Safari 3.1 in, Pith Helmet Out

March 18th, 2008
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I realized too late (again) that updating Safari causes Pith Helmet to refuse to load. I wonder if there’s a surge in ad impressions between the time that Safari updates and Pith Helmet updates to match?

Fortunately, bumping Pith Helmet’s MaxBundleVersion to 5525 lets it load, and so far I haven’t seen any problems.

I hate flash ads.

Macintosh, Musings, Software

Hostile to Vista, maybe

January 9th, 2008
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Incredible pun found in a message from Gary Stark, about Vista not coping with IPV6 addresses in some cases.

Humor, Software

Why I have a UPS

December 3rd, 2007
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We lost power today. I don’t know why, but the whole neighborhood blacked out at 6:57 am. Fortunately, I was getting up at 7 am to sing in the choir at the early service.

Unfortunately, we use whole-bean coffee, and had no ground coffee on-hand. After thinking about Dunkin Donuts for a few minutes, I realized that I had a UPS for the phone system and the house computer! I carried the coffee grinder to the basement, and in a few minutes, had two cups of great coffee.

Isn’t technology wonderful?


The Ghost in the Remote

October 11th, 2007
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frontrow_remote20070807.jpgI’ve been puzzled lately about why my iPod is already playing when I plug it into my car stereo. Yesterday, it dawned on me that I’ve started using my Apple Remote to run iTunes on my new iMac.
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Macintosh, Music

GEDCOM to Graphviz

October 10th, 2007
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familytree.pngWhile looking for a utility to parse GEDCOM (Genealogy) files, I ran across Matthew Gray’s blog, where he talked about writing a ruby script to parse his GEDCOM file and produce a .dot file for Graphviz.
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Geneaolgy, Software

Getting Real

October 7th, 2007
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I just finished Getting Real, a book by 37signals. I bought the PDF version, but it’s available online for free as well.
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Reviews, Software, Web Design

Software Is Hard

October 5th, 2007
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Kyle Wilson’s description of Chandler’s development, taken from Dreaming in Code, immediately reminded me of my experience with On Technology. Not that it was also a Mitch Kapor company, but that it was a similar bunch of very smart programmers without any business constraints, trying to build a utopian system. The result was predictable.

I guess I need to read Dreaming in Code now.


Your Father’s Parentheses

August 1st, 2007
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Canary Wireless exposed my email address to spammers

July 31st, 2007
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I just discovered that I’ve been getting spam for at least a week to the email address I used when registering with Canary Wireless. I always tag my email addresses with the name of the company I register with.

This doesn’t happen very often. Seybold Seminars revealed my address with them, but I expected that. The odd one was the Hearts of Space web archive. I assume that was just carelessness.


The Concord Women’s Chorus

January 6th, 2007
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Sara (my wife) mentioned that the Concord Women’s Chorus web site isn’t listed by Google. The CWC (formerly the Concord Madrigals) is a top-notch choral group. They have performances in the Spring and in December. I’ve created their graphics (poster, tickets, etc.) and recorded them since 1994.