Climategate, Cont.

Politicians holding true to their principles? There has to be more to this.

Climategate: five Aussie MPs lead the way by resigning in disgust over carbon tax.

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Packers win on Thanksgiving Day

The Green Bay Packers were thankful to play the Detroit Lions this Thanksgiving Day, handing the home team a 34-12 setback. Charles Woodson was an animal, as was Donald Driver. Aaron Rodgers showed how accurate he can be when given ample protection, turning in a performance of 28 of 39 passing for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns.

It was good to see Woodson have such a good game after learning of his $2 million dollar donation to the new University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital.

The Packers are starting to look like a pretty good football team, and today’s win has improved their bid for a wildcard birth in the NFC.

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It’ll be interesting to watch this play out. The global warming/climate change has nearly become a religion.

Inhofe to call for hearings

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ASP.NET GridView makeover using CSS

A very useful and well written article demonstrating how to use CSS to style an Gridview Control. There is even a download that includes everything you need to see it in action. I’ll be using this technique over the native skins/themes technique. I believe this is a much simpler and smooth method to make the Gridview Control much more presentable.

ASP.NET GridView makeover using CSS by Khaled Atashbahar

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Twitter’s Retweet Feature

A stranger in your bed? This is one comparison that I’ve seen in reaction to the new RT feature on Twitter. If you’ve not heard, the new Retweet will no longer display the Avatar for the person doing the retweeting, but rather, the Avatar of the original sender.  This will result in unfamiliar avatars being displayed in your Twitter Feed.

So farking what?

It’s not as if the @name wasn’t already showing up before. Is there some sort of privacy issue here? No. Not anymore than already exists if one is using Twitter.

Things change. Technology evolves. Deal.

Yes, I understand that change shouldn’t happen just for the sake of change, <cough, 2008 Election, cough>but that isn’t the case here at all. There is some sound logic for revamping the retweet.

I think Twitter has this one right.

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Turn On Your Friggin’ Lights

I was on my way home today, and as I left the parking lot where I work I noticed it was a bit overcast, so I switched on my lights. It’s just something that I have gotten in the habit of doing. I figure if my lights are on, it makes it easier for other cars to see me.

As I drove, I noticed that there were others that share my habit, as I noticed every fifth or sixth car also has its headlights on. Then I noticed something that really has me baffled. I have seen this countless times over the years. For whatever reason, there are people that find it necessary to only turn the light switch to the first position, which only lights the running lights of the car. I have seen drivers use these lights just before dusk. What exactly is going through their mind? “Well, it’s sort of dark, but not really dark enough for the actual headlights. Maybe I’ll switch on these running lights for a few minutes until I actually need the headlights to see”.

I just don’t get it. I almost want to follow one of these people and ask them at their destination: “Can’t you just take the extra effort and switch it one more position? Is it that much work? Can’t you understand that the headlights are more for others than they are for you?”

In Alabama where I live, it is required to have the headlights on when it’s raining. I have heard of a few people this summer getting pulled over and ticketed by the police for failing to obey this law. If I were a cop, I’d let the people slide if they had no lights on, and pull over the ones with their running lights on. I’d be sure to have a pair of gloves with me, and when I went to ask them why they didn’t just turn on the lights all the way, after hearing their lame explanation, I’d slap them in the face with my gloves. Then I’d walk away and not say a word.

Watch me rant


TweetDeck for iPhone

Tweetdeck for iPhone Version 1.1.1 was released last week, and overall I am happy with the application. Of course, since I am writing this post, you might imagine that I have also found something worthy of criticism.

The biggest enhancement in the latest version is the Facebook integration. I have been looking forward, as I am sure other Tweetdeck users have as well, for the iPhone application to include this feature that has been a part of the desktop version for months. The issue that I have is with this new feature. More specifically, the functionality of replying to a Facebook status or comment. Let’s take a look at the screen in the iPhone Facebook application that we use to reply to a comment:

Facebook Reply

Facebook Comment Page

There is nothing fancy about the page, but it’s what we’d expect to see when typing a comment or a reply on the iPhone. Similarly, when sending a tweet using Tweetdeck, the screen is what we’d expect to see:

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New Status Screen

By tapping the buttons near the top of the screen, users can toggle the Twitter and Facebook buttons to select one or both applications, giving full control of which applications you want to post to. This is nearly identical to the functionality of the desktop application.

Now let’s look at the screen we are presented with when replying to a friend’s status or post in a Facebook column from within Tweetdeck:

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Comment to Facebook Status

I’m not sure I fully understand why this small dialog box is used as a comment dialog. The space is far too small, as comments exceeding 25-30 characters cannot be reviewed without scrolling in the tiny box. What should be used here is something similar to the first two examples.

Overall, I am very happy with the newest version of the Tweetdeck Application for the iPhone, but this oversight should be fixed in the next release.


iHeart Radio iPhone App

Author: Neal Hamou

iHeart Radio has been one of the most successful iPhone apps to come out of the craze, because it fulfills a basic need: that of people for their music. Many of us grew up listening to a particular radio station, moved across the country, only to find that nobody played our music in our new place. iHeart Radio changed all that. Live since 2008, it has been an instant hit among critics and the general public alike.

iHeart Radio’s developers keep themselves in the background, rarely doing interviews or making public statements. They have done their best to turn iHeart Radio into an entity all its own, with a loyal fanbase and constantly updated content. Radio lovers are, of course, iHeart Radio’s primary fanbase. It’s like a radio dial with no static, where every station is a possibility. The app allows all the stations to be organized and searched through, so there’s no flipping the dial until you find something good. Just pick a station and go.

Critics have raved about how straightforward it is. Everything works, and nothing ever crashes. That you can just pick a station out of over 350 stations in the United States and listen to it is the theme of the app, no messing around with options or anything else. They love how it can put anyone in touch with the local culture anywhere, and this has been one of the general public’s greatest praises of the iHeart Radio iPhone app. In the United States of Modernity, it’s rare that we end up where we started out, so we get nostalgic for our music and our back-home culture. No wonder iHeart Radio has done so well in the app store: it fulfills a basic need, to connect and reconnect with the culture of our youth. In addition, it fulfills our need to surround ourselves with all the information we can, by connecting us with lyrics and cover art while listening to each song.

Finally, iHeart Radio maintains a vibrant Facebook presence, with a community of passionate radio fans and a number of special Facebook-only spiffs (such as the recent video of musician Justin Bieber’s private show) to keep public interest in the app. After all, if anything is anything these days, it’s got at least a couple thousand fans on Facebook, and iHeart Radio has over five thousand.

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Football weekend

I guess this was the pefect weekend for me as a football fan. It actually started with the Bears losing on Thursday and finishing with the Packers beating the Cowboys Sunday afternoon.

The Badgers got another win at home over the Wolverines, and my adopted home team, Alabama, remained unbeaten and improved to 10-0 while keeping National Championship hopes alive.

Last week I had about given up hope for the Packers to make the post season, but if they can get some protection for Aaron and play defense like they did today, I wouldn’t count them out of a wildcard spot.