Archive for May, 2008


Thursday, May 29th, 2008

If you’re trying to figure out boost::bind, read this.

Xbox 360: No Spring Update?

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Major Nelson’s podcast interview with Marc Whitten indicated that there isn’t going to be the usual Spring Update this year (one of two yearly updates). At least, not in the sense of the usual update that adds new features, like the DivX support added last fall. And, on top of that, they’re going to be […]


Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Wow.. the Ottawa Citizen has a summary of the new DMCA style law that’s coming in Canada, and I can’t believe our politicans would even consider something like this. Check this out: The proposal includes “civil enforcement” measures which would give security personnel the “authority to order searches” (without a lawyer present) “and other preliminary […]

A Bad Mac Installer

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I needed to scan a document today, so I pulled my trusty Canon LiDE 30 scanner off the shelf. I haven’t used it since the Mac switch, so I went looking for a Mac driver, and found one. Installing it was fun. The installer disk image is a pile of folders and something that might […]

Managing Coder Estimates

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

I just submitted a little job to RentACoder (converting an ASP.NET site to PHP for easier hosting – I’m not much of a PHP developer) and part of their new wizard has a bit about estimates. You can supply a deadline, or you can ask the bidders to estimate how long the job will take, […]


Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Haven’t blogged much lately. Been busy. I’ll be back. Meanwhile here’ s a cool picture I took of some lightning. I discovered, after taking a few dozen long exposure images on my Canon 40D, that there are two spots on the sensor that return solid red data. Lightroom seems to sense and remove the errors, […]

Mac Software Update Permissions Problem

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I ran into a problem installing some software updates on a Mac and thought I’d post the solution here in case anyone else runs into the same problem. I was logged in as one user, and ran Software Update, but didn’t install the updates. I then created a new user account and logged in as […]

Ars Technica on the .NET Framework

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Ars Technica is posting a series on Cocoa (the Mac UI framework) and part of it is a comparative look at the .NET Framework. And in my opinion, it’s not very fair. Here’s a quote: The .NET library does work. It more or less has all the main pieces you need, but it’s full of […]

Nuvi vs Mio

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Jeff Atwood has a post insanely recommending the Nuvi 200W, but I wonder if he’s ever tried a Mio. I bought a Garmin GPS and found the startup time just too frustratingly long. I’m still very happy with my Mio C520 GPS.

Xbox 360 with Blu-Ray Rumours

Monday, May 5th, 2008

That the Xbox 360 will be gaining Blu-Ray support is the rumour that just won’t die. But how likely is it? I’d say about 50/50. The hardware part is easy – and the that’s the part that the rumours always focus on: The website … states that MS has contracted Korean firm Pegatron Technology to […]