MacOS X + 3

March 24, 2004 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 2 Comments

Today marks the third anniversary since the official release of MacOS X — Ars Technica has a review and history. Since Linux is not (technically) Unix, one could say that Apple has the largest Unix installed base (10 million+).

Sig Pro Weekend

March 22, 2004 at 9:01 pm | Posted in General | 2 Comments

Last week, I took delivery of a handgun – the SIG Pro chambered in 9mm (model SP2009). In two shooting sessions over the weekend, I fired off about 440 rounds. Unlike Glocks, the Sig is closer to a Beretta in the sense that it is more particular about the ammo – it did not like remanufactured rounds, often jamming once or twice per magazine load.
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Gays Not Welcome

March 17, 2004 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

I’ve always wondered why counties in states east of the Mississippi are smaller than those west of the Rocky Mountains. I guess it makes sure that most of the Neanderthals stay in one place.

Rhea County in the state of Tennessee wants to charge homosexuals to prevent them from living there. If they can do that, the rest of the state could ban the transportation of some things into the county. You know, simple stuff, like food and water. It’s these kinds of local, faraway events that convinces me in the absolute necessity of the 14th Amendment to prevent a tyranny of the majority.

Ten Years of Power Macintosh

March 16, 2004 at 7:07 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the Power Macintosh product line. The PowerMac has always been important to Apple’s professional / prosumer markets, and selling lots of them bodes well for the company, due to its high margins and ability to sell other peripherals like displays and printers. When the first 6100/7100/8100 PowerMacs were announced, Apple sold over 145,000 of them in two weeks, and over a million during their first year.

Ten years since then, Apple now has a “kick-ass” G5 PowerMac, but has been unable to sell them as fast as they did 10 years ago. Last quarter, Apple shipped about 206,000 G5s and this quarter, they are only expected to sell 195,000 units. If the current trends continue, Apple will sell no more than 800,000 by the end of summer. It may actually be worse than that, since Steve Jobs promises 3GHz G5’s by the end of this summer, which may put a lot of potential buyers on hold. Personally, if Apple doesn’t have the G5 I want at the right price by early June, I’m waiting until after WWDC.
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You’re In The Army Now

March 13, 2004 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Today’s most interesting Slashdot article involves the creation of preliminary plans by the Selective Service to draft people with specialized skills necessary for the “War On Terror”. Even though the current Administration is saying that the return of the draft is remote, I believe that the rhetoric will change after the November elections, regardless of who is elected President. This time, due to the skill sets desired (foreign languages and computer expertise), the eligible age ranges will be greater (up to 44 years old according to articles from the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
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Math Puzzle

March 11, 2004 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | 2 Comments

I was going over some old class notes when I was taking an advanced controls class at UCLA when I stumbled on a flyer advertising the UCLA Math Students Society. On the back was a puzzle whose solution would qualify you for prizes like pocket protectors or slide rules 🙂

Here’s the puzzle:

Q. If the remainder of polynomial P(x) is 2 when divided by x-1 and 1 when divided by x-2, what is the remainder of P(x) when divided by (x-1)(x-2)?

My answer is in the extended. There’s got to be an easier way to show this.
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There Can Only Be One

March 10, 2004 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

After the infamous Port Arthur Massacre, Australia banned many types of guns, and it has led to a reduction in gun violence, but because of the tight gun control laws, other weapons were being used in crimes.The government solution was obvious and stupid – something that would really piss off Duncan McLeod.
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Ford Surrenders to Toyota

March 10, 2004 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Ford has said that it will use Toyota’s gasoline-electric hybrid technology in the Ford Escape SUV.

Toyota, which recently overtook Ford in sales (in a typical show of Japanese humility – the claim was subsequently denied by Toyota itself) is hoping that Fords’ adoption of their technology will help it become a standard.
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Microsoft – Morally Bankrupt

March 5, 2004 at 7:32 am | Posted in Rants | 1 Comment

Damien Barrett couldn’t have said it better – Microsoft is truly a scumbag corporation. Internal SCO memos shows that the convicted monopolist is funding SCOs litigation against companies that support and develop Linux, from IBM to Autozone to individual users of the upstart operating system.

Starbrite Solutions – Intellectually Bankrupt

March 3, 2004 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Rants | 2 Comments

Just another sign of the lack of innovation and lemming mentality found in the Windows world. This company (StarBrite Solutions) actually thinks they’re going to get away with this crap, considering that half of all iPod sales are to Windows users. Once you have an iPod, why would anyone want to carry a PocketPC boat anchor?
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