Archive for October, 2003

Firebird 0.7

Friday, October 17th, 2003

So the new Firebird is out. In case you don’t know, it’s essentially a stripped down version of Mozilla. A lot less bloat. There’s no real new features that I use. The Options menu has been reworked a bit, that’s about the only visual difference that I see. Doesn’t really seem faster to me, not as fast as Konqueror feels at least. The only reason I don’t use Konq all the time is because I’ve gotten to used to the way Mozilla/Phoenix/Firebird feels. Can’t quite get Konq configured to be exactly the way I like it. Oh well. Firebird on Windows is speedy though, and is really worth using over IE.

And while I’m writing, I got my new MS Natural Keyboard this week. After using a wireless Logitech keyboard for about 6 months, I’m glad to be back to the Natural-ness. Much more comfortable.

Civil War!

Sunday, October 12th, 2003

I went to Hartford City’s Civil War Days today. Pretty neat. There was about 500 reenactors encamped there – men, women, and kids. All in period dress, sleeping in period tents, cooking with cast iron cookware. I’ve never been to a Civil War reenactment before, so this was quite a treat.

tents fire! boom!

Here are the rest of the pics.. Lots of neat stuff.

Silly rules

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

I spilled a Diet Coke on my keyboard last night, and it wouldn’t work this morning.. poor little keyboard. It was the wireless one that I got for free from Logitech.. So I went to Best Buy to buy me a new one. They wanted $50 for the cheapest Microsoft Natural Keyboard.. no thanks! So I bought the cheapest one — GE Power Keyboard for $10! Come back home to buy get me one online. Newegg has a OEM Natural Keyboard for $17, but check it out.. it requires a hardware purchase! Piece of hardware requires a hardware purchase. But they’re nice enough to sell a power cable splitter for $5 and it has a $5 combo saving dealio on it; free. How silly. I’ll just keep this little GE hunk of junk around as a spare, for the next time I spill something..

And this is the second keyboard I’ve ruined this year. Broke my old Natural keyboard when I was trying to clean it.

MS has really screwed up their new keyboards as far as the insert/home/pgeup/pgedown/etc keys are concerned. They’re in two columns, home and end on the first row. Delete on the left column taking up two rows, and page up and down on the right column. The insert key is gone. The one from newegg has the keys in columns, but the insert key is still there.