music ramblings

» 03 December 2004

A couple days back I picked up the Phantom of the Opera movie soundtrack. I did this after watching the newest trailer, which is one of the better trailers I’ve seen recently. Alas, some aspects of this soundtrack are pretty disappointing.

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Folder actions

» 01 December 2004

Yes it is more Mac OS X rambling. Folder action scripts are so cool. Essentially, they allow you to execute an applescript anytime something happens to a folder. For example, you can set up a script that fires when a file is added to the desktop folder. This script could move any image files to your Pictures folder automatically. Or you could create a script attached to a folder that automatically resizes to a web friendly size any images placed inside. You could then have it upload the images to your website. I can think of tons of neat things to do with this feature.

meetings again

» 30 November 2004

Yesterday I had the first meeting from Helen’s room scheduled for this week. Tomorrow I have the one I am dreading the most.

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I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a highly spiffy Thanksgiving with all the food and fun one could want.

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from iPod to G5

» 24 November 2004

Well, I’ve really jumped ship now, and I’ve bought a shiny new dual 2ghz G5. I blame the iPod and my insanity mostly, but it has been a bunch of fun so far. I wrote a rambling boring essay about reasons that might have contributed to the switch.

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How rude is that?

» 23 November 2004

So I mosey over to the coffee machine and get a cup. The person in front of me fills his fifty gallon thermos with ALL of the coffee leaving me none. He does this RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.

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FRIDAY

» 19 November 2004

Yes, it is friday. About bloody time. This week sure dragged on and on and on and on.

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Yay for iPods

» 16 November 2004

So I picked up an iPod over the weekend, after much research and deliberation. (hearing the virtues first hand from  put me over the edge)

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Uptime

» 15 November 2004

My XP development box at work has beaten Zidane’s uptime record soundly. H:>uptime cherrytree has been up for: 49 day(s), 2 hour(s), 42 minute(s), 19 second(s) What is the world coming to? Oh, and just in case you didn’t know to do so already, you really should WATCH OUT FOR ZOMBIES.

Important! ICANN rules change

» 11 November 2004

You should pay close attention to this if you own a domain name. A fairly brain-dead change of  ICANN’s transfer rules will make it much easier for registrars to steal your domain registration away from your chosen registrar or even the domain itself. If your current registrar doesn’t allow you to lock the domain, you really should consider switching to a better one. If you are still with Network Solutions, not only are you paying much more than you should be, but you are supporting one of the more evil companies out there. You really ought to switch. Here’s more details from my friend Bob Thompson: If you own a domain name, this is important. In the past, if anyone attempted to transfer a domain name, the current registrar notified the domain owner and waited for approval before transferring the domain to the new registrar. If the domain owner did not respond, the domain transfer was denied. Under new (and inexplicable) ICANN rules that take effect tomorrow, if the domain name owner does not respond, the transfer must be approved. This raises the very real possibility that domain “slammers” will be able to hijack your domain. Note that if you respond to the notification email and explicitly deny the transfer, that still prevents the domain from being transferred, but in this age of spam filters it’s quite possible that you’ll never receive the notification and will lose your domain. Nor is the risk only that your domain will be transferred to another, more expensive registrar, but remain under your control. If I’m reading the rules correctly, a malefactor could transfer ownership of your domain as well. I have all of my domains at GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy offers free “domain locking”, which prevents any unauthorized transfer. If your domain is registered at GoDaddy.com, I strongly recommend that you update your account information to enable domain locking. If your domain is registered at a registrar that does not offer such a feature, I recommend that you transfer your domain immediately to GoDaddy.com or another registrar that does offer domain locking. Under this new and unjust ICANN policy, I foresee a flood of bogus transfer attempts to hijack desirable domain names. Make sure yours isn’t one of them.

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