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Expression Engine and the White Screen of a Failed Load

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During the past several months, I've had a little trouble with SuperGeekery, which is built on Expression Engine. I would often get blank white screens if I clicked through the site too quickly. I think this was always when I was logged in as a SuperAdmin and using the control panel. Asking site visitors, I don't know that anyone else was having the problem, but it happened to me regularly. I could also only get this to happen using... + read on

Update on ASUS 1000HE at SXSW: How It Performed

Before leaving for SXSW, I decided to take only my new ASUS 1000HE, on the 10-day trip. I wrote about how the software I installed in the posting Prepping the ASUS 1000HE for SXSW and promised an update on how it performed for me.The GoodThe good news is that I was really happy with my choice to leave my larger laptop, a MacBook Pro, back at home. The battery life of the netbook was as good as I had hope. Its charge lasted the entire day... + read on

Prepping the ASUS 1000HE For SXSW

I’m on my way to SXSW for 10 days. As I was packing, I had to make the decision whether to take my new ASUS 1000HE only, or also pack my MacBook Pro.Ultimately, I decided to bring only the tiny ASUS. My back will thank me later. To “get by” I had to prepare the netbook for the trip before I left and I thought I’d share how I did that.If you’re looking for my quick picks, I’ll cut to the chase. I chose StarOffice, GIMP, VLC Player,... + read on

Part 2: Unboxing the Kindle 2

On the same day my new Asus 100HE showed up, that’s the Part 1 to this entry if you’re wondering, my other highly anticipated electronic purchase arrived on the same day, the Kindle 2. For fans of nice packaging, I think you’ll get a good sense of the nice package design Amazon has made for the Kindle 2.(Like the previous video, the audio is a little too low, but you’ll still get to see the unboxing.)After playing with the Kindle 2, I... + read on

Part 1: Unboxing The Asus 1000HE

If you’re already sold on the Asus 1000HE, just skip to the fun part, the unboxing video. (I also upgrade the RAM while I’m at it.)If you’re asking why I’d get one, then I will explain. I’ve been looking at netbooks for a while. I like the idea of a small computer that I can do basic tasks on, primarily writing and web surfing. Something that’s small and cheap.Why didn’t I get a Mac laptop? I’m a Mac guy, after all, right? Well, if Apple... + read on

Kindle 2 Copyright Conundrum

The Kindle 2 will be here shortly. Mine is scheduled to arrive on release day and I’ll post my thoughts after I’ve had some time with it. One of the really interesting features that made me want to upgrade was the ability of the Kindle 2 to do text-to-speech of the book you’re reading. Of course, you’ll have to get used to a computerized voice lacking the emotion a real human performance has, but it sounds like a logical feature to include in an... + read on

Review: Gorillapod Go-Go!, or Holding on to the iPhone 3G

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If you haven’t checked out a Gorillapod before, it might look like some sort of toy. Actually it’s a really useful photography tool, basically a short tripod that has flexible legs with lots of little joints that can wrap around things and hold onto a wide variety of surfaces. Since the joints are rubbery, it can even hold onto slicker surfaces than I expected.I’ve been using the new Go-Go! version (check it out at Amazon.com here) of the... + read on

Making Your Own Kindle Book Files

It’s hard for me to believe I’ve missed an entire month on my blog. December is usually a very busy month with my juggling 3 jobs, traveling to see my family and the usual seasonal holiday parties. I’ve also been giving my new Kindle from Amazon a thorough workout all month long as well. The abbreviated review is that I’m enjoying it immensely. It’s not perfect, but it’s got so many things right that I feel comfortable recommending it to anyone... + read on

Dear iPod Touch, Not So Fast

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the iPod Touch I ordered, but over the past week, my desire for it has ebbed. My first hesitation was that I heard Apple has removed the ability to add events to your calendar with the iPod Touch. There is no technical reason for this. It’s simply a move to differentiate the Touch from the iPhone. Yesterday, the first reports of users getting their hands on a Touch didn’t come with glowing reviews... + read on

iPod Touch, not iPhone, Is What Got My Money. (It’s What I Want.)

I’d been on the fence about an iPhone for weeks. It looks so sweet and I’ll probably end up with one at some point, but the iPod Touch seems to have filled every “techy” itch that the iPhone filled and got rid of the sticking point for me, the AT&T phone part. It looks sweet. (If you’re wondering what song I doctored into the above photo, check it out here.)