August 27, 2005

Google Talk

So by now, you've all heard about Google Talk -- Google's entry into instant messaging.

I have it. I've actually stopped using Skype and switched to Google Talk-- there was only one person on Skype that I actually talked to anyway, and I needed to free up some hard drive space (can't believe I've filled 40GB. When I bought the computer, I said we'd NEVER need a bigger drive than that).

I haven't actually talked to anyone on it yet. But I like the software. You can customize the status messages so they say more than just "Off Line" or "Busy." Mine say "Sleeping," "Podcasting," and things like that. The actual instant messaging is easy to use -- I spent a little while talking to Bill Wallo. I'm ready to get rid of MSN Messenger (if my sister would accept my invitation!).

I'll still have a VOIP program, but I'll be using Gizmo Project, pending a test later today. It offers me the one feature that Skype doesn't have, but that I need -- the ability to painlessly and seamlessly record phone conversations. I can do it with Skype, but I have to have separate software to do it -- and the free version of that software doesn't support MP3 encoding (of course, I could just pay the $15 it costs to get the pro version. Have I mentioned how cheap I am?).

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August 20, 2005

The Luckiest Guy I Know ...

Matt Hall. Not only did he get one of those free iPods that you keep seeing goofy ads about, he also got a free Mac Mini from a similar offer.

All I've won online so far is $249 from Blingo. But I'm hopeful, one day, to be as lucky as Matt.

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August 19, 2005

Christian Post Apologizes

Update on the Christian Post situation. They've posted a correction on their site:

We apologize for the article by Cindy Lee that was posted on Wednesday at 3 a.m. The article was unknowingly posted during the testing of a recently launched section on ChristianPost.com, in which freelancers and trainees were given an open forum to post article samples. We sincerely regret any inconvenience the article may have caused to all those involved. We thank you for your continued support.
Sounds like they were teaching people how to use their system, and someone decided to cut and paste a post to see what if they were doing it right. I can understand that -- things like that happen. And they probably didn't know how the story got there, and wondered if the site had been hacked. The author probably had no idea it had published to the site.

I still think an email to the original author is in order, though. The apology sounds sincere to me, though a bit late in coming -- it sounds like the folks at The Christian Post didn't really know what happened, or how it happened. I know at three in the morning, I'm not usually very coherent.

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August 15, 2005

BFL 2005

OK, so Nick Queen over at Nick Queen.com runs a blogger fantasy football league each year. I didn't do FF last season at all, but I'm going through withdrawl, especially since there was no fantasy hockey at all this year (no league, no fantasy league). So I'm ready to rumble.

AND since I just KNOW all my readers will be waiting with baited breath to see how well the Pewie Podcasters do in this years action, I'll be reporting RIGHT HERE on all the fantastic fantasy action.

In other news -- posting has been light because of the myriad of other projects I'm working on. I'm reviewing at Blogcritics, and the past week and a half I've also been filling in as books editor since Pat's computer went up in smoke (or something like that, anyway). I've been working on the Pewcast (that podcasting stuff is hard work!). AND I've been invited to contribute to Cinema Veritas (thanks, Bill Wallo). And I've got some things going on in "real life" (whatever that is). I've been busier than I have been in a while, and I've enjoyed it. I'm hoping that this week I can get on a schedule that lets me blog more often here, AND get the podcast done sometime SOON.

Thanks for putting up with that little rant. I WILL have some more intelligent writing coming soon, I promise.

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