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QotD: Ripping

Question: How fast can your computer rip your MP3s or AACs?

My Answer: 20x.

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GSM in a Week

I stopped in at a Cingular store today to see what new phones were available. The answer: none. My Motorola v60t is still quite nice in comparison to the "lineup" of TDMA phones that Cingular tries to push on people. It would have been a fruitless trip had I not noticed the eight or ten new phones on the back counter, including some of the Sony-Ericsson phones (like the T610).

I asked the manager why he had those phones (they ain't TDMA!) and he said "we'll be GSM next Tuesday." I asked if he had any phones in (I'd buy one!) and he said "just these dummy phones for now." I asked if they were sharing T-Mobile's network (I'd heard that previously), and the manager emphatically denied that they would be sharing. He said "T-Mobile uses GSM 1900, and we're using the better 850 standard. Your coverage will be as good or better than it currently is on our TDMA network."

QotD: Land Line

Question: Do you have a land line or just a cell phone?

My Answer: I have a land line, and it's the only number I give out. I forward calls to my land line to my cell phone when I'm out.

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smartcast.jpgLast week I bought a Smartcast watch and an extra radar beacon. José and I tested it in my apartment complex pond, and it worked pretty well. Early tests in saltwater were simply frustrating, and didn't work as expected. The thing will get another test on Lake Ida tomorrow morning when I try to catch some bass with some plastic worms and crankbaits. Yeah, we'll see.

The primary reason I picked this thing up is not for the same reasons Humminbird likes to advertise - that you can cast to exactly where you want to fish and get a reading. Instead, I got it because a fishfinder on a kayak would take up entirely too much room. This thing is a watch and a small floating beacon - very compact.

Others seem to like it.

Hard Drive Names

I've still yet to take the G5 out of its box (been busy, really) since I got it on Friday, but I've now got the names for its hard drives: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. These names fit perfectly, I think, and it was a stroke of brilliance for Gabe to suggest them by asking "what's your favorite movie?"

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, 250 GB SATA drives, will replace my current G4's 120 GB ATA drives, "Gaia" and "Monde" as the main holding tanks for the crap I require to function day in and day out.

Hmm, now I've got to find an appropriate icon (and only one, since I psync one drive to the other nightly). Any suggestions?

Cocoa, Burgers, and Fries

Perhaps I could eat cheesburger fries (use the user/pass "macnn") while looking over these free Cocoa frameworks from the author of Path Finder (an app I've never really liked much).

QotD: Two Points

Question: The two-point conversion in the NFL: good or bad?

My Answer: I was glad that they finally brought it back. It's a good thing, and unlike the DH in the AL, I hope that it remains for quite a long time.

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Tennessee 30, Pittsburgh 13

Football is a game of numbers, and this one can be summarized pretty easily:

                Tenn      Pitt
  First Downs:  9         25
 Time of Poss:  24:10     35:50
        Plays:  39        75
Rushing Yards:  40        69
Passing Yards:  158       307

I've left one off, and it's the most important:

Interceptions:  0         2

Tommy Maddox was off today. Amos Zereoue needs to learn to run straight ahead and stop trying to juke before he's made yards. The defense played pretty well (though I'd beat some sense into Chad Scott if I could right about now). Two interceptions? That was the game. That and the safety.

P.S. At least I got to watch the Steelers go to 2 and 2, unlike Rick.

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.

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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

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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.

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