Archive for February, 2005

My first Mac OS disappointment

Monday, February 28th, 2005

I had to power cycle the laptop today, because I couldn’t shut down. There were two processes that I couldn’t kill. Force Quit didn’t work, Command-Option-Esc window and quitting it that way didn’t work. It’s always bugged me that in Windows there were unkillable processes, usually because the process was stuck inside a driver. I […]

I’m a Mac user.

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

I picked up a 12″ PowerBook G4. It’s a whole different world, using a Mac. I’m still figuring out how to do basic things, but I’m starting to find my way around. So far I’m really happy with it. It’s fast, quiet, and the AirPort wireless is great – better than any other (PC) laptop […]

Long Tail keyboard support

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

I added some keyboard shortcuts to the Long Tail site… Makes it easy to burn through a lot of entries quickly. Funny thing is I must have visited about 20 sites that described how to do JavaScript on a webpage before finding a sample that actually worked. I guess this area has changed over the […]

I want a Macintosh.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Specifically, I want a 17″ powerbook, but that’s probably not what I’m going to end up with. After reading this, I want a Mac even more.

Another language feature I want:

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

An ‘in’ keyword. if (x in (1, 2, 4)) Seems pretty simple, and it’d be a boon for clarity, especially in cases like: if (x == MyEnum.MyValue || x == MyEnum.MyOtherValue || x == MyEnum.MyOtherOtherValue) Scoping the list would be interesting too: if (x in MyEnum.(MyValue, MyOtherValue, MyOtherOtherValue)) is much easier to follow than the […]

Switching domains

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

I have a machine at home that’s been my domain controller for years (since 1999 or so). I tried to make my new Dell SC420 with Windows Server 2003 installed the domain controller, but that turned out to be a real pain to do. The old box refused to replicate to the new one. I […]

Tsunami Death Count

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Interestingly enough, the most common search phrase that leads people to my site is “tsunami death count”. I guess folks are looking for a final toll, and since I wrote something about it a while ago… I don’t know what the final number is. It’s too big. A number of sites put it at more […]

Mini-Review of Vonage

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

After a friend told me about Vonage (hi James), and it made sense to try it out… I was paying Bell Canada an average of about $100/month, and Vonage offers unlimited in-province calling for $34.95/month, something you can’t get at all from Bell anymore. These are all Canadian prices (me being in Canada, eh?). Staples […]


Friday, February 18th, 2005

I gotta say, awstats is great. It took me a while to get it all set up, but now that it’s working, it’s better than most of the commercial web stats applications I’ve seen, and it’s free/open source.

Google Calendar

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Seems like an obvious project for them doesn’t it? I use the Yahoo Calendar now, and it’s pretty good, but one thing that annoys me is that it only supports Yahoo Messenger for IM alerts. I would expect that if Google did their own calendaring app, they’d allow alerts to go out at least through […]