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December 19, 2003

Boring Geeky Stuff

Lizzie and I have been kicking around the idea of gifting each other with MP3 players this year. After much research, Ipod seems to be the way to go. Especially for a Mac user like me. The mac community just doesn't have many options when it comes to MP3 players.

So I did further research... my crusty 6 year old Mac G3 350 B&W is only running OS9.2 right now. Mostly because thats what all my software is geared for. It works fine and I have no problems with it. The catch? The latest generation of Ipods for Macsrequire OSX! Crud... I really don't want to be booting in OSX all the time. The "Classic" environment just doesn't work efficiently. Not on my system anyway. So what to do...

My friend Dave Z. had the solution (as he so frequently does)... get a second internal hard drive, install OSX on that, and only boot up in it when you want to use it with the IPod. So I ran out today, found a good deal on a 40 Gb drive, and theoretically I'm back in business. Of course I have no time to do the installation to see if it'll work. I've got way too much photo work to do before we leave for the holidays and can't risk making a mistake and blowing all my time fixing it.

I really WANT to install it, just to see if it'll work the way I think it will. I need to be more patient.

January 7, 2004

Insanely Great

Yesterday, at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, Apple announced their new line of Ipods Minis. They are physically about a half inch smaller in length and width than their predecessors, come in a variety of pastel colors, and only hold 4 gigs. At a price tag of $250, I can't think of a single reason that anyone would go for this deal. For an extra $50, you can get a regular Ipod with 15gb of storage... that works out to a more than 3.5 times as many songs (1000 vs. 3700 according to Apple). So maybe it's a half inch bigger and doesn't come in different colors with a silly spandex arm band... So what? I'll be interested to see whether that takes off, or whether they just drop the price to something more reasonable.

All this brings up the real point of this post... the 15 gig Ipod. When I heard this was announced yesterday, I felt ill. Just few weeks ago, we got the 10 gig Ipod as a Christmas/Birthday gift to each other... for exactly the same price as the new 15 gig version. I figured that we were out of luck, until my friend Zubby suggested trying to exchange it. He even called the Apple Store and asked if it would be possible. To our surprise, Apple Dude said, "Sure. No problem. You just have to pay a $30 restocking fee." An extra 5 gigs of space for $30 sounded pretty okay to me...

After work I rushed home, grabbed Lizzie and the hardware, and headed for the mall in Cambridge. The moment we got into the car, the previously quiet skies immediately started to dump a blizzard of snow on us. It was so strange... an instant white out. I started to drive in it and turned back, thinking no Ipod was worth dying for. We blamed Steve Jobs and his Weather Machine. He was clearly trying to prevent us from obtaining our upgrade. Fortunately, he must have been running his weather machine on an old Ipod battery, because within 10 minutes the storm had ended almost as quickly as it began. We proceeded to the Mall.

We walked into the Galleria ornery and itchin' for a fight. I was already over tired and starving, and was convinced that nothing good could actually come of all this. Wrong! The Insanely Great sales guy really took care of us and was very friendly about the whole thing. Go Apple!

We celebrated with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Speaking of which, their leftover meat loaf is calling me to lunch... So thus ends my tale.


Addendum: I just got a call from my dear friend Meryl!!! She was calling from the airport in Bangkok, where she had just arrived after fleeing a bad teaching job in the armpit of China. She and her boy Gary headed to greener pastures and tropical paradise in Thailand. She says there is plenty of work for them there, so they won't have a problem finding employment. Go Meryl! It was really good to hear her voice.

April 13, 2004

Germs and Spams

I'm battling a nasty cold that has left me foggy and useless. My manager is telling me to go home... I'm just trying to hang in for a 2pm meeting concerning a project I'm working on. After that, I'll probably bail out and head home.

I've finally become fed up with my email spam situation... I've started investigating some spam-filtering options for my Mac. Right now, it looks like the best solution will be Eudora 6.1 (with SpamWatch), If that doesn't work well enough, I can always add on SpamSieve later. Hopefully that will save me from of the frustration of the 150 or so spams a day that I'm currently receiving.

Anyone have other suggestions for someone working in a Mac environment?

July 13, 2004

Macworld is a lonely and desolate planet...

I just came back from spending a few hours wandering around the Macworld Expo down at the new Boston Convention Center. It was a little disappointing. While there where a few interesting gadgets and doodads, there was nothing that really knocked my socks off. I'm sure that Apple's decision not to participate in the Boston Macworld had a great deal to do with that. After all, what is Macworld without... well... Macs? Apple going AWOL seemed to have cut the legs out from under the Expo. Adobe was also notably absent. I heard that Microsoft was supposed to have a booth, but if they did, I must have missed it. Without many heavy hitters, there just wasn't a lot to hold my attention. Some of the speakers and presentations sounded interesting, but also mostly theoretical. A lot of "someday soon" this and "just on the horizon" that. Not nearly enough "wow" in the "here" and "now".

It wasn't a complete loss though. I walked away with a giant stack of free magazines, a felt-bottomed coaster made out of a speech recognition CD, and a cool pen that lights up blue when you click it. How great is that? Insanely great! Or not. My company gave me a free pass and paid me to spend the morning there. I feel bad that I didn't come back with any information that would be even remotely useful or interesting to my department, but I tried... honest!

November 9, 2004

Mastah Chief!

Last night on my way home from the Salem train station, it started to snow. Not very much and only for a few minutes, but it was definitely snow. I'm actually looking forward to the snow this year. I know it's going to provide new challenges for my commute, but I can only imagine how beautiful the beach at Winter Island must be in January.

In geek news, my copy of Halo 2 has shipped and is somewhere between Ohio and Boston. I'm all giddy... It's sort of the video gaming equivalent of a new Harry Potter novel. Wow. Did I just say that? I am a huge geek.

September 9, 2006


I think I actually fixed the problem... either that or I broke it in some way that will come back to haunt me later. I really need to learn more perl scripting. I really like the new interface for this blogging software. Much more user-friendly. Of course you can't see that right now, because I haven't changed the template at all. I'll play with it more this weekend.

April 30, 2007

Baby's First Robot

We spent Saturday at Beth and Paul's place, being swarmed by pugs, hanging out with friends, and playing with their new Wii. While Alex thought the Wii was kinda cool, what really impressed him was the ROBOT! He found the power button on their Roomba vacuum cleaning robot and was hooked. Alex loves robots.

Thanks for the video, Paul!

It was great to see everyone there, especially Chris and Margaret, who were visiting from the UK.

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