple Remote, Power Supply, Install/Restore DVDs, Printed & Electronic Documentation)
  • AcomData Mini Pal External Harddisk Drive (HDD) (7200 RPM, same footprint and design as the Mac Mini)
  • Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner and Video Converter (with EyeTV 2 Software) OR the Elgato EyeTV Hybrid. The difference being the 250 has video compression built in. I'll go with the EyeTV Hybrid since I already have stand alone video compression.
  • Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard,Apple Wireless Bluetooth Mighty Mouse, (maybe the iPod Touch as remote?)
  • 6' DVI to HDMI cable
  • 6' Optical cable (with mini optical adapter that you'll need to get optical out of the Mac Mini) - for enjoying 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Remote Buddy software (makes your apple remote incredibly more useful)
  • DisplayConfigX software (helps you get the output resolution of the mini perfectly calibrated for your HDTV)
Some of the reviews for the Elegato 250 are a little scary and I'm curious about the Silicon Dust HomeRun.

6.10.2009

Query of Queries doesn't support DELETE

I love queries in Coldfusion.   Today I wanted to remove some rows from a Query so I just did a QoQ with a DELETE statement.   Doc's clearly state don't support DELETE.  

It took me a second, but the answer is simple,  don't DELETE the records you don't want,  SELECT the records you want back into the same query.

As a side note,  I was working with CFLDAP and Active Directory.   I was working on a test to make sure I don't lock out accounts if people are fat fingering or somebody is doing some sort of brut attack.    I discovered Active Directory has a field that reports the number of failed logins since the last successful login.

6.09.2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Rocks 10 year old machine.

I had loaded Ubuntu 6 or something on this machine years ago but some memory went bad.   I picked up some cheap memory the other day, loaded 9.04 and it works great.   Detected my old Nvidia card.   Detected a 2wire USB wireless connection.

Just make sure you have all your hardware plugged in and powered up when you do the installation.