Oct 2 2015

The Scorpion and the Frog

“A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.”

–from the Wikipedia entry, via Daring Fireball

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Sep 6 2013

Quotable: John Moltz

“As for the Surface, Microsoft was forced to write off its unsold inventory to the tune of $900 million, which is a really lousy song. Like Coldplay, Nickelback, and Creed all got together and collaborated on a song.” –from his MacWorld article on device philosophy

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Dec 24 2012

Steve Jobs story

While I was looking for the email address of one of our missionaries, I found this this anecdote about Steve Jobs.

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Sep 27 2010

A fix for ‘no SIM card detected’ on iPhone

A couple of months ago I picked up a second-hand iPhone 3G and jailbroke it so I could run it on T-Mobile. The thing is amazing. It replaced my iPod Classic, Palm m515, and Motorola Razr, and does more than all three devices did.

The only real issue I have had with it is that twice now I have lost service due to the phone not recognizing the SIM card. Fortunately, the fix is easy: just power the phone off, remove the SIM card, breathe on it like you would an old Nintendo cartridge, reinsert it, and power back on.

I’m not saying this is the fix, but a fix that worked for me.

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Jul 27 2010

Amen, brother

Back in the old Mac OS 9 days, when an application wanted to get your attention, it would just sit quietly and blink without interrupting what you are doing (like Windows did).

However, ever since Apple shipped Mac OS X ten years ago, this has not been the case. Now when an application wants to get your attention, it, like Windows, just pops a window up in front of whatever you are doing (they call this ‘stealing focus.’) Unlike Windows, this behavior cannot be turned off (in Windows XP you can use a free Microsoft tool called TweakUI).

While I was searching messageboards for a possible solution/hack to fix this issue I came across this entry by a similarly frustrated user:

“YES AAAAAAAAAH THIS IS A REAL AGRESSION TO THE NERVES ! ! !”

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Dec 7 2009

Review: Sophos Antivirus for Windows

A lot of you out there ask me for computer advice. I don’t mind; I like feeling important, and giving advice helps me do that (so does making my own blog).

Probably the question I get the most often is, “What kind of computer should I get?”

My answer is, always, “You should get an Apple Macintosh.”

The usual reply is, “But I don’t want to spend that much money.”

Then I say, “Then by a Lenovo.” It’s a cruel second answer, I know, as Lenovos cost about the same as Macs. But the truth is, when it comes to hardware, if I wasn’t an Apple guy I would be a Lenovo guy (it’s not a perfect analogy: I buy Apple hardware because it comes with the Mac OS).

But sometimes it’s not a question of money; sometimes people tell me this:

“I’d like to encourage viruses and spyware to run rampant on my computer while simultaneously preventing my most important programs from installing and / or running.”

Of course I point out that they could simply run an unpatched version of Windows and use Internet Explorer to visit sites that offer free hacked software.

“Isn’t there some other way?” they ask me.

Yes, yes there is. You could install Sophos Antivirus. Sophos is just such a program. While there is legitimate debate over whether it is pronounced SAW-fos or SO-fos, there is no debate that Sophos Antivirus will prevent you from installing, say, Hewlett Packard Web JetAdmin software. If you are wondering what nefarious deeds HP WJA is used for, it is used for remotely managing large numbers of HP printers. Wicked!

However, I don’t mean to insinuate that Sophos can only prevent you from managing your printers remotely. It can also prevent you from installing remote computer management software.

Right now you are probably thinking, ‘I would still like to install and run viruses, though.”

Not to worry; Sophos won’teven keep itself from being infected by viruses, let alone keep your PC from running them. Don’t believe me? Have a gander at this:

sophos-infected

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