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I did not know that…

March 27, 2004

My last close encounter with the Mac OS was back in the System 7 days (when dogcows roamed the earth). 

My Powerbook 15 is relatively swiftly becoming my daily driver, and I’ve sucked down a couple of Panther reference books along the way, but I still found a couple of highly useful tips and fixes for a few things that annoyed me in MacWorld’s Panther Secrets Declassified.  It may be worth a taking a minute and scanning through it to see if there’s anything there you’ve been missing.

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The Exorcist in 30 Seconds…

March 25, 2004

In flash, with bunnies,,, (via MeFi)

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VGA PDA — Reloaded

March 25, 2004

Speaking of mobile goodness, Microsoft has announced Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition (no idea why it isn’t Windows Mobile 2004), for Pocket PCs, with genuine built-in support for VGA.

Brighthand has all the poop, including the even better news that Toshiba plans a free upgrade for the e800, probably in the next few weeks (they’re saying May for Europe, no official word yet on the US.)

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Free Culture, Free Content

March 25, 2004

Hurray!  Lawrence Lessig‘s new book, Free Culture is not only out, it’s available as a free e-book released under a Creative Commons license.

I’ve just started reading it, but so far it appears to be brilliant (as expected).

Now, if someone could steer me towards a non-PDF’d version suitable for putting on the PDA and hauling around to the places I tend to read e-books, that’d just be icing on the cake.

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Update—Blackmask now has it up in seven different formats (tip of the hat to Teleread for the link)

Mmmm… Mobipocket goodness—I just love it when stuff moves at ‘net speeds…

Pulled Pork

March 23, 2004

As the weather is turns nice enough to get back out to the grill and smoker, my thoughts have turned back to that redoubtable item of outdoor cuisine, the pulled pork barbecue.

For those who haven’t indulged, it’s the essence of simplicity, requiring not much other than a smoker, a pork butt, some mustard, and twenty hours of slow cooking.

Here’s the recipe, courtesy of The Virtual Weber bullet…

How can you go wrong with a dish whose preparation requires you to rub mustard all over your butt?

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Choosing RSS Readers

March 23, 2004

Jeremy Zawodny mentions that he’s recently switched to Bloglines

Me too.

I’ve been very pleased with FeedDemon on Windows over the past six months or so, and have been disappointed that I can’t seem to find a similar RSS reader on the Mac.  The biggest thing I miss is the ability to follow a link (either to the actual entry or to another site) within the same window (or on a new tab), without spawning additional windows. 

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Testing ecto

March 23, 2004

Just testing posting from ecto…

Very nice indeed—I’d tried Kung-Log (ecto’s ancestor) about a year ago, and it had problems with some of the esoterics of my Movable Type installation.

Ecto, on the other hand seems to handle everything just fine.  It took about three minutes to set it up and have it working properly with the blog.

Chalk up another Mac tool need addressed.

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Arabica Coffee Beans Are Pricey Yet Priceless!

March 19, 2004

Arabica coffee beans are known for a better-flavored coffee. There are two main species of coffee beans that are grown for sale: Robusta and Arabica. Gourmet coffee houses serve the smooth and very palatable Arabica coffees, while the worst cup of coffee you ever had probably came from a pot of bitter Robusta coffee that had been sitting for hours.

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Coffee – How to Buy, Store, and Grind it for the Perfect Cup

March 19, 2004


In the early days of the coffee craze, before the first Starbucks arrived in my town, I owned a tea and coffee house for several years. At the time, espresso was something new for most people, and a lot of my customers had questions. I decided to teach a class on coffee at the shop, and learned in the process that there are several misunderstandings about buying, storing, and grinding coffee that when corrected can lead to a much more enjoyable cup of coffee.

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3 Simple Tips For Making Perfect Coffee

March 19, 2004

Want to brew the perfect cup of coffee?

Here are 3 simple tips that will make a difference in every single cup you drink.

Tip #1

Clean Coffee Pot

A clean pot is essential and can make a world of difference in the taste of your coffee. Old oils from previous batches of coffee and soap residue left on the pot makes coffee taste bad.

Baking soda and water work well for cleaning coffee mugs and pots. Be sure to rinse extra good so no residue is left behind.
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