2014-03-13 | Posted by Andy
March 2014 UPS Comparison
I just posted a comparison of several different rackmount Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) from APC, CyberPower, Eaton, Minuteman, POWERVAR, and Tripp Lite.

I do these comparisons all of the time so I know what to recommend to a client. I never considered sharing the information before. Since I am sharing, I tried to be extremely thorough and explain some topics that I wouldn't normally need to explain to a client.

2012-12-26 | Posted by Andy
Sven Co-op 4.7
Sven Co-op 4.7 was released yesterday. Sven Co-op is a Co-operative modification for Valveā€™s genre-defining game Half-Life. In this modification, you are not fighting against other players -- they are your allies, and you need to work with them to overcome large numbers of AI-controlled enemies.

If you own the original Half-Life, Sven Co-op is a free mod. Head over to the download page and get started. While you wait for the download, check out the changelog.

2011-06-08 | Posted by Andy
IPv6 Ready
Today is World IPv6 Day. This site and most of the other *.dynamicbits.com subdomains are all IPv6 enabled. Actually, they have been for a while, but it was more for testing purposes. From this point on, please contact me if you experience any IPv6-related issues.

If your ISP doesn't natively support IPv6, you might want to consider Hurricane Electric's free IPv6 Tunnel Broker service. If you manage your own domain and need a DNS host that supports AAAA (IPv6) records, HE also offers free DNS hosting.

2010-09-12 | Posted by Andy
Unified Theme
I have converted (almost) every page to use a consistent layout, based on a template I designed. The pages are generated, in part, by a custom perl module I wrote specifically for this. The layout could use a few tweaks here and there, but now I can easily make those changes to every page by changing only one file. One of the best parts of this new layout is that there is no longer a need for a separate frame with the navigation links. The links are now on every page.

Every page has the "Valid XHTML 1.1" links, but some may currently fail validation. The links come from the perl module, and the code generated by the module all validates, but some of the older page content which was copied over doesn't. Fixing those errors is on my to-do list, just behind verifying the needed 301 redirects are in place and fixing any broken links.

2008-06-09 | Posted by Andy
Although I haven't posted an update in a while, I have been doing work on the site.

I have done a lot of work on things behind the scenes. Some of it you will see, and some of it you won't. I just cleaned up a small handful of 404 errors caused by outdated links in the site. I have also been doing some work on the other *.dynamicbits.com subdomains.

2005-02-07 | Posted by Andy
Super Bowl Commercials
Overall, it is my opinion that this year's commercials were not as good as years past. Of course, there were some good ones.

Don't Judge Too Quickly: Ameriquest produced what are arguably the best two commercials this year. The first one shows a man saying "You are getting robbed" on his cell phone while in a convenience store. The clerk mistakes the situation as a hold-up and proceeds to mace the customer and hit him with a bat as his wife uses a tazer. The second shows a man cooking a surprise dinner for his girlfriend. Her cat knocks the pasta sauce off of the stove and it spills all over the floor. The girlfriend walks in to see the man holding the cat in one hand, a knife in the other hand, and red sauce all over.

I work with a bunch of monkeys: CareerBuilder.com's series of three commercials featuring a man who literally works in an office with a bunch of monkeys. This is almost one of those "You had to see it" situations. The monkeys do things like copy their butts on the copy machine and put a whoopee cushion on the man's chair.

Thank-you: While not funny, this commercial was one of the best I've seen in a long time. It begins with a group of soldiers in an airport, presumably returning from active duty. One person stops what he is doing and begins clapping. By the end of the commercial, the entire airport has joined him. The scene fades out and the words "Thank You" are shown. This is something that has been long due.

Sure, those commercials were great, but what about the commercials you didn't see? A very funny one comes from Anheuser-Busch, and can be seen on their website. It pokes some fun at the incident last year with Janet Jackson. Had this aired, I'm certain it would have been one of the top picks.

Remember that Ford Mustang commercial that was played more than once? That was no mistake. Originally slated to appear was a Lincoln advertisement for their new Mark LT truck. The commercial was pulled because of a few complaints from an extreme minority. It is too bad that we are becoming so politically correct that we have to watch everything we say and do. Every day, we are seeing the First Amendment mean less and less.

2004-12-25 | Posted by Andy
Merry Christmas / New CD
Rise Against - Siren Song of the Counter CultureWell, first of all, I hope everyone (that celebrates) has a wonderful Christmas.

Second, I bought a new CD today. For those of you that know me, I can sense your confusion. Until today, I haven't bought a new CD in the stores (Excluding $1 CDs) in about 7 years.

It all started a couple weeks ago when I heard the band Rise Against on the radio. The song was "Give it All," and it was a nice change of pace from what I normally hear on the radio. I'd say it mostly falls into the punk category. After hearing it a few more times, I decided to download the CD. Yes, that is technically illegal. I've learned my lesson in the past about buying a CD just because one of the songs is good. Well, it turned out the entire CD was good. Long story short, I ended up buying it from Amazon. If you are into any type of punk music, visit their website to hear a short clip of "Give it All."

Let ths be a lesson to the RIAA. When you sue downloaders, you are driving away potential customers. I wouldn't have bought this CD if I hadn't downloaded it.

2004-11-11 | Posted by Andy
Veterans Day
Veterans Day PosterI don't think I have to say too much about the men and women that have served this country. Well, not too much besides: Thank-you.
2004-10-04 | Posted by Andy
If you take a look at your address bar, you will notice it says http://andy.dynamicbits.com. I have decided to separate my personal pages from the main site. Don't panic! Nearly everything that was formerly accessible on the DynamicBits.com site will now be available at Andy.DynamicBits.com. A few things will stay where they were, for example the knowledge base. I bet you didn't even know about that, did you? I really only have external links to it so far. I need to get a page that lists all of the topics in there.

I already know what you are thinking.. "Won't that cause a lot of broken links?" In order to avoid that, most requests for the old content will be automatically redirected to the new location. The exceptions are pages that will be staying at their old location, or pages that will exist in two locations (same name, different content).

2003-04-20 | Posted by Andy
The Salton Sea, Happy Easter
Salton Sea DVD CoverI rented "The Salton Sea" last night. I had seen the previews for it when it was in theaters but didn't think it looked too impressive. Last week I saw it on HBO but didn't realize what movie it was since they don't tell you the name at the end of the movie as Encore does. I stopped at Blockbuster to see if I could figure out what movie it was and eventually found it.

The previews didn't do this movie justice in my opinion. I looked around on the internet and saw a few people that thought the movie was good, but nothing special. While this movie isn't that great in some people's book, I thought it to be fantastic. Ebert and Roper gave it two thumbs up. I am purposely not going to discuss any of the plot as I feel the way it unfolds is part of what makes it a great movie. So, next time you feel like renting a movie, why not give "The Salton Sea" a try?

And of course, Happy Easter to everyone.

2003-01-04 | Posted by Andy
Domain Problem
Visitors to the site over approximately the past week may have been redirected to an eNom domain registration page. I was out of state on vacation and unaware of the problem. I corrected the situation immediately after it was brought to my attention. The cause of the problm was that the nameservers for dynamicbits.com had been changed without my knowledge. My registrar told me that it was because the domain had expired. I have my doubts, and will be switching to a new registrar before the expiration of my registration.

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