Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I don't know about you, but I'm quite attached to the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Q: How do I print what I see on my screen, only my screen ?

A: In Windows hit Alt-PrintScreen or Shift-PrintScreen. They capture a picture for you. Then paste into a new Word document and you will see the image there. Alt-PrintScreen captures just the window of the current program, and Shift-PrintScreen captures the whole screen of your computer.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I was recently asked to validate and review a promising email from a loved one.

As a result, here are Dave's Rules for Spam Chain Emails.
These simple rules apply to silly emails which are only a waste of time and even to very direct fraud originating from Nigeria.

Dave's Rules for Spam Chain Emails:

Rule 1) if it contains text which reads "I never forward these types of emails", then you should not forward.
Rule 2) if it has been forwarded more then twice then you should not forward. Everyone you know on earth probably got it already.
Rule 3) if it is offering something for nothing, remember there is no free lunch.
Rule 4) grab a salient sentence and paste it into a google search
Rule 5) send it to your son-in-law or a respected expert to confirm.
Rule 6) embarrass the person who sent it to you, by sending them my rules as a reply.

Result: it's so false, that if you look in the dictionary for "false email hoaxes" you will find this very example. That's how false it is.

See this link for the email which inspired my rules:

Saturday, May 13, 2006

This week was a very busy one for the infamous Brookyn Atlantic Yards project.

Last week, architect Frank Gehry and Ratner unveiled a new plan for the project that is substantially quite un-new.

Brooklyn residents received propaganda in the mail painting the huge pork-barrel project in the rosiest of colors, not unlike that of raw bacon. Here's just one of the lies. And here's the developer's official images of the project. You can't easily tell, but the big building is 60 stories tall and taller than the landmark Williamsburg Savings bank.

I just saw this unpublished story about Forest City Ratner and Brooklyn atlantic yards.
It's worth a look.

Also last week a documentary opened on Mr. Gehry at the Sunshine Theaters. Sketches of Frank Gehry is directed by Sydney Pollack.



Monday, February 27, 2006

I was asked by an internet buddy: Is it true that every web site I access leaves a permanent cookie on my hard drive? If so, what can I do to clear all my internet searches and sites examined.

Here's the short answer:

In Internet Explorer, go to tools->internet options->General tab. Select 'delete cookies', hit ok. Then 'delete files', then OK. Then 'clear history'.

In Firefox,go to tools->options->cookies tab. Click 'history' tab, then click 'clear browsing history now'. Click 'download history' tab, then click 'clear download history'. Click 'cache' tab, then click 'clear cache now' button. Click 'view cookies'. (you will be suprised how many you see) Delete any you are suspicious about or all of them. But if you delete all of them, there are some legit sites which will no longer remember you when you visit again. That's what cookies are supposed to be all about.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Don't have a ruler handy? Here's a cheap solution: print out a paper ruler. What could be easier?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Today, I saw Fools In Love with my family. It is a send-up of Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream with a 50's Do-Wop theme. It was the one of the best theatre experiences I've seen in a while.