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December 30, 2004

iPod surgery update

Well, turns out the iPod surgery wasn't a success. Got it open after 15 minutes, put in the new battery. It appeared to chrage when plugged in, but it doesn't work. I was concerned for a couple of days, but then won a raffle at the holiday party at work, and ended up buying a new 20 gig iPod at the Apple store. I'll end up putting the old one for sale on eBay as a fixer-upper.

December 29, 2004

Software links

Since I've upgraded Movabletype to 3.1whatever, and have installed the MT-Blacklist pluigin, comment spam is easier to deal with by far.

I've been looking for a new FTP client. Fetch 3.03 works fine for me, but it is the only program that I use (rarely, at that) that needs Classic to run. I plan to take a look at Cyberduck, which even on a cursory glance, seems to be what I'm looking for.

Conversation Killer is a plugin that'll close comments on old entries automatically, after a user-specified amount of time. It'll save me from having to go back and close things by hand, which would be nice. I really wish the List & Edit Entries screen of MT would allow me to find all the entries with open comments older than a selected number of days and close them to new comments.

December 22, 2004

iPod surgery

The ol' iPod (first generation, 5 gig) has been acting up a lot lately: it'll say that it is fully charged, then will go about 10 seconds before the low battery comes up and it shuts down. Finally decided to get a replacement battery from Macsales.com. The battery came with instructions and two small plastic prying tools. Many minutes of hilarity ensued as I tried to get the case open without messing the thing up. Ended up stripping the tip of one of the tools off in my zeal. Here's the trick to getting the iPod open: go into the case right by the Firewire port on the top of the iPod, not near the corner, as the instructions say, and then gently pry away.

The thing's charging right now, so we'll see how it goes this afternoon.

December 9, 2004

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

Hilarious little Flash movie.

December 8, 2004

Rush gets another Grammy nod

Let's see, there was YYZ in 1982, Where's My Thing? in 1992, and now O Baterista gets nominated for Best Instrumental. I'd be surprised if they won, especially since it is just a drum solo.

December 6, 2004

The Many Uses of Dude

Sadly, the acrual article isn't online. A linguist has published a paper on the history of "dude". Sadly, the actual article isn't avaialble online, just a five-year-old issue that has an article on "guy".

December 2, 2004

Japan someday?

Caught Globe Trekker on PBS last night. Ian Wright was in Tokyo and around Japan, something I've always wished I could take two weeks off to do. I'll have to check airfares someday, just to see how expensive it would be...