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Wednesday, February 15 2017

Amazon Deliveries
[03:09:21] matt []/benito Our Experience with Amazon's first-party delivery (as opposed to e.g. UPS):

Ordered diapers, two-day delivery (needed for school Monday). Delivery expected by 6pm. Called at 8pm, told the driver got off to a late start so they should arrive the next day; Amazon still reports by 6pm as the expected Delivery.

Ordered boots and some cleaning supplies. We got a notification that two packages were delivered around 4:30pm. Two other packages (containing more boots) were expected for delivery that day. Amazon chat support at 6pm said to expect delivery by 3am EST.

"Delivered" items arrived between 07:15am and 07:35am (while I was out dropping Clara off at day care). We haven't seen the other boots yet.

Thursday, November 17 2016

[19:51:25] matt []/Trip Gone fishin'

Friday, November 11 2016

[13:07:31] matt []/Trip How did I­ never realize before, that you could reply to multiple tagged messages at once with mutt!

Wednesday, November 9 2016

[12:14:26] matt []/benito It's said, that a great thing about this country, is that any man can grow-up to become President.

Thursday, October 20 2016

[04:01:14] matt []/Trip
Cannot move Issue MD-2436 because it has already been moved to MD-2435.

Wednesday, May 4 2016

Thursday, April 14 2016

Finding a use for old Pentiums
[22:09:18] matt []/benito Intel may have been ahead of its time with the FDIV feature:

(The page only seems ot render if you kill CSS, otherwise it complains about having read too many free articles even if it's your first time there.)

Friday, April 8 2016

[10:19:21] matt []/Psi+ Unrelated to using the Apple branded computer, I checked the box to recycle my old computer, and have not received any information on how to do so.

Thursday, April 7 2016

Re: Tell us about your Mac
[10:40:59] matt []/Psi+ On Wed, Apr 06, 2016 at 05:18:58PM +0000, Apple Market Research wrote:
> We love feedback.
> Tell us about your experience with Mac.

Creating an Apple ID from the on-device application is broken (you cannot
select the password confirmation box).

Getting on a WPA2 protected (EAP+PAP) network is overly complex compared to
other platforms, requiring downloading a configuration tool through your
application store which has changed its name twice.

Regarding re-installing the OS: there's a catch-22 that you need an
application that's already been used in the Application store. If you've
never used the Application store, this means you can't re-install the OS.
This isn't documented, including in any on-line documentation that I could

It's unclear what the replacements are for basic Unix elements, like
resolv.conf. Generally, documentation seems to be lacking.

The magsafe power connector is a huge improvement over the flimsy and
expensive connector used on the aluminum Powerbook.

Setting-up Xcode with iOS simulators and documentation was a bit annoying,
as it had to be done through the XCode UI, and each install asked for an
administrator's password. Every time I closed my laptop, the downloads
would stop.

Messages (? The app that looks like iChat but which I think was renamed,)
is still a rather shoddy XMPP client. Among other things, it appears to
lack support for Jingle and remote control. (I didn't use it long enough to
check this time, but in the past iChat also handled users logged-in with
multiple resources very poorly.)

Why can't I organize my applications installed by default anymore? Why
can't I delete them? There's so much junk in the default Applications
directory, and most of the included applications are not very good. is a sub-par terminal emulator. There are graphical glitches
with which I've learned to live (e.g. dividers when using tmux either aren't
shown or are shown across areas where they don't exist). More annoying is
using multiple windows in a workflow. If I have a full-screen emulator, and
need to bring-up a second terminal, I cannot do this on the same workspace:
there's no "maximum-size" now, just full-screen on a dedicated workspace.
XTerms on XQuartz didn't work as a replacement, the experience simply seemed
clunky, and copy-and-paste didn't seem to work right (at all?) even when
fiddling with the options to try and sync the X selection buffer.

Thursday, March 24 2016

[12:42:02] matt []/Psi+ I am a little amazed that a package can arrive in Alaska one afternoon and be delivered in the middle of Massachusetts a day later. The most amazing part is that it was scanned at 06:08 in Boston, but sent back on a truck at 06:34 towards the local depot, and made it onto the delivery truck at 07:43. After dealing with both FedEx and UPS being unable to tell me whether a package is on or not on a truck, that level of coördination is astounding.

Tuesday, March 22 2016

Apple talking smack about six-year old machines
[23:18:17] matt []/Psi+ Watching the "Loop-in Event" yesterday, Apple had a segment where the speaker made derogatory comment about people who owned computers that were six years old. At the time I was working on an EeePC that was from mid-2008 (about seven years old). It works for me, and frankly computers frive five years ago should work fine for 99% of computer users; but that's not the oddest thing about the statement.

My work laptop is a 15" Macbook, based on an Intel Haswell chip (two generations old) and is from 2013. In nearly three years since it was released (mid-2013), the current model has barely changed (the CPU speeds have changed from a base 2.0GHz to a top 2.6GHz, the currently line starts at 2.2GHz and tops-out at 2.8GHz). That means that buying a brand-new Macbook Pro Retina 15" gets you a three-year old machine right now. The previous model of the Macbook Pro Retina 15" was based on Intel's Sandy Bridge chip, and was essentially unchanged since the Macbook Pro Retina was announced in mid-2012, nearly four years ago. Feeling nostalgic, or simply want to replace your aged nearly six-year-old comptuer with something nearly four-years-old? The good news is that the mid-2012 Macbook is still available new from Apple today for $1099.

In general, Apple's on a 2.5-3 year major upgrade cycle on the Macbook Pro depending on how you define a "major" upgrade (I'm looking essentially at the chipset and processor generation). What a six-year old machine means in Apple-speak is at *most* two generations back. Chances are, a non-Apple PC purchased at that time would be closer to the upcoming generation of Apple computers, so most users with a six-year old computer are on-par with a previous generation Apple computer, or on par with the currently shipping non-Retina Macbook Pro.

Wednesday, March 2 2016

[18:38:23] matt []/Trip The day my Polaroid 100 back arrives, is of course the day that FujiFilm announces they're ending production of FP-100C film.

Tuesday, March 1 2016

[15:15:21] matt []/dmc-cm1 Based on John Oliver's suggestion, The Drumpf Proxy:

Friday, February 19 2016

[19:44:42] matt []/Trip Surprisingly, Panasonic released an updated for their Android-based DMC CM-1 phone-camera. About two months to fix Stagefright, but they actually patched it!

Monday, February 8 2016

Friday, February 5 2016

[21:03:55] matt []/Psi+ Blinding sheets of white
Powder falling from the sky.
I am clearing snow.

Thursday, December 17 2015

Sunday, November 29 2015

[14:58:42] matt []/Psi+ I wish Mozilla would stop playing with the lock icons and return to showing the schema.

Thursday, November 12 2015

Wednesday, November 11 2015

Gray World/Gray Sphere/Sphere Open Sourced
[23:28:22] matt []/Trip Apparenly the Ultima Online server Sphere (formerly Gray World and Gray Sphere) is now open source:

When I played with it nearly twenty years ago it was quite nice and easy to configure—it seemed easier to fiddle with than UOX, which has been open source since it's release early on. A couple years I ­started playing with UOX3 but never got the world fully set-up; I imagine there must be an easier way than how I­ was going about it but it seemed more laborious to edit in-world than Gray's tools were.

Thursday, August 27 2015

People Centric Phone UI
[13:02:55] matt []/Psi+ An article from 2013, suggesting people-centric phone UI:

This seems so incredibly obvious, that only after seeing the iOS screenshots did I realize that Apple doesn't (hasn't?) had this feature. I've had groups or individuals on my S60 phone for years, and Maemo (~2011) had you select a person, and then a protocol for communication (POTS, SMS, XMPP, AIM, IRC, Skype,etc.). The Maemo implementation sounds exactly like what's suggested, where you can select the person, and for protocols with status (SIP, XMPP, etc.) see if the person is online, and send a message. Or send an eMail instead.

Sunday, August 23 2015

[16:37:40] matt []/Psi+ SNESes in Mr. Robot's Mirrors seem awfully yellowed for a < 4 year old system.

Friday, June 26 2015

[17:25:08] matt []/Trip Dentist.

Monday, June 22 2015

Thursday, June 11 2015

[15:46:09] matt []/Trip How do I have -13 pending reviews on review board?