Wednesday, January 31, 2007

ABAP ebooks needed

I run a website that is a directory of free programming ebooks. I only list books, full books...not partial books...not tutorial sites.

Everything on the site is legal. I don't list anything that wasn't intended to be made free, by either the author or publisher.

I received an email request today for ebooks on ABAP.

If anybody knows where on the web I can find some free legal ones, the help would be greatly appreciated.

Just leave a link to the site, with the title of the book, in a comment to this post.

Thanks.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Japanese Pranks

Hilarious Japanese style Candid Camera action, that they could never get away with doing in America. Keep watching, as they change the prank a bit towards the end of the video, making it even better.

 

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I suck at primative art

This is what happens when i try to draw using primative art tools, a flaming match head animated cursor, and a mouse. (my first attempt, give me a break)

Let's see if you can do better your first time. ;-P

Note: my daughter got very upset when loading it to draw, and it crashed her firefox that was open with a million unsaved tabs. You might want to try this in its own window.

Update: It looked much better when I first posted it. They seem to have lost most of my cat's head.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Usually a Procrastinator

Your score is 88 out of a possible 100

You rank in the top 10% in terms of procrastination. That is, when it comes to putting things off, you often do so even though you know you shouldn’t. Likely, you are much more free-spirited, adventurous, and spontaneous than most. Probably, your work doesn’t engage you as much as you would like or perhaps you are surrounded by many easily available and much more pleasant temptations. These temptations may initially seem rewarding, but in the longer-term, you see many of them as time-wasters. Though you are likely incredibly productive just before a deadline, you might not get all your work done and there is a lot of unwanted stress. You may want to reduce what procrastination you do commit.

Participate in the University of Calgary procrastination study:

http://webapps2.ucalgary.ca/~steel/surveys/future_value/

NOTE: I had a bit of a problem with the first test that measures attention. It wouldn't advance to the questions after the reaction test. Try it and see if you have better luck than me.

Starving people with cases of clam chowder

I now have a case of this stuff that I am not going to eatMy husband told me a story tonight of this poor starving guy that can't afford to buy himself food.

My husband has been taking food to this guy about every other day, for awhile...pizza, sandwiches, dinners, etc...from the restaurant he works in.

Tonight my husband brings him a pizza and the guy hands him a case of New England style clam chowder (the white kind)...tells my husband to take it home. Then he says he has tons more cases upstairs.

Some woman gave them to him...cases and cases of the stuff, all the same flavor, and he is getting sick of the stuff. So now he's trading the clam chowder for other food, and rewarding those that have been kind to him, like my husband, with a case each.

So now I have this case of clam chowder sitting in my kitchen. There is only one problem with it...

I gave up eating that kind of stuff because of the fat content in it is too high, and I am the only one in the family that likes the stuff. My daughter prefers the Manhattan style (the red kind).

Oh well...guess I know what my next donation to the community food pantry will be now.

This is the exact radio he brought homeMy husband also brought me home a pen with a radio in it. He let someone pay for 2 slices of pizza by swapping the pizza for the pen. It's brand new, still in its package, with earphones, batteries, and all. It doesn't just look like a pen with a radio in it, it really writes.

It's kind of cool, but not something I would use. I'll toss that in the gift drawer for when one of us needs to give someone a gift and can't afford one. I don't know who would want it though, since most people we know can afford and already own ipods.

Humorous Note: Windows Live Writer's spell check dictionary does not contain "ipod".

Monday, January 15, 2007

Tons of Free Legal Music MP3's

www.mikseri.netIn an effort to broaden my musical horizons, and discover stuff I may never have heard or heard of before, I have been wandering around on Last.fm.

I discovered a few .mp3 downloads on my suggestions page and decided to look up the artists on Last.fm. One of them had a link to their page on another site.

A marvelous discovery!

Some of these artists have their stuff covered under a Creative Commons license that allows you to share them freely. So download what you like and fire up your favorite P2P application and share them with your friends, if you want.

Try this:

  1. Where it says "Bändin nimi:" type in something you already like.
  2. You will get a short list of results of artists that list them as an influence.
  3. Go click where they put your artist's name as a link.
  4. You will get a whole page of results.
  5. Click a link from the left column.
  6. On the artist page, click where it says 'download' at the top.
  7. You will get a .zip file full of mp3's.

Enjoy!

http://www.mikseri.net/artists/search.php

CrossMX is coming!

The first full WinMX replacement application, that can chat, share files, host rooms, handle both primary and secondary connections, do everything WinMX can...and more...is almost here.

BugHunter, a member of my TSC chatroom, has been hard at work developing CrossMX and she says it should be ready for early beta testing in about 3-5 days.

Not only will CrossMX be the first application able to do all of what WinMX can, it will also be the first cross-platform application ...for Windows, Linux, BSD, and Mac.

And it will also support IRC and Ares chat.

More details and a download link will be posted soon.

CodeIDE: the online IDE that works in your browser

www.codeide.comCodeIDE is an online IDE that works with BASIC, Pascal, C++, Perl, JavaScript, HTML, and LISP.

Registered users can chat online and save programs on the service.

There is also a wiki to help you learn programming, and a forum for discussions.

http://www.codeide.com

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Hello World

Written in C: Goodbye, cruel world! Farewell, you ugly toad!

Have you ever wondered what 'Hello World' would look like in various programming languages?

Delphi Example:

// Hello World in Delphi
Program Hello_World;
{$APPTYPE CONSOLE}
Begin
WriteLn('Hello World');
End.

Plenty more examples here:

The Hello World Collection

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Commonly Confused Words, To, Test

After taking this test, I feel like I should turn in my BrainBench Master of Written English certificate.

B (Skillful)

You got 31 questions right out of 40.

SCORING BREAKDOWN:

12/14 Easy Questions -- 10/13 Medium Questions -- 9/13 Hard Questions
Well done! You got about three-fourths of the questions right, on a difficult test. Some subtleties are beyond you at the moment, but overall you're a fine and praise-worthy writer. I'd trust you as a proofreader. You are probably an avid reader, and you take more than a passing interest in correctly expressing yourself.

Thanks for taking the test! I hope you liked it. If you did, make sure to rate it!

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on EasyQuestions
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on MediumQuestions
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on HardQuestions
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on TOTAL
Link: The Commonly Confused Words, To, Test written by gwendolynbooks on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Monday, January 08, 2007

Can you say "Hell no!"?

I received an email today from Yazzle, offering me $0.80 per download if I bundle my software with their shitty spyware.

Sorry, but $0.80 isn't enough for me to compromise my integrity.

Stay off their website, especially if you are using Internet Explorer. These guys are bad news. Just look at what McAfee Site Advisor had to say about them:

Again, another email from someone that can't read very well. Don't they realize they are barking up the wrong tree when they come across a site that says this on it's main page?:

  • Never any spyware!
  • Never any adware!
  • Never any viruses!
  • Never any trojans!
  • Never any nag screens!

That's NEVER x5!

Maybe they figured I needed something 'amusing' to write about today?

I know I signed up for jokes in my inbox, but this is ridiculous!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Stick Magnetic Ribbons On Your SUV

This one is for you, Cailin!
I thought of you and your night time magnet stealing adventures when I saw this one.

And I am still trying to think of who the guy singing it reminds me of. It has to be someone that we all know because Steph says he reminds her of someone too...and she can't figure it out either!

Spiders on Drugs

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Is StumbleUpon the Search Engine of the Future?

Let's face it...Google has serious flaws as a search engine. It is over-run with bogus pages of keyword lists, links to counterfeit sites, links to other inferior search pages, splogs, sites that try to hijack your browser and load your PC with spyware, and generally crappy unrelated results.

What you are looking for is burried in garbage. In order to find anything decent, related to what you are seeking, you have to set Google to show you 100 results per page instead of the default 10, and spend much more time scanning those results for what you are seeking.

  • What if there was a button on every page that let you vote whether the page was of quality or was crap?

  • And what if the quality pages moved up in rank as a result of your vote?

  • And what if the pages you labeled as crap fell in rank as a result of your vote?

  • And what if you could only vote for a page once, and only once? (you can always change your vote at some point in the future if the site became crap or became good)

  • And what if you came across a quality page that wasn't in your search engine's database and could add it yourself with just a click of a button?

  • And what if you could decide what keywords should be attached to pages?


What if StumbleUpon became a search engine?

It's not as far fetched as it might seem. At some point in the future, there will be enough SU members rating pages they come across and adding sites that they like to the database, that SU could actually make the jump from a simple amusement of random pages based on your interests, to a real search engine dishing out quality results based on rankings given by their userbase.

They could succeed where other search engines have failed.

I, for one, would love to see what would happen if SU did make the jump. It might be just the thing to replace Google as the top dog of search engines.