My husband found this tip. It's a simple way to make Firefox even faster than it is (which is already faster
than IE). From what I can tell, it does this by making several hits to a
site at once, downloading the page in parts. (Of course, overall, it just
seems like a faster page load). This not meant for dialup
- only broadband.
I am using it and it works - pages load
noticeably faster. Wheeeee! Firefox does many things better than
daughter's birthday is today. She's 23 years old and was born about a half
hour before midnight. When I checked into the hospital, my doctor arrived
in a tux. When she was little, I told her that the whole world celebrates
her birthday - even her doctor dressed for the occasion. Have a happy and
safe New Year's Eve.
I miss the original TechTV and Leo Laporte's
shows. Fortunately, you can hear him via podcast or audio streaming from
his site -- or even via the live broadcast from the radio station itself. Go to Leoville.com, then
click on Radio from the sidebar, then Audio Archives. He gives great computer advice, news,
recommendations, answers, etc. I always learn something.
Leo puts them out as
podcasts before posting
them for streaming. (I only recently figured out what a podcast is. It's
just a very large mp3 file that is downloaded and played on your own
computer or iPod instead of just listening to an audio stream.)
We went to the bookstore today. While my
husband wandered off, I settled
down in the coffee shop with a half dozen photography magazines, trying to
decide if I wanted to subscribe to any of them. This bookstore was busier
at lunchtime than I expected.
Amazon.com broke their 1-day sales
record during the Christmas season, selling 32 items a second. Apparently bookstores are still
appealing to people, although Amazon.com sells more than books.
So sad to wake up to the morning news today.
Tens of thousands killed in the 5th largest earthquake in history,
according to one news channel. Our local paper printed an article about a
man here in town with a seismograph who said it went off the scale during
that 9.0 quake. He said none of us probably felt it even though it was a
surprise to me that an earthquake on the other side of the world could
register here in Alabama ... whew!
My husband and I went out to lunch today. The
waitress asked me to move across from him so I would not block her way. I
was glad to do so, but why did she allow a chair and place setting at a
table if she did not want anyone to sit there? Since we sat a little far
apart, we ate in silence. That was okay -- I tuned in to the people around
me. At one table, a woman was describing types of tsunamis and how big
they can get. At another table, two men were discussing the incoming
flood. One of them said that people could probably outrun incoming water
if they had enough notice that it was on its way. His eating companion
A disaster like that is felt by many of us.
We wonder what we would do if such a disaster hit our home. I told my
husband that, if we ever move again, I am living far away from water, be
it the coast or the local creek, even if he takes up fishing for a living. He agreed.
Where would be the safest place to live to
avoid weather disasters? Flat land, mountain topis, caves?
YellowArrow.org is fun!
It works for anyone with a cell phone and text messaging. I just got my
t-shirt and some arrows to place. If you have text messaging on your cell,
send a message to 646-270-5537 (U.S.). In the body of the message, write
?dgj65 and you will get a reply with a short description of
me. u see the arrows around town, send the
same question mark and code to get a description of where the arrow
points. Here's how they describe themselves:
The YellowArrow is a global public art
project that merges graffiti and sticker culture with wireless
media, creating an interactive forum for people to leave and
discover messages pointing out what counts in their environment.
Participants place arrows to draw attention to different locations
and objects -- a favorite view of the city, an odd fire hydrant, the
Each arrow has a unique code, and by
sending a text-message (SMS) from your mobile phone to
1.646.270.5537 in the format "+code your message" you associate a
short text with your arrow -- messages can range from literary
quotations to personal commentaries to game-like prompts to action.
When another person encounters the arrow, he or she sends
"?code" to 1.646.270.5537 and immediately receives the message
associated with it on their mobile phone.
Through this location-based exchange of
text-messages, the YellowArrow becomes a symbol for the unique
characteristics, personal histories, and hidden secrets that live
within our everyday spaces.
And it's not just places, it's people:
YellowArrow TXTshirts are individually coded just like the stickers.
YellowArrow text-messaging is currently compatible with all phones
and service providers in the US as well as internationally with
those networks under the GSM standard.
The website, YellowArrow.org,
allows participants to annotate their arrows with photos and maps
and is the online gallery of YellowArrows placed throughout the
world -- visit to order arrow stickers and tshirts and see
announcements about new events and features.
H-m-m-m, now where can I place my stickers
around town so they won't get removed?
I love this day as much as Christmas itself.
Anticipation is half the fun. While I am done with everything that HAS to
be done, it is still fun to stop in a store, check out the sales, bake
cookies and visit. I don't think I've EVER had a busier month, though. I
don't want to have surgeries and floods at the same time -- or ever again.
Hope all of you are having an enjoyable
holiday season and, if not, I hope you can find something to be happy
about this week.
My daughter and son-in-law got a new cat. Here's the story about
it as told by our cat, Muddy.