I've taken over 10,000 pictures this year.  I know this because my camera's odometer Flipped back to IMG_0001 this weekend. :-)
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I defeated GoDaddy

For years I've owned my own domains on the Web. Basically, I've used them for email, and that's about it. Recently, I've been wanting to have a semi-private place where I could put large files and other people could go pick them up. (For example, the pictures I take are 10 million pixels. I trim them down by a quarter before I post them on Flikr, but I'm happy to give the full size version to the person in the picture. But email systems can get cranky about sending 6 MB + files. Then there's video....)

I've been paying Pair networks $6 / month for 250 MB of drive space and 10 GB / month of bandwidth. GoDaddy sells an account with 10 GB of disk space and 300 GB / month of bandwidth for $5. So, since it's time to renew my domain registrations anyway, I figured I'd switch.

Before I continue this rant I'd like to note that the GoDaddy tech support people are pretty good. They've been patient with me when I was slow, mostly knew what they were talking about, and they've all been native speakers of the English language.

However, GoDaddy's support sucks. Here's four things that you really should know before setting up your website, that GoDaddy doesn't mention anywhere.
  1. GoDaddy's FTP server's do not support Secure FTP (IOW: You have to send your password unencrypted.)

  2. Standard behavior is that if there isn't an index.html file, going to a directory gives you a list of files in that directory. GoDaddy doesn't do this. They tell you it's an invalid link, instead.

  3. Normally, you run PHP (which GoDaddy says the provide for my level of account) by putting it inside of an html file. GoDaddy has this turned off by default.

  4. GoDaddy does a reverse DNS lookup on every piece of mail sent to its users. If the lookup fails, the message is deleted, and never makes it to the user. On the plus side, i haven't received a thousand emails today. On the minus side, I have no way of knowing if they delete non-spam email, because I never get to see it.
As I mentioned above, I wanted this account in part so that I could post files for other people to download. This makes #2 really irritating. The tech support guy said I could get around this by making an index.html file that used PHP to get a list of the files in the directory, and make links to the files. Whereupon #3 bit me in the butt, because I couldn't get any PHP to run. After more than half and hour with multiple tech support people, I got a supervisor who told me about #3, and who told me that I would have to set up a .htaccess file to turn on PHP, but that he wasn't going to tell me how to do that because "that's scripting, and we don't provide support for that."

How I defeated GoDaddy, the Geeky detailsCollapse )
 So now it all works, and I'll probably stick with them. But I'm much less pleased with them than I was 24 hours ago.
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Late to the Party

I figured most of you would have heard about this by now, but I mentioned it to a couple of people at Afters, and got nothing but blank stares, so I'm posting.

Susan Boyle, a dumpy, unemployed 47 year old woman from a village in the middle of nowhere went on "Britain's Got Talent", and seriously kicked ass. If you haven't watched the YouTube video of her performance, go there and watch it now. If you want to, skip to 1:35 which is shortly before she starts singing. Then just sit back and listen to her sing "I Dreamed a Dream" for Les Miserables. She's at least as good as the Original London Cast singer, and she was a nobody. Now she's the star of a YouTube video that's gotten over 25 million views, in less than a week.

If she doesn't have a professional contract signed in the next month, it will be because every music exec in the world is an idiot.
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I've defeated iTunes

One of my disappointments with iTunes is that it gets really confused when you have multiple albums with the same title, from different groups (i.e. "Greatest Hits").  This weekend I figured out that giving each album a different Disk number (Disk 1 of 10, 2 of 10, etc.) leads iTunes to get unconfused.

Since I have it set to shuffle by album, this is a helpful fix for me.
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Well, that was dumb

So, I was at UCSC today, paying my fees.  I decided I'd stop at the place with the nice view of the ocean, and take some pictures.  While I was there, I decided I'd do two "photo stitch" shots (take a bunch of pictures, and have the computer merge them together into one really big photo).

Unfortunately, while I was shooting the first one, I moved.  My whole body.  Several feet.  Which means I have photos that can't be stitched together, because moving two feet before rotating to take the next picture means that the foregrounds and backgrounds of the two pictures can not both line up!



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Men are "easier" than women, here's why :-)

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Science explains kissing
Kissing feels so pleasurable due to hormone surge, find scientists
The reason that kissing feels so pleasurable is that sparks a surge of hormones in our brains, according to new research.
By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 12:00AM GMT 09 Feb 2009
Couples who share a passionate kiss this Valentine's Day will enjoy sensations of relaxation and excitement because of a complex series of chemical processes, as well as their love for their partners.
The study showed that women need more than just a kiss to experience the same chemical high as men - with additional features such as a romantic atmosphere of dimmed lights and mood music also required.
Wendy Hill, professor of psychology at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania began the research to find out why the mundane physical activity of rubbing lips can elicit such a gratifying emotional response.
Her team tested the levels of two hormones, cortisol and oxytocin, in 15 couples before and after holding hands and kissing.
They found that kissing reduced the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in both sexes. But levels of oxytocin, a hormone linked to social bonding that they expected to be boosted by kissing, only rose among the men.
So they repeated the experiments, in more intimate settings.  And apparently found that the change in setting improved the quality of the kissing.  I must admit, I'm curious to see if the setting change leads to an increase in oxytocin production all by itself. :-)
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