new at cashen's
|Dec 7, 2013
Just "kinda" neglected updating this page, along with the site. Did some cleanup in general, got rid of some pics "per user request," and updated my "Gadgets Page" to reflect the past four years of changes. Didn't get it ALL done, but got a bunch of it done including updating the "Bubbler" (My main computer) specs, added a few things like my new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, and my "new" (bought at a Pawn Shop of course) iPod Nano 6th gen "toy." I'm sure I did a lot of other things, but those are what come to mind. Still need to include some new HW and "stuff." Maybe later...
|Oct 15, 2009
Been a while. I updated my "Gadgets page"(or any page for that matter) to reflect some changes in my systems, and to introduce my newest toy, the Asus 1005HA Netbook, a really cool machine. Really cool. I'll add some updates to some other new "toys," and I want to add a slideshow of our trip to Arizona (Phoenix) to see our friends Marc and Angie, and to see the Champions Tour (Tennis). Had a fun time!
Also updated our DVD collection; we're pushing almost 800 titles now! Wish I'd have invested the cost into Gold though. Hindsight's just always a killer... ;)
|Feb 16, 2009
Fixed the homepage, I'd added too many new links ("Poor Obama," "Over 50"...) and the page wasn't set up to display it well. Changed the graphics and spacing. All kinda "tech" stuff, but the end-result is it should look better. One problem is if you're running the old 640x480 display resolution, you'll have to scroll the index page because I had to expand it beyond that. But then, who runs in that mode these days? I think it'll be safe...
|Dec 22, 2008
I found an article on foxnews.com. About guys who are still "sexy" when they're over 50. I wasn't mentined, that stinks. Look here.
Also, made some minor changes to the structure of the site. You probably won't notice, but it made me feel good... :)
|Oct 22, 2008
By nature I'm not polical, but with the upcoming election, and the failing media, I've become so. Electing a Marxist/Socialist like Obama will ruin the US. He's clearly a Media Darling (CBS, for one example, played 38 positive Obama stories vs. just ONE for Mccain. Now, I'm not a Mccain fan, but... where is the balance in the media?)
I copped this snippet from Glenn Beck. Listen to it, and ... think. (It's an MP3 download)
|Sep 19, 2008
||Finally! Got the wedding videos uploaded. They're formatted for an iPod, but still viewable on the website, albeit they're large files That's good & bad: Good because you can both load them on an iPod, and because the small size partially obscures my excessive hair-loss. Bad because they're kinda small for viewing on a computer. I'll make a try at ripping them in more PC-friendly format. But, if you dare, go see them.
|Sep 18, 2008
So, I stripped out (mostly) the "Vegas" pics from the "Sing/Vegas" site, and created a new "Vegas-only" page(s). I still need to tweak them a bit, but for now, good enough. It was the trip we (Ernie & I) took to celebrate Angie's birthday in Vegas (did I mention I really, really hate Vegas? Just wanted you to know...). Who's "Angie and who's Mark?" take a look here.
Oh, and I had to yet-again rebuild Vista. Did I mention just how terribly Vista sucks? In case I didn't, here's what I think about it. Three GB of memory, 1TB (terabyte, big) of main disk, 800GB of alternate disk, 500GB of backup storage, and a mirrored (RAID 1) 340GB RAID network storage, dual-core 3+GHz processor, and a bunch of nifty things like a couple DVD drives and USB peripherals and completely updated drivers and software and OS patches and BlueTooth and a 23" LCD monitor, a wicked-fast video card, and more. Yet, Vista does what the heck it wants to -- to HECK with what the USER (me) wants! Should'a stayed with XP. Or DOS, at least when you did a "cd mydir" it didn't pop up a warning message and ask you four times "Do you REALLY want to change directories?," or deny you with obscure messages telling you you can't do that without "Administrative authorization." Oh, and no Blue Screens. Not to mention it killed my "Profile" six times, so I spent the past three days rebuilding them/it. Nice to know you can't trust your computer to be YOUR computer. It simply does whatever it chooses. It's like driving a car and the gas pedal switches with the brake, or when you turn left it either turns left (good), or goes straight (bad), or turns right (even more "badder"). Live and learn. Of course, "learning" is arbitrary, it's Chaos Theory. And it can take (arbitrarily) 2-5 mins to copy a 2.5MB file, WTF? It's a 7200 RPM 7200.11 32MB cache, SATA 3Gb drive! You don't get much faster than that. Oh, and a "fun thing..." I had to create and copy User Profiles to rebuild the system. By default it loads a profile I don't use, so I have to, at the logon screen "Switch Users." So I do, and select my standard what-should-be my home profile, and it boots right up. So there are two problems: One is that it defaults to what should NOT be a default profile, and Two, when I "switch profiles" it just logs in without asking for any password. THIS IS A PASSWORD PROTECTED PROFILE! Even any 16 yr old non-hacker could figure this gap is security out! Vista's been out, what?, maybe two years and the geeks at Microsoft didn't NOTICE THAT? Idiots.
Enough whining for now, I guess. Vista, though, really, really sucks. Microsoft is, and very much should be, embarrassed. So comes "Windows 8" or some-such. I won't be first in line to buy it though. MS gathers thousands or hundreds-of-thousands of error messages a day, and their response? I presume it's a bunch of engineers playing air-hockey and working on the next for-sale OS to "improve" Windows to the "next gen." Monopolies' stink, some more than others. And they always fall down.
Sorry, too much whining. But one more thing,,,
I pulled my Guestbook page. No one was really using it, except for some spammers who sent me, uh, some more-than-obscene messages via the form. The SW I used provides for anti-spam, but it's not working, so ... delete. I'm tired for four (and more) letter words from spambots or just plain nut-jobs.
|Sep 16, 2008
Small update, I recreated the "Singapore/Las Vegas" slideshow by deleting the Vegas stuff (as best I could, lots of pictures). Ernie wanted them separate so now I need to create a "Vegas-trip" slideshow. Anyway, it's all "Sing!" now. Go see it...
Oh, and I had to re-rebuild my system again, it's about 60% done (a ton of apps, all that need to be configured and pointed to data streams/sources). Vista, yuck on you. I'm becoming a real fan of Restore Points now, hopefully it will help.
|Sep 15, 2008
I updated my "gadgets" page to reflect new updates to my computer (which, "Vista" has been a total pain). I upgraded to a 1TB disk, and found one of my memory sticks was shot, corrupting my disk(s) and generally reeking havoc. I buy good memory -- that's important -- but I got screwed by Corsair, two bad sticks out of two. So now I'm down to 2GB of memory, I need another gig. Vista, as a result, went nuts, and I reinstalled it several times to clean it up. And I'm in the process of reconfiguring everything from basic desktop to email to Dreamweaver, which stinks. "Vista, Vista! Why did I EVER go with you??"
But more important, I added our Singapore slideshow! Cool memories. I added a "soundtrack" to it, fun songs, and with over 230 pics, just right. Come and see a look...
first of all, the site "template" has changed, I got
tired of the old one and thought I'd go with something
similar to the Home Page color-scheme. I like it better,
it's simpler, and I dig the colors (although I'm still
on the fence on the background, but Ernie likes it...
What's a guy to do?)
a slideshow for
our honeymoon, updated Ernie's
updated my "Gadgets page," and added/updated "other
things," but I admit that I did it over time, and am
too lazy to check through my VCS to see what's changed.
Oh, added a Guestbook as well, although I doubt it'll
be filling up very soon! ;) Changed some graphics,
added some as well ... needed to because of the template
change (BTW, a "template" is what I use to define the
overall page "look & feel," so I don't have to edit
each page one-by-one. Not all pages use the template,
but the "main" ones do).
|Jan 5, 2008
of all, Happy New Year! I suspect this will be just
a great year for all of us...
I posted some pics of Bingo, our black cat, and Minja, our new dog. You can see them on our pets page. Both are just great, we have some really good pets, we've been lucky.
Oh, and for reasons I haven't been able to figure out, the videos of our wedding on our picture page gives that darn "404" (page not found) error. I'll work on it, the videographer did a tremendous job, the the wedding couldn't have been better!
a pic of mom and grampa Roy (her dad) taken in 1946 (yes, that's
61 years ago). Mom was all of 15 then! My aunt Sue sent me the
pic. What's more interesting is that it was taken with the hospital
where my other aunt, Bonni, was born. You can see the pic here
Come see our "selected" Honeymoon pics here.
(I say "selected" because Ernie can't walk five steps
without snapping a picture ;))
first "anniversary"! (Granted it's just a month,
but "hey!"). We got back yesterday from a wonderful
cruise through the Hawaiian islands, and had a great time.
Ernie set the trip up, and she's good at it (trained in "Event
Management"). We had a cabin with a private deck and
spent a lot of time just sitting outside and watching the
Hawaii islands flow by. Of course we spent time on shore (and
of course spent too much money on trinkets), and we took a
few excursions such as the requisite luau (I don't like luau's,
but this one was ... incredible. You'd have had to be there
to understand, but just think "firebreathers." And
that wasn't the high-point!) We took a great tour of Oahu,
some just "walkin' around" excursions, Ernie took
a submarine tour, we had a sunset catamaran tour scheduled,
but unfortunately it was canceled. We took a helicopter tour
in Hilo (and yes, I "white-knuckled" it all!). It
was great though. Ate too much, and we might have done more,
but I forget... there was so much.
on a ship called the "Pride of America," and it
was impressive (900 ft boats tend to be). Service was great,
prices too high, and it was worth it all.
pics as soon as we sort through them all, we took a lot :).
done! See our wedding pictures here!
So cool, and such a great night...
We're married! Ernie
honored me by saying "I do" (Or some equivalent
like "Yup"). We got married June 16th (my sister
Kathy's birthday BTW) and the ceremony could not
have gone better. Friends, family, drinks, cake, and three
excellent meals. Music and videos and photos. I'll add a link
to our wedding photo page when I get it set up. Alexa was
our flower girl, and then she flew out of state to be the
flower girl for her cousin!
a lucky guy... :)
It's been a while since any updates, my bad. I was down with
pneumonia for the past few months, and am just coming back
did manage to buy a new car! It's a 2006 Hummer H3, pretty
cool, solid, and my fav color, green. You can see a few pics
was fiddling around with some demo DV/DVD/Movie editing SW,
and in playing with it found some old videos of Alexa, when
she was two, taken by my webcam. Hard to believe she was ever
so small! She was fascinated at seeing herself in "real
time." You can see them here
(upper left-hand corner).
addition, I added a photo my aunt Sue sent to me yesterday from
the 80's of mom
& me It's in the bottom right-corner. When were we ever
so young? I was probably 23, and mom, as always, was 27 yrs
older. "You do the math..."
site changes (well, I did add some "Women's
Turn Down" gags I got from Ernie
on the "Fun Stuff"
page. Read it and giggle).
wanted to brag a bit about Alexa here, if you'll indulge me
she gets more amazing. I'm suffering motion-sickness just
watching her grow into an adult. She'll be eight soon, and
for someone who's just almost eight she's so intelligent,
kind, forgiving, honest, sweet, loving, funny, sarcastic,
well-loved, genuine, excited by life, exciting to be with,
appreciative, humble, giving, enthusiastic, obedient, (I'm
running out of adjectives here!), loyal, sincere, beautiful,
and overall, she's got integrity. I've never seen her do a
selfish or mean thing. I can make her laugh with the simplest
of jokes, and she makes me laugh in turn. There's nothing
like her running into my arms when she sees me, and there's
nothing as sad as seeing her off somewhere away from me. She's
just off the charts. Must take after her mother :).
she loves me and her family, truly. How much better can this
we get so damn lucky?... Sorry for bragging so much, but she
some of her recent art. Pretty darn good I think. I can barely
even write legibly. I love her so much.
working on a site redesign, nothing major, but I'm not quite
satisfied with the redesign yet. Besides, Dreamweaver
(the tool I'm using) is doing very odd things, so we're in
a battle to agree that what I WANT to do, it'll do! I hope
a picture of my mom
and dad that I'd never seen (dad wearing a TIE! Never seen
added an "Ernie"
page. How could anyone be so beautiful and sweet and smile
Alexa's page a bit, but mostly I added some new pics. Go
take a look!
Alexa's page a bit, and added some pictures to our (my) picture
page. Fixed a couple of minor browser bugs that grew (browsers
keep changing their standards). Some updates to my gadget page
(bought more "stuff"), and that's about all. I hope
mom's tribute to her own page
from the main page, updated Alexa's pages with some new pictures
and a video
(10MB AVI) of her sparring at her Karate Belt testing. I admit
I was both surprised and impressed by her sparring skills,
she was great! (And so was her "opponent").
did some behind-the-curtains consolidation of web pages. You
shouldn't notice it, but it makes it more organized. And,
I'm thinking of changing the site "template" (the
page that defines how the other pages all look). Getting tired
of the "look" of the site, and hey! It's fun!
16 , 2005
tribute to Mom, Eve Cashen,
deceased Dec 1st at age 74. She was the best...
my "Gadgets/Toys" page
with new, well, "gadgets and toys!" Also changed or
updated some verbiage.
some new pictures of Alexa on her page. And there's new movies
of Alexa taking her Karate belt test. Check
the "Pets" page to reflect our new kitten "Fluffy,"
and the loss of our other pets, "Little Cat," who
just disappeared, and the loss of our hamster and Guinnea
pigs. We haven't had much luck with pets lately...
other tweaks to the site as well, nothing you'd notice though.
was getting tired of the look of the homepage, and got some
inspiration and ... updated it. Check
it out, if you'd like. I also found literally hundreds
of files that had no use. Not sure how they even got there,
but I haven't exactly "pruned" the site in a long,
I'm growing tired too of the overall site layout, so I might
roll out a new template sometime. We'll see.
numerous updates to the site since the last (lagging) "What's
New" posting. Some new content,
minor updates, and cleanup, but not too many changes. Alot's
been happening with Alexa, she's reading like mad, and is
growing smarter and sweeter by the day. But I'm used to that...
did fix a minor bug in the program that displays how old she
is. I thought it was a day off, but I'd input the wrong time-of-day
for her birth, so "sometimes" it would be right,
and other times not. Fixed)
5 , 2004
2... Moved the site again, this time to an entirely
new hosting service (Lunarpages.com).
My old host, Websitesource just wasn't working, and their
"support" was, um... I have to assume cutbacks in
budget and personnel. They're hiring from the pool of people
who couldn't qualify for night-work at Walmart. If you're
every really mad at yourself and want to self-punish,
sign up with "websitesource.com". You'll get all
the punishment you need... Lunarpages, on the other hand,
has been a dream.
as the site content, in moving it I cleaned up some
unneeded files, updated some failed galleries for Alexa, and
added some things to her page. That's it.
17 , 2004
site has moved to a new server, one who's not exactly "easy"
to deal with. Still making changes and trying to get everything
to work. Bear with me, it's been a struggle.
(hopefully) the search on the main
page. This hosting service uses a new engine, and needed
a lot of coding to make it "comply".
some new videos on Alexa's page
of her singing, and doing her karate. Check them out!
some minor updates to my page.
my "door" pages. I won't tell you where they are,
an instant messaging "chat
page". It's only good if one or more people are
chatting, of course!
earned/won her first trophy for karate! I'll post
pics when I take them
12 , 2004:
nothing new, but some comments...
while we were playing (actually, trying to play a
computer game, but it was crashing), Alexa and I were joking
about all the problems we were having, and she turned to me
suddenly, hugged my leg (she's still kinda short) and said
"Dad, my life with you is the happiest life I ever could
have". That's a quote. She went back to her seat as I
tried to get the computer to work, but my eyes were tearing
up. And the best part is, she does this all the time...
"new" on the site, but I just wanted to brag.
New Year to all!
now 5! Had her birthday over here and it was a blast with
a bunch of crazy, sugar-infused kids running all around.
of updates to the general site. I added the "Get Updated"
box above so people can get email notification when this
page changes. It used to work with another service, which,
as tends the web, went belly-up.
some pics of our new cat Wizard and the killer-hamsters
on the pics page.
might notice I locked out Alexa's
page. Sorry, but I felt it was best. If you want to
see her page (and who wouldn't?), email
my self-serving "Toys"
page describing the tech toys I relish, or hate, depending.
The "real time update" of apps running on my systems
is now broken, and I haven't been able to track it down.
a few pics to our picture
page. I need to add more though.
and added to my "Favorite Links"
page. A lot of those "favs" were dead now, so
that kinda drops them off my top interests!
our new house picture page from the main
page to the picture page --
the house is not "new" now that we've moved in
and cleared out most of the boxes.
the random quotes at the top of the main
"behind the scenes" site fixes and changes, nothing
you care about except that most of the broken stuff isn't
broken any longer.
a long lag in updating this page, and there have been lots
now 4 1/2, and is now her "own person," an incredible
person at that. See her page
mom and I have split up, I'm sorry to say. But we're both
focused on making Alexa's life the best we can, and we're
doing just that, in fact. Alexa's the most important component
of our lives, and that is foremost.
update to the site, especially to my own "Toy's"
page. I added a lot of pictures to Alexa's page as well.
a few things:
a page for my mom, Eve Cashen, who's been sick lately.
Get the "skinny" here.
photo pages have been
updated (new photos)
our picture pages, added pics,
reorganized them a bit. Added a "Dean's
my "Toys" (computer)
pages, slimmed them down, added new toys.
boy. A lot of changes to the site, and this page
was updating them, but in cleaning up (My home PC
was hit by a virus, compounded with a disk-transfer failure),
a number of pages and pictures were corrupted, including
this page. So, data was lost. I'll update this as soon as
I can. But for now, here are the primary changes to "cashen.com":
format. I "templated" the site, adding the
green frames on top and bottom, a consistent menuing
scheme, background, and a logo (the vertical "cashen.com")
to the left, among others. Looks mighty snappy, doesn't
Alexa's pages, primarily
adding a new picture "slideshow"
to allow me to more easily add current pictures.
our favorite links page, most
of which was out-of-date.
general updates to text, pictures, etc., throughout.
again, finally added some new photos of Alexa on her
page, including her 2nd Birthday and Christmas 2000!
Come take a look!
(finally!) some new photos of Alexa on her
page. Come take a look...
no content change (I'll be adding pics and updates to Alexa's
site, however). But the big news is that this website is
now fully hosted as "cashen.com"! I got the domain
hosted on webpipe.net! Whoo! whooo! Yeah daddio! (Maybe
you have to be geeky to be really excited about this....)
It may take a day or two to filter the DNS change throughout
the web, then I'll pull the pages from Primenet.
of updates to Alexa's page in the past month. Go
over to see her new pictures, including her 1st birthday
Alex climbing the stairs today! Sorry, no pictures.
Alexa pictures, and
an update on her progress (which is stunning)!
a bunch of new pictures to Alexa's
page, not to mention some updates of what's new with
our beautiful little girl. Happy Father's Day!
incidentally, the IdTA
page deserves some mention, it's been updated across
the board for '99 (The site is no longer being maintained
by me as of Fall 2001)
did her first rollover all by herself! See the pics
on her pages!
- Updated Alexa's
web pages with the current
"going's on" for our little treasure. She's just
- Alexa's new
web pages are up. I'm not done tweaking them completely,
and it needs more text, but it includes new pictures (at
12 weeks) that I wanted to post.
21, 1998, 8:08pm:
- Our daughter
Alexa has been born!
- Updated the
baby page, added new pictures, graphics,
Java, and text. Oh man, we're waiting for the Big Day now!
- Added Our
counting down to the Big Day. Next I plan to set up a template
for the baby's own page. So when he/she arrives, I can snap
off a few quick photos and push them out to the internet.
Fun stuff. The current baby-page is just a rough-sketch
right now, look for further improvements.
the index page, new pictures and layout. Validated with
CSE 3310 HTML Validator.
- Added "Guys
Weekend" in Sun Valley to the Picture
- Did HTML cleanup
on this page (some table errors)
support for Internet Explorer 4.0.
- Added more
image quotes to the index page, and linked the quotes to
a new "Quotes" page
to explain where these things came from.
- Got the URL
Minder on the index page working. The URL minder apparently
didn't like the indirect reference to the "What's New"
through cashen.com and failed to access the page. I made
it a direct link to Primenet (not my preference, I'd rather
everything was relative).
- Added random
image quotes to the index page under the banner. Now, each
time the homepage comes up people will be greeted with "nifty"
- General cleanup,
validated HTML, consolidated common page tables, so forth.
This site has, and still has, shown it's "evolution."
But I'm working on it. . .
- Added pictures
of Dean with his dad, when he was just a tyke, and other,
- Added form
on Home page to notify people (who subscribe) when this
"What's New" page changes.
- Put a "Home"
button on top of each (most) pages so folks could get "out"
easily without having to scroll down.
- Revised the
Tennis page, adding links, and a download to my release
of "The Rules of Tennis" for the Palm Pilot PDA.
(however, I haven't filled this link, and I need to fix
- General updates,
new backgrounds, new buttons, so forth.
- Added text
links on index page to main pages in addition to the "prettier"
graphics where I could, to speed loading (of course!)