Archive for April, 2007

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]

Trash it and start over

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

A layman’s explanation of the “trash present Internet architecture and start over” body of thought.

[tags]Internet, Web, Routers, it’s a series of tubes, the tubes are clogged[/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]