D.T.P. by Lee -- Daily Tales and Punditry

Monday, October 27, 2003

Here Kitty Kitty

My pre-ordered copy of Mac OS X 10.3 arrived today from MacConnection. After rebate and shipping charges, my cost was $107.95—about nine bucks cheaper than Apple’s release-night-only 10% discount.

Sure, having it in my hands last Friday would just been cool, but useless. I’m not installing it on my laptop until I’ve seen some initial reports get hashed out, such as completely corrupting data on external firewire drives. I think this is only referring to firewire 800 devices and only if they are attached and powered on during the installation, which means that since I only have firewire 400 and intend to unplug them upon installation, I’m liable to not have any problem. I’m staying on the side of caution, though, and seeing if some revisions from Apple turn up.

This, however, does not mean that I won’t be enjoying Panther real soon. I previously mentioned that I bought a colleague’s used 450 MHz G4 that UPS estimates will arrive Wednesday. I can assure you that I’ll be installing Panther on this machine that same evening.

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Sunday, October 26, 2003

Reasons to Buy an eMac

The top ten reasons you should buy a $799 eMac, even if you think you don’t need one (as seen on BillPalmer.net).

Lost in the headlines of Panther and iTunes last week, Apple quietly repriced the combo-drive eMac to $799. Even two years ago, acquiring a 1-gigahertz, CD-burning, DVD-playing G4 Mac with a 17-inch screen for under $800 would have required something immoral, something illegal, or being Steve Jobs’ nephew. If you’ve got a little extra cash lying around, here are ten things you may not have realized you could do with a spare eMac:
  1. Get that screen saver that has the fish swimming around, and tell unsuspecting Windows-using visitors that it’s a real fish tank.
  2. Turn it into a real fish tank.
  3. Set it screen-facing-down on your coffee table and tell your house guests that it’s the nose cone of a real space shuttle, then ask them to help you sell it on eBay.
  4. Set it up at a major crosswalk and bet pedestrians five dollars that they can’t find the “on” button within 30 seconds.
  5. Take off the speaker grilles. Put them back on. Take them back off. Put them back on.
  6. Give it to me.
  7. Drag it down to the local mall, set it up in the food court, launch Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4, and charge kids to play it by the minute.
  8. Do the exact same thing in the break room at your conservative corporate job. Charge the boss extra.
  9. Order it custom-built from the Apple Store with “extra cheese.” Cheerfully await their response.
  10. Donate it to your local school. On this one, I’m serious. Placing one eMac in a Mac-using school can start them on the path toward upgrading to MacOS X, and placing one eMac in a Windows-using school just might start them on a path to buying more Macs. Even if they don’t buy any more Macs, the kids in Windows-based schools should have the chance to touch at last one real computer before they graduate, right? Remember, it’s a tax write-off.
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Fall Back

So what are you planning to do with the extra hour we gain tonight?

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Posted by Jon Gales -- October 26, 2003 10:55 AM

An extra hour of work!

Posted by Raena -- October 27, 2003 04:25 PM

Hey, you took our extra hour!

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Saturday, October 25, 2003

I Hate Acorns

Yes, you read right. I hate acorns.

You northeasterners love autumn because of the leaves turning color then falling to the ground. All we Floridians get are ugly brown leaves and zillions of acorns falling off trees. It doesn’t help at all that there are large oak trees all over my apartment complex.

One problem is that they fall all over the roads and cars naturally run over them. I see more orange acorn guts on the road than actual blacktop right now.

There is, however, an even worse problem. One of these oak trees is just around the corner from my bedroom windows and directly across the street from my living room windows. Half of said tree is above the covered parking spaces. I’ll give you one guess what the covers are made out of.

CRACK! BANG! POP! — All frickin’ night long for the past several weeks.

Why am I noticing it more this year than in the past? I think there’s a squirrel conspiracy.

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More Panther Attacks

I found several more decent photos from the Tampa store and, since I came across them, I felt like pointing to someone’s shots of the Panther release at the Orlando store. I wasn’t, of course, at this location last night, but it is my home town store, after all.

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Friday, October 24, 2003

Preparing to be Bitten by a Panther—UPDATED

(Update: photos linked—see below)

Sometime between 6:30-7:00pm - You knew this entry was coming. I’m currently sitting on the floor in front of the Apple Store at International Plaza in Tampa, waiting for the 8pm Panther release. I’m 11th in line and I’d have to guess there’s 40 or more by now. This is way cool. (Update: the line later wound through the entire string of barricades and, I’m told, stretched a LONG way down toward the center of the mall, away from the Apple Store. I’m very glad I sat down early. By the time I left, around 10:30pm, the end of the line had just reached the threshold of the outside walls of the store, and those people still had to wait to get through the barricades which easily held 50+ people in queue.)

7:30pm - Workers handed out cards to win a free iMac and tried to rile us up.

7:45pm - I see box copies of Panther in the store!

7:49pm - Stickers on window read, “Tonight only, buy Panther and save 10% on everything else.”

8:04pm - Sitting in store theater, watching Panther demo.

8:07pm - iDisk can sort of be used without being online. Exposé demo up next.

8:11pm - Darn, looks like the utilities I bought for a few bucks to give me back an application switching window and a hack to reclaim the Command-Tab switching is now for naught. What they’ve built into Exposé looks pretty decent.

8:12pm - Demonstrating PDFs in Preview. Text selection now available. VERY fast.

8:14pm - Fast User Switching being shown now. Wicked cool!

8:16pm - iChat AV full release.

8:19pm - Showing Mail.app with updated spam filtering. Also showing more of Exposé and how you can use it to slide everything away and see the entire desktop. Demonstrating dragging an item from the desktop to become an e-mail attachment.

8:21pm - iCal demo. Pretty short.

8:22pm - File Vault. Great concept.

8:23pm - Just noticed the guy is doing the demo on a G4…not a G5.

8:24pm - …and a Microsoft mouse!!

8:25pm - The new Finder windows with left-column navigation has a neat feature—instead of an all-purpose eject button in the toolbar, eject icons are now located next to each ejectable item, right next to the item’s name. This means you’ll always know exactly what you’re ejecting.

8:27pm - Final demos of Finder use, and the show’s over—probably to run again for more people later. FUN!

11:42pm - Now at my parents’ house wrapping up. I’m bad. I sprung for an iSight. It’s gobs better than the firewire camera I had before (anyone wanna buy it, real cheap?). I was drawing a crowd since I was walking around the store, letting a friend of mine see what was going on. Various customers and a good number of Apple Store staff had to wave hi. All the customers and even a couple of the staff were thinking how utterly cool it was that I was walking around the store with no power or ethernet cords in my PowerBook (of course you know that Apple Stores have Wi-Fi access that anyone can use) and an iSight attached, talking to someone in Nebraska (hi, Andy).

Anyway, the freebie item was a set of dog tags with the Panther emblem on one side (silver X on a black background) and the Apple logo (black logo on a silver background) on the other. One of the tags also had words about the world release of Mac OS X 10.3 - Panther.

I saved off an iSight image of the store, but it came out fuzzy because I couldn’t hit the screen capture and hold the PowerBook steady.

Update: two photos were posted to MacMinute, but the guy who took them apparently was acquainted with my friend, Jon Gales, and sent Jon more. Jon, of course, shared with me! My appreciation to the photographer, Jack Rowland.

The photos can be found in my online album. Jack also included a nice little write-up on MacMinute that helps expand what I’ve typed, above.

“The line for the Panther launch at the International Plaza Apple Store in Tampa, Florida, began forming around 6:30 p.m. The doors opened right at 8:00 p.m to cheers and applause from the Apple faithful. Each person who entered the store was greeted with a handshake and a smile from the store staff. I estimate that more than 300 people were in line at 8:00 p.m. With a 10% discount on all hardware and the same discount on everything else in the store if you bought Panther, everything was selling at a brisk pace. I left around 10:15 p.m. and about 100 people were still in line, since the staff was controlling the number of people in the store.”
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Posted by Jon Gales -- October 25, 2003 05:33 PM

Don't know Jack, but I know MacMinute :P.

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Isn’t It Ironic

The organization I work for is currently combating a pretty significant financial crunch. It was brought about through no fault of any bad planning. It is completely a matter of several circumstances all happening at the same time. Each of the circumstances, individually, were predictable, but it was unfathomable that all of them would occur the same year.

I’m not awfully concerned. A very good plan of action is in effect. Things will, ultimately, be fine.

I’m seeing a huge point of irony, however. One of the points that came up to deal with the situation is that 50 full-time equivalents need to be cut. This, in no way, means they’re going to start laying people off. I am confident that won’t be happening. Instead, these cuts are intended to happen by attrition—in other words, as people transfer or retire or whatever, that position will be evaluated so as to either be taken up by an existing employee, or to determine if the functions handled by the former employee can be suspended for a few years.

What’s the irony? Our past president recently announced that he was not interested in continuing as president for another term (three years—and the stop/start point of that term occurred a few weeks ago). Yet, he wasn’t going anywhere, not retiring, not entertaining job offers from other places, etc. So what happens? A new VP position is created and he fills it—and we get a new president who actually came from Pennsylvania!

Don’t misunderstand me, the function of the past president’s new role is legitimate, and I can already tell that I really like our new president. However, it sure seems like a horrible example to set to tell all the employees that we intend to reduce our workforce by 50 FTEs while simultaneously adding a new position—a VP position, no less.

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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Amazon Brings On Book Content Searches

This is really cool. Ever remember a few words in a book but can’t remember the title, author, or anything? Worry no more. Amazon now lets you search on words contained in the books they sell. All of them. Yes—every word.

“Starting today, you can find books at Amazon.com based on every word inside them, not just on matches to author or title keywords. Search Inside the Book—the name of this new feature—searches the complete inside text of more than 120,000 books—all 33 million pages of them. And since we’ve integrated Search Inside the Book into our standard search, using it is as easy as entering a search term in our regular search box.”
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Monday, October 20, 2003

Joy of Tech

Great cartoon today.

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An Addition to the Family

I previously blogged that I was keeping an eye out for a desktop Macintosh to act as a local server and be a permanent home of my iTunes library. I’m pleased to announce that a 450MHz G4 will soon be in my hands.

Evan is ’da man. We were chatting the other night and I was telling him about my desire. He mentioned he had this tower that he’d planned to give his to his dad, but it would be kind of overkill for his needs, plus he’d need to buy a monitor/keyboard/mouse for it—all currently missing. We realized that I could buy his tower (I can use my existing peripherals via my KVM switch) and the price we agreed on we only be a little bit shy of the price for a new eMac that’ll be perfect for his dad.

In preparation, I’ve already transferred DNS management of my domain to No-IP.com. It’s been 24 hours and it should be pretty much in place now. Web, FTP, and mail functions still route back to my web/domain hosting service, and I defined a subdomain host for occasional use locally on my PowerBook, though I’m not yet running the IP auto-update client. Additionally, my digital photo album is currently using http://photos.dtpbylee.com/ even though the prior dtpbylee.redirectme.net still works. I’m still trying to come up with a clever, yet easy-to-verbally-give-out, new domain which will become my new blog (Daily Tales and Punditry will be retired), my new e-mail address for personal use (dtpbylee.com will remain for registrations, work-related stuff, etc.), and the address from which I’ll define a host for local file sharing purposes on the G4 tower that’s coming and will be the machine I run No-IP’s client to auto-update the DNS when my dynamic IP changes. Drop me a line if you have any domain suggestions.

By the way, I find no small amount of fascination in the fact that Evan, who has sold me his G4 tower, was also the one who sold his 500MHz G3 PowerBook (Pismo) to me three or so years ago—a machine which, as far as I know, is being used by a pastor for word processing, internet access, and PowerPoint presentations.

So, I’m looking forward to having what will essentially amount to my version of an iDisk with a space limitation of whatever size of hard drives I install, running my digital photo album locally rather than relying on a server run by a friend of mine, and having a slightly safer location for my permanent iTunes library that can be easily backed up to DVD-RAM discs and be played on my living room stereo at any time since I’ll be running a permanent audio cable from the tower to my sound system.

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That Was Me!?

Wanna see something a little scary? Here’s a 13-year-old photo of me working at my first college’s radio station production room during my sophomore year. Those were some pretty nice 1/4" open-reel editing decks we had. Evan Trent believes they were Ampex models. If you know differently, please post a comment and let me know.

For those of you who are acquainted with my “Edit_Dude” moniker I frequently use on the internet, you may wish to know that what I’m doing in this photo is exactly where the nickname originally came from. I don’t edit much reel-to-reel tape any more, but my performances as a proofreader, a web site author, a desktop publisher, and a video editor are more than adequate to retain the alias!

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Posted by David Ozab -- October 20, 2003 01:55 AM

That looks like an Ampex. We had Ampex decks at UCSD around that time.

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Twenty-dollar Facelift

Upon making my usual $50 ATM withdrawal the other day, I received, for the first time, two of the updated $20 bills.

“The $20 bill got a facelift Tuesday, complete with new colors, a new number arrangement, and a new background, in the government’s latest effort to thwart counterfeiters.”
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Sunday, October 19, 2003

My Subscriptions

I’m heeding Jon’s call to action to share RSS subscriptions. Another of his posts explains how to share your subscriptions as either an OPML file that can be directly imported into NetNewsWire or as an HTML table. I’m choosing to skip the work to make an HTML version look pretty. You’re best off using my OPML file. It may not render in your browser window, thus you’ll have to view the source for that page. Otherwise, here’s a “listified” version.

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Saturday, October 18, 2003



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Posted by David Ozab -- October 19, 2003 01:33 AM

Almost as scary! Check out my new monitor:

http://www.ozab.net/mt/archives/000075.html (open in new window)

But it's hooked up to a G4 so . . . whew :o)

Posted by Raena -- October 19, 2003 02:55 AM

Me: "Oy! What's with the beard? Oh hey, he's using a Dell."

HP produce nice monitors, david, you're absolved. ;)

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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Selling Sugar Water—But Not For Life

John Gruber suggests Steve Jobs isn’t remembering his own woo to John Sculley. What Gruber fails to point out, though, is that even though Steve is, in effect, pushing “sugar water,” he isn’t doing it “for the rest of his life.” There’s no harm in helping sales of someone else’s product to encourage more people to take a look at yours.

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Hell Froze Over—UPDATED

Yeah, I know I’m stealing Apple’s message for my headline. Sue me.

Yes, I immediately downloaded Quicktime 6.4, iTunes 4.1, and the iPod Software Update v2.1. Honestly, I’m not currently seeing a whole lot different in iTunes 4.1, but I want to stay up to date. Many of the new features listed for iTunes were accessible with version 4.0.1.

The iPod Software Update, however, is a different matter. Of course, it includes the software to utilize Belkin’s new voice recorder accessory. I’m considering whether it would be useful to me. I can think of some times it would, but not sure if it’s often enough. What I’m more interested in is a stereo line level record module. I’d use that a lot. Better yet, how about a module with both a line level input and a mono mic combined into one unit? Then, of course, there’s also Belkin’s media reader accessory. I’ve read reports from people who think this device stole the show. I’m not so sure. The way you connect an iPod to it looks unwieldily. It would have made more sense if it were something that cradled the iPod a little better. Also, I have a 256mb picture card which I would be very hard-pressed to fill before I could offload the pictures to my computer—especially since my laptop accompanies me often times on my trips and vacations.

The iPod Software Update also included some functional changes that I am able to use now. First of all, the boot-up screen now sports a progress bar. You no longer have to wonder whether the reboot got hung up on the Apple logo screen. The battery/charge indicator has also been enhanced. Originally, there were just three bars that technically only indicated if the battery was nearly (or completely) full, somewhere between perhaps 1/4 and 3/4 full, or nearly drained. Now, the indicator can apparently show the amount of charge in LCD pixel increments. It may only be accurate to 10% increments or so, but this is a huge improvement. A new game has also been added—Music Quiz. You get a list a several songs that are on your iPod and then a clip from somewhere in the middle of one of the songs is played. You then have to select which song is playing. The faster you select, the more points for that round. Obviously, being intimately familiar with all your music is a big help to play this game.

Naturally, the biggest news was that iTunes 4.1 is also available for Windows 2000 and XP. According to what I read, Apple had commanded about 70% of the legal music download market up to today. To hell with what nay-sayers think about Apple coming up with a Windows version too late and that competitors have had their service out for a little while—Apple is going to own the digital music market. Period. That 70% was built from only the tiny number of Mac users compared to PC users. Even if only a fraction of Windows users latch solidly onto iTunes, I can’t see that any other service has a prayer of catching up.

In related news, Apple has allied with AOL. This means that all 25 million AOL members now automatically have iTunes Music Store accounts. Their credit/payment information is already on file with AOL, so all they have to do is log in. Make no mistake, I abhor AOL. But even I admit—this is big. Very big.

Also big is the promotion Apple got into with Pepsi. Hey, if you drink Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, or Sierra Mist and don’t care much about this music stuff, be sure to peek at your bottle caps. 300 million caps are part of the promotion and 100 million of them are worth a free iTunes download. That means, if you get a bottle that’s among those which are part of the promotion, there’s a 1 in 3 chance it’s a winner. You can’t get odds that good anywhere else. If a winning cap doesn’t do you any good, I’ll gladly accept it on your behalf! :-p

It makes perfect sense that iTunes Music Store customers should be able to access and purchase audiobooks without having to set up a separate Audible.com account. Unless you want to use the monthly subscription service, you can now buy audiobooks a la carte with your existing iTunes Music Store account.

That pretty well wraps it up. I’ll sign out by mentioning that Apple has sold 13 million tracks and, unless I’m mistaken, were hoping to sell 100 million songs within one year—which will be April 2004. Steve, keep adding new music and don’t piss off those Windows and AOL users, and I think you’ll reach your goal well before April!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention two other new features of the Music Store—gift certificates and parental allowances. Gift certificates are self explanatory. Allowances is a great concept. Parents can create an account for their children with, of course, control of how much is spent. At any time, they can decide when and how much their child can spend to buy music. Once they set it up, the child logs in and has a credit on their account and can buy music up until that credit is gone.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Course of Action?

Someone please tell me whether an apartment complex is within its rights to have its residents’ A/C units looking like this. This isn’t even the original condition of my unit. Earlier today, that panel was almost wide open and cords hanging out everywhere. Now, the panel is only almost closed, part of the wire connections are still hanging out, and apparently everyone’s units have one thin cable leading off somewhere, as you can see in the picture. What should I do about it?

I’d called the office earlier today because my A/C was blowing, but not cold. Being careful to stay away from the bare wires (they are 200v, after all), I pushed up on the lower part of the wire you can see to wiggle the interior wad of cables. I heard the compressor click and my A/C was working again. I believe a maintenance person came (I never saw him) and cleaned it up a bit, but the cold air later went away again. I, of course, called again. This time, I met him out there and he was closing up the panel again and said it was low on freon. Indeed, he had his equipment connected to charge it at the time. Well, low freon or not, I’m not getting cool air again, and it’s 7:15pm. I’m absolutely certain that the rat nest of wire inside the panel isn’t making a good connection and the compressor doesn’t know it needs to kick on.

Regardless what it’s going to ultimately take to get this fixed for good, let’s go back to the notion of the way it looks in the picture. Surely leaving 200v wires exposed to the elements like this is a violation of something, isn’t it?

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Car CD Changer For Sale—UPDATED AGAIN

I have a JVC CH-X350 car CD changer unit I no longer need, thanks to the ownership of an iPod and a car stereo with an auxiliary input jack. There’s a second 12-disc magazine to go along with it. I have its original box and shouldn’t have a problem shipping it. However, if you’re anywhere along the I-4 corridor, I’d be inclined to let you see/try it, as it’s currently still installed in my car (Best Buy put it in and their installation charge includes removing it at a later time). To the best of my knowledge, it’s in perfect working order. I’ve never had a single problem with it.

I originally paid $200 for it (JVC originally listed it around $229) plus something like $40 or so for the spare magazine. I’m seeing unopened and refurbished models between $100 and $120. Naturally, with this in mind, I can’t expect $100 for the whole thing. Make an offer.

UPDATE: It’s back up for grabs. The person who was planning to buy it backed out, having found her old one that she thought she’d given away.

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Thursday, October 09, 2003

Mid-week Update

You’re right. There hasn’t been much blog activity the past little while. I’ve done massive amounts of overtime in the last two weeks.

Things I’ve recently taken notice of include the following:

  • The Adobe Creative Suite, meaning that I’ll probably finally be making the jump from Pagemaker to InDesign, as well as no longer having to migrate my distilled PDFs over to the PC to finish them. Heretofore, I’ve only had a PC version of the full Acrobat software (now known as Acrobat Pro) at work. The best part is the cost—upgrading to Adobe CS Premium is only $750, something my office’s treasurer will be happy about.
  • Speaking of the treasurer, he showed no signs of being nonplussed over the $1,300 price tag I estimated to upgrade my machine to OS X, upgrade to the latest Adobe software, and acquire a smattering of other items I’d need to make the permanent transition from OS 9 to OS X.
  • MacRumors reported a feature that was described on Apple’s web site, but has since been removed. At first, I was very intrigued, but I think, now, that it wouldn’t be a huge deal to me. Sure, knowing FileVault is there when I upgrade to Panther sounds great. The feature to be able to sync my entire ~/Home/ folder to an iPod sounded like it would be very handy. That was before I remembered I keep a pretty full Home folder. Indeed, mine’s 25 gigabytes right now, and I have 9.25 gigabytes of music on my 30 gigabyte iPod. Besides, I use a PowerBook instead of a desktop. My Home folder is frequently within easy access anyway.
  • Say hello to California’s governor-elect, “Ah-nold” Schwarzenegger. Please, curb your enthusiasm.
  • I’m thinking I’d like to acquire a used Power Mac tower—as inexpensively as possible, of course. Something like a 500MHz G4 would be cool, but a 400 or 450MHz Blue & White G3 would get the job done. Anyone have any leads? Here’s what I want it for:
    1. Local web/FTP/Apple file sharing/etc. server I can leave running 24/7.
    2. New home for iTunes library. I’d like to free the space on my laptop and I would have a nice big hard drive in the tower to house my music. Naturally, I’ll run its sound out to my stereo. Besides, being often that both my iPod and my laptop travel with me, it seems kind of redundant (and less safe) to have my only two copies of all my music frequently in close proximity.
    3. A place to perform a quickie e-mail check or web page lookup when my laptop is packed up and I’m not inclined to dig it out.
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Tuesday, October 07, 2003


Like my pal, Chris, I, too, have been targeted by a dodo who has little better to do than annoy bloggers.

But I’ll voice my disdain a step further than Chris did by helping you take some preemptive action—especially those of you whom I have, at some point or another, linked to. His last-known IP address was Unfortunately, though, I’m having little luck tracing this address.

Feel free to ban at will. If I see new IPs, I’ll update this entry.

UPDATE: I’m no longer sure that IP banning is going to solve it. I just got hit again from a totally different IP:

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Sunday, October 05, 2003

Weekend Update

My, my, where the time goes. I’ve been at my office kinda late most days this week trying to finish a newsletter. I’m liable to be late tomorrow night, too. I hope my blog doesn’t turn into a weekend-only update thing!

Yesterday was quite eventful. I was out on the trail with a friend of mine. He was rollerblading and I was biking. On the way back, he decided to be energetic and jump over this metal grate-like plate in the sidewalk—probably covering some utilities access. Mind you, he’s an excellent rollerblader. He has skills. He has never fallen before when it wasn’t someone else’s fault.

Those skills were temporarily absent for this particular stunt. He didn’t land it right, at all. At first, it just seemed as though he fell backwards and landed sitting down. He got right back up and we kept going around a corner. That’s when he decided to check out his arm which was hurting. He took off his wrist brace and…woo…there was absolutely no question his arm had broken. The guard sort of did it’s job and protected his wrist. The break was basically right where the top edge of the guard stopped.


He managed to make it back to the car and I drove him to the ER, then went to his house to grab a change of clothes for him so he could get out of the sweaty stuff he was wearing. After that, there was little use of me hanging around, so I did some errands, got dinner, and came home. He finally called around 10pm (mind you, the accident happened maybe around 6 or so) to say they were just then giving him a painkiller shot so they could set the bone back into place. I came over to keep company, and it was midnight or later before the doctor had done his job and put on a temporary splint. We figured I could take him home shortly after, but the painkiller was causing nausea and we were told it likely wouldn’t wear off for another couple hours. So he stayed there and napped and I went home and slept ‘til 6am when he called and was able to walk.

A bit more driving and a trip to CVS to fill his prescriptions, and it’s 7:30am, I got back home, and went back to bed, only to be called 2.5 hours later in regard to equipment needs (which I’m responsible for) at an event next weekend. One hour, and a couple e-mails later, here I am typing an entry, and I need to wrap it up because I have to drive to south Orlando to pick up a few items once some meetings get finished there at noon. I suppose this afternoon is just going to be hanging out with friends—perhaps a movie.

Yep, this entry is very live-journal-ish. Sue me.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2003


PADDdock.jpgI’m seeing a growing number of people participating in Giles Turnbull’s brainchild for OS X users to show off their Docks. Ergo, I offer a picture of my own.

My Dock’s size is snapped to the non-anti-aliased size (hold the Option key while dragging the separator) that is one position bigger than the smallest setting. I keep my Dock pinned to the bottom right of the screen which, essentially, means my Trash can is always in the same place—like it was in Classic. Also, I use ClearDock to fiddle with the color and opacity.

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ATPM 9.10

The October 2003 issue of About This Particular Macintosh has been published. Your favorite writer has made another showing this month with a review of the Incase Sling Pack.

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