while googling around perlMagick

August 31st, 2005

this article

"I admit it. Like anyone else with a decent-speed connection to the Internet, I collect a lot of images. For example, a few months ago, I described a program that looks through Yahoo! news images for pictures of Oregon and some of my favorite singing stars.

Oregon ?
Singing stars?

yeah, right. please!

go your way

August 25th, 2005

equal at last

you know it’s 2005

August 23rd, 2005

if this image means something

Somebody on a blog reporting about his Google talk experience being popularized via digg, presented by expose and displayed via flickr.

What of those things did exist two years ago?

only in america

August 23rd, 2005

Midwich, Ohio

CANTON, Ohio -- There are 490 female students at Timken High School, and 65 are pregnant, according to a recent report in the Canton Repository.
The article reported that some would say that movies, TV, videogames, lazy parents and lax discipline may all be to blame.
School officials are not sure what has caused so many pregnancies ...

every sentence a gem:
There are 490 female students at Timken High School, and 65 are pregnant ...
65 out of 490: that’s 13% or one out of seven.

... that movies, TV, videogames, lazy parents and lax discipline may all be to blame.

lazy parents?
lax discipline?

I was under the impression that sex would get you pregnant. Probably different in Ohio.

School officials are not sure what has caused so many pregnancies

or is it not?

damn you apple!

August 20th, 2005

the iBook is broken. Will ship it back, took images of it before. I heard enough stories and experienced a few where machines came back scratched.

I could get my original 15 inch back. Thanks, Method!
There are two problems with that: I could switch ok from the 15″ PB G4 to the 12″ iBook with 100GB and two fingered trackpad

The two finger trackpad is something that you miss even after only a few days. Hence the title of this post: Damn you Apple for inventing things that you really never want to be without anymore.

Of course, now that I am typing this, and the keyboard glows under my fingers again, I do have second thoughts if the iBook G4 was the right decission.

Well, let’s say it has to be.

iBook as in broken

August 19th, 2005

After four nice days the GFX card in the brand new iBook died: The lower third of the screen is covered in vertical stripes. Probably some gfx memory issue.
On hold with Apple. 15 minutes of bad music ahead of me. Sigh.
I hope they just replace the graphics card while I wait. I need those 100GB of harddrive.
And it took me 4 hours to get them transfered to this machine. The official Apple Transfer was showing
me two hours of random progress bars. However in the end it had nothing out of my home directory transfered.
I can not believe that it takes fifteen minutes to get support from Apple. I paid 200 US$ “Apple Care”.
Ok, my gfx card can break in 3 years as well for this kind of money. Still.


August 16th, 2005

see you later 1127

second post from the iBook

August 16th, 2005

the first one fell victim to safari (?)
Don’t want to use firefox yet. Copying content over from the old machine manually.

Apples “Transferring Files” failed dismally. 2 hours of erratic progress bar for nothing.

it has arrived

August 16th, 2005

I could have gotten it cheaper but then again, maybe not.

The stampede should be a wake up call to the Apple marketing department. How cheap can they make the iBook?
Would people care if they have a G4 with less than a gigHz and ‘only’ 40GB HD ??
Once OS X get’s unbloated it might even work with 128MB RAM.
How cheap is cheap?


August 15th, 2005

Fedex says my computer is in Alaska now. OK.
Getting closer.

so it all comes out of China these days?

August 15th, 2005

it appears so

and my laptop is …

August 14th, 2005

… still in China:


Nice touch: After being for three days in the local Fedex facility, it just missed, well: the Fedex Cutoff …


August 14th, 2005

every move

telco companies did suck, and still do

August 12th, 2005

For seven years I had this phone number. It was the companies one. Which seemed to be easy and straight forward: Better than dragging two phones around, and most of my calls are business related. Well, there is no such thing as a free lunch:
Changing the phone number over in my name was easy enough. But an international calling plan I can only get after seven months. Which is ridicolous. Nothing short of it. In this case its Cingular, but I would guess all Telcos are the same mind numbing kafkaesk systems. As long things work they are just stupid and expensive. But if you leave the beaten path of the 90% majority then you will get very random service at best.


August 9th, 2005

some play till they drop

cnet top 10 of tech we miss

August 8th, 2005

only the first 40% make sense to me. And there is so much older technology that they missed: Like pneumatic tube mail systems. I am sure there is enough to fill a book.

open source and business

August 4th, 2005

Paul Graham writes about open source and business.

It’s interesting. And long, so I post it here when having read only 20%.

In the background sings Dawn Upshaw, found without effort and within 5 seconds via Yahoo audio. Nice.


August 3rd, 2005

in case you need a power cable

Since people sell this, it looks like people buy this as well. Which does surprise me.


August 1st, 2005