Google Reader’s Death Squeezes Tears From The Cloud

Google announced that they will be shutting down the Google Reader web app on July 1, 2013 to the dismay of many users. So many users in fact that over 112,000 have signed a petition begging Google to keep it running.

Google’s official blog noted:

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

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DisplayFusion 5.0 adds Windows 8 features

Multi-monitor, feature packed, DisplayFusion 5.0 has just been released with a bunch of new features. One of the most notable features hooks into their new WallpaperFusion service which provides high quality multi-monitor wallpaper images. DisplayFusion will automatically download the correct image resolution for your monitor with just one click (see featured image). Its ability to rotate, flip, and mirror wallpapers is quite cool! Continue reading

Java Sucks

Massive 50 flaw Java Patch

In light of the recent java security debacle, Oracle has released a critical patch update advisory. The patch contains over 50 new security fixes, the vast majority of them having the highest-possible severity score of 10.

Note: For the casual web user, please note that Java is not JavaScript. Java is a separate install/plug-in. If you don’t know you need Java you probably don’t, and you should disable it in your browser.

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Charter Cable Sucks

chartersucksSo I live about three miles from a town that has an urban population of 10,000 people. Charter Cable serves this area.

My road is one mile long, and my house is half the way down the road. Charter has cable running at both ends of my road (a half mile away). There are about a dozen houses each direction.

Charter Cable refuses to run cable up my road. Not only that, they refuse to even give me a price on what it would cost if I paid to have them run cable.

I’ve told them I would pay for the fastest internet connection they could give me. The maximum connection on DSL is 1.5MB here, so It’s not like they would have much competition.

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Home Office Page Updated

Office Monitor Setup

This is the latest version of my home office. I moved to a “new” home in 2011, and I’ve been slowly getting the new office in shape. Unlike the previous basement office, this office is on the main level of my home, right off the living room. The new office is approximately 11′x11′, which is about half the size of the old office. The old office was only that large because that place was being rented and that room just happened to be that size.

See more photos and get more details here: My Home Office

Please make my photo look like crap

I can understand the need or desire to occasionally edit a photo to make it look old. Maybe for a blog post, or an advertisement or something.

However, what I don’t get is why these “retro” photo apps are so popular. OK, so it’s neat to make a photo look old – for yourself. For the rest of us, we don’t want to see your beautiful sunset with fake scratches and a bad developing job.

If you spent half the time thinking about composing your shot as you did adding some retro effect, you would probably have a photo worth sharing.

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