November 2004 Archives



November 1, 2004

Fable was an epic tale

I meant to post this weeks ago, as I beat the game only a week after I offered my first look at this most anticipated of XBox titles.

In all I clocked just over 20 hrs. in game to beat the final boss. This is quite short for an RPG. It might have been short, but it was sweet. There are four endings in the game, and I have seen both of the good endings. I may sometime play the game again as an evil character to see the other two endings, who knows.

Some people have knocked Fable for not being hard core enough of a RPG, but I think it was the right mix of everything. Fable has been one of the best games I have played in a while.

Eminem's Mosh Video

Watch Eminem's Mosh video.

Directors Note: Most Americans are well aware that in 2000, the presidential election was decided by 537 votes. From hanging chads to the hourly updates of the manual recount, this story was obsessively covered by the mainstream press. However, what wasn’t covered was what journalist Greg Palast discovered that thousands of primarily minority voters were scrubbed from the voter registry in Florida and prevented from potentially changing the course of America’s turbulent last four years.
Source: GNN

This is a great Eminem song, and an even better video.

Vote on November 2nd

Take your neighbor to the polls, take your roommate. I want to look back on this 2004 Presidential Election and see record voter turnout numbers.

Here's to a clean and conclusive election.

November 2, 2004

Associated Press To Count The Votes On Election Day

The Associated Press has been counting the vote since its founding in 1848, when Zachary Taylor of the Whig Party defeated Democrat Lewis Cass. This year, for the first time in decades, AP will be the only news organization collecting the vote for the media and delivering it to newspapers and broadcasters, including the television networks. It will be delivered in a variety of formats, by satellite and online...

Here's an explanation of how the AP will provide results in 2004 with the speed and accuracy on which its members and subscribers have learned to rely.

Source: AP Press Release

Thanks to my boss to sending this link to The BG News listproc.

November 3, 2004

Bush: 'America has spoken'

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- President Bush declared victory in his race for re-election Wednesday, telling his cheering supporters that "America has spoken."

"America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens," Bush said. "With that trust comes a duty to serve all Americans. And I will do my best to fulfill that duty every day as your president."

Source: CNN

Hello! 48% of this great country does not trust Bush. That was proven on Tuesday night. So Bush should not be humbled. He should be cautious because almost half the nation voted for the chance to see what Kerry could do. But he won't be cautious. He is a lame duck, and he can do what he really wanted to do the first term. I am fearful of a lot of things right now, paramount to that list is a collapse of the economy, I hope it does not happen under Bush's second term. As my friend Brandon said "I am hopeful, because it's all I can be." I feel the same way. We can only hope. Lets hope that Bush's second term is not as bad as presidential history tells us about.

I don't really want to talk about the Ohio vote, but I have this to say: I am upset about it, but I do know that a great deal of this site has voted GOP in the past, especially here in the north west part of the state. Portage County, where I lived before college, voted blue. Stark County, where my dad lives, voted blue. Cuyahoga even voted blue. Rural voters in this state lost Ohio for Kerry. It is sad, I am sad.

Neil has some good points on what to look forward to in the next 4 years. And since I am lazy and don't want to make my own list, please read his.

And as Jake put it: Bush won the majority of the popular vote, so he should be president (for better or for worse). Now can we get on with life?

Words of wisdom from IT professionals

“Whenever you have software controlling hardware, you’re gonna have problems.”
--Brent Short

“No matter how many times you’ve saved the company tons of money in recovered data or uptime, the one time you got caught playing Quake will always come up during your salary review.”
--Jim Kiley

“We have a name for IT professionals who have not experienced a catastrophic loss of data: inexperienced.”
--John Crighton

“The longer it takes a system to reboot, the more likely the problem you’re working on will require a reboot after every step.”
--Davis Conley

“Fast, cheap, correct. Pick any two—then hope you get at least one.”
--Roy Harvey

Thanks to Max for this funny email.

November 4, 2004

Rate My Network Diagram

Thanks to my bro Max for sending this link.

I am sure you have heard of Hot or Not, or Rate My Implants, or Rate My Pets, or even Rate My Poo, but what about Rate My Network Diagram? Now this is total geekery.

Americans fleeing to Canada from Bush victory will find no special treatment

Americans attempting to escape four more years of President Bush by fleeing to Canada will have to wait in line, just like immigrants from any other country, the Immigration Ministry said Wednesday.

Over the years, Canada's social climate has shifted to the left of the United States, with relatively higher taxes supporting programs such as public health care. That and the promise of legalized gay marriage and lenient marijuana laws might be a draw to some Democrats despondent over Bush victory and the promise of continued conservatism from his administration.

Source: SFGate.com

Drat!

North Carolina man sentenced to 9 years for spam

A North Carolina man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sending hundreds of thousands of unwanted e-mail messages, Virginia prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh was found guilty under a Virginia state law that sets limits on the number of e-mails marketers can send in a given time period and prohibits them from using fake e-mail addresses, Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore said.

Source: C|Net News.com

Have a nice time in jail you moron. We need to hear about more spammers getting jail sentencing and outrageously high fines.

Canada 2.0

You'll be hearing a lot of "I'm moving to..." the next couple days. Well, I'm not moving anywhere. I'm staying put. The borders? Well, that's another story.
Source: Not A Dollar Short

Check out the link, for the new Canada 2.0 map!

United States of Canada?

Jake linked to this image on someone's iDisk and it looks like it is down now, but Urban Vancouver has it. Thanks to Richard Eriksson for pointing me to the UV site (nice of him to plug that site, isnt it?)

County-by-county voter breakdown of 2004 election

Today USA TODAY printed a county-by-county map of the 2004 election. They also posted it on their web site.

Queen of clubs settles election tie

ELY, Nevada (AP) -- A county commission race in this gambling state was decided in true Nevada fashion -- by the luck of the draw.

After finishing Tuesday's election tied with 1,847 votes each, Robert Swetich and Raymond Urrizaga agreed to draw cards to resolve the deadlocked White Pine County commission race.

Source: CNN

Picking a card gives you more chances to win, I suppose. But I have never hear of anything like this before.

War of the Monsters Playstation 2 Review

There's just something special about giant monsters from 1950's. Maybe they're quirky, maybe they're cheesy, but maybe it's just that they provide a load of entertainment value, something missing from so many of the more recent entries in the genre. "War of the Monsters" developer Incog Inc. obviously has fond memories of the various films of the era and took it all to heart for a nice title on the Playstation 2. It's a real shame it misfires a lot.

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Sci-Fi Pictures Original "Gargoyle" Review

Someone should ban the use of CGI in movies. What was once an innovative, realistic, and excellent tool for filmmakers has turned countless movies into schlock. Suffering the worst are those films that go direct to video or to cable. The Sci-Fi Channels latest, "Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness," would have failed miserably with or without traditional effects, but here they just make an awful movie into an unwatchable one.

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BMX XXX Playstation 2 Review

Can a game get anymore controversial than this? Multiple companies have refused to carry the game, some say the "M" rating isn't enough, and others think it's exactly what the industry needed. Very few games have ever succeeded when so much attention has been given to the, uh, other "aspects" of the game. BMX XXX performs admirably considering the pressure, but hardly breaks any major ground as far as the genre is concerned.

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Contra Shattered Soldier Playstation 2 Review

For close to 20 years now, Contra has been a part of our gaming lives. >From it's humble roots on the classic NES, to the pitiful attempts at reviving the beloved franchise on the PlayStation and Saturn, Contra has always been there for us. Now (for the lack of a more creative tag line), Contra is BACK and it's better than it's ever been on the PlayStation 2. While not a perfect revival, most fans will find enough to like about this version that they'll fully accept it as part of the Contra legacy.

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In Canada, Bush Distant Second To Kerry

Many Canadian adults want John Kerry to become the next president of the United States, according to a poll by CROP published in La Presse. 60 per cent of respondents want the Democratic nominee to win the Nov. 2 election, while 20 per cent would choose Republican incumbent George W. Bush.
Source: Centre for Public Opinion & Democracy

Should Canada get some Electoral Votes? They would take them if they had the chance. How about the UK? How about the World? (BBC News)

Why does the world at large not like Bush?

Dynasty Warriors 2 Playstation 2 Review

The original "Dynasty Warriors" was a good but lacking one-on-one fighter for the PS One. The sequel approaches itself from an entirely different perspective and takes the "Final Fight" genre to new heights, and a few new lows. It's a solid entry, especially considering some of the other games when this system launched.

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Video Games and Your Local Library: Why Not?

Your local library is a wonderful tool. If you haven't been there lately, maybe you should make the trip sometime this week. While you're there, take a copy of this editorial and ask the librarian "Why are there no video games here?" I'm not talking about just the educational software either. Sure, it sounds a little odd at first, but lets go through the reasons.

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November 5, 2004

Quark's New Face: Talking to CEO Kamar Aulakh

It's an interesting time for Quark and its new CEO Kamar Aulakh. With QuarkXPress facing real competition for the first time in years and with rumors circulating of customer defection, the company has been working hard to polish a tarnished reputation. Aulakh gives a progress report to creativepro.com's Pamela Pfiffner.

Source: CreativePro.com

QuarkXPress 6.5 known issues

I give Quark some credit for posting the known issues of their new release. But I have to dock them for delaying the biggest new feature in 6.5 (Photoshop Import plug-in not) until the first quarter of 2005. Way to go Quark! I also ask you Quark, why did you have to enlist ALAP to make the plugin? Can't you make software anymore. Oh, wait. Don't answer that.

Some of the biggest problems I see in Quark 6.5 are:

Mac OS only: Attempting to open a project (located on a network volume) from the File List area (File menu or Open submenu) displays “File not found [-43].” Click OK in the alert to display the Open dialog box.

This is a major problem in Quark 4, 6, 6.1 and now we are at Quark 6.5 and still the problem exists.

More problems with fonts MacFixIt reader Tom Ernst reports continuing issues with some typefaces in the new release of QuarkXpress:

"I installed the 6.5 upgrade today and Quark still seems to suffer from not being able to recognize certain fonts that every other running application can see. Very disappointing--this bug has forced me to retreat to v4 for several jobs in the past couple months."

Source: MacFixIt

Quark is still not addressing a very old and still persistent font issue. Just another bug I cannot believe still exists in Quark 6.5. It doesn't help matters that Quark is not mentioning it as an "official" known issue. Have you tried using Zaph Dingbats in Quark lately? I guess they have not.

I would like to see some stats on the alleged mass exodus from Quark to InDesign. Is there really a large percentage of people moving to InDesign?

I know I am very glad I moved The BG News to InDesign this past summer. The students absolutely love InDesign. The administration is happy that we went to InDesign. It has been a very good thing. The sad thing is that we upgraded for Quark 6 before we woke up and jumped ship to InDesign CS. You live, you learn.

Since we do have licenses to Quark I will be installing 6.5 and await to see how this Photoshop plug-in works. Seeing that is has been developed by ASAP, a very fine plug-in developer, I imagine it will be quite good.

iPodlounge's Buyers' Guide 2004

As promised several weeks ago, iPodlounge is proud to announce the immediate availability of the iPodlounge Buyers’ Guide 2004 for free download from the links and locations below. It contains the world's first review of Apple's new iPod Photo.

Source: iPodLounge.com

This is a 42 page full color guide for the holidays that leave you drooling for an iPod or some accessories. I know I am using this guide it to make up my wish list for Santa.

November 6, 2004

Glitch gave Bush extra votes in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.

Source: CNN

I really need to write my rant on electronic voting machines. I don't see why in the hell we use them. It has been proven again and again , and again here in Ohio, that they are not up to the task at hand. It is not enough to give Kerry Ohio, can you imagine the mess that would be? I think the final numbers of this 2004 election would have been a lot different, and more accurate, if this nation would just stick to paper ballots. Electronic voting machines are FUBAR and need to be thrown in the dump.

November 7, 2004

From Earth(link) and back again, and other annoyances

I meant to pen this months ago, but you know how it is, you get busy. Lately I had another wonderful issue with Earthlink, so that prompted me to write about both incidents.

One general statement before I begin: I used to have a fairly high opinion of Earthlink. That opinion has been tarnished like old silver in the last few months. The ISP part of their business may be very good, I do not know. From what I have seen their web mail is good, if not a little paranoid. My beef is not with the ISP part of their services, well, not entirely. I have heard both good and bad things about their ISP services, but I cannot pass judgment on that because I do not have first hand knowledge of it.

My problem is with Earthlink's web hosting services, specifically their small business web hosting services.

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POPFile Tips, Tricks and Secrets from About.com

I know its information you cannot live without! Well I found some of these tips helpful. Now if more people would use POPFile...

November 8, 2004

Diebold "ad" variations

Thanks to Dan for posting this link in a comment to "Glitch gave Bush extra votes in Ohio."

I too do not have a high regard for Diebold's e-voting machines. These posters are hilarious.

Super Get Info update adds new preferences

Super Get Info 1.2.1 from Bare Bones Software is the latest version of the file and folder information utility for Mac OS X. Super Get Info offers a powerful alternative to the Mac OS X Finder's "Get Info" command. The 1.2.1 update adds new preferences for more customized control of Finder selection and panel viewing choices. This version also includes minor interface refinements and fixes for reported issues.
Source: MacMinute

Super Get Info is one of those "Best Of" utilities for OS X. In a sense, it is a shame that Bare Bones has to even make it. Mac OS X should have the Super Get Info features built in. OS X sorta does, but not quite. I bought Super Get Info when it first debut, I think at the time it cost $14, but it is worth all of the $20 they charge for it now.

The new preferences in 1.2.1 are a great addition to an already excellent application.

Kids prefer video games over TV, toys

LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Teenagers deem video games a more meaningful form of entertainment than television, executives said Tuesday at the What Teens Want conference in Beverly Hills. And the medium is appealing more and more to younger kids, too...

Boys aged five to 12 spend more time with video games than they do with traditional toys, said Steve Schnur, worldwide executive of music/audio at Electronic Arts, the world's No. 1 video game maker.

Source: CNN

I would really like to know why the media and the general public still to this day do not see video games as the market that it is. It is baffling, it truly is. I have seen different sources state that the video game industry has out-grossed the movie industry. Yet video games is still a "fringe" market to most of the media, and therefor the public.

PalmOne ponders Microsoft, Linux options

Handheld-computer maker PalmOne is considering moves that would take it beyond the operating system that helped make the company a household name.

The Milpitas, Calif.-based firm has evaluated both Microsoft-based operating systems as well as at least one version of Linux as a potential alternative operating system to the Palm OS for its handheld devices, CNET News.com has learned.

Source: C|Net News.com

This does not fair well to the spin off PalmSource, or for that matter the Mac Community. Sure there are tools for OS X to use Pocket PC based PDAs, but its not the same as using the Palm OS.

Exploit code makes IE flaw more dangerous

The threat posed by a critical flaw in Internet Explorer has been ratcheted up by the release of a program designed to exploit the vulnerability, security researchers warned on Thursday.

Security information provider Secunia raised the buffer overflow flaw to its highest rating in a new advisory. The vulnerability, which was made public on Tuesday, could be used to make Internet Explorer trigger a malicious program when the Microsoft browser loads a specially formatted Web page. The flaw does not affect Windows XP Service Pack 2, Secunia said.

Source: C|Net News.com

Does this sound like a broken record yet? Attention PC Users: Install Firefox! Set your default browser to Firefox! Do not launch Internet Explorer! Go home happy!

November 9, 2004

Review: iPod Photo

After weeks of rumors that hinted at a more colorful iPod, Apple turned conjecture into cold hard fact by unwrapping the iPod Photo—the first of its portable music players to offer a color screen and the ability to display digital pictures and album art. Available in two configurations—a $500 40GB model and a $600 60GB version—these new iPods feature not only new graphic capabilities, but increased playtime and the power to project video to a television via a composite- or S-video cable.
Source: Playlist Magazine

Christopher Breen has a pretty good review of the new iPod Photo. It doesn't go as far as I would like it though. But please read Breen's review for a more thorough overview. I am just going to get to the highlights.

I ordered my iPod Photo (from here on referred to as iPP) on October 27th, and I received it November 2nd. No John Kerry in Office, but I got my iPP!

I was not expecting to get it until Nov. 4, the FexEd shipping page lied. I was quite happy about the shipping time, considering that this is a new product from Apple. We all know how long new products from Apple can take to get into the hands of the masses. I have had some time to use the new iPP and I am very impressed.

Thanks to Todd at CTLT, we have confirmed that the 4G iSkin evo 2 cases fit the slightly thicker iPP. It is a little bit of a stretch, but it works for sure. I have already ordered mine.

I snapped some pics of my new iPP, be sure to check them out.

The new font that it uses, Myriad over Chicago, makes a huge difference. Looking at the 4G next to the iPP is a big difference just in screen readability because of the font change. Maybe a firmware update for the 4G can bring Myriad to the older iPods. I did do some looking though, and I found this: Chicago is a 1-bit font, the monochrome screens are 1-bit. Myriad is not a 1-bit font, and neither is the new color screen of the iPP.

The new color screen of the iPP is very crisp. I cringe at the 4G iPod screen now. The new color iPod OS is very Aqua, really nice. The screen refresh rate is much better with the color screen.

The backlight of the iPP works great indoors and is very readable outdoors as well.

I like album art more and more the more I use it. Its just great to see the album art on the iPod.

I am also growing more and more in love with having my iPhoto libraries on my iPod.

Now the real reason I bought this was the 60 GB of storage. The storage and the crisp color screen were enough new features for me. The iPhoto and album art support are just icing on the case. They are more then just gimmicks, they really are great feature additions to the iPod.

Expensive? Yes, but this is Apple folks. Worth it? Indeed.

A final note to the victorious red

my dear republicans,

enjoy this, you've earned it. when it mattered most you came out to vote in record numbers, stealing the swing states from john kerry. i commend you, you've all done well. before i sail off into the liberalist sunset, i'd like to offer you a few parting thoughts, please take the time to listen as i have taken the time to endure the past four years silently.

Source: you might be me

He has some good points. I would have to agree. Thanks to I cannot remember who gave me this link.

Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked

In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry.

In Dixie County, with 9,676 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush.

Source: Common Dreams NewsCenter

Let the conspiracy theories begin, or continue, or build, or boil over, or whatever. I think these e-voting systems should be thrown in a trash heap until they hire some programmers and engineers that have a brain. They also need to allow 3rd party auditing of their software before I would feel safe with e-voting.

Thanks to Tom Madigan for the link. Tom is living out in Cali now, he is in a blue state with a Last Action Here GOP as the Governor. I don't know who's state is more messed up.

Saft: Value Adder for Safari

Saft is a Safari plugin to add features like full-screen browsing, searchable bookmarks and history, URL shortcuts, kiosk mode and more. Saft 7.0.1 received product rating from the Macintosh experts at Macworld in the November 2004 issue of Macworld magazine: "And it's all so well-integrated that you'll soon assume that these features are just part of Safari--until you try to use someone else's Mac."
Source: Saft Web Site

Thanks to Rob for his review. I would have never downloaded this if not for his Pick of the Week.

I am sure a lot of work went into this app, Saft is worth $10 if you use Safari and want some advanced features. Most, but not all, of these features are in OmniWeb 5. Saft has some features I want to see in OmniWeb 5 though!

Check out the Saft Web site for a full list of features, its a very impressive list. Everything is so well integrated into the Safari UI. The demo is nagware, it displays a dialog on startup of Safari and then every so often. Buy a license and be happy.

Delicious Library now shipping

Delicious Monster Software today began shipping Delicious Library, its new application that creates an electronic card-catalog of a users books, movies, music, and video games. Delicious Library's features include 30fps iSight barcode scanning, photorealistic digital shelves with high-resolution 3D renderings of your covers, Address Book and iCal integrated checkout to keep track of who has your media, and smart recommendations to help you find new things to add to your library. Delicious Library also offers automatic syncing with iPods, two-click purchases from Amazon.com, and a native XML file format to give advanced users direct access to all their library data.
Source: MacMinute

Oh my. This is nice. The iSight integration is just wonderful. I have only one complaint. It does not recognize the UPC codes on my video games. The site says they are working on the UPC issues. The potential looks promising. What they have delivered so far has beat my expectations though.

Be sure to download the demo, this is a very pretty looking app. It has a great UI, great iApp integration, iSight integration is genius, and the iPod support is icing.

Toy Story DVD Review

Once you've figured out the technology, it's easy to forget there's a story to tell. So many moves toss in all the extravagant special effects their budget can handle, but in the end, you end up with a lifeless, shallow piece of work. Pixar is not one of those companies. "Toy Story" is a Disney classic, one of the most enjoyable, entertaining, and imaginative films to ever come from the studio.

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Toy Story 2 DVD Review

What does it take to prove yourself as a filmmaker? Make a sequel that's on par with the original. Pixar did just that, but actually made an even more enjoyable movie the second time around. "Toy Story 2" does everything right the first film did, while taking it even further, expanding an already brilliant concept.

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A Bug's Life Collectors Edition DVD Review

Only Disney could make a movie about bugs and haul in a $163 million. Actually, only Pixar could do that. Hot off of "Toy Story," the studio went back and came out with this, "A Bug's Life." Not only is the movie gorgeous, but the quick moving story along with some very funny comedy help keep this one afloat.

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Sci-Fi Channel Original Centipede! Review

It's kind of hard to imagine a creature that hasn't been mutated in some way in order to crawl across our movie screens. The lowly centipede is one of the select few to get a pass. The closest we've ever come is in the Japanese classic "Rodan," but those were called Meganura and you're never really sure what they are. The Sci-Fi channel has come to the rescue with their latest presentation, "Centipede!" That exclamation point was entirely their idea.

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Free Prescott ready Soyo motherboard (after rebate)

Ooooh. I don't really care, but some one might. Click.

Funny Time Magazine spoof

I do not know who to credit for this. Sorry.

Are you a soldier?

LMAO this is just funny.

This is the second time this minister from this Episcopal church on Wooster has come knocking on my door. The first time they got me out of bed early in the morning. They remembered me. I played dumb, saying I was sleeping and they might have woken me up. They saw me unlock my door (at about 6:30 PM) and they were on to me like flies on shit. I didn't even have my earphones off and they were going on and on, blah blah blah.

I say "Sorry, no thanks, I have work to do." This guy says "Are you a soldier?" (He glances at my pants and boots.)

"No, no I'm not."

I have on a my usual cargo pants, a flannel jacket, and my boots. I guess my attire has "soldier" written all over it.

"No, I am not a soldier, but I am a Boy Scout."

November 10, 2004

At the Library, be back later

Sorry, no blog today, at the Library instead.

I spent the evening scanning CDs, DVDs, books, and video games. This is a wonderful app. The iPod integration is really nice. I am very glad I bought a license. I have been wanting to do something like this for a very long time.

November 11, 2004

French court dismisses Virgin's FairPlay complaint

The French Competition Council has dismissed the case brought by Virgin Mega's French arm against Apple for alleged abuse of market dominance. In June, Virgin filed a complaint against Apple alleging that the company has wrongfully refused to its license FairPlay DRM (digital rights management) technology to competitors.
Source: MacMinute & C|Net News.com

Gmail gets POP3 support, antivirus planned

Google said today that it will graually roll out POP3 (Post Office Protocol) support over the coming weeks to users of its Gmail e-mail service. "With POP3 support, users will be able to transfer their server-based Gmail messages to a client-side e-mail application such as Microsoft's Outlook and have the messages stored on their local hard drive and thus accessible when they are offline. Users with wireless devices that have POP3-compliant e-mail clients will also be able to download their Gmail messages to personal digital assistants or cell phones. Google is also working on adding an antivirus scanning feature to the Web mail service."
Source: MacMinute & InfoWorld

Hell yea! What a great idea.

Virtual PC 7 update fixes RAM issue

Microsoft today released an update to Virtual PC 7 that corrects an issue affecting users running G5 machines with more than 2GB of RAM.
Source: MacMinute

Hey, its usable now!

Ancient Developer Proverb

The biggest mistake you can make as a developer is to not listen to what your customers want.

However, the second biggest mistake you can make is to give your customers everything they ask for.

Found in Open Source is like Sex, which in itself was a good read. Thanks to Jake for the link.

The Cub Scouts tell the mother of a retarded boy her son's no longer welcome

I cannot flipping believe this bull! This pisses me off. I take this very personally.

I am a very proud Eagle Scout. I fear that in 1995 when I got my Eagle award, the Boy Scouts of America was a very different place that it is now.

This makes me sick to my stomach! It is another tarnish to the BSA name and makes me feel ashamed to be associated with a group that discriminates against developmentally disabled children.

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November 21, 2004

Falcons Run Over Marshall, 56-35

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Omar Jacobs passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns and P.J. Pope added 117 yards rushing and two scores to lead Bowling Green to a 56-35 win over Marshall on Saturday.
Source: BGSUFalcons.com

Go Falcons! I honestly didn't think they could beat Marshal. But heck, I have been wrong before. Next week it is Toledo, which is another strong opponent as they just beat NIU. The Falcons got beat by NIU earlier this year.

Omar Jacobs leads the nation with 32 touchdown passes. Thats pretty impressive for a MAC team. It is great to hear the ESPN commentators raving about the MAC these last two years.

Also See: Photo Gallery of the Marshall game

Second major art history test

Well I blew it. I really am pissed off at myself. I did not do good on this exam. And I am going to have to work twice as hard for the final exam. I know I did bad on this test, I do not have to wait for the score. I simply did not study enough. I have no other excuses. I know I can get a good grade in this class, I got an 86% on the last test.

I will pass this class for good and get it behind me. Just watch.

Did I ever tell you I hate college sometimes?

What an eclectic Sunday!

It takes a very cultured person to start the day at Cabelas, then take in a few hours at the Toledo Museum of Art, top that off with Greek cuisine, and finally end the day watching the Bills/Pats game with a beer in hand. This is the eclectic day that my buddy Mike and I had last Sunday. Hey, it was a long week! For the record I did write this Sunday night.

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New section: Quickie Reviews

A lot of time I do not review things because I do not have a lot of time to write a full review. I don't like that. This is the answer, Quickie Reviews. There is now a home for these small bytes of blogging banter.

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman DVD Quickie Review

I have heard good things about this DVD. I picked it up used yesterday and I am very glad I did. I probably should have spent the money to see this in the theater. What a wild ride! Great movie, a lot of fun.

The DVD extras are great, and more then I expected from just reading the box. The Behind the Scenes documentary was longer and better then most. 12 deleted scenes too!

The Good: Another comic book/graphic novel brought to life that does not suck! The twist from super heros to literary figures is a nice change, Tom Sawyer was a nice touch.

The Bad: The worst CG in the movie was when the building blows up in Kenya at the beginning of the movie. The fire looked fine, the initial explosion look really bad.

There is defiantly a market for the comic book genre, and not everyone thinks these movies are hot. That being said, this niche has proven lucrative for the movie industry.

Final Thought: Great movie and great DVD.

TypePad gets UI improvements, when will Movable Type?

The screen shot here sure is tempting. Its nice to see TypePad getting these improvements. But as I too am a paying customer of Six Apart I hope that Movable Type gets similar, if not the same, improvements.

Will Six Apart add these new TypePad features to MT?

Author Howard Zinn to join the Resistance, Sunday night

This Sunday night, well known historian and author Howard Zinn will be interviewed on the on-campus radio show Audible Resistance.

Those interested in political issues and/or dissapointed with this year's election should tune in. Graduate student and DJ Daniel Boudreau hosts Audible Resistance, which airs Sunday nights from 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. on 88.1 WBGU. The show was originally called "Operation Banish Bush," but Boudreau changed its name to reflect the ongoing struggle for social justice which is broader than one administration.

Source: The BG News

I read "A People's History of the United States" for an Ethnic Studies class, it was one of the best books I have read in college.

If you are not in Bowling Green, you can still listen online to 88.1 FM.

Mac OS Error Codes

I know nothing gets your blood pumping like error codes, but when you need to know, you need to know. I went googling today and found this great reference.

Its not as good as Bleu Rose's Black & Bleu, but it also does not cost $29.99. Which reminds me, I had a license for that app a while ago, I need to search for that!

Adobe announces Acrobat 7, set to ship by year end

With the shortest Acrobat product cycle in company history, Adobe Systems today announced the forthcoming release of its Acrobat 7 lineup of Portable Document Format (PDF)-oriented products. They are slated to begin shipping by the end of 2004, according to the company; Acrobat 6 shipped in mid-2003.
Source: Planet PDF

Other then the standard PR type stuff, they have a few articles on Acrobat 7, including a first look with screen shots.

Pixar, the Muddle in the Middle

Will the Fox fanfare be the next film studio logo paired with Pixar Animation Studios bouncing Luxo lamp? According to one recently retired 20th Century Fox executive, it should be a done deal.
Source: o-meon.com

Submission by Chris Browne, thanks Chris.

The true story of audion

Is it just me? I mean, do you ever wonder about the stories behind everyday products?

What names were Procter & Gamble considering before they finally picked "Swiffer"? (Springle? Sweepolio? Dirtrocker?) What flavors of Pop-Tarts never made it out of the lab, and did any involve lychee, the devil's fruit? What magical prototype Apple products will never be seen, forever relegated to some giant, Wonka-esque industrial design factory that might exist only in my imagination? ("Oompa, loompa, diggity-dack: come take a peek at this dodecahedron-Mac!"). And honestly, what in God's name is a "Graffle"?

Source: Panic.com Via MacCentral

This truly was a great read about Audion. To be honest I never used Audion back in the OS 9 days, I used SoundJam, which became iTunes conveniently. If you are not aware, Panic has 'retired' Audion. It is interesting to note that Apple tried to offer them a job, more then once, before really taking the market share for Mac MP3 jukebox software.

iPod photo Diagnostic Mode revealed

For years, iPod tinkerers have known that holding down the correct two sequences of buttons (currently, hold Menu plus central Action button, then Reverse plus Action button) would reset an iPod and then bring up a hidden diagnostic mode. Various tests, including hard disk, screen, and Wheel diagnostics would appear, and the iPod could even be forced into a slave-like disk mode from this menu system.
Source: iPodLounge

The color LCD on the iPod photo (re-branded name) is by default set to a brightness value of 128. It can go up to 255, which is very bright. Sure you would kill battery life it you left it at 255, and that is probably why you cannot leave it at 255. After all, the default setting of 128 is bright enough.

Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

Download 300 free user-contributed AppleScripts for Apple's iTunes that will make maintaining your digital music collection easier and more fun.
Source: Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

My favorite is his Managing Files collection. Of all these scripts, the one that should be integrated into iTunes is the ability to make AAC files "Bookmarkable."

Let me explain: If you buy a book from the iTMS or Aduble.com, those files are Bookmarkable, when you stop listening, the file remembers where you were last - even once you sync your iPod back to your computer. But what if you rip an audio book yourself? This is where Doug's AppleScripts come in. Make Bookmarkable is the best script on the site. Sure, there are a lot of very useful scripts here, but none top Make Bookmarkable.

Creative 'declares war' on iPod

Creative Technology says it plans to shell out US$100 million (Yahoo! News) in marketing money next year in an effort to take on current MP3 King, iPod, reports Reuters. "The MP3 war has started and I am the one who has declared war," Creative Chief Executive Sim Wong Hoo told a media briefing in Singapore. "I'm planning to spend some serious money -- I intend to out-market everyone," he went on to say. Creative says it is targeting a 40 percent share of the global MP3 player market in 2005, and intends to spend most of the marketing money in the United States, followed by Europe and Asia.
Source: MacMinute

Well they do have a fairly ugly 5 GB iPod clone out now, who's to say they can't capture 40% of the market? I am, for one! Creative will never best the Apple iPod juggernaut.

Trial reveals spammer techniques

LEESBURG, Virginia (AP) -- As one of the world's most prolific spammers, Jeremy Jaynes pumped out at least 10 million e-mails a day with the help of 16 high-speed lines, the kind of Internet capacity a 1,000-employee company would need.

Jaynes' business was remarkably lucrative; prosecutors say he grossed up to $750,000 per month. If you have an e-mail account, chances are Jaynes tried to get your attention, pitching software, pornography and work-at-home schemes.

Source: CNN

Hmmmm.... Is it worth $750,000 a month? Most would say yes. But me? I would say yes.

Optimized Firefox for the G5 and G4 7450

We all know that Firefox 1.0 is out, if you don't know already, I feel sorry for you. My grandma knows Firefox 1.0 is out. No, seriously, it was on CNN.

Now if you are one of those lucky folks to have a G5, go thank Neil Lee for compiling a G5 optimized build of 1.0. I know, I know, Firefox is already screaming fast on your G5. I know, it screams on my G5 too. Just go download it and see for yourself. It especially kicks the "normal" Firefox 1.0 when you start browsing multiple tabs at once. And who doesn't do that these days anyway?

Also, if you have a newer G4, an iBook or a PowerBook G4, check this G4 optimized build out.

Shrek 2 DVD Review

After a few false starts with animated films like "Spirit," DreamWorks finally nailed one with "Shrek." After pulling in an insane amount of box office, not a single soul on this planet wouldn't be able to figure out a sequel was coming down the pipe. It's not about whether or not "Shrek 2" is a better movie than its predecessor, it's about HOW much better "Shrek 2" is.

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The Apple Store Regent Street

These pics from the new London Apple Store look nice. It has a 14 metre long Genius bar!

Via Macworld UK.

Display a random fortune in the login window

In the Classic days, there used to be a Mac system extension that would do this, displaying a fortune in a dialog just before the Finder loaded. It's possible to duplicate this functionality on Mac OS X with a bit of AppleScript fiddling or third-party apps -- but who needs another login item slowing things down? A better, cleaner solution -- the one thats seems "right" -- is to use the "hidden" LoginwindowText default documented in an earlier hint to display a fortune in the login window.
Source: MacOSXHints.com

Rob added a screen shot - check it out. Fortune is so much fun, I think I will set this up at work tomorrow. I have collected my own fortune quote file over the years, that will come in handy.

Delicious Library Shelf Theme Contest

Delicious Monster and MacThemes.net are pleased to announce a design contest to promote Delicious Monster's debut application, Delicious Library. Artists can design and submit shelf themes from November 15th through November 22nd, replacing Library's wooden shelves with modern or quirky alternatives.
Source: MacThemes.net

The prizes are pretty nice too! MacOSXHints.com has a hint on how to change the shelves to the included metal shelves.

Free FileMaker Creative Pro Starter Kit available

Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc. on Thursday released the FileMaker Creative Pro Starter Kit. The kit includes five databases developed to help creative professionals and managers handle jobs and billing, images and collateral, clients and vendors. The kit comes with a 30-day free trial of FileMaker Pro 7.
Source: MacCentral

You do not have to download the trial if you already own FMP. All five free databases are well done. I will have to explore them more later, but I am impressed. They are free, did I mention that?

Holiday Game Shopping and Idiots

Another year, another holiday. Another year, more stupidity. Yes, it has already begun. People have begun their insane holiday shopping on Ebay and other Internet shopping sites. What exactly is wrong with you people?

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Killzone PS2 Review


There's an easy way to analyze a game like this. Simply put, this is the right game on the wrong system. "Killzone" tries so hard to be an epic game experience, but the hardware limitations drag it right back down. It's certainly not a complete failure, but a title that could have been so much more.

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Plenty of blame to go around

Never mind all the apologies and acts of contrition you will hear over the next few days in the wake of Friday's Pacers-Pistons riot. They'll all be lies, every one of them.

The fact is, every person involved in the horrendous brawl at The Palace at Auburn Hills is secretly proud of himself for not taking any stuff – from Ron Artest clocking the one fan in a Pistons jersey, to the louts who drenched Jermaine O'Neal on his way off the floor with every liquid item from the concession stands.

Source: ESPN.com

All I can say is "wow." This is not the NHL people, its the NBA. I still have not heard what "suspended indefinitely" means, but I imagine it will be for a while.

The Internet Drops Our Society Down a Level

I'm not an advocate of hunting. We've been around long enough that we should have evolved past the point of killing defenseless animals, especially since we hardly need to anymore. However, it is legal, and you are perfectly in your right to do so if you wish. But this is something entirely different (live-shot.com), see also CNN article.

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Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

UPDATE: Unless you were vistiting between 1 AM and 4 AM you noticed this site looked pretty messed up. I got all the posts back, and all of the comments up until November 11, 2004. Sorry Mike, Matt, and Chris. Our very colorful conversations about Halo 2 are lost forever. The GTA ones are still there though!

For those who are saying "What?" Here is the answer: I really made a big mistake. It was a stupid mistake, it is a mistake I have made in the past, twice I think. The previous times were not as devastating though.

I made a backup of my DB on November 11th, and thank the Lord that I use ecto to post and had the posts from the 11th to today on my HD. Otherwise this blog would have started over from scratch today, November 21st, 2004. My host does weekly backups but the cron job apparently did not work correctly so they were of no help. I am just glad I made a backup of the DB on the 11th. I should have done it Friday too, I let it go.

I'll get into my stupidity after I have had some sleep. Yes I said I will explain my stupidity. Two reasons here: Poor UI design by Six Apart on the MT Search page, and as a learning lesson for all you people out there in bloggin' land.

Now, as I just avoided a major catastrophe of Breaking Windows, I need sleep.


Major. Problem. All is lost.

I will try and bring everything back, but I cannot promise everything

:(

November 22, 2004

My Keys: Lost & Found

When it rains it pours, doesn't it?

Today I parked out in the College Park lot, a nice 5 minute walk from West hall. Today walking back to my car from West Hall, I lost my keys. They were on my belt loop as usual, and I did not hear or feel them come off my belt loop. I did not hear it because I was listing to my iPod. You would think I would have felt it, they weigh a ton.

I get to my car, reach for my keys, and my stomach sinks! You know the feeling you get when you loose your wallet? Its so much worse when you loose your keys.

Thats a long walk to backtrack from College Park to West Hall! I call the BGSU Police and a very helpful officer helps me look with his Mag Light. It did not take 2 minutes to find my keys, thank God. They could have dropped anywhere. They choose to drop next to the sidewalk in plain sight.

Phew!

November 23, 2004

Falcons face Toledo tonight

The culmination of another successful season comes to a close tonight for the Falcon football team, as long as they can beat rival Toledo
Source: The BG News

The Falcons are playing right now and are up 17-7 and I can finally again post to my blog. The game is on ESPN2 if you want to watch BGSU crush Toledo.

Go Falcons!

November 24, 2004

Falcons Edged Out By Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio - Bruce Gradkowski threw for 338 yards and directed six second-half touchdown drives in Toledo's 49-41 victory Tuesday night over Bowling Green, putting the Rockets in the Mid-American Conference title game.
Source: BGSUFalcons.com

Well that was a high scoring shootout at the Glass Bowl! BG was up early but Toledo is very good at coming from behind and winning the game. The Rockets did beat NIU this year, and now they are moving on to play Miami (of Ohio) for the MAC title. I am not sure who to cheer for in that game!

:sad:

Putting the world on notice

I am driving home for a long Thanksgiving weekend. There is a good possibility there will be no updates until Monday the 28th.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

November 25, 2004

Live from Dad's House

To appease my father, who is sitting across me with his own PowerBook, I will update my blog.

What a game for Peyton Manning, with six touch downs!

I had the healthiest Thanksgiving dinner ever. Both Dad and Mel are on the South Beach Diet. All the low carb food went well, all until we got to the low carb crust of the pumpkin pie. As Max said, there was a lot of crust left on the plates. So as a warning, low carb crust is not a good thing, it is rubbery, almost taking a knife to cut it.

Turkey dinner this year was great, as always. To Mel's credit the new recipe stuffing was great.

Now its time to drink my coffee and fall asleep after having that great turkey dinner.

November 30, 2004

Falcons going to GMAC Bowl

BGSU accepted an invitation today to play Memphis in the GMAC Bowl Dec. 22 in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Murray Cape, chairman of the bowl’s selection committee, formally extended the invitation at a press conference in Mileti Alumni Center this afternoon.

The bowl bid, the seventh in BGSU football history, “really says a lot, not only for Bowling Green, but for the Mid-American Conference,” said Head Coach Gregg Brandon, adding that the Falcons are the first MAC team to receive an invitation this bowl season.

The teams will take matching 8-3 records into the game, which will be televised on ESPN. Memphis finished second in Conference USA behind Louisville.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at the athletic ticket office, by phone at 2-2762 or online at bgsufalcons.com. BGSU students may purchase tickets for $15 (limit of two) at the ticket office in Memorial Hall.

Source: BGSU Marketing & Communications

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Everything TypeKey

A cool new site for you: Everything TypeKey, a new wiki about (you guessed it) TypeKey that Andre Torrez put together. There's sample code for using TypeKey as authentication in PHP, Perl, and ASP.Net, and a number of interesting tutorials and samples.
Source: Anil Dash

This is more or less a bookmark post for me, but if you find it useful, more power to you!

Down goes Jennings! Down goes Jennings!

After amassing the largest pot of winnings in TV game show history -- more than $2.5 million -- in a "Jeopardy!" winning streak that began way back on June 2, Jennings is brought down tonight after he flubs two Double Jeopardy responses and then blows the Final Jeopardy round, according to a report circulating yesterday.
Source: Washington Post Via: Kottke.org Via: Anil Dash

Of course we knew this since September, if you read Kottke.org that is.

No one said eBay users were smart

Compare the end price and what this thing is worth! Yea, stupid.




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