Ariel the Blogging Cat

Pictures, Rants and Complaints about Windows

Friday, October 19, 2007

Halloween Safety Tips, Featuring Ariel the Cat

The Halloween article with Ariel has been posted.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I'm The Man

Humor break from my rants against the many flaws of Windows.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Martha: Haunting Halloween Treats

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Friday, October 12, 2007


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Disney Hawaii News

When not fretting over computers, I dream of Hawaiian vacations. Here's some encouraging news from Tiki Talk:

Disney announced that it's building a new resort hotel on the island of Ohau in Hawaii. How the company is going to handle this will be interesting — they've were one of the forces behind the polynesian-pop phenomena of the '50s thanks to the Enchanted Tiki Room — yet all the press about the project emphases how culturally sensitive they're trying to be ... it looks as if the early plans are to build an eloborately-themed, thatched main building with more normal-looking wings radiating out from either side, much like the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World in Orlando. In the pool area there appears to be some kind of erupting volcano, so there's a little bit of kitch in the mix.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Shop for the Cure

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


I sputtered in my morning coffee until I read the rest of the headline:

Daylight makes workers brighter

Before SAP Labs designed its new digs in Palo Alto, company executives asked employees how to make it a welcoming place to work. After all, that's where they spend most of their day.

The answer? Windows. Lots of windows letting in lots of light.

read it all, here.

Fwd: Thursday Talk at SJSU

DREAMWORKS CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG, will appear in conversation with President Don W. Kassing at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 11, in Morris Dailey Auditorium at San Jose State University.

SJSU's animation/illustration program sends graduates to many well-known animation houses and has produced several award-winning films. Films by Dreamworks include: "Antz," "Shrek," "Madagascar," "Over the Hedge" and "Flushed Away." The company's newest release, "Bee Movie," opens Friday, November 2.

No recording or photographic devices of any kind will be allowed at the Katzenberg event. This includes cell phones with photographic capabilities. More information: Pat Harris, SJSU media relations, 408-924-1748,

Monday, October 08, 2007

Yahoo! Calendar UI

I like to even out my web usage and so have accounts at both Yahoo! and GMail. I just started using the calendar at Yahoo! and was overwhelmed by all the postings by group(s) I belong to clogging up the view. I searched the 'options' and search the help and FINALLY found this (from a fellow user!):

In your Calendar, click the "Options" link in the top right-hand corner. On the next screen, click "Time Guides". There you will see a heading labeled Groups. Below it should be a list of all (or the first 25 Yahoo Groups! you belong to. If there is a check in the box next to the name of the group, its calender/events will appear on your personal calendar.

To change that, uncheck the box, save your changes and you're all set!

Why is this so non-obvious? Maybe Yahoo! should be sold off as a set of parts....

[end of rant]

Friday, October 05, 2007

New Stephen Colbert: Has Exclusive Preview

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Starting My Shopping Early

No computer woes today, just good clean fun from the BBC:

 Charlie and Lola, Vol. 6 - How Many More Minutes Until Christmas will be released on October 16, 2007.  You can pre-order yours at a savings of $3.79 by following the link below.

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Charlie and Lola are ever so extremely excited because Christmas is coming and they are taking it in turns to open the doors on the Advent calendar. After 24 days of hiccups and happy preparations, Christmas caroling and making things, everything looks set for the perfect Christmas until Lola notices that she sent Lotta's Christmas card to Santa and her Christmas wish list, with that especially special gift request for Charlie, to Lotta by mistake! Things couldn't possibly get worse!! Until...Lola discovers that there is no door on the Advent calendar for Christmas Day! Christmas has completely disappeared and definitely is not going to happen!!? It's an absolute disaster! Or is it?