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Google Print
The Google Print Beta is available here. Publishers and libraries seem to hate it. I wonder how much more effective/different it is from CiteSeer. They are really aiming high: "Google's mission is to organize the world's information, but much of that information isn't yet online. Google Print aims to get it there by putting book content where you can find it most easily - right in your Google search results." I am waiting for the threats to melt your computer down if you dare use another search engine. ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 7:26 PM

Gmail Allocation Slowly Increasing
The press was effusive when Gmail came out with a <gasp!>1 GB</gasp!> limit. They just spewed all over themselves when Yahoo! matched it. They choked when Gmail went to <gasp!>2 GB</gasp!> of space. Since then, Google has been slowly increasing personal allocation. Of course, since Gmail is not yet at the next (psychologically significant) whole number <gasp!>3 GB</gasp!> barrier, the press is silent. This morning, my Gmail inbox holds this line: You are currently ......

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2005 9:55 AM

Hurricane Preparations: Scaring People into Getting Ready
The Orlando Sentinel (subscription required) has started their campaign to ensure that everyone in the Orlando region is sufficiently paranoid prepared. This morning's front page story Hurricane Season 2005: Hoping for the best includes the following boxed quote. Now from June 1st right through November, there's this pit in your stomach. I've already got it. First clap of thunder, I start freaking out. I start pacing and trembling. The poor woman. She is scared of thunderstorms. Since central Florida ......

Posted On Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:59 AM

Nautical Terminology: Scuttlebutt
The origin of the word "scuttlebutt," which is nautical parlance for a rumor, comes from a combination of "scuttle" (to make a hole in the ship's hull and thereby causing her to sink) and "butt" (a cask or hogshead used in the days of wooden ships to hold drinking water). The cask from which the ship's crew took their drinking water (like a water fountain) was the "scuttlebutt". Even in today's Navy, this is what a drinking fountain is referred to. Since the crew used to congregate around the "scuttlebutt", ......

Posted On Sunday, May 29, 2005 8:58 AM

Kids vs. Computers vs. The Internet
Via Scoble, comes a link to Eric Mack on how to get your kids interested in computers. My wife and I have recently been having this very conversation, as well as the follow-on one of how to protect them efficiently and effectively. Of course, Scoble has other issues. I think interest will be there if only because computers will be a big part of the household. The parental interest in the kid's security online (and even offline) is very high. My wife's concern goes beyond nasty pictures. It is more ......

Posted On Saturday, May 28, 2005 7:16 PM

Status of the Apparatus
Just a quick note to those who are waiting for more details on custom forms designers in the .NET Framework 2.0. I had a machine crash awhile ago that I have not fully recovered from, so more material will continue to be delayed. Also, the wife has stipulated that the Honey Do list must have a higher priority, since our two-year-old could get to the knives in the silverware drawer. (That issue was solved on the spot.) I have a commitment to the EDR (a VB6 app) that I must carve out additional time ......

Posted On Saturday, May 28, 2005 1:14 PM

Murphy’s Laws of Combat Operations
Variations of this list have appeared in many places over the years. I saw my first one while attending the Army War College (the Carlisle Barracks one, not Ft. Leavenworth). As the only Navy officer in a boisterous seminar of Army officers, I professed my lack of knowledge of Army ways early on. My classmates turned to with gusto to educate me. A list of this type was one of their tools. You are not Superman. Keep it simple stupid. Automatic weapons - aren’t Recoilless weapons - aren’t ......

Posted On Saturday, May 28, 2005 10:38 AM

Defending Your Home Computer - Part 1
Years ago, I was head of a military school that taught, among many other things, computer network defense. We hads lots of unknowing people come through our school and receive our firehose of information over a two-week period. There was way to much information to teach in that time, so we provided a supplemental CD with the full course materials and additional references. I wrote a very basic summary of how to defend your home computer, giving examples and recommendations based on how I was doing ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2005 4:41 PM

What to Wear at Disney
First off, I would like to thank the Windsor Family (all eight of you!) for the questions about your upcoming trip. I am not the answering service you may think I am, but I am willing to help out where I can. In that vein, I will answer the common theme you all seem to have: You have no idea what to wear. [This will also satisfy you lurkers who are also hitting my blog via Google.] Think of the following as some suggestions. Comfortable Shoes. This is the Number One Most Important Thing. You will ......

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2005 12:58 PM

Google Search Tips and Tricks
Want to search just your blog on GWB? One way to do it with Google is to use modifiers. For example, you can search just my blog for "hurricane" with the search string " inurl:mtreadwell hurricane," or you can use the blog search box which adds the site an inurl modifiers for you. Google has lots of operators, modifiers and special features. Here is a summary of the current features culled from their web site. Modifiers allintitle: If you start a query with [allintitle:], Google ......

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2005 11:03 AM

Nautical Terminology: Eight Bells and Standing the Watch
Traditionally aboard Navy ships, a 24-hour day is divided into seven watches. These are: Midnight to 4 a.m. [0000-0400] - the mid-watch 4 to 8 a.m. [0400-0800] - morning watch 8 a.m. to noon [0800-1200] - forenoon watch Noon to 4 p.m. [1200-1600] - afternoon watch 4 to 6 p.m. [1600-1800] - first dog watch 6 to 8 p.m. [1800-2000] - second dog watch 8 p.m. to midnight [2000-2400] - evening watch During your watch, you are responsible to check or operate specific equipment, or to drive the ship, or ......

Posted On Sunday, May 22, 2005 1:03 PM

Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data
Microsoft brought this version out last July, but I missed it. It can be downloaded here. What kind of personal data is buried in Office documents? Quite a bit, actually. Here is what the tool removes: Comments. Previous authors and editors. User name. Personal summary information. Revision marks. The tool accepts all revisions specified in the document. As a result, the contents of the document will correspond to the Final Showing Markup view on the Reviewing toolbar. Deleted text. This data is ......

Posted On Sunday, May 22, 2005 7:59 AM

Pacific Hurricane
Well, that did not take very long. The Pacific hurricane season started just four days ago and we already have a hurricane (Adrian) out there. To top it off, it is taking a bizarre track and should pass into the Caribbean by the weekend. Check out the National Hurricane Center's new track charts. You will be seeing more of them. Hurricane Lenny (1999), Hurricane Michele (2001), and Tropical Depression Fourteen (2002) have recently followed approximately similar tracks. Of course, those three storms ......

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 7:43 PM

Deleting Comments
For everyone on GWB, if you have to delete a comment, you need to fill in the Clearscreen HIP control with the appropriate answer to get it to work.  Otherwise, you will get an object not found error.

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:01 AM

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