When
· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · December
· · · · 07 (3 entries)

Today’s Macintosh Hints · Do: If your screen has the dread­ed “white spots,” stop wait­ing and take it in to get it fixed. The fix is stick­ing (for me, any­how) and what I hadn’t no­ticed was that in be­tween the white spot­s, the screen was fad­ing and look­ing gen­er­al­ly lousy; it’s like a ma­jor up­grade. Do: If you have a new 15” Alu­minum Pow­erBook, go and buy a re­place­ment bat­tery. I haven’t done the mea­sure­ments yet, but the re­place­ment lasts sig­nif­i­cant­ly longer than the one that came with the com­put­er. Don’t: Visit Si­mon Haertel’s site and pick up Quinn (i.e. Tetris) even if you want to just check out the Co­coa pro­gram­ming chop­s; not on­ly is it very like­ly to cost you sev­er­al wast­ed hours but there’s just no good way to ex­plain when a col­league or loved one comes in­to the room and catch­es you us­ing your ex­pen­sive shiny high-powered com­put­er to play Tetris.
 
¿Que Pasa? · While we’re on the sub­ject of robots, a word about a par­tic­u­lar­ly lame-brained id­i­ot­ic abu­sive in­com­pe­tent de­spi­ca­ble ex­am­ple: I re­fer to the crap­ware known as “Que Pasa Creep” as­so­ci­at­ed with the Spanish-language por­tal of that name, which gets no link from me. Their robot pound­ed on­go­ing un­mer­ci­ful­ly and stupid­ly and repet­i­tive­ly for the longest time till I asked it to stop via /robot­s.txt, and it did, but now I’m be­ing pound­ed repet­i­tive­ly and stupid­ly by some­thing that iden­ti­fies it­self as QPCreep Test Rig ( We are not in­dex­ing, just test­ing ) (gimme a break), which on top of its oth­er sins ap­par­ent­ly ig­nores /robot­s.txt. Another day and I ask Matt to block the IP, but in the mean­time, any­one who has a busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with these turkeys, con­sid­er not hav­ing one any more, un­less of course you like deal­ing with mo­ron­ic scofflaws. And if you’re their ISP, con­sid­er turf­ing them; I just com­plain in my blog, but some sites, when your robot breaks rules, call the FBI.
 
Normative Backbeat · I had a cou­ple of fine Rock & roll ex­pe­ri­ences in the last cou­ple of days. Here­with a point­er to a good ra­dio show by Lit­tle Steven and record­ing by Jim­mie Vaugh­an; plus an at­tempt to for­mal­ize this back­beat thang ...
 
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