I used an iframe tag the other day only to learn it has all kinds of restrictions. Most HTML and XHTML tags are fairly straight forward but the iframe tag is very specific about where it can be used and how it is closed.

Here's a good run down of iframe,  but the part that tricked me was the closing.  You can't shortcut it,  you have to use the closing tag.


New Coldfusion IDE BOLT

Adobe continues the trend of bringing open source into the fold. It looks like BOLT is eclipse based. Not sure if it is CF-Eclipse or if it's different.


cfexchangeconnection - getting it to work

The error messages are a little generic so getting it to work can be tricky. The key is is to fill out all the information. Don't take the default on items. Especially tags like mailboxName and formBasedAuthentication.


Drinking Scotch? Pour a 21 yr old Glengoyne.

Sure, the farmer was drinking a Laphroaig, but the royalty are drinking Glengoyne 21yr old. O.K., I don't actually know that, but it sounds good.

The 21 year old is heavily influenced by the barrelling. Sherry, Port, liquid gold. Supercalifragilistic etc. I would love to try one of the signiture bottlings.

Where the magic happens.

Where the real magic happens. The barrels are resting in the Scottish country side.

The people responsible for this incredibly great Scotch.


Coldfusion 8 processing alternative file extensions

I ran into some problems doing this and notice a few other people asking about it. But it should work the same way as CF7 as far as I can tell. The trick I found was to use the Web Server Configuration Tool.

After I edited the web.xml and mapped the file extensions to IIS, the change worked on the development server but not the production server. The Server Error 500 basically tells you that CF isn't picking up the request. So I re-ran the Web Server Configuration Tool. I removed the CF mapping to the server and then recreated it. And Bingo, it worked.

Stephen Erat has a  good run down of how it should work (minus the use of the Web Server Configuration Tool).   Note that he removes the ID from the servlet mapping.



AVCHD and m2ts Video on Mac

You'd think with all the video done on Macs that there wouldn't be a problem in 2008. Just got a Macbook and Final Cut Express and it doesn't seem to want to import m2ts HD video files out of the box.

Marcel Fahle found a solution in the Squared 5 Converter but I didn't have any luck with it.

If you connect the camera to the Mac, it shows up as a hard drive. Final Cut Express can connect and import the videos using the Log and Transfer command under the File Menu.


Ipod Video

Videos on Ipods are just getting off the ground, but here are some resources.

Here's The Last iPod Video Guide You’ll Ever Need.

The Internet Archive has lots of good movies in the public domain. Perfect for watching on your video Ipod.

Some Highlights:


Lowes BBQ Grillware Modification

Here's the modification I made. It's not really a charcoal basket, just a bent piece of $12 metal. But it lifts the charcoal off the charcoal pan that ships with the grill, allows better airflow, and makes it easier for the ash to fall away.

I did it as a test to see if it worked and it worked so well that I don't have any plans to modify it any further. I can attain much higher temperatures and sustain them for hours.

You can see in the picture that the grate that ships with the grill only has holes spaced about an inch or so apart. It may be that by tediously placing each piece of charcoal between the holes you can get a better burn, but you are still left with the ash.

Click on the image to see a bigger version.

Adobe ColdFusion 8 Wins Best Web Services Solution

Is it cool to use CF again? Coldfusion 8 wins a Codie award and there is this glowing review in the Online Software Magazine.

Adobe ColdFusion 8 wins "Best Web Services Solution" as the solution that best connects disparate applications and data across an enterprise or between enterprises using web services standards such as SOAP, XML and WDSL. Includes Web services enabling technologies, infrastructure, middleware, system integration tools, etc.


Green Porno

An interesting way to get you to watch science. You might even learn something. Not sure it actually qualifies as pornography unless you are a bug.


Speed Racer, Everything you really need to know...

Watch the original first 13 episodes on Hulu.

Learn exciting details about Speed on Wiki. Like
did you know that G on his shirt was for Gō Mifune, his name in the original Japaneses version. And that the letters on the steering wheel actually represented the first letter of the "mode" they activated. A for Autojack, D for Deflector...

Check out the official 1967 Speed Racer site. Or the Speed Racer Movie (2008) site.


Go Speed Go !!! Speed Racer Is AWESOME !!!

Took my kids to see the Speed Racer movie and it was fantastic. Granted, I am the target market for this movie. I was 5 years old and glued to the T.V. when Speed was on.

Thanks to Larry and Andy Wachowski for making this movie and to all the skilled people it took to pull it together. It was fantastic to relive a bit of my youth along with my own kids.

So ignore the critics and go see this on the big screen. You won't regret it. I might even go back to watch it at an Imax Theatre.

R2D2, in the house.

R2D2 XVGA remote control ed projector. Has a Millennium Falcon remote control and makes R2D2 noises.


Slot Car Racer

9/11 Video Archive

Anyone who watched T.V. on 9/11 will remember the day.

I found it a little bit sickening and it truly seemed like a day where the world could change completely.

Now you can re-live it at archive.org I'm not sure that I want to go re-live the day, but it's a good thing that it's there. I'm not sure it will capture the feelings the same watching it in retrospect.

Round Ice Cubes for Scotch?

It's too hot in Ohio to drink Scotch straight up in the summer. So why not put a $187 round ice cube maker to use by dropping one in your Scotch?

They're seamless. come on...


Lowes BBQ Grillware

I've had my grill just over a year now and I really like it. But it has one serious problem. The charcoal grate doesn't let enough air in the bottom and doesn't let the ash fall away. I thought about modifying the rack, but instead, I just made a charcoal basket that lifts the charcoal off the bottom and lets the air flow through. Suddenly, the grill easily keeps a temperature of over 400 instead of struggling to get it up over 225.

Lowes, if your listening, this is a great grill with a minor modification. Get a new charcoal rack for this thing.


Pink Lady?

hmmmm.. Evidently they were a big hit in Japan in the 70's and 80's. Sort of the ABBA of Japan?


deru kugi wa utareru

Deru (to come out/stick out) modifies kugi (nail) Utareru is the passive form of utsu (to hit/strike) Sometimes kui (stake) is used instead of kugi

The Freesound Project. The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs.



Reportedly CGI, but it's so realistic, I wonder if it is not actually a picture montage. Whatever it is, it is a little creepy.



Switching to ATT Uverse

I'm switching from Time Warner Road Runner / Cable to ATT Uverse. Here's my test of road runner using SpeedTest.net.

And here's the new test results on ATT U-Verse ...


Linux in the Office

mmmm, ubuntu... mmmmm, open office, goooooooood.....

Columbus, Ohio #1

Forbes names Columbus the #1 upcoming tech city.

Columbus, Ohio

In 1997, the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio's largest research center, based in Columbus, managed a single lab for the U.S. Department of Energy with an annual budget of $1 billion. A decade later, Battelle oversees seven major laboratories for different federal agencies; budget: $4 billion in research funds annually. The institute has become a force in almost every area of emerging technology, especially life sciences and energy research. One of its children, Velocys, is working on a way to cut the cost of capturing the 3 trillion cubic feet of the world's stranded natural gas by converting it into easily transportable liquid.

Empty Gesture

Could only be improved by placing on an SUV.


Some Reading on the User Interface

Here is a couple of takes on UI design in 2008. Both discuss the "Less Is More" approach.

UI at Read/Write web.

Getting Real at 37signals

Top 100 Sci Fi Books

Not sure I would rank Dune as the #1 sci fi book of all time, but a good list of books all the same.


Coldfusion wins Dr. Dobbs Award

ColdFusion is the winner of the Web Development category of the Dr. Dobbs 18th Annual Jolt Awards.


Even when Google loses, it wins....

Google doesn't care about Office. They'll be thrilled that there is more content on-line for their search engine to index.


Appliance Computing

Computers are becoming the toaster. These two gadgets get me excited about computing again.

Popcorn Hour: allows you to pull in digital video, audio and photos from various sources on your HDTV or Home Theater setup.

LinuTop: Linutop is a miniaturized ready-to-use desktop PC, designed to reduce maintenance costs. It features low maintenance, cost, and energy usage.


A Blog Worth Reading

I won't give away the story but it may be the one blog I have ever read where the guy can actually write. Check out http://www.deusexmalcontent.com/

I <3 typos....