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Experimental [Oct. 23rd, 2007|01:30 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Ok. This is my first crack at using Google documents. I don't know how it will react to HTML, but the cool thing is that I can start working on something at 0100 at home in my underwear on my futon and it will beat me to work in the morning.

I'm also testing an idea that Howton gave me via an AIM session. He said that he kept his "Post to Journal" tab open all day at work, writing a sentence or two at a time and then at the end of the day he had a post. We shall see.

I should add that I'm using Opera for this task, so this is yet another example of things that Google got right. Now, if only they'd amend Calendar appropriately, we'd all be happy.

Speaking of Calendar, I must say that Apple took a page straight out of Google Calendar with advanced logic for determining when a string was a date even when it wasn't in the typical mm/dd/yyyy format. I'm really liking what I'm seeing with Leopard--I can't wait to own my own Mac.

So yes, Eric finally talked me into a mini and he did it over the phone no less. Imagine that! He took time out of his day with his family to hold my hand and guide me to the proper conclusion. That isn't to say that I think he has everything right; I think I'm going to see the performance hit of only have 1 GB of RAM, but my mini should be rather steppy...for the first 24 hours. Let me get my *nix services configured, download the Adobe software, Open Office, Opera (those of you who are worried that I won't take Eric to task about Opera being my first download on the Mac, don't sweat it. I might even make a big presentation of it if I can plan far enough in advanced.) and finally my music and files going and I'm sure that there will be considerable drag. Of course he's right: I've never worked on the platform so I don't know what to expect. What he's wrong about is the fact that I'm not happy that only the 24 inch iMac and up does full 1080p. Granted, the only thing that I have that is 1080p are a few trailers from Apple, but still, my ATI 850 XT Pro could render them, so why not the Mac? Oh, will someone in the Mac community tell me where I can find Quick Time Pro to download for free?

You might ask when I plan to purchase my Mac. Well, it works like this: I applied for the card that Apple offers on their website. There's just enough credit to get the low-end mini without the keyboard and mouse, forget about the warranty. What I'm going to do is buy the bigger mini that is offered for many reasons, the ultimate being that if selling the laptop is in the future, it would be nice to retain the DVD burning capabilities I've had for the past 4+ years, especially if I may get to the point where the mini is my only machine. Also, I wont' lie; the additional hard drive space will be nice. I really wished I had the do-ri-me to get 2 GB out the door, but beggars can't be choosers.

Back to purchasing. So I've got a CompUSA card and now I'll have the Visa. I can split the cost between the two and the machine should be payed for before I get my tax returns. I'm waiting for the card to come in the mail (which I hope will be sometime this week) but more importantly for Leopard to come out this weekend. I've already purchased a hard drive enclosure, a 7-port USB hub and a line conditioner in anticipation of the mac. All that is left is to get the machine itself and set it up which will make for a nice weekend project. Oh yeah, I'll have to learn then interface too. I'm looking forward to that challenge and conquering it in record time.

It looks like I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid and get an iPod. My MP3 player was on my desk playing tunes in lieu of Samba being unavailable, but the little bugger got pulled off the desk and onto the floor. It continued to play tunes until I let it sit and the power management tried to kick in. The unit froze. I tried to reset it, but all I would get is a menu that would allow me to clean the files (which did nothing) format (not doing that without access to my files) reload the OS (which, when selected gave a hard disk error with a cute graphic) and finally reboot. I want the 80 GB classic to replace my 60 GB Creative Zen Xtra Jukebox. Donations accepted.

P.S. I wrote this whole entry in Google Docs. I think I can actually publish it to my blogs via the interface. I'm going to test that now. Perhaps there will be another post sometime today from work via the afore mentioned method.

P.P.S. The publish to blog feature was not quite what I was hoping it would be, but it worked reasonlbly well given that I was attempting to post markup into the blog itself.
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From: snapper521
2007-10-24 02:52 pm (UTC)
I came, I saw, I commented. :-)

Need to tell me again, either in private or over the phone (but remind me to have a piece of paper nearby.) how much that little bitch is gonna cost (since I dont remember if you ever told me). AND how much you owe in CCD.

Exact numbers (or as close as you can come).

Mom and I were discussing it... and I thought you had told me $300,000 (CCD) but she was like "no way, he couldn't have that much off 4 cards" (*gives her a look that could incinerate diamonds*; [seeing as I am not happy with her (or anyone else in this fucked up world right now)]

Reason I want to know, is:
1. I'm trying to balance it all out in my mind so that I'm actually grasping a semi-complete picture of the debt this would add to your already outrageous amount.
2. If I'm thinking about this/your problems I'm not thinking about other things which are bothering me.

P.S. Had trouble sleeping the last 3 nights. So I put in the score you gave me. Its like a light switch is flipped; I instantly fall asleep and not only do I fall asleep, but I'm OUT... more so then normal. To the point that my brother has been able to walk into my room without my knowledge 2 of the 3 mornings... it's crazy weird.

I knew I "loved" you for you a reason... thanks a million for the score... :-)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-24 03:14 pm (UTC)
no, I'm not in debt $300,000. If I were, I'd have my own house and a trophy wife.

If you liked that one score, just wait 'till you get your Christmas present.

P.S. When are you going to watch the actual movie?
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From: snapper521
2007-10-24 04:36 pm (UTC)
P.s. I don't know! [*whimpers*] I try and try to get it from the library (cuz I'm to cheap to go rent it like I should) and its never there. So I am either going to have to break down and rent it... or just bide my time till the idiot movie is there! ;-P

I'll see it someday. I promise. :-) Might not be until I hang out with you... but I'll see it someday! *giggle*

Money: How does that amount equal a house and a trophy wife? [*gives you a confused look that you haven't put on my face for a long long long time*]
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-26 10:08 pm (UTC)
I have my own house and a trophy wife and I'm not in debt $300,000.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-27 02:17 am (UTC)
So how much does your total debt come to?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-27 02:19 am (UTC)
Does catttitude admit to being a trophy wife? Is there no love there? Do you have a living sex toy in your house? What do you mean calling catttitude a trophy wife?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-25 01:59 am (UTC)
Don't buy a mini unless you get it with 2GB of RAM. I never said get a 1GB RAM Mini. That would just be retarded. Mine has 1GB of RAM and its not enough, let alone for a new-fangled OS like Leopard. Duh!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-25 09:17 am (UTC)
Make up your fucking mind. The first thing you tell me is not to spend money on an iMac, the next thing you tell me is to get a mini and buy the memory after market when I can afford it. Unless they have memory on the floor and I can get them to install it on the same day, it's going to be something that I do after market.

Do you remember nothing of our conversation? You were encouraging me to do this. Oh, well!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-25 10:40 am (UTC)
Yes. You can call install after-market memory in the Mini. I do remember telling you that. What I don't think you should do, however, is benchmark the fucking box on 1GB of RAM.

That isn't to say that I think he has everything right; I think I'm going to see the performance hit of only have 1 GB of RAM,

You'll see even more of a hit if you order it with 512! Yes, you can install aftermarket RAM.

You'll see an even greater hit if you remove the 512 stick and put in a 256!
Yes, you can install aftermarket RAM.

Two things:

1.) You don't know what a mac looks like on 2GB of RAM, so how the fuck are you going to notice a 'performance hit?'

2.) Don't ever confuse the fact that you can purchase aftermarket RAM with my suggestion that the Mini doesn't need more than 1GB.

OK, a couple more things while I'm at it:

1.) If you're short on cash, consider NOT buying a portable music player until AFTER you've purchased your 2GB of RAM, or use that money to put into the factory RAM upgrade.

2.) Once you start running OSX, you won't want to touch anything else. Trust me on this, its how it happened to me. Suddenly, you'll eschew avi's for .mov format, and YOU WON'T WANT TO RUN ANYTHING BUT ITUNES! Ergo, you'll likely want an iPod. If I could have one wish in this world, it would be to tell everyone who says things like, "I hate iTunes." or "I prefer Windows Media Player" to rot in hell because they've never used it on a Mac. Those assholes actually think they know something because they installed iTunes on their XP box. You know what, they deserve Windows Media Player AND XP.

I'm done.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-25 11:30 am (UTC)
I was the one who you accused of looking at a tech sheet and saying "I won't touch that if it doesn't do X". I know that I'm going to take a performance hit with the 1 GB because I ran 1 GB on Widows for a year and have been running nothing less then 2 GB for 3 years and I can tell every time I'm not on a machine that doesn't have the memory support. I know I'll see similar results in OS X. Where and how that may manifest itself I'm not intimately aware of, but that doesn't mean that I don't know that the problem exists. That having been said, you said that having something is better then nothing.

If you're short on cash, consider NOT buying a portable music player until AFTER you've purchased your 2GB of RAM, or use that money to put into the factory RAM upgrade.
I'm already ahead of you on that one. I won't get the iPod until I have a Mac that is running at a bearable speed, whether that means adding more memory or taking the base.

Once you start running OSX, you won't want to touch anything else
I know that this will happen to me, but I can't for the life of me see giving up Winamp. I've used it for years, it support almost every format out there, you can run multiple DSPs, it's skinnable and there is even a great VU meter for it.

I've never really used music libraries; for the most part they are an impediment to me. If I rip a CD, that goes into a directory by itself, and the tracks are named such that if you add the directory to the playlist, the track numbers are the first characters in the filenames so that adding a directory always means getting the order that the tracks are in on the CD. If I want to rearrange the order, I create a playlist. The only thing that I use the Winamp library for is to quickly search for single tracks (mostly for oldies that sit in one big directory) and for statiscial data i.e. how many times I've listened to a song, when the last time I listened to it was and what has been recently added.

I suppose there is something on OS X that will play and render .wmv videos other then WMP. Yes, I don't care for them, but at the same time, they are viewable. Quick Time is a better choice, yes; however, as there was sometimes less support on Windows, guess what most of my collection is in.

I keep telling people that the one app that will keep me glued to the Wintel platform is Winamp. Unless it gets ported correctly (I'm not talking about that piece of shit XMMS) accepting iTunes will be slow, long and an uphill battle. Still, I am open minded and will give it a chance.

P. S. I really need a Mac avatar.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-25 11:43 am (UTC)
I'm already ahead of you on that one. I won't get the iPod until I have a Mac that is running at a bearable speed,
You're actually two steps behind. My Mini only has 1GB of RAM and only USB 1.0. But if you think I'd make a retarded statement like, "I'll not listen to any music whatsoever unless I can transfer at 400kbps and my application launches in under 3.5 seconds." Then you don't know me at all. Only an idiot would deny themselves something awesome because of some perceived burden. Don't be an idiot.

What you said about music libraries is exactly how I felt about music libraries. I thought iTunes was dumb & bulky. Unnecessary. Nothing was better than my way. Listen to me boy, I was wrong, and so are you. "...long and uphill battle" my ass. You'll be like a fucking lightswitch. Period. Don't trust me on this. You don't have to. It'll just happen. I stopped using Winamp when I got my Mini, and the fact that you like it because its "skinable" tells me everything I need to know about why you use it: You're shallow.

The only thing which plays .wmv files on OSX is Windows Media Player. Thankfully there's a slick, stable port by none other than....Microsoft!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-26 05:38 pm (UTC)
You're also running a G4. I'll be running a 2.0 Ghz dual-core processor.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-26 10:07 pm (UTC)
Funny how we each see different things. I read that I'm currently running OSX and you're not.

Here's another one: "You're working for a living, and I'll be retired."

Heh.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-27 02:20 am (UTC)
Here's another: "Statistically speaking, you'll be dead before I am." Isn't that wonderful?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-27 09:45 am (UTC)
Now you've got it! Besides, I thought you were going to get the base Mini. That comes with a Core Solo. And don't get me started on Intel's nomenclature. By their standards, I could sell the half-dozen 133Mhz chips I have around here as "Core Solo's."
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