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Monthly Archives: November 2007

On my own list of presidential candidates, there is a lot of space between my #1 slot and the #2. But if my man Ron Paul weren’t running, I would probably vote for McCain. He doesn’t believe the U.S. should torture detainees, and he isn’t afraid to shake things up.

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I used WordPress.com’s nifty domain mapping feature and moved my blog to its own domain. Now, after I write that killer blog post that gains me tons of Google juice, I can use my newfound popularity to redesign my blog with AdSense and make beaucoups of money. /dream

It seems the Gmail team has quietly slipped in a minor upgrade to the revolutionary and still yet after more than 3 years, best web email system I’ve ever seen. I have to use Outlook at work and yearn for the day that it will properly thread replies as Gmail does, but I digress…

Anyway, is it just me, or is the slightly “improved” Gmail actually dumber? Here are some pet peeves I’ve aquired in the last week of using the new Gmail:

  1. For one, the drop down menus (you know, for selecting an action on individual and/or selected email) are no longer real select lists; they’re instead some DHTML kind of thing that has a scroll bar that feels flimsy. When I use the scroll wheel on my mouse, the whole page scrolls. It’s just weird.
  2. It crashes Firefox. Every. Time.
  3. When navigating away from Gmail, it always asks me if I am sure because I may lose data. What? Just let me go already!
  4. Dangit, I don’t want chat mixed with my email client! Stop turning that thing back on. When I log in for two seconds to check my email, I don’t want some long lost friend [I’ve been avoiding] starting up a chat with me.
  5. This is sort of a meta-peeve. Since I dislike the new version so much, I clicked “Old Version” in the upper-right. But that setting isn’t saved from browser to browser from session to session. I keep having to click it to go back to the old version.

No doubt, Google will be removing the old version, but only if a majority of the users are happy with the new one. Let your hatred be known by switching to the old version with me.

On a upbeat note, I do like that my Gmail quota has doubled to nearly 5GB. Not that I will ever use that much — I just like knowing that I will never use more than like 15%. :-)

From my post on Snippets:

First, create a plain Word document with text to replace like this:

Here is some text of my document. This will be replaced with [name]. Today’s date is: [date].

Then, run the following code. The text in square brackets will be replaced with the values in the code, and the file will be saved as a new name.


require 'win32ole'

word = WIN32OLE.new('Word.Application')
#word.Visible = true # uncomment if you want to see it happen
doc = word.Documents.Open('c:\file_to_open.doc')
{
  'name' => 'Tim Morgan',
  'date' => Date.today.strftime('%B %d, %Y')
}.each do |key, value|
  word.Selection.HomeKey(unit=6) # start at beginning
  find = word.Selection.Find
  find.Text = "[#{key}]" # text must be in square brackets
  while word.Selection.Find.Execute
    word.Selection.TypeText(text=value)
  end
end

doc.SaveAs('c:\output_file.doc')
doc.Close

First. What a weird use of my image for a totally unrelated blog post.

Second. The license on the photo is “by attribution” — does the tooltip (the thing that pops up when you hover over something) count?

If you’re going to use someone’s photo, then by golly give them credit (and don’t hide it in the tooltip). If someone wanted to find the Tim Morgan that created that image or where the image came from, they couldn’t from this dude’s blog. I think that’s the point — you link to the place where it came from.

Argg.