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Archive for November, 2007

No iPhone Hacking for Me

You know, since "switching" to AT&T from CellularOne, I haven't felt the need to hack my iPhone (like this tutorial for installing apps on 1.1.2). Not even a little bit. It's just so much hassle for very little real gain. I'm perfectly content to wait to see what might be possible come February '08, and […]

Today the Time-Warner technician came to the house to look into the slow, dodgy Internet connection I've had for the past few months. The first thing we did was provision a new modem. I owned my old one and I own the new one. The old one was a Motorola Surfboard 4100. Though it still […]

Microsoft Points

I just read the Wikipedia entry on Microsoft Points. I remember hearing quite awhile ago that they'd chosen the point values so that you were always likely to have some left over that you'd want to use - I believe that referred to their music service. The Wikipedia entry makes a compelling argument that it […]

It's been a few months since Time Warner took over from Adelphia in servicing my area. In that time, we've paid $59.95/month: $45.95 for basic cable Internet service, $17 for "Premium" service, and -$3.00 for owning our own cable modem (I've had this particular modem since I lived in Florida!). I had been assuming that […]

Zip File QuickLook Plugin

Something Apple should have bundled with the system: a QuickLook plugin that lets you peek inside zip files. Nice.

If you have an Xbox Live account (my "gamertag" appears in the right-hand column, currently), please be aware that Microsoft is set to thoroughly abuse your privacy and the privacy of your friends: After the software update to Xbox in early December, you will be able to meet new friends by browsing the Friends lists […]

iPhone == AirTunes

The thought occurs to me that the device I first talked about in January has come about in terms of hardware: it's an iPhone (or an iPod Touch). ((Yeah yeah, it's a little bigger than an iPod Shuffle-sized version, which I still think would sell (a Shuffle with WiFi, that is), but that's okay.)) It's […]


Just a link for my own future knowledge. Thanks Alex. And no doubt my arm would be tired if I had to write the above out.

Shift-cmd-F is a handy keyboard shortcut for finding items by name. Though the UI gets a little messed up (("Contents" is selected with "Name Contains" provided as a constraint.)), the concept still works. You can type "Pages" and find your Pages app, Pages documents, and even WhitePages.framework. But hit shift-cmd-F and type in "loginit" to […]

My brother-in-law came over last night and we played Mario Strikers (for Wii) for most of the evening, then jumped into a little Wii Sports. I had previously imported Brandon's Mii character onto my Wii, so he played as his Mii in bowling, tennis, and so on. Unfortunately, though Brandon is a "pro" bowler at […]

Roundabout with AT&T

In the mail today I got a pair of envelopes from AT&T. I thought they were the rebate forms for the two RAZRs we have on our three-member Family Talk plan. I had previously noticed online that two of our accounts had the Roadside Assistance ($2.99) on it. I called and had that removed a […]


True or false: you can accurately measure the size of the geek by the size of his cable collection? I would have to say true. I don't have much basis for comparison, but since I've spent three hours organizing cables and still have an hour or two to go, well, yeah…

Black Friday Sale(s)

Cynical Peak is offering 33% off of its products - Cyndicate and Scorecard - today only. It's "Black Friday" after all. Details are available here, but in short, it's your chance to pick up a copy of either for $19.95. Carey woke up early (3am!) to get to Kohl's, which opened at 4am, and then […]

Kindle Up in Smoke?

Does anyone think Amazon's Kindle is a good idea? Anyone at all? Update: Yup.


Based on the comments of others, I picked up a license to Connect360 for connecting the Xbox 360 to the Mac (or vice versa). I played some songs and videos last night and it worked beautifully. However, I'm a bit disappointed that movies aren't sorted into folders as they are on my hard disk. This […]