Archive for March, 2009

Six cute new IE8 features

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

I've been exploring the new Internet Explorer 8. While I'm not giving up Firefox anytime soon, IE8 does have some potentially useful new features. Here are six that you might find useful, or at the very least cute. 1. Color coded tabs. When you click a link or initiate a search ...

On Thawing Bagels…

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

When you freeze NYC bagels, even if they're in a tight ziplock freezer bag, they can dry out. If you steam them to defrost them—before toasting or whatever—they end up being a lot more like NYC bagels and a lot less like Melba toast.

Windows Sidebar Clock Can Steal CPU Cycles!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Last night, I noticed that programs were taking a while to start, and my computer was being sluggish in general. I right-clicked Windows Vista's Taskbar and started the Task Manager to see if I could figure out why. In the Processes tab, I clicked CPU to reverse sort by CPU ...

Google Toolbar Option’s Unexpected Consequence

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Yesterday, I installed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). Along with it, I installed a new version of the Google Toolbar (beta). Mind you, I normally use Firefox rather than IE8. Its logic better fits my way of thinking, and it has some features I deem essential. But, I'm a new-version-aholic, so ...

Brick House Family Restaurant

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Karen & I finally tried the Brick House Family Restaurant for dinner tonight. They're in the Woodlawn area of Route 1, about six miles south of Alexandria—on the east side of Richmond Highway. There used to be a Chinese restaurant in that slot. Brick House is a mixed ethnic restaurant ...

Three ospreys and an island

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Yesterday, I decided to do my hike down at the Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge. They have a couple of nests there—one natural and the other built on a human-made support. Until yesterday, I hadn't seen any birds in the nest. But, yesterday, I was finally able to determine that they're ...