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Posted on September 11, 2009 at 11:55 am

Eight years ago…

On 9/11/01, I was in Washington State visiting my brother, his wife, and nephew who had been born just five days earlier. My cell phone rang about 7:00am Pacific Time (more than an hour after the WTC crashes) with a call from the secretary at my office who (rightfully) decided I’d want to know about […]

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Six letters

Vowels by Christian Bök loveless vessels we vow solo love we see love solve loss else we see love sow woe selves we woo we lose losses we levee we owe we sell loose vows so we love less well so low so level wolves evolve

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

User registrations

That’s it. I’m disabling the ability for anyone to register for a user account on this blog. I doubt this will concern anyone since there have been only two others besides myself to sign up for an account since I started this site last year. The purpose of doing so is to not have to […]

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

Apple, please stop removing pre-existing functionality

I’ve just learned the heavy price we’re paying for the new functionality in the Snow Leopard variant of QuickTime. For all that was added, a lot was removed. Before I get into it, I’ll acknowledge that for those of us who’d previously paid the Apple Tax for QuickTime Pro luckily still have the previous QuickTime […]

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

WordPress 2.8

WordPress’ auto-upgrade didn’t even require me to think. Once click and I’m now up to version 2.8. Sweet. Not entirely sure what all is new, though. Guess I ought to head over to the web site and check out the release notes.

Posted on May 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Iconfactory missed the point

The other day, I sent the following e-mail to support about Twitterrific 2.0 for iPhone: I seem to recall this bug in Twitterrific 1.x for iPhone, and then it was fixed, and now it’s back in 2.0. When I post a photo to TwitPic, the accompanying tweet text needs to become the caption, and it currently does not. […]

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm

A soapbox moment about HTML (rich text) formatted e-mail

Someone is probably gonna try to rip me for having published this blog entry. Before you do, let me affirm solidly that this is an opinion and I’m not setting out on a crusade. I’m allowed my opinion. The opinion to which I refer is: I loathe the fact that formatting e-mail in HTML (a.k.a. Rich […]

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Gallery upgrade

My photo albums at have been running under the aging Gallery version 1 web engine for several years, and I’m very much ready to make a change. A few weeks ago, I purchased a new Mac Pro which will run the new web server, finally putting the 450MHz G4 Power Mac tower to pasture. […]

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 2:56 pm

WordPress 2.7.1

I just updated this WordPress installation to 2.7.1—finally. I was all prepared to carefully follow the instructions until I remembered that my web host uses Fantastico, so I decided to try it that way. It’s almost frightening to report how dead-simple it was. Pretty much a single click and it was done. BAM! (with apologies […]

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

A soapbox moment about text messaging

I’m having a bit of cognitive dissonances about text messaging. I’m not adding anything the debate which has already been dragged through the coals. Just hammering out some thoughts, and ultimately explaining the facts of a decision I’m pondering. Let’s define a text message, shall we? From here on out, I’m going to assume we […]

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 8:08 pm

A cool idea to help with Australia bushfire relief

***Addendum: As indicated in a the comment below, the actual sale hasn’t started yet. This entry will be updated again when it has.*** A friend and fellow ATPM colleague, Raena, sent an e-mail outlining a plan to sell some terrific books at discounted prices and contribute the proceeds to the bushfire relief efforts in Victoria, […]

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Finally got the iPhone WordPress app working

There’s not much to this blog entry other than to confirm I finally figured out why I couldn’t make the WordPress iPhone app work. This entry is being typed from my iPhone and I suspect it should post just fine. It’ll be nice to be able to easily compose an entry while on the go.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Dealing with negative people

This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing, and cares less, tries to make your life miserable. A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her […]

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Celebrating six years of blogging

I meant to type this post much earlier today, but it was a busy day at work and I simply never got around to it. Today marked my 6th anniversary of blogging. Okay, you may have some cognitive dissonance over the fact that I don’t reliably blog any more ever since getting into Twitter, but the fact […]

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm

ZÜCA Pro mini review Before I start talking about the case itself, I’ll share a brief tale. I ordered a ZÜCA Pro bag via in mid-December. Ace Photo Digital was to fulfill the order and the estimated range for delivery was between December 17 and 22. The shipment did not arrive on the 22nd and I had to […]

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I’m at Macworld 2009!

As I type this entry, I’m sitting in the official media room for Macworld, located in Moscone South. Yes, that means that I was approved for a media registration and will be admitted to the keynote address tomorrow. I’m certainly bummed that it won’t be His Steveness delivering the address, but I’m predicting I’ll enjoy […]

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Did we really need a full press release on this?

ATPM friends Chris and Eric and I were discussing which is worse, the fact that someone wrote the app, or the fact that someone wrote a full-blown press release. Believe me, this is hilarious! Portable Arts releases Grossinator 1.0 for iPhone/iPod Touch – Published on 01/05/09 IMMEDIATE RELEASE Portable Arts has released version 1.0 of […]