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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CSS Help

OK, it’s early in this blog’s history to be doing this, but I need a fix for another of my websites. I’m redeveloping a site in my free time. The old version was framed, but I’m unframing it for search engine visibility.And now for the question: Does anyone know of an easy-to-use, CSS-only method of creating a website layout with two columns (one nav and one content)? Please post answers to this question in the comments to this post if you have an idea. Thanks! I’ll post on this blog when the new site is up and running.

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Reuters’ Virtual Reporter

In an amazing twist of events, Reuters, the world-news organization, has dedicated a reporter to covering stories solely about, and concerning, members of Linden Technologies’ Second Life online RPG. The link attached to this post goes to the page where this reporter’s articles will be posted. The journalist, Adam Pasick, is identified in Second Life as Adam Reuters, signifying his involvement in journalism. His avatar sports a press pass.

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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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A Whole Bunch of Stuff

I’ve been away for a while because I’ve been struggling with bunches of technological issues. First, I lost an SD card containing all of my music (nearly 2GB). Now the hard disk in my computer is threatening to crash. So I’ve been forced to use public computers and had almost no time away from my homework to post anything. So I’ve dumped it all into this entry. How about that? Now I can start storing other things to post about.

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Hmm, Oh Well, Dell

Dell just ignored my email request for support. Oh, well. I did fix (I hope) another issue having to do with a BAD_POOL_CALLER stop error, caused by SynTP.sys, one of the files used in the Synaptics Touchpad in my laptop. This time, I used Dell chat. Much faster. I’ll post updates as to whether or not I receive the STOP error again.

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Linksys Goes Bye-Bye

Call me crazy, but installing new hardware (on USB, no less) shouldn’t disable one of your PC’s best features: the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching. Well, the Linksys WUSB54GC USB Wireless-G adaptor does so with its software. Not what I had in mind. I’m going to have to go back on the market for a new wireless card that supports 802.11g. And the “This device can perform better” balloons that popped up every time I inserted the adaptor didn’t help. My laptop is non-upgradeable, OK? I can’t install USB 2.0 compatible controllers, so leave me alone and go soak…

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Bye Bye, Power…

So I’m working along at the library of a college, and the lights suddenly flicker and go out. The power supply for my laptop is missing something: the green light. I notice the battery icon in my system tray where the plug used to be. Something’s fishy. The power just failed. What’s wrong? I’ll try to find out, and in the mean time, I’ll move my computer before it runs out of juice. (Somehow, the computers in the computer lab are running just fine, along with a few minimal lights throughout the building.) Perhaps we will never know what happened.

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