I ended up wasting a lot of time trying to get my Garmin 60CSx working on a PC when it turned out I didn’t even need it now. So for one of you out there trying to get maps to work on Mac OS X, this might save you a lot of websearching.
How to get maps onto your Garmin GPS “x” series (microSD-enabled) GPS:
Mark Frauenfelder inadvertantly shows his egotism and stupidity.
I clicked on the linked article expecting to learn something. What a mistake! This is the sort of methodology anyone who has completed the simplest puzzle has stumbled upon. This strategy doesn’t even solve any puzzle that is halfway interesting…assuming you find sudoku halfway interesting, which I don’t (because I’m bad at logic puzzles).
Solve this! (without even thinking)
Is there a better way to scream, “I’m a moron!” then to link that instructable article and add a comparison to solitaire: an entirely different game since not all solitaires are winnable and there is no single strategy to winning determined by logic alone. Hmm, Mark, maybe you find this stuff “boring” because you don’t know how to solve them. Let’s face it, the only reason you held crossword puzzles up on a pedestal is because Sundance told you to. Why don’t you join Cory and switch to Ubuntu. You’ve become exactly the sort of egotistical latte-sipping Gen-X dickhead that you rail against. Continue reading
I’m finally starting to gear up for my two OSCON talks. This is why I found this article about how Al Gore used Keynote to create his movie interesting.
As many of you know, I love this program. I had Caitlin experiment with using this program to make her website, which is sort of like the way Al Gore used it in the movie. I actually think that maybe Keynote will make a good storyboarding device.
I received a request on Flickr a couple days ago:
you mentioned taking 3 exposures in one of your shots (a stream in big basin) and combining them together in photoshop. how do you do that?
I can only assume he meant this one:
Redwoods and West Berry Creek
Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Nikon D70, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G
Vari-ND filter, Gitzo 1228LVL tripod, RRS BH-55 ballhead
(3 exposures at 1/4″, 1.3″ and 3″) @ f/16, iso 200, 12mm (18mm)
Here’s how I did it.
A while back I decided to choose between subscribing to Gizmodo and Engadget, because they’re very similar and I’m not that gadget-obsessed.
First I removed both hoping friends would forward me the interesting stuff. That didn’t happen because I guess I’m a really big know-it-all jerk. I then picked Gizmodo, but switched to Engadget because they leave commenting on.
There has been a lot of comments about the glossy finish in the new MacBooks, many of them link John Siracusaâ€™s article approvingly.
This is a reminder why a Mac fanboy like myself hates Mac zealotry: â€œReflections! Glare! These are not good things!â€
If you remember from an earlier post, I pointed out that Creativeâ€™s strategy just doesnâ€™t understand the iPod market. With over $1 billion in iPod-related accessories sold last year alone, the iPod is not just a device, it is a platform.
It seems Creative has given up trying to compete with Apple, and is suing Apple on the â€œZen Patent.â€ This smacks of desperation to me.
One thing not noted by a lot of blogs linking this lawsuit: although the patent was only recently awarded, Creative applied for this patent before the iPod existed (they applied for the patent in January 2001, the iPod was released that October). Back then, Creative had the Nomad: a shitty player if there ever was oneâ€”I borrowed a friends at the time and decided to stick with my Rio and wait it out. It was probably the first hard-drive based MP3 player (there may have been one other).
It is fine debating prior-art and the triviality of the patent (how else are you going to navigate a hierarchical menu except sequentially?), but donâ€™t dismiss the lawsuit out-of-hand. Continue reading
As has been mentioned many times on the blogs already, The Apple v. Apple lawsuit ended in favor of Apple Computer.
And to everyone who claimed that that Apple Corps were sure to win, Iâ€™d like to point out more of us need to do a common sense parse of the news we read.
Look, if Apple Computer actually expected to lose this lawsuit do you think they would have merged their countersuit in California (home turf) into the one in Great Britain (enemy turf)? Did you miss the part where Apple didnâ€™t â€œloseâ€ the last two lawsuits, but settled? That because they were settled, people could only deduce the implications of the settlement and nobody besides the two Apples and the judge actually could actually be qualified to make a ruling?
The 17″ MacBook Pro was announced today at NAB for $2800.
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It has the following differences from the high-end 15.4″ MacBook Pro ($2500 retail):
- 17″ 1680×1050 display vs. 15.4″ 1440×900 display (my current 1.5Ghz Powerbook G4 is a 17″ 1440×900 display).
- Firewire 800
- an extra USB port
- 8x dual layer SuperDrive instead of a 4x single layer SuperDrive
- 2.16 Ghz Intel Core Duo instead of 2.0Ghz
- 120GB 5400rpm HD instead of 100GB 5400rpm HD
Here is a strange quirk. If you build-to-order the latter with the last two additions (2.16Ghz processor for $300 and 120GB HD for $100), it ends up costing $100 more than the 17″ computer. So you can get a larger screen, firewire 800, dual layer higher speed burner, and an extra USB port for $100 less!
(I figure the Firewire 800 addition is because the better heat dissipation qualities of the larger notebook. If that is the case, I wonder if they stopped underclocking the video chip in this model. Iâ€™d have thought the dual layer burner in a 17″ would only be because it was thicker than the 15.4″, except that it isnâ€™tâ€”theyâ€™re both 1 inch thick. This specification may have a lot to do with the target market (video) and their penchant to be willing to pay for the top of the line.)
This means that the 17″ MacBook Pro is a good deal (or the 15.4″ MacBook Pro is a bad one). Continue reading
Mark posts an whine about Mac Book Pro annoyances.
Now it is my time to harsh.