Giving thanks and fixing computers

turkey on a laptopI ran across this article about how an entire generation of people also do tech support while visiting home for the holidays.

The Tech-Support Generation via MSNBC

Next week, millions of college students and young professionals will head home for the Thanksgiving holidays. We’ll sit with our families in warm, candle-lit dining rooms eating stuffed turkey, reminiscing over old photographs, preparing holiday shopping lists and … Please. Let’s be frank. We are going home to fix our parents’ computers.


Engadget also has a quick blurb on this – including links to helpful programs to load onto your usb flash drive before heading home.

Online Secret Santa

Secret Santa Project Want to get a Christmas present from a total stranger for Christmas this year? All you need is an Amazon wish list and to sign up for Secret Santa 2004. You enter your name, e-mail, a little information about yourself (a website if you have one), and a link to you Amazon wish list into the site. Your name then goes into the big internet hat and is drawn and e-mailed to someone who will buy you a Secret Santa gift. You also get a name and a wish list to buy a present for someone else. They do request that there are a few items on your wish list under $15.

They draw for names on Dec. 10th to allow time to get your anonymous shopping done before Christmas. Sign up… maybe you’ll get my name. If you do, I want the Audi TT Roadster (it’s just a little more than $15)!

New Winter Theme

Winter ThemeWith the winter season and the holidays fast approaching, I decided to make a winter theme for Techory. You can change the theme (like always) by clicking on the colored swatches in the upper right corner of the page (the one on the end with the snowflake is the winter theme… obviously). So roast some chestnuts on an open fire sip some hot cider and snuggle up to the new winter-themed Techory.

You’ll pay how much for a 10 yr. old sandwich?!?

Yes, another ebay post…Virgin Mary Grill Cheese Sandwich
Some guy is selling a 10 year old sandwich with an image of the Virgin Mary on it. That in itself is interesting (or odd), but look at the price!!! This is kind of old news, but my mouth fell open when I a saw how much it was going for.

You are viewing an extroidinary out of this world item!! I made this sandwich 10 years ago, when I took a bite out of it, I saw a face looking up at me, It was Virgin Mary starring back at me, I was in total shock, I would like to point out there is no mold or disingration, The item has not been preserved or anything, It has been keep in a plastic case, not a special one that seals out air or potiental mold or bacteria, it is like a miracle, It has just preserved itself which in itself I consider a miracle, people ask me if I have had blessings since she has been in my home, I do feel I have, I have won $70,000 (total) on different occasions at the casino near by my house, I can show the recipts to the high bidder if they are interested, I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother Of God, That is my solem belief, but you are free to believe that she is whomever you like, I am not scamming anyone, I would like all potinetal bidders to know that this has gained alot of attention from media personell around the country…

Un… believable!

The sandwich sold for $28,000.00!!! The online casino purchased it saying it was a piece of pop culture that needed to be put on display. They’ve done a few other weird things for publicity in the past.

Iowa’s Jumbotron up for sale on ebay

The Jumbotron from Kinnick Stadium (excuse me… HISTORIC Kinnick Stadium) is up for sale on ebay.

This large scoreboard is available on 22 Nov 2004. It has recorded some of the most memorable victories in football history. Contact seller for information.

Starting bid: $10,000.00

Jumbotron on ebay

No More Winamp

winamp logoAccording to this article at BetaNews, Nullsoft, the company that created Winamp is no more. The final developer from the original Winamp team has left. After Justin Frankel, the founder of Nullsoft left last January (right after the release of Winamp 5), it was just a matter of time before AOL finally killed it off for good. Winamp is still available, but there won’t be any more major updates. It’s a sad day when the only media player I’ve ever used (as my primary player) is no more. Winamp was the program I used to play my first mp3 file back in 1996. AOL purchased Nullsoft from Frankel in 1999 for around $100 million and it looks like we can chalk up another company that they’ve successfully run into the ground.

R.I.P. Nullsoft/Winamp
Another good article here

Firefox 1.0 Released! has just released Firefox 1.0. The download is available at, or This is their first major product release since the Mozilla suite’s 1.0 release in June of 2002. Also, sometime in the next few weeks there will be a full page Firefox ad in the New York Times from a grassroots effort to raise $250,000 for the project. So if you’ve never given Firefox a try… now is a great time to download it and try it out. If you’re already a firefox user, update your version today by downloading 1.0.

New Features:

  • New options for controlling where links from other applications open.
  • New experimental options for controlling where links in web pages open. To make these experimental options appear, set browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs to true in about:config.
  • Firefox is now available in 14 languages.

And improvements:

  • “Sort by ame” in Bookmarks should sort siblings, not children.
  • Information bar (blocked popup, missing plugin, etc) should be closeable.
  • View Source should use Find Toolbar.
  • Find toolbar loses content when new tab clicked.
  • Disable sites reloading onresize. (Many sites reload onresize to work around bugs in Netscape 4. This caused problems in Firefox due to tabs, the Find bar, and information bars.)

And much more

What’s With all the Rolex Spam?

All of a sudden the past few weeks I’ve been getting loads of Rolex spam. It even seems to be outnumbering the junk mail that I receive for Vi#gr@ and body part enlargement. I wonder why all of a sudden spam from fly-by-night companies selling fake Rolex watches has increased so much. Maybe all the spammers got together and decided their fake meds and sex weren’t selling so they decided to peddle fake watches instead.

Halloween Technology

Dremel has released a pumpkin carving tool. I imagine that if you were to use this tool there’d be alot of orange goo thrown everywhere. I sure wish I’d see this sooner or I would have carved a pumpkin this year. Maybe I’ll carve a Thanksgiving pumpkin instead with a nice turkey on it.

pumpkin dremel

iPod Updates

AppleApple released a slew of new iPod goodies today. The first new iPod is a special edition black “U2” version. It is just your typical 20GB iPod with one subtle difference… it’s black with a red Apple click wheel and the band’s signatures laser engraved on the back. It sells for $349 which includes $50 towards the purchase of “The Complete U2,” a collection of the complete U2 catalog (400 songs) from the iTunes music store.

The other new iPod release is the iPod Photo which comes in a 40 or 60GB model. The iPod Photo has a color screen and can be used to store and view digital photos. It also has a video out which allows you to connect it to a TV to view your photos (with music of course!). This iPod will also display album covers for the music on your device. This one runs $499 for the 40GB and $599 for the 60GB.

Would anyone like to donate a few hundred dollars to the buy-me-an-iPod fund?

U2 iPod and iPod Photo

Unreal Tournament 2004 Editors Choice Edition

UT2K4I guess this is somewhat old news, but Unreal 2004 has released their Editors Choice Edition (ECE). I was playing the game last week when I noticed some new vehicles and “ECE” listed after some levels so I did a little digging and found that Atari released a new expanded version of UT2K4 back in September which includes several modifications, 6 new characters, 3 new vehicles, and 6 new Onslaught maps.

The great thing about ECE is if you already own the game, you don’t have to go out and buy a whole new copy or an expansion pack. They’ve made the ECE extras available for download. You need to have the latest patch (3323) installed for ECE to work.

Review of My New Timbuk2 Commute Bag

Timbuk2 Commute BagAs of last Tuesday, I’m the proud owner of a Timbuk2 Commute bag. I anxiously waited for the UPS man to bring me my new bag. I can definitely say that after a few of days of carrying it around, I’m very happy with it.

Timbuk2 is a San Francisco company has been making messenger bags since 1989. They started by making bags for urban bike messengers. All of their bags are built tough. The stitching is solid, it’s made out of quality ballistic vinyl with a water-proof liner, a thick rubberized bottom, and it has a thick comfortable strap. (more…)