Archive for the 'Tech' Category

Tracking travel deals with RSS

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Today’s Sunday NY Times has an article on tracking travel deals via RSS, rather than relying on promotional email newsletters.

While not all sites allow you to track specific fares to destinations, the idea of even tracking promos via RSS is pretty neat. The article explains in simple detail how to aggregate RSS feeds via a customized My Yahoo page.

RSS is slowly becoming more useful to the consumer - it’s not just for “news articles” anymore.

iPod Nano

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Well, I don’t have one, but last weekend I did manage to caress an iPod Nano.

The verdict? Well, it definitely has that “ooooh shiny” aura. I’m not a big iPod user (I have a mini), but I can definitely see why some folks would really, really want one.

Meet the Pack Rats

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

From Wired News Meet the Apple pack rats

He’s one of the legions of Macintosh and iPod users for whom the elegance of the user interface begins with the bold graphics and sleek texture of the box the new machine comes in. It’s in the smell and the way the box logically reveals each new component just as the user needs it. And, like the famously long-lived Apple Computer products they carry, these aesthetic outer wrappings have a habit of sticking around.

“I can’t imagine throwing them away,” he said. “It’s more than a record of a serial number; it’s a record of a good event that happened in my life.”

“A true Mac geek takes pictures,” Harne said. “The more artsy, the more points.”

Legions of Mac users take pictures. Apple users have a particular fascination with online photo galleries of other users unwrapping the latest company products, often with a smiling model performing the geek striptease one USB cable at a time.

As if I should be pointing fingers…

joy's powerbook september 2003

dual display

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Over the long weekend I purchased a Sony SDM-HS75 external display for my super cool geek setup at home (i.e. I’ll be bringing home the work laptop much more often now).

Since I use a 19″ Sony SDM display at work, I figured the easiest thing to do would be to see if there was a similar Sony model on display at the local electronics retailer. So, this is how I picked up the Sony.

The good things about the monitor…setup was dead simple and since my work laptop already is configured for dual display goodness, I was able to just plug and play.

One unfortunate consequence is that I went through a bit of troubleshooting to figure out why the PowerBook wasn’t able to show an image on the Sony screen. I could see that the monitor was detected and all, but no image…until I found out that PowerBooks can only use external monitors with the lid closed.

No extended OS X desktop for me.

My PowerBook Battery

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

PROMPT% ioreg -l -w 0 | grep Capacity

| | | “IOBatteryInfo” = ({”Capacity”=2520,”Amperage”=0,”Cycle Count”=117,”Current”=2387,”Voltage”=12332,”Flags”=1090519045,”AbsoluteMaxCapacity”=4200})

| | | | “IOBatteryInfo” = ({”Capacity”=2520,”Amperage”=0,”Cycle Count”=117,”Current”=2387,”Voltage”=12332,”Flags”=1090519045,”AbsoluteMaxCapacity”=4200})

My battery has always been a little sucky in terms of capacity, so I was kinda sorta hoping that I’d be eligible for the battery recall, but alas, I’m not…If I go on battery with Airport enabled, I get about an hour and a half of good use.

Apple Battery Information

I’m *this* much of a hacker

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

I got a good laugh out of this slashdot review of Google Hacking for Penetration Testers.

As it happened, I was in my local Borders a few weeks ago and the book was unassumingly stuffed into a shelf with other sys admin and hacking books. I picked up the book, thinking that I knew the author’s name from somewhere, and I bought it on a whim.

It’s been sitting on my nightstand for the past few days, but I can’t give you a good overview of it yet, other than to say there are a heck of a lot of things that not only satiate my intellectual curiosity, but also plenty of stuff to work on concerning my day job.

Tiger pre-orders

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

What’s sadder…being on an Apple announce mailing list or seriously contemplating the thought of purchasing the super cool upgrade?

speaking as a marketing person…

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

After doing a quick “link: ” review on Google this week for some of the sites I manage for my day job, I think the number one reason why I like Google Ad Words so much is because Google spiders those spammy sites that are designed/used/manipulated to showcase Google Ads. Here is an example of a “Sponsored Links” spammy site set up by an apparent domain registrar trying to get hits.

Therefore, any of your ads that happen to show up on those spammy sites during the spidering are therefore *counted as legit links back to your site*. So, not only are you getting ad impressions, but your Google Ranking would naturally tend to go up with more links.

banned from gmail

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

Oh, gmail, oh gmail…why have you forsaken me? Or locked me out?

I am one of the apparently many who have gotten the dreaded lockdown message from gmail. (I mainly access the account from Firefox on OS X using the gmail notifier plug in…)

Have no idea why I got the message today as I have been using this same setup for the past 5 months or so.

Update: I have been reinstated, but if the problem was the gmail notifier, why doesn’t gmail just explicitly ban it’s use?

counting dupes in Access

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

I have a Microsoft Access question that I know the solution is probably exceedingly easy but I can’t seem to find it.

What I want to do is count the number of times a particular ID is duped. I created a “find duplicates” query, and “grouped by” in the particular field and then created an expression to count the dupes exp1:count([fieldname]). However, all that the count does is count each individual dupe and it only returns a 1 for each dupe. Sum() doesn’t work in the expression and neither does RunSum().

My MSSQL skills are rusty so that’s why I was trying to create the darn expression in the query design window.

*sigh*

Friday, February 11th, 2005

Apple’s 2 for 1 stock split.

mail software pondering

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

I use Thunderbird on Windows at work for my email needs, and I am just wondering why Thunderbird doesn’t support message bouncing like god’s given mail.app does.