One of the “weaknesses” that I have (other than a sucker for FREE food) would probably be the fact that I like to learn a lot of new things. How can this be a weakness? Well, it’s kind of like playing sports. You would like to get into each sport you see on TV or the ones that your peers love to play. By doing so, you get to become a great athlete. However, a downside to that would be you not being able to become a great player of a particular sport. Now, this might not be true for everything and everyone but collectively, it is.
Memos from December 2005
Well, after weeks of eagerly waiting to test-drive the new Yahoo! Mail Beta, I was so exd to find that “it is coming soon.” Yes! I got an email saying that my long-awaited invite would be—“coming soon.”
What the heck was that? Now, this might just be me, but isn’t this like ruining a surprise? It’s like: “I just want to let you know that your friends and family, and Uncle Robert (who flew all the way from across the world and whom you haven’t seen in a decade) will be surprising you later tonight. So act surprise.” Know what I mean?!?!
I’m all thankful and all but common. I have been waiting for a long time now to be surprised by an invite email in my Inbox, but only to find out and be “surprised” via a notification. Oh gosh darn it. “You won a million dollars. Now pass GO and collect your Monopoly money.”
Yahoo! Mail Team—I am surprised and grateful that my “place in line is secure” but no need to ruin the great surprise =) Anyways, I can’t wait to try out the product. I’ve been hearing a lot of interesting reviews about it. It’ll be great to see it first hand, and do some functional comparison between it, the old/recent version of Yahoo! Mail and Gmail.
From my mind to yours, you are about to read this sentence—be surprised! Surprise!
As I was walking from the Transbay Terminal to work, it dawned upon me that for the past week instead of tuning in to the hundreds of songs in my iPod, I found myself attentively listening to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I recall buying the book a bit after watching the final chapter of The Matrix — Revolutions years ago.
After the midnight showing, as we were going back to our apartment, Cesar mentioned a relation of the ideas and symbolism that were described in The Da Vinci Code book, and of that in which he saw after experiencing The Matrix Trilogy. At first, I said, “are you on crack? It’s just a sci-fi flick that was written well and sprinkled with a lot of action scenes and well-integrated CG animation.” Well, it wasn’t necessarily those exact words but something along those lines.
Anyways, after that, I went to Costco the next day and bought a copy the book. A mere $15 for a hard-cover. I started reading it right away. Then, the endless wave of projects hit.
Fast-forward to now, about 2+ years later, I cracked open the book and saw that I was on Chapter 18. Not since recently, have I had the same enthusiasm to finally read the whole darn thing. Meanwhile, this past weekend, I came upon an audiobook version of it and synched it with my iPod. From there on, it’s nothing but the bus, the walk, the iPod and the narrator.
From my mind to yours, it makes me sad when I hear my friends read this book within the span of 2 days. So sad.
Note: Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.
I recently updated to Firefox 1.5 as read in my previous entry a couple of days ago. Not to mention, I also posted about extensions that I think are a must-have for web developers/designers a month ago. With those in mind, I took some time this past weekend to do some house cleaning.
With the holidays steadily trucking its way for the new year, one should keep their environment free. This also helps you out so you don’t catch a cold or flu, and be bed-ridden when everyone is partying it up. I know this is common knowledge but people still forget—even me sometimes. Take for example this past Saturday morning while I was getting ready to play pickup-softball at Krusi Park.
I was on my way to my car when I just seem to forget an essential item, my shoes. I knew that I put it near the bar in the entertainment room area but I seem to not find it anywhere. I recall that I just left it there last weekend. Then I remember Biggy’s mom cleaning up and probably grabbed it along with the other shoes. To make a long story short, I found it later but used my sandals to go to the park and play. Lesson-learned, stay organized as it might save you some time and energy when you need it the most.
Meanwhile, back to Firefox extensions. So I was cleaning my room and stuff, and decided to do some maintenance on my PC as well. Did the usual Ad-aware, Anti-virus and Defrag workflow. Then, was enticed of upgrading my browser to 1.5 there too but later decided that I should keep my home-PC at 1.0.7 at the moment.
I then tried to see which extensions have updates, which led me to go and learn more about new extensions. After an hour or two of optimizing which extensions to take out, add and update, here’s what I think are necessity:
- Web Developer
- HTML Validator
- View Rendered Source Chart
- IE Tab
- SiteBar Sidebar/Client
I also have been using Tabbrowser Extension (TBE) but lately figured out that I don’t need everything that comes with it. So I did some research and discovered that there’s a couple of extensions that can achieve the same functionality. Here they are:
I hope these extensions become useful to you as they were for me. They totally make the Firefox experience better; not to mention, the improvement of efficiency and production in my workflow. I also noticed a lower CPU usage when I took out TBE and installed the four extensions above (TBP, Session Saver, Tab X and LastTab) instead.
So, there you go… Keep things organized. Keep things clean.
Note: Thanks goes out to Petr for updating me with the Firefox SiteBar extension update (SiteBar Client).
Cold and Winter—yes, they go together. Finally, the temperature up here in the Bay dropped to the 50s/40s this past week. Everyone is rejoicing by sporting their wool jackets and scarves. Now, you know its cold when people have their scarves on.
It was doo-doo last week though. Somewhat rained for a couple of days mid-week, but it’s all good. It’s all for the major cause. That is, major dumpage over at the Rockies. It’s about freaking time. I’m really juiced about this. Going to be really close to Tahoe. No more 10–13 hour road trip just to snowboard for 2 days. But it was still fun, and the company was great.
With cold weather, comes the sniffles… and eventually, the Flu. We had this sign-up for a FREE flu-shot over at Monster last week. I procrastinated too much (more like, got lost doing work) that I forgot to sign-up for a time slot. Anyways, I’ma try to grab a voucher and just do it another time.
Meanwhile, there’s a couple of people at work catching that nasty virus already. So I’m just hoping that a few tablets of Airborne would keep those boogers away. Not to mention, keeping warm and drinking a lots fluid would surely help out. I just don’t want to get sick. Why? It’s the Holidays. It’s no fun being sick at this time, or any other time in that instance.
But alas, we need to catch the flu at least once a year; even if it be a small dosage of it from the flu-shot. It’s just nature, and our immune system needs to be tested once and a while. But to just add some extra protection against it, I keep in mind most of D. Keith Robinson’s tips.
Some other tips that might come handy during the Winter season would be:
Oh yah, with Winter comes Summer Movie Previews/Trailers. A couple that I can’t wait to see are: The Da Vinci Code, Lady in the Water and X3. Man, the Holidays—it’s cold but it gives you that warm feeling inside.
From my mind to yours, stay warm and happy (as in Holidays… “Happy” Holidays—HA!).