Acer One Laptop – First Impressions

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It’s tiny. Really tiny. That is my first impression of it. My second? I hope my fingers fit on the keyboard. Ok. They do. We’re set then!

Aside from being physically very small in size with an 8.9 inch screen and having relatively small keys this mini machine is a full on laptop. It runs the Intel Atom processor with 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. These days with 600 dollar machines coming with 4+ GB of ram it’s not much but hey, it weighs less than 1 kg with the battery.

It is the ultimate travel machine. It’s small and it’s light and it even has a built in webcam and microphone. I’m heading to Australia in May and am going to take this with me but I was skeptical of it’s usefullness before I purchased it. I was worried it would just end up being weight I’d carry around, never use and entirely regret bringing. I suppose that may still turn out to the be the case but after using it for a few days, I highly doubt that is going to happen.

Everyone will definitely be able to read blog posts written whilst sitting on the top of mountains watchin the sun rise or relaxing on beaches watching the sun go down. The possibilities are endless with this tiny machine and I fully intend to explore them all!

Ross

think outside

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Floats in IE

•January 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Don’t work.  

Surprise, Surprise.

These guys ran into it 2 years ago but their solution involved removing the floats.

This page explains well what is going on. Apparently it’s not a bug that’s causing this but a deliberate decision by Microsoft to display pages like this. 

Seeing as floats have been a part of CSS since before IE 4, you’d think they would realize the problem and fix it? Nope. They like to make everyone in the world suffer and try to create hacks to display things properly. 

The problem is partially fixed in IE 8 beta 1 and completely in beta 2 but why did it take so long? 

Looks like this is the only thing that works in IE 8.  No other positioning does……everyone excercising their compatiblity view option on EVERY SITE?

 

Ross

rcthink.com

Vista….

•December 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Even just hearing the name makes some people shudder. I used to think that the name meant pretty interface but really nothing that worked under the hood. Then I started to use it. Every day that I moved around in the smooth interface made me think that everyone was wrong about the operating system.  And then it all came crashing down. It seems like I can’t use my laptop with vista on it lately without it something hanging or the whole system restarting. This will be the start of my adventure to try and fix the beast and bring it back up to a usable level. 

First thing on the list will be fixing windows explorer. Right now it boots up into windows explorer and a black screen behind it. It’s usable in that you can go find explorer.exe manually and start up the desktop and the task bar but who really wants to do that every time they boot up their computer. I’m running a malware scan on it as we speak and will report the results back here. If that doesn’t help, I’ll have to do some more digging.

I hope I don’t have to go back to XP to get a usable computer but XP seems to be the one that actually works right now.

ITR GY 250

•December 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I know you may be thinking is that a serial number from some piece of electronics or something equally as confusing but it is actually the model of my enduro motorcycle I bought recently. I will be posting an comments about my adventures on that machine in the coming months so that everyone can see what fun it is!

The first fixes it required was the highbeam headlight and the tail light. I found the tail light at Canadian Tire but the highbeam headlight required a little bit more searching. I found a replacement at Harbour City Motorsports on Bowen Road. It didn’t look exactly the same but it fit and turned on. The old one had a little piece of metal that directed the regular beam light downwards. It shouldn’t matter too much for now. I can’t take the Class 6 road test until the spring so I won’t be able to ride at night until then. I ride with the highbeam on during the day to be a little more visible so I’m happy as long as it’s bright. 

One important note I found out quickly was the license plate rattles a lot. This means loose bolts will rattle right out. I’ve replaced the license plate once now and I hope to not do it again. I had to call up the police and get a case number in case someone finds it and tries to use it and then go back to the insurance place and get a replacement for 20 bucks. The new one is held on the bike very tightly now with four zap straps!

I’m in the process of finding a jacket and gloves that we keep me warm and dry in the coming months. Being out here on the west coast of Canada makes for a very wet winter.

just keep running

•November 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I don’t know exactly what it is.  It’s hard to say exactly how it feels but it just feels good. I’m always busy with one thing or another and it’s so easy to put it off to the next day and the next day. When I do manage to scrape together the motivation to actually run, it feels so good. So good that while I’m doing it I say I’m going to run the next day and the day after that and the day after that. It never happens like that. I’d like to say that I’ll get to a point where I’ll run on a schedule every day that I say I’m going to. I can’t imagine that ever happening. I’ve just got to remember that it feels so good.

Hello world!

•November 12, 2008 • Leave a Comment

A personal blog?!?! Seems like everyone’s got one now-a-days so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. I think it will be an excellent way to get information about the things I do out to everyone that is interested. I can’t wait to see what the blog posts are going to be about. I don’t even know what I should write about yet!