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I really like what Jamie Alexander is doing about food especially in the school system.  I signed the petition.

 

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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

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 and "used motor oil." Then you put your

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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

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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 just go

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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 with something that would work but they simply wouldn't h

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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. 

This is a treat.  Marjory shows you the ways to integrate animals into your food system with lots of good details about chickens and rabbits and tons of info about how to amend sandy or clay soil types.

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. 

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I just added a new section to my website in my unending quest to make a fortune while I sleep.  Yes, I am failing miserably in that quest but anyway....  Check it out at http://www.austinprogressivecalendar.com/techproducts or click on Tech Products on your left.

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I finally have become motivated to do some more work on the website.  This social networking stuff seems to have really gotten some traction.  Let's see if it grabs me.  I have been spending time on www.facebook.com and getting hooked up with folks from high school in South Africa.  That has been really great.  Maybe some of them will find this blog?  more later.

 

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