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Archive for November, 2005

Blockbuster vs. Netflix

A friend of mine was using Netflix but has switched to Blockbuster's rental service. For those who have tried both, which do you like and why? I don't see much difference at face value: both are $17.99 for 3-at-a-time rentals.

QotD: Stupid Programming

Question: Guess how long I stared at this before I found the problem? How long did it take you? My Answer: for($j=0; $j<count($dealers); $j++); { if($dealers[$j]['state'] == $state) $dealers_in_state[] = $dealers[$j]; } The answer (highlight to read): [Took me about 20 minutes. For some reason I had it stuck in my head that $dealers wasn't […]


I used AJAX today. This tutorial helped. I cheated, though. My data is fetched from a PHP script. I didn't want to create and return valid XML because parsing is such a PITA, so my PHP script just returns a big ol' HTML string. Then I use the request's responseText instead of parsing the responseXML. […]

After Apple

A pal of mine has set up a site for former or ex-Apple employees (it depends on how you look at it) at I have yet to sign up as all of my Apple associates are either friends that still work for Apple, former co-workers I don't care to talk to, or former co-workers […]

The Game Room Project

Tomorrow, Carey and I are going to do something we should have done awhile back: get set up with the Millcreek teacher's credit union. We'll have her checks direct deposited in there and essentially attempt to pretend that we're a single-income family (mine). Then, if we build the game room, we'll have a credit union […]

Security Update Got Me Again

Dammit. You'd think I'd learn. Saft and Security Updates don't go well together. Duh!!! Here's to hoping this SAFT update doesn't quite take 12 hours as the last one did. Here's also to hoping that I have a tiny bit more patience when the next security update is released.

QotD: Building

Question: How good are you at building physical creations? My Answer: Eh. Give me Legos and I'm pretty good. Not so much with other things of medium or complex difficulty. You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Still Cannot Purchase iTunes

I still cannot purchase anything from the iTunes Music Store. I continue to get the same error message. I have to go to Tam O'Shanter today to meet with the pro down there for some work I'm doing for a golf company and was interested in buying an audio book. I submitted a support request […]

The Whole ‘Forgivness’ Thing

One of the things that's always bugged me most about common forms of Christianity is the whole concept of forgiveness. It bugs me that I can attempt to lead a good life, do so, and yet find myself in the company of a mass murderer who somehow "finds God" on Death Row and repents or […]

Broadband Tuner 1.0

From Apple: The installer increases the default values for the size of the TCP send and receive buffers. With larger buffers more data can be in transit at once. A startup configuration file is also updated so that these changes will persist across restarts. I haven't checked speeds before and after, but I'm surprised the […]

Steelers -13, Colts 20something

Die, Bill Cowher, die. Take the majority of the rest of the coaching staff with you.

Mario KartFest 2K5 vs. Steelers

I'm not sure why I ever thought that I could participate in Mario Kartfest 2K5 - the Steelers play Monday Night Football tonight. Duh! Sorry. I'll catch the next one, though.

Jon Evans asked me in this post on "the 'feed://' protocol" what browsers were misunderstanding the "feed:/" prefix. It turns out none of them are: the feed protocol seems to be misunderstood by feed readers written in Java. Every attempt (and there were a few hundred since I disabled the RedirectMatch) to access or […]

QotD: 9 to X and What Else

Question: Look back over the previous 9 to X QotDs: have I missed anything lost in the 9 to X transition? My Answer: I know of a few, but they border on being small things, like "the purely spatial Finder." Still, if you can think of something, I'll put up similar "9 to X" questions […]

Billiards/Pool on the Internet

Carey and I are (eventually) considering adding a game room over our garage. The house was built to do just this. When I get an idea in my head, I tend to run with it. I obsess a little bit and do a lot of research, typically online. I prefer forums because I can ask […]