Posted March 19th, 2003 @ 06:08pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The man who invented the Internet has joined Apple!
CUPERTINO, California - March 19, 2003 - Apple® today announced that Albert Gore Jr., the former Vice President of the United States, has joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Gore was elected at Apple's board meeting today.
iGore in 2004! Some /.er says "Excellent! This means Apple will have much better AlGoreithms in their code."
Posted March 19th, 2003 @ 03:49pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm watching this week's American Idol nearly a day late. Before I begin I'd like to point out that even David Hyatt likes Clay! Go Clay.
Ryan egging on the audience to boo? Childish. The shots of Randy? Classic good stuff. Funny funny funny. Oh well. Guest starring this week? Gladys Knight - good stuff. 5 Grammys? Unfortunately that ain't that many. People are picking that many up each year these days. Hopefully she'll be a little more critical than last week's judge. I'll skip the cheesy "a look into Gladys."
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Posted March 19th, 2003 @ 03:02pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Says Microsoft's Ho (said with a grin) Robert Scoble:
Being a geek in Silicon Valley is hell on relationships. The computer has its attractions, believe me. It doesn't yell. It doesn't scream. It doesn't make me do chores. It doesn't bring up past emotional pain. On the other hand, there are a few things a computer won't do, but then this is a G-rated weblog.
By jove, I agree! The trick, then, might be to find a gal who is as geeky (or will be some day) as you are. Ah, yes, the trick indeed. I'll let y'all know how that turns out…
Posted March 19th, 2003 @ 07:54am by Erik J. Barzeski
Note to self: grow some damn balls man. Just do it. It doesn't matter if it's in the middle of a sentence, or if the time doesn't seem exactly right, because it may never be, but just do it. The next time you get a chance, do it. And don't ask first, because although it may seem corny or cheesy in an endearing way, it probably isn't. Work up the nerve - you've got a few days - and do it, ya dumbass.
Update: be glad you didn't do it. In this case, no move was the best move, I think.
Posted March 19th, 2003 @ 07:49am by Erik J. Barzeski
I had another dream last night, and since I'm documenting them here on this
diary journal blog, well, here goes. I had the dream at about 2am (I've heard that most dreams are "realtime") and woke up at about 3am. As such, it's now 8am and I may not remember as much as I did at 3, but I wasn't about to get out of bed just for this. I needed my sleep last night.
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Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 03:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
If "a great time" is F, and m is "me," solve for a. The answer? My fabulous* new… physics partner. Heh.
I spent time ostensibly helping someone with some physics last night. She's got a test coming up very shortly, and though it was intro physics, and though I'd spent no less than four solid years studying physics, some of the intro stuff took some time to come back to me. Four, sometimes even five seconds elapsed before I could recall that rf = ri + vit + 1/2at2. I say ostensibly simply because she kept thanking me, and really, I was the one who felt I should be thanking her for getting to spend more time with her. Being able to help, hopefully, was icing.
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Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 03:14pm by Erik J. Barzeski
When I wrote about TypeIt4Me the other day I didn't realize I'd not yet written about LaunchBar except in passing, so here's a post dedicated to LaunchBar.
This Tidbits review summarizes what I could say quite nicely, and TypeIt4Me and LaunchBar form such a killer duo that I couldn't imagine life without them. In fact, whenever I'm using someone else's machine for more than two minutes, I invariably find myself hitting cmd-space.
Apps that you can barely imagine living without - that's good software.
P.S. Credit to Jeff for making me give it a try. I was a tad hesitant back in the days of Mac OS X 10.0.
Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 03:05pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Je parle français. I'm sitting here eating French bread, doing work, and thinking about french kissing. Why? Cuz I'm eating French bread and I'll be damned if I'm going to go around "freedom kissing" or eating "freedom bread." As to why I capitalize French in bread but not in kissing, I don't know. Incidentally, one of the first sites (1996) I ever really put any effort into (it doesn't show, believe me) is still online. Guess what? It's about my trip to France.
Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 02:37pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Very very very tempting. From Ars technica.
Very tempting. Let's just say I've put this on a bookmark list that I review very very frequently… Has anyone done this? I really doubt it. I should try to cut back, instead. It can't be good for me. But still, very very tempting.
Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 01:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
You're gonna have to read the extended entry to get all of this one, because I can't trust MacFixIt to have a "permanent link" for this thing… so the full quote is here (below). No comments on this, though I will say Wil's opinion is certainly well-founded in fact.
In our first installment of a series containing developer expectations and hopes for the upcoming 2003 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, our friend Wil Shipley from the OmniGroup opines that while last year's conference saw the "death" of Mac OS 9, this year's show will put the nail in its coffin.
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Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 01:22pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I agree with Pierre and not with Charles. I never read AppleLust, and thanks to Charles Moore, I won't. Those two pages will be the last I shall visit for the foreseeable future.
Why? A cogent response is found here. I've said numerous times on this site that I'm fairly non-political or apolitical, and frankly, I want my "Mac" sites to remain that way as well. Get a blog, Moore. Don't hijack a Mac site.
Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 01:00pm by Erik J. Barzeski
From 37 Signals I found a story about Bobby Knight turning down his $250,000 salary for failure to perform:
"I'm just not at all satisfied with what transpired with our team in terms of our fundamental execution," Knight told The Dallas Morning News for its online edition." I don't think it's anybody's fault but mine. You heard me talk after games all season long about missed opportunities and how we didn't see things. Those are things that have got to be taught. Learning those things is just as much a responsibility of the teacher as the ones learning those things," he was quoted as saying.
He may be a bit aggressive, but I can side with the guy a little. He's passionate and he has high standards. I've never choked anyone, but I sometimes beat myself up quite a bit when I don't live up to my own high standards. I can see making a point of refusing $250,000 if I had a few million in the bank.
Posted March 18th, 2003 @ 11:21am by Erik J. Barzeski
My friend Daria's finished putting together a Web site at the request of a client: I Support Our Troops .US is ready for your digital signature. If you want to link to them, do so using either of these badges.
Whatever we may think about where our troops are sent, or what they are asked to do, Americans, overwhelmingly, are grateful to the men and women who defend us. Everyday, these brave people endure separation from their families and put their lives at risk to protect us and the freedoms we cherish.
Support our fellow Americans, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with their being there in the first place. Here's hoping whatever does happen is minimal, fast, and relatively painless for all involved.
Posted March 17th, 2003 @ 05:28pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The Insecure Invasion Server has been riddled with another round of bullet holes. How sick are you of buffer overflows? How much sense would it take to, I dunno, code in checks for these things? Jeez.
Posted March 17th, 2003 @ 05:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
This one falls into the "Duh" category. As I was reading through this article I saw an archive format like this:
How had I been doing that very same thing?
<MTArchiveDate format="%Y">/<MTArchiveDate format="%m">/<MTArchiveDate format="%d">
I'm not sure why I was doing it this way. Maybe the manual suggested it. Maybe I wasn't sure whether slashes inside of <MT> tags worked the same, who knows. Anyway, I've updated my "Starting a Blog (with MovableType)" article to reflect my newfound un-duh-ness.