Archive for June, 2006

Windows on the Macbook

June 30th, 2006, 4:19am by Kelvin

Everything seems to be working great, except for the lack of a dedicated trackpad driver. That not only means no right-click, but also no tapping the track pad to left-click, and no acceleration. Oh well.
Overall, things are running pretty snappy. My Windows partition is only 15 GB– I remember when I got by with 10 GB on my first XP-based PC, so 15 GB oughta be plenty :).

Lifehacker and San Diego

June 28th, 2006, 4:10pm by Mike

I think we all read Lifehacker from time to time — we at least refer to it every once in a while. I didn’t know this before, but there was some post last week that alluded to the fact that the site originates in San Diego, Hmm, sorta interesting, I guess. Then I’m looking through today’s post on Vista screenshots, and about halfway through, looking at the “Network Center,” I noticed that the machine is connected to the UCSD net by a
“strong” wireless connection!
Man, imagine how “productive” we would have all been in grad school if we had known that the Lifehacker team was hanging out at the Price Center!

Delta IV Launch

June 28th, 2006, 12:37pm by Jake


There’s the plume!

Last night, I watched the first Delta IV rocket launch from California. Derrick & Montana no doubt remember the time we drove to Vandenberg to watch a launch attempt that was scrubbed, but at least we discovered the Hitching Post. The launch was set for right at sunset, but was delayed 15 minutes due to high winds. I had walked down to the beach all prepared with my tripod & camera, but forgot the crucial tripod/camera mount. I went home expecting another scrub, only to find out the launch was back on. I ran (literally) back to the beach, and managed to view the rocket as it streaked across the sky. These pictures were the best I could do while trying to hold the camera steady. I put up a whole set of pictures here and you can read more about the launch here. And others have also posted pictures on Flickr.

Genius Help

June 27th, 2006, 10:38pm by Kelvin

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So I took this picture using the camera on my macbook and sent it via the Apple Store WiFi net. I’m here because my Mac makes a terribly loud noise whenever it wakes from sleep and checks the optical drive for a disk. The genius here says that it’s on the upper range of “normal,” but if it really bugs me after a few weeks, to bring it back and they’ll “work with me.” Seems like they’re counting on us just getting used to it. It’s louder than any of the ones they have on display, but even with such a small sample size, it’s clear that there’s quite a bit variability in the loudness of the wake up noise. Oh well.
Cool picture though, huh?

iPod Vending Machine

June 25th, 2006, 9:34pm by Jake


iPod Vending Machine

So Derrick & I drove to the local Pavillon’s to pick up some supplies for Derrick & Emily’s BBQ. While we were there, Derrick noticed this iPod vending machine, offering a complete line of iPods and accesories. Didn’t buy anything this trip, but good to know that if you ever visit Derrick, there’s an iPod vending machine available 24 hours a day.

An Inconvenient Truth

June 25th, 2006, 8:41pm by Mike


Last night we did our duty as liberal Massachusetts citizens and went to see An Inconvenient Truth, or as it seems to be known to most people, “The Al Gore Movie.” No spoilers here — it’s about global warming: the evidence, the science behind the doomsday predictions, and the policies and economics that have contributed to the problem. Most of this information is laid out clearly on the Climate Crisis website a companion website to the movie. I think it’s important that people see this movie — but as has been pointed out by many others, the main audience is, like Fahrenheit 9/11, likely to be people who already believe, not the people who need to be converted.
If you haven’t fallen asleep at the mere mention of Al Gore, read on for more.

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Another Brother!

June 24th, 2006, 10:03pm by Jake

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As you can see, Nathan & Max are both excited to meet their new baby brother, Quincy. Arriving 3 weeks early, Quincy was born June 23 at about 6:30 in the morning, and he weighed in at 6 lb 12 oz. Mom and baby are both doing fine and they are back home now. I’ll be visiting all my nephewses over the 4th of July weekend.

World Cup ’06

June 24th, 2006, 5:00pm by Mike

Not sure if any of you are watching the World Cup, but it’s been a good one so far, provided you weren’t rooting for the 50% of the teams that are no longer around, including the USA. I’ve been watching and rooting for Italy, who won the group that the USA were in, and are up against Australia on Monday. Among our group of friends here are Brazilians and Germans, so we’ve been enjoying the games with them, too.
Any of you watching? Any thoughts? My prediction — so far Germany and Brazil are looking like real contenders to me. Italy has played OK, but they aren’t really looking like much of a team so far. Argentina, who many thought would be cruising through to the finals, barely got past Mexico today in overtime. And Italy may have the easiest path of the major contenders through to the semifinals, where they’ll meet Germany or Argentina for a trip to the finals.

New Mac in the House

June 22nd, 2006, 1:44am by Kelvin

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So Serena and I are online with our new Macbook! Check out this picture I took with PhotoBooth (reminds me of the cover of U2’s Pop). Pretty fun stuff. I’m in the middle of this ridiculous battery calibration procedure (to be repeated every 2 months). Anyway, I’d post pictures of the laptop, but you guys have seen them… suffice to say, the new Mac is gonna take some getting used to, but so far, it’s playing well with PC network shares and shared iTunes libraries. So far so good!

Keane alert

June 20th, 2006, 11:43am by Kelvin

Something must be in the air… I woke up this morning, thinking, “Hey, I wonder when that Keane album is supposed to come out?” As you may recall, it was first discussed in passing on this thread about the Q podcast, and that was the last time I’d thought about it until this morning. Well, after some simple research, I discovered that the album was released in the US today, and the band happens to be playing here in SF tonight! I might try to catch them (via scalper tickets), assuming I’m not too busy playing Warcraft on our new Macbook :).
BTW, Keane is going to LA tomorrow and Boston on 4 days.


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