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Kindle Paperwhite Not “Ad-Free”

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:

Kindle Paperwhite

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, which is probably not what Amazon wishes people to do…

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 small thing is bigger than anything they've had for years.

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.

Scouted a Possible Site for a Disc Golf Course in North East, PA

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 with lasers what we consider to be a pretty good set of nine holes that should appeal to novice and intermediate players as well as being challenging enough for better players to enjoy the course as well.

(Click for a larger image or view the image on Facebook.)n

Facebook, Contacts, iCloud, and Mountain Lion

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?)) my two computers and my iPhone lost all of their contact data as the change propagated throughout the iUniverse with blazing speed.

"No problem," I thought. "I'll just use Time Machine, click all of my contacts, and Restore them all."

It turns out that was a big problem, and I had to spend the next several hours manually importing 300 or so contacts one by one.

Read more for some images and a re-telling of the tale of woe.n

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

11,991 Good Messages
14,656 Spam Messages (55%)
1,145,282 Total Words

34 Blocklist Rules
21 Whitelist Rules

Showing Statistics Since
8/24/04 8:00pm

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 installed)
• Apple Keyboard/mouse included

23" Cinema Display
• Recently calibrated
• 1920 x 1200 Resolution
• Includes separate Firewire iSight Camera

Pictures available upon request. For friends, I'll include an Analyzr license (this would make a great machine for in your golf instruction studio).

Make an offer please, including shipping or local pickup/delivery. I have the original boxes for the computer and the display.

BusyCal 2.0? No, Back to Calendar.

BusyCal 2.0 is out. It's a $29.99 UPGRADE.


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 only thing that it doesn't do that I used BusyCal to do is let me determine how long to snooze something when it came up.

Goodbye BusyCal. FWIW, my own personal threshold for this one was about $9.99. $29.99 (times two - my wife and I have separate licenses, of course) just ain't gonna cut it, let alone the $49.99 it will cost after December.

TST Named One of Five Best Golf Blogs

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 Invented “F-Bomb”

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.

Discs with a Dude’s Ashes In ‘Em

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 mind is just stubbornness, and it should not be confused with "drive" or "determination."

Skyfall Theme Song

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

Steelers Defense Vastly Overrated

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