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January 31st, 2012

10:43 am - Hello again?
Who's still out there?

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May 15th, 2010

12:53 pm - Writer's Block: App Appreciation
How many apps do you have on your mobile phone? Which apps do you use the most?
Counting the built-in apps and the Search screen, there are 114 apps on my iPod touch.

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March 29th, 2010

03:56 pm - The latest book meme
Bold the ones you’ve read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you’ve read part of, and no cheating. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn’t count. Abridged versions don’t count either.

Total completely read: 23
Total partially read: 12

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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January 25th, 2010

12:57 am - So, this RSS thing...
Having discovered that RSS is far and away the way to keep up with Facebook, I have suddenly realized that I've been Doing It Wrong for years. I shouldn't have bookmarks to LiveJournal, Facebook, The Daily WTF, There I Fixed It, and so on. I should have set up feeds for all of them in my RSS reader of choice long, long ago.
Current Mood: excitedexcited

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December 30th, 2009

12:20 am - End of an era?
I may be about to do something I haven't considered in 14 years. I may buy a Western Digital hard drive.

Back in the day (1995-1997) I worked for an ISP. We also, as an occasional side business, built systems. The builders always used Maxtor hard drives and I adopted Maxtor as my go-to brand for drives. (I still have a vintage 1999 8-GB Maxtor drive that works, as well as an 80-GB one from 2003.)

Then Maxtor got bought by Seagate. So the last couple of drives I bought (two notebook drives and an external USB) were Seagates. All are working fine.

Now I'm looking to buy a new desktop drive for Kim's old computer, and I'm noticing a disturbing thing: Seagate seems to have lost its mojo for desktop drives. Only two Seagate SATA drives get five-egg average ratings on NewEgg -- one on the strength of a single review, and one that's not available (and only has 13 reviews).

Of the 18 3.5" SATA drives with five-egg ratings, the brand breakdown is:

Seagate: 2
Samsung: 3
Hitachi: 4
Western Digital: 9 (including rankings #1-6)

That can't be coincidence. Maxtor, Seagate, wherefore art thou crap?
Current Mood: shockedshocked

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December 24th, 2009

03:47 am - Always wanted to...
Since being a VCP gets you a free license for VMware Workstation 7 (your choice of Windows or Linux), while I await my welcome kit, I've gone ahead and installed WS 7 in evaluation mode.

My laptop now also runs OpenBSD, ReactOS, and Haiku. Mostly the last two are just toys but OpenBSD will actually be useful to gain some new skills -- I have practically zero *BSD internals knowledge so e.g. kernel compilation will be a learning experience.

(Booting OpenBSD to X and getting fvwm -- not '95, the original -- really took me back.)
Current Mood: curiousinquisitive

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November 13th, 2009

12:27 pm - For you Final Fantasy fans...
Read this. Comment win begins with Havingfitz.
Current Mood: sillysilly

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November 5th, 2009

01:53 pm - As if all the fanfic people on my flist weren't busy enough...
Behold the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Generator!
Current Mood: amusedevil

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September 10th, 2009

02:27 am - And in creepy news...
Anybody else seen the Beatles Rock Band ads? Is it just me, or is the "John Lennon" character in the ad extremely creepy-looking? It looks like they were trying for "high on fame" Lennon and got "high on the brown acid" Lennon instead. (This is aside from the inherent creepiness of using dead people to advertise your product.)
Current Mood: scaredscared

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01:43 am - Oh dear lord, thank you, Apple...
This has been one of my biggest pet peeves about the iPod touch, and now it's fixed:

"The facsimilie of your Home screen, meanwhile, lets you drag app icons around just as you would on the phone itself. A small “x” appears when you hover over any third-party application, allowing you to remove it from the phone. You can drag an app icon to one of the thumbnails of your other Home screens or even rearrange the order of your Home screens entirely by dragging and dropping them."

For those of you who have no idea why this is great, previously you had to do it this way:

"...rearranging the order of your apps meant laboriously dragging applications one-by-one to the edge of the screen, then waiting for the phone to shift to the next Home screen -- moving it multiple Home screens was an exercise in self-control that all too often ending in weeping."
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant

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