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February 27, 2003

Will the last person to leave the platform…

… please turn off the backlight? The title of this post refers to a popular email signature that floats around on the NewtonTalk mailing list. I mention it not only because it’s oddly appropriate given what day it is, but it’s somewhat ironic as well. Today marks the fifth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ questionable decision … Read the rest of this item

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February 25, 2003

Being aware of being aware.

The available domain name of the week is cognisentient.com

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February 24, 2003

More than just a fresh coat of paint.

The ongoing saga of the Newton Stowaway Keyboard Project is now being presented in a convenient and stylish weblog format. This no doubt means that I’ll be expected to update it more than once every six months. Nevertheless, now that the artfully engineered keyboard actually talks to my little green friend, the potential for conjuring … Read the rest of this item

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February 24, 2003

It must be Monday.

The mail server is offline this morning. It was sporadic last night, but now it is definitely having issues. The server in question handles mail for my domain and about 40 others. I worry less about missing my mail than I do about the mail for the dozens of other people who use the service. … Read the rest of this item

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February 23, 2003

Stop your whining.

Oh dear. The startup drive on this server is beginning to sound like an F-15 winging its way to some Kuwaiti air strip. Fortunately, the entire server gets backed up nightly alternating between two incremental images on a completely separate drive. None of my hostees need to worry about their data being irretrievably strewn amidst … Read the rest of this item

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February 23, 2003

Sir, we have a stowaway.

Three and a half years ago, I posted a little blurb in my weblog about hacking my Newton to use a Stowaway keyboard. I ended that particular post with an encouraging “stay tuned for more…” Well, if any of you were around when I first mentioned this project, let me thank you personally for staying … Read the rest of this item

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February 22, 2003

Don’t get your quotes in a curl.

Some people, like Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing fame, hate curly quotes in web content. Other folks, like John Gruber over at Daring Fireball, can’t imagine ever going back to such a limited typographic palette as seven-bit ASCII. And while I can empathize with Doctorow’s technical issues concerning the glitch-inducing properties of typographically correct punctuation … Read the rest of this item

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February 20, 2003

Photo of the day.

 Aluminum muffin pan on kitchen counter. Calgary.

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February 18, 2003

afp:/at/nfg*

During one of the more recent Jaguar updates, my ability to access AppleShare volumes ceased to be. I honestly didn’t notice the problem until this past week. Since I’m still hooked on OS 9, I had been using OS X pretty much for intense bouts of browser testing and only needed to access web and … Read the rest of this item

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February 18, 2003

BBEdit updated. Again.

Why yes, as a matter of fact, I am. Prepare to kick back for a spell if you’re about to dive into the 7.0.2 release notes for the latest BBEdit update. Nine pages of new features, functionality tweaks, bug squashes, and other assorted finagling to scroll through. Woof. The main emphasis this time around seems … Read the rest of this item

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