Archive for April, 2008

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Fear of 1.0

April 25, 2008

I like to install and play with a lot of different software. Even if I’m happy with an application I have, I’ll install 30 other apps that do mostly the same thing just to see if one of them works better for me in terms of functionality or workflow.

One trend I’ve noticed over the past couple of years is a growing fear of the number “1.0”. The majority of apps I see anymore are version 0.2, or 0.2.1.4 or something like that. It seems that more and more developers are fearing a 1.0 version. Why is this? Are developers afraid of support questions? Do they think that if they stay under 1.0, they can continue to call their work “beta” and therefore not be held responsible, financially or morally, for any damage caused by their app?

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No Character Development For Old Men

April 20, 2008

You know, I love the Coen brothers.  Joel and Ethan Coen have created some of the most off-beat and fantastic movies and characters in the history of cinema.  In fact, in their oeuvre, I would say only Blood Simple stands out as a truly bad movie.  The rest range from “good” to “I have to wear diapers because I laughed so hard”.  Even Miller’s Crossing, which I found to be a rather bland crime drama, stands up there with some of the best crime dramas in history.

So it hurts me to see them falter on something like No Country For Old Men.  Now I realize they are merely adapting a book (Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same title), so I’m hoping that the shortcomings of this movie are the fault of Mr. McCarthy and not of the Coens.

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Upgrade Mac Mini memory beyond 2GB!

April 18, 2008

I currently own an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz Mac Mini.  Apple officially lists the Mac Mini as having a maximum memory configuration of 2GB (2x1GB modules).  However, after reading about unofficial support for 3GB of memory (1x1GB and 1x2GB modules) on everymac.com, I figured I’d give it a shot.  So I ordered the 3GB memory kit.  I put it in my Mac Mini as soon as it arrived and sure enough, the thing booted up and saw all 3GB of memory!  Very cool, says I.  Now, I also had another 2GB laptop memory module in addition to the one that I had ordered.  So, I thought, if it supports 3GB, maybe it’ll support 4GB!  So I popped the second 2GB module into the Mac Mini and sure enough, the thing booted and reported 4GB of memory! 

Now, I don’t know if only certain models of Mac Mini can support the full 4GB, or if they all do and Apple is just future-proofing it’s Mini by under-reporting the true capabilities, but 4GB of memory in the Mini makes it a pretty serious desktop machine.  People who complain about the lack of memory for graphic art programs might want to take another look.  With the Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz chip and 4GB of memory and near-silent running, the Mini is a serious contender for the desktop.

Unfortunately, I’m moving and I’ve decided to sell my Mac Mini with the 4GB of memory.  It’s currently on eBay (auction number 320240383783).  If you’re interested, you’ve got a little under 5 days left on the auction.  I’m also including my 2GB iPod Shuffle and the cool Apple aluminum keyboard.

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Juno sucked

April 17, 2008

I really like movies. I’ve seen thousands of movies in my lifetime. I own hundreds of DVDs and I have the full 8-dvds-at-a-time Netflix subscription. I read about movies. I study movies. I really really like movies.

So I get really pissed off when something as shitty as Juno comes along and Hollywood shits themselves over how great it is. Juno is a horribly pretentious, unrealistic load of crap. It bothers me to see Jason Bateman and Michael Cera in it, since I loved both of those guys in Arrested Development.

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Another NewEgg.com dig

April 7, 2008

I just placed an order at NewEgg.com for a new hard drive.  It reminded me of one of the big problems that I’m having with any orders from NewEgg recently:  the credit card charge time.   NewEgg has a 5-step process to keep you posted on where your order is in the chain.  Step 1 meant that they had received your order, but they haven’t done anything yet.  Step 2 was for verification and fraud prevention, but still no credit card charge.  Step 3 was the stage where they finally successfully charged your credit card.  Step 4 was packaging, and Step 5 was the final stage, which meant your order had shipped.

Now, a couple of years ago, the time it took to go from Step 1 to Step 3 was about 5 minutes.  Everything was very quick.  However, the last several orders I’ve placed with NewEgg seem to take FOREVER to go through those 3 steps.  Is this NewEgg’s fault or did the credit card companies put some process in place to slow these things down?  I’m guessing it’s NewEgg’s fault because I don’t seem to have this problem with other retailers.  Which leads me to another question:  WTF?!?!  What the hell did NewEgg do to create such a slowdown?  Why does it take hours, or sometimes even days (yes, I have had it take almost 2 business days just to have my card charged) to get through this step?  McDonald’s can charge my card in 20 seconds while I’m standing in line for a burger.  Why does NewEgg take so long?  Does their credit card processing center consist of one guy in a basement somewhere who comes in late, goes to lunch for 4 hours, and leaves early?

Yet another reason I’m going to start looking elsewhere for my computer goods until NewEgg gets their act together.  I think today’s purchase will be my last from NewEgg unless I see some indication that things are turning around there.