Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Mac = 4.5% market share?

Jeez, if it's that low, I won't even factor Macs into my browser/os compatibility fixes. Whatever Mac-lovers say (I'm not one of them), there's no getting around the fact that it's extremely difficult to run Macs on a network - I hear my mac-eater colleagues screaming about it every single day. If that's how Mac wants you to "Think different," no thank you.

Anyway, this article posits Apple is not long for this world as long as it stays with their current chip platform. Schools don't even want Macs any more because they ARE so hard to network. Business 2.0 - Web Article - Trouble at Apple's Core
posted by lee on 01/22/02 at 07:48 PM

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Very nice Robby B.

I link to this simply because I really like the design. It's different, effective, and I didn't even mind having to figure out that the scrollbar is there, just invisible (as opposed to a stylesheet screwup). R o b b y B . c o m My compliments to the designer.
posted by lee on 01/22/02 at 06:21 PM

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The Forwarders 12-Step “Program”

Forwarded to me from a friend in Canada, who got it forwarded from her friend in Massachusetts and where it was before that or who wrote it, I have no idea:


1. "I will NOT get bad luck, lose my friends, or lose my mailing lists if I DON'T forward an email!

2. I will NOT hear any music or see a taco dog, if I DO forward an e-mail.

3. Bill Gates is NOT going to send me money, Victoria Secret doesn't know anything about a gift certificate they're supposed to send me and Ford will not give me a 50% discount even if I forward my e-mail to more than 50 people!

4. I will NEVER receive gift certificates, coupons, or freebies from Coca Cola, Cracker Barrel, Old Navy, or anyone else if I send an e-mail to 10 people.

5. I will NEVER see a pop-up window if I forward an e-mail ... NEVER!!!!

6. My phone will not MYSTERIOUSLY ring after I forward an e-mail.

7. There is NO SUCH THING as an e-mail tracking program, and I am not STUPID enough to think that someone will send me $100 for forwarding an e-mail to 10 or more people!

8. There is no kid with cancer through the Make-a-Wish program in England collecting anything! He did when he was 7 years old. He is now cancer free and 35 years old and DOESN'T WANT ANY MORE POST CARDS, CALLING CARDS, or GET-WELL CARDS.

9. The government does not have a bill in Congress called 901B (or whatever they named it this week) that, if passed, will enable them to charge us 5 cents for every e-mail we send.

10. There will be NO cool dancing, singing, waving, colorful flowers characters, or program that I will receive immediately after I forward an e-mail.

11. The American Red Cross will NOT donate 50 cents to a certain individual dying of some never-heard-of disease for every e-mail address I send this to. The American Red Cross RECEIVES donations.

12. And finally, I WILL NOT let others guilt me into sending things by telling me I am not their friend or that I don't believe in Jesus Christ. If God wants to send me a message, I believe the bushes in my yard will burn before He picks up a PC to pass it on!

Instead of forwarding stuff - why can't people just blog things?
posted by lee on 01/22/02 at 03:48 PM

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Monday, January 21, 2002

Well, if you’re going to renege

on paying off your student loans, the first thing I would do is NOT work for the government. Boston Globe Online / Metro | Region / Grad accused of faking death to avoid loans.

Hmm, I always wondered what those Army buildings were for in Natick. I wonder what kind of research they do there?
posted by lee on 01/21/02 at 05:04 PM

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A Real Urban Legend

BioMedNet posted a review of Typhoid Mary : An Urban Historical by Anthony Bourdain: Magazine: Beagle Review. (Registration is free).

Her real name was Mary Mallon, and not much is known about her other than typhoid appeared wherever she was employed as a cook. An excerpt:

"Mary was angry at the unexpected site [sic] of me, and although I recited some well-considered speeches committed to memory in advance to make sure she understood what I meant, and that I meant her no harm, I could do nothing with her.

"She denied she knew anything about typhoid. She had never had it nor produced it. There had been no more typhoid where she was than anywhere else.

"There was typhoid fever everywhere. Nobody had ever accused her of causing any cases or had any occasion to do so. Such a thing had never been heard of."
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Sunday, January 20, 2002


This is a nicely designed site, despite the truly annoying music, the typos, the random spelling variations (is it "color" or "colour"? Doesn't matter - there's both here). The content is rather silly, from Paul Goldin, Psychologist (whomever the hell that is and why would I even care?) - another of those personality test things. A good way to waste five minutes. Colorgenics
posted by lee on 01/20/02 at 10:41 PM

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Playing with the camera

'Twas a snowy evening. Not much to do 'cept watch bad tv, eat dinner, take pictures of the creatures.

Twitch tries to kill the laser light.

But the light is gone ...

Hey, hey - there's this noise, see, and, well, it's dark ...

The snowplow is coming to get me, oh no,
pleaseletmein ... it's me, Ginger, hey, hurry!

Ah've put a spell on you ...
posted by lee on 01/20/02 at 06:40 PM

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Saturday, January 19, 2002

LOTR - read this review

It's funny - and dead on. At least for LOTR - I haven't seen The Majestic (and don't care if I see it or not - hearwarming sucks). Lord of the Rings and The Majestic.
posted by lee on 01/19/02 at 10:15 PM

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LOTR - again

Ebert on LOTR - interesting. The best movie of all time? 'Lord,' no!
posted by lee on 01/19/02 at 08:32 PM

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The sound sucked. What ever happened to actors acting like they were whispering instead of actually whispering? I'm very hard of hearing, but I can hear most movies. Directors, though, are increasingly forgetting that the tendency is for their audience to have less-than-perfect hearing. They forget whispering is an effect, not an actual event, at least in a well-crafted movie. And the conversations over significant background noise - ohmygod - older directors seemed to be able to handle this, why can't directors do this any more? They need to keep the sound above a minimum threshold. I'd rather imagine the theater was rumbling rather than actually feel it rumble - I'd rather be able to hear every word rather than try to read lips or give up. In the case of LOTR - I gave up. If I'd paid for the movie, though (we had free coupons!), I'd want my money back or at least the chance to hear it again with those godawful headphones. "The Other" is another example - a great movie ruined for me and any other marginally hard of hearing person because the sound was awful.
posted by lee on 01/19/02 at 08:16 PM

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