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Blizzard!

no comments (closed), posted on january 24, 2005, tags: new york

Blizzard

First real snow of the year fell yesterday, and it fell hard. We got about 20 inches of snow! Growing up in Seattle, this amount of snow was only possible in dreams; now that I live in New York, I seem to be one of the few people who absolutely loves it when it snows. Everything seems so peaceful when covered in two feet of snow.

We ventured out last night to meet Shawn for dinner and then to hang out at a few bars on Bedford Avenue. On the way to dinner I snapped some photos of the snowfall and then today we walked around the neighborhood taking in the white streets. You can find my pictures from the blizzard on Flickr.

Now I just have to worry about digging out our car.

Browser Statistics

8 comments (closed), posted on january 21, 2005, tags: site

Browser Chart

I decided to take a look at some browser statistics today. The last time I did this (about two years ago), Internet Explorer was at 65%, various Mozilla clients at about 15% and Safari at about 2%. Oh, how times have changed.

Looking at the period of January 1 to January 20, 2005, the statistics are pretty favorable. Internet Explorer is still the majority leader, but only because Firefox and all other Mozilla agents are broken down into separate groups. If you add Firefox (27%) and Mozilla compatible agents (6%) together, plus the random agents like Netscape and such, Mozilla actually surpasses IE. That's great news. Also, Safari is at a whopping 14%, which is a significant jump. I'm sure a lot of this is due to xPad, but it's still great to see that many Safari users.

Another surprising number is NetNewsWire and NewsFire users. A total of 10% of people reading this site do so via NNW or NewsFire. That's good to read and makes me feel less crazy about having every page available as a feed.

If things keep going this way, IE will be a significant minority soon. I can't wait!

MWSF Keynote 2005

24 comments (closed), posted on january 11, 2005, tags: tech

Mac mini

Well, it's here. The Mac mini: a tiny G4 Mac for $499 USD. I was terrified at the idea of Apple releasing a cheap, headless Mac. My biggest fear was that it would be cheap or that it wouldn't match the quality of their other hardware. I was afraid Apple was trying to capitalize on the iPod buzz and turn it into marketshare, hoping to grab people who were cheap or couldn't afford the eMac. But the Mac mini feels aimed less at those people and more at people like me. I have two Macs, but the mini was an instant wish-list item. Tiny, silent machine with an optical drive and an ethernet card. The Mac mini would be a great photo/video/music/file/print server. It's basically an entire Mac in your pocket, and that's fantastic. I should never doubt Apple. Ever. Ever, ever, ever.

iLife '05 LogoAnother interesting thing from Apple today is iLife '05, an upgrade from iLife '04, which contains new versions of all of the iApps (save iTunes, which remains at 4.7). Strangely, Apple created a new logo for the suite which is very different from all other Apple icons. It's very organic looking and seems almost like a David Lanham design. iWork, a new suite containing Keynote 2 and Pages (a new word processing app), also has an organic icon. I like them both very much and I hope to see more like this in the future.

Be sure to check out the new OS X Tiger tour they've put up. You can see the new UI for Mail and some other great stuff.

Then, of course, there's the new iPod shuffle, a flash-based iPod at only $99 USD. This little guy is going to finalize Apple's ownership of digital music. They needed a small, inexpensive player for people who only need 512MB of space and they've just done it. Final nail in the coffin.

What are you most excited about?

24, Season Four

10 comments (closed), posted on january 10, 2005, tags: entertainment

24 knows exactly what it is and it knows exactly how to deliver, constantly, for 24 episodes a season. Yesterday's 2-hour premiere was no exception. The fourth-longest day in Jack Bauer's life began at 7AM PST. Jack is no longer with CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit), for the second time. The second season started with Jack having left CTU, only to be pulled back in, and this season starts with him working for the Secretary of Defense after having been fired from CTU at some point after season three (he was a heroin addict in season three—it's a long story). Of course it only took about 22 minutes for Jack to be back with CTU.

Instantly good news about the beginning of this season? The only characters from the past are Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian, and Chloe was new last season. President Palmer is gone (it's not a spoiler to say that he did not win re-election after season three) and Kim Bauer is living with Chase Edmunds, Jack's partner from last season. I'm sure Kim will come back at some point (she always does), but one can hope that she won't. Anyone who has watched the first two seasons of 24 probably hates the Kim character because she has an affinity for being in several ridiculous situations per season (the second season saw her being chased by a wife-beating murderer, being held hostage in a bomb-shelter by a crazy woodsman, being held hostage in a liquor-store robbery/standoff and killing said wife-beating murderer). Luckily, last season (3) her character was far less visible, even though she was working at CTU. This season she's away for now. Also missing are Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler, who were married between seasons two and three. Tony was the head of CTU in season three but did a few really stupid things and, as far as we know from the end of last season, is in jail. Who knows where Michelle is, and who cares? As far as the rest of the regular cast members from the last three years? Well, if you can think of one of them and I haven't mentioned him or her, they're probably dead. I won't say how because I don't want to spoil things for certain people.

So this season is a blank slate, and it's off to a great start. Much like Shawn, I was a little worried about spending two hours two nights in a row watching 24, but it only took two minutes and I was hooked again. I'm eagerly awaiting tonight's episodes. 24 is one of the few shows on television that makes my palms sweat and my heart race while I yell out things like, "He's got a gun!" and "Now we can only hope he gets two guns!" 24 is now on Mondays at 9:00PM EST on Fox.

Update: For some history on the missing characters from season three, you can see the long comments I posted to Shawn's entry. Note that there are spoilers for that season, in case you haven't seen it.

Music Suggestions Heeded

8 comments (closed), posted on january 3, 2005, tags: entertainment

First I want to thank all of you who gave me music suggestions. I listened to at least a few tracks from every album recommended. It took about 3 hours from beginning to end, but it was worth it because I have a crapload of new music to listen to now. I ended up spending about $100 at the iTMS and here's what I bought:

Still in my shopping cart to be purchased as soon as a few gift certificates on their way finally arrive:

I'm really enjoying all the new stuff. I received new Bose TriPort headphones for Christmas, so music on my iPod sounds amazing. Add to that the new AirPort Express we bought and I'm surrounded by music lately. I'm especially in love with The Postal Service right now—Give Up is a fantastic album. Every track was instantly likable and that's very rare for me. I'm just trying to cycle through all the new music and listen to it all. It doesn't help that Katia also put a ton of Beatles and other music on my iPod recently as well.

Oh, and I can't support the Interpol craze. I previewed every track off both albums and found maybe one or two songs I might consider buying, but I don't understand why everyone thinks they're so great? Shawn and I were talking about this the other night: it must just be one of those things where we don't get it. Because I don't think they're all that good but everyone else in the free world thinks they're the best thing since the Beatles. Someone, please, explain it to me.

So thanks again for all the suggestions. Feel free to keep them coming (I would prefer you post them to the other entry to keep them in one place).

Happy New Year

2 comments (closed), posted on january 2, 2005, tags: me

Well, here we are in 2005. As mentioned a few weeks ago, I have pretty much been away from my computer since Christmas Eve when we went to my mother's house. We spent the night there and spent Christmas day opening gifts and eating eggs benedict (a tradition). You can find my pictures from Christmas day on Flickr.

I had last week off and I spent most of it watching movies, staying up late and finally playing Half-Life 2. What an amazing game. I knew it would be good, but I didn't know it could be that good. Half-Life is still one of favourite games of all time and HL2 is already up there and I haven't even finished it yet.

When Shawn got back from Connecticut we took a trip to Home Depot and got some work lights to use for filming. They were surprisingly cheap but quite similar to the kind of lights we used in college. They should at least help us to better light future films (since the other three were mostly natural light and/or pointing my IKEA halogen lights in the living room). You can check out some photos from the day we got the lights at Flickr.

Then on New Year's Eve we had a little party at Katia's parents' house in New Jersey. Shawn, Steve, Ellie and friends from high school Greta and Paige all came over and we hung out until about 4AM. We played a little poker, ate tons of food and celebrated the new year. It was a very fun night. You can find my pictures from New Year's Eve on Flickr as well. Ellie also took pictures so I'm sure she'll have some online in the near future. Update: Ellie has put her photos online.

All in all it was a great 10 days. I didn't get nearly as many of the things accomplished that I had hoped to, but I'll get back on track once I'm back to a normal schedule. I have plenty of stuff lined up for this site as well as a brand-new project nearly ready for prime-time and tons of other stuff waiting to be finished. The week of rest was good and now it's time to get back to work.

How were your holidays?


See Also

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Original iPod Introduction
How far we've come in just a few short years. Here's where it all started.

Front Row on Non-iMacs
Going to try this tonight!

WriAShorStorWe!
DY starts a one-week short story writing event for people to lazy to enty NaNoWriMo. VerCooIdea.

Lost Rhapsody
Funny Flash movie using Weird Al music and Lost stuff. Lyrics make a surprising amount of sense!

Jed's Other Poem
Unsolicited music video made on an Apple ][. Fantastic!

Printers Output Secret Barcode
The government is keeping tabs on what you print, with the help of major printer companies.

Dreamhost Promo Codes
DH already has very cheap, very good hosting—this just sweetens the deal.

Photos of the new iPod
Just received my new iPod and I put a few photos up.

PEZ MP3 Player
Funny idea that actually looks kind of neat. I like that it comes pre-loaded with "indie" music.

HD Easter Egg
"My Name is Earl" on NBC gives viewers with HD TVs a little easter egg. Cute, but weird.