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Archive for January, 2010

So a few months ago I ran out of the Mexican Coke some people kindly mailed to me. It was great, and I saved it for special occasions. I drank it a little faster towards the end since it was just starting to get flat, but the 36 (I think) bottles I received were yum […]

Last POP User in the World

I have two confessions to make. First, I use Entourage for email. I almost never open Word or Excel, but I use (and quite like) Entourage. Second, I use POP. Really don't like IMAP, though it's a weak opinion since I've not used it very much. From 2003 (yeah, I know), this just about captures […]

In Need of a New Avatar

For about a year or so I've used the old Rivet icon1 as my "avatar" in a lot of places. It was an icon I was proud of, as the idea for the software, the name, the icon, and so on were my own. If you didn't know what it was, it still looked like […]

Organs from an Inmate

I read this article about Christian Longo in Esquire. Naturally, I was struck by the gruesomeness of his crimes and can't begin to imagine how someone can be so screwed up in the head, but I was also struck by his new mission. The GAVE project seeks to change the way in which we kill […]

Ten Years of Mac OS X

Can you believe it's been ten years? You look at screenshots of Mac OS X Public Beta (or earlier versions) and you think "Holy shit, that's ugly." But at the time it was a breath of fresh air. I jumped on Mac OS X as soon as I could. I ran developer previews. I got […]

Looking at a Pellet Gun

For a few months I've been looking at getting a pellet gun. It'd be fun to shoot little targets in the basement. I used to do this from time to time as a kid, and it seems the same exact pellet guns are still for sale: the venerable Crosman Pumpaster 760 and the American Classic […]

Some Small Self Improvement

I'm proud of myself right now. I'm sure the feeling will fade soon enough, but for now, and at least the next 4.3 seconds, I'm proud of myself. I teased someone about something recently - I typically only tease people I like - and he completely misinterpreted what I was saying and got quite upset […]

Yawn. The Apple Tablet?

So everyone's predicting we'll see the Apple tablet in about two weeks. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Put me in the pessimist's group all you want, but I don't see myself buying anything that's been predicted thus far. Everything that's been talked about thus far basically guesses that the tablet will be something between an iPhone and a MacBook […]

Erie (where I live) just enacted a cell phone ban that requires handsfree operation (or no operation) of cell phones while driving. It's a secondary offense, meaning that a cop can't pull you over just for the use of a cell phone while driving, but I imagine that if they want to make an example […]

Netflix and the 28-Day Wait

So apparently Netflix is going to wait 28 days before making Warner Brothers movies available to its subscribers: Netflix's 11 million subscribers will have to wait nearly an extra month to rent the latest movies by Warner Bros. Under an agreement announced today, Netflix's DVD-by-mail service won't send out Warner Bros.' latest DVD and Blu-ray […]

Did Obama Lie?

Where are those public, televised healthcare negotiations Obama promised? I didn't vote for Obama. I voted for John McCain, though primarily for the same reasons that I voted for Bush the second time - because I disliked the other guy more. I resented the outright smugness that some (most?) Obama supporters exhibited. The guy's turned […]

Today I got an email from DirecTV telling me that their prices were going up. Yippee? I've been a DirecTV user since 2001 in Florida. At the time, I even subscribed to the NFL package (which, then, was $199 and which now costs roughly ten times as much) because I didn't want to watch Dolphins […]

Yeah, yeah, so I wasn't exactly forthcoming in my previous post, but that's the point: I was trying to hint at something, not come right out and tell everyone. Rivet - Cynical Peak's software for streaming movies, music, and photos from your Mac to your Xbox 360 and/or PS3 - has been sold and transferred […]

I'm starting to regret re-doing my home network. Don't get me wrong - when things work, they're great. When they don't work, well, not only do they not work but they don't even make sense most of the time. I'll briefly describe my simplified home setup. My cable modem is hooked directly to the outside […]

2008 and 2009 Blog Stats

As I did for 2006 and 2007 (but not in 2008, it seems), here are the results of my 2009 blogging. 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- Posts 379 403 493 560 940 993 1335 68 Avg. Length 891 1047 994 925 824 1023 1195 […]