January 2004

January 29, 2004

Go Panthers!

North Carolina Panthers

I don’t like football but I love the Superbowl. My cat, it turns out, is a rabid Carolina fan. She identifies very strongly with the team’s iconography and has tried to convince me on numerous occasions that she is, in fact, directly descended from wild panthers. I try to explain that’s not possible but she presents a compelling counter-argument by ramming her forehead into my chin and then purring loudly and flopping down on my stomach so I can pet her. In any case, she’s routing for her favorite team and so I support her and wish the Panthers the best in Superbowl XXXVIII.

(She also feels quite strongly that Mac OS X 10.3 is an excellent operating system and quite deserving of such a fitting development/marketing name.)

January 22, 2004



As if I didn’t already have way, way, way too much on my plate right now, I humbly direct your attention to our group blogging experiment of 2004: Friscosity. If you’re a Bay Area-dwelling blogger who’d like to contribute the occasional story, please contact me.

January 21, 2004

Whine and Ye Shall Receive

Detached info views in iCal.

iCal 1.5.2 came out on Monday and includes a number of new features. Most notably (and surprising) to me, Apple has vastly improved iCal’s Info inspector. I went off on a bit of a rant when they started using the drawer back in October. My main gripe was that the window couldn’t be maximized properly since the drawer wasn’t factored into the width. Moreover, revealing the drawer on an already maximized window would cause it to be displayed off the screen. Both of these problems and more are fixed in the new version.

First, the green button does what you’d expect. If you’ve got a non-maximized window with the Info drawer revealed, the green maximize button takes the drawer into account and makes the iCal window the proper width. Second, revealing the drawer does what you’d expect. If you’ve got a maximized window and you reveal the Info drawer, the iCal window resizes so both are visible. Third, (surprisingly) if you still loathe the drawer you can tell it where to stick it and switch back to the floater from iCal’s earlier days. (See the screenshot above.) Of course, the new floater gets all the latest kick-ass form widgetry.

In summary, Apple is clearly listening to their customers. And by “customers,” I mean me. =-) I command them to make me a sandwich and whip up some kind of one-button iPod ejector doohickey. I hate having to go into iTunes or eject it from the desktop whenever I want to unhook it. Why can’t I push a button on the iPod when I’m ready to remove it from it’s dock? Something to think about.

[While we’re on the subject of Apple’s amazingishness: Customizable iTunes Music Store syndication feeds. Sweet.]

January 21, 2004

The Wonderchicken

An excellent metablogging post:

Weblogs are a party, damn it, and sometimes they’re publications too, or instead, and sometimes they’re diaries, sometimes they’re pieces of art, sometimes they’re tools for self-promotion, sometimes they’re money-maknig ventures, sometimes they’re monuments to ego, sometimes they’re massive wanks, sometimes they’re public services, sometimes they’re dedications of faith, sometimes they’re communities. Always, they are a public face, one chosen and crafted to varying degrees, of the people who write them. They are avatars, masks, or revelations of our deepest selves. They are political or philosophical, merrily inebriate or sententiously sober. Do not listen to those who would tell you what they are not.

These people will destroy your soul. Classification is for insects.

My name’s wonderchicken, and I am a wild party.

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Wonderchicken

I like to think iWalt.com has been most if not all of these things at one time or another.

January 20, 2004

Wedding Attire

  • n: might i suggest the silver tie and suit rather than tuxedo?
  • w: Silver suit?
  • n: no
  • n: black suit
  • n: silver tie
  • w: Like I’m from the future?
  • n: white shirt
  • w: Ah.
  • n: while that would be cool…
  • w: How about Doc Brown’s 2015 clothing?
  • n: “Like I’m from the future?” I just coughed with laughter at that.
  • w: Seriously though…
  • n: exactly what popped into my head
  • n: seriously: black suit, white shirt, silver tie
  • w: With the stainless steel sunglasses…
  • n: yeah, and OUTATIME on your wedding caravan
  • w: Hahahaha…
  • w: That’s hilarious.
  • n: leave flames in the street
  • n: that would be badass
  • w: Hehehehehehehe…
  • w: Oh shit…
  • w: I have to do that.
  • n: a DeLorean with can and streamers and “Just Married” hanging from the Mr. Fusion
  • w: Exactly.
  • n: (wipes tear.)

January 16, 2004

iLife ‘04

It took seven minutes out of my commute to buy iLife ‘04 on the way into work this morning. I think I was the sixth person to buy a copy from the CompUSA in San Francisco. The guy in front of me in line? Also buying a copy.

[One weekend later: GarageBand is a lot of fun. I’m not a musician but I think everyone, musician or otherwise, should get their hands on this and goof around with it for 20 minutes. I’ll probably pick away at it slowly for a while, try to find a MIDI keyboard to hook into it, make a couple really cheesy tracks. I’m happy with the improvements made to iPhoto but I wish they’d gone a lot further considering it only gets updated once a year. I dumped my whole Powershot library into it though and I’m working on resurrecting my Mavica library. So far, pretty good.]

January 12, 2004



37signals does web-based project management.


(Days later…)

January 11, 2004

On Manned Spaceflight

Or… Opinions are like, well, you know.

Got one? Share it.

[Also: On this day in 2001 we launched what would really put iWalt.com “on the map” with friends and family. The forums, once an amazingly busy message board system, has slowed to an understandable trickle of conversation. It pretty much died the day we added commenting functionality into the weblog. Nevertheless, it’s still around with postings as recent as four days ago.]

January 8, 2004

There are no words.

We need a manned mission to Mars and a permanent presence on the Moon like a fish needs a bicycle.

[More: Linus Torvald. I guess I must be missing the “it’s all about exploration, science, and new technologies” point but I can’t help but feel like better funded schools and higher quality education for our citizens wouldn’t yield better returns on the investment. Whatever.]

January 5, 2004


Due to what I can only assume was temporary insanity on my part, I forgot to register to attend the Macworld Expo this year. I, of course, find this shocking and you should too because I’m pretty sure it’s one of the signs of the apocalypse. Maybe the eighth sign. At any rate we can all watch the keynote live on the web (out of the corner of our eye as we dutifully work the morning away) and swarm Apple.com afterwards for all the details. For what it’s worth here’s my take on the rumors:

  • GarageBand: If Apple comes out with software that makes it possible for any schmuck with a microphone and iTunes to sell their work through the iTMS, well, deezamn.

  • Safari 1.2: I’m hoping Safari gets an upgrade sooner rather than later. I don’t think there’s another program that I spend more time in than Safari and every little tweak and improvement is a delight.

  • iPhoto 3: I didn’t like the early versions of iTunes and the same goes for iPhoto. It still feels clunky and wrong but I’m hopeful that the “major iLife upgrades” rumor will translate into iPhoto’s transcendence into iTunes-like perfection.

  • Document: A long-rumored $100 competitor to Word a la Keynote and PowerPoint. If it can import Word documents (like Keynote can import PowerPoint docs) I’ll snap it right up.

  • FileMaker Pro 7: Can someone explain to me how to make two tables talk to each other in this program? I hope version 7 brings some legitimate “R” to this RDBMS.

  • Final Cut Express 2: I don’t have a digital video camera but if I did I’d use this software and would be thrilled for a major update.

  • PowerMac G5 2.5GHz: Likely to happen soon in order to keep on track for the promised 3GHz models in July.

  • New Cinema Displays: I’m hoping for the 20” to become the new low-end model priced around $1,000 and for a new 28” model to swoop into the high-end. Drool.

  • miniPods: First off, I’m really hoping that Steve doesn’t have a +40GB iPod up his sleeve but if he does, whatever, mine rules. As for the smaller versions, fantastic. Apple needs to compete in the low-end portable MP3-player market.

  • G5 Xserves: Pretty much completely outside my sphere of knowledge but hey, why not?

January 4, 2004


The first images from the Spirit rover.

First images from the Spirit rover are available from the JPL website. Syndication feeds of all the new Mars images would be nice. A good collection of raw shots is available as well. Someone also went to the trouble of building stereo pairs.

January 2, 2004

I asked.

I asked.

She said yes. =-) We’re getting married.

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