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Dell ordering
Dell ordering: "Steve Hoffman writes: Ordering from Dell is broken. Here's a recent conversation: Me (on the phone with Dell Computer): I want to order a Dimension 2400 system I see on your website, but I can't figure out how much it will cost without a monitor. Dell Phone Woman (DPW): One second, sir, let me look that up for you...Oh, first I need to set up a customer account. Me: Just to get a price? DPW: Yes sir. Can I have your name? (I answer) Address? (I answer). Thank you. Let me look up that info for you... Me: (sigh) DPW: Oh, here it is. That would come to $840. Me: The Dimension 2400? DPW: Yes. Me: Without the monitor? DPW: Yes. Me: But here on your website, it costs $449, WITH the monitor. DPW: That's right, sir. Me: So, you are going to charge me twice as much to not send me the monitor? DPW: Yes, sir. Me: Doesn't that sound just a little goofy to you? DPW: Yes, sir, but that's the way it is. Me: (as I hang up the phone, hysterically laughing...) Thanks. So, not only ...
19:57:03 September 9, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Apple, Pixar among most innovative companies
Something we knew all along. Apple, Pixar among most innovative companies: "Apple was chosen as the most innovative company in the past 75 years, according to a BusinessWeek of..." (Via MacNN.)Apple, Pixar among most innovative companies
19:12:16 September 9, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Trent Starts A Personal Blog
Trent Starts A Personal Blog: "" (Via Apple-X.net.)Currently playing in iTunes: Sometimes In Winter by Blood, Sweat & Tears
19:35:35 September 8, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Steve Jobs Back at Apple
Steve Jobs Back at Apple: "c|net is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has returned to work at Apple in a limited capacity. Jobs, who underwent successful surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, has been attending some meetings, and plans to resume his full-time schedule later this month." (Via dotmac.info -- THE Source for All Things .Mac!.)
19:26:34 September 8, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Bruce Sterling & PowerBook
Bruce Sterling & PowerBook: "" (Via Joi's Moblog.)Currently playing in iTunes: Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
20:34:45 September 7, 2004, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Comcast High-speed Internet
Comcast High-speed Internet: "My Comcast connection stopped working last week, which is unusual, and tech support couldn't figure out what was wrong. I was able to wait patiently for a few days (thanks to a neighbor's password-free Linksys) and finally got through to someone who was able to figure out the problem. It seems our record was inadvertently updated with another customer's MAC address, so he corrected it and it worked immediately. They're crediting the account for the outage. I decided at the same time to take advantage of their unadvertised $10/month upgrade to 4Mbps down. Not sure it's worth the extra cost, but I'm using Vonage exclusively and the wife's not impressed with call quality. Hopefully the bigger pipe will improve things. In any case, I like the speed!" (Via Mac IT.)
18:27:12 September 5, 2004, Sunday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
iPhone project by Apple
iPhone project by Apple: "Why when you do a "who is" about iPhone.org you see it's owned by Apple Computer Inc. and now redirected to iPod page. Is there something in the air for Apple with the new agreement with Motorola??(Via mediaTIC blog)" (Via Smart Mobs.)
19:56:22 August 2, 2004, Monday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Former Mac Tech, Bill Atkinson, has a new book of photos
Former Mac Tech, Bill Atkinson, has a new book of photos: "Announced in a Mercury News story, Bill Atkinson, the man responsible for MacPaint and QuickDraw, has just come out with a book of nature photographs taken over the course of a decade. The book is available for US$39.99 on Amazon.com. And Bill's other photographs are viewable on his web site." (Via MacMerc.)
16:15:05 August 2, 2004, Monday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Mozilla / Mozilla Firefox User Interface Spoofing Vulnerability
Mozilla / Mozilla Firefox User Interface Spoofing Vulnerability: "Direct and Related Links for 'Mozilla / Mozilla Firefox User Interface Spoofing Vulnerability'“A vulnerability has been reported in Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox, allowing malicious websites to spoof the user interface. The problem is that Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox don’t restrict websites from including arbitrary, remote XUL (XML User Interface Language) files. This can be exploited to “hijack” most of the user interface (including tool bars, SSL certificate dialogs, address bar and more), thereby controlling almost anything the user sees…. A PoC (Proof of Concept) exploit for Mozilla…" (Via Lockergnome Bytes.)
17:32:36 August 1, 2004, Sunday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Victrola iPod amp
Victrola iPod amp: " Tubesville is a custom amp shop in NYC that builds whimsical bespoke amplifiers like this Victrola-oid iPod amp. Link (via Gizmodo) " (Via Boing Boing.)
18:25:48 July 29, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
12 Steps to Improving Your Mac's Performance
Keeping your Mac happy and performing as it did the day you brought it home takes a bit of degunking. Joli Ballew offers 12 steps to improving your Mac's performance that will have it humming along in no time. For more in-depth details on why the Mac slowdown occurs and what you can do about it, check out Joli's new book, Degunking Your Mac.
19:40:36 July 18, 2004, Sunday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
9-11 Commission Hearings available free at iTMS
Apple is delivering, free of charge, 36 9/11 Commission Hearings through the iTunes Music Store. The...
19:38:11 July 18, 2004, Sunday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Secure Your Email [Finalized]
The <a href="http://www.macmerc.com/articles/Power_User_Monday_Tip_of_the_Week/226">Secure Your Email</a> Power User Monday is now complete with more screen shots and instructions for using GPG with Thunderbird and Mozilla.
19:37:05 July 18, 2004, Sunday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Apple hatches fourth-generation iPod
According to Newsweek magazine, the two new models will offer greater capacity for the same price as the current lineup.
19:34:07 July 18, 2004, Sunday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
MacDesktops.net Relaunches
09:21:55 June 10, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Apple Mail Server: DNS Configuration
This article explains the most common Domain Name Server (DNS) configurations used with a mail server. <BR>
15:34:35 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Mac Myths: Lack Of Software, Games, Compatibility
15:32:44 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Current Weather
Tornado Watch Until 8 Pm Mdt Light rain with thunder 62°F Humidity:100% Wind Speed:10 MPH Wind Direction:N (350°) Barometer: 29.9 in. Dewpoint:62°F Heat Index:62°F Wind Chill:61°F Visibility:7 mi
15:31:51 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Tech: IE exploits, Bluetooth EDR, Earthlink DSL
Tech news: Two new vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (for Windows) allow a complete bypass of sec...
14:29:19 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Apple Touts Super-Cooled G5s
Apple unveils 'the world & rsquo;s coolest personal computer' -- a new liquid-cooled dual processor G5. By Leander Kahney.
10:49:57 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Update - WeatherMenu 3.6
I used this for a day and have trashed it. While it was a good source of information, it didn't update as it said it was updating. I had to quit the program and then restart it to get complete and accurate information. Not something you want to have to do regarding weather, with the possibility of severe weather approaching. I'll continue to use Watson. About WeatherMenuDisplays complete weather information in the menu bar. You can set up multiple cities and have each city represent in the menu bar or as sub-menus of the main menu. WeatherMenu displays current conditions, extended forecasts, radar, weather alerts, complete solar and lunar data as well as showing the moon phase in the menu bar after sunset.
09:38:58 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
New iPod Community Opens
I am pleased to announce a new site to the growing iPod community - iPodBeat.com (http://www.ipodbeat.com)
09:33:06 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Low-end Power Macs get dual processors
For those of you who need such.
09:30:00 June 9, 2004, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
<span style="color: black;">HELP COMPILE "THE WEB USER'S ESSENTIAL LINKS AND FREE ...
(<span style="color: black;">HELP COMPILE "THE WEB USER'S ESSENTIAL LINKS AND FREE DOWNLOADS" LIST)
My Salon Blog colleague Ted Ritzer keeps a list of Useful Web Sites (for all web users, not just bloggers) originally compiled by Kevin Kelly, of Wired, The Well, and Whole Earth Catalog fame. Kevin no longer maintains his list, and instead has an intriguing Cool Tools site, but it's only for the rich -- virtually everything on the site costs money, often a lot of it. So Ted and I agreed it's time to update the Useful Web Sites list, and we need your help. What links and free downloads should every self-respecting Internet user have on their desktop? The list should not include pay sites, nor should it include news sites, blogs or other sites that appear on blogrolls (too many, and too subjective). Nor should it include highly specialized sites (I have a personal list of favourite genealogy sites, but I realize that few people would consider these 'essential'). To make the list manageable, I've identified 21 categories for the essential links (let me know if you think I've missed ...
10:49:12 June 8, 2004, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Marc Freeman sent me an e-mail with...
Marc Freeman sent me an e-mail with a more expansive explanation of TrustyFiles private file sharing capability. Seems to be nicely viral. I ask him about RSS enclosures. We've actually had Private File Sharing since we launched back in January. It works as follows: The user is NOT connected to the P2P networks, so there's no way for a public P2P user to get the data regarding the files being shared. The sender selects a file and clicks the Send button. This starts our Send A File feature. An email web form displays for the sender to enter the recipient's name and address. The sender clicks Send the File and an email with a TrustyLink is sent to the recipient. The TrustlyLink contains file name, IP addresses, file size, etc. The recipient simply clicks on the TrustyLink in his email. TrustyFiles starts and connect to the recipient to download the file. The recipient doesn't have to do anything except leave TrustyFiles on. The advantage is the robustness of P2P protocols. The ...
09:32:38 June 8, 2004, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Not-so-smart cut & paste
Just one of the reason's I'm not using Entourage any more. Entourage enables "smart" cut & paste by default, which does things such as selecting an entire word automatically when you drag over it, and adding a space at the end of a word. Some of these features can create problems, however. When cutting & pasting e-mail addresses between Entourage and other e-mail software (Letterrip, for example) the address will have a trailing space appended to the selection. Since e-mail addresses cannot contain spaces, the address will be invalid. Disabling "Use smart cut & paste" from Entourage's General Preferences will prevent this from happening, and also allow you to select only part of a word.
09:10:09 June 8, 2004, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Apple recognized among 'Ten Best Web Support Sites'
Apple was among those recognized in the Association of Support Professionals' seventh annual "Ten Be...
09:00:15 June 8, 2004, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Win a Copy of O'Reilly's Inside .Mac
Be one of the first to own a copy of O'Reilly's excellent new book, _Inside .Mac_, in *dotmac.info*'s Book Giveaway! For two weeks, beginning Monday, June 7th, *dotmac.info* will give away one copy of _Inside .Mac_ per day. All you need to do is add a page to the *dotmac.info* library. It could be a HomePage, a Movie, a Calendar, anything. We'll randomly choose one lucky winner each day from the list of pages submitted. "Inside .Mac"<a href=":http://oreilly.com/cataglog/indotmac">:http://oreilly.com/cataglog/indotmac</a>, by Baltimore Sun columnist Chuck Torporek, covers the ins-and-outs of Apple's service and helps you get the most out of your account. So get started, and start creating -- a new book could be yours!
15:59:26 June 3, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
Too many iPods
Damn, Phillip, you have enough iPods yet?
15:48:17 June 3, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus
iPods Around the World
You probably have this bookmarked already. Pictures of iPods in scenic locations across the globe...
14:08:42 June 3, 2004, Thursday (PDT) Source: Waiting for Columbus