Me, on 1/11/05:
(14:02:06) Owen: on the site now
(14:02:42) Owen: so the ipod is revealed as a "gateway apple product" which leads to harder products like this
(14:02:50) Owen: and then of course people will buy the dual g5
(14:03:21) Ryan: what do you mean by harder?
(14:03:31) Owen: sorry I was making a drug analog
(14:03:31) Owen: y
“What if the iPod’s just a gateway drug?”
I’m glad other people also thought of this — and expressed it better.
ok, so everyone got excited about the Daily Show using gnome — well they don’t, they use google. Try googling “minesweeper”, then take a look at the third link. look familiar?
Char noticed this on the Daily Show:
Note the upper left corner of the window — it’s gnome minesweeper on redhat, not Windows minesweeper! Char suspects it’s for copyright reasons, because it’s free to use a screenie from gnome, whereas with a Microsoft product they’d probably have to jump through a bunch of hoops.
Anyway, I thought it was cute.
My brother Peter celebrated his 21st birthday with the fam last week, and
I took some pictures. Peter should update his website more often.
The birthday boy, in a very underexposed photograph. I love the grain actually
A photo note, I notice that with so many damn pixels available, I’m not afraid of cropping images to make them look better. The one of Peter, for instance, is cropped from a horizontal shot, but the full size image is still 1665×2498 — bigger than my older digicam can do.
hey did you remember vphoto for vertical photos?
Thanks to some guy on irc.
edit: normally I don’t drool over new mac products, but this will save our company a ton of money if we can just buy these things and have a stash of monitors instead of plunking down 800$ for new emacs all the time.
1.25 Ghz G4
40 or 60 GB hd
256 ram standard
firewire, usb2, digital and analog video out (probably is vga, not svideo)
no keyboard, mouse, or display
499$ to start
edit: ok I’m done, it’s up on the actual site
problem: cpu is pegged, kwapd0 is going nuts
solution: you are out of swap / have no swap
This is the saddest thing I have ever seen, and as a bonus is a great example of the power of a Lessig/Doctorow-style remix culture.
I was having trouble getting my dvd burner to burn at maximum speed (8x) so I decided to take a chance and flash my firmware. I didn’t destroy my drive, but the upgraded firmware didn’t change anything so it’s kind of a letdown. I’m posting my method here for future reference.
Usually bios flashing is done from a floppy, but I have a modern laptop so I have no floppy. Flashing can also be done from a cdrom, but it’s a very bad idea to flash your CD drive from the CD drive!
My solution involved creating a small, ten megabyte vfat partition on my hard drive. If you don’t like the sound of that, stop reading. This is not a howto, just a set of notes. If you blow up your computer with these instructions, it’s not my fault.
1. burn a freedos cd as-is.
2. /sbin/swapoff /dev/hdaX to turn off my swap (oh yeah baby)
3. using /sbin/fdisk, delete my swap partition
4. recreate my swap partition, but leave off two of the blocks or so (about 10-16 megs)
5. create a partition of type 0xb (windows 95 32bit)
6. reboot to init new partition
7. /sbin/mkswap /dev/hdaX’ to reinit my new, slightly smaller swap
8. /sbin/swapon /dev/hdaX’
9. /sbin/mkfs.vfat /dev/hdaY to create new vfat partition
10. mount the vfat partition, copy the freedos command.com there (just in case) and all of the flashing utils / images
11. reboot with freedos cd
12. boot option 1, and then “safe mode”
13. change to c: (voila, now we are on the HD!)
14. run c:\command.com just in case (now we aren’t using the cdrom)
15. do flashing shit
16. reboot and pray you still have a cdrom
I think that’s everything.
I am trying to make the switch to firefox from galeon because of an extension I can’t live without, and I was having trouble when I set firefox as my default browser. When I opened links from other applications, they weren’t popping up in new tabs despite the preferences I set. So, I wrote a little script to correct the behavior:
firefox --remote "ping()"
if [ $? = 0 ] ; then
firefox --remote openURL\("$1",new-tab\)
I saved this as firefox.sh, and set my default browser to firefox.sh
(Note, I am not using Tabbed Browser Extensions because it’s buggy, bloated, and holy fuck does it have too many options.)