Rants & Raves Archives
In tonight's opening segment, Leo and Patrick discussed IBM's new ad campaign which consisted of stenciling pictures of peace, love and Linux on the streets of San Francisco. This caused IBM to get in trouble because the chalk wasn't fading very fast. Leo decided that he wanted the logo stenciled on the back of the set. Well Leo, your wish is my command.
In the net tips segment about searching using Google, I unfortunately have to agree with Megan that if you want to find something on the TechTV, don't use the TechTV search; use Google to search within the TechTV domain.
Quote of the day, from TSS netcam caller Gus of Stinky Pond, Arkansas: "You young computer-hacking, Linux-loving, Internet-surfing cyberpunks, you're good people!"
Posted by Christy at 10:02 PM
Quote of the day: I got a good laugh from this one, having recently jumped into a family-wide email discussion on gun control, censorship, and Charleton Heston; I, being on the liberal side of the debate.
In the opening of the program, discussing the issue of "splinternets":
Posted by Christy at 10:58 PM
Oops, they did it again.
Way to go, AMD!
Quote of the night (actually from last night's show): "There are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are benchmarks." (Patrick)
Dave Touretzky's website address didn't appear in the shownotes for this episode. He is a proponent of free speech on the internet and is hosting various versions of the DeCSS code. You can find his site at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/.
Posted by Christy at 10:55 PM
Kate makes a visit to TSS!
There are a few limitations to Leo's tip about creating a drop shadow effect for your web pictures. If you use the jpeg format, the color of the background of the picture has to match the background color of your web page, or else it won't look very good. Kinda like this:
As you can see, the white picture background doesn't match the blue background. If you want the picture to look right against a pattern background like the one on this page, you have to use your graphics program to designate a transparent color (in this case white) so that the pattern background will show through. However, transparencies only work in images with 256 colors or less,
Posted by Christy at 10:41 PM
Microserf shovels the BS again!
Posted by Christy at 10:33 PM
Microsoft has a sense of humor?! And a self-deprecating sense of humor at that. Amazing. Microsoft has announced that they are firing Clippy, the annoying Office assistant, and they have some flash animations poking fun at him, their own product!
Patrick Interviews Leo! The most important revelation: from the pictures that were shown, it seems Leo's hair has always had a personality of its own.
Quote of the night: Leo and Patrick were discussing possible causes of Windows 98SE shutdown problems, and looking at the reasons that Microsoft gives for the problem on its website.
Posted by Christy at 10:28 PM
They managed to patch up a glitch between the live airing and the repeats. In the live version during the opening news item about the National Weather Service digitized voices, the last woice they demo is of course a gag, but they briefly showed a shot of the guy doing the voice offstage. It was funnier with the mistake left in, but then, I've always enjoyed the absence of superficial polish on the show.
Leo interviews Patrick! The most important revelation: Patrick is currently single! Geekgirls the world over rejoice!
Posted by Christy at 10:21 PM
Will someone please tell me what that comic has to do with computers or technology? They only had to bleep him about five times! If they really want a comic on, they should bring Don McMillan back on! For those of you who don't know, Don McMillan is a former chip designer who switched careers to stand-up comedy dealing with tech topics. He was on the Screen Savers in December 1999 and wrote an article for the TechTV website. Do check out the the video clip link with the article; it is one of the few older video clip links that still works on techtv.com. I got DSL a few months ago, and one of the best things about it has been being able to go back to view all those clips which didn't work with my dial-up access. Kate's RAM poetry is one of the all time best clips.
Congrats Patrick, on being awarded the title of TSS alpha geek!
Leo's quote of the day: "It's a bird, it's a plane,...it's a bird!"
Posted by Christy at 10:18 PM
Definitely one of the most entertaining episodes of recent memory. Leo learns to dance from Jessica's geek site of the day, prompting her to say "You look like you're having a seizure." Leo alleges that Patrick called him "lard of the dance." Later, Leo does a bit of product modeling, stroking and petting the parts for the Austin PC. (I could swear that I heard that hard drive purring.) As Patrick is trying to do the tease for the next segment, Leo tries to "product model" Patrick, waving his hands around him like one of caressing a prize product on The Price Is Right. As the camera fades to commercial, Patrick can be seen trying to bring Leo back to reality by beating on him with an OEM package of Windows 98. During the Bod Pod segment, Leo says "Who wants to see Patrick in a speedo?" And later, Leo completely babbles "The dot-com boom has gone bust" into something like "the dot bomb poom has gone pust." Most of this insanity was attributed to caffeinated mints, three of which Leo says he had before the show. Maybe that would be a good strategy for future TSS shows. If it looks as though the show is going to be dull, slip Leo a few mints, then sit back and watch the fun begin. If you would like to try this at home, you can buy your own caffeinated mints from Thinkgeek, which was one of Jessica's Geek Sites of the Day. You can buy other things mentioned on TSS there, such as the glare-free Eclipse monitor lamp, and those infamous rounded IDE cables.
If anyone knows what the "lumberjacks with PC parts" bit that Leo was trying to sing meant, Please let me know.
Posted by Christy at 10:50 PM
Quote of the Day:
Patrick: Folks, the news in from the scientists today is that, once again, Albert Einstein was correct.
Posted by Christy at 10:09 PM
50% More Screen Savers! Though I was hoping that since the program is now ninety minutes, there would be more time for email at the end of the show. I guess not.
Megan's dish article about Leo leaving TSS to host Survivor was of course an April Fool's prank. Had me going for about two seconds until I remembered the date. I liked caller Courtney's suggestion that Leo host the Silicon Valley edition of Survivor. I can see it now: put a bunch of geeks in the middle of the wilderness, take away their laptops, cellphones, and PDAs, and see how long they last.
Posted by Christy at 10:05 PM