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DishNetwork: Are You Trying to Break My Legs?
I wonder if that’s what they hope will happen when you decide to discontinue their service.  Normally you own your equipment, but with their DVR based services, it’s all a lease, disguising the full cost of the service partly as equipment lease and partly as …
Friday Jan 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
Help Your Users With Feeds
Together with Les and Paul of pMachine, I have created a site that you can use to help your users understand what feeds are and help them to subscribe to your feed: Feed Quick Start. We skip all of the technical blather and get right …
Monday Dec 18, 2006 | 1 Comment
Wiicall on the Wiimote Wrist Strap
If you purchased a Wii or Wiimotes before December, get your wrist straps replaced as Nintendo has wiicalled them.  I haven’t had a problem with mine, and wii whip them around like crazy.  I really think that one would have to pull on the strap …
Friday Dec 15, 2006 | 0 Comments
Google Calendar > iCal?
Of course by now you’ve heard about Google Calendar, and its use of the open source iCal standard XML format for calendar data.  It’s an interesting offering, to be sure, and is particularly useful for Windows users.  But there are two main reasons why Google …
Tuesday Apr 18, 2006 | 1 Comment
No more business with Newegg.com
I bought a hard drive enclosure from Newegg, and it turned out to be defective.  My faith in that particular product wasn’t strong, so I wanted to exchange it for a different one with fewer features.  Newegg’s return policy has two options: replacement for defective …
Saturday Apr 15, 2006 | 11 Comments
No More Excuses
Forget the hacker sites and IRC channels of developers trying to break open the intel Mac and make a dual-boot option into Windows XP.  Yes, they succeeded, yes you can follow their rigorous steps to make it work, and have semi-success, with many of your …
Wednesday Apr 5, 2006 | 2 Comments
Most Important Mac OS update Evar!
Why is the 10.4.6 update the most important to date? Disk Utility’s repair permissions feature will no longer report “We are using special permissions for…” messages. Ahhhhh….*bask*
Monday Apr 3, 2006 | 1 Comment
Western Digital My Book Premium
I purchased a Western Digital My Book Premium 400GB external hard drive the other day, which proved fruitful during a recent drive failure. However, I lament that I will probably return it.  Despite it’s great looks, good price (75¢ per GB), and Firewire connection, it …
Saturday Mar 11, 2006 | 5 Comments
Print booklets from any application
Sometimes you just want a printed manual, especially in the case of a manual you might need to use when you can’t use your computer. Thanks to to CocoaBooklet, you can add a PDF print service to your standard print dialog that will help you …
Saturday Mar 11, 2006 | 0 Comments
Backing up on OS X
Well, I’ve finally begun a scheduled backup routine.  Four years since Switching and I experienced my first hardware failure, and it was fortunately minor, though a major headache to fix.  A folder on my main hard drive had something corrupted, and Disk Utility’s First Aid …
Saturday Mar 11, 2006 | 0 Comments
Blingo Dashboard Widget
If you haven’t already jumped on the Blingo Bandwagon, no time’s better than now.  They’ve introduced “Frenzies”: instances where many prizes are given away in a short period of time.  So if you’re watching their winners section on the home page closely, you can get …
Wednesday Mar 8, 2006 | 3 Comments
USA Bay was a nightmare
or, “I hate subway anagrams” Seriously.  What’s the deal?  They’re not funny, clever, nor demonstrate any puzzle solving skill or intelligence.  It does, however, demonstrate an overabundance of free time with which you can waste staring at a subway map and typing the stops into …
Monday Feb 27, 2006 | 2 Comments
Split Divx AVI on OS X
What do you do when a DIVX AVI is over the limit of the CD-RW capacity, and you don’t have any DVD-RW’s? I found a free, open-source Cocoa app, released under GPL that does just that: Explicit.  It’s very straight-forward, very fast, and even gives …
Wednesday Feb 22, 2006 | 0 Comments
LaEgo
I want one of these, even though it’s USB 2.0 and not Firewire.  I’m looking for a hard drive strictly for backups right now, and if I don’t get Firewire, I’m less likely to start trying to use it as workspace.  But…if I get one, …
Monday Feb 20, 2006 | 0 Comments
I won!
After only about a week of using it for 10 or so searches each day, I won a free ticket to the movies from Blingo, the Google search sweepstakes wrapper.  Their privacy policy looks good, and they gather no information from you unless you win.  …
Monday Feb 13, 2006 | 1 Comment
h.264 for PSP added to ffmpegX
New release today, version 0.0.9v of ffmpegX, with the added capability of encoding in the h.264 format for PSP.  Heavy compression, high quality (200mb for a feature movie is the claim!) Don’t forget when you use this to go to your Energy Saver preference pane, …
Sunday Feb 12, 2006 | 0 Comments
DO-IT
There’s an excellent series put out by DO-IT at the University of Washington designed to help people understand making technology accessible for people with disabilities.  One show was just on channel 9404 of Dish Network, “World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design”.  It’s an excellent program, …
Saturday Feb 11, 2006 | 0 Comments
More Cowbell
I have a fever…and the only cure is… Yep, the nonstop cowbells on the sidelines down the slope.  I have no idea why, but I have serious Olympic Fever this year.  I’ve always been moderately interested in the winter Olympics, as when I was young, …
Saturday Feb 11, 2006 | 0 Comments
Sick of Unsound Arguments
Mac vs. PC arguments always end up somewhere that neither side should have gone.  At some point in the argument, Godwin’s Law will come into play, causing the side that played that card to immediately lose the argument. Well, here’s something else I think can …
Friday Jan 27, 2006 | 13 Comments
Encoding?  More like BEENcoding
That title’s funnier if you pronounce it like Strong Bad.  Anyway. Methods: Old (total time 45min. - 2hrs. 35min.):Transcode DivX file to MPEG-2 video and AC3 audio streams: 30 min. - 2 hrs.Multiplex MPEG-2 video and AC3 streams into DVD track data: 10-20min.Burn DVD: 5-15min.New …
Friday Jan 13, 2006 | 0 Comments
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