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Archive for May, 2005

Days Since/Until

I added a "days since/until" countdown area beneath my picture on the main page only today. Relatively simple: <? function figger($thingy) { $calc = intval(strtotime($thingy)) - todays_strtotime(); if($calc > 0) { echo days_until($thingy); } else echo days_since($thingy); } function days_until($target) { $string = intval((strtotime($target) - todays_strtotime()) / (60 * 60 * 24)); $string .= " […]

QotD: Dishwasher

Question: Do you use your dishwasher to store dishes after they've been washed, or do you put them away every time? My Answer: I tend to wash dishes and unload as necessary. Dirty dishes are washed into the sink (or more often than not, left sitting in my office or on the coffee table, a […]

Dashboard Widgets .com

Y'know, is really gonna have to get rid of this crap if they hope to be of any use to anyone… phpBB : Critical Error Could not connect to the database Eight times out of ten the site seems to be down.

rsync as Backup Tool

I don't think rsync is gonna cut it as a nightly backup tool. The thing crashes every time I try to run it: About 500 lines of this came out before rsync quit: sync(1556) malloc: *** error: can't allocate region rsync(1556) malloc: *** set a breakpoint in szone_error to debug rsync(1556) malloc: *** vm_allocate(size=1069056) failed […]

Carey and I are looking for a good washer and dryer. Something that will last awhile. Front-loaders (for the washer and dryer) were recommended by the lady at Lowe's, and they range anywhere from $500 to $1500. We've got some good coupons, and we like to invest in quality stuff, so don't hesitate to list […]

With Safari 1.x, I could download files left and right without many problems. After Apple fixed some of the bigger holes (i.e. the whole auto-mounting of disk images that launched applications), I thought things were fine. Then, I downloaded a few .dmgs and .tar.gz files with Safari 2.0. Every freaking time I download an application, […]

QotD: Widgets

Question: Of the available widgets (Apple's or otherwise), which do you like most? Please provide links if they're not default. My Answer: The weather, calculator, and conversion widgets are my favorites, all Apple-supplied. I've yet to find any other widgets worth keeping. I did download a Hula Girl widget, didn't like it, and deleted the […]

Tiger Passwords

In less than a day working with Tiger, I've noticed one annoying thing: I sure as heck have to put my Keychain password in a lot more frequently. Safari, PulpFiction, Adium, and Entourage seem to ask for my password every time I ask them to do something. Perhaps this will quiet down in the next […]

Guess the Google

I've played a few games of Guess the Google, and it's a nice niche-time activity. You know, those two minute blocks you have between activities. I've seen some of the same arrays of pictures a few times and still can't guess the word. My high score is 289. With 10 questions and a maximum score […]

I don't remember reading that Apple had moved away from PDF as the default screen capture, but every time I capture a screen in Tiger I get a PNG. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, but I do know I don't remember reading about it.

I'd like to do a nightly backup from one hard drive to another. For years, I've used psync to do this, but it tends to leave empty folders on the destination disk where applications used to be. It was as simple as this: /usr/local/bin/psync -d -q / /Volumes/DiskTwo