Booze Ship

September 26, 2004 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

An interesting story about one mission undertaken by the USS Constitution — ah, the good old days when men could drink their weight in alcohol.

An iMac from Gateway

September 21, 2004 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Comments Off on An iMac from Gateway

As usual, Gateway tries to copy Apple with a sad looking iMac competitor. Hey Gateway — next time, don’t outsource your industrial design to Soviet Russia.

Hey kids, here’s a comparsion:

Gateway

Apple

Not Asking for Directions…

September 19, 2004 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

often gets men in trouble.

Technology Gone Awry

September 18, 2004 at 11:04 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Just two short links to events where technology has gone awry. One is a recent event that is rather minor in comparsion to the other which occurred years ago

  1. NASA Genesis solar probe re-entry and crash (Quicktime movie)
  2. A woman motorcyclists’
    road trip through present-day Chernobyl

Chess and Guns

September 12, 2004 at 12:14 am | Posted in Fun Indoors, Fun Outdoors | Leave a comment

I went to the OakTree Gun Club for the second time, but the first time with my own pistols. Of course, I stupidly brought along the banned CCI Blazer ammo for my Sig and ended up paying an extra $30 for brass ammo. I then proceeded to use my 22LR to take down every single bowling pin at the furthest line (three were already down from shooters earlier in the day). I did manage to take out one using my 9mm. I tried the falling plates and got a personal best of just under 2 seconds, which paled to the guy after me who did it in less than 1. Damn that guy was fast.

Later in the day, I engaged in battle with the California Division IV State Chess Champion; at least that’s what the trophy said. The first game started with me in black; I took command of the center, fought off a counter attack, and then launched a King side advance that finally resulted in my oppponents resignation. For the second game, I was White and had to fight off a Sicilian Defense. I blundered in mid-game by giving away my Queen, but I managed to survive till the end by taking out both his Rooks. In the end, I was checkmated by his Queen. Oh, and one more thing — my opponent is in the 2nd grade. The good news is that I can still play well, but only at the elementary school level 🙂

My last chess game before this was in 1985 and ended in defeat at the hands of John Sorbek when I left my back rank open and I was mated by a lone Rook. This time, I felt better going 1-1 and decided it was best to leave it at that. Chess can be stressful; anyways, why bother when the best chess player in the world is a computer programmer?

Holistically Superior

September 7, 2004 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants | Leave a comment

Leave it to Apple to make the most interesting thing about the computer something other than the performance of the computer. Instead of emphasizing CPU speed or hard drive size or video performance (weak in my opinion), Apple emphasizes things that appear to be secondary factors to the typical user bombarded wtih price-performance hype from other companies like Dull or Hewlett-Packard.

Apple marketing VP Greg Joswiak reveals that Apple has thought more about the thermal, mechanical, acoustic, and manufacturing aspects of the iMac.
Continue Reading Holistically Superior…

Microsoft Hiding Facts

September 6, 2004 at 12:25 am | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

Once again, Microsoft attempts to rewrite history. Microsoft has changed their help pages into pure propaganda rather than telling users how to make their music work with iPods. The concept is really very simple, and all computer-savvy people who do tech support, free or not, should be saying and blogging this fact so it hits the average user like a two-by-four:

You can play Microsoft/Napster/Real music tracks in your iPod by burning them to an audio CD then using iTunes to convert the CD into MP3 tracks

Graphing Calculator in Tiger 10.4

September 1, 2004 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 2 Comments

While viewing the Apple Expo 2004 Keynote, VP Phil Schiller was summarizing new features in Apple’s OS X 10.4 (Tiger). He mentioned the return of the Graphing Calculator popular among the education, science, and engineering markets; I don’t believe this was mentioned at this years’ WWDC.

I’m not sure who’s writing this new version, as the company that wrote the Classic version has not shown any intent of creating an OS X version.

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