wxWidgets book is here!

I received the new wxWidgets book yesterday. I am very excited to finally have a text on a subject I am very enthusiastic about. I have high hopes that wxWidgets will become the standard for application development. Its main advantage is portability. It is very exciting when I was able to successfully compile one of my projects I wrote on Windows on a Linux machine. Thinking of that, I need to buy a Mac with OSX next!

2006 Civic Si

Well, if you know me then you know my excitement. This car is awesome!!! There are only two things about the car that bother me, and that is the styling of the front and rear bumpers. I like the more agressive hard lines the RSX has. Besides this, the rest of the car rocks.

Here are some things that have me going nuts about the car:

  • In dash CD/mp3 player with aux jack
  • Red illuminated dashboard (blue on other civic models)
  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • Two tiered dashboard with the digital speedometer in large font
  • 2 cigarette power adapters
  • Auto up feature with the drivers side window
  • Steering wheel has volume controls and looks very cool
  • Automatic climate control (If it works well I will love having it)
  • Doesn’t look too sporty so my mom will not freak out if I bought it
  • Trunk doesn’t leak

I still have my fingers crossed they make a green Civic Si. As of current, I like the blue.

Check out these links:
http://www.vtec.net/articles/view-article?article_id=396413
http://automobiles.honda.com/civics/index.aspx

Blogging mad I tell you!

This is wild, I just posted 3 things to my blog within a 15 minute time frame. I am blogging mad!

I got a new multimedia keyboard today at work. It is a Dell product, and it functions pretty well.

The down side? So far I keep getting a bad impression of Dell. I am sure most of the problems are our fault, like yesterday we received an order of keyboards and they were not USB so they were worthless to us. The first bad impression came from our intensions of getting dual monitor support with our systems. We were fooled on their web site that you needed to order ATI video cards in order to achieve dual monitor support. On the contrary, when purchasing the ATI video card for our OptiPlexs we were giving up the ability to support dual monitors. ahh!

Today, we got the first shipment of USB keyboards and they are pretty slick. So what makes me upset this time with Dell? The absence of drivers for the keyboard. Althought the average person can use the keyboard with the default functionality of the multimedia keys, I opt for the full control of the functionality. After some joy that I found drivers on Dell’s web site, I quickly found that they did not work for Windows XP with service pack 2 applied. Agg!!!

This delema had a solution, Microsoft’s tweak UI. I was able to tweak, not very easily I may add, the functionality of the special keys on the keyboard. Woohoo!

Now, to balance this out, I must say I am very impressed with Dell’s LCD monitors. Although the model I am using may not be the best (1905FP), it is perfect for a programmer. The big bonus is the USB hub built in. Very cool. One word of caution though, you will want to avoid plugging your USB keyboard and mouse through the Monitor USB hub. For some reason the system does not detect the USB devices from the hub until windows has booted. You definitely want to connect the vital USB input devices directly into the back of your computer.

Mighty Mouse? no, just apple’s rat!

http://www.apple.com/mightymouse/

What amazes me is this is a pretty cool mouse. But it is not Mighty. I think it sends a mixed signal. I was given the impression for many years that Apple computers use 1 button mice so they do not confuse computer users. So now I am confused, will Apple’s users all of a sudden jump from simplistic to complicated? The better question is, why do I want one for my PC? 😮

I am still waiting for Apple to develop a keyboard I can wear on my head that can telepathically type what I am thinking. They could call that the All Mighty Keyboard!

Google Talk

I just installed the new Google Talk communication program. I am very excited to see how simplistic it is and the way it manages open windows is very revolutionary. You’re not going to find any faces when you type in 🙂 but that is what is neat, it kind of gives me a feel of the old school back when chatting on IRC you just had to know how the faces were typed.

What also excites me about Google is they use NSIS for their installers. There may be a slight chance they use Venis to edit their installs. I give it a likelyhood of %40, with another %40 chance they are editing them in SciTE. I have noticed that the other google products such as the Desktop, Gmail E-mail checker, Hello, and Picasa use NSIS. Very exciting to see technology I prefer being used at large companies! 🙂

Chicken Fries? Don’t waste your money

A little over a week ago I got a chance to try these new chicken fries, an exclusive product of a particular fast food chain. I will not mention their name because my impression is not favorable.

THESE THINGS ARE TERRIBLE AND NOT WORTH THE MONEY OR TIME!

I was expecting a large quantity of 10+ fries that achieve the same length of regular fries. These things are really about the length of mozzarella sticks. They appear to have about the same amount of meat that of a chicken nugget, and you pay more per chicken fri when you want a 9 piece over a 6 piece. What ever happened to quantity discount?

These advertisements of products that end up being flops hurt not just this particular chain, but all food chains. I have decided not to go to a restaurant based on a new advertised product. The only exception is Taco Bell, they seem to keep both originality and value when they sell new products.

Drive

I have just come to realize how important drive is to ones self. I personally motivate myself by setting goals and rewarding myself afterward. My biggest drive lately is to own a really fast, fun to drive car. This drive is sometimes obsessive, sometimes needless, but definitely necessary for me to accomplish great tasks.

Realization
Tonight I game to the realization that I can’t afford to buy a new car this fall or following spring. I could buy it the old fashioned way and get a large loan that requires large monthly payments, but I am too pratical to accept that.

Discovery
I discovered that giving up the quest for something effects my drive. Just after I came to the realization that I should not buy a new car this year, my drive to do things diminished. I don’t want to clean the apartment, I don’t want to work on software. I don’t even want to type this blog. 🙁

Restoration
I have come full circle with the realization that I must return the idea of getting a new car this fall/spring. The idea of someday having may just be better than the idea of giving up.

The Big Picture
I believe the need to reward ones self is a maturity issue. The older we all get the closer we come to realizing that our accomplishments are not judged by what drove us to do them, but what significance they have to others. The idea of leaving something positive for future mankind gives me drive, but I am not yet mature enough for that to be my main source of motivation. I aspire someday to reach that point in my life.

There’s another Munster!

Many moons ago I worked for Little Caesars pizza. One of their best kept secrets (not really that secret) was their cheese. We used to grind it fresh every morning and man was it good. Around the time I quit working their in 1995, they started using prepackaged cheese which lacked that fresh taste that it used to have.

About 6 months ago I made a home made pizza. I decided to pick up a few slices of Muster and a bag of mozzarella. I noticed the Munster had a slightly colored look to it with red in spots. When I remember Munster it was a slightly different shade of mozzarella, but I did not think anything of it. I made my pizza, it tasted great and I didn’t think much about it till now.

I looked up Munster on the web tonight and found the Munster Little Caesars is Americanized (or bastardized if you prefer) cheese. It is made from pasteurized milk, where the real Munster that I used recently on my pizza was real Munster made from goats milk.

This leads me to think that Little Caesars pizza may have tasted even better long ago. My theory is, the original cheese recipe called for Munster cheese. Once Little Caesars wasn’t so little, someone decided to save some money and buy Bastardized cheese rather than purchase the more expensive real thing from France. So now I wonder how good a Little Caesars pizza would taste if it had real Munster cheese. I tell you what, the pizza I made a few months ago with the REAL Munster tasted pretty darn good, and it didn’t even have that great crust that Little Caesars had.

Doesn’t this make you wonder what other products used to taste better before they bastardized them to save money?

Learn more about Munster cheese here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munster_cheese

Ohio Route 1

I have updated my Ohio Route 1 web site.

The state of Ohio has many state marked roads. Ohio does not have a Route 1. One day I was surfing the net and came across a web page on the Ohio Department of Transportation that has every state issued map available for download online. I downloaded every year and found myself studying the original routes and how they have changed.

One interesting fact is that Ohio reuses its route numbers. For example, back when the original route numbers were issued, State route 58 was a short East/West route that followed Fenn Road in Medina County. At some point it was decommissioned. The route number was later reused for as a North/South route near Amherst, OH.

Find out what I learned studying these maps at my Ohio Route 1 web site.

Congress Looks to Cut Funding for Public Broadcasting

Please call or write (Don’t E-mail, E-mail is most likely to be ignored out of the mediums of communication you can send) your local house rep and state senators!

House Republicans have put funding for public broadcasting on the chopping block. They say their action isn’t related to ideological concerns. The move comes at a time when public broadcasters are confronting allegations of liberal bias.

More details available here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4698411

Again, please act!!!