Archive - 2004

December 10th

Evolution works with Exchange 2000

The Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange allows Ximian Evolution clients to access accounts on Microsoft Exchange 2000 servers. It is available through Ximian Red Carpet in its own channel or through novell's website. See the product's site for more details:

Unlike the regular Ximian Evolution client, the Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange is proprietary software and source code is not available.

Edit by jbreland:
Thanks, Andrew! Actually, the connector has, in fact, recently been GPL'ed. This happened a few months ago, thanks to Novell. Details about this can be found in the Evolution 2.0 press release from Novell.

December 8th

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 and Thunderbird 1.0 Released!

I know I'm very late posting this, but since this is so significant (and I happen to have a slight bit of free time right now), I wanted to post the news here.

For anyone who may be unaware, Firefox is basically a stand-alone version of Mozilla's web browser. However, Firefox has been greatly enhanced, supports a ton of useful new features, and can be easity extended with any of the hundreds of extensions and plugins available for it.

Similar to Firefox, Thunderbird is the stand-alone version of Mozilla's mail client and address book. It has also been greatly enhanced, and is officially (by my standards) one slick e-mail client.

Here's a compilation of useful links for both Firefox and Thunderbird. If you haven't tried either Firefox or Thunderbird yet, please give it a shot. Trust me, give it one week, and you'll be thanking me for turning you on to it.

Firefox Home Page
Firefox 1.0 Release Notes
Firefox Extensions and Themes
Switching from Internet Explorer

Thunderbird Home Page
Thunderbird 1.0 Release Notes
Thunderbird Extensions and Themes
Why You Should Use Thunderbird

December 4th

Free (as in Freedom) Antivirus Software for Windows

For you open source freaks out there who want (or need) to use Windows, stay virus free, but only use open source software (besides your OS), there is a new piece of antivirus software out there. ClamWin is a Windows port of the well-known ClamAV, released under the GPL, and it works very well. Besides your own use, it's also good to have a free/legal solution to those house calls where your friends/neighbors/family has a virus but doesn't want to buy AV software.

Check it out at the ClamWin website.

August 18th

New theme

As you can see, I've finally gone live with the new theme for LegRoom. It still needs a good bit of work to make everything work in IE (of course, you should be using Firefox instead of IE -, but at this point I feel it's ready for public consumption.

So far I've identified problems with IE's rendering of the images on this site, and IE's layout and positioning (notice the overlap of some boxes?). I'm going to start working on these issues tonight. If you notice any other issues with the site, please let me know. Also, if you have any comments or feedback in general, I'd be glad to hear it.

One last thing - I've spent a lot of time optimizing the new theme, coding to standards and making it as small and fast as possible. As a result, all pages on this site should load a good bit quicker now, which will be especially helpful for anyone on dial-up. If you're using dial-up and can confirm this (one way or the other), please let me know.

Thanks, and enjoy!

August 13th

Jared's New Hair Style

I'm almost afraid to post this, but here goes:
Jared Shaved

In case you're wondering what possessed me to do this, let me explain. We had a fund raiser at work for St. Jude's, and as an incentive a couple of co-workers volunteered to have their heads shaved if a certain dollar amount was met (originally $500, then upped to $1500 by the second person). In order to sweeten the deal even more, David and I both agreed to the shaving if they reached $2000, thinking surely they wouldn't raise that much money from just our building.

Now, let this be a lesson to all of you: Never underestimate the desire to inflect humiliation on others. Needless to say, we exceeded $2000, and the party got started. You can view the first batch of pictures in the photo gallery, and more are on the way. Enjoy!

August 9th Update

This is just a quick update to let everyone know that I'm still alive. Yes, I know the site hasn't been updated for quite some time, but that's just because I've been really busy with work.

For visitors interested in something new, my brother has been periodically adding pictures from his tour in Afghanistan to the Photo Gallery. Some of those may pique your interest. Additionally, don't forget that the Daily Strips section is updated each day (although, as previously discussed, you must first register for the site before you can view this page). You can also check out ClanTMNT, my cousin's gaming clan website, which is also hosted on

Finally, just to let you know it's coming, I've been working on a new theme for this site for some time now (though it's been back-burnered for a while). I'm hoping to go live with this in the next couple of weeks, and after that I should have some time to begin regularly updating the site again. In the meantime, you can get a sneak preview of the new site (clicking a link will return you to the old theme), and I'd appreciate any feedback while I'm still making the final changes.


June 11th

Sony Launches Three Linux-based In-car Navigation Devices


An anonymous reader writes "Sony has introduced three Linux-based in-car navigation and entertainment devices in Japan today. The NV-XYZ 33, 55, and 77 feature 3D map navigation technology, media players, hard drives, GPS, and PC connectivity. They are based on MIPS processors and a Linux 2.4-series kernel. They also appear to use a GateKeeper copy protection scheme, which may prevent them from being used with Linux desktops and normal media files." Still, the 3-D representations of actual buildings on the maps is pretty impressive.