Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The one hundred pushup challenge: Week 2

Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley, CA

Image by James Gordon via Flickr

I slipped this week.  I blame the 4 month old for lack of sleep.

I skipped almost all of Day 2 and tried to make up for it on Day 3 by adding counts for each rep.  Those last 6 pushups on Day 3 were the hardest I've ever done.

PS!  I continue the Zemanta Experiment.  I don't know why it keeps suggesting images from Death Valley.  Beautiful, morbid, irrelevant...  Oh - and what about the Related Articles below?  All clued in on one word: "slip".  Come on.  I know these are hardly verbose posts, but the semantic AI web has a long way to go.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MS Office: Make the Ribbon Behave

It’s been, what, 2 years or so? since I started using Office 2007 and I STILL have trouble finding some of the more obscure features in the Ribbon interface.

I’d heard of PSchmid making a "Classic UI" add-in that would create a Ribbon tab containing all the familiar classic menus, but I was always too cheap to pay the $30 license cost. Well, now there’s a free version, and it does exactly what I need, for Word, Excel and PowerPoint:


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Monday, August 18, 2008

The one hundred pushup challenge: Week 1, Days 2 and 3

The famous

Image via Wikipedia

I stayed on track with the pushup exercise plan, if not with the blogging about it:

It really helps to have those multiple warm-up sets before the max. I'd normally be much more tempted to do one set of 30 and then max, this sets the pace nicely.

(Zemanta didn't really find any appropriate images or articles this time...)

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Google Docs Forms

Hmmm, don't see a personal need, yet.

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One Hundred Pushup Challenge: Week One, Day One

U.S. Marines count out push-ups.

Image via Wikipedia

As promised, I did Week One, Day One of the one hundred pushup program last night:

10 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 25*

*It's amazingly hard to do pushups while laughing - my two year old got very into the whole exercise routine...

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Re-Testing Zemanta Plugin for Windows Live Writer

HOMESTEAD, FL - JUNE 23:  Jason Atkins, creato...

Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Yesterday I tested the Zemanta plug-in, but the page it hit on start-up caused a JS error.  As they said in the comments, they fixed it - JS error is gone.  Quick work, bodes well for the evolution of the component feature set.

-- or maybe not.  A new quirk has appeared: after I inserted the image, a square followed by a closing tag has appeared in my editing window, looking at the HTML view I see it stems from the following code:

<div class="zemanta-pixie"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" src="" />&gt;</div>

When I put text after the glyph, and then tried adding an Article, my text disappeared.  And the Articles are REALLY hit and miss. (Maybe they're using the machine-gun pictured above...)

No bueno...


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Testing Zemanta Plugin for Windows Live Writer

20px|Windows Live Logo Windows Live Writer

Image via Wikipedia

I just installed the Zemanta plugin for Windows Live Writer, and so far, so good (with the exception of a js error at startup each time - see below).  It's supposed to search the context of your blog post and suggest related images, links and articles.  This is a test post - the image top-left is one of its suggestions (I picked that over the geisha typing on a laptop), and the links to Zemanta and WLW above were auto-applied by the plug-in.

The "related articles" below are also a handful of the ones it decided matched the content of this post:

JS error:


Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

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The one hundred pushup challenge - Initial test

Rob Connery is doing a Twitter challenge where he's tracking his progress with the one hundred pushup challenge.  I'm too lazy and unmotivated to exercise on my own, so I decided some public exposure might help with the motivation.

So I did the initial test this morning, at the office, in my cube:

Initial Test: 47 pushups - Rank 4.  Not too bad so far.

To all my 3 readers, please help keep me honest, Week 1, Day 1 starts tomorrow...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Word does not like our new printer...

Or more specifically, the HP printer drivers:



Word (and PowerPoint) does not like certain HP drivers, including one for the all-in-one scanner/printer that I just installed. 

I'm not sure if this is worse than the fact that HP did not release Vista drivers for our HP Laser printer until 6 months after I installed Vista...

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When copying from Excel to Word... careful of any grouped cells you may have in Excel.  Word will interpret a cell in a first level group as "Level 1" text, without actually formatting it as such.  Which means the first time you realize this is probably when you update your Table of Contents, in which every grouped cell is now considered the same as a "Heading 1":


The easiest way to correct this is to remove the groups from Excel prior to copying; after pasting the easiest is to go to the Outline View and demote all Level 1 cells to Body Text.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

The Olympics have started - video at 11.

Ok - at 7:30, 9-12 hrs after the actual event.  How big a percentage of the games will NBC do real-time this time around?