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What’s wrong with Steve Jobs?

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m an Apple geek. The Macintosh is my preferred axe and has been, with few interruptions, since the late 1980s. Indeed, the only time I’ve used anything other than a Mac is when I’ve had no choice. The first time I saw one was in 1984, not long…

Comcast: Cap bandwith?

A while back I complained about an installation misadventure I had when I got Comcast service hooked up to my new abode. Since the misadventure was corrected, things have been generally OK, except that for a while Comcast’s digital voice phone service produced an annoying buzz for a couple of weeks that made it almost…

Woo for cancer: Say it ain’t so, Steve!

Yesterday was a rather long day, starting with a long commute in the morning, followed by a long day in the office mainly doing grant paperwork, and capped off by getting home late. Even so, I couldn’t ignore this particular story for two reasons. First, it’s about so-called “alternative” medicine. Second, it’s about Steve Jobs,…

When the Terminator becomes real…

…two words: Killer robots! Clearly, we’re all doomed. Skynet, here we come!

Woo-hoo! The Quackometer’s back!

I recently wrote about the cowardly manner in which Netcetera booted the Quackometer off of its servers unceremoniously in response to a truly vacuous legal threat from a quack named Joseph Chikelue Obi. Now, the little black duck has found a new ISP. The Quackometer is back in business! Hilariously, “Dr.” Obi is already making…

Le Canard Noir in trouble? I’m there!

Via WhiteCoat Underground, I’ve learned of a most disturbing development. Remember Le Canard Noir? He’s the skeptical blogger whose Quackometer was one of my favorite websites and tools for identifying pseudoscience and quackery caused him to run afoul of the Society of Homeopaths and a highly dubious practitioner named Joseph Chikelue Obi, both of whom…

Breast cancer information on the Internet

It figures again. I go a few days without Internet access again, and not only does Generation Rescue take out a full page antivaccination ad full of stupidity in USA Today, which I couldn’t resist opening both barrels on earlier, but a study’s lead senior author is someone I know (albeit not well) about three…

Hooked into the Matrix again!

I’m baaack. Well, thanks to free WiFi at Panera’s, I was never really truly away. Thanks to Comcast, I was away longer than usual. In any case, although between waiting for Internet access, running errands, and doing some snowblowing last night, I didn’t have time to do the usual epic substantive posts that I’m known…

I hate you, Comcast. I really do. My hatred of Comcast also explains the paucity of activity on this blog over the last few days. You see, over the weekend, I moved to a larger house, and I’ve had no Internet access other than Panera’s or Starbucks for the last three days. Before that, I…

Who knew Hitler was a die-hard Cowboys fan?

It’s Superbowl Sunday. Even someone who’s not much of a football fan and who doesn’t really care much one way or the other about either team can’t help but get caught up in the hype a little bit. In any case, there seems little point to doing any serious blog posts today, given that (1)…

This video’s so good that I’m half tempted to try this method for myself, just to see if it actually works… Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog. MacGyver would love this.

Wow, I really need me one of these!

Given the general level of intelligence and erudition of commenters here, rare would be the need for a product such as this: (Fortune Magazine) — Internet veterans have long complained about the steady erosion of civility — and worse, intelligence — in online discourse. Initially the phenomenon seemed to be a seasonal disorder. It occurred…

Operating system flamewars

As a longtime Mac head, I’m always rather amused by just how emotionally invested people become over a mere tool like an operating system for a computer. A reminder of this popped up over at Pharyngula today, when in the course of echoing a call from the Mothership for reminiscences of the primitive computers we…

This blog is in mourning

Here’s the reason why: Actor and voice artiste Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88 after a short illness. His vocal talents were used in Doctor Who for The Ark in Space, The Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani, but he will also be well-known to cult TV fans for providing…

Scariest spam I’ve ever received…

As I mentioned yesterday, I recently perused all the e-mails that Gmail had flagged as spam and to my dismay found a lot of legitimate e-mail, including mailing list e-mails and Movable Type e-mails notifying me of comments being caught up in the filter. However, I found something scarier than that. In fact, I found…

Weird Gmail behavior

A bit of blog housekeeping here… Normally, I find out about new comments on my blog through e-mail notifications that get sent to me shortly after you, the reader and commenter, post your comments. I find it much easier simply to scroll through the e-mails and see what the reaction is to my posts and…

How to destroy Wikipedia?

While trolling the deepest, darkest, most vile racist parts of the Internet, as I am wont to do looking around for new Holocaust denial idiocy to take down, I came across something unexpected, so unexpected that it made me curious. Basically, Bill White, Commander of the American National Socialist Workers’ Party, apparently annoyed that he…

Microsoft Windows Vista versus Mac OS X

David Pogue makes the case that Microsoft didn’t rip off Apple. Nice.

Accept Jesus, Forever Forgiven?

Accept Jesus, Forever Forgiven? Maybe, but I suspect that even the most devout Christian would doubt whethere even Jesus Himself would see fit to forgive the headache- and seizure-inducing design of the front page of this particular Christian site. Don’t come complaining to me if you need to lie down and take some aspirin after…

Fonts from hell

Admit it. We’re probably all guilty of this at one time or another. Come on, ‘fess up. You’ve done it too. I bet at some point in your life you’ve used one of The 7 Worst Fonts. Especially Comic Sans MS. Even I’ve used that font a couple of times. Does anyone else have suggestions…

Orac: I want one of these!

Oooh, I have to get me one of these! Of course, the specs would have to be more up to snuff with what one can purchase these days. Even so, I wonder if anyone could put one together with a Mac.

History Carnival #38

The latest edition of the History Carnival has been posted at Frog In A Well. Even though I’ve been on vacation and blogging (not to mention blog traffic) has been light other than reposts, someone actually submitted something I posted, thus keeping someone linking to me in my absence. I hope the lack of activity…

Windows 2410 Professional

See it in action here. Looks like nothing’s changed.

After my experience with using (or, as at least one of my readers has suggested, misusing) my blog to get an article to which my university does not provide online access, it occurred to me just how much our means of accessing the scientific literature has changed in the last decade and just how radical…

From AppleInsider: But when it comes to battling for headlines, Leopard may have its work cut out for it — sources maintain that around precisely the same time, Mr. Jobs will also take the wraps off Apple’s most powerfully stunning Macintosh to date: the Mac Pro. Aside from speculation that the Intel-based Power Mac successor…