Web 2.0

So I’m attempting to make my blogging site Web 2.0 style. I found a pretty neat site that provides an easy way to create nice little Web 2.0 buttons..so I’m updating the buttons here to provide a smoother over all appearance.

mycoolbutton.com

If you have any other suggestions for my site to make it nicer or more useable, please do let me know!

Thanks!

I finally fixed my car door..

So I finally got around to fixing my door lock on my 1995 BMW 325is. It was showing signs of wear and just basically quit locking all the way around. So I would have to manually go and lock each door. It took about an hour to replace to broken part. Not too long, but it was a pretty tight fit inside the door panel.

Other than finally fixing the lock..I’ve been up to pretty much nothing. Been getting back into guitar a little more. This mood seems to come and go, lol, but the good thing is that each time I “start” back..I don’t have to start all over..that sucks, lol.

I haven’t posted any of my favorite tunes in a while..so here is one of my favorites.

Pink Floyd The Wall – Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

..stay tuned.

My Movies!

Hey all, I’ve just been messing around with some web stuff and got bored so I threw together a page that lists all of my movies in my collection over the past years. Feel free to take a look at my collection! It is searchable..sorry, these are not downloadable movies, hehe. ;)

-My Movies!

Kyle Baker’s Still Alive..yay..

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me out over the past year since my accident on May 23, 2006. Today marks my 1 year anniversary of being alive after a near death experience, so yea…

Thanks to everyone who called and visited while I was in the hospital..and everyone who came to visit me at home..sent cards/letters…everyone who prayed for me and thought about me.

THANK YOU!

Feel free to leave a comment! ;)

kyleabaker

Dual display preview..

Hey everyone,

I got my second monitor in Friday and hooked it up last night. Thought you all might want a glimpse!

dual display

(in case you are wondering, the video is “The Running Man”..an older Stephen King film. It’s pretty good.)

So this is what my new setup looks like. It’s my main work station.
Specs:

  • Windows Vista(tm) Ultimate
  • AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ 3.02 GHz
  • 2046 MB
  • 64-bit Operating System
  • 300 GB Maxtor Hard Drive
  • 500 GB Maxtor Hard Drive
  • 2x Samsung SyncMaster 914v monitors
  • Dell/Logitech Space Saver Keyboard
  • Logitech Optical Mouse
  • Hauppauge! WinTV PVR USB2

First week of summer 2007..

Well, I’ve completed one week back at home, hehe. I’m out of school for the summer and things have slowed down a great deal since classes at NCSU have come to a temporary end. Now I’m just working around home doing odd jobs. I haven’t gotten much accomplished online, but I’m planning to update the site a little and roll out a few new features and polish up some old ones.

Since my last blog, I’ve:
Built a new computer (all for a proud $675!)
Motherboard: MB ASUS M2N4-SLI NF4 SLI AM2
CPU: CPU AMD|A64 X2 6000 3.0G AM2 2x1M R
Memory: MEM 1Gx2|G.SK F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK R
Video Card: VGA ASUS N EN7300LE/HTD/128M R
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Monitor #2: Samsung SyncMaster 914v 19″ (same as first for matching dual display).
Dell Space Saver keyboard (for a cleaner appearance and more space of course).
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit and 64-bit!
Played a lot of guitar.
Ripped some home videos from VHS to DVD using SnapStream’s Beyond TV. Works fantastically!
Cleaned my hard drives and purged junk to make room for more home video conversions. Those uncompressed avi/mpeg2 files take several GB’s, lol.
Ordered springs, shocks and a door lock actuator for my 1995 BMW 325is. The old shocks were feeling a bit unstable and the door lock on the passengers side was going bad.
Reported several Opera bugs since I’ve recently gotten time to test and debug some sites. It’s been fun!
Strip some paint off of a 1988 Porsche 928 with a razor blade. My father got it for a deal and is having it completely stripped of paint and interiors so it can be repainted. The white coat that was on it before was trashy and badly water stained. Now that I’ve gotten all of the paint off that I could with a razor blade..I guess it’s time to begin the sanding..then to some painted!
So that is about it for now other than recently watching Stephen King’s Rose Red. I love the way Stephen King can compose a story so well and not rely on jumps and frights to keep you scared the entire way through. He is such a great writer that he can just leave out all of the jumps and just tell the story itself..which is all I want anyway, hehe. Five stars from me: five stars.

That’s it for now, stay tuned!

Handy User Javascripts for Opera

Here is a treat for you Opera n00bs! If you don’t know already, Opera 8 started allowing users to add scripts (javascript) to a directory on their local machine. With these scripts, users can do just about anything! One example of how Opera ASA uses scripts in a positive way is that every single computer with Opera on it has a file in the settings folder called browser.js. This file contains javascript functions that Opera uses to correct pages with faulty javascript code.

You can take advantage of this wonderful feature and save some javascript files to your machine that add features such as Google Suggests (which is a drop down menu with suggestions based on what you are typing). This userjs (user javascript) file adds this functionality to all google pages for you! There are also spell checkers and one very important userjs file that patches all google services so they are more cooperative with Opera. Here is a list of what you can get..

  • Google Suggests
  • Google Services Patch
  • Google Thumbnail Image Direct Links
  • No Click to Activate for Flash Items
  • Inline OSpell Checker
    To use these userjs files follow the steps listed below inorder to enable your Opera to use userjs files.

    1. Find the directory that you installed Opera to. If you are on a windows machine then this is most likely in ‘C:\Program Files\Opera’.
    2. After finding the install folder, create a new folder inside of the install folder called ‘userjs’. You should now have the following folder: ‘C:\Program Files\Opera\userjs’
    3. Open Opera. Click on ‘Tools -> Preferences… -> Advanced -> Content -> JavaScript options…’. Now, at the bottom of this window you should see ‘User Javascript Options’ with an input box and a button below it. Click the ‘Choose…’ button and select the userjs folder that you created.
    4. Now click OK to save changes in the JavaScript options window. Click OK once more to save changes to the Preferences window.
    5. Now that you’ve finished setting up Opera to use your userjs files, just start saving the once you want Opera to use in the userjs folder that you created! To get the scripts that I mentioned above just click on them. If you want more you can check:

There is also a video available that you can use to guide you through setting up UserJS with Opera for the first time. Here is the link: video!

Enjoy!

Edit (10th Jun 07):
Here are some more useful userjs files you can use:

Opera 9.5..Kestrel..almost ready!

Fantastic news! Kestrel is almost ready all! The following news was pulled from an Opera enthusiast’s blog post. Opera Software is quite busy, actually that busy that two versions are coming. And not just on one platform, no the intention is to link many platforms together, meaning the desktop release will simultaneously come with the release for devices and mobiles. Currently Opera 9.5, code named Kestrel, is planned for a golden final release this year, while the first preview of Opera 10, code named Peregrine, will appear at the end of this year.

So what is Kestrel? A falcon. And also a warming up present from Opera Software. But you shouldn’t take that too negatively, Kestrel is an in-between release, while Peregrine is the next major release (Opera 10). Kestrel will introduce some of the rendering engine changes from Peregrine which don’t have a too high impact yet on the entire release. Peregrine itself, also a falcon, will have major rendering engine changes (of course everything that’s in Kestrel), improvements to the user interface, performance enhancements and stunning new features. What we can expect remains to be seen, but I’m betting on an entirely new skin, one that fits Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), as well as features that, just like Speed Dial, will make the news headlines.

In this article we mainly discuss the upcoming Kestrel release as news on Peregrine is still very limited due to it’s early stage.

Rendering engine improvements
Support for CSS3, where especially selectors will get a major addition. One of the most noticeable is text-shadow support (multiple shadows, maximum blur limitation) to have, well, text with shadows behind them. Amongst other fixes include correct (not IE compatible) support of document.getElementById(), which should return the id, not the name. Additionally changes are in the house for the rendering of tables and fixes for rounding problems (using ems).

Opera Mail improvements
Kestrel will include at least the first run of changes for Opera’s mail client (aka M2), consisting of a new back-end, which should end any freezes when checking mail as well as fixes for corrupted search and indexes. Uncertain is yet if the second run of changes will make it, where a long awaited newsgroup feature is coming (what could it be?). Mail client operability is also important, and Kestrel will have full support (part of it is already in Opera 9.2) for exchanging mails between Apple Mail and Opera Mail. The problem was apparently caused by Apple Mail, which doesn’t fully comply with the RFC standards for exchanging messages. One of the annoying Opera Mail bugs will also be fixed where attachments are renamed to .tmp files rather than their original names, due to content-type recognition problems.

User interface fixes
Although no major user interface work is planned for Kestrel there seems to be a little hope that there will be a couple of small, yet wanted, changes. One of the possible changes could be site specific support for the content blocker. The code is already there, but it’s keeping your hopes up that it’s stable enough to include in Kestrel. Additionally site specific preferences for opera:about will work correctly in Kestrel. For the Linux platform a fix is included where when the tab bar is disabled (with the window panel on), and tabs are minimized icons are displayed (a remnant from MDI).

And more…
Support for extra security through HttpOnly cookies will be included in Kestrel (as it will be in Firefox 3), which should prevent renegade scripts on a site setting the cookie from reading the cookie. UserJS for https should be working in Kestrel according to Mitchman. Peter Karlsson has been working on an updated Info panel, which contains better organized and more information on the current website your viewing.

Unconfirmed future features
Support for the <video> tag is already present in an experimental build on Opera Labs. Microsoft Silverlight support, which by the sounds of supporting competition could be included as a default plug-in, just like Flash? For Peregrine we might see HTML 5 support as well as offline web applications (beyond Widgets) following the WHATWG specifications.As always, please remember this is a rather incomplete article on all the changes that we can expect for Kestrel (Opera 9.5), and especially Peregrine (Opera 10). With the passing of time, and when we get new builds from the Opera Desktop Team, we’ll learn more and more of what Opera Software has up its sleeves. With Kestrel this year, and Peregrine probably next year there’s a lot of work being done, and a lot coming for all of us to see of the famous Opera Software innovations for the web.