· · 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.
· 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.
· 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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