iLife '08

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, August 14. 2007 in Junk Drawer

Wow. iPhoto requires an immediate software upgrade. iDVD crashes and requires removing old themes and convincing the installer to reinstall them. iMovie crashes when updating an iPhoto library. iMovie is unable to open or use old iMovie HD projects with anything close to reliability. I don't use iWeb and have been afraid to even try Garageband now... I've never had anything even remotely close to this kind of trouble with any Apple product (h/w or s/w) ever before... weird.
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IRC client

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, August 7. 2007 in Personal

Since it's been "discontinued" for months now, I've decided to, finally, drop Fire as my primary IM client. I was also starting to use it as my IRC client as well, moving away from old but ugly ircle. However, most good IM clients now (including the one I selected as a replacement: Adium) are "just" IM clients, and don't support IRC. So that means I'm back to 2 clients for "chatting". And it also means I either go back to ircle or try something else. So I'm testing Snak and Linkinus, with the latter being the front runner... Strange for someone who's tried to avoid IRC and IM for ages... But, today, there's simply no getting around either of them as useful tools.
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When reported trends don't match observed trends

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Monday, August 6. 2007 in ASF

No doubt, there will be many posts regarding the latest Netcraft survey, some good, some bad and some just plain FUD. Even ignoring other surveys that show vastly different results, the Netcraft report is confusing for one real reason which has nothing to do with Apache at all. For the survey to match reality, it means that web hosting providers are selecting Windows over Linux, or Solaris, or BSD or OS X or, well, basically, any other OS. Well, of course that's not the case. Is anyone seeing that? At anything close to the numbers that would be required? No, of course not. It simply shows that once one knows the secret sauce on how rankings are made, one can make a very directed effort to shift those to reflect the version of reality you want to present. We saw it with web search rankings and we're seeing it now. It's almost as if someone said "We are ranking big business using the metric of how many phone lines they have; the rationale being more phone lines means more employees which means a bigger business." Once that's done, it's easy for a small business, who has a vested interest in appearing much larger than they are, to simply order more phone lines, increasing their ranking. With all that being said, it is quite nice seeing lighttpd, which is an Apache-"based" variant, making increases. It shows just how useful FastCGI still is and how neat mod_proxy_fgci will be, once we finish it, that is.
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The trouble with ohloh

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, August 2. 2007 in Programming

The trouble with ohloh (and other type sites) is: inaccurate and misleading metrics are more dangerous, and less useful, than non-readily-available ones. Until "value" parameters can someone be applied (eg: this 10 line patch did "more" than this 100 line patch that did almost nothing), these types of "statistics" are fun to look at, but really useless.
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Tiny tidbits

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, August 2. 2007 in Junk Drawer

As fun as vacations are, they don't seem as relaxing as they used to be. The reason is obvious: what with cell phones and now near universal cell and Net access, you are never, truly "away." So you always feel that pull... That's a darn shame. I miss the days when registrars were just, well, registrars. Yep, I've been bitten by the photography bug. Seems v. common now, especially among techies. IMO, Java is a success despite the best intentions of entities continually trying to *force* it to be a success. But I don't know how much longer that will last. Eileen and I are coming up on our 21st wedding anniversary. 21. Years. Where did the time go? So PHP4 is being end-of-lifed at the end of the year. I wonder what 20/20 hindsight a year from now will determine about that decision... I wish I could find a cheap MacMini or Mac Cube. Like $200. Or even an iBook around that price. So far, no luck. Why am I always running out of disk space? I should have waited and gotten the Intel Quad MacPro instead of the Quad G5... rats. Rise of the Silver Surfer wasn't as good as I hoped, but wasn't as bad as I feared. Transformers on the other hand was spot-on regarding my expectations. But the bots were very visually confusing, imo... And I'm eagerly awaiting Iron Man. "Milk was a bad choice"
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