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Chimera Bugs and Site Mods

I totally changed some things about this site today. I sat, frustrated, for about five hours after the design was done due to some weird ass bug in Chimera (and, as it turns out, Mozilla itself). The bug is simple: view my December 2002 archives and look at the black 1-pixel border that should go around all the "white stuff."

Instead, the bug causes the black line to draw upwards through the red area at the top, here, and fails to draw it at some places along the white area (not at other points though). The bug is tied to how long some lines (from various posts - for instance the "Miami-Dade" line from my Waiters post) are. Changing font sizes (via Chimera, not in source) does not fix the bug... but modifying the entry to remove some plain old text (even if it's a bunch of  's or "blah blah blah") fixes the bug.

WTF?

Anyway, further changes will be coming shortly. It's pretty boring as it is right now... so we'll see what i can do to spice it up a little.

Microsoft Longs for Longhorn

Two articles, this one and this one talk about Microsoft's Longhorn. Apparently (go figure) it's run into some problems. The second article mentions the fact that thousands of engineers are working on Longhorn. Thousands. I guess each is responsible for writing their own major bug, with incentives going to those who take the time to wrote two or more… 😉

At any rate, moving the filesystem to a database (would there still be "files" per se? I dunno) has proven more difficult than they initially expected. Maybe we'll find out in 200…8?

ISTP

Apparently I'm an ISTP. My "Meyer-Briggs" personality type, anyway. I encourage you to check out your own type at that link...

As to ISTPs, well:

People of this type tend to be: logical, pragmatic, and matter of fact; quiet, unassuming, and autonomous; realistic, pragmatic, and aloof; impulsive and curious about the physical world; flexible and resourceful; objective and unemotional. The most important thing to ISTPs is the freedom to act independently and follow their impulses.

2003 Predictions

Not mine, but from TextIsm come some 2003 predictions, including:

JUNE In a coffee shop, a woman with a BA in English will admit her affection for J.R.R. Tolkien, causing her companion, whom she will just have met after a lengthy exchange via an online dating service, to glaze over and think about dinner, which he will consume alone.

Happy New Year

I guess my plan to go to bed at 11 o'clock failed.</2002> It's just as well… I got Cocoa Dev Central moved to MovableType as well.

How to Win at Scrabble

Gotta keep this in mind for the next time I play... (source)

According to Craig Rowland, Scrabble in North America recognizes five words which, if spelled over two triple-word score squares, and with a premium-scoring tile on the double-letter score square, will award the player 392 points on a single play. These five words are: OXAZEPAM, BEZIQUES, CAZIQUES, MEZQUITS, and MEZQUITE.

John Chew says that OXYPHENBUTAZONE is the highest-scoring word known under American tournament Scrabble rules (OSPD+MWCD). It can score 1778 under suitably contrived circumstances listed and credited in the Scrabble FAQ.

Einstein’s Theory… In Four-Letter Words

Are you in a boy band, incapable of understanding words longer than a syllable or two? Can't quite grok the meaning of a sentence that does not end with "oooh baby?" Or do you just have a really short attention span. Either way, this page will teach you Einstein's Theory of Relativity using words no longer than four letters! Quick... run (at the speed of light if possible) to this article and check it out:

You know all the ways you can move, here. You have your up-and-down, and you have your east-and-west, and you have your fore-and-back. Well, Herb had said, we want to add one more way here: time. Yeah, time as just one more way to move in. Four ways, all told. And now Herb and old Al said, "Let's take a look at what we can do when we look at here as a four-way here. Like, what if this four-way here can be bent? We don't mean that what is in a four-way spot gets bent: what if the very spot gets bent?" Some of us said, "You two have got bent, is more like it." But they said, "Ha. Get a load of this."

Catch Me if You Can

Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. flew for Pan Am, was a practicing pediatrician in Georgia, a sociology professor at BYU, and an assistant state attorney in Louisiana for years, without graduating from high school. he was a con man, a check forger, and went by several names (Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, Robert Monjo, etc.). The FBI collared him after listing him on their Most Wanted list (the youngest person to be so listed), threw him in jail, then hired him to help combat check fraud and other white collar crimes.

Chuq on Spam Blacklists

Chuq has a little post that fairly vividly describes the place in which any responsible 'net user should regard spam blacklists: as unethical, amoral, and perhaps illegal acts.

I've written on spam a few times in the past:

Spam needs to stop. Blacklists stop legitimate users more than they stop spammers. That ain't right.

Crufty UI… Or Not

There's an interesting article here on le blog de Matthew Thomas that talks about "interface cruft." Unfortunately, I don't quite agree with all of his ideas, but his article did what I consider as the primary purpose of a good article: it sparked a lot of thought in me, the reader (and in him, the writer, I imagine).

“That’s the WHOLE Computer?”

Me: I'm always amazed at how many people think that "wow, that's the whole computer?" when they see the iMac
Josh: i like the people who thought the cube was a subwoofer
Me: These same people are not amazed by laptops, yet, "wow, it's all in THAT tiny thing?" is their response to the iMac. Reality distortion field is right...

Another Patent: Color-Changing Computers?

Apple, like any technology company, always applies for patents. They get hundreds granted to them every year (rightfully or not). Regardless, this little patent is interesting, and so far, has an interesting thread of comments. I just wonder, given that your computer would try to be the same general color as your desktop, if people would complain that their hardware was too slow due to unnecessary Aqua "eye candy."

NSLog Now “CC”ed

This site is now under a "Creative Commons" license. Anyone is allowed to reproduce my content so long as:

  • they attribute the work to me
  • they use it noncommercially
  • their content should be shared similarly

This is all explained here. In other words, I chose the license that protects most of my rights under normal copyright law (I guess). Of course, this will do nothing more or less to stop people from stealing my content and not following these rules, but... I'll give the CC folks my tiny shred of support. I may even look to apply the license to other sites, like Cocoa Dev Central and so on...

stevenf on HipTop

Steven of Panic has blogged his HipTop wish list. Among the ideas listed, I've already put the iSync support (via Bluetooth or the USB cable) on my own list. However, his sixth idea is absolutely awesome: SSH access. Yeah, that'd rock. Wow... Assuming you could stay connected regularly, of course 🙂 . I wonder where the SDK is... (BTW, Steven's mini-review is here, and worth a read too.)

Don’t Lose My Number

Phil Collins sings, "Billy don't lose my number." Soon, Phil will be able to switch wireless carriers - or even switch from a land line to a wireless phone - without losing his own number. Here's the article, and here's a quote:

But starting Nov. 24, 2003, most of the United States' 135 million wireless subscribers will be able to keep their cell-phone numbers even if they switch carriers.

The FCC's mandate forces carriers in the 100 largest urban areas to support wireless local number portability (PDF), which also lets wireless customers keep their numbers if they switch from a wire-line to a wireless carrier.

This is good news for consumers. I've only ever given out my home phone number, and I simply forward calls to my cell phone when I'm out of the house. I was very glad to keep my Bellsouth-assigned (561) number when I switched to MCI's "The Neighborhood" plan. Had I not been able to do that, well… that would have been the end of that idea.

This article goes on to talk about how this will eliminate a major barrier to switching, but fails to mention another: plans. Most cell phone plans are still yearly, are they not, with fairly large cancellation fees? Surely that's a good reason (restriction) to not switch.