Wonderful Features, Apex. Not!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I take AP classes at my school through an online portal from Apex Learning. That said, I am less than satisfied with their software. First of all, in the complete opposite functionality of Blackboard Academic Suite (the portal for the regular classes), the discussions in Apex have no threads. Navigating conversations is very difficult, since there is no threading, indenting, nesting, or any other helpful feature. Second, the course window times out after a certain period (I haven’t timed it, but it’s pretty short). It gives a very annoying error if…

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Freenigma: Free PGP Encryption for Webmail

At the beginning of the month, I about an Internet radio service called Pandora. Now, I’m going to blog about something completely different. I discovered a service called Freenigma, and it provides free PGP encryption for anyone with a webmail account from a major provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.). All you need is an account, one of these email addresses, and Mozilla Firefox (because Freenigma uses a browser extension to display the toolbar; IE support is under development). So, you sign up for an invitation at www.freenigma.com. You wait for a while, up to a few days. They’ll send you…

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Zero Reliability for Web Servers

I suppose technology just can’t be relied upon anymore. I have two websites hosted at a college, and neither of them works right now. This is happening way too often. The servers at said college are running Linux, too! I thought Windows was the unstable one, but Linux seems to crash a lot. Granted, the websites are nothing important, but the sites double as FTP storage for my homework (backup), so not having access for hours at a time is irritating. And, since they went offline after midnight, forget repairs until morning. At least I have a consolation prize: the…

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Pandora Internet Radio

I recently started using a service called Pandora on the Internet. It is a music-discovery and streaming service. Start with a favorite song or artist (creates smaller and larger stations depending on type of input) and Pandora searches the Music Genome Project for similar music. What’s cool about it is the fact that it crosses genre, artist, and popularity lines; each song is its own little thing, listed by its own specific attribute set. There are some things, like no rewind and a song-skip limit, but these are due to the company’s music licenses. There are two versions: Free and…

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Website

Time to revamp the (relatively new) Starfleet website with an LCARS design. This will probably take several days to accomplish. Updates will be added to this thread. Update: 11/07/06: This update has been canceled. A new template is being designed instead. Update: 05/30/07: The template design has been implemented since around January, and improvements are coming regularly.

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Excuse Me?! This Sounds Like an M$ Strategy

OK, some people have finally lost it. Brought to my attention by the post at http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1307, trackback attached to this post, a small website called Explorer Destroyer is calling for discrimination against IE users. Bah, I say. If someone wants to switch to Firefox, they will. But blocking IE completely (this is Level 3 in the script) and forcing a Firefox download to view a site is crazy. And the site owner gets money for causing their visitors undue aggravation! One dollar for every referral. I smell conspiracy. Update (12/12/07): I’ve revisited this opinion in a .

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