Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

The Mark of the Bearer

I have refreshed my photo collection. Included are the following new collections:

The memory boxen are probably of most interest.

At work today, I ordered a Macbook Pro for a coworker, and it arrived (CMU's Computer Store is pretty quick) in my office around 2 hours later. While booting it up to get some basic software installed on it, I discovered that the power adapter suffers the misfeature of connecting to the system via a magnet. This is incredibly stupid. While talking to a friend, he provided a wonderful quote from the manual: The MacBook Pro power adapter port contains a magnet that can erase data on a credit card, iPod, or other device. To preserve your data, keep these and other magnetic media away from the power adapter port. .. He then recalled how a friend of his lost data on a thumbdrive and wiped their credit card because they got too close to the corner of their MacBook. Nice one there, Apple! He said that the regular MacBooks suffer Apple's love of magnets even worse, also having powerful magnets on the front of the case to keep the lid shut. Apple is like your typical teenage girl -- it does some very stupid things in the name of fashion. Sure, magnets are cool -- I remember playing with them a lot when I was younger, but as soon as I got any sense, I began to follow my dad's warning to always keep them very distant from the computers. This makes sense. It is a very bad idea to make computer products that might easily damage other computer products in normal, expected use, regardless of what the manual says. Apple should know better.

All that said, the MacBook Pro's built-in camera is fun to play with, and Apple provides some neat software that screams "play with me!". The camera was also used to set up my usericon, which somehow makes me irrationally happy. I played around with the included software, and found this theme continued. Apple is great at bundling software that looks and feels fun to use, and because their development environment is so nice, people don't need to get entirely into the programming mindset to make some rather nice software. There was a lot of software that I wanted to play with (like a webcomic-making software bundled with the system) that I had never heard of before. OSX's main interface doesn't give the raw power of traditional Unix, but it does an incredible job at providing a very personal and fun computer interface.

I am enthused about Wikimania. I hope that there arn't too many irritating people there. In the past I have, out of politeness, allowed Asperger's, stinky, and otherwise irritating-oh-god-I-wish-I-hadn't-come people to sit near me and ruin social things. I resolve to now join the type of person who will simply get up and sit near the people I want to talk to, no matter how rude I must be in telling people to STFU and stop talking to me when they can't get the loud visual cues that I would sooner pull out my toenails with pliers than talk to them. (Yes, maybe I'm getting overly ranty about this recently.. if so, hopefully I'm at least amusing too)

Some amusements:


  • Lessons about Humanity, from Mars

    As many of you already know, yesterday NASA's MSL-Curiosity rover discovered something, or so we think, in a chemical sample taken on Mars. They…

  • Apish Tongues

    (Apologies for the cross-post with plus, but after I posted this there I realised it's probably more bloglike in character) I have a fascination…

  • Ancient Periscopes

    Three sciency things: Lake Ellsworth, a lake in Antarctica buried deep under the ice, is to have a probe visit it to take samples of the water and…

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