Category Tech

The Bar Code Turns 57

barcode_messageSurfing Google today would have brought you to an interesting launch page, where the Google logo was replaced by a bar code. I printed off the bar code and scanned it, hoping there would be some sort of unique message, but not surprisingly, it just said ‘Google’.

Want to make your own bar codes? With the right font you can generate bar codes with numbers or ASCII characters right from a word processor application. Despite the attempt by many sites to charge for this font which appears everywhere in our daily lives, the fine folks at are giving away the basic edition for free:

Wondering what the bar code in this post says? You’ll just have to scan it to find out.

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Marketing Subversion: LED Televisions

Obviously this girl is showing us that she prefers it small.So I am flipping through a weekly insert in our local paper for Fred Meyer, and my eye catches an ad for a new Samsung 42″ LED television for a little under $2500. I’m instantly confused and perplexed, as I often am, but this time it’s because I am rather surprised that a retail outlet such as the Fred Meyer electronics department, would be one of the premier resellers for cutting edge video technology. I shop at Fred Meyer all the time, love the place, but it’s not the first store to roll off my tongue when searching for the latest electronic gadgets. Also, I’ve been waiting for OLED technology to make it’s way from Japan for several years, and expected there to be quite the fanfare when these were being shipped and….oh, wait…...

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Facebook Slow On Firefox?

Facebook slow on Firefox? It is for a lot of other people too. If you’ve tried the standard troubleshooting procedures such as creating a new profile, deleting “parent.lock” files, and most of the other things you run across using Google, check to see if you have the Skype browser extension installed. After three days of slow Firefox and a near WAF (wife acceptance factor) revolt which would have resulted in a browser switch to Internet Explorer, catastrophe was averted by simply discovering and disabling the Skype extension.

Skype is still usable after this change, however, you’ll loose the number highlighting that the extension provided.

To resolve, in Firefox, click Tools, then Add Ons, then scroll down to the Skype plug-in. Click the Disable button, and then restart Firefox...

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Open Video & Firefox 3.5

I was stoked to see Google and Firefox begin to promote patent free open video standards on the web, and even more so to see multimedia support built into the browser natively. This video below runs in an HTML 5 compatible browser with NO plugins. That’s right, no Flash, Quicktime, or ActiveX. The video is of a helicopter tour Lola and I took in Kauai.

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Microsoft Word 2003 ADM Template Fixed

Despite an updated Word 2003 SP3 ADM template package being released sometime around May 2007 which fixed some erroneous entries, Frank and I found another glitch.

In Word, by default you have to press CTRL+CLICK to follow a hyperlink. Turning this option off is a user preference, but our organization requested it be turned off by default. After finding the option listed in the Group Policy administrative templates, we turned the option off but in Word nothing happened. Turns out the ADM template contains an error.

In the hope that someone else doesn’t have to do the bird-dogging we did, here is the solution.

Locate the WORD11.ADM file and open it in your text editor.

Find the following entry:

POLICY "Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink"
PART "Check to enforce setting on; uncheck to e...

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