Sunday, April 30, 2006

saying farewell?

today i was sitting here getting a bit more work done, when doug sent me this. rather unfortunate news in my mind.

the titans brought in vince young with the number 3 pick in the draft, and are hoping he will live up to the hype, despite some signs that he might just be a village idiot.

will this article turn out to be true? and in either case, will young be thrown to the wolves or do we really get to sit back and watch billy volek for a season?

any way you work it out, this season could be ugly. :(

stepping it up

i decided to step up my efforts to support FireFox today, adding in some script from to detect users who visit my page using internet explorer.

anytime a user is detected using internet explorer, a nice little splash banner is displayed at the top of the page, encouraging them to give firefox a try. i find myself doing this every time i come across someone using internet explorer in real life, so i figure i'll do it online as well. i'll keep an eye on my web stats and see if it's making any difference.

for those that do switch, i encourage you to also install a few extensions: adblock plus, adblock filterset.g updater, and ie tab view, and tabbrowser preferences. if you do any web development, the web developer pack and firebug are both really useful as well.

thank you, drive through please.

Friday, April 21, 2006

crossing the pond

Another update on the mini! Woohoo :) The status has changed to 'en route', which means it's crossing the pond. From what the sales guy told me about what he usually sees, the longest delay is waiting for shipment. Once it's "en route" it's pretty quick to get it at the dealership, so here's to hoping for an early delivery. :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

the end is here

today is a day of great celebration across the lands. thanks to the wonderful folks over at parallels i can finally rid myself of my dedicated windows machine.

the last couple obstacles remaining have been tackled thanks to the superb virtual environment i can now run windows xp in, on my intel mac mini. not only does it run the virtual machine nicely, but thanks to hardware virtualization support in the intel core duo processor, it runs at near native speed, so there is very little overhead to running both environments at once (and of course the 2gigs of ram doesn't hurt either ;) just sayin...)

this weekend i'll find some time and clean up my last data drive still remaining in that windows machine, and throw it into the ministack v2 enclosure i have sitting here waiting on it, and then i will be done with this machine. i'll clean it up and find it a new home. i don't want it anymore.

eat it! 200

Friday, April 14, 2006

who would have thought

Looks like somebody is in a bit of trouble for asking the girls to give a little more than what's on the menu. Read this for more info. (some language in the article, so if it's going to offend you, don't click)

mini awaiting shipment

Got an update on my mini today, woohoo! Looks like they are done building it now, and now it's waiting on shipment. According to Josh at Mini of Nashville this is the longest part. So now we.. well... keep waiting. :)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

red paperclip

This is pretty neat. Dawn sent it out earlier, and I thought it was neat enough to share. :)

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

survey says...

The following is a really long survey I took to give someone some personal info about me.. and now it's available here for you ;) Enjoy.


Your full name:: Kevin Duane Smith
Age:: Current_Year() - 1977
Height:: 5 foot 7.. almost
Natural hair colour:: Brown
Eye colour:: Brown
Number of siblings:: Two
Glasses/contacts?:: Yep
Piercings:: Not anymore...
Tattoos:: Penguin
Braces?:: Nope


Colour:: Blue
Stuffed animal:: Penguin
Video game:: Ms. PacMan
TV show:: Smallville
Movie:: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Book:: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Food:: Buffalo Hot Wings (Blazen at BWW)
Game on a cell phone:: It's not possible!
Animal:: English Bulldog
Cereal:: Varies Week to Week
Website:: Gmail? :)


Play an instrument?:: I think I can still hook it up pretty hardcore with a Recorder. Ok, maybe not.
Watch TV more than 60 hours a week?:: No
Like to sing?:: No
Have a job?:: Yes
Have a cell phone?:: Yes
Have a boyfriend/girlfriend?:: Not right now
Have a crush on someone?:: Not a crush, no.
Live somewhere NOT in the united states?:: Nope
Have more than 5 TVs in your house?:: No
Have any special talents/skills?:: Define "special"
Excercise daily?:: I'd like to
Like school?:: Depends on the Subject


Sing the alphabet backwards?:: Not a chance
Stand on your tip toes without wearing shoes?:: Never occured to me to try?
Speak any other languages?:: Not unless you count a bare minimal spanish that I recall from high school?
Go a day without food?:: Sure
Stay up for more than 24 hours?:: Yes, but why?!?
Read music, not just tabs?:: Heh. Umm. No!


Snuck out of the house?:: Yep.
Cried to get out of trouble?:: I might have tried when I was little. I doubt it worked.
Gotten lost in your city?:: Certainly.
Seen a shooting star?:: Yes, but did not get the wish. :(
Been to any other countries besides the united states?:: Yes
Had a serious surgery?:: Yes
Stolen something important to someone else?:: Not that I know of
Solved a rubiks cube?:: Wow. That's been a while.
Gone out in public in your pajamas?:: Pajamas?
Cried over a girl?:: No Comment ;)
Cried over a boy?:: Can't say I've ever had the urge.
Kissed a random stranger?:: No
Hugged a random stranger?:: No
Been in a fist fight?:: Boys will be boys
Been arrested?:: Oh hell yes! Oh wait.. no.
Gone to school only to find you had the day off because of a holiday/etc?:: Nope
Swore at your parents?:: At them? Or to them?
Been to warped tour?:: No
Kicked a guy where it hurts?:: No
Been in love?:: Yes
Been to a casino?:: Oh yeah baby! (Tunica Rules)
Ran over an animal and killed it?:: Don't think so, but it happens. Definitely not on purpose.
Broken a bone?:: Nope
Gotten stitches?:: Yes
Had a waterballoon fight in winter?:: Nope
Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour?:: Oh no. Definitely not.
Made homemade muffins?:: Muffins? No. Cookies, Yes. :)
Bitten someone?:: Probably when I was little
Been to disneyland/disneyworld?:: No :(
Been to niagra falls?:: No
Gotten the chicken pox?:: Yes


Brushed your teeth:: Just now
Went to the bathroom:: Earlier
Saw a movie in theaters:: Ice Age, The Meldown. Two days ago.
Read a book:: Does listening on my commute to work count?
Had a snow day:: I wish!
Made fun of someone:: It's all in good fun! Come on! Don't you judge me!
Tripped in front of someone:: Couple weeks I think.
Went to the grocery store:: This morning
Got sick:: Maybe a month ago?
Cursed:: It happens.


Fruit/vegetables:: Vegetables
Black/white:: Blue?
Hugs/kisses:: Kisses
Cookies/muffins:: Muffins
Window/door:: Window
Pink/purple:: Purple
Cat/dog:: Both :)
Long sleeve/short sleeve:: Short Sleeve
Pants/shorts:: Shorts
Winter break/spring break:: Spring Break
Spring/autumn:: Spring
Clouds/clear sky:: Clear Sky
Moon/mars:: Moon


How many friends do you have?:: never enough
What are their names?:: [Error: Buffer Overflow]
Do you have a best friend?:: Not really
Have you ever lost a friend?:: Yes
Have you ever gotten in a big arguement with a friend?:: We're human
Do you miss any of your old friends?:: Certainly
What friend have you known the longest?:: Robert
How often do you spend time with youur friends?:: As often as possible
Has a friend of yours ever died?:: No


Free:: "Sponsored"
Space:: Gmail
Cord:: Baby
Cheese:: Sandwich
Rain:: Sad
Work:: Perl
Pedal:: Go
Head:: Tail
Bed:: Sleep
Fluff:: Pillow
Hardcore:: Porn
Race:: Win
Knife:: Hurt
Jump:: Kylie


am:: entertaining
want:: the new one (of whatever it is. I'm a gadget whore)
need:: to be more responsible (financially)
crave:: pancakes
love:: Buffalo Wild Wings


What is your favourite genre of music?:: hard to define.. but not country.
What time is it now?:: 9pm
What day is it?:: Friday
Whens the last time you called someone?:: a few minutes ago
How much money do you have right now?:: in my pocket, or in the bank?
Are you hungry?:: No
Whatcha doin?:: Filling out a NEVER ENDING survey
Do you like parades?:: some. not a lot.
Do you like the moon?:: what's not to like? []
What are you going to do when youre done with this?:: add it to myspace and send someone a message.
Isnt cup a funny word when you repeat it over and over?:: I guess?
If you could have any magical power what would it be?:: That is a pretty tough one. Hmmmm.... Let me think about that one.
Have you ever had a picnic?:: Certainly!
Did you ever have one of those skip-its when you were young?:: No, but I played with one.
What about sock em boppers?:: I don't think they had those yet when I was young?
Are you wearing any socks right now?:: Yes. Almost always. Like to keep my feet warm.

funny?:: i try.
pretty?:: heh. no.
sarcastic?:: sometimes, but i try not to be. i really do.
lazy?:: certainly.
hyper?:: at times.
friendly?:: usually. everyone finds a mood from time to time.


drunk drivers:: against
airplanes:: for
war:: necessary evil, as a LAST resort
canada:: for
united states:: for
rock music:: for
gay marriage:: for
school:: for
surveys:: heh. generally against
parents:: for
cars:: for
killing:: against
britney spears:: singing britney (against), dancing britney (for), dropping baby britney (against)
coffee:: against
pants:: against


Sky dive?:: Without a doubt!
Play strip poker?:: Yes
Run away?:: No
Curse at a teacher?:: No
Go scuba diving?:: Yes
Write a book?:: Maybe
Become a rockstar?:: No


What shampoo do you use?:: Not picky
Whens the last time you did something sexual with the opposite sex?:: Pleading the 5th On This One Folks
What kind of computer do you have?:: Apple Mac Mini (one G4, one Intel Core Duo)
What grade are you in?:: N/A
Do you like to throw popcorn at people in the movies?:: Only if I know them
Or just make out?:: That works too
How many posters do you have in your room?:: None
How many cds do you have?:: cds? Sorry folks. iTunes/iPod. No real CD collection. That's so 90's.

It's finally over! Woohoo! Thank you, drive through please! :)

a shining example

This absolutely blows my mind. What in the hell is going on? Just damn!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

easter shopping

It's easter time, and of course I've put off any preperation or shopping until now. I need to get a few things for Kylie to take to daycare tomorrow, and while I'm at it I'll get some stuff for her for Sunday as well. Good times.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

the crisis has ended

You heard it here first folks, the crisis down at the local supermarket has finally come to an end. Ben and Jerry finally gave in to the ransom demands of Maverick and produced something or other for Guinness drinkers.

*update* not sure why the transparent portions of that image are showing as black, but whatever. to top that off, I don't have a copy of photoshop, gimp, or any other image editor that could alleviate this issue for us.. so I say to you, "Deal with it!" ;)

Thank you, drive through please. -- Can you hear me now? -- Eat more chiken.

aw damn

I think he bit off more than he could chew :)

*NOTE* -- the following has been updated for proper attribution to go to the source of the image --

Received a link for this image from Cory today, and it reminded me of a little tussle that happened this morning at the office. Was not a pretty sight, but in the end the big lady from upstairs got her butt bit by my boss lady. ;)

Good times. Great oldies. Oh well, it was good while it lasted. Oh wait. No. No it wasn't good. Can't we all just get along? :)

Thank you, drive through please.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Memory Goodness

As much as I have loved my Intel Mac Mini for the past few weeks, Azureus and a few other apps just really were not happy with the meager 512MB stock memory.


Two gigs later, and the mini is chomping at the bit for more to do. Rest assured little mini, I'll have some video encoding for you to do shortly.

Got to love it. Anyone need 512MB of DDR2 PC5300 SODIMM's? (2x256MB Twinkies) Not real sure what I'll do with those... hmmm....

Oh well, moving along.

Tesla Software Updates from 2019

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