Monthly ArchiveApril 2006

Apple &Miscellaneous &Software 29 Apr 2006 08:46 pm

Startup School 2006

Well, Startup School 2006 is over. It was a lot of fun. Most of the talks reiterated things that I knew, but still it is always good to get a refresher.

Most enjoyable was the joint editing done in SubEthaEdit on the talks as they progressed. The notes are posted on the wiki.

Here’s a screen shot of the collaborative editing in SubEthaEdit. The really cool thing is that Dan Moniz and John Wiseman were taking snapshots every 10 minutes and posting them to the wiki. A sort of live feed of the aggregating responses of a group of people to the event.

Muzak 13 Apr 2006 09:43 pm

Los Mocosos Rock!

Los Mocosos are a really good local band, well, San Francisco-local. They mix a lot of different styles into their sound and manage to produce something very cool, and unique. I would describe it as a mixture of Ozomatli, Santana, Ska and Reggae. It’s great to hear a horn section in contemporary music.

You can sample the songs here. I recommend Senor Presidente, which is quite political, Bandolera Era, Vete/El Largo Adios and Volvieron, which show their jazzier side, and Baccalao, which reminds me of Tito Puente. It’s all good.

I heard them today on KPFA on the Stephen Kent show. It was a great show that celebrated the sunshine with a bunch of brass bands. Perfectly fitting after so many days of rain.

One song he played particularly grabbed me, it was called “Gelem, Gelem”, played by the Kochani Orchestra. Turns out it is the anthem of the Gypsy nation, Romani. It starts at about 18 minutes into the show.

Miscellaneous 13 Apr 2006 09:19 pm




Removes sticky things. Supposedly, really well.

From the review of Cool Tools:

“The original ad for it demonstrated removing a piece of duct tape from a piece of toilet paper. BOTH were intact after a few seconds of application.”

Miscellaneous &Software 12 Apr 2006 01:42 pm

Startup School

Cool. I just got an email saying that I have been accepted to attend Paul Graham‘s one-day Startup School at Stanford, co-hosted by the BASES group.

The conference is for hackers who might want to start a company. It is a one-day overview of key aspects of the business side, presented by several well-known founders and VC’s. The Speaker list includes Paul Graham, Tim O’Reilly, and Ann Winblad.

I am interested in hearing the speakers, naturally, but it will also be cool to meet other hackers interested in startups. I am quite happy in my current position, but the act of creating startups is fascinating and I am sure I will start another one someday.

Miscellaneous 10 Apr 2006 11:01 pm

USPTO – Trademarked Sounds Online -My Picks

Hear trademarked commercial sounds at the U.S. Patent Office.

Some of my favorites:

Harlem GlobeTrotters’ Sweet Georgia Brown

Looney Tunes


This one is a surprise

Green Giant

I think this is that song they play on Tuesday morning once a month downtown. It is described as “Federal Signal Corporation – Sirens – piercing/penetrating siren sound.” They are right. This could be the next DIY Zen Alarm

Lone Ranger

Apple 09 Apr 2006 08:40 pm

Calculation Service in Most OS X Apps

A MacinTouch thread recently mentioned that in pretty much any application, you can highlight a formula, such as 2 * 3.14, and press Command-Shift-8 to evaluate the formula. It even works in Safari and changes the value in the web page.


Apple 09 Apr 2006 06:19 pm

Corsair ValueSelect Memory vs MacBook Pro

So, I love my new MacBook Pro, but I noticed that three times in the last week it has rebooted itself. This is, of course, unacceptable. I ran the hardware diagnostics that came with it, and they reported that everything was fine.

I downloaded a memory test utility called Memtest and ran it. After a while of running, the system rebooted itself, and it did this consistently on multiple runs. So, I took out the Corsair ValueSelect 1gb memory sodimm, and re-ran the tests. They completed successfully. A Google search for ‘Corsair memory Macbook pro’ turned up Corsair’s own help forum where many people reported this memory not working with their MacBook’s.

I am returning the memory to Fry’s. Unfortunately, they don’t have another line of memory that has positive reports. They carry Mushkin, which other people have reported causing reboots, and they carry Patriot, but the series they have has not had any reports at all. Patriot, based in Fremont, did recently announce a Signature line of memory just for the Intel iMacs and the MacBook Pro, which has a different product number, so I am guessing the other product line is not certified and may have problems (better safe than sorry.)

I have had success with Crucial memory in the past and there have been positive reports of using Crucial Memory with MacBook Pros, so I ordered a stick from them which will hopefully work. Since removing the Corsair memory, I have had no other reboots, but it was only this morning, so, I am keeping my eyes open.

Since the reboots leave no trace in any log that I could find, I am trying a trick to tell if it has rebooted. I opened textedit and created an unsaved document that says “I am here” in it. If that goes away, I can assume that I had a reboot. If anyone has a better way to detect a reboot, I would be glad to hear about it.

Apple 06 Apr 2006 01:29 pm

Apple – Support – Downloads – MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0

A MacBook Pro (early 2006) Firmware Update 1.0 has been released. It’s kind of vague. I installed it and everything seems to be fine. Not sure what exactly it changes, some mentioned the CPU whine issue.

FOLLOWUP: Some are reporting that it is in order to allow booting Windows XP

Apple &Software 05 Apr 2006 05:28 pm

Ranchero Software: MarsEdit 1.1.2

Blog editor from Ranchero software:MarsEdit. I just downloaded MarsEdit and my initial impression is that it rocks. After editing a bunch of blog entries using the MovableType web interface, it is really nice to use a real desktop app to do the editing. Even better that it is well-done.

I have been using NetNewsWire for a long time and have always loved it for RSS feed reading. I had not upgraded to 2.0 because I knew that the built-in weblog editor was going away, even though I had stopped using that too.

Well, with the new MacBook, I looked at NetNewsWire 2.0 again and realized it was a free upgrade. So, I upgraded, and it is a great improvement over 1.x. However, this, of course, took away the weblog editor I wasn’t using.

So, the pain of online editing with MovableType pushed me to try it, and I am glad that I did. Here’s an example of how nice it is:

I pointed it at my blog and it did all the work to figure out what kind of blog software it was and where the login and configuration would be, then it just asked me for the correct credentials and that was all I had to do.

As I edit, I can see previews without the round-trip to the server. Also, it has spell-checking and all kinds of other goodies. It also supports several markup languages.

Programming Languages 05 Apr 2006 05:11 pm

Intel Mac Binary Lisp

John Wiseman on Lemonodor blogs that SBCL is the first Lisp to be built as an Intel binary.

“I think SBCL 0.9.11, from March 26, 2006, is the first offical release of a Common Lisp with native support for OS X on Intel (though the support is labeled ‘experimental’).”

(Via Planet Lisp.)

Thanks to Xach for clarifying for me that it is not a Universal binary, but an intel binary. Oops!

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