By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I downloaded a Air Penguin from gamevil.com to my android tablet the other day which Noah my 4-year old played with and I suddenly got some emails thanking me for buying from GAMEVIL USA and letting me know that this in-app purchase cannot be refunded.The amount? $49. What a rip off. Several more emails arrived for a total of $55. Is that game evil or what?

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

There is this super cool add-on that lets you create apps for your desktop. It is called Webrunner (from Salsita Software) It is a replacement for an app I loved dearly called Prism.  I use it with a gubb.net app for my to-do list, a google calendar app, a google docs app.  I even tried a gmail app but I prefer Thunderbird.  Check out how to do it at http://lifehacker.com/5823857/webrunner-turns-webapps-into-desktop-apps

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I found this cool website today when looking at the Austin Recycling website for a place that recycles old oil.  You see I wisely changed the oil in my motorcycle a while ago and it has been sitting in some bottles waiting for a new home.  So this site lets you search for a location to get rid of oil.  It is pretty neat.  You can type in a term like "oil" and a list pops down with terms like "agriculture used oil", "aluminium foil" and "contaminated soil" as well as cooking oil

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen.  This video clip shows designers who have invented a new road surface with embedded solar panels, leds etc which can collect and store energy, have communications conduits to connect homes and offices, can detect a pedestrian in the roadway and notify oncoming traffic and lots more.  The road surface is glass!  What a way to use glass.

check it out at http://www.wimp.com/solarhighways

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

Well I installed the finally released Drupal 7 last night.  It sure looks very slick and modern.  I'm glad it is finally rClick to view larger versioneleased but it does feel a little like having another child.  I had a tough time trying to understand the new way of doing taxonomy.  In Drupal 6, you

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I just got off the phone a couple of hours ago in disbelief.  I was called by a Case Manager from HP and told that HP does not support printing labels on their printers.  I purchased an HP OfficeJet 4500 printer from Office Depot and delivered it to a client.  They had a great deal of frustration trying to print on labels and I was able to replicate their problem easily.  The label sheets seem to just slide around inside the printer and never print correctly.  They don't line up.  I called HP to try to get them to replace the printer wi

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I just got to see Marjory Wildcraft's great DVD on Food Production.  What a fascinating collection of information.  These folks really are serious about what it takes to get food production in our region of the world.  Texas is not the most forgiving place in the world to grow veggies and raise your backyard critters but Marjory sure shows you how. 

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

Well Microsoft started pushing an update to Silverlight - updating it to version 2.0.40115.0 (40115? what are they thinking?)  Of course it wouldn't install and there was no apparent way to uninstall the old version of silverlight.  I tried even installing the new version right over the old but that failed also.  So I dug around and tried some stuff. 

Basically it involved downloading an old utilitiy from Microsoft that I had never discovered before.  TheWindows Installer Cleanup Utility. 

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

The girls have decided that since it's been really chilly, they would rather sleep in theirDorothy the Dominicker laying boxes. This is in awfully bad taste as the eggs sometimes end up with poop on them. Yucko! So they found a nice little spot in the backyard where they now lay their eggs. Nice and clean and in a protected little spot. Wonderful. It is also closer to the house and behind a little screened area. I'll post a pic one of these days.