Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, May 30. 2008 in Junk Drawer

I went ahead and upgraded my Macs to 10.5.3 yesterday (using the Combo Update, of course). Unfortunately, even though many things are better, the most annoying bug in Mail has NOT been fixed... doing a search causes Mail to forget the field width settings in the Message Viewer window. Ugg!

Internet Freedom

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, May 27. 2008 in Junk Drawer

Will someone please explain to me this "Internet Freedom" that Viacom's challenge is supposedly threatening? What freedom is that? The freedom to steal copyrighted data? How did all that is good and noble about the Internet get somehow associated with the concept that "as long as I can make a copy of something, I should be able to do whatever I want to do with it whether I have permission or not." Yes, the Internet is all about sharing information, but it doesn't also mean that copyright now flies out the window. Let's be clear, if I create something (music, video, code, whatever) and I *choose* to share it, then great! If I also decide to let others share it as well, even better! But the sharing of that information is *mine* to choose, not yours. Don't lump my exercising my rights in protecting my property, with your perceived "rights" to take what is mine and do whatever you want with it, without my permission. Really, that sort of mentality is totally embarrassing.

Irony and Self Reflection

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Sunday, May 18. 2008 in Programming

From Bileblog:
Were you so unloved as children that you’re so desperate to squeal out your emotions to every inanimate object you come across? Are you THAT insecure that you so desperately plead for attention whenever you sense sentience nearby?
Most likely crafted during an instance of clarity whilst looking in a mirror.

JCP changes?

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, May 15. 2008 in Open Source

Geir posts this interesting blog entry. If Sun and others are really interested in figuring out how to improve the situation within the JCP, especially in *really* encouraging community involvement and interaction, I wonder who-oh-who could they possibly ask?

Undependable Power Supply

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, May 13. 2008 in Technology

Through the years, I've used lots and lots of UPSs. Lots. I have never had such troubles as I have had with the Cyber Power units. They are basically worthless. They have a lifetime of maybe 1 year (with basically NO usage at all... Maybe a total of 3 cycles, down to only say 75% capacity) and fail without warning. Power hiccup and they simply die. You plug 'em back in, run the diagnostic tests and "Lordy Lordy All is in perfect operating condition!"... unless, of course, you unplug the unit from the wall at which point it will go belly up and die with nary a whimper. I can see UPSs failing... it happens, sure. But with every other UPS type I've ever used I've gotten advance notice when the unit is starting to go south. Not with these. You have absolutely no idea if it's good or bad. It will fail at the drop of a hat and with no warning at all. Avoid 'em.

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