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QotD: Car Features

Question: What is the most important feature in your car?

My Answer: The most important is that it "goes" of course, but that's not in the spirit of the question. The most important feature - the one that I like the most - is the stereo. I could not stand to have a car without a stereo (and a good one at that).

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

QotD: First Computer

Question: What was your first computer?

My Answer: An Apple ][e that my mom brought home from school. I was about, oh, two years old or so.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

I Have Seen The Enemy

delldigitaljukebox.jpgI have seen the enemy, and man is he ugly. I'm used to Wintellian ripoffs being ugly, clunky, cumbersome, and non-intuitive, but this one has catapulted itself to the top of the "worst of the worst" list.

"The question is, how much and how far Dell can go with it?" says Dell President Kevin Rollins. "How many new products can Dell add to its portfolio? Where does it end? We think there's a somewhat limitless number of products and services we could get into."

A friend of mine joked:

Soon they'll have their own OS: "Deldows."

Where can I get a Dell electric toothbrush with Bluetooth? Ah, never mind that, I'm still trying to figure out what "somewhat limitless" means. Either way, Dell's potential to continue developing ugly, clunky, cumbersome, and non-intuitive ripoffs is… how should I put it… "somewhat infinite."

SpamSieve Since 2.0

Since the 2.0 release, SpamSieve's stats on my system are:

Good Messages.......655
Spam Messages.......2317
False Positives.....25
False Negatives.....3

Not bad. The highest I got on the previous version was about 93%, which still meant I had to deal with a lot of spam. The false positives number is disconcerting, but I started with a blank whitelist, and as that grows to allow messages from various folks, the accuracy will tend upwards.

QotD: Typing

Question: How did you learn to type, and how do you type now?

My Answer: I type "properly" - fingers on the home keys and all. My wrists usually rest on the table, though, and I don't care - I type just fine this way. It's the lazy way, I know. I took a class as early as I could - eighth grade, I think - because I knew I'd be typing a lot (reports, essays, homework, etc.). I got up to about 120 words per minute with acceptable error tolerance (one typo every 100 words) in class, though I'd put my casual typing closer to about 90 wpm. Before class, I was a skilled hunt-and-pecker. Hmm, I seem to have just called myself a pecker… :-P

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.


It has shipped! I should have it in two days (does Airborne deliver on Saturdays?). Incidentally, 1 GB PC3200 modules from RAMJet come with little heat sinks clipped onto them (this should explain why I got "only" 512 MB in the config below).

Z07K       POWER MAC G5 2.0GHZDP CTO                   1         x,xxx.xx
           With the following configuration:
              Processor                 065-4227  Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5
              Memory                    065-4356  512MB DDR400 (PC3200) - 2x256
              Hard Drive                065-4287  2x250GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm
              Optical Drive             065-4168  Super Drive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
              Graphics Support          065-4288  ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
              Fibre Chl PCI             065-4491  None
              Modem                     065-4166  56k V.92 Internal Modem
              BlueTooth                 065-4292  BlueTooth Module
              Airport                   065-4293  Airport Extreme Card
              Keyboard Language         065-4161  Apple Keyboard & Mouse
              Mac OS Language           065-4160  Mac OS X
              Country Kit               065-4159  Country Kit

Now I just have to figure out what the heck I'm going to do with my dual 800 (2x120 GB, 1.5 GB, Zip, SuperDrive). Hmmm. Any ideas?


Easily the most ridiculous thing I've heard this month:

There is no sense in letting kids get accustomed to easier-to-use, more reliable machines that are less prone to viruses when they will have to grow up and survive in the modern workplace.

Quote courtesy of Pinellas County superintendent Howard Hinesley on his decision to replace the existing (and admittedly aged) Macs with PCs. (See first comment.) 2/3 of the county's current computers have a fruit logo on them.

MT Pro

Where oh where is MovableType Pro? Announced February 13, the thing has yet to materialize. TypePad is off and running.

On Being a Guy

This one is certainly worth watching. It's funny and contains more than a shred of truth, which only makes it funnier. I'll try not to spoil anything, but I will say that my favorite part was when he walked past the fat stick figure.

P.S. Please note that .asf files will play just fine in VLC.

P.P.S. Thanks, Aaron.

Season Premieres

Ed and The West Wing premiered this evening. I didn't like either. Ed - what are they going to do now that Ed and Carol are together? The whole damn show was about how they were meant to be together but couldn't be. Now (next week) they're throwing potato chip bags at each other and finding out what each others annoying habits are? C'mon! The show could tank. And The West Wing - yes, it's a drama, but I like the show for one reason above all others: the fast-paced humor. The season premiere had exactly none of that.

Maybe I just had a bad day, or maybe I expected too much. Maybe I should watch Friends to try to bolster my confidence in season premieres. Ha, yeah, like that'd do it. Yawwwwn.

Any other Ed or West Wing fans out there have a different opinion? Or the same one put in better words? Please share.

New River

Went to New River today. Launched at high tide (8am), returned in the middle of the incoming tide. Yeah, that's a bit backwards as far as travel goes, but oh well - exercise is good for ya right?

Paddled up New River to that S bend and the fork. Talked to a groundskeeper on the famous (and colorful) house on the corner who said that the past few days the water was simply being shredded by tarpon and jacks around 4. Given that it was 9am, that news didn't excite me too much.

QotD: Now

Question: What are you thinking?

My Answer: That Florida is really hot, and that I wouldn't notice so much if my air conditioning hadn't gone out while I was fishing today.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Un-Beaching a Manatee

manatee.jpgLast week I went to Jupiter because I had no other place to go. This week, I couldn't decide where to go, so I went to Jupiter again. This time I went the proper direction - I didn't paddle 8 miles out of my way. Stupid me. I'm still kicking myself over that one last week…

My goal this week was to fish the inlet. I was actually going to ride the outgoing tide out into the ocean, but I could see enough waves out there that I chickened out and ducked up the Indian River.

QotD: Retiring

Question: If you could retire at any age, what age would you choose and why?

My Answer: 40. I think it's good to put in 20 years of work, then put in 40 years doing what you love and helping others, and I think that's about what I'd do if I could.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Great Instructions

What does this mean?

Be tights part D with part H together by fitting M. Like a step No. 1. And may be installation handle in this side too.

That's the winner of the 2003 "Worst Manual Contest." Other notable steps include "Test stranger & use on" and, well, just go have a look for yourself.

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