LyricScraper: So Freakin’ Cool

If you’re on a Mac running OS X, go download Konfabulator, one of the great cool programs to emerge in a long time. It’s a framework for running widgets that can do just about anything: display the current weather, update stock quotes, or even play games. Konfabulator widgets appear on your desktop, and can show ...


Coffee Geek

Here’s my brief coffee story: I’ve always loved the smell of coffee, but didn’t develop a taste for it until college, when I needed to stay up late to write papers but the sugar in Coke was playing havoc with my stomach. This is around the time that espresso carts started to appear everywhere in ...


Looking Up

747 pushingthrough wisps of cloud,a finger draggedthrough icing


Finally, Shared iTunes Music

Here’s the setup, which has been on hold for many months: an iBook in the living room, hooked up to the stereo system; an old iMac in the basement, newly outfitted with a big hard disk that holds 5.5 GB of music; an AirPort wireless network to join them (plus my PowerBook upstairs, but that’s ...


Large Laptops Article in Seattle Times

My first Seattle Times article appears in today’s issue: “The SUVs of the Laptop World Have Desktop-Sized Screens.” I looked at Apple’s 17-inch PowerBook G4 and Sony’s Vaio PCG-GRX770 to see if these massive laptops are actually too big for one’s lap. As a regular Mac user, the PowerBook was nice to use, though surprisingly ...


Cool New Safari Feature

I’ve been using the beta version of Apple’s Safari Web browser since it was released at Macworld in January. The latest version has been out for less than a week, and I just found a nifty cool feature: group some favorite sites in a Bookmark Folder on the Bookmarks Bar (I have one for weblogs ...


Cult of TiVo

The New York Times has an amusing article called “Why TiVo Owners Can’t Shut Up“. We’re a vocal minority, to be sure, which could be one reasy why TiVo, according to the article, hasn’t done any advertising since 2000. In addition to talking about the benefits of TiVo, the article speculates that one reason people ...


Shipping Overkill Award

You’ve probably ordered some small item over the Web that’s arrived in a box that’s way too big. Well, I think a recent laptop loaner from Sony trumps all. I understand that Sony wants to make sure its laptop returns in good condition, but geez… The funny thing is, the laptop box itself was flat ...


Demolition and Kindness

When Kim and I moved into our house in October, we had a number of projects before us. One of those was to turn an area of the upstairs from a kids’ bedroom into my home office. It looked easy enough (famous last words): there were two built-in beds, so I just had to remove ...


Big PowerBook and Tom Bihn

I’m writing a short piece for the Seattle Times about large laptops, which enabled me to get a 17-inch PowerBook G4 from Apple on loan. It’s a beautiful machine, but man is it big. I got to play with the floor models on display at Macworld Expo in January, but you don’t get a sense ...

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