Archive for May, 2005

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.

man, woman and love

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

From the NY Times, Watching New Love As It Sears The Brain

When I was in college about 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to take an anthropology class with Dr. Fisher, one of the authors of the study discussed in the article. Suffice it to say, she was one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic professors I’ve ever had at Rutgers.

e-commerce schadenfreude

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Passing by the Barnes & Noble fulfillment center in New Jersey always makes me giggle…in that e-commerce schadenfreude kind of way…

Barnes & Noble can't fix their sign

contest: What song should I download?

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

I’m looking at my extremely messy desk right now and I have a free iTunes bottle cap. Since I managed to OD on Beck’s Guero this past weekend (oh, good memories associated with it), I have the extremely pressing question of What new music I should download?

I can’t give the winner much, but I’m sure the bragging rights will be enough…

Oh, whoopsy…I seem to have missed the April 30th redemption deadline… Ok, well if the song is that good, I’ll spend the 99 cents on it.


Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

This is what the NJ Turnpike looked like going southbound at about 4pm today around exit 7….check out the northbound lanes…

This traffic was not caused by an accident or weather…it was simply because there were too many people on the road. And yes, the backups occurred in both directions and I managed to hit it both ways…so my usual 4 hour drive was extended to 5.5 hours. Fun.

tidbits from my logs…

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

Looking at my site logs recently, I’ve found that most of my readers on Windows are actually using the most recent version (1.0.4) of Firefox. To be honest, I’m extremely surprised to see that folks are staying updated - especially since the updates are manual. Again, this could be because most of you who are reading this could be classified as tech savvy.

An interesting WAP User Agent from my logs…

LGE/U8150/1.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0

Here are the tech specs of the phone and the phone’s browser

In real life

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

sometimes people ask me how to get a mention on my blog.

I suspect an evening with Mexican food, continuing on to an Irish pub with plenty of people watching and live music would be a good start.

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

Nice try Blinq

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Apparently, the folks over at are trying to promote the blogging thing.

Which is all well and good, I suppose, but apparently this blog run by reporter-cum-blogger Dan Rubin is supposed to cover local bloggers and local events. However, if you take a good look at his blogroll he’s got the typical bloggers and, as of today, a grand total of 5 Philly area bloggers (and that’s if you include the Daily News blog and Eschaton).

Add to the fact that the tone of some of the current blog posts aren’t exactly about local blogging or local bloggers covering issues.

Color me underwhelmed. I’m actuallly a little pained by this, since if Mr. Rubin takes the time and effort to run a strong, interesting Philly area blog he’ll get readers.

I know he could do better coverage of local blogging. Let’s see if he’s up to the task.

Netscape 8.0 — stupidly irrelevant

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Ok, since my day job has something to do with designing Web sites, I thought I’d download and take a look at the new Netscape 8.0.

Anyway, tried it out and such and while it’s basically Firefox with a different skin (and outdated engine since it is built on 1.0.3), I don’t really have anything nice to say about the browser.

You see, the big new Netscape marketing push is about trust and security since the browser allegedly “checks” if the site you are visiting is trustworthy. While that sounds all well and good, the browser apparently only “checks” sites that are registered with Verisign or Trust-e and if the site is registered with either of these two certifiying authorities, the browser will show a green shield.

Great. So, if you’re not using the trust mafia, your site does not have a green shield displayed in the browser.

The reason why this practice is wrong is that I, as a site owner now have to pay money to a company to verify my site. Unlike, say, SSL, where I don’t have to pay an SSL provider unless I want them to do the work for me.

Wedding Blogging

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

I’m in Radnor, PA at the Villanova Conference Center (BTW:excellent free high speed Internet) killing some time before a hair/makeup appointment this morning.

It’s a big day, my little brother is getting married today.

I’ll let you guys know what really happens in the limo ride to the church… ;-)

Update 5/17/05: The happy couple during their first dance… Congrats to Tom and Megan…

happy couple

cool osx tricks

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Does anybody have any really knock your socks off OS X tricks that would just wow a group of kids?

I already know about the say command which when executed at the command prompt, a voice speaks.