Tiger Day 1

April 30, 2005 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Like other Mac fans, I did the obligatory trip to a local Mac store at 6pm last night and purchased a copy of Tiger (MacOS X 10.4). After the usual preparations (backup to to an external hard drive and to DVD), the installation went uneventfully – I even managed to take a nap during the install. This time I did an “archive and install” as I did not want to enter all my personal information or unusual OS customizations.

So far so good – the system seems faster (“snappier” as the peanut gallery on the Mac web would say), the font rendering is much better, and I have yet to take advantage of new features such as Spotlight and Dashboard.

Looking through the “new” Yahoo news, I found this photograph, which I thought is very appropriate to show at this time (copyright AP).

In reality, both animals are Jaguars, but one can pretend that one is a Panther and the other cute one is a Tiger 🙂

Transparent Desktop

April 26, 2005 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Macintosh | Leave a comment

I’m a little late to the “transparent desktop” meme, but after reading the MacMerc article, it didn’t look that hard. This took about 10 minutes in Photoshop; you also need a good tripod.

Leo Laporte Podcasts

April 20, 2005 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

I’ve just added Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” radio show to my list of podcasts, which airs locally from 11a-2p weekends on KFI Los Angeles. It’s very efficient – each hour is actually only about 40 minutes of real content, and the time saved is worth waiting a few days after the show airs. It also lets me skip topics I don’t find interesting. However, I do listen to Windows-related discussions since I provide Wintel tech support (whether I’d like to or not :-)). Here’s a great Leoville sound bite:

164kb MP3

Homily for the Pope

April 10, 2005 at 9:20 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

I watched CNN’s replay of Pope John Paul II’s funeral last Friday – real-time translation of foreign languages left much to be desired. The one provided by BBC World wasn’t much better, but their offline version of the homily is quite good. Much to ponder in those words.

Our Iraqi Friends

April 10, 2005 at 8:18 am | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Politics | Leave a comment

Two years after the fall of Baghdad, our Iraqi Shiite friends show their appreciation:

Courtesy of sploid. Too bad it’s not much of a parody of the real headlines.

Windows Needs Permissions

April 9, 2005 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Rants, Technology | Leave a comment

Microsoft, like most corporations, actually does not admit wrongdoing or boneheaded technical decisions, especially with regards to Windows security. However, their latest developer notes, presentations and a PC World article have hinted at abandoning VMS-style access control lists in favor of file-based permissions, called LUA (Least-privilege User Account). It’s a concept developed and known by the rest of the world for the past 30 years as Unix-style permissions. I’m familiar with ACLs, having used VMS early in my career. However, I cut my teeth on BSD Unix, and prefer the permissions-based model.

It’s good to know that Microsoft and other Windows developers finally acquainting themselves to 1970’s technology. Of course, MS will never admit as much, which is a good thing, because it’s likely they will either screw up their implementation (i.e. “embrace and extend”) for backwards compatibility and developer concerns or find a way to patent it and then sue those who thought of it first.

The Last Pinball Company

April 6, 2005 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Rants | Leave a comment

BusinessWeek has an article on the last pinball manufacturer in the world. While I was enjoying the Asteroids and Battle Zones at the bowling alley (ah, another dying institution) in the late 70’s, I always played a little pinball, although I wasn’t very good. I was so bad that I still remember the only time I earned a free game in Xenon. Not the lucky free game matching the last two digits, but by racking up enough points.

The above article is also a sad reflection on American manufacturing. The CEO believes that people should have fun at work (they must have really fun lunch breaks), craftsmanship matters, jobs should be local, and business functions should be co-located under one roof. It’s good that he’s exporting product and helping reduce our trade deficit, even though his business is a mere drop in the bucket compared to outsourcing advanced technologies.

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