Monday, December 31, 2007

New Apple Keyboard!

Well, this New Year's Eve, I stupidly spilled coffee into my old Kensington keyboard, while typing away over at GtrOblq. Even though I took it apart and used a hair dryer on it, the bottom row of keys refused to come back to life. So, we did a mad dash to the nearest Best Buy before they closed for New Year's Eve, and I purchased one of those slender, new Apple keyboards. We didn't have time to make it to the Apple Store at La Cantera, because everything closed at 6 pm.

Man, what a great keyboard! I barely feel like I'm typing, and it's so thin that I don't even need a wrist support! Yeah! The front housing is made of Aluminum, so it seems sturdy. I looked at the other Mac-compatible keyboards, but they all came with a mouse and were at least $20 more than the Apple keyboard! So much for that theory that Apple is more expensive.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year

I've revamped the blog a little. Added some additional sidebar content. Also, be sure to sniff around at my other pages around the web, including:

Have a great 2008!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Ballmer, MS, and their cronies at their stupidity again

I really need to write about something else. This blog is turning into a "I hate Microsoft" column. But they're just so hateable.

The iPhone whining from Microsoft is apparently ceaseless. Too bad the iPhone WAS A SUCCESS, eh Ballmer and Allard?

MacNN | MS Zune chief: iPhone is a "lousy" iPod:

"It’s a lousy iPod," Allard explains. "You can’t skip a track without looking at it. You can’t go running with the thing."

Ballmer bawls out Apple iPhone as 'no hoper':

Microsoft's boss Steve Ballmer slammed the iPhone last week, saying it has "no hope" of gaining a foothold in the mobile phone market.

Ballmer clearly hasn't heard much about the one million AT&T customers in the US already signed-up for information on the new product when it ships.

On the security-and-utter-bull-crap front, Computerworld magazine published this gem from a hacking contest winner. Obviously, MS is trying their damnedest to reverse the PR image that their pathetic OSX-wannabe is not the malware slut it once was:

Vista more secure than Mac OS:

I have found the code quality, at least in terms of security, to be much better overall in Vista than Mac OS X 10.4. It is obvious from observing affected components in security patches that Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has resulted in fewer vulnerabilities in newly-written code. I hope that more software vendors follow their lead in developing proactive software security development methodologies.

It wasn't all bad, though, in that he actually had some good security advice for Macites:

I recommend that Mac users make their primary user a non-admin account, use a separate keychain for important passwords, and store sensitive documents in a separate encrypted disk image. I think these are fairly straightforward steps that many users can take to better protect their sensitive information on their computer.

Mmm hmm...oh yeah, it's real secure (and energy-friendly). Later we read:

Vista Battery Problems and Microsoft Security Update:

A Domain Name System (DNS) zero-day bug had been found that could expose vulnerabilities throughout Microsoft's entire server line. There are indications that Microsoft will also include a DNS patch in the Tuesday round.

Yep, it's just plain more secure than OS X. We then read this:

How Internet Criminals Will Evade Vista's Safeguards:

Think malware will fade away with Vista? Sorry. There's about as much chance of the thriving throngs of online criminals packing up shop as there is of Microsoft doing the same.

And MS's gobble-everything-up mentality hasn't gone away, seeing that they are unable to muster any innovations of their own accord; when someone is actually competing with them, they'll just work at acquiring a service or product that they just can't seem to deliver well on their own:

Reports: Microsoft pursuing Yahoo:

Microsoft is feeling increasing pressure to compete with Google, which plans to beef up its portfolio with a $3.1 billion purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc. Microsoft currently trails both Yahoo and Google in the lucrative and growing business of Web search, even as Google increases its development of Web-based software that directly competes with Microsoft's lucrative Office suite.

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More reasons why Vista is bombing

XP continues to outperform Vista (aka poor copy of OS X).

Testers see Windows XP passing Vista - Yahoo! News:

Wellington, Fla.-based Devil Mountain Software ran several versions of XP and Vista through a test simulating common desktop computing tasks. It found the original Vista performed 50 percent to 100 percent slower than the prevalent XP Service Pack 2, or SP2.

Vista has shaken IT professionals; more and more are considering the "real thing".

Vista woes lead IT pros to Mac, Linux - Business - Macworld UK:

Users won't be booting up Vista PCs any time soon, according to a recent survey, which revealed a majority of IT professionals are worried that migrating to Vista will reduce stability and introduce too much complexity into their environments.
In terms of alternatives, Apple's Mac OS X leads the pack, with support from 28 per cent of survey respondents. About 25 per cent said they would opt for Red Hat Linux, with SUSE Linux and Ubuntu each garnering 18 per cent of the vote. Another nine per cent cited other Linux operating systems and four per cent were unsure.

It turns out that even Microsoft execs can't keep straight which version of their new OSX-lookalike OS will run on which new PCs. Just 'cause your hardware says "Vista Capable" doesn't mean it will work with the Vista that you bought.

Lawyers: even Microsoft confused over Vista marketing - Business - Macworld UK:

Actually, the Vista Capable sticker meant that the machine would not necessarily be able to run any version of Vista, but only a version. A Vista Capable machine, for example, might be able to run Vista Home Basic, the lowest-priced and least-capable version in the lineup, but not the more advanced Home Premium. (Systems also tagged with the Premium Ready sticker, however, would be able to run all versions of the operating system, including the top-end versions such as Ultimate or Home Premium.)

Mac your PC? And they hate us "fanboys"?

More proof that all PC users secretly want to be Mac users, no matter how hard they come down on us "fanboys":

Mock OS X: Five ways to make your PC more like a Mac - Crave at

Oh, and before anybody throws their Start menu out of the pram, the best way to have Mac functions is obviously to buy a Mac. But it's not that simple for roughly 90 per cent of the working population, chained to ancient HP WageSlave 486s in strip-lit spreadsheet farms across the world. For them, this article is a ray of hope. And we're sure there are plenty of people out there who are perfectly happy with Windows, but even they could benefit from the nifty features we have lined up.

Windows apps on a Mac (sans Windows)

Here's another potential Microsoft killer (I hope this is making them shake in their Redmond boots in the same way they gasp at OS X, the iPod, and iPhone):

Uncovered: Evidence that Mac OS X could run Windows apps soon

Leopard apparently contains an undocumented loader for Portable Executables, a type of file used in 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. More poking around revealed that Leopard's own loader tries to find Windows DLL files when attempting to load a Windows binary.

PC User Compares Leopard to Vista

Leopard is the New Vista, and It's Pissing Me Off:

Pcm 15 Header Surprise, surprise! A PC Magazine columnist, who claims to worship OS X 10.4 (Tiger), is more or less calling Leopard OS X 10.5 unfit for release in much the same way Vista was unfit (and is still unadopted by the PC faithful).

Let's break this idiot's diatribe apart piece-by-piece, shall we?

Let's see, Tiger crashed—oh yeah, NEVER. Ten months and I'm installing everything from production-level Office for the Mac 2004 to 0.x releases of VLC, Seashore, and Ecto—even betas of Firefox and Parallels. Whatever my nerdy little heart desires. I've had those early apps crash, but Tiger never faltered.
First of all, BS! All OS's crash, though I proclaim that OS X is typically more stable than Windows, regardless of the version. I guarantee you that Tiger version 10.4.0 crashed MORE than version 10.4.5, and so on. Now the latest version of Tiger (10.4.11) has some quirks that tick me off in a few included apps (like making me use Safari 3.x, for example), but what we're seeing here from this guy is a little overstated.

The first version of anything is going to have bugs. All developers rely on the cutting-edge crowd to find the junk in their code that they have been unable to find. Basically, if you buy and install the first version of anything, you're paying to be a beta tester, whether you like it or not!

Later on, the goon states:

A month of using Leopard with the same software I had under Tiger and the OS has dumped six times. That's six cold reboots for Oliver. Apple isn't even honest enough to admit that Leopard is crashing: The OS just grays out my desktop and pops up a dialog box telling me I've got to reboot. Like the whole thing is my fault. I even snapped a picture of it. After all, I HAD PLENTY OF CHANCES! And all my complaints, mirrored by online forum traffic, are the same complaints I heard about Vista when it first reared its unbaked head.
Next lesson for this noob. Developers of software for a particular OS MUST CATCH UP WITH THE LATEST OS RELEASE! If they don't, IT'S NOT APPLE'S FAULT! Hello, are you listening, Oliver? Every time I've upgraded to a new version of OS X, apps that once worked on the previous version have occasionally had problems. I either must wait until the developer fixes the app to work with the new OS version, or I MUST CHOOSE NOT TO UPGRADE UNTIL ALL THE APPS I USE ARE COMPATIBLE. These are all simple, elementary things that every savvy computer user knows. PC Mag...I'm available if you need a writer with a brain who uses a Mac.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Microsoft bullcrap of the month

Microsoft Excel fails math test - Yahoo! News:

In a blog pst, Microsoft employee David Gainer said that when computer users tried to get Excel 2007 to multiply some pairs of numbers and the result was 65,535, Excel would incorrectly display 100,000 as the answer.

Gainer said Excel makes mistakes multiplying 77.1 by 850, 10.2 by 6,425 and 20.4 by 3,212.5, but the program appears to be able to handle 16,383.75 times 4.

“Further testing showed a similar phenomenon with 65,536 as well,” Gainer wrote Tuesday.

He said Excel was actually performing the calculations correctly, but when it comes time to show the answer on the screen, it messes up.
Remember this? Steve Ballmer said the iPhone would be a failure. Obviously, he's a genius...because it sure has been a big failure, LOL! Now, we can see the Zune looking more and more like the iPod:
Microsoft is upgrading its Zune line and testing a website where owners of the MP3 players can socialize as the technology giant strives to wrest market share from Apple's beloved iPods.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Adobe makes me mad: disable Adobe plugin

When installing Adobe Reader on your Mac, you also inadvertently install the plugin inside Safari that takes forever to open a pdf. To get rid of it, just delete their damn plugin at:

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin

MCLD blog: How to disable Adobe Reader Safari plugin

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ringtones in iTunes--no longer free?

So, it looks like a new cat-and-mouse game has erupted between Apple (trying to gouge folks for another dollar) and savvy users who want to load their iPhone with ringtone music they already own. This is quite similar to the DRM wars, where users have continued trying to remove the protections from AAC files they have purchased from iTunes.

How to sync ringtones for free under iTunes 7.4.1 – iPhone Atlas:

Apple’s release of iTunes 7.4.1 put an end to the free transfer of current AAC tracks as ringtones to the iPhone — for a day or so at least.

Of course, other tricks continue to work for adding ringtones to cellphones using Bluetooth, like the Motorola RAZR v3, especially using music from your CD collection or other mp3s.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mac soars and Vista bores!

Looks like Vista is having trouble managing traction among the faithful:

MacNN | PC Mag chief editor tires of Windows Vista

"The upshot is that even after nine months, Vista just ain't cutting it. I definitely gave Microsoft too much of a free pass on this operating system: I expected it to get the kinks worked out more quickly. Boy, was I fooled! If Microsoft can't get Vista working, I might just do the unthinkable: I might move to Linux."

Of course, notice how he's not willing to give in to the Mac just yet; the Apple-haters just can't let it go--they refuse to allow themselves to be seduced.

Meanwhile, the Mac, in all its beauty and elegance, continues to win over many MS-deluded sheep, even those that find small complaints in the Apple way of doing things:

Review: New iMac tempts a Windows user - Yahoo! News

The iMac deserves to be a strong contender for any PC user looking to get a new computer. If I was looking to replace my PC right now, I would be sorely tempted. Even the Windows software I've accumulated over the years isn't a real reason not to switch, because Macs can now run Windows, too (with some additional software purchases).

Saturday, July 21, 2007

"Well Known" TCP and UDP ports used by Apple

"Well Known" TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products:

It's a good idea to know what's coming in and going out of your computer. Here is a handy list of ports and protocols that Apple software uses, just to keep you from freaking out when you see all sorts of weird connections on your log. Also, if your firewall is blocking this stuff and you're missing features (like Bonjour recognizing other Macs, you need to unblock the appropriate ports for your network.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

"File type not supported" iPod syncing errors

Apple - Support - Discussions - File type not supported

A bizarre problem recently popped up after I had updated to iTunes 7.2. Suddenly, certain songs would no longer sync with the iPod, even though I had ripped them from my own CDs. These weren't iTMS purchases. And there were only 4 mp3s out of a library of nearly 4K songs that wouldn't sync over anymore.

The solution was simple (but stupid on Apple's part):

In iTunes, drag the songs to the desktop.
Then delete them from iTunes.
Re-add the files back in to iTunes.

No clue why this happened.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vista full of "Craplets" | Apple takes advantage

I guess PCs come with a lot of preinstalled "crapware" these days. It's crapware because it's crippled tease software that must be purchased to unlock the full capabilities of the software. Here's another reason why PCs just plain suck...they basically suck your will to live in more ways than one.

MacNN | "Craplets" may affect Vista experience:

Microsoft is worried that unwanted software bundles could affect the success of Windows Vista, according to a senior Microsoft executive.

Apple has taken full advantage with a new ad:

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Is Vista a bomb or a hit???

Depending on which media outlet you believe, Vista is either doing poorly or doing so well that it's hurting OS X sales:

MacNN | Vista awareness doing little for sales:

"Vista promised better performance, reliability, security, and a revolutionary user interface - but it appears consumers looking to upgrade are not ready to buy into the promise," said Harris VP Milton Ellis.

Macworld: News: Vista taking a nibble out of Apple in OS wars?:

Windows Vista more than doubled its market share in March from the prior month, while the share of computers running Mac OS X fell for the first time in nine months, according to statistics released Thursday by market research firm Net Applications. [original source: Computerworld]

I think that CW is primarily a PC-related outlet, so maybe they have an axe to grind against Apple. No matter what, MS is still following Apple's lead in every way. So for a company that's falling further behind MS, Apple sure is dictating how the market goes:

Microsoft changes tune on selling DRM-free songs - Yahoo! News:

Following digital music pioneer Apple's lead yet again, Microsoft said this week it will soon sell digital music online without DRM (digital rights management) protection.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

MS always just responding to Apple

MacNN | MS aims at iPhone-like browsing:

Microsoft today issued a response to the iPhone's mobile version of Safari with Deepfish, the codename for a new technology designed for Windows Mobile 5 or 6 smartphones to provide a more desktop-like web browser experience.

Here we go again. MS thinks Apple's iPhone is a mistake, but yet we see this move???

And just the other day, MS was bragging about how much safer Vista is than OS X and other UNIX-flavored OSes. Now, we see this:

Microsoft Investigating Windows Zero-Day Bug - Yahoo! News:

Microsoft Corp. has confirmed a new Windows zero-day bug that is already being targeted by attackers.

And this:

Microsoft: Attacks on Windows flaw rise - Yahoo! News:

SEATTLE - Hackers stepped up attacks Friday on computers running some versions of Windows, a day after Microsoft disclosed a hole related to the mouse cursor. Microsoft Corp. sent out a security advisory Thursday warning customers that a vulnerability in ".ani" files — used to change the cursor into an hourglass while a program works, or into a dancing animal or other animation on specially designed Web sites — was allowing hackers to break into computers and install malicious software.

The folks at MS are either really stupid or really bad liars. Or both...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Redmond logic: Vista more secure than OS X!

Redmond logic: Vista more secure than OS X - Mac software - Macworld UK:

A Microsoft executive this week claimed Windows Vista's first 90 days was a huge security success when compared to the opening three months of Windows XP, the current Apple Mac OS X, and three flavours of Linux.

Right...and monkeys might fly out of my butt too.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

So long dot Mac!

Well, I'm outta here! It was a $99 payment one year ago to Apple that established me as a .Mac member; it had lots of promise: it was going to sync everything perfectly--no more clutter. It was to be my online portal to the world, hosting websites, pictures, movies. etc. It didn't live up to the hype, however. I had a bunch of problems initially.

And for less than the same price, I just bought a web hosting plan that gives me 400 GB of storage, 8 domains, 3 domain names, 2500 GB of monthly transfer, mega-email accounts, etc., etc., which so far is very fast at web hosting compared to .Mac:


That same $100 bought me a whopping, underwhelming, and pathetic 1 GB of annual storage with .Mac with a max transfer of 10 GB/month, and that includes your email account! Google's Gmail gives you 2 GB for free, and many other online outfits are just as generous!

With Apple, you're paying for the brand; it's a lot like buying a Rolls-Royce over a pick-up truck. And I'm the first to tout Apple's products, because I love almost everything they've dreamed up. However, .Mac is sick and needs to die; I can't believe it's still alive. They're going to need to overhaul it if they want it to hang around, but I suppose there are some users out there not willing to dig deeper to save money.

One redeeming .Mac feature (that wouldn't work for me initially) is the syncing of all your data between two or more Macs. There are ways around this if you're careful; Apple even gives some clues here on how you can do it.

And a $50 commercial app called SyncTogether does most of what .Mac syncing can do, except for keychains (you'll have to be careful and do these manually).

It's been real, and it's been fun...but it has sucked!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Microshaft = Xerxes (The REAL battle of 300!)

300Poster3The rantings of Clinton Forbes:

Today a former Microsoft employee, a very disgruntled former employee, revealed to Wired Magazine why the company encountered such a large number of problems delivering their latest operating-system release - Apple Computer was to blame.

And later on, the disgruntled MS employee stated:

Gates employed an 'industry research' firm, a company specializing in corporate espionage, to steal the source code of Apple's work-in-progress, OS X version 10.2. He planned to beat Apple to market with Apple's own new features. It was a very strange plan considering that Microsoft already owned over 90% of the desktop market.

How ironic! MS stealing ideas (even code) from Apple?? No way! Not MS! But wait, there's more!

Macworld: News: Ballmer questions business strategy of Google:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer criticized rival Google, saying it is devoted primarily to ad-supported search while Microsoft has reinvented itself many times over.

So here we have that dolt Ballmer publicly putting down other companies, like Apple and Google, that are kicking his company's butt at certain aspects within the tech industry. No surprise there. But, just as Ballmer does this (as one might expect), he's conspiring to destroy the competition through bribery. I guess MS hasn't learned that its Mafioso tactics aren't very sublte:

Microsoft promises rewards for search engine use - Yahoo! News:

In a move intended to wrest users from rival search engines such as market-dominating Google, Microsoft will give business customers service or training credits based on how much employees use Live Search.

Well, dumpy ol' Ballmer and Gates have a reason to worry. They will NOT wrestle control away from Google (nor Apple), because they're only capable of copying and stealing the technology invented by others. Here's an example of how they're losing the battle:

US university dumps Windows to go all Mac - Mac - Macworld UK:

Wilkes University announced on Wednesday that it has pulled the plug on PCs in favour of Macs, saying the move - which actually began last year - will save the Pennsylvania liberal arts college more than $150,000 while letting students and faculty continue to run Windows applications.

So, I think companies like Apple and Google are playing the part of the Spartans and King Leonidas to Microsoft's Xerxes of Persia. The 300 Spartans stood up to Xerxes at Thermopylae and eventually lost, after taking a lot of Persians with them. But in the long run, they kicked Xerxes' butt. His butt was too big for his own breeches! Sounds like Ballmer...I mean Microsoft...I mean Xerxes!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Finder crashing when using contextual menu

I was having this bizarre, intermittent Finder crash when control-clicking to bring up a contextual menu. It turns out that the StuffitCM was the problem.


Stuffit contextual menu plugins are known to cause problems like this. Go to /Library/Contextual Menu Items and move any Stuffit plugins to the desktop. If the problem is solved, trash the plugin. If you don't have any Stuffit plugins, experiment with the ones that are there.

And later on that page, I found a fixed plugin:

Sunday, February 25, 2007

MS continues its anti-competitive practices

MacNN | Mac users pay more, MS blames security:

Microsoft has ensured that Mac owners will pay a premium for using its Vista operating system in a virtualized environment -- such as Parallels Desktop -- due to a portion of the Redmond-based company's license agreement forbidding such action.

Does this garbage really surprise anyone? So Macs can now run Windows, huh? Well, you should have known M$ would find a way to dig under the hood and make it tough. The goal? To harm the rival it always steals ideas from, of course. What "security" problems could Macs possibly pose to WIndows, and vice-versa?

Need more proof on M$ plans to take over the electronic world? Check this TechWeb article on Yahoo!:

In a direct challenge to Adobe, Microsoft Corp. said on Friday that three major news publishers -- Associated Newspapers Ltd., Forbes Inc. and Hearst Corp. -- are planning to develop their own digital reader applications using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) display technology.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

MS emails show jealousy over OS X Tiger

Apparently, Microsoft KNOWS how pathetically behind Apple they ALWAYS are in terms of innovation. Check this link to see what I mean:

Emails show MS experienced OS X Tiger envy

For my other views on Micro-sloth, check these previous posts:

Vista fashizzle

Steve Balmer

M$ laptop giveaway

Window's chief: "I'd buy a Mac..."

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Vista ain't the fashizzle

Here we have an article where Bill Gates (a.k.a. Damien) attempts to actually convince his sheep that the OS X-look-alike, Vista, is safer than OS X:

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine," Gates claims.

The full load of BS from the MS founder can be read here at MSNBC. I'm sure his nose grew about 12 feet by the time he left the interview.

Then comes the truth, of course. The Mac is making inroads against Microsoft, gaining a few percentage points of market share. Bill Gates would normally never address Apple; now he has to, because Apple has become a threat. Computer users are more savvy these days, and they're aware of the open plagiarizing M$ has perpetrated against Apple; OS X has had these "new, innovative features" for years, but true to form, M$ slaps its label on the technology and acts like it just "innovated" all the new, wonderful technologies. Fortunately, M$ always leaves out one key component when photocopying...quality is an afterthought. Apparently, that's still the case. Read on.

And even more truth. A Mac user bought and installed Vista and seemingly regretted that decision:

The online sale went fine and I was issued a license key for my second machine. The problem was that the key didn't work. I re-entered and double-checked it at length with no luck. Time to go to support. In the email I received it had a web link to follow if you need help, so I clicked. It goes to a non-existant page at, and still does today.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Steve Ballmer is an idiot

Continuing in his usual path of lying, copycat, bumble-fumble stupidity, Microsoft douche bag Steve Balmer came out officially against an Apple product--the new iPhone. No, say it ain't so! This doofus wouldn't have a product if Apple hadn't been there for him to pirate in the early days of M$ Windows. As a matter of fact, M$ hates every Apple product that they openly plagiarize.

And for a company that sells Windbloze for as much as his does, he has a lot of room to talk about the iPhone in terms of price. The fact he leaves out in his interview is that the iPhone is MORE than just a phone, so it's going to sell great! I'm sure he isn't going to be happy about it, since Apple is out-innovating Microsoft any day of the week.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

How easy is it to hack into someone's Mac?

As it turns out, it's entirely possible to hack into a VERY secured Mac, even if it has an open firmware password established. However, it would take an extremely savvy thief to know about this. Best thing to do is STILL use OFPW, and be certain to secure your Mac physically too!

Tech Press » How to Hack a Tiger Admin Account:

If the person has PHYSICAL access to the machine, then an open-firmware password will do little to prevent them from gaining access — you can disable the open-firmware password by adding/removing a significant amount of RAM, then immediately zapping the PRAM upon the next boot. That procedure removes the open-firmware password.

The machine needs to be locked down physically as well as have software security measures in place in order to thwart potential malicious users.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

iPhone: iPod going bye-bye?

Once the storage comes up a bit on the new iPhone, why would anyone pay basically the same for an iPod when they can have all that’s in the iPhone and still retain iPod functionality? Apple was very smart to do this. Everyone is hooked on iPods, and folks will now see this as the next step towards being rid of separate PDAs, phones, mp3 players, etc.

I think you’re going to see other phone service providers (i.e., Alltel, Sprint, etc.) start tap dancing soon for a piece of this, or I think their business will be hurt if they don’t.

The first lawsuit has already been filed!

We'll see what happens with the new AppleTV product; I've been saying this would happen for years (i.e., the amalgamation of all "tele-" products in one unit). Soon, the TV, receiver, computer, phone, video, etc. will all be part of one unit, or at least networked and interoperable in the home. Visits to the video store (or even renting through Netflix) will be a thing of the past; video purchases and rentals will all be done "on-line" much the same way music is now bought. This is really already happening on a small scale.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 suddenly crashing on open

A bizarre, inexplicable problem hit me this morning. I suddenly had no Everything appeared fine, and I even managed to answer one email. The rest of my emails gave me some message about needing to be downloaded from the server (something I have never seen before). I did some digging and found this awesome trick to use when encountering similar problems.

Basically, find:

~/Library/Mail/Envelope Index

Rename it to:

~/Library/Mail/Envelope Index.bak

Restart Mail and let it reload your messages. All was fine after that!