Neil has put together a pretty good check list of things to help with the new MT 3.1x install:
So now that I’ve upgraded I can fill you in on what you should do to make MT 3.1x work fast. I’ve covered some aspects in other entries but I’m repeating them here for the sake of completeness.
On a related note, MT is now using Smarty for both dynamic publishing and caching. Pretty cool. I am glad I did not bail for WordPress when MT 3.0 was released. Reason being I have been using Smarty for bgnews.com for years now as a Digital Partners member. I am very interested how the integration of Smarty into MT will work.
Everyone has his or her favorite movies. These are the films we almost live by, memorizing the script and repeating famous quotes in our daily lives. These are the films that impact us and specific moments are forever cemented in our minds. Welcome to "Jurassic Park."
John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), leasing an island off the coast of Costa Rica, has cloned dinosaurs from ancient DNA and produced a theme park unlike anything else in the world. After a tragic incident involving a worker and one of the re-created inhabitants, a lawyer (Martin Ferrero), two paleontologists (Laura Dern, Sam Neil), and a chaotician (Jeff Goldblum), are brought to the island so they can take the grand tour, proving that the park is safe to wary investors. After a disgruntled employee (Wayne Night) shuts down the park security systems for his own purposes, the tourists are unexpectedly thrust into a battle for survival against creatures no man has ever seen alive.
What can you do when the magic is gone? Hopefully nothing. But when a studio puts out a movie that becomes the highest-grossing film of all time, you just know the sequel is coming at some point. It's just the way the industry works. Steven Spielberg steps behind the camera for the second time in the "Jurassic Park" series, wildly shying away from the book by Michael Crichton, but comes out with an uneven film that fails to recreate the experience of it's predecessor.
After the financial disaster that was Jurassic Park, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) sends a crew to document the second island of the project, Site B, which has flourished without human contact. Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum) is again brought into the mix after his girlfriend Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) leaves early on the expedition. Problems arise when InGen, now out of Hammonds control, decide to bring the thrill of the original park back to San Diego for public viewing. The two groups clash, but soon realize they both have the same objective: Survive.
Yes, I know, 2.0 is so very original. But then so is this template. I was getting tired with a lot of things about my old site template, but I will be bringing parts of it back, don't you worry. I updated to MT 3.11 on my 5 blogs and did not have a hiccup on any of them but the one I have customized the most - Breaking Windows.
Can't call method "id" on an undefined value at lib/MT.pm line 770.
That is the error I get when trying to rebuild. I spend a day trying to figure it out, and MT support, although very responsive, have not been able to give me an answer.
The easiest way is to start over. After all I now have TypeKey on my templates, and I didn't have to do a thing!
I will make small changes here and there, until then the site will be in a little bit of disarray. It is still readable, and everything is here. I imported everything.
Apple's plan to open a Japanese version of its iTunes Music Store could be scuppered on local music companies' fears that its DRM technology, FairPlay, simply isn't restrictive enough...
Existing Japanese digital music services do not support CD burning. They also charge from ¥200 ($1.83) a song - rather more than the Yen equivalent of the US store's $0.99 (¥108) download fee...
Source: The Register
It sounds to me like it sucks being a Japanese digital music lover!
POPFile rocks! Now all I have to do is install this upgrade! I am not quite sure if I have all the needed perl modules for 0.22.0 but if not, its a quick download, Makefile.PL and install. I am excited in seeing the speed improvements, cleaner UI, and the support for NNTP! Once I have it installed I will have a full report on upgrading to 0.22.0 on OS X, as I have done in the past.This version consists of a major update to v0.21.0 with many improvements and bug fixes: 1. History in database We've finally done away with the old method of keeping the message history in a single directory full of files (which was frankly flaky and hard to maintain). Messages are now placed in subdirectories with no more than 256 per directory. History is now moved it into the database along with all the other information that POPFile uses. This change brings two benefits: firstly it's a lot faster than previous versions because we can rely on the SQL database to do searching and sorting for us; secondly, it brings extra flexibility and we now have additional columns available in the history (we now have two time values (the date/time the message was received by POPFile and the date/time in the message header), the From, To, Cc and Subject headers and message size). 2. Switch UI to HTML templates Back in the mists of POPFile time I grafted an HTML interface onto my little Perl script and POPFile was born. Unfortunately that HTML interface had grown into thousands of lines of ugly Perl and HTML interwined. This release completely separates out the HTML from the Perl. This has a number of advantages: firstly, POPFile's code is easier to maintain because it's simpler; secondly, skinning POPFile can now take advantage of the full power of HTML and not just a limited set of classes and lastly it's made it easy to expand the UI, which brings us to...
Michael Eisner said he plans to step down as Walt Disney chief executive when his contract expires in September 2006. Former Disney board members Stanley Gold and Roy Disney, who tried to oust Eisner earlier this year, went on the record in February saying that Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs would make a great choice to run Disney after Eisner. Both Gold and Disney resigned last year in a dispute with Eisner, who has been criticized for numerous company missteps, most recently for not reaching an agreement to extend its partnership with Pixar.
Bye bye Eisner, hello Jobs? I doubt that. I am glad to see Eisner go. Go read SaveDisney.org some time.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A messy legal dispute has developed between a former newspaper carrier and Chicago Cubs owner, the Tribune Co., which mistakenly put $301,000 of a former pro baseball player's salary into the carrier's bank account last year.
The creators of the latest versions of the MyDoom email worm have embedded a secret message inside their code, asking for a job in the anti-virus industry, researchers at Sophos have discovered...
Times must be getting tough for computer virus writers, heh.
PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) -- Nice shootin', Rex!
A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger...
Now that is something I have never heard of. Thanks for the link Brandon.
Michael Crichton is gone. Spielberg dropped down to executive producer. Jeff Goldblum suffered an injury before filming began and dropped out. The script is unfinished when filming starts. "Jurassic Park III" set itself up to be a disaster, but perseverance paid off to create an enjoyable, if lacking, survival movie filled with (yet again) brilliantly designed dinosaurs.... even if they don't fit in with the previous films in the series.
Amanda and Paul Kirby (Tea Leoni and William H. Macy respectively) have lost their child on Isla Sorna, otherwise known as Site B in the Jurassic Park project, after a parasailing incident. Lying to get Alan Grant (Sam Neil) onto a plane for a fly-over in order to search for their son, the group faces a small problem when the pilot botches a take off, leaving them stranded on an island full of the most lethal predators the world has ever seen.
What is MT-Medic you ask? It is a CGI for performing useful MT tasks, such as listing and verifying plugins, resetting passwords and granting blog creation permissions. It also just saved me a lot of grief. I did a stupid thing and nixed permissions to one of my blogs for my login. Bad idea! Thanks to 6A tech support for pointing this gem out. I got the permissions fixed in no time. Great little app to have installed!
The makers of TiVo and ReplayTV digital video recorders have agreed to limit how long consumers can keep pay-for-view movies stored on future versions of the VCR-like devices.
The new technology also will allow Hollywood movie studios and broadcasters to regulate how often movies purchased through pay-for-view services can be watched. Digital video recorders that recognize these new copy restrictions will begin appearing in the spring of 2005. But it could be years before entertainment companies begin to take advantage of the technology, according to ReplayTV President Bernie Sepaniak...
Is this fair, or erosion of more fair-use rights?
(CNN) -- Three years after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, people across the United States and the world paused to remember the 2,973 people who were killed that day...
The ability to do cross-platform development is a strength of Mac OS X, as the UNIX underpinnings make it easy to develop applications on your Mac and port them to other flavors of UNIX for deployment. This article enumerates some of the tools that you can use to develop code on Mac OS X so that you can deploy that code on other UNIX-based platforms, and some things that you'll want to make sure to note before you get started...
Source: Apple Developer Connection
Ubisoft has announced that its new game Myst IV Revelation has gone gold master, the final step before a game enters duplication. The company expects Myst IV to hit store shelves on September 28, 2004. It will be released in hybrid format for Windows and Mac OS X on DVD-ROM for US$39.99 and has been rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB...
It is great to see a new Myst so soon, especially since Uru never made it to the Mac.
Having had some issues to get the dynamic pages up n' running on my WindowsXP/IIS server, I decided to put down the main steps as a short tutorial for you. So, setup your new blog or take your old, upgraded one - I recommend going to MT 3.11, the currently latest version to ensure everything is running perfect.
Source: Lutz-R. Frank
The first few times I saw people worrying that the new dynamic PHP-based publishing in Movable Type 3.1x would mess up their permalinks, and make Google stop loving them, I didn't worry too much about it...
Source: phil ringnalda dot com
It's a shame that the "Rambo" series de-evolved into a cheap knock-off of other countless action movies. Most people write off the first film like they do the sequels. The original is a brutal, vicious, fight for survival against a small town that rejected the Vietnam War hero, based off an even more violent book. "First Blood" is not for the squeamish, but a great way to spend an evening if you don't mind some pretty grim scenes.
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) visits the small town of Hope, trying to find a friend he met in Vietnam. Upon his arrival, he finds his friend is dead (from cancer caused by the war) and is ushered out of town by the local sheriff (Brian Dennehy). Refusing to leave, he is taken in and abused by the authorities. After lashing out, he heads for a forest just outside of town where the battle between the Green Beret and local police force begins.
The "popcorn movie" is a tradition in Hollywood. These are the movies that lack any sort of logic, plot, or believable acting, but are so much fun, you find yourself enjoying them in the anyway. It could be argued that "Rambo II: First Blood" is the original. You'll never see another movie with such a low level of logic produced again anytime soon. But, who cares? It's fun.
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is serving a rather short prison sentence for his crimes in the first film. Recruited by Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna reprising his role), the man who trained him, Rambo is sent back in to Vietnam to see if any P.O.W.s remain. Though told only to photograph, Rambo takes things into his own hands along with Co Bao (Julia Nickson-Soul), learning the truth behind the camp in the process.
First come, first served. Post a comment. The first 6 will get accounts. Good luck!
Just put your email in the email field. Don’t put it in the comment body as MT only spam protects emails in the email field.
I will close comments after I have 6 requests.
Only 4 more left!
I do not want to see how many bookmarks in OW 5 are updated. I have quite a large number of RSS feeds setup in OW 5 now, and that number on the Dock Icon can get pretty big. I also do not right-click the OW 5 Dock Icon to view the RSS feeds I have setup. I sent an email to the OW list and got the answer to my question from Brendan Sweeney. So thanks Brendan.
Now I think to turn the Dock Icon feature on and off, there should be a check box in the Bookmarks section of the OW 5 preferences, but alas all we can do is open up the Terminal and type (or paste):
defaults write com.omnigroup.OmniWeb5 ShowUpdatedBookmarksInDockIcon -bool false
According to Variety, the trademark dispute between Apple Computer and Apple Corps (which is owned by the Beatles) could end up costing the Mac maker a pretty penny. The publication said that an out of court settlement could be imminent and that it will "massively dwarf" the US$26.5 million Apple paid to the Beatles in 1991 over trademark use. One lawyer told Daily Variety, "People are expecting this to be the biggest settlement anywhere in legal history, outside of a class action suit. The numbers could be mind boggling."
What the hell is the point? Why wasn't the US$26.5 million enough? Because lawyers are a** holes. And everyone is this world is sue-happy.
Ahh, The Joy of Tech is always a good laugh.
I consider myself a classic gamer. I wasn't really old enough when the first big boom hit back in the early 80's, but once the NES was available, it was over for me. Now, even today, I'm still playing the consoles of that era. Whenever people ask the simple question of "Why?" the answer is simple: Limitations.
Let us use the example of my all-time favorite game for this experiment, "Samurai Shodown II" on the Neo Geo. For those who don't know, this is a one-on-one fighting game much like Capcom's famous "Street Fighter" series. The difference? It's actually more limited.
Unlike the combo system of "Street Fighter," this is a game that restricts what the player can do, but it's all for the sake of a better game. Landing a hit on a skilled opponent, particularly the slower and hence more powerful ones, is a true accomplishment. You feel it. The game actually slows down for a brief second so a player knows his accomplishment. In "Street Fighter," you can land a hit and then follow it with many more in rapid fashion. "Samurai Shodown II" doesn't allow this, with each player battling for that one move that can end the bout, significantly enhancing the skill involved.
Believe it or not, Rambo is named after a brand of apples. Yes, one of the single greatest Green Berets in movie history is named after a fruit. I can't say for certain if the apple company still exists, but the movies are still revered by many as the greatest action films of all time. The series ended here with "Rambo III," a disappointment at the box office when it failed to make back one of the largest budgets in movie history at the time. This couldn't possibly be a surprise to anyone viewing it.
Working at a monastery and stick fighting on the side for extra cash, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) now lives the solitary life. He is once again approached by his former commander, Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna) to head into Afghanistan to help rebel forces fend off a Russian invasion. Refusing the offer, Trautman goes in with planned group but is captured. Unable to accept his commander and friends are held behind enemy lines, Rambo agrees to go in with minimal help to rescue the hostages.
Pop quiz: Name the most successful independently produced film in Hollywood history. Stumped? You're reading a review of the DVD right now. Hotter than Pokemon at their peak, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a merchandising machine, and their current comeback is pretty strong as well. It didn't get much bigger than this however, the first feature film.
Four mutated, talking, teenage turtles and their master, a giant, mutant, talking rat name Splinter, begin to defend New York against a major crime wave. At the heart of this big news story is the Foot Clan, led by Splinter's old nemesis Iroku Sakai, otherwise known as Shredder. With their master kidnapped by this group of thugs, the turtles join together with news reporter April O'Neal (Judith Hoag) and Casey Jones (Elisas Koteas) to rescue Splinter and save the city from the menace.
Gefen Inc. on Tuesday introduced new Apple HD Cinema Display Extension Kits. With distances ranging from 10 to 330 feet, the kits enable users to separate their computers from their Apple HD Cinema Displays while retaining high-definition resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. Depending on the length required, the kits contain just cables, or a Gefen DVI Repeater, a signal regenerating box that sits between two DVI cables, or a Gefen DVI-1000 HD Extender, which uses sender and receiver boxes to manage the length. Prices range from US$217 to $4,065.
Just what I need to put my G5 on the floor, but not for $217!
You'll find a lot of people who consider the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to be a classic. I'm one of them. However, I'm in the minority of people who considers the sequel to be a classic as well, just on an entirely different level. Though it doesn't follow the comic book, lightening the mood and upping the humor level gives the film the tone of the cartoon that more people are familiar with.
The Shredder, surviving the fall into the garbage truck at the end of the first film, kidnaps Professor Jordan Perry, head of TGRI, the company responsible for mutating the turtles. Creating two monstrosities of his own named Tokka and Rahzar with the scientists help, Shredder takes the advantage and even has the final canister of ooze that could mutate the heroes back into normal amphibians. With the deck stacked against them, the Turtles head into action with their new partner Keno (Ernie Reyes Jr.) to stop the Foot Clan from a complete take over of New York.
It has to be hard to keep a movie series going for three installments. "Jaws 3" failed miserably, "Robocop 3" was abominable, "Alien 3" didn't do so well, and it's better to forget "Critters 3." Yet another failure was "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" which premiered a bit late into the merchandising phenomenon. The "Power Rangers" had settled in for their invasion and it doesn't take much thought to figure out that a distinct lack of care presides over this final film in the series.
April O'Neal (Paige Turco, reprising her role from the second film) finds an ancient Japanese scepter at a pawnshop. Preparing to present the gift to Splinter, it suddenly sucks her into a time warp, sending her back Japan in the year 1603. The Turtles figure out the scepter and send themselves back in order to rescue April. Stuck in Japan, the four shelled heroes now must also defend a small clan from an overbearing warlord and his English counterpart.
Tonight I watched from 8-9 the World Series of Poker (WSOP) what I thought was going to be a 2 hr. special but at 9 they re-ran the 8 PM show. If you look at the schedule, tonight was supposed to be the finale. On the 11 PM SportsCenter they interviewed the winner, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer. How anticlimactic is that? I know you could go to the web site and find out if you wanted to, WSOP has been over since May, but for those of us who were watching the series on ESPN, we got short changed.
Minor details, I know. But still.
BTW, did you notice that 3rd place this year won as much as 1st won last year? Hell I would have gone for 57th place in this year's WSOP ($35,000).
Task Scheduler, which comes bundled with Windows attempts to make automation of tasks effortless. Unfortunately, it is not very configurable and basic in what it is capable of. On UNIX and Linux systems, Cron is what is used for task scheduling. This scheduler is very configurable, and is capable of well more then its Windows counterpart. Luckily, there is a little freeware tool available which simulates such a Cron-Job on Windows, PyrCron...
Source: Lutz-R. Frank
Its not that expensive!
Only for the insane collector, like Matt Paprocki himself, should bid on this. Thanks to Matt for the link.
British consumer watchdog group Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? magazines and books, on Wednesday announced that they've written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) alleging that Apple may be unfairly pricing songs sold through the UK version of its iTunes Music Store. But they appear to be one of the few people who think so, if the comments of the organization's own head of policy is any indication.
While Apple sells songs in Germany and France for €0.99, it sells songs in the UK for £0.79, or about €1.20...
I would like to hear what Neil has to say on this (hint hint).
The FTP upload in Dreamweaver only has one saving grace. When I save a document, it will upload it to the server automagicly. Since I was in DW and did not feel like opening Fetch, I decided to upload the 3 PDF files. That was a bad idea. I forgot how bad DW's FTP upload was.
So I uploaded these 3 PDF files in Fetch just to see the time difference. There is a big difference. I am not supprised. It took almost half the time to upload in Fetch.
I have used DW since version 1.2. I have never been happy with the FTP upload feature in DW. You would think that at version 7.0.1 they would have made the FTP faster.
Macromedia, are you listening? It is so slow I would go as far as saying unacceptable. The only reason I except it is because of convenience. And no I am not just talking about uploading PDF files. If I upload a folder full of HTML files in Fetch, it takes the fraction of the time that it does in DW.
I am not impressed Macromedia.
"We imagine a tool that everybody can use. We’re in the wireframe stage of a new way of blogging, and we’re extremely excited about that..."
Source: Digital Web Magazine
On a related note, wow did that site get a nice makeover!
The number of broadband Internet subscribers in the U.S. has tripled since 2001, according to a new report from the Federal Communications Commission. Cable is the preferred broadband medium, with 75 percent of the market, compared to DSL with 15 percent...
Source: News Factor
You know what this means don't you? Now even more people can marvel and curse at your poor excuse for Flash programming skills as they fall asleep watching that pre-loader animation loop and loop and loop...
This is very wonderful news for Web Monkeys everywhere. Having to create sites that are at least usable on a dial-up connection is no fun.
Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said that it is looking for ways to work more closely with developers of the Open Office open source project, while at the same time, apparently reserving the right to sue them, according to a legal agreement between Microsoft and Open Office's major sponsor, Sun Microsystems Inc., made public this week.
The agreement in question was signed in April of this year as part of Sun and Microsoft's landmark multibillion dollar settlement. It was released as part of Sun's annual U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings Monday...
With the release of the new HP-branded version of the iPod, many consumers -- especially those using Windows-based PCs -- are wondering whether they should buy the original Apple-branded model or HP's version. We did some research to help you make the right decision; read on for all the details...
Source: Playlist Magazine
This is really annoying the _bleep_ out of me.
I have decided since there is no separate fields for last name and first name that I am renaming all my music with Last Name, First Name in the Artist field. After all, this makes it easy to jockey the collection of music on my iPod.
I recently did this to my entire Jimmy Buffett collection (my sincerest condolences to those who are not Buffett fans, but lets focus people). Now when I double click on a Buffett tune in iTunes, it magically changes it back to "Jimmy Buffett" and therefor it vanishes from the listing for the author listing I am looking at. Once more when I click that handy dandy arrow icon next to the Artist and Album names, it also rewrites the Artist field to "Jimmy Buffett."
I renamed the Artist field to "Buffett, Jimmy" for a reason (as described above), and I have no clue why iTunes would be reverting the Artist field.
Does anyone have a clue as to why? This is quite frustrating.
It must have been a permissions error, my most favoritist and most common error and pain in the arese in OS X. I believe the permissions error came from when I copied my entire library from an external firewire drive to on of my internal drives in my G5. Firewire drives and permissions is one of those huge security problems with Mac OS X. So I am not that suprised here. My files had the user/group set to meancode/meancode, even though there is no "meancode" group. I set the group back to "admin" of which I am a part of, and now things work. Thanks to Bruce at Apple DIscussions for the suggestion.
Be sure to check out the StartupSound prefPane, which will allow you to control the volume of the startup sound. I have a nice set of speakers and a subwoofer and that startup chime sounds more like a "boom" with a fair amount of base. This is great until its 3 AM and I want to restart my computer.
Sure you can use the mute button, but I am too lazy to remember to do that all the time. This prefPane is a gem.
Time travel is such a tough subject for movies. No matter how much you think through it, there will always be a problem somewhere you couldn't possibly have considered and the film instantly loses credibility. "Terminator 2," even with some of the usual issues, remains strong with brilliantly designed action sequences and great continuity from the original film.
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), now in a mental institution due to her insistence that a cyborg from the future tried to kill her, is unable to care for her son, John Connor (Edward Furlong). In a foster home, the rebellious teen who will someday lead the humans against the machines is being tracked by a new version of the of the human/machine hybrids, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick). His only hope to survive is another T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), sent into current times with sole purpose of protecting John.
You know what the hardest part of being a game reviewer is? Deciding whether or not you enjoy the game your playing. Not all the time of course, games like Halo make our lives that much easier. It's when a game like Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball come our way. It's not really a game, and it's not even what it claims to be on the box. So, am I actually enjoying myself....or am I being taken in by lots of glitz and glamour?
Volleyball? Yeah, it's here, but it's more of a mini-game. You can gamble, buy gifts, buy swimsuits, and receive a bunch of items you will never (ever) need as far as gameplay is concerned. Actually, when you being to think about it, you don't even have to play volleyball to actually, well, "beat" the game. Then again, there really is no ending, nor is there any point to the proceedings either.
Synergy, otherwise known as the QuickTime Streaming Server (QTSS) for the School of Art, blew up the other week. Every time you would reboot this 733 Mhz Quicksilver you would get a ugly looking Kernel Panic (KP). What is amazing is that I installed this QTSS a while ago, and it has had no problems up until now. Oh and by the way, this machine was running Mac OS X 10.0.3. That is why I am amazed it ran for so long. It has been running for years with no problems. Mac OS X 10.0.x, Server or Client, was not the most stable of Mac OS's.
I am just very impressed that it ran for that long.
Now it is running Mac OS X Server 10.2.8 as they had a copy of 10.2 Server and did not need to spend the $500 for 10.3 Server.
No amount of fsck'ing helped. I just had to backup the data and install a clean OS. Of course considering the OS on the drive was so old, I wouldn't think of doing anything else.
I tell you, if I did not work for The BG News, I would have written a Letter to the Editor on this very subject already.
At BGSU it used to cost $1.00 for a 20 oz. pop, water, Snapple, etc, etc. This summer they changed it to $1.25! Everything else got a healthy price bump. Chips that cost 50¢ now cost 75¢ or 80¢. Candy bars made the same jump in price that chips did.
Granted this is not the most heathy food, but its convenient and its right around the corner of my office when I need some caffeine or some quick nourishment.
But we are all slaves to the man, we pony up the extra 25¢ for a Dr. Pepper when we need it. Incedently if you walk your lazy but to any of the Dining Services mess halls you only pay $1.15, which is still an outrageous price if you ask me.
You would think I would be smart and just put a 12 pack (of Dr. Pepper) in the fridge at work.
I would really like to find out what the price hike is for, I am going to suggest this as a story idea to The News' staff.
Bruce Willis was a virtual unknown at the time he secured the lead role of John McClane in "Die Hard." His biggest stint was on the TV series "Moonlighting," making this film just a slight change of pace. Add in a mix of Hollywood's best action writers, producer and director, and you've got an American classic.
John Mclane (Willis) gets off his plane in New York, hoping to meet his estranged wife during a business party at Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve. After finding her inside the 40-story building, a group of international terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) begins their plan to steal $640 million worth of bonds from a secured safe inside the building. Unbeknownst to them, the 11-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department beings to slowly dismantle their plans along with the help of a few friends.
Vaulted into international superstardom with the release of the $80 million blockbuster "Die Hard," Bruce Willis became a household name practically overnight. Two years later, most of the cast and crew return for another round of action and comedy, but something went wrong. Missing the frantic pace of the original (or any respectable acting), "Die Hard 2" falls flat.
John McClane (Willis) waits for his wife who is soon to land at Dulles Airport in Washington. Suspecting something is wrong, he is soon entangled in terrorist plot to rescue a drug lord from captivity. Leading the technically advanced group is Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) who soon discovers his plans going awry when McClane makes the first kill. Keeping his wife's plane in the air as a threat by cutting power to the landing strip, McClane has a short amount of time to help the numerous aircraft stranded in the air and make sure the escaping fugitive fails to make an exit.
For an action franchise to succeed, the series must continually up the ante, throwing characters in even more unbelievable situations. "Die hard: With a Vengeance" does just that. It's fast, it's funny, and light years ahead of the disappointing "Die hard 2."
Once again, John McClane (Bruce Willis) finds himself on the wrong end of a bad day. A terrorist bomber named Simon (Jeremy Irons) is holding the entire city of New York hostage, requesting only McClane perform a wild series of tasks. Caught up in the mix is Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson), forced to tag along after inadvertently getting involved. With the police caught up in the situation, the terrorist group begins their plan of robbing the Federal Reserve Bank of $140 billion worth of gold.
I have been a long time supporter of POPFile, as it is a very good - free - software. Last week a problem began that I do not understand. All of a sudden I could not send mail when I had my incoming mail going through the POPFile proxy server. I do not understand it at all. When I switch my account settings to use my remote mail server it all works. I can send mail again. I have emailed for help, but have got no response. That is what you get for free, open source software.
I could upgrade to v0.22.0 but that would be a lot of work. So why do it?
I am evaluating SpamSieve and will pony up the $25 for this great software. I have had many of my clients buy SpamSieve for one reason: simplicity. Well that and it just works.
Since POPFile has gone awry I need some kind of SPAM filtering. SpamSieve fits that bill very well.
I am getting used to the SpamSieve interface. Right now I still prefer the web based UI of POPFile, but with time I am sure I will grow to like the SpamSieve UI. I can sure get used to classifying emails from within Entourage and not going to a web page to do that.
So far there are no false positives, but 115 false negatives. I can live with the false negatives, but I grew very used to not having to classify those. No false positives is great, and in time I will be able to just delete my "Spam" folder without having to look through it.
So after a couple days SpamSieve has performed as I figured it would. I am sure Michael Tsai would be happy. And he is someone that I know I can get ahold of if something goes awry. But that is what you get for paying for software.
Everybody knows about Gutenberg, but how many people know about Stanley Morison, the legendary type designer who created Times New Roman.
Explore kerning, baselines, character widths and all the other technical considerations of modern document fraud with some of the world's leading typography authorities on Jules Siegel's Font Wars blog.
Although the reconstructed Bush Guard memos have been exposed, the search continues for the original documents that Marian Carr Knox, Killian's secretary, says she remembers typing. Today, Font Wars is looking at an authentic Pentagon memo written by George W. Bush and endorsed by Jerry B. Killian. Will the others look like this? If so, how was this document created?
As you'll see, we have contributions from Adobe's Thomas Phinney and other folks with awesome expertise in the art, technique and history of digital typography.
I'm hoping that this very specialized blog will evolve into a general gathering place for people who love type. This is all so exciting that my little heart is going pitter-pat. Kerning on the Evening News? I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime. I mean, it never even occurred to me. How could it?
ESPN.com has made its video player ESPN Motion available to Mac users, the Web site announced on Monday. Sports fans can add or subtract video clips to or from Motion's playlist and watch streaming sports highlights in any order they want. The video can be enlarged or paused during playback, with a control available for the audio level. You don't need to download and install any software to make Motion work, although ESPN.com does recommend viewing clips in Safari, Netscape, Mozille or Firefox -- Internet Explorer only offers limited compatibility. The Flash 6 plug-in is required, however.
Ummm, yea. Its about friggin' time! And it works great in OmniWeb 5.0.1, by the way.
Forbes' Arik Hesseldahl says that Apple could put the legal dispute with the Beatles behind them if it would spin off the iTunes Music Store: "Apple could make this entire thing go away by spinning off the entire iTunes Music Store as a subsidiary and stop promoting it under the Apple name. This would harm its prospects not one bit. No one who's been awake during the last year hasn't heard of an iPod or seen it in one of those TV ads in heavy rotation....
Well they spun of the iPod, why not iTunes? Will they do it? Will it be fragmented too much if they do? Why not spin off the PowerBook and the PowerMac, and then have OS X a spin off as well? Yes I am being silly here, but this has happened before. Apple spun off Claris, then brought it back in, then spun it off as a new name, FileMaker, then retained ClarisWorks under the Apple brand. Its all fun and games... Well it worked for FileMaker. We do not know if it is working for the iPod, we assume it is.
To dodge a legal bullet with The Beatles and Apple Corps, whch seems like a really stupid lawsuit if you ask me, it might make sense. Of course then we can really see how much (or little) money that the iTMS makes. Apple would not be able to pad the iTMS financial data with sales of iPods. Oh no!
The Dreamcast had quite a few flight games in its time. Game such as Iron Aces, Aerowings, and it's sequel set a high standard for the console. A little known game called Air Force Delta popped up on the console soon after launch and was largely overlooked. (Honestly though: flight sim, Soul Calibur?) Had more people taken notice, the masses would've found a game strong enough to stand up to Namco's awesome Ace Combat games. Konami has taken the same basic foundation laid down by the first game, juiced up the graphics, added full 5.1 surround sound support, and has created one of the best arcade style flight games ever.
I'm NOT an RPG fan. The occasional one may catch my interest, but they really are few and far between. I'm more of the hack/slash/kill repetitively type. Hence why I'm so infatuated with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance here on the X-Box. There are a few instances where you'll be annoyed, but most of this 8-hour romp should be a highly enjoyable experience.
Open-source browsers Mozilla and Firefox have won over a significant number of defectors from Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the past nine months, Web site metrics suggest...
Source: C|Net News.com
Firefox rules and Internet Explorer drools!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
I am sure the statistics that are taken more accurately reflect the Windows using world (as I am pretty sure Safari outweighs that of Moz based browsers on the Mac). And quite frankly I am pleased with those percentages (read the linked article). I really hope more people start using Firefox over Internet Exploder.
I have converted WinIE using people to Firefox, and you can too! Fight the good fight people, yea, or something like that.
Looks like shopping for your two-year old just got a little more difficult.
(They fixed it today. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was for sale on this page for 2 yr. olds.)
Every time someone watches "Star Wars" it becomes a part of them. These films affect people in a way almost no other movie could. They have created their own culture, one bound by rules someone outside of the nearly cult-like institution could never hope to comprehend. It's not just something the United States is caught in either. These films have taken over people's lives worldwide. It's pretty impressive considering this is a story that might have stayed inside one man's head forever.
Ask twenty or so non-Star Wars fans who directed the first sequel in the popular franchise and 19 will likely get it wrong. Ask them what the major twist is at the end of the film and all of them will likely get it right. That's the effect this movie had on pop-culture. Darker and more powerful than the original, "Empire Strikes Back" doesn't rely on major special effects sequences (though it has those too), but on developing the characters created in the original.
You know something special is happening when people give a standing ovation to the opening of a movie. For those who have never experienced it, rabid fans of the "Star Wars" series tend to go crazy when the Lucasfilm logo appears on the theater screen, stop for a brief second, and then let loose a second time when the flawless John Williams' theme signals the beginning. It's an experience only matched by the films themselves.
The fourth disc of the Star Wars Trilogy box set contains just about everything you could possibly need to know about this franchise. It does become a bit too promotional at times, but with the almost flawless "Empire of Dreams" documentary, all is forgiven. A few other shot featurettes round off this disc.
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Just put your email in the email field. Don’t put it in the comment body as MT only spam protects emails in the email field.
I will close comments after I have 6 requests.
Solving PostScript errors is never fun. But I have done my fair share at the newspapers I have worked for. Here is a great list of solutions to the problems. I wish I had found this earlier, it could have helped! There are some great explanations here.
Sony said today that is working to add native MP3 support to its portable music players. "The shift from reliance on its proprietary Atrac format will begin with flash memory-based players, but plans are still being finalized on how and when products will add MP3 support," reports CNET News.com. "Sony is revisiting its MP3 strategy at a time when competition in the digital music market is heating up--and threatening to leave the company behind. The surprise move could portend a major strategy reversal for the consumer electronics giant, with important ramifications for the fledgling online music market."
Holy Toledo Batman! Sony is going to embrace a standard! This is unheard of.
Call me when I can play a MP3 on that new 20 GB HD model, you know the NW-HD1 Such a catchy name isn't it?
I am really floored though. I thought I would never see the day that Sony would use a standard format.
They will never catch the iPod, but its fun to watch them try. Maybe Sony should pull a HP and just license the real deal.
Researchers investigating how people would react to not having Internet access got off to a rough start. "It was incredibly difficult to recruit participants as people weren't willing to be without the Internet for two weeks," said Wenda Harris Millard, chief sales officer of Yahoo, and a sponsor of the study. Half of the participants said they could not go without the Internet for more than two weeks, while others found it more difficult than expected, and in some cases impossible, the researchers reported.
I don't think I would have a mail server left or a host that would like me if I went two weeks without checking my spam-mail!
I think I would go insane with no Net access. Would you?
Last week I took my first quiz in Art History 146. I did OK, I got a C with 18/25. There were two Dutch painters on the slide list that I did not study because we did not see their paintings in class. They were on the quiz. I would have got those right too, so I could have gotten a 21/25 as I would have known three more paintings. I mentioned this to the teacher, but it didn't seem to matter much.
Considering I have failed this class in the past, I am pretty happy with a C on my first quiz. We are getting into the High Renaissance in Italy, and these are easy because I am very familiar with the art of that time period. There is another quiz on October 1, and our first big test on October 6. Wish me luck!
Digital Press makes no sacrifices when it comes to classic gaming. Their seven gaming guides are some of the most thorough on the market while site creator Joe Santulli runs the Classic Gaming Expo every year. But something was missing, namely a lack of attention to those consoles us late-bloomers remember so fondly like the Sega Genesis and 3DO. Services rendered.
Never before in the history of video games has a series improved like Criterion's "Burnout." The original was a nice but unremarkable arcade style racer, while the sequel added in addictive qualities with the spectacular crash junctions. Now published by EA but developed by the same team, "Burnout 3" is the best racer this week, this month, this year, this decade, and possibly of all time.
Apple has improved the services offered to subscribers of .Mac. Previously, the amount of storage for a basic .Mac account was 100MB, with a maximum of 15MB for e-mail. The service's base online storage has been increased to 250MB, e-mail service has been enhanced, and the cost of upgrading has been reduced. .Mac's basic subscription price remains the same -- US$99.95 per year...
What a sweet deal! And I just renewed my .Mac earlier this month. It is also a nice touch that you can change the allocation between iDisk and Mail storage. Now I am not so worried about publishing more photos to my HomePage on .Mac.
I just bought my dream PowerBook. Here are the specs:
• 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 with 128MB Graphics Memory (ATI Mobility Radeon 9700)
• 512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 SO-DIMM (another 512 MB stick can be had cheaper elsewhere)
• 80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
• SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
• Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
• AirPort Extreme Card
• APP for PowerBook (w/ or w/o display) - Enrollment Kit
• 15.2-inch TFT Display
So now it is perfectly fine for Apple to release their new PowerBooks tomorrow at the same price, with either dual G4 processors or a low heat (ha ha) G5 chip in them.
Now I know some of you are shaking your heads. "Ken, you just bought a PowerMac G5, and you have a PowerBook G4, what in the world do you need with another PowerBook?" Ahh, but Simon didn't say. This baby is not for me. This is for our Student Publications Graduate Student Stephanie. She is a first time Mac buyer, and she is fed up with her Pentium III-powered Dell at home. Not wanting to buy another PC, she decided it was time to get a Mac. Viruses in her email were enough to bring her back from the Dark Side, but she also really enjoys using the Macs we have at work.
I am as exited to see this new PowerBook as she is, I cannot wait to see the speed difference between my 1 Ghz and the new 1.5 Ghz, with the 128 MB of graphics memory.
Fun fun fun, it should be here within a week.
Holy bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep, hell! THAT is an auction.
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Sounds pretty dull to me! But thanks for the link Matt.
Peter Molyneux and Lionhead satellite Big Blue Box have finally after more then three years released an amazing action-RPG that deserves your hard earned simolians. If you like your hack and slash with a bit of role playing mixed into the fold, you can't go wrong here.
Fable has been one of the most anticipated games for the XBox. Forget Halo or Halo 2. Fable has (publicly) been around under one name or another since 2001 when it was introduced at E3.
(10.) They aren't debates!
"A debate is a head-to-head, spontaneous, structured argument over the merits of an issue," Rice says. "Under the ridiculous 32-page contract that reads like the rules for the Miss America Pageant, there will be no candidate-to-candidate questions, no rebuttal to your opponent's points, no cross questions or cross answers, no rebuttals, no follow-up questions -- that's not a debate, that's a news conference."
Will you be tuning in?
How could a group of four grade school children begin the apocalypse? Does it matter when that group consists of Kyle, Stan, Kenny, and Eric? Released from the constraints of cable TV, "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone let loose in an attempt to offend every single person in the modern world.... and come out with one of the funniest movies of all time.
It obviously wasn't enough for Hollywood to ruin on of its own. After the mid-70's slaughter of "King Kong," eyes turned to Japan and the "Godzilla" series. Numerous scripts, directors, and writers tackled the subject throughout the 80's and early 90's, but it ended up in the hands of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Coming off the wildly successful "Independence Day," these two took it upon themselves to destroy everything Toho had created.
I'll get it out of the way right now.... This game is gorgeous. In fact, it's quite possibly the best looking game I've ever seen. Of course, as die-hard gamers, we know that graphics don't make a game. "Dead or Alive 3" stays pretty close to its predecessor's roots and very little has changed in the area of gameplay.