Mitch Hedberg (1968 – 2005)

My favorite comedian Mitch Hedberg was found dead in his hotel room earlier today. It’s not sure what the cause of his death is yet. I was lucky enough to see him just a little over a month ago. He’s one of the few people who have made me laugh until I hurt. May he rest in peace.

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Sharing Is Caring

I thought I would write an entry in here for who ever was interested. There’s a new website up that is sponsored by the Internet Archive and Drupal. The site is called OurMedia.org. The premise is, they’ll host and promote your media. Pretty cool. They’ll host audio, video, images, and text for get this… free. I was quite impressed with the service. It’s still in Alpha testing which pretty much means, the best is yet to come.

I uploaded one of my videos, and was amazed at all the information you could put regarding the video. All to where it was recorded, to where it’s been previously hosted, and more. This is what I love about the Internet. Not all this “What Telephone Number Are You?” or “Which Character From Schindlers List Are You?” Crap.

I highly suggest checking it out if you want to promote something on the Internet and don’t have the space. Also they use Creative Commons Licensing, Public Domain, or traditional copyright licensing. which is an uber plus. You’ll also find some very cool works by other people. I suck compared to most of these people.

Ourmedia.org
(my user name is jcherup)

A Firefox Tip

I’ve helped several people make the switch over to Firefox. But many people don’t have the time or the know-how to explore all of its functionality. A cool feature that Firefox can implement is to open EVERY link in a new tab. So you would only have to deal with one Firefox window. I use this feature, so when ever I click a link in someones AIM profile, or an e-mail, it opens in a new tab in my current Firefox Window.

How do you do it?

First go to your address bar and type “about:config”
Next in the filter bar type “browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs” .

Double click on the result so that it says “True” under the value column.

Next restart Firefox, and go to Tools>Options>Advanced

Scroll to the Tabbed Browsing section. Select Force links that open new windows to open in a new tab.

Then you’re all set. Enjoy the power of Firefox. Also you might be interested in the latest update for more secure browsing.

Firefox 1.0.2

Privacy Schmivacy

While we were all talking about the privacy of Plaxo, AOL recently just stole some of our privacy. AOL just updated its Terms of Service (TOS) for its popular instant messenger AIM. Now anything that you type through AIM is now free game for AOL to use. They can use it at will, without informing the user. Here’s an excerpt:

“Although you or the owner of the Content retain ownership of all right, title and interest in Content that you post to any AIM Product, AOL owns all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating this Content. In addition, by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium.”


I’ve never liked AIM. I switched to ICQ (before AOL bought it) and told everyone they could contact me via it. It was the loneliest week ever. I’m severely not happy with this practice. If you ask me what the best IM service that currently exists, I would say MSN. Yeah… Microsoft. Oh well, it’s not like you mindless drones care. Keep on typing, AOL is watching.

Plaxo or Perish

I was told to heavily endorse Plaxo, which I’m going to do. Jarb’s got me involved in this program, and it kicks serious ass. To quote myself:

Peggusus: Thanks to Plaxo, I can sort through my priorities in the time it takes AOL users to realize their old mail hasn’t been archived!


It’s really great if you use Outlook (which you should)… it synchronizes Plaxo Online with your Outlook files so that you can access anything on one from the other. To put it in a personal context: when I lost my hard drive this summer, I lost all of my contact information with it. However, with Plaxo, all of that stuff would have been backed up in Plaxo Online and I would have been able to re-sync it in seconds. Goddamnit.

Okay, so I’m completely brainwashed by Jared/Google. Join the dark side.

Note By The Brainwasher/Editor: Plaxo is also available completely web based for those who don’t have Outlook.