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Archive for October, 2012

I paid the $20 extra to remove "special offers" on my Kindle Paperwhite and was disappointed to see the bottom half of my screen taken up with stuff like this: Fortunately, others complained and apparently Amazon may "fix" this in a future firmware update. For now I've disabled the Kindle Store on my Kindle PW, […]

Skewed Views of Science

Disc Golf on ESPN

It's barely 25 seconds long and has commercials running over top of it for most of the segment, but the disc golfers on some forums are pumped that their "sport" has achieved "recognition." 🙂 P.S. I agree that it's a sport. I don't agree that this is really "recognition," though for them, right now, this […]

eBook DRM Removal Tools

Just bookmarking this page for later. I've got the Paperwhite coming and this kind of stuff may come in handy at some point to keep books I have purchased.

Earlier today my brother-in-law Brandon and I ventured out into the cold and rain to check out a few possible disc golf course locations. We found what we consider a GREAT location in North East. The full name is "The North East Township Community Conservation Park" or "NETCCP" as an acronym. We walked and measured […]

Earlier today in prepping my Mac Pro for sale, after I'd de-authorized the computer in iTunes and after I thought I'd turned off iCloud syncing ((Obviously I hadn't.)), I inadvertently selected all of my contacts in Address Book and deleted them. Almost instantly ((Seriously, has iCloud EVER worked this fast when you wanted it to?)) […]

October 2012 SpamSieve Stats

I last posted about this back in 2009, I think. Here are the updated numbers… Filtered Mail 337,649 Good Messages 470,361 Spam Messages (58%) 157 Spam Messages Per Day SpamSieve Accuracy 1,396 False Positives 3,705 False Negatives (73%) 99.4% Correct Corpus 11,991 Good Messages 14,656 Spam Messages (55%) 1,145,282 Total Words Rules 34 Blocklist Rules […]

Selling My 2006 Mac Pro

I'm selling my 23" Cinema Display and my Mac Pro (Facebook link). Mac Pro + 23" Cinema Display for Sale Mac Pro (2006): • 2 x 3 GHz Dual Core Xeon Processors • 10.7.5 installed (latest available OS it can run) • 13 GB RAM • Dual SuperDrives • 4 500 GB Drives Included (and […]

BusyCal 2.0? No, Back to Calendar.

BusyCal 2.0 is out. It's a $29.99 UPGRADE. Yeah. A year or two or three ago, I used (and enjoyed) BusySync and BusyCal. It synchronized my calendar with my wife's, and worked quite nicely where iCal came up short. But with iCloud, Calendar in Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) works well enough. About the […]

A Sporting Life has named The Sand Trap one of the five best golf blogs on the Intertubes. We agree! Thanks to A Sporting Life for the recognition. We appreciate it!

Gary Carter is said to have invented the phrase "F-Bomb." The funny thing is I remember the game he's talking about. I was (and still am) a Pirates fan.

I'd heard this story, and knew it to be true, but I didn't know until today that there was a video about it: You can buy your own disc with a dude's ashes (the "father" of disc golf) right here. $200 gets you a driver and a putter.

Jeff Bezos Advice

He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today. Good advice from the Beez. Inability to change your […]

Skyfall Theme Song

I'm looking forward to Skyfall. November 9. I've made a reminder in my calendar. 🙂

I've been saying this for years. Here are some stats to back that up. Ouch.