Saturday, September 29, 2007

Excellent MythTV Notes and HOWTO

This site seems to be an excellent MythTV HOWTO and collection of notes.

Time Warner Cable ISP and Privacy!

Clark Howard discussed Time Warner's privacy policy on the air on 27 Sep. Here is a quote from his show notes on (as linked above). I wonder what Comcast's policy is? (Obviously, I should go and (re!)-read it.

Do you hate legal mumbo-jumbo? Well, consumer reporter David Lazarus recently read through Time Warner's entire 3,000 word privacy policy and terms of service. What he discovered is that Time Warner reserves the right to track the Internet habits of its high-speed customers. This info includes what websites you visit, how long you spend on them and what e-commerce purchases you make. They can also read your personal e-mails, according to the terms of service. Time Warner is also allowed to disclose personally identifiable info about its customers to advertisers, direct mail operations and telemarketers for a price. A company spokesperson claims they're not doing all this just yet, but Clark wonders why Time Warner is even allowed to reserve the right to totally invade your privacy. And it's not only Time Warner that has these kinds of policies -- AT&T tracks very similar info on its customers and records their TV viewings habits. While it's never good to look reflexively to Washington for a solution, Clark believes in this case we need an ironclad privacy policy from Congress to protect the privacy of your viewing and surfing. After all, would the CEOs of Time Warner and AT&T -- or those on Capitol Hill -- like it if the public saw every one of their e-mails?

New Google 411 Service

The new Google voice-recognition 411 service is very cool. Check out the video.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Gmail Unread Mail

Okay, looking on Google groups I found out how to do something I've been needing, wanting, and wondering about for quite a while: How do you search for Unread email?

It turns out that apparently, Unread is a hidden label. So, you can put this in your search field:


OR, if you want to search another particular label for unread email:

label:unread label:ImportantMessages

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Job

I've never posted my biggest news here. After 22 years I left Emory and moved on to new employment. My last day at Emory was actually 20 July 2007, so this post is a little late.

Who's my new employer? You have to ask me for that information.

I'm still in IT, still in Linux, still doing basically the same things at the same level that I was before.

I started the new job on 6 Aug.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Boot 145 OS on One PC

Okay, 145 OS' beats my old 10 on my Fry's PC!