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# Week 4

The St. Louis Rams didn't need an excuse for poor play, but now they have one - Warner is out for 8-10 weeks. I should have gone against them this week, even though Vegas had them as 11 point favourites.

It was a pretty bad week for betting, but I'm still second in the XFM football pool ... for now.

posted at September 30, 2002 at 06:05 PM EST
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# Mainstream Computer Retail

Computers are a lot like cars. They both cost quite a bit of money. You can't judge a car's total performance by looking at just its engine just like you can't do the same thing with processors. Both are very complicated.

There are car and computer afficionados/experts. The majority of people know little about neither -- they actually trust someone to give them the straight goods.

So when these people go to buy a PC, they can easily be mislead. They don't know what they want. I mean, they want a PC -- but do they need 6 PCI slots? "What's a PCI?". Yeah, exactly.

So the major assemblers (I hestitate to call them manufacturers) put all of the right things in a nice pretty box and then sell it like a toaster. The only problem is, you may not be able to add two more bread slots if your mother-in-law comes to visit for an extended period of time.

I can't blame the assemblers for trying though. The PC market grew like wildfire because of the Internet. Now people are surfing the net with their 2 year-old toasters wondering "can I get an upgrade on this thing or not?".

Of course they can't. They bought a crap motherboard, integrated sound and a case they can't open without voiding the warrantee. So who do we blame for consumer ignorance? Them or the companies profiting from them?

posted at September 28, 2002 at 10:25 PM EST
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# The iBook and Mac OS X v10.2

The iBook looks like a good portable hacking machine, but reviewers don't seem to have a lot of faith that OS X v10.2 is actually done. It's not that I don't want to spend some time working around issues, it's the cost. As far as I know, Apple charges you full price for each OS X upgrade. OS X v10.2 is $189 CAN.

Correction: If you buy a Mac after July 17, 2002 you can get OS X v10.2 for $19.95US. Now that sounds a bit better. It still doesn't console me for the future upgrades to v10.[whatever] ad nauseam though.

This guy likes iBooks as a replacement for x86 notebooks with Linux.

posted at September 28, 2002 at 08:24 PM EST
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# In Rotation

Albums:
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
Lifehouse - Stanley Climbfall
Dashboard Confessional - So Impossible EP

Singles:
Disturbed - Prayer
Foo Fighters - All My Life
Lifehouse - Spin
Nirvana - You Know You're Right
Theory of a Deadman - Nothing Could Come Between Us

posted at September 27, 2002 at 05:36 PM EST
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# More Template Fun

Yep, it was the XHTML DTD reference. The other thing was a tag for Content-type -- which is mostly harmless. I guess Mozilla is a bit more picky about its XHTML than Internet Explorer. No surprise there.

The calendar archive brings up invidual entries right now. I think I'd rather have a whole day's posts on one page and #anchor link to individual ones. Update: looks like that works now.

posted at September 27, 2002 at 01:30 PM EST
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# Introduction

So what's this blog about? It's about stuff I like. Probably music, movies, software. Sometimes about how the things around me bug me and my ideas for fixing them. I expect people to disagree with me. It's more fun that way.

posted at September 27, 2002 at 01:42 AM EST
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# Working on the Template

I have no artistic sense, so this template business is going to take a while. If you are here and it looks like crap, well ..... enjoy. :)

The style sheets work in IE, but not in Mozilla. I have no idea.

Update: I erased two lines from the default template. One was a DTD reference to the XHTML schema and the other was a link ref to an RSS document. My money is on the schema.

posted at September 27, 2002 at 12:26 AM EST
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