Friday, July 25, 2008

Microsoft Blesses LGPL, Joins Apache Foundation

As told on Slashdot:

Penguinisto writes "According to a somewhat jaw-dropping story in The Register, it appears that Microsoft has performed a trifecta of geek-scaring feats: They have joined the Apache Software Foundation as a Platinum member(at $100K USD a year), submitted LGPL-licensed patches for ADOdb, and have pledged to expand their Open Specifications Promise by adding to the list more than 100 protocols for interoperability between its Windows Server and the Windows client. While I sincerely doubt they'll release Vista under a GPL license anytime soon, this is certainly an unexpected series of moves on their part, and could possibly lead to more OSS (as opposed to 'Shared Source') interactivity between what is arguably Linux' greatest adversary and the Open Source community." (We mentioned the announced support for the Apache Foundation earlier today, as well.)


Well, what an odd turn of events.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cancelled TV Shows

Cancelled 2007-2008 Season (USA)

From The TV IV

The following shows have been either cancelled or pulled from the schedule during the 2007–2008 television season. Shows in italics have been pulled from the schedule with no announced plans for future airings but have not been officially cancelled.

Broadcast

ABC

* Big Shots (2 unaired episodes)
* Carpoolers
* Cashmere Mafia
* Cavemen (7 unaired episodes)
* Dance Machine (2 unaired episodes)
* Just for Laughs
* Men in Trees
* Miss Guided
* Notes from the Underbelly (1 unaired episode)
* October Road
* Oprah's Big Give
* Women's Murder Club

CBS

* Cane
* Jericho
* Kid Nation
* Moonlight
* Power of 10
* Secret Talents of the Stars
* Shark
* Viva Laughlin
* Welcome to the Captain

The CW

* Aliens in America
* The Batman
* Beauty and the Geek
* Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants
* CW Now
* Eight Days a Week (unaired)
* Friday Night SmackDown! (moving to MyNetworkTV at end of summer)
* Girlfriends
* Legion of Super Heroes
* Life Is Wild
* Online Nation
* Pussycat Dolls Present

FOX

* Back to You‎
* Canterbury's Law‎
* K-Ville
* Nashville
* New Amsterdam
* The Next Great American Band
* The Return of Jezebel James (4 unaired episodes)
* Unhitched
* When Women Rule the World (unaired)

MyNetworkTV

* Control Room Presents
* Decision House

NBC

* 1 vs. 100
* Amne$ia
* Bionic Woman
* Clash of the Choirs
* The IT Crowd (no episodes aired)
* Journeyman
* Las Vegas
* My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad
* Phenomenon
* quarterlife (5 unaired episodes aired on Bravo, could still continue on MySpace)
* Scrubs (moving to ABC for its final season)
* The Singing Bee (3 unaired episodes)
* World Moves (no episodes aired)

Syndication

* In the Loop with iVillage
* Judge Hatchett (reruns will still be syndicated)
* Judge Maria Lopez
* The Montel Williams Show (package of "Best of Montel" will still be syndicated)

Cable

The following shows were officially cancelled or ended during the 2007-2008 season.

A&E

* Confessions of a Matchmaker
* Driving Force
* Jackpot Diaries

ABC Family

* Wildfire

BBC America

* Life on Mars

BET

* Ballers
* Exalted!
* We Got to Do Better
* S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior

Bravo

* Better Half
* Hey Paula
* Queer Eye
* Welcome to the Parker

Comedy Central

* Drawn Together
* The Showbiz Show with David Spade

DirectTV 101

* Passions (final episode will air August 11, 2008)

ESPN

* The Contender (Moving to Versus)

Food Network

* 2 Dudes Catering

FX

* Dirt

HBO

* 12 Miles of Bad Road (no episodes aired)
* Inside the NFL (moving to Showtime)
* The Wire

Lifetime

* America's Psychic Challenge
* Blood Ties
* Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
* Matched in Manhattan
* Side Order of Life
* State of Mind
* Top This Party

MTV

* Kaya
* Two-a-Days

The N

* About a Girl
* Instant Star

Nickelodeon

* Danny Phantom
* Zoey 101

Oxygen

* The Bad Girls Road Trip
* Fight Girls
* Janice & Abbey
* Monique's Fat Chance

Sci Fi Channel

* Flash Gordon
* Guinea Pig (second season aired in Canada)
* Painkiller Jane
* Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

Showtime

* Masters of Horror

TLC

* Flip That House

USA

* The 4400
* Dr. Steve-O
* The Dead Zone

VH1

* Flavor of Love
* Hogan Knows Best
* I Love New York

Some of you will be missed, but all in all, not really surprised.

Wal-Mart 4GB Flash Drive Cheap

So you may have clicked on the link and seen this drive is still $30. However I found the exact same one in stores for $19.88. And it's 2GB cousing was only $12.88. Considering my largest drive is a several years old 512MB, also Sandisk. I decided 4GB at this price, not bad at all. So the moral of the story is always check to see if things are on sale and if they are, buy them.

Update: I did notice however Wal-Mart has a Kingston 4GB DataTraveler 100 USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $19.88. However, from personal experience of having owned a 1GB Data Traveler several years ago I can't really recommend this product, although it is cheap.

Orson Scott Card's 'Ender's Game' Review Chapters 1-5

So, I picked up Ender's Game at Barnes and Noble yesterday for a reasonable $6.99. I had heard good things and figured that I would enjoy it and boy was I right. I spent this morning before work reading the first five chapters. I have to say I really like this book. It's a definite page turner, always moving, but still deep into character development. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next, although I won't be reading more until the morning.

Additionally, in searching for a link to place in the title, I came across http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400403/ which happens to be a movie based on the title, apparently written by Card. Although it says pre-production, I for one would seriously look forward to seeing a movie based on this book that isn't Starship Troopers, which I understand was loosely based on this book.

Anyway, all for now, more later. Also I will give a full in depth review of the whole book when I am completely done, maybe.

=Ben=

Sunday, July 13, 2008

San Fransisco 49ers 2008 Schedule



2008 Pre-Season
Raiders
Friday, August 8 at Oakland 7p.m.
Saturday, August 16 vs. Green Bay 6p.m.
Bears
Thursday, August 21 @ Chicago 5 p.m.
Chargers
Friday, August 29 vs. San Diego 7p.m.

2008 Regular Season

Cardinals September 7 vs. Arizona 1:15 p.m.
Seahawks September 14 @ Seattle 1:05 p.m.
September 21 Detroit 1:05 p.m.
Saints September 28 at New Orleans 10 a.m.
October 5 vs. New England 1:15 p.m.
October 12 Philadelphia 1:15 p.m.
NY Giants October 19 @ N.Y. Giants 10 a.m.
Seahawks October 26 vs. Seattle 1:15 p.m.

November 2 BYE
Cardinals November 10# @ Arizona 5:30 p.m.
Rams November 16* vs. St. Louis 1:05 p.m.
November 23* @ Dallas 10 a.m.
November 30* @ Buffalo 10 a.m.
December 7* vs. N.Y. Jets 1:05 p.m.
December 14* @ Miami 10 a.m.
Rams December 21* @ St. Louis 10 a.m.
December 28* Washington 1:15 p.m.

# Indicates Monday Night Football
All Times are PST

*Please be aware that as part of the National Football League’s agreement with NBC to televise Sunday Night Football, the NFL has implemented a flexible schedule for Sunday start times for the final seven weeks of the season.

This will allow the NFL to bring more attractive match-ups to a national audience late in the season. If any of the 49ers games are moved from the original start time, fans will be notified 12 days prior to the date of the game with the exception of a Week 17 game, where the notification will be six days to ensure a Sunday Night game with playoff implications. Starting time changes will be publicized on 49ers.com and through the local print, electronic and internet media.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Puppy plays fetch

The puppy played fetch. It was fun.





video video

4th of July

We had fun. Also, these pictures weren't blurry when I took them, I think.





The puppy had a little too much excitement and got all tuckered out.

More Wiring Closet

I wanted to comapre the before and after at the same angle, so I took an extra shot.



Thursday, July 03, 2008

Square Enix To Make Chrono Trigger DS

http://www.square-enix.co.jp/ctds/

http://www.imagebam.com/image/8de2d78653436

Cleaning Up Research

So I spent all day today, (this morning) moving stuff around. Boy, not fun, but I do have some pictures. The results aren't pretty right now, but they will be in a week or two. Next week is a busy week for us, so I probably won't get to work on it until the week after next. Anyway, delightful pics of all my hard work. Note they are all after the fact, since I couldn't take pictures as I was working. I should have taken some before and after pictures, but I didn't, oh well.











Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Water at Varsity Place

So, it rained last month pretty bad a few times, once it flooded the parking lot in front of our old place. I took some pics with cell phone, but they didn't really turn out.



The water actually reached to the bottom of Chelsea's car. Thankfully, the stupid drain started working. There was a lot of water.