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Monday, November 14th, 2005

I am pleased to announce a project that I have been tinkering with for the past 3 weeks. is a web application that allows you to search for radio stations based on a given zip code. Where this is really meant to shine is on a mobile internet connect device (i.e. a WAP enabled phone). The URL is easy to enter on a numeric keypad. Even the non-WAP version of the site will render in a useable fashion on a mobile device.

I still have a lot of work to do with the site such as:

  • expanded user input abilities,
  • better searching algorithims,
  • search stations by format / genre,
  • better formating.

The idea for this site came form my dad who said it would be great if there was a WAP site that allowed this kind of functionality. The FCC freely publishes the radio station information, so writing an application that uses the info is the only hard part. Feel free to submit your thoughts and comments to me at, or leave a comment here. As development progresses, I will add updates to the category.


Netvibes – My New Favorite Homepage

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

I recently found out about a nifty homepage service at Everything about the page can be customized, including the title of the page. Add the headlines you want to know about, rearrange them in the order you like, check your Gmail account and search the web all from one spot. All this from a service that was just released two and a half weeks ago (Sept 15th). New features are added constantly, even faster than I can discover them. For instance, only today did I discover that I could listen to Podcasts with out leaving the page. Not that I’ve listened to many podcasts my self, but now that it is so easy, I think I will do more of it.

All Fool’s Day

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

As I make my rounds this morning, I am greeted with sites to amuse the passer-bys. Today the world revels in a day of humor and trickery. From the common weblogger to the upper echelon of respected jouranlists, “odd events” are being laid side by side with articles not so follied. I would have to say my favorite so far would have to be the design switcheroo done by stopdesign and mezzoblue. For a more extensive list of 2004 April Fool’s Day tricks online, see’s listing and’s listing. Also have a read on April Fool’s Day history.

Mac Killed My Inner Child

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

Via my brother, Mac Killed My Inner Child. Simply brilliant (and hilarious) piece about this one guys strugles with the Mac OS.

The World’s Loudest Mouse Click

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

Via TechGnome’s World, Mindful Musings :: The World’s Loudest Mouse Click. An endevor to symbolize peace. I think this is a great idea, to see the internet unite for one moment, with a single purpose. Even one so simple as clicking a mouse button.

Close to Home

Thursday, March 11th, 2004

And I don’t mean the comic strip. I mean this thread hit close to home. To those of my friends and family whom I have aided in the past, please do not take this as a slant against you.

But I must say that at times I am truly amazed at what destructive activities some people can accomplish with their computers. Back in high school I had a class which was a position in the school’s Help Desk (cheap labor ;)). I have lived the life of a computer technician at the beck and call of a working group. Reading threads and rants and articles of this nature is relaxing and a humorous pasttime. I also like to share these with people to let them see my side of my work. I do take pride in the fact that I have a skill set that many stuggle to grasp. And with that I love to help. Us IT guys are funny people and we live in our own little world. Sometimes we must be handled with care. But we are people, just like you.

Shame On Lockergnome

Monday, March 8th, 2004

Via Simon Willison, Lockergnome reverts back to a tables based layout. Simon does a good job of reaming Lockergnome for their hideous display of back pedaling web standards.

I just love what Jason DeFillippo said in this release article:

We’ve spent a lot of time and effort on our cutting edge CSS layouts and, while they are definitely fancy-schmancy, they detract quite a bit from our core efforts which are great content and easy access to it.

I’m sorry, but reverting back to this style of markup is a detraction from accessibilty. Enough said.

Simon Willison: Command line Futurama quotes

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

Simon Willison: Command line Futurama quotes, some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time using lynx.

On Saving The Internet

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

Via Wired, 101 Ways to Save the Internet. Paul Boutin hits on some major issues the lie within todays Internet. From stupid laws (i.e. DMCA) to stupid people. My favorite of the lot would have to be #64 which is aimed at Microsoft:

Simplify for security Fewer features means fewer bugs.

Now I may not think the Internet is that bad off, but I do not like some of the trends that are developing, namely the rampage the government has been blindly pushing forward. If they would only listen to just a few people that know what they are talking about when it comes to technology, then our law makers might actually write up some decent laws regarding technology.

At least our nations founding fathers saw it fit to let people voice their opinions without fear. No telling where I’d be without that one.

Winamp5 Uses Invalid XML

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

I recently downloaded the new Winamp 5 RC10 and am absolutely loving it. I am however a little irked that the developers have chosen to use invalid XML in the Modern Skin layout files. From what I can tell there is no use root elements anywhere nor is the XML preamble there. Instead it looks as if Winamp uses line by line parsing to utilize these files, a true XML parser would simply fail out. As far as I’m concerned this is not a good way to show skin developers how to use XML. Hopefully Nullsoft will change their ways and comply the XML standard.

Update [10/09/2003]: It looks like I spoke a little to soon as I sometimes do. I searched a little more and found that what Winamp is really doing is using one initial file to “include” all the sub-files via an include tag. However my point still has legs to stand on here. It should be using entities (i.e. Trillian style).