Tuesday, November 29, 2005

[find] Learn Spanish with live tutor via webcam

Now this is a great idea that I should have thought of -- SpeakShop -- Learn a foreign language by working with a live tutor who live in country that speaks the language. Since the tutors are in Guatamela, the starting rate is just $5 per hour, which is a great deal for us, and probably a good chunk of change over there.

Gotta love a win-win idea.

Monday, November 28, 2005

[tech] Free classes from Brainbench. Free software from Microsoft

Just in case I find myself a pile of free time.

- Free Brainbench classes

- Free Microsoft SQLServer and Visual Studio 2005 classes

- Free Microsft SQLServer and Visual Studio 2005 downloads for "hobbyist"

- Free Branbench classes about the real world that I will surely do miserably at.

[tech] Tweak FireFox browser

Enter "about:config" in the address bar. And up comes all the configurable parameters.

Some performance hints from Mike:
- Set the value of network.http.pipelining to "true".
- Set the value of network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to "100".
- Set the value of network.http.proxy.pipelining to "true"
- Right click and create an integer value nglayout.initialpaint.delay to "0"

Saturday, November 26, 2005

[find] Notable items scoured from holiday gift guides

- Leet Tiles: Must get this for E when it's in stock again.

- Guitar Hero Game: Japanese music video game? I am so there.

- Ben and Jerry's Pint Lock: Keep you safe from the highly dangerous Cherry Garcia!