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Archive for January, 2010

Adobe Reader – Bye Bye

I launched Adobe Photoshop and was told - for the umpteenth time in the past few weeks - that Adobe Updater wanted to update Adobe Reader. Instead, I deleted everything with "adobe" and "reader" in the filename. Let's see what problems that causes…

TV News Parody

It's truly horrifying how accurate this is.

Y'know, I think I wish there was a setting. The raw MP4 file uploaded to YouTube for this video is 9.2 MB. The raw video as pulled from my iPhone via the sync cable is 71.2 MB. That's just a wee bit more compression than I'm happy with… I think that, in the future, I'll […]

More on iPad

Some quotes followed by brief commentary. My Box of Cruft: Remember way back to January 2007, when the iPhone was announced? Oh Internets, you wailed and gnashed your teeth endlessly. No 3G network? No MMS? No apps on the iPhone? No replaceable battery? Oh, your complaints were endless. You were sure that the iPhone was […]

I like to host little group chats using the AIM network. Today's was in the "AppleTablet" room. If I had known what was to come I'd have told everyone to join the "ZzzzzzzzzzPad" room or something. The full entry contains the text from the chat.

If you'd like to sign up to be considered for inclusion in the semi-public DSLRU beta period, which will begin on February 15, 2010, please head on over to to sign up. The official site is and will be at, but for now - the old name for the site - has […]

Apple Tablet for Magazines

I've been rather… let's go with "blasé" about the Apple Tablet to date. I own a Kindle and find that it's a perfectly good way to read books. It doesn't need charged frequently because the e-Ink screen sucks up so little power. It's small, light, etc. But it's not a good way to read anything […]

Making Time for Reading

I've been busy lately so I haven't made time for reading like I normally do. I considered setting aside time specifically for reading - say, 10pm to 11pm every night - but somehow I don't see that lasting too long. I lose track of time later at night when I'm working and I doubt I […]

Barocky Road

From a friend: In honor of the 44th President of the United States, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: "Barocky Road." Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and is surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an […]

Buying a Tablet on January 27th?

{democracy:65} Heh. I asked on November 10, 2009 if anyone still cared about the Apple tablet: Does anyone still truly care about an Apple Tablet? Either it'll be an underpowered computer running Mac OS X or it'll be an oversized iPhone or iPod Touch running mobile OS X, right? Originally I thought it might be […]

Science and Golf

For decades, the PGA manual of instruction said that a golf ball, when struck, started "on the line of the swing path and then curved back to where the clubface was pointed." Common sense tells you this makes little sense: how could a ball rebound off a clubface anything but square? Sure, the ball is […]

A Video Camera for Sports

For a few years now I've wanted a video camera that can record decent video at a high framerate and a good resolution. About a year ago I bought a Kodak Zi6 and liked it. The Zi6 does 720p at 60 frames per second. It works, but it could be a whole lot better. My […]

Cyndicate Style

I had ten minutes to kill so I put together a Cyndicate style that resembles the look of The Sand Trap. You can download it here. Work on Cyndicate 2.0 continues. We've shipped a few alphas that speed things up and remove some memory leaks.

It's always embarrassing when something like this shows up on such a main-stream site, isn't it? I've gotta remember to check out the CBS site on Friday to watch this CSI because some golfers make cameos and my two DVRs are recording too many things at 9:00, so I won't be able to record it. […]


In Taco Bell the other day I saw a sign about how a woman had lost 55 pounds or something over the span of two years by - if you failed to read the smaller print - eating at Taco Bell for lunch. I forget the name of the low-fat or low-calorie foods Taco Bell […]