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Journal: Neck happier.

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One of the things that's been bothering me is that the vast abundant 27" iMac screen before me has been low enough I tend to get scrunched down or hunched over when working on a project intently. So I tried raising it up on a wooden bridge I had in the other room—but whoah, too high, I could feel my neck creaking the other way. Then I saw an old busted Nikon slide scanner on the shelf. About 4 inches in the relevant direction...and indeed, with the iMac on it and my chair properly adjus

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Journal: Going to iTunes U

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It's always fun to have the college experience without actually having to attend college. That's what I'm experiencing this morning as I listen to a Computer Science class taught at Stanford by a couple of Apple staff developers—the guardians of Cocoa, Cocoa-Touch, and all that NSStuff that is a rich heritage that seems to be
The class homepage is , and this morning's lecture (I'm up to number three) was taught by Alan Cannistraro.


Building a Green PC 190

Posted by kdawson
from the in-time-for-st.-patrick's dept.
Kermit writes "Ars Technica has put together a green DIY system building guide. The idea is to build a PC offering decent energy efficiency as well as solid performance. The 'Green Gaming Box' draws about 125W at full load (not including a monitor); the minimalist 'Extreme Green Box' uses a mini-ITX case and a VIA CPU-motherboard combo for about 30W at typical load. If you want to mix and match components, or modify your current system so that it uses less energy, there are plenty of options for swapping out individual components."

Engadget: Purported shots of Canon 5D Mark II surface online->

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Filed under: Digital Cameras

Not a whole lot to go on here, but a user on the Digital Photography Review forums has turned up some shots of what appear to be a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, shots that are made all the more curious by the fact that Canon has yet to announce such a camera. Of course, given that the regular EOS 5D is now getting on in years, it's certainly not out of the question, though we'd hold out for some firmer info before you start pinching pennies to save up for this sure-to-be-pricey bit of kit. Those looking to give it a closer examination can check out a shot of the camera's backside after the break.

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Journal: Applescript to make thumbnails and javascript image swaps

Journal by jcburns

I've added to and expanded the Diane Kirkland website ('s really done some nice images. So, in order to make all this work, I had to learn some javascript that most people would find routine...and then, because I made thumbnails by hand for two of the pages, I got tired of that and cobbled together this applescript (a lot of chunks from Apple's site):

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Journal: RSS and SQLite from the command line.

Journal by jcburns

So there's all this RSS being downloaded and managed in the background in a SQLite database...and my email is being managed much the same why not use command line SQL calls to manipulate the syndication feeds?

sqlite3 ~/Library/Syndication/Database3 "select * FROM Articles WHERE source_id = 80;" | bbedit

Y'know, like that.

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Journal: Into February, tagged and commented.

Journal by jcburns
Another week of fairly serious dabbling in technologies and languages...making RSS and HTML get all parsed and objectified and available for databases and learning how Python can pretty much be wrapped up all pretty in a Mac OS X application.

I've really got to spend some time writing the rest of what is the content of my company site...explaining what the heck it is that I do, explaining why I'm the one to do it, just...explaining.

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Journal: Awash in technologies, brain swimming.

Journal by jcburns
One of my new year's resolutions...not really stated out loud as such, is to take all of these new things I've learned about lately, like Objective-C and Cocoa and RSS and XML and Python and shell scripting and javascript and put them together in some arguably useful ways to create cool stuff for making graphics on television easy and good looking. Yes..that is what I will do! (I tell myself.)
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Journal: Movable type-ized.

Journal by jcburns

So I threw the big switch and this morning Positively Atlanta Georgia went online powered by the Movable Type cgi/perl thingie engine product dude item.

This is a good thing, I s'pect, although it'll be a good while before I've done enough to get the other stuff that this site contains converted over and it becomes more of a routine event to post a new entry.

Wireless Networking

Journal: Direcway + Windows 98 + 802.11 = !

Journal by jcburns
Good thing there was lots of beer and wine available.

Although mostly, I drank root beer.

We went down saturday to a house built in the high country near Pine Mountain, Georgia because our friends had installed Direcway two-way satellite "high-speed" internet...and the way it comes in is to one PC, via a USB connector...and these folks have two machines in their home office plus a laptop. They ran Windows 98.


Journal: Podland (things are better now)

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After almost an entire month beating my head against the wall, my peace of mind was restored by the presence of a small Airborne box tucked against our front door.

I had (following instructions) sent my ipod with cracked LCD in to Apple's repair center.

And then waited. And then called. And was told that this repair wasn't Apple's it will cost about $255 to repair.

Then they told me that they wouldn't repair it at any price, and will be sending it back unrepaired.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.