Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Friday, July 02, 2004


I got the official word from my realtor, Dave, today that the offer I made was approved in writing by the sellers bank today. So it's FINALLY officially approved. I made the original purchase offer back on April 4th (04/04/04), so it's been awhile. What sucks is that the interest rate for the SONYMA (sunny may) went up a quarter of a percent just TWO STINKING days ago. I wish I could reduce my offer by the amount of money the sellers bank has cost me by taking its sweet ass time. Ah well, I'll post pix and stuff later. It's funny because they still have snow in them.

- Thursday, July 01, 2004

Good Ol' West Olean Sewage Plant

lil pete (1:51:56 AM): West end stench is in full effect right now
travis (1:52:04 AM): hehe, nice
lil pete (1:52:16 AM): lol, dont come home
lil pete (1:52:19 AM): it's bad
travis (1:52:21 AM): sewage plant vapors in the house yall
lil pete (1:52:30 AM): seeping through my window
travis (1:52:57 AM): like dinosaur farts?
lil pete (1:53:03 AM): lol
lil pete (1:53:12 AM): like all of Olean's shits
travis (1:53:47 AM): aren't you glad that new mexican restaraunt opened?
lil pete (1:54:20 AM): hahaha

beta ImageZoomer v0.2 (test!)

I fixed my install.rdf issue earlier today, and I've ironed out a few more bugs. I think that v0.2 has reached a state of Beta quality now. Once the mozillazine forums come back online, I'll post it there and let the experts try it out. In the meantime, I'll have to CVS the stuff onto so that my bandwidth isn't killed entirely.
tech | -moz-

- Wednesday, June 30, 2004

alpha ImageZoomer v0.2 (help!)

I started working on upgrading ImageZoomer to work with 0.9 (and 0.9.1) last night. I'm still working at it, and I'm currently stumped. Unfortunately the mozillazine forums are down. I usually ask questions like this in the extensions forum there. I made a page which tests the actual JS (which has been updated) that is used inside the extension and it works fine. Unfortunately the problem I'm currently running into is that the extension will not fully install (the about screen works at least). Feel free to d/l the xpi and tell me wtf I'm doing wrong. I think it's most likely in install.rdf, or possibly one of the contents.rdf files, I'm pretty sure it isn't an XUL error, and I'm almost positive it has nothing to do with my JS. This bug is really a major showstopper and I need to get past it to continue development. (Once I do get past this first issue, I may need help with all of those TODO thingies in there too :-/ )

[Update]: Yay, it works in 0.9/0.9.1 now! Please test it and let me know how it works for you. (It was a problem in the install.rdf, just as I thought)

tech | -moz-


Seti@Home is transitioning over to the all new BOINC system. There are new clients which are allegedly better than the "Classic" seti@home clients. One advantage they have is that they are self-queuing so there's no need to run a proxy server. Some of the new/updated features the BOINC system has include: user profile, teams (migrated from "Classic"), pending credit, stats for your different computers, and of course results. Overall BOINC sounds pretty cool. Although it's been running for about an hour now and it hasn't done any work, probably because the Berkeley servers are getting hammered with new data unit requests. (If someone happens to come across an x86_64 client let me know!)

- Tuesday, June 29, 2004

It's the summer of Express on Channel 9

It is a summer of express on Channel 9
I'm still installing the Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Beta now. Maybe they should've used bittorrent for that gi-normous .NET 2.0 Beta download ;-) I can't wait to win that damn xbox with my l33t c# web skillz.

[UPDATE]: It's installed. At first glance I'd have to say I like it. (standards compliance is always a good thing!) I'd highly recommend grabbing the separate installs for the .NET 2.0 Beta and SQL Server 2005 Beta. Downloading and installing those first will save you a tremendous amount of time. (more versions of Express)
gamez | tech

Firefox 0.9.1

In case you haven't heard it already, Firefox 0.9.1 is out. It installed perfectly fine over top of my 0.9 install (no uninstall BS required).
tech | -moz-

- Monday, June 28, 2004

Iraq's new flag

Iraq's new flag [The Onion Infographic]

Anyone have any [f]actual info on the new Iraqi flag?

KS | politix

- Sunday, June 27, 2004

Bored Cops/Busy Cops (damn thiefs)

My mom called me tonight from her home in Olean NY, to let me know that one of her hanging plants on her porch had been stolen this weekend. Kinda bizarre. The neighbors convinced her to call the police and when she did, two showed up at her house, letting her know that they'd see if they could find her plant. But in Rochester, when you have hundreds of dollars in damage to your vehicle, your stereo stolen, plus fingerprint AND footprint evidence - you aren't even given the courtesy of a visit by a single cop. Score one for small towns, I guess. My landlord was telling me that someone he knew actually had a tree stolen from his front yard. The thief didn't even have a truck waiting or anything. I guess there was a trail of dirt that went on for three blocks. They never found out who did it and never saw the tree again.

- Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Ditch those AIM ads

I'm guessing I'm not the only one who dislikes them so I figured I'd write up a way to remove them. Disclaimer: I'm not responsible if this breaks your AIM.
  • Step 1: install AIM (try not to install the WildTanget or WeatherBug junkware)
  • Step 2: get ResHacker
  • Step 3: locate your AimRes.dll (C:\Program Files\AIM\AimRes.dll), make a backup of it, and open it with ResHacker
  • Step 4: Now the fun part. I'm using AIM 5.5.3595, so if you have a different version you might have to do things differently...
    • In reshacker locate 23 > 323 > 1033 (or whatever language code you're in):
      in the <!-- IDC_AIM_LOGO --> section (line:106)
    • change <moveCenter name='horizontal' value='0.5' />
      to <moveCenter name='horizontal' value='0' />
    • change <moveEdge name='top' constraint='pin' value='5' />
      to <moveEdge name='top' constraint='pin' value='0' />
    • change <moveEdge name='bottom' constraint='float' value='16' />
      to <moveEdge name='bottom' constraint='float' value='0' />
    • change <setSize name='horizontal' value='142' />
      to <setSize name='horizontal' value='0' />
    • in these sections: <!-- IDC_AD_ATE --> (line:117), <!-- IDC_AD_ATE Second Window --> (line:128) and <!-- IDC_VIEW_TREE a place holder--> (line:190) (this last one might already be changed)
    • change <moveEdge name='top' constraint='pin' value='5' />
      to <moveEdge name='top' constraint='pin' value='0' />
    • change <moveEdge name='bottom' constraint='float' value='90' />
      to <moveEdge name='bottom' constraint='float' value='0' />
    • change <setSize name='horizontal' value='120' />
      to <setSize name='horizontal' value='0' />
  • Step 5: The previous step removed the ads, this step will remove their containers...
    In reshacker locate Dialog > 323 > 1033 (or whatever language code you're in): This is the main buddy list window dialog, in reshacker you can customize the controls however you want. Simply Delete the Controls you don't want, then Compile Script, Save, Exit when you're finished (I always back up AimRes.dll every time I do this, just in case).
  • Step 6: Ditch that crappy Today Window. Run regedit, do a Find for ShowAimTodayWindow (it'll be in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\America Online\AOL Instant Messenger (TM)\CurrentVersion\Users\screenname\Misc\). Change the value of ShowAimTodayWindow from 1 to 0.
  • Step 7 (not necessary in latest version): In your AIM folder (C:\Program Files\AIM) rename advert.ocm to advert.bak (if it exists), copy admin.ocm and rename to advert.ocm
  • Final step: Launch AIM and see if it worked, if not, restore the backup of your AimRes.dll (or advert.ocm) and try again if you want.