Archive for January, 2005

Tag, I’m it.

A question asked has been answered. I love the web.

(Also, another piece from Whore24 at The City Slums, a graf site focused on the scene in the Northwest.)

Congratulations are in order, this order

This is a few days overdue, but, congrats to Kelli and Chris on their new baby boy, Dillon!

Lake couple Flickr set

As suggested by Paul: a Flickr set of couples making out outside my office.

Canceling efax

Today I cancelled my trial efax account (the one I signed up for with the FreeMiniMac deal). Man oh man, talk about a persistent support guy. This guy would not let me off the hook easily.

Ryan: I realize you have to go through the whole “convince the customer to stay on” thing, but please go ahead and cancel my account now. Thanks. :)

The full chat, for your enjoyment.

Oh snow.

I was a bit disappointed with only getting four inches of snow this weekend, but hey… it looks nice and wasn’t terribly difficult to deal with. I’m flabbergasted that some schools in the area are closed. Of course, they opened schools two hours late a few weeks ago because it was too chilly. What the heck is that about? First of all, it was 30, which is not cold if it’s winter time. Second of all, if your buses can’t handle 30 degree weather, methinks you need some better buses.

Saturday morning I got up to work at the farm. It was butt ass cold (somewhere in the teens), but the snow had just barely started to fall when I left the house at 8am. Only one other volunteer showed up, so I earned my stripes freezing my extremities while cleaning out the pig barn. My Underarmour Cold Gear shirt worked wonderfully, but it became quite clear that I need to consider some better gloves (I was wearing two pair) and boots for outdoor winter work.

The remainder of the weekend was spent lazily hanging out around the house, doing a little web work, some reading, some cooking, a very short bit of shoveling (I cleared our small area faster manually than my neighbor did with his snowblower), watching football, and cursing over my PC’s way-too-frequent BSODs.

Here’s to hoping for a more eventful snowstorm in the near future. Philly, NY, and Boston, I’ve gotta say… I’m somewhat jealous. (Well, maybe not of Boston…)

Self-imposed creative restrictions

And Haughey spoke thusly:

I see that there is now a whole website devoted to the Mac mini and I realized why I have a bit of my own enthusiasm for the small unit and why I think my friends all want one, even though they’ve got more powerful computers already on their desktops: People like limits.

I’m in perfect agreement with Matt on this one. In fact, I’ve made the similar argument with relation to two totally different situations: raw food and The Grey Album. Self-imposed restrictions can spark some of the most creative output, and I think that this will prove itself yet again as the MacMini’s increasing fanbase will stretch the machine to its limits in ways no one now could imagine.

(I can’t wait to get mine, hint hint.)

Question for Starbuckers

Does anyone here frequent Starbucks? If so, how much does it cost for, say, an 8 ounce tea (ie. hot water and a tea bag)?

Free MacMini… ah, what the hell.

I’ve always been skeptical of the goofy FreeiPod e-mail thing, but apparently it’s one of those too-good-to-be-true offers that’s actually legit. But, I’ve decided to give it a shot with their new FreeMiniMacs site. The deal: you sign up and if you get them 10 referrals (via e-mail, your blog, etc.) and participate in one “offer” you’ll get a free MacMini shipped to you (even the shipping is free). You don’t need to give your credit card information (though you may need to on your 1 “offer”) and you don’t need to give them other people’s e-mail addresses.

If you’d like to give it a shot, or just help a traditionally “PC Guy” cross over and get a Mac to play around with, follow this link and sign up. A few suggestions:

  1. Set up a special e-mail account for this. I’ve read that there hasn’t been an increase in spam for participating, but it never hurts to be safe. If you want to make it super easy, consider DodgeIt.
  2. I chose efax as my one obligatory offer. It didn’t require anything being shipped, though it did require you to put in a credit card.
  3. Let me know by e-mail if you sign up, just so I can track these and make sure they’re showing up. I’m still skeptical, so I want to track sign ups and make sure they show up on my account page.

MacMini and iPod shuffle notes

The dust has settled a bit after the initial announcement about the new MacMini and the iPod shuffle. My reaction now is pretty much the same as when I first read the specs.

MacMini… What a design. Simplicity and compactness and relatively powerfully technically. From a business perspective, this little unit’s a great idea. People who have resisted Macs because of their higher price tag will bite on this barebones package. I even though for half a minute that, “This might be kind of nice to add to the home network to play around with” before I realized I don’t need to spend $500 on another toy. Sure, there are some problems (will surely be a pain in the ass to expand, even for a Mac; a max of 1 gig memory?; how many people will use the unit to hold their drinks?), but overall, it’s a nice little product and I think that over time people will find some pretty clever uses for it beyond a standard desktop box.

iPod shuffle… On the other side of things, what the hell is this crap? A tiny iPod with no display and whose biggest selling point is, “Your music will be random!” Good God, Apple. It’s already been done and only because this is Apple is this unit even going to get a second glance. Even more than a glance, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if this thing sells big time units.

That said, I actually do use my smaller Nomad for use in the car on a daily basis because it’s a.) small, b.) boots quickly, and c.) transfers files more easily than my old school hard-drive based Nomad (which is still the workhorse for long trips). So yeah, tiny and cheap is nice, but is this really much of an announcement? I would have liked to see something a bit more than a technological rehash that really doesn’t bring anything new to the game.

I suspect as the year goes on, though, and Apple’s commitment to HD starts to infiltrate all their products, we’ll see more of the “media center” idea that’s been talked about and attempted by others. That I’m looking forward to seeing.

Mapping FTP Drives

I remember a few years ago looking for a simple way to map an FTP server to a local drive so instead of having to load up a special application to edit a file on my web site, I could just go to the M: drive, or some such. At the time, though, all the apps I saw cost silly amounts of money for what amounted to a simple FTP client masked as a drive. However, today I did a quick check and came across Novell’s Netdrive (via digital minute), which lets you do exactly what I just described. Plus, it’s free!

At work I’m going to mount a drive where I can store any random personal documents I want to transfer home, rather than keep them on my work drive. At home, I’m going to mount all of the FTP servers I use (!) to allow for easy image transfers (it’s always annoying to have to load up an FTP client, log in, and then transfer the images) and file edits. Good stuff. Ideally, I’d like to store my RSS reader’s data so that I can use the same data set from home and at work to make sure I don’t read the same entires a second time. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out where the heck SharpReader keeps this data… it sure ain’t configurable.