Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Nothing to talk about

I was talking with Mike today. We were talking about blogs. We had a little conversation that went something like this.

Mike: Hey Brandon, I went on your blog today and read your instructable on your Gameboy.
Brandon: Really?
Mike: Ya, I posted a bunch of comments on your blog again.
Brandon: Why do you keep doing that?
Mike: I dunno.
Brandon: Well sometimes they are kindda funny. You should write your own blog.
Mike: Ya, but I never have anything to write about.
Brandon: Neither do I, but I still manage to write one.
Mike: You should post this conversation on your blog.
Brandon: Yeah, maybe I will

The truth is, I really don't have anything to talk about. I pretty much sit down at my computer, reading digg or intructables until an idea for my blog comes around. Then I post it. Today I came home from work, put on a costume for Trick or Treaters, went on intructables.com and remembered the conversation we had. How do you come up with your ideas?

Oh, by the way...

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2006

Solar Gameboy for You

Today I desided to let the public make solar Gameboys. I made my first Instructable about how to make solar gameboys.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Pros and Cons of Operating Systems

Yesterday I purchased an eMac. A few days ago I bought a Dell laptop. Because I now have a copy of all three major operating systems, I decided to do a story to celebrate. Since I do have all 3 OS's my story will compare the three.

First up, Microsoft Windows.
- Easy to change settings
- Easy navigation
- Most programs made for it

- Comes with so much stuff that you can't use it all
- Windows Messenger starts up automatically (like I want it)
- Costs a lot of money

Next up, Apple Macintosh
- Easy to find common programs (bottom of screen)
- Comes with Safari (as opposed to Internet Explorer)
- Fast

- One mouse button and no mouse wheel
- Not as many options in the "System Preferences"
- Bottom bar* sometimes gets in the way

Last, but not least, Linux Ubuntu
- An extremely easy to use desktop and system bar
- Comes with Firefox or Konqueror (not IE)
- Most likely the most secure

-Hard to install new software
- Not much commerical support
- Requires you to have a knowledge of how it works

For those of you who have got yourselves in the middle of an OS war, you can look here for suggestions. I am impartial to any system now because I have them all. So before you say that Macs suck, that Windows should die, or the Linux penguin (FYI his name is Tux) is annoying, get a copy of that operating system and find out for yourself.

*Someone commented and corrected me, The bottom bar is called a dock.

Sunday, October 22, 2006


I hate spam. No, not S.P.A.M. (the junk in the can) I hate spam. You know the junk that people send to you in order to get you to try something or visit their site. It seems like now half of my comments show up as spam.

This is what I do:
Step 1 - Recieve dumb comment
Step 2 - Read about how dumb their cause is
Step 3 - Click the little trash can
Step 4 - Click "Delete Comment" (No, I don't ever delete forever)
Step 5 - Check to make sure it is gone

This was both a tutorial on how to delete comments and a rant against spammers.

So if your a spammer, don't comment. (Not like you would have read this anyway)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Web Server

Yay! I have finally got my web server public. Charter was restricting me from hosting a website from my house, but I found a way around it {to all who understand: Charter was blocking port 80, I set my server to listen on port 81}. You can find my new site at http://brandonlee.no-ip.org. I have a test page up right now, but with in the next few days I should have a solid web page with whatever I want on there.

Oh well, I should go to bed now. See you all later.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


For the next 5 days I may not be able to post. I am going on a trip to Kentucky (I live in Central Minnesota) in a car. I may be able to find a computer there, but then again, maybe not.

Any way here's a funny pic to get you all through the week:
My friends and I have made another blog with eachother. Click here to check it out.

Friday, October 06, 2006

My First Flash Movie

I have made my first movie using Macromedia Flash 8 Professional. Click the button to see what it does.

Cool huh?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Search Engine Hits

Every once in a while it's fun to see where all your visitors come from. It's also fun to see what they searched on you in order to find you. This is what I have come up with.

I have had a few posts on Digg. No post has ever made it to the front page, but I still get the majority of my visitors from Digg.
Possible Nintendo Wii Release Date - 14 Diggs
Fastest/Slowest Search Engines - 4 Diggs
When to Reserve the Wii and PS3
- 1 Digg (My Digg)
This is weird. Before I got on Digg I always had less than 100 hits. Since Digg, I have had about 300 more Diggs (total of 400). Now last time I did math 14+4+1≠300.

Another fun thing to do is see how people search for you. All of the people who have found me used either Google or Digg searches. Here is what some people searched.
formatcdrive - it's in Turkish.
Spying Lens - OK then

It's also weird to see how many users use the random blog button. In blogger you can click a button that lets you jump to a random blog. Before Digg, however, I would not get any hits off of the random blog. Now I get a lot (30% of my hits give or take).

I like it when people visit my blog. I also like it when people comment on my blog. It lets me know that there really are people out there reading this. Thank you to all who really do read this.

Wii Reservations

I was at my local Game Stop today reserving Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. According to my receipt I am one of 1160 people to reserve it for the Wii at my store. But that's not the news. While I was reserving it I asked the clerk (Tyler) when the Wii and PS3 would be able to reserve. The conversation went something like this:

Me-"So do you know when we can reserve the Wii and Playstation?"
Tyler-"We won't be taking any reservations for the Playstation 3. I am sure that we will allow reservations on the Nintendo Wii, because Nintendo knows how to make them fast. Call in within the next two weeks and we should have more information."
Me-"O.K. Thanks."

So call your local Game Stops during the next two weeks and hopefully they will have a reservation date.


Sunday, October 01, 2006

My Computers

My parents are always complaining that I have too many computers and that "we don't need any more computers in the house." Well I thought that was ridiculous. I decided that I would show everyone else my computers and just see if they felt the same way about my computers as my parents.

------------- Let's start with my room -------------

HP This is my HP Pavilion. I was given it when I helped someone fix their new computer. I use this computer for everything. It has Ubuntu 6.10 Beta (Linux) on it. It rocks.
This is my Compaq Deskpro. I am fixing it up so I can give it to my brother. It has Ubuntu 5.10 (Linux) on it. (Note the Ubuntu disks on top)

This is my Acer TravelMate. It's my awesome laptop. It has Windows 98SE on it.

The tower hiding in the back is my IBM server. I like to use this for easy file transfer on my network and for learning how to use a server. It now has Ubuntu 5.10 Server (Linux) on it and has 2 processors in it to make it go faster.

This is my Commodore 64 (old school). I don't use this much any more. To make this do any thing you have to program it yourself. I like to keep this just to say I have one (sometimes I go back and make a BASIC program).

This is my Compaq Presario. It was given to me by my neighbor. It is not working at the moment. It has Windows 2000 on it.

------------- Now for the kitchen -------------

This is my parents Dell Dimension. It lives in our kitchen (our high traffic room). You can tell by the amount of stuff both on it and around it, that we use this computer a lot (there is more stuff to the left of the picture). This computer has Windows XP on it

------------- Last the Basement -------------
This my bother, my sister, and my eMachines. It is the fastest computer in the house, so it gets used for gaming the most. I also use it to program my little robot (sitting on the ground to the left of it). It has Windows XP on it.

Now with all of these computers we obviously need a way to network all of them. So here's what we have for networking.
This is the D-Link Wireless-G Router that controls the network for the whole house.
This is the Linksys hub that controls the network to my room.
This is the Chase IOLAN+ Communication Server that shares devices on my network.
This is the KVM switch that allows me to use only 1 keyboard, 1 mouse and 1 monitor on 4 computers.

As you can see, I have six computers and my family has two more. I personally think that they are just jealous because of my awesome computer setup. What do you think?

Update: I now have two more computers. A Dell Latitude with Win2000 Pro and an eMac running OSX