Saturday, July 26, 2003

BLOGGER - widget for Safari and other browsers


It's impressive what a wee bit of JavaScript, a UI standard (toolbar), and a simple API can do. The Blogger "button" for Safari works very well.

Friday, July 25, 2003

PowerBook and iBook: Resetting Power Management Unit (PMU)

PowerBook and iBook: Resetting Power Management Unit (PMU)

Over time, the settings in the Power Manager may become unusable, which can result in operational anomalies with the computer. Examples would be not turning on, not waking from sleep, not charging the battery, or not seeing the AC Adapter, among others.

Mac repair and upgrades, including iBooks

Google Search: "DHCP lease" (AirPort router)

Google Search: "DHCP lease"

The whole long story of my DHCP lease issues with an AirPort router is contained in a usenet thread. The upshot is that the problem is fixed, but along the way I found some interesting links worth keeping track of:;EN-US;255836;EN-US;167014;EN-US;169289 (DHCP basics);EN-US;121005
(relates to NETBIOS over TCP/IP, this might be meaningful);EN-US;117662
(icpconfig documentation)

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Windows 2000 SP4 Support Tools

Windows 2000 SP4 Support Tools

This download is a good way to get the diagnostic tools that are otherwise available in the resource toolkit. Contrary to the impression given by the kb article, the sp4 download provides all the utilities.

See also:;en-us;Q322271 / /

Great source of DVD player compatibility, video capture, etc. - MAGNAVOX MRD250S - Magnavox 5-Disc DVD Digital Surround Sound Home Theater System - MAGNAVOX MRD250S - Magnavox 5-Disc DVD Digital Surround Sound Home Theater System: "Magnavox 5-Disc DVD Digital Surround Sound Home Theater System
Brand/Model: MAG MRD250S"

Very interesting system, Steve likes -- great DVD coverage, powered subwoofer, compact.

Google Toolbar 2.0 Beta: The Next Big Thing

I'm using the Google Toolbar 2.0 beta and the "BlogThis" feature to self-referentially describe these two things. After a week of playing with this, I'm convinced it's the biggest thing in computing since Google.

No joke.

Those Google people are way smarter than most of us. Scary smart.
1. Froogle + Google toolbar 2.0 "wallet" = Amazon rival, Microsoft .NET/Passport rival.
2. Google toolbar 2.0 + Google Groups identification = Passport rival.
3. Google toolbar 2.0 + Blogger: If you know your history, think Memex and Vannevar Bush. If you don't, try Google.
Only complaint: No OS X equivalent. May compete with .Mac in some ways. This will be remedied.

Mike P: this is what you need to do
1. Click on the link above.
2. Install the new toolbar with the Blogger option. Set up a blogger account (not sure how this works if you don't already have one, but I suspect if you click on the link it will set one up for you.)
3. When you visit interesting stuff on the web and want to comment on it, highlight some text you like, click on the Toolbar blogger button. It opens a window with the link, highlighted text and space for you to add links, comments, etc.
4. Send your blog URL to your friends, etc. They put it on their news pages and blog links. They read daily what you comment on, and vice-versa. Very fast.
Play for a while. This is bigger than it looks.

Robotic Nation, by Marshall Brain

Robotic Nation, by Marshall Brain

.... When a significant portion of the normal American population is permanently living in government welfare dormitories because of unemployment, what we will have is a third-world nation. These citizens will be imprisoned by unemployment in their own society. If you are an adult in America and you do not have a job, you are flat out of luck. That is how our economy is structured today -- you cannot live your life unless you have a job. Many people -- perhaps a majority of Americans -- will find themselves out of luck in the coming decades.

The arrival of humanoid robots should be a cause for celebration. With the robots doing most of the work, it should be possible for everyone to go on perpetual vacation. Instead, robots will displace millions of employees, leaving them unable to find work and therefore destitute. I believe that it is time to start rethinking our economy and understanding how we will allow people to live their lives in a robotic nation...

A favorite theme of science fiction for decades -- writers have explored many potential solutions. Interesting implications for societies (Japan, etc) with declining birth rates.

Socialism is not yet dead. In 1996 I predicted the return of socialism by 2001; maybe I was only off by 20-30 years.

102878 - Information on Browser Operation

102878 - Information on Browser Operation: "SUMMARY
The Computer Browser service lets you track servers that are active on the network with a minimum of network overhead. It consists of two components on a Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced Server computer.

The User Mode component is the Browser, which is part of the LAN Manager Server service. This portion is responsible for maintaining the browse list, remoting the NetServerEnum API, and managing the computer's role as a Browser (or non-Browser).

The Kernel Mode component is the Datagram Receiver and is in charge of receiving and managing datagrams. "

188305 - Troubleshooting the Microsoft Computer Browser Service

188305 - Troubleshooting the Microsoft Computer Browser Service: "SUMMARY
Although there is no centralized method to determine if the browse list across a WAN is complete, there are techniques to determine if the servers on a particular segment are represented in the browse list on a remote segment. These same techniques can be applied on all segments throughout the WAN. However, the results of these tests can change if the roles of the servers change when browser elections occur. Only if all the servers in a domain throughout the WAN are completely static, and no servers come online or go offline, will the results of these tests have meaning over time.

The tests that are described below rely on the Browstat.exe utility from the Microsoft Windows Resource Kit utility. Sample output will be for the TCP/IP protocol only. Also, as with most network problem diagnosis, to troubleshoot the browser service, the administrator must have full knowledge of the network segment boundaries and router configurations on the network. As an example, assume that a client on a remote segment does not have a server in its browse list that is located on another segment.

Because of the time sensitivity of the Browser service and its use of broadcast datagrams, you should not perform these steps until after you wait for the 48-minute cycle (the full propagation cycle in a multiple-segment domain environment).

Remember that name resolution among all browsers is critical and that the first thing to do is to establish a robust name resolution infrastructure with WINS. A lot of time can be wasted trying to track down browser issues, which are really caused by name resolution problems. "

Google Search: "master browser" election registry

Google Search: "master browser" election registry

ZDTips, Compiled by Eric Halingstad

ZDTips, Compiled by Eric Halingstad: "Master Browser election problems
A common problem that tends to creep up in Windows NT involves Master Browser elections. The main symptom of this problem is that you'll find numerous entries in the Event Viewer of your Primary Domain Controller (PDC). These are generally 8003 errors that will occur every 12 minutes. In most cases, these are caused by one of two things. The first is a computer on the same subnet that has an incorrect subnet mask. If you correct the mask on the computer, usually the problem will go away. The other thing that can cause this problem is having a router that's forwarding UDP broadcasts. If you configure the router to stop forwarding these broadcasts, the problem should go away. "

MAC OSX 10.2 Windows Sharing - Diagnostics and Background

MAC OSX 10.2 Windows Sharing - Diagnostics and Background

Preety extensive discussion of troubleshooting including browser elections.

macosxhints - Force Server to win the Windows browser election

macosxhints - Force Server to win the Windows browser election

A confusing OS X hint on how to make OS X server win a master browser election.

Preferred Master Browser

Preferred Master Browser

How to set the master browser election.

Setting the IsDomainMaster parameter entry to True or Yes makes that computer a Preferred Master Browser which has priority over other computers in master browser elections. Whenever a preferred master browser starts, it forces a browser election. Any computer running Windows NT Workstation or Windows NT Server can be configured as a preferred master browser. If no other condition prevents it, the preferred master browser will always win the election. Set the parameter in the following registry path:
Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Parameters
Type: REG_SZ
Name: IsDomainMaster
Value: True

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The first post (updated 9/21/06)

This is my googleBlog, the URL is

Update 9/21/06: So went the first post, without a title. After the first few months the purely technical stuff went to what became Gordon's Tech. Most confusingly the URL of this blog became, and went to the tech blog -- so there were name and URL swaps both.