Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Letter to Apple Support

Another take on the new Intel-powered MacBook Pro


From: jason@kottke.org
Subject: Powerbook support
Date: January 10, 2006 4:55:31 PM ET
To: Apple Tech Support

Hello,

I purchased a new Powerbook three weeks ago. It was working fine until a few hours ago when you announced the new Intel-powered MacBook Pro at MacWorld and I started to cry. "Four to fives times faster," I sobbed, "a built-in iSight, and a brighter, wider screen."

My display, while not as bright or large as the new MacBook Pro display, illuminated my wet cheeks and red, swollen eyes as my tears rained down on the backlit keyboard. An acrid smell rose up from inside the smooth metal machine as my salty tears joined with the electronics, joyfully releasing the electrons from their assigned silicon pathways to freely arc into forbidden areas of the computer and elsewhere, including, somewhat painfully, my hands.

Is this covered under my warranty and if so, can you send me a new MacBook Pro as a replacement, please? Thank you for your time,

-jason


http://www.kottke.org

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Big Day, Big Day


For those of you not Tech Crazed, in suburbia or elsewhere, you may have missed the big Steve Jobs keynote at MacWorld. They had quite a few announcements, new hardware (intel core dual processor), new ipod accessory, Tiger update, etc.

I am most excited about iLife '06. The best thing about using Mac software and hardware in my opinion is the integration of all the programs. For example, while iPhoto '05 is not the most robust application, its ease of use is notable.

Recently, I had a renovation project going on in my house and I wanted to keep friends updated. Instead of emailing pictures, I decided to use my .Mac account to host the photos. All I needed to do was select the chosen photos in iPhoto, click homepage, select a template, edit the text and hit publish. It probably took me about 5 minutes to do it. And it looked great.

I have been diligently searching for web publishing software with that ease of use. Not much luck. But today, Steve-O announced iWeb.
Use iWeb to create websites, blogs, and podcasts — complete with photos, movies, and music — and get them online, fast. Just drag, drop, and design using your choice of web templates, then publish live to your .Mac account. - Apple Website

I may finally get my money's worth on my .Mac subscription.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

In The Land of Oz

Oz is our new puppy. He is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and he was born August 20, 2005. He is bad!

Oz is named after the character "Oz" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not Ozzy Osbourne, and not The Wizard of Oz.

Buffy is my favorite show, and I knew I wanted to name the dog after a character on the show. When we saw Oz, with his red hair, we knew that was his name. Oz was played by Seth Green who is also a red-head.


I did a lot of research on the breed before adopting him, so we knew that he would probably be a high energy, smart dog. A lethal combination.

He is definitely a very smart dog. I am taking obedience classes with him, and I think the hardest part has been me figuring out how to communicate with him properly.

We had a breakthrough this week, and he has really keyed into learning. He is extremely food motivated, so I am working with that. We are having trouble with housebreaking, so I have started giving him treats when he goes outside. Last night and today we have been working on "Down" he is improving rapidly.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Battlestar Galactica Season Premiere


How much did it rock? A lot.

Just when you think this show has built up to a fever pitch, they manage to kick it up yet another notch.

I have to say, I have mixed feelings about Admiral Cain, she is evil, and I wonder "Why does the woman always have to be the bitch?" But that isn't really the case. This is one show where men and women are represented equally between good and evil.

I love how they are portraying the President. Talk about rising to the occasion, This woman was born to lead. She is able to make the tough decisions when she has to. I would not want to be in her shoes.

I can't wait for next weeks episode.

Defying Gravity




I thought I would take a moment to introduce the way my mind works.

Why Verdigrisgal as a name? A couple of reasons.

1. I have always loved the word verdigris. It is mysterious and beautiful. The color it decribes in not flat, but rich and changing.

2. Last year I became enamored of the soundtrack for Wicked the broadway musical. One of my favorite sections goes like this. It is from "The Wizard And I", where Elphaba (the green witch), imagines working with the wizard.

And one day, he'll say to me, "Elphaba,
A girl who is so superior
Shouldn't a girl who's so good inside
Have a matching exterior?
And since folks here to an absurd degree
Seem fixated on your verdigris
Would it be all right by you
If I de-greenify you?"

And though of course
That's not important to me
"All right, why not?" I'll reply



Though I am not green, I understand.
More later...