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Technology

Jon Undell’s PowerSchool Screencast

Update on 12/02/2006: Don Simon of EduTech updates us with the latest ND PowerSchool numbers in the comments. I’ve adjusted this post to reflect the changes. Thanks Don! Jon Undell, Infoworld columnist and ├╝ber geek, has posted his latest screencast in his “screening room“, this one on Pearson School Systems‘ PowerSchool student information system. It’s […]

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Web Services

RESTing the Geeky Way

Update on 11/30/2006 @ 1pm: I fixed an error below where I should have said Roy Fielding instead of Ray. Thanks Mark Baker! Although I haven’t had much time for leisure reading lately, I have taken a few minutes here and there to study up on a little something called Representational State Transfer, usually referred […]

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Games

Hands on with the Wii

One of our friends preordered a Nintendo Wii a month or so ago, and happily picked it up at Gamestop when it launched this Sunday. He hosted a little Wii party last night for a few friends, so I finally got my chance to try out the “wiimote“. Casey and I were able to try […]

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Gadgets

Digicam Recommendations?

We had an unfortunate camera accident at Kael’s birthday party on Saturday, so our two year old Canon PowerShot S410 has seem its last day. The motor’s jammed, and we’re getting the dreaded E18 Error, so there’s little hope it’ll start working again. We loved that little camera, mainly because it was small enough to […]

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Politics

Fixing Elections

We’ve got a big problem in the U.S. – an election system that is broken and increasingly can’t be trusted. There has likely always been issues with voting machines, ballots, and the uninformed polling workers, but it’s all compounded with the idiotic move to electronic voting machines. Last night I read Ben McConnell’s blog post […]

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Web Development

Making Web Forms Easier to Use

I’m always excited to read or hear information that challenges conventional wisdom, so I really liked this article that arrived in my RSS reader this morning: Label Placement in Forms. In it, results and recommendations of a web form eyetracking study are given. Eyetracking records the movements of users’ eyes as they use a website, […]

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Business

But Does It Really Work?

One piece of advice I’ve repeatedly heard about selling a product or idea is believability. If you have the greatest idea in the world, but can’t convince me that you can actually execute it, you’ve got a big problem: A product that doesn’t sell. That was one of my first thoughts when I came across […]

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Politics

North Dakota’s Congressmen are not Technology Friendly

News.com published the Technology Voter Guide 2006 yesterday, and I must say that it’s very well done. In it, CNET looked at 16 Senate votes and 20 House votes to create a ranking of the tech-friendliness of each incumbent. With North Dakota’s Senators Byran Dorgan and Gaylord “Kent” Conrad and Representative Earl Pomeroy, the state […]

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Kael

In Honor of Kael’s First Birthday

Today marks the one year anniversary of when Casey and I made our trip to the hospital to delivery a baby. A little more than 12 hours after we checked in, we welcomed Kael Roman into our lives, and it’s been an adventure ever since. So, to honor Kael’s first birthday tomorrow, here are some […]

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Winter

And the Snow Begins…

Casey came down with a nasty case of the stomach flu this morning, so came back home after a couple of hours at the office this morning to watch Kael and do what I can for her. She hasn’t been this type of sick for a long time, so it stinks to see her feeling […]