Archive for August, 2005

[net-life, macintoshery] Opera 8 Browser Free Until Midnight Tonight!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Just found this out just now.

In celebration of thier 10th year, Opera Software is handing out free registered versions of thier signature web browser.

In case one doesn’t know, Opera is offered as a free download. However! You get banner ads in the software unless you pay to register it (which, I believe, is a $30 or $35 value).

But, today only, in celebration of thier 10th year of doing business, you can get free registration of Opera 8.02 if you do the following (not necessarily for Mac users only) steps:

  1. Go to www.opera.com. Download the browser (5.6 MB).
  2. Go to the MyOpera community site, http://my.opera.com/community/party/, and find the SURPRISE! Free Registration Codes! section.
  3. To get the free registration code, click on the Go Free Now! button, and enter your email address on the next page. Choose whether or not you want thier newsletter, and click “Submit” (Mac user warning: clicking the link to C|Net’s download.com page will take you to a page where you can download Opera 8, but they only link to the PC version. Got ahead of yourself and haven’t downloaded the Mac version yet? Don’t worry, move ahead to step four).
  4. A page will load that has a list of registration codes for every version of Opera. The Mac version is the last in the list. Copy the reg code (and, if you haven’t downloaded Opera yet, there’s a link at the bottom of the page that will take you there). Launch Opera, paste into the proper place in Help>Register Opera, and you should be good to go.

Once again, the free offer expires at midnight, tonight, Pacific Time. If you want adless Opera for free, go! Do it now!

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[pdx_politics, metro_transit] A Modest Proposal from Councilor Canfield

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I noticed, on his ‘blog, Troutdale City Council member Robert Canfield floated a very interesting and meritworthy suggestion; an express TriMet line from Troutdale to the inner areas.

It’s a worthy idea. Troutdale’s public transit access to the greater Metro area consists of collectors (TriMet lines 80 and 81, IIRC) connecting to MAX Blue Line service at the Gresham Transit Center, which can be tedious and slow for Troutdale commuters; Councilor Canfield estimates that three hours out of every day would be consumed by a Troutdale commuter trying to get to a notional destination in Portland and/or points west (and just imagine if you weren’t going to someplace near the MAX line).

It’s understood the effort is somewhat quixotic. As he himself says, “I realize Tri-Met has said NO WAY to this idea before, but it makes so much sense it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.”

As a supporter of public transit, I’m prone to agree.

I’m adding him to my list of OR Politics links. It’s clear I don’t agree with everything he says, but I like his plain speaking style and it takes some degree of honesty these days to just sit down and bang in why you vote as you do in a ‘blog-especially if you aren’t one of the “cool kids” such as the Portland City Council.

[net-life, macintoshery] Opera 8 Browser Free Until Midnight Tonight!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Just found this out just now.

In celebration of thier 10th year, Opera Software is handing out free registered versions of thier signature web browser.

In case one doesn’t know, Opera is offered as a free download. However! You get banner ads in the software unless you pay to register it (which, I believe, is a $30 or $35 value).

But, today only, in celebration of thier 10th year of doing business, you can get free registration of Opera 8.02 if you do the following (not necessarily for Mac users only) steps:

  1. Go to www.opera.com. Download the browser (5.6 MB).
  2. Go to the MyOpera community site, http://my.opera.com/community/party/, and find the SURPRISE! Free Registration Codes! section.
  3. To get the free registration code, click on the Go Free Now! button, and enter your email address on the next page. Choose whether or not you want thier newsletter, and click “Submit” (Mac user warning: clicking the link to C|Net’s download.com page will take you to a page where you can download Opera 8, but they only link to the PC version. Got ahead of yourself and haven’t downloaded the Mac version yet? Don’t worry, move ahead to step four).
  4. A page will load that has a list of registration codes for every version of Opera. The Mac version is the last in the list. Copy the reg code (and, if you haven’t downloaded Opera yet, there’s a link at the bottom of the page that will take you there). Launch Opera, paste into the proper place in Help>Register Opera, and you should be good to go.

Once again, the free offer expires at midnight, tonight, Pacific Time. If you want adless Opera for free, go! Do it now!

[net-life, macintoshery] Opera 8 Browser Free Until Midnight Tonight!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Just found this out just now.

In celebration of thier 10th year, Opera Software is handing out free registered versions of thier signature web browser.

In case one doesn’t know, Opera is offered as a free download. However! You get banner ads in the software unless you pay to register it (which, I believe, is a $30 or $35 value).

But, today only, in celebration of thier 10th year of doing business, you can get free registration of Opera 8.02 if you do the following (not necessarily for Mac users only) steps:

  1. Go to www.opera.com. Download the browser (5.6 MB).
  2. Go to the MyOpera community site, http://my.opera.com/community/party/, and find the SURPRISE! Free Registration Codes! section.
  3. To get the free registration code, click on the Go Free Now! button, and enter your email address on the next page. Choose whether or not you want thier newsletter, and click “Submit” (Mac user warning: clicking the link to C|Net’s download.com page will take you to a page where you can download Opera 8, but they only link to the PC version. Got ahead of yourself and haven’t downloaded the Mac version yet? Don’t worry, move ahead to step four).
  4. A page will load that has a list of registration codes for every version of Opera. The Mac version is the last in the list. Copy the reg code (and, if you haven’t downloaded Opera yet, there’s a link at the bottom of the page that will take you there). Launch Opera, paste into the proper place in Help>Register Opera, and you should be good to go.

Once again, the free offer expires at midnight, tonight, Pacific Time. If you want adless Opera for free, go! Do it now!

[pdx_politics, metro_transit] A Modest Proposal from Councilor Canfield

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I noticed, on his ‘blog, Troutdale City Council member Robert Canfield floated a very interesting and meritworthy suggestion; an express TriMet line from Troutdale to the inner areas.

It’s a worthy idea. Troutdale’s public transit access to the greater Metro area consists of collectors (TriMet lines 80 and 81, IIRC) connecting to MAX Blue Line service at the Gresham Transit Center, which can be tedious and slow for Troutdale commuters; Councilor Canfield estimates that three hours out of every day would be consumed by a Troutdale commuter trying to get to a notional destination in Portland and/or points west (and just imagine if you weren’t going to someplace near the MAX line).

It’s understood the effort is somewhat quixotic. As he himself says, “I realize Tri-Met has said NO WAY to this idea before, but it makes so much sense it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.”

As a supporter of public transit, I’m prone to agree.

I’m adding him to my list of OR Politics links. It’s clear I don’t agree with everything he says, but I like his plain speaking style and it takes some degree of honesty these days to just sit down and bang in why you vote as you do in a ‘blog-especially if you aren’t one of the “cool kids” such as the Portland City Council.

[pdx_politics, metro_transit] A Modest Proposal from Councilor Canfield

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I noticed, on his ‘blog, Troutdale City Council member Robert Canfield floated a very interesting and meritworthy suggestion; an express TriMet line from Troutdale to the inner areas.

It’s a worthy idea. Troutdale’s public transit access to the greater Metro area consists of collectors (TriMet lines 80 and 81, IIRC) connecting to MAX Blue Line service at the Gresham Transit Center, which can be tedious and slow for Troutdale commuters; Councilor Canfield estimates that three hours out of every day would be consumed by a Troutdale commuter trying to get to a notional destination in Portland and/or points west (and just imagine if you weren’t going to someplace near the MAX line).

It’s understood the effort is somewhat quixotic. As he himself says, “I realize Tri-Met has said NO WAY to this idea before, but it makes so much sense it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.”

As a supporter of public transit, I’m prone to agree.

I’m adding him to my list of OR Politics links. It’s clear I don’t agree with everything he says, but I like his plain speaking style and it takes some degree of honesty these days to just sit down and bang in why you vote as you do in a ‘blog-especially if you aren’t one of the “cool kids” such as the Portland City Council.

[Address_Nerd] History In The Curbstones

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

The recent dry period here at this Breaking News (CUE FOXIFIED GRAPHIC) site has nothing to do with a lack of material. Actually, in my spare time I’m as busy as a designer not yet employed in graphic design (remember, potential employers, I know Adobe CS2, QuarkXPress 6.5, and, oh, how to design something, check out my portfolio) can be. Me and a group of people whose shoes I am not actually qualified to kiss are getting together a little project whose launching is imminent (more on this later).

I guess I get a little distracted.

Anyway, I told you that to tell you this: I got a great attention getter yesterday, in the form of a communiqué from Special Agent Mike Landfair…you know him as Mover Mike. He sent me the following email:

When you go west from 33rd ave between Knott and Thompson, the maps show 33rd, 32nd Place, 32nd Court and 32nd Avenue. There are still names on the street corners in the cement, however, that show for two blocks 32nd Place is called Glenn Ave N.. In the cement at 32nd Court and Brazee, the name is E 32nd Court. The sidewalks say 1928. Most of the homes appear to be dated from 1926 or thereabouts, with the old Dolph Farm house still standing, built in 1895, and now being historically remodeled on 32nd Ave between Brazee and Knott.

The date, 1928, is notable because, as one may recall from past Nerdery, we learned in Snyder that the Portland street name and address system was rationalized into its present form circa 1930-33. Addresses and street names worked on a system that was borne of necessity of merging the seminal municipalities of Portland, East Portland, and Albina together–but it wasn’t the final form. There was an intermediate method in the years circa 1890-1930.

Records of what these streets were named can be found in the curbstones, quite a few of which exist from before 1930.

For instance, on some parts of SE 11th Avenue one can look down and see “E 11th Street” imprinted there (yes, “Street”, not “Avenue”). Some named streets were similarly prefixed (“E Morrison Street” vice “SE Morrison St”). I have been on NE 11th Avenue and seen the stamp “E 11th St N”. Other areas showed named streets–in the beginning, there were no rules at all about naming streets, and each developer in each subdivision was pretty much free to name streets whatever they wanted.

And even stranger are some streets in the area south of Holgate Blvd east of SE 39th Avenue and west of about SE 82nd Avenue. Several corners proclaim SE 52nd Avenue as “52nd Street SE”, and places on SE Duke Street are identified as being on “65th Avenue SE”.

The whys of some of this aren’t known, but the patterns of these are a matter of some record. And that will be the topic of my next session of Nerdery.