Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gas Or Electric String Trimmers

I had been using my dad's gas powered trimmer to edge the lawn and trim tall grass around the yard where it's hard to get to with the lawn mower. It was such a frustrating experience. It was heavy, noisy and awkward. A dirty little "2 stroke" engine that burns a mixture of gasoline and oil, real great to be breathing this exhaust, I'm sure.

I had problems starting it, then it didn't want to continue running. It probably needed a tune up, but I didn't like the looks of it. The fuel lines connect at the top of the fuel tank, does it run on fumes? I really don't know much about engines, but something about the way it looked bothered me.

I was already thinking that an electric trimmer would be better. The electric motor is lighter, and there's no exhaust to worry about. No chance of spilling gasoline, no mixing gas with oil, no fussing with air filters, and spark plugs.

A quick search online, and the Black & Decker Grass Hog Cordless String Trimmers looked like my best choice, especially when it comes with two 18v batteries which are compatible with other Black & Decker products...

Gas Or Electric String Trimmers

Friday, September 19, 2008

Greg Lake, Not Just One Third Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

For over four decades, Greg Lake has been a popular and innovative musician who has combined sophisticated pop and rock with the influence of Europe's golden age of classical music. He burst on to the international music scene in the late 1960s as bass player, and lead singer of the progressive rock group, King Crimson, then dominated the 1970s wave of progressive rock as one third of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Known for writing songs such as "Lucky Man", which he wrote while still in school (included to fill space on ELPs debut album, it became their first hit), and ELPs best selling single "From the Beginning". He is also well know for his solo hit, "I Believe in Father Christmas", co-written with Peter Sinfield, it has been one of the most played radio songs during the holiday season since it's release in 1975 when it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, despite often being misinterpreted as an anti-religious song.

More: Greg Lake, Not Just One Third Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel -- Voice Of An Angel
Art Garfunkel's voice is his instrument and one of his most recognizable features.
"Art Garfunkel is one of those great, rare voices," James Taylor wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine. "I would know it anywhere at the drop of a hat, in half a bar."
As one half of the "folk rock" duo Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel released a string of hits from 1965 to 1970 with his childhood friend, Paul Simon, which helped land them at #40 of Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

They've also received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

"They were fabulous years," Art remembers warmly. "I'll always be happy to say a little on behalf of the duo. I'm proud of singing those great songs. Now they teach Paul Simon songs in churches and schools as part of the curricula... it seems that part of good citizenship is the knowledge of the songs we did. How can I grasp that?" (From the Art Garfunkel Bio page)

Continued... Art Garfunkel

Friday, September 5, 2008

Welcome to My Nightmare

Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare

After a record breaking tour in 1973, Alice Cooper, the band, released Muscle of Love, which didn't do as well as they had expected.

The band broke up, and Alice Cooper, the singer, songwriter and musician, decided to return to the studio without his former band mates...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Check Out Google Chrome

First, let me set the stage:

Internet Explorer is my comfort zone. I was slow to start using FireFox, and still not very keen on using FireFox.

These are the only browsers I use, and I haven't used any other browsers since Netscape was a big deal -- wow, how long ago was that?

Well, I can see that changing real soon, Google Chrome beta was released today, and I started hearing so much about it, I decided to try it out.

I'm not sorry!

First impression: small learning curve, but it is much faster than IE or FireFox. I tried it out on a few sites I thought were slow (I visit them often) -- they loaded so fast! Incredible!

 I had been thinking that with so many of my neighbors now getting high speed Internet on the same main cable feed as I, the bandwidth was really getting eaten up, but now I see I'm wrong!

Well, maybe there's some deterioration, but using Google Chrome, with no changes with my OS, router, or modem, my speed is so much faster.

Oh, there are still sites that seem to be taking a noticeably long time to load, but these are popular sites, and they are taking less time than they used to with IE and FireFox.

I see some things I do not like:
  • My favorites, now listed as "Other bookmarks" are on the right side beneath the address bar (maybe because these were imported from IE? I haven't seen where new bookmarks end up) -- I'd like to be able to move it to the left side.
  • After I've zoomed the text, new tabs open at the default -- I'd want it to work more like the text size feature in IE, actually I'd like both a text size feature and a zoom.
  • The zoom only enlarges text, not images -- IE has two different was to change sizes, one just changes text, and the other does text and images up to 400% (I've actually needed this on certain sites)
  • The built-in spell check does not allow for going back to change spelling -- the red line indicating a word is spelt wrong shows up when you type a space or punctuation, but I was unable to use the spell check to correct the word until I had back spaced to the bad word.
  • When I open a link into a new tab, the browser doesn't automatically switch to the new tab -- if I can change that, I haven't found it yet.
  • The spell check doesn't appear to work in search boxes.
  • When I close a tab, the browser switches to the nearest tab, not the last tab used -- again, seems like something I should be able to change, but I don't see where.
All in all, the bookmarks were imported without a problem. When I first open the browser or a new tab, I get images of my most visited pages, I'm such a creature of habit, I'm sure this is going to be a very useful feature.

If you are visiting a page, and you want to see the Html, you can look at the page source, similar to FireFox, but Google has include a tool I haven't seen before called "Inspect element" which I don't totally understand yet, but it looks a lot more involved than just viewing the page source.

Something new I haven't needed, but sounds very good, is being able to open Chrome's task manager, which allows you to see things like the memory being used for each tab, and gives you the option to close an unresponsive tab, instead of having to shut down the whole browser.

I haven't covered everything yet, but this is the beta release, so I'm sure there will be some changes. Others will disagree with what I don't like, and find their own gripes, but I'm starting out very positive.

I need to get back to web surfing now!