Archive for the 'Tech' Category

I have a date on 6/29/07 at 6pm

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

for this.

Related: What are the odds that I will be able to keep my current phone number?

[tags]Apple, Mac, iPhone, fangirlism, the local Cingular store is just down the street [/tags]

Apple Store Chile

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Well, kinda. There aren’t official Apple stores in Chile, but there are Apple resellers.

Thanks, Bert!

Update: More information about MacOnline in Chile at ifoAppleStore.

[tags]Apple, Mac, Apple Store, Chile, Apple Reseller, MacOnline [/tags]

Mac OS X Safari 3.0

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

From an undisclosed source, I got a hit in my logs for what appears to be the newest version of the Mac OS X Safari Web browser. It’s at version 3.0 now.

Http Code: 200 Date: May 08 19:23:52 Http Version: HTTP/1.1
Size in Bytes: 15822
Referer: -
Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/522.6 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Safari/522.6

[tags]Apple, Mac OS X, Safari, Web browser, User Agent [/tags]

Google Referrer Using Redirect

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

So, just in the past couple of days, I started seeing the referrer URLs from in the following format.

What’s unique about the referrer URL is that it’s a redirect and my logs are showing the incoming search term as from Google, which doesn’t seem right at all. In a perfect world you’d want to see incoming search terms such as “cleverhack” or “tech blogger” or “needs a date on Friday” not the URL that Google served and the person clicked through on.

I’ve been seeing IP addresses from all over - lots of Comcast, Verizon, Bell South, so it’s definitely real people making the requests, but why Google is using a redirect, I don’t know. Is this a side effect of iGoogle?

[tags]Google, iGoogle, Google Referrer, Google URL, Can I get a job at Google? [/tags]

Apple Laptop Battery Issues, or as we might say, “recall”

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I was browsing the news sites today, and stumbled upon this wire article mentioning Apple battery issues, I just had to take a look.

Apparently MacBooks and MacBook Pros manufactured between Feb 2006 and April 2007 could be affected by the problems - which are said to be underperforming batteries, but could include batteries that are visibly deformed.

Aside from the possible deformed batteries, which should be returned to Apple no matter what, if your battery seems to be underperforming, there’s a new battery update patch. If your battery still does not perform properly, then you should contact Apple about returning your battery and getting a new one.

The official Apple writeup with recall instructions can be found here.

I haven’t really used my MacBook Pro on battery, so I can’t really tell if it’s underperforming. However, I installed the patch just to be sure.

[tags]Apple, Apple laptops, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Apple Battery Recall [/tags]

Idiot spammer

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Idiot spammer trying to use my domain as a reply-to address. Interesting things to note about this bounce message. This looks like some sort of mess up on the spammer’s part since the headers are riddled with html tags and spaces in the email addresses, which is probably due in part to whatever email harvester program the spammer was using.

There is a a lot of fake information in the header. For example, the X-Originating-IP: [02.721.783.4] is not a true IP address. While usually IP addresses are denoted in square brackets, the IP address and other information in the X- headers in this case are not valid. The originating IP is really, an IP address from Bezeqint, an Israeli ISP. This address that looks like some sort of static cable based IP address. In other words, probably a PC on a botnet.

Good job spammer! (Not really.)

*——————————–Begin Message—————————–*

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:
(generated from
retry timeout exceeded

—— This is a copy of the message, including all the headers. ——

Return-path: webmaster
Received: from [] (
by with smtp (Exim 4.63)
(envelope-from webmaster
id 1Hh962-0007jz-5M
for; Thu, 26 Apr 2007 14:53:38 -0400
X-Originating-IP: [02.721.783.4]
X-Originating-Email: []
Received: (qmail 5303 by uid 305); Thu, 26 Apr 2007 09:53:24 +0200
Message-Id: <>
To: webmaster
Subject: All Investors Message 2127335568591326
From: Investor Elma webmaster
MIME-Version: 1.0
Importance: High
Content-Type: text/html

[tags] email headers, spam, spammer, spammers must die [/tags]

uncov Web 2.0

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Marjolein turned me onto uncov, a group blog with some pithy, informed, jaundiced analysis about the pure promotional and technological goofiness of Web 2.0 from a developer’s view. (Well, I don’t know that they are developers, but they sure sound like them.)

It’s a really good, giggly (if I may say so myself) from the belly of the beast read.

[tags]Web 2.0, uncov, jaundiced developers, javascript sucks, Ajax [/tags]


Monday, April 9th, 2007

Does anyone know how to get gum (yes, chewing gum) off of an iMac display without ruining the display? I have a feeling peanut butter won’t work.

[tags]iMac display[/tags]

music track names

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Oh, boy this is an oldie but goodie kind of question…

I’m dorking around with my music collection when I realize that I’ve got tracks with no album or artist info. I’m trying to import this all into iTunes where, of course, I can’t grab CCDB info because a number of these are compilations. Any ideas on how I can grab these names without having to resort to googling lyrics?

[tags] music, iTunes, track names [/tags]

And what did I accomplish today?

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Why I was motivated to perfect my desktop setup here at casa de cleverhack and plug in the external monitor I bought a way while back to the MacBook Pro. This time around, the MacBook Pro’s video card handles the LCD beautifully with the DVI to VGA adapter.

I am stoked. The image below is via my cell phone cam.

dual display hotness

[tags]hardware, external monitor, dual display hotness [/tags]

Sunday Morning roundup

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Miscellaneous links for your Sunday morning clicking pleasure…

-Here’s an insighful up and coming Mac blog - from the eyes of a technically savvy switcher.

-Viciously mocking the Web 2.0.

-Marjolein Hoekstra created OnePipe, a browser bookmarklet created to filter any feed by topic.

-Explode is a much talked about blogging community site, much talked about because it’s not MyBlogLog. I don’t know what to think of it yet.

-I liked the chart comparing Digg like news sites on this post.

-Also, in a somewhat similar vein, I find myself checking out Techmeme a few times a day. Sometimes, using one person’s biases is good enough.

-Finally, I’ve been using Safari to browse the World Wide Web since I fired up the new MacBook Pro. It’s fast enough, but I’ve started to see the beach ball on a few Web pages with dynamic elements such as the MSNBC homepage.

[tags] Mac blogging, Keynote2Keynote, 2.0rly, OnePipe, Explode, Digg like, Techmeme, Web 2.0 [/tags]

Ding Dong! Visual FoxPro is (nearly) dead!

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Kind of not surprised to learn that Microsoft has finally announced an EOL for that “more robust than Access ever will be” database language Visual FoxPro.

This does not surprise me as all of the FoxPro programmers I’ve known are a bit older than myself.

[tags] Microsoft VisualFoxPro, database programming, old guys, punch cards [/tags]