Archive for July, 2008

Vista Bug Amusement

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

You can accidentally drag one folder into another under appdata\local, and it just does it.  It ctrl-Z to undo your mistake, and NOW you get prompted by UAC to approve the re-creation of the file folder.  Nevermind that the delete was probably the more damaging action.  WTF-eh?

Sold Another Kindle For Jeff

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

I swore I’d be an anti-evangelist after I discovered the lack of wishlist support, and the annoying excuses amazon gives for why it doesn’t work, but then someone caught me in a good mood while I was out eating and reading, and I couldn’t help but sell him on how much better the kindle is than the sony e-reader.  When I left, he was planning on going straight home to buy one for his daughter.

Mammograms and the human male

Monday, July 21st, 2008

So far, all the medical personnel seem amusingly enthusiastic about getting to give a guy a mammogram.  There was the intern who tried to joke about how I can now know what women go thru, to the radiologist who expressed her amazement that I could stand one of her more painful squishifications of my swollen body-bit.  So far, nothing new has been learned.  It’s definitely not big-C cancer, but so far I haven’t heard any specific treatments.  I guess that comes at the next appointment.

The Kool-Aid Tastes Good

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

I have tasted the Kool-Aid, and I have to admit, it’s a pretty tasty beverage.  I’m not talking the real kool-aid, I’m talking the metaphorical, in this case, the Apple-way.  I picked up an airport express, and spent the $10 to get access to the app store for my touch.  I have to admit, while there were some problems getting it all set up, once it was, it just works.

Finally, I can listen to the same music in the bathroom, as I am in the living room.  It’s synchronized, no distortion, no static, just music.  And the itouch’s remote software lets me select, pause, and rate music from anywhere in the apartment.  If only they had a built-in time-shifting plug-in for audio.  I guess life can’t be totally perfect.

Random seems really unrandom, but maybe that’s because I haven’t loaded so much music in yet.

Pregnancy Testing

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I try to tell them, “I’m not that kind of girl”, but they just wouldn’t listen.

OK, not really.

I have a lump in my breast which the doctors are quite certain doesn’t “feel like cancer”, but they want to do tests just in case. So they send me off to the lab with a checklist of tests to be performed. As I’m waiting, I notice one of the tests is the pregnancy test. I’m suspecting that since I was being seen at the women’s clinic, they might just have that always checked on their forms. Then again, there could be some odd diagnostic side-effect of a preggers test on men that might apply. Just so long as my insurance doesn’t refuse the charge.

Mac’in It New Skool

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

So, it’s been a few days under the mac-life way, and I’m not half as impressed as Steve Jobs would like, I’m sure.  Don’t get me wrong, the OS is mostly OK, but error messages are extremely lacking.  It turns out my brand new imac came complete with a broken cd/dvd drive.  I was trying to transfer my backed up episodes of Sheep In The Big City, but when I’d put a disc in the mac, it would spit it right back out. At first I’m wondering if the burner on the PC is crap, or it’s a bunch of bad CDr’s, or maybe I’m even putting them in wrong side out…but no, putting them in in reverse results in a quicker ejecting, so it must be something with the discs. But for some cynical reason, I try one more thing, plugging in an external usb CD/DVD drive, and low and behold, the discs are sorta readable.  I say sorta, because of the 10 discs written by iTunes-source-machine, 5 weren’t usable at all, failing with “unknown error code” <rolls eyes>.  Talk about poor exception handler writing.  So much for the vaunted mac programming way.

On the other hand, what discs it could read, it was able to load out of order, with gaps and whatnot.  So I’m atleast 50% recovered/transfered, and it automagically reaquired the content licenses, so there wasn’t any pop up interruptions before they started playing.

iPhoto is annoying as all get-out.  The complete lack of zoom, unless I’m in edit mode, seems crazy to me.  It rather stupidly loads thumbnails without any sort of minimum size exception warning.  It’s red-eye remover works OK though.  With all the screen real-estate wasted at the bottom of the application, it seems reallly silly that they only put one rotate button, but at least there is a keyboard shortcut for clockwise rotates.

I’m definetly not a fan of the way the top bar is semi-transparent, combined with the stary background.  It took me a couple of moments to realize that some menu options didn’t have strange unexplained blue dots highlighting them, but rather it were just some stars bleeding thru from below.  Maybe if the top bar had an auto-hide mode.

Network discovery sucks ass.  I’ve had to manually enter each windows PC, and it never sees the old iMac in the kitchen.  I’ve seen posts about the airport express (which I was thinking of getting) and it’s limitations in regards to private networks build around 192.168 instead of 10.10, and wonder if that has something to do with it.  Certainly all the mac help seems to assume that everything will just work.

That’s probably my biggest complaint, is that mac docs and apps seem to assume everything will work out fine, and so have no capacity or information, for dealing with the unexpected.  It worries me, because in software QA, if you only test the happy scenarios, you are guaranteed to be missing out on some of your nastiest bugs.

Like the way my apple TV has died.  It’s not clear if there’s some conflict between it and the mac, or if it’s just gotten too hot sitting idle for the last 6 months, but it locks up pretty quickly once you try to start navigating the menus.  I just went ahead and unplugged it.  I only got it to watch Sheep on a bigger screen than my 15.4 laptop, and it of course doesn’t work with my biggest, old skool, TV, only the tiny HD compatible joker.

Seattle PI Haxors

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

LoLz.  It seems that google has marked the seattle pi website as a possible purveyor of malware.  This is what happens when you sell flash adspace.

UW Clinic Doesn’t Make Life Easy

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

So, I’ve got a lump in one of my breasts.  I’ve been to the doctor before, and they’ve squeezed it and given me the brush off before, but recently it started getting larger, and painful, so I went back to my primary care physician.  They decide that maybe since it is growing, they should take a better look, and refer me to the breast cancer group for further study and hopefully treatment.  That’s when the fun began.  Seems of the 5 numbers on the referral sheet they gave me, none of them are correct.  When I finally DO get thru to one of the clinics, I get transferred around until they hang up on me altogether.  It only took an hour on the phone to get yet another pointless appointment with a not-really-a-doctor who’ll just do the exact same thing they did at my PCP’s, who will THEN hopefully send me to someone who can actually do something.

Very frustrating experience so far, and I don’t even think I’m sick.  I can’t imagine how pissed I’d be if I felt in anyways certain that my lump might be cancerous.

more medical ickery

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I remember well, the MASH episode where pierce plugs the hole in one kids aorta with a finger while he waits for another kid to die, so they can harvest is aorta as a replacement. It introduced me to the concept of cadaver harvesting. I know that replacing a torn ACL, the replacement tissue has to come from somewhere, it’s another one of those things you’d just rather not think about. Suddenly that hyper athletic guy, talking about how his 40 time is getting back in line with what it was before his injury, seems a little more like a ghoul, eh?

that makes two things to do this summer

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

It seem there is a most incredible treehouse rental nearby, that I’ve so got to check out for a weekend sometime soon.