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Log of PowerMac Stuff

Thu, 12/29/2005 - 19:31 -- rprice

I finally got the G5 set up. I think it is just a shame that I have 2 dual-core processors and a measley 256MB og RAM! I ordered the new sticks, so they should be in next week I suppose. Still getting prefs. set up and apps installed. I will nee to get an FTP program and a text editor with syntax highlighting and preferrably FTP save.

I LOVE iCHAT!! It lets me keep my buddies in my contacts, which means I can see their real names!!

I love how everything is sort of integrated into the environment: saved passwords, conacts, calendars, preferences, devices, applications are all just “there”. Documents are simply stored in my home directory with my name on it, not “My Documents”. What is that supposed to mean anyway? Is a photo or a video really a document? Everything is a file, bitches! Still haven’t tried burning CD/DVDs or hooking up the external hard drive, or networking the machines. Setting up the printer was absolutely a no-brainer. Plugging in the iPod was actually more work.

I’m not sure my monitor works with my KVM swtich, which sucks. Still can play around with it, I think.

Apple Mail rocks. iCal kicks ass. Safari certainly performs. I love the Mac rendering engine. These processors help it fly.

The keyboard and mouse are very much up to par. The system is even a little quieter than my old machine.

Still have yet to check out any of my iLife, Final Cut, and iWork stuff, but it is there, I will get to it.

Got Quicktime Pro for the convenience factor.

I need new speakers.

The big (only) annoyance was the password thing. Somehow I typed a password wrong, or something bad happened when I tried to create the sample .Mac account (really, this system comes with SO MUCH standard). I had to reset my ROOT password with an install disk, and I decided to experiment and just delete the Keychain file, which worked exactly as expected. HA HA, Linux!

There’s another one, too. .Mac… I mean, synch contacts and files, sinple web hosting and publishing from the desktop? If only they could sell that shit to everyone, I mean I guess the Intel generation will maybe help bring that around, but that is just a neat service!

The monitor calibration tool was beautiful. I really feel like I am getting my money’s worth with this system.


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RAM for Sale

Thu, 12/29/2005 - 04:05 -- rprice

I have some RAM I bought for my new G5, but due to a restocking error, I had to get the new motherboard, which means the RAM is no good. Here is a link:
Samsung 2GB (2048MB) Kit (2 x 1GB Module) PC3200 CAS 3.0 DDR 400MHz 184 Pin 128×64 DIMM 184 Pin for For PowerMac G5 Models, iMac G5. FACTORY ORIGINAL MODULES, New with Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty

I got it for the published price of $239, but anything that beats the restocking fee would be wonderful. There is nothing wrong with the RAM, it is just the wrong model, I need a different number of pins (240 instead of 184) to fit the new machine. 2 GB of ram goes a long way.

This RAM should have no problem working in a PC with 184 pin PC3200 RAM.

If you or anyone you know can buy this from me and save me the eBay hassle, I would be their friend forever.
AIM: kerm52

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Digital Camera! New Computer! Gaming!

Wed, 12/28/2005 - 22:47 -- rprice

So the computer is only 2 months and 3 weeks late, but who’s counting? I actually decided NOT to plug it in today, because I know it will consume my life for a while, just gadgeting around. I need to get up in the morning and work for 3 hours before I do this (or as long as it takes to add a new preference to Unity. I also found out the RAM I bought is no longer good for my new machine, so now the decision is re-stock fee vs. eBay. If anybody is looking for 2GB of 184-pin RAM, ask me. I need you to beat $200 to make it worth my while.

I think I need to start keeping a log of every single change I make to my work, just so I feel accomplished. I always say “I need to work” or “I worked really hard”, but I am the only one I can prove that to. I guess if there were another developer working on stuff it would be more practical.

I have a 5.2 MegaPixel Hewlett Packerd digital camera. It does the job, and it’s just what I asked for. I will post some pictures after I get some things set up around here.

Gaming is fun. Last week we went to Sci-Fi City and got some games. 2 games I have not played in years.

  1. The Great Dalmuti is Asshole (the party game) with pretty pictures. That’s about it.
  2. The Settlers of Catan is the computer game Civilization brought to the table. All I can say is that it is one of the most fun and challenging games you can play. “Stategery” is the operative word here. Nathan doesn’t like competitive games, but in this game you are competing against the evironment (the robber) and yourself as much as the other players. Especially when we added the expansion pack called Cities and Kights of Catan which brings in the pirates and adds extra resources to collect and more goals to acheive. One of my favorite games of all time.

I want to go back and get Robo Rally before the 30% off sale is over, but I have already spent a bunch of cash on this crap.

A very old friend deserted me waylaid my plans to see her this Christmas break. I have to say I’m not entirely surprised. :’( I still haven’t heard back from said friend with the normal “I’m sorry, the spouse and I were busy”, or somewhat.
EDIT: She called me today and bitched at me for writing such things, and explained that her phone was dead. She is forgiven, even though I did not try to make her feel as bad as she felt.

I started reading my favorite books again - the Deverry series (starting with Daggerspell) by Katharine Kerr. I am picking out SO MUCH more detail than my 8th grade self. I am also getting pretty anal about the ancient Welsh words, which is helping me build the picture in my head a bit better. I wish I was more familiar with what a Welsh accent sounded like in comparison to Irish. Most of the voices come out Irish, with a bit of Scottish thrown in.

Katharine Kerr - Daggerspell

There are 11 books total, 4 Deverry books, 4 Westlands books and 3 Dragon Mage books. She is planning 3 more books as well, which are planned to be released in June, but I have been hearing that for the last 3 or 4 years now, so I’m not holding my breath. If it does actually come in June, then hooray for me because I should be done with the 11th book by then, and re-bought Black Raven because it is missing…

Got to clear off my bed so I can actually get in there and sleep at some point. Damn I wanted to get to bed earlier than this. Maybe my new toy will wake me up in the morning. If anybody reads this before 11AM and I have not re-posted, call me. Even if I have re-posted you can call me. We will say Merry Belated Christmas or Happy Hannukah to each other.

After much delay,

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New Digital Camera

Wed, 12/28/2005 - 17:40 -- rprice

Something pocket-able, but 4 or 5 MP that doesn’t break the bank. Mom also got one for Stefan, with matching 256MB SD cards, or 150 full-size pictures. I think 5MP blows up bigger than an 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper, so that is plenty enough quality for me. Breathing room for cropping, automatic red-eye removal, a bit faster shots for brightly lit action, a VERY bright flash, a timer with an option to take two pictures (serious and goofy?), as well as 3x optical zoom, macro mode, all the standards. It also has some automatic emailing stuff, so you could flag an image to “email to grandma” while you’re still at the family reunion. When you get home, I guess it just sends it right away. I’m not sure if it has Canon PictBridge for my printer, but I don’t really care. It would be nice to get the iPod connector for long-term backups if it is compatible.

I will post pictures to my flickr soon.

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Damn Computers

Sun, 12/11/2005 - 03:43 -- rprice

So it turns out too many people wanted to upgrade their old single-core Macs to better ones, meaning they ran out before they got around to filling the employee orders. So I got a refund and my Mom was like, “just order the best system you can”, so I pretty much did. Now the “PowerMac G5 Quad” (2×2.5 GHz dual-cores). I opted for the GeForce 7800 GT and Bluetooth/AirPort Extreme (802.11G). iWork for the kickass presentations and sweet document layout, and everyting else I bought 6 weeks 2 months ago for this fucker.

If I was getting it via regular retail channels, it would be here by the beginning of next week, but who knows about the employee thing.

C’est la discount, I guess.

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Wed, 12/07/2005 - 12:53 -- rprice

Reminder from the Calendar of ucfmkalumni

Friday December 9, 2005
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
This event does not repeat.
The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 4 minutes.
Event Location: AMIGOS @ Waterford Lakes Town Center
Street: 749 S. Alafaya Trail
City, State, Zip: Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: 407-488-6363
Come join us for Social Hour and Holiday cheers.

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Was the iPod Shuffle like New Coke for Apple?

Sun, 11/13/2005 - 13:17 -- rprice

This post is a bit old now, as I wrote it up as a draft, and never finished writing it. Here it is, some weeks later.
I was listening to Marketing Online Podcast from September 30th entitled "What Harry Potter Taught Us About Podcasting and Directories" when I heard this, and I think it is a good bit of rumor. If you download this file and listen from 27:03 to 27:49 in the timeline, you hear Alex Mandossian sharing his opinion about the iPod Shuffle in relation to the new iPod Nano.

I have this crazy crazy theory... I think the Shuffle without the screen... was intentionaly done; just like when Coca-Cola came out with the new formula, and then renamed it and 'Classic Coke' became the hit again. Well I think they went to 'Classic iPod' with the screen, and they just went up 1 Gig... just so they could get penetration. I think people are trading up right now, as we do this podcast.

Your thoughts?

I agree. Even if it is not the intended outcome, the 'New Coke Effect' is what happened anyway. I honestly don't know why they have the shuffle at all, but I guess $100 for a 512MB player is mostly affordable, so they now have 3 teir pricing along with 3 levels of storage and functionality with the product. Taking in to light that the standard iPod now plays video, you have the Shuffle, which just plays music, the Nano, which does Music and Photos, and the iPod, which does Music, Photos and Video. A harmonious existence, no overlap between products like they used to have between the Mini and the iPod, just choices A, B, and C, and then two different sizes and prices to choose from with each. Pretty nice.


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VideoEgg Publisher

Sun, 11/13/2005 - 08:50 -- rprice

A few weeks ago I heard about this great tool called VideoEgg Publisher, released by NewEgg, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut. They let me upload a video less than two minutes in length, and are hosting it for free for 30 days. Check it out.

They have really nailed ease of use, cross-platform compatibility, and just down-right simplicity with their platform. Uploading was a snap, and I was given the option to set a start and end point, as well as "erase" portions of the video.

Go to for more information and a demonstration. To use the VideoEgg plugin, just go to VideoEgg and choose "Product Demo" form the menu.

If you are a TypePad user , you can try the publisher out now and videoblog. TypePad offers 30-day free trial for non-users, which can be accessed via the VideoEgg Site or TypePad.

Good work, fellas. I hope to see more plug-n-play style tools for the internet in the future.


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