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3.5 Inch Floppy Disks, Rest in Peace

3.5 inchSony has decided to stop making 3.5-inch floppy disks. That's it, put a fork in this format, it's done.

Of course, the 3.5 inch floppy has been dead for quite some time. When was the last time you used one?

Last year, while cleaning my basement, I came across some old 3.5 inch floppies. There was a time floppy disks held my entire digital photo collection and was the primary way to get Word and Excel docs from A to Z.

The floppy disk may be dead, but it's still the de facto save icon.

Floppy Disks

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Epic Onestop Found at C:\Windows\Media\onestop.mid

mouseThere's a MIDI sequence sound file on your Windows pc that you probably don't know exists. It's called onestop.mid and you'll find it at C:\Windows\Media\.

Onestop was composed by David Yackley and it's been found in Windows since XP, possibly earlier.

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If you're on a Mac or running Linux, you can listen to Onestop here:


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Size Matters

googleGmail gives you a lot of space for free, but I just hit the wall for the second time. The first time I hit 99% capacity, I managed to free up a GB of space with a selective deletion campaign.

A couple of days ago, here's what I was seeing in Gmail.

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After forking over a whopping $5 to Google, here's what I'm seeing today.

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I think it's worth it.

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If IE Ignores it, Does it Exist?

MouseI was just checking out a great little HTML5 and CSS3 checklist by findmebyip.com. They've looked at the top five browsers, both PC and Mac, and looked at whether it supported CSS3 Properties, CSS3 Selectors, HTML5 Web Applications, HTML5 Embedded Content, HTML5 Audio Codecs, HTML5 Video Codecs, HTML5 Forms Inputs and HTML5 Forms Attributes.

I make my living in this world. Web-based work pays my mortgage and feeds my kids. This matters to me.

You don't have to know a stitch about HTML5 or CSS3 to see in this chart that IE6, IE7 and IE8 fare very poorly. This begs the question: if IE ignores it, does it exist?

And yes, I'm being serious. We don't develop web sites for ourselves or our web-savvy brethren, we do it for the masses, and that means we do it for IE.

How much time and energy would you commit to something that couldn't be seen or appreciated in Internet Explorer?

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Back to Firefox

firefoxLast month I openly declared I had switched default browsers from Firefox to Chrome. The new Chrome extensions were pretty sweet, and Chrome seemed to be faster. That was then....

...this is now. I'm back with Firefox. Google Chrome seemed hesitant after a short while, unresponsive. There was even buggy issues with Gmail where I'd click "Attach a file" or "Plain Text" and the option would disappear altogether. You'd think the Google browser would work best with Google email, but Gmail was far snappier in Firefox.

Since then I've returned to Firefox, my default browser for six years, and everything is awesome. It's a portable version of Firefox, by the way, with my favourite add-ons and everything customized to my liking. Just like the prodigal son I've returned.

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Justifying Audio Book Thievery

bookI've already helped you justify DVD thievery, now I'm here to help you justify audio book thievery.

This is from The Brads and it's entitled Why DRM Doesn't Work. It's a compelling argument.

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Nunc Mattis Rhoncus

chromeI just wanted to test my new Lorem Ipsum Generator extension for Google Chrome.

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Chrome is Ready for Prime Time

ChromeThe challenge was simple. Take a longtime Firefox user who is reliant on his FF extensions and get him to switch to Google Chrome.

On February 7th, I updated Chrome and installed a series of extensions that would perform the work of my old Firefox add-ons. If you're curious as to which extensions I installed, all the deets are in this entry.

Google Chrome is now ready for prime time. The extensions available are many and awesome. Here's my extension toolbar as it looks right now.

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I still plan to keep my portable version of Firefox up to date, and when I need a second browser instance it will get the call, but I'm going to stick with Chrome as my default browser. It's come a long way, baby.

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The Youngest Now Has Email

EmailMy youngest child just got her first email account. She now knows how to login to her Gmail account and send emails and gchats to her parents, brother, grandmother and uncles.

My oldest child got his first account when he was five, and it really helped him learn to type, spell and successfully navigate web apps. Today, it was Michelle's turn to enter the digital fray. We fleshed out her contacts (the only people she's allowed to email are those I bless in her contacts), gave her a cool profile picture, changed her Gmail theme to "tea party" and taught her how to compose emails and send instant messages.

Nothing's cooler than getting an email from your 5-year old daughter, even when it's just a heart icon. Especially when it's just a heart icon.

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Don't Forget Canada, Google

canadaGoogle has announced they're going to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.

We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

1 gigabit per second... take a moment to absorb that. Remember how excited we were when we could get 5mbps at home?

Google's experimental fiber network is meant as a strong message to the FCC that American's deserve better broadband. I hope this message isn't lost on the CRTC here in Canada, a true digital ghetto.

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