Can't sleep

November 05, 2003

My oh my you know it just don't stop
It's in my mind I wanna tear it up
I've tried to fight it tried to turn it off
But it's not enough

It takes a lotta love
It takes a lotta love my friend
To keep your heart from freezing
To push on 'till the end

From David Gray's My Oh My.


November 01, 2003

I've been running Panther for a few days now and don't have too much to complain about. The upgrade/install was flawless (and rather quick). Truth be told, I would have paid $129 for this 'upgrade,' but I'm glad I only had to pay $20.

The feature that I am most impressed with and one that I've talked about quite a bit in the past, is Exposé. It's just one of those features that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it. I've yet to "feel" it get bogged down and I've thrown upwards of 35 windows at it. Apple also (finally) 'fixed' command-tab application switching. Anyone familiar with Windows and most modern *nix window managers, knows that command-tab allows you to quickly cycle through your open applications, a very useful feature and one that was sorely missed when I moved to OS X. The pre-10.3 implementation cycled through your dock and was useless if you ask me. Jason Kottke proposed a great idea concerning the merger of command-tab with Exposé. has gone through a significant overhaul as well. It has a much faster feel and a slightly more polished look to it. The big change is the addition of threaded messages, which is something it should have supported from day one. A big change for me has been the "Place signature above quoted text" option. You see, before, when I replied to a message, I had to manually cut/paste my signature each time from below the quoted text to above it where my message went. I realize that Apple's implementation comported with the RFC, which requires that message replies go on the bottom and that signatures are the very last thing in the message (this has been carried over from Usenet), but I think it is rare that anyone complies with that anymore and I'm glad to see that Apple now lets me abandon it without too much fuss.

The Finder has also received some significant enhancements, including a major aesthetic change — it now has the brushed-metal look. I've heard a lot of complaining about this switch, but I love it. In fact, I wouldn't mind it if the entire interface moved to brushed-metal .

On a slightly related note (by way of the fact that I'm running Panther on my new PowerBook with built-in Bluetooth), I got a Bluetooth mouse last week and couldn't be happier with it. So nice to be able to pull my notebook and mouse out in class and not be encumbered with wires.

Keeping it consistent

October 28, 2003

I decided that I wanted to future-proof the entire site and so I've gone ahead and made the necessary changes. All links on the site now point to directories and not files (including all of the internal links — blog entries that point to past blog entries). The path of the RSS feed has been changed as well; please point your aggregators to the new location right away.

There she goes

October 28, 2003

Winona Ryder turns 32 tomorrow. The probability of meeting, dating, and eventually marrying her is starting to look a little slim (yah, that's right, the generational disparity is the only barrier to our love).

Waiting with bated breath

October 25, 2003

Much to my disappointment, I found out last week that my up-to-date coupon for Panther (from my new PowerBook) is not redeemable in the Apple stores — they have to mail the OS upgrade to you. Luckily, I can fill out all of the required crap online instead of having to fax/snail-mail it to them.

I've been looking forward to Panther for a while. I'm kind of bummed that I can't just download a disk image and burn it. No matter, it should be here sometime next week.

In the meantime, have a look at Mark Pilgrim's What's New in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

Also, be sure to check out this great video of Exposé in action.

Going, going, gone

October 20, 2003

Within 48 hours of putting my old PowerBook up on Craigslist, I received five offers at my going price — it has been sold and cash is in hand. I won't have to incur any eBay or PayPal costs (which would be a lot considering the price of the item). Gotta' love the Internet.

Aluminum PowerBook

October 18, 2003

Well, after taking my first law school exam this morning I felt like COMPLETE SHIT and so I decided to buy the new PowerBook. I've been lusting over this thing for quite a while. The migration from my old PowerBook to this new one occured without issue.

You guys know that I'd love to write about my likes/dislikes, but as it stands, I'm up to my neck in schoolwork and I'm in a pissy mood to boot. Perhaps another day year.   :\

Lack of posts

October 11, 2003

Three words — law school sucks.

Shure E2c In-Ear Headphones

October 05, 2003

UPDATE: I've moved up to the E3cs, discussed here.

I told myself I wasn't going to do this, but I can't help it — I have to talk about my new headphones, the Shure E2cs. It's no secret, I'm a music junkie and take the "listening experience" thing very seriously. Enter the Bose TriPort headphones I got last Christmas. There is no denying that these are great headphones, but I needed something smaller. I'm in and out of the law library all day and so I needed headphones that I could fit into my bag without being worried about breaking them. I also wanted them to be better at blocking outside noise.

I never thought I would buy in-ear headphones. It just never dawned on me that they would sound better than the over-ear types. Looking back, I'm not sure how I could have thought that. Logic suggests that speakers that are situated in your ear canal and aimed directly at your eardrum would offer superior sound. Logic prevails — these things are sick. That isn't to say that all in-ear headphones sound like this, certainly some [most] sound like shit. But, I did my research (as usual) and everybody was raving about these things. I remember looking at the Etymotic ER-6s a couple of years ago and wondering what they sounded like, but I couldn't convince myself to take the $140 plunge, especially given the fact that they looked like they would break if you touched them wrong.

After having used the Bose headphones, I really had no desire to seek out another pair until I started law school and the aforementioned problems presented themselves.

I've been using the Shures for a few weeks now and have nothing to complain about. Nothing. While I will admit that in the beginning they were slightly uncomfortable in my right ear, the discomfort has since dissipated completely. I can't really blame them for this though — they come with three sets (of various sizes) of foam and rubber "flex" sleeves. Apparently my right ear canal is very small and so I had a little trouble getting even the smallest "flex" sleeve in there. You can strike a lot of that difficulty up to inexperience — it's no small task to put these things in your ear; it has become much easier over time.

Now, to the fun stuff: these things rock! I genuinely feel that I will never go back to regular headphones. It just wouldn't make sense — I would be denying myself sonic bliss. All the reviews were correct; there is nothing better than good in-ear headphones. They almost completely block out ambient noise, while injecting your brain with the best sound you've ever heard. It's like listening to old music for the first time. You can even make out artifacts in some MP3s that, after listening to the song 100 times before, you never noticed.

I'll concede that I was worried slightly about the bottom end of these things; how could they create bass with no real woofer? Answer: as long as you get a tight seal, you'll get that bottom end, and it's wonderful. I've been extremely happy with the bass reproduction.

The high end on these bad boys is nothing less than spectactular. Listen to [insert incredible female vocalists here] and prepare yourself to be absolutely blown away.

Another perk you get with plugs is that you can turn them up as loud as you want and you won't disturb anyone. You absolutely can't hear them outside of your own head.

I think the greatest testament to these plugs is to say that when I'm listening to the music, I sometimes feel that if I open my mouth the music is going to come pouring out. Incredible.

Oh hell yes

October 01, 2003

It's about time: ScanMe from Planetwide.

With ScanMe you can collect your post from anywhere in the world - at least anywhere you can find an internet terminal!

Planetwide scans your mail, emails the scans to you and stores the originals.

These then get forwarded to you when you notify Planetwide of an address to send them to. Easy as!

This is freaking awesome, save the serious privacy issues.

Digital gold... hah

September 30, 2003

From: Gary Cote (
Subject: classified ad
Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny
Date: 2003-09-18 17:44:01 PST

For Sale:

Apple iPod
15 GB model, lightly used
167 songs loaded

The RIAA says it's worth about $25 million.
I'll let it go for $5 million, plus shipping.

Radiohead concert

September 28, 2003
Radiohead concert

This is a picture from the Radiohead concert that I went to last week at the Shoreline Amphitheater. As usual, I forgot my damn camera and had to resort to the shitty one on the mobile phone.

I obviously meant to put this picture up last week, but there were several hangups. The first was that I installed the OS X 10.2.8 update which broke all kinds of things including the ability to send files from my phone to my computer through Bluetooth (of course syncing and sending from the computer to the phone work fine). So then I tried to send over e-mail from my phone to myself. That didn't work because the Cingular network is all funked up (I can't even receive e-mails through it right now :\). The next option was to try to send it through IR on a friend's PC. No go. IR port wouldn't open. Finally, I just brought my Bluetooth dongle to class, plugged it into a friend's Mac (she hadn't yet applied the 10.2.8 update) and sent it to her computer. I'd like to say that all of the effort was worth it, but really, did you look at the picture?  :P

If I had time this would be the spot where I would go into a long rant about Radiohead and how they are one of my favorite bands of all time and blah blah blah, but most of you already know that, so I digress. Needless to say, the concert was excellent. I hope to see them again someday (hopefully next time I'll have better seats and won't forget my camera).

Fringe benefit

September 28, 2003

The future-proofing of my archives has turned out to have an advantage that I didn't foresee. Previously, when browsing my site statistics, the frequency/number of hits was attached to a filename like "000134.php," which is obviously very cryptic. But now, with the new system in place, I can immediately see which posts are receiving the most attention and can realize right away what the post is about.

I still need to go back through my site and change all of the internal links (those posts that link to other posts) to the new scheme. All of the old files still exist (e.g., 000134.php) so the links won't break, but as soon as I change the (X)HTML and CSS of the archive template, the old files will undoubtedly render poorly.

Digitally Imported#

If you have never been to Digitally Imported, I strongly encourage you to check them out. I stumbled across this site a few years ago — it has grown exponentially and now includes 24-hour streams of everything from trance to modern jazz to classical.

I'm not sure there's anything I like listening to more while studying/working than the vocal trance stream.


September 20, 2003

I'm assuming most of you are aware of the new 15" PowerBook that was introduced a few days ago at Apple Expo 2003. What a brilliant machine. I've been working all week on trying to sell my current TiBook to a fellow student. I figure that I should be able to get the new one without paying much, if anything, out-of-pocket. My TiBook has the SuperDrive, but I have no problem getting the new Powerbook with just the Combo drive — new PowerBook with Combo drive and education discount = $1978.00. I should be able to get close to that for my current notebook. We'll see though, there are other things that have to be taken care of before I can start thinking about that, though the longer I wait the less my current notebook will be worth. Grr.

The new model offers countless improvements to the TiBook:

  • Aluminum alloy body
  • Backlit keyboard (only on SuperDrive model)
  • Ambient light sensor which adjusts the brightness of both the screen and the keyboard (only on SuperDrive model)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • FireWire 800 and USB 2.0
  • 512K L2 cache
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
  • 333MHz DDR SDRAM
  • 802.11g

The biggest additions for me are the aluminum body and built-in Bluetooth. I find it incredibly annoying to have to plug in the dongle each time I need to connect my phone to the computer. Also, as I use my computer all the time in class, it would be really nice to pull out a Bluetooth mouse and be done with it; this goes for home use as well.

I'm assuming that the new model won't suffer from the same keyboard-imprint-on-the-screen problems that the TiBook and iBook do, but that is yet to be determined.

In related news, Steve Jobs' keynote from the expo was put online yesterday.