September 29, 2004

Starbucks Prices

I read an article today in the Vancouver Sun about Starbucks increasing their prices by an average of 11 cents per cup of coffee starting next week. Coincidentally (or not) the Starbuckses on campus are giving out free satchels of ground coffe today.

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September 24, 2004

Satellite Image view


This is for windows only but it is interesting. See vancouver at 2 foot resolution. Sarah indirectly works for this company.

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September 21, 2004

Cool Vancouver Mapping Site

Map Your Running Routes - M2 RouteScout

Probably useful for more than just running routes.

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September 17, 2004

XUL gmail

Brocco Li

I'm not the only one that thinks there should be a XUL (zool) gmail client.

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Airport Express Weirdness

Having spent a day playing around with the settings of the Airport Express (AE) and how it fits into my home network I have noticed one possible bug. There seems to be a problem when using the default host option (to forward all requests to a machine behind the AE's NAT) and changing the settings of the AE. The host that is the 'default host' needs to have a static ip, the AE leaves the range from x.x.x.200-254 non-dhcp'd so you can assign static ips to machines in that range. I did that for my server and hit the 'update' button in the airport admin utility. As far as I know this button updates the settings of the AE and restarts it. After I did this I couldn't connect to anything from my server, but I could ping telus's dns server and the telus router infront of the AE. So i tried switching my server to use DHCP and everything worked again. Suspsicous, I turned off all firewall etc on my server and tried assigning it the 'deafult host' static ip again. Still no network. Tried a differet static ip thanthe 'default host' one. It worked. So I tried restarting the AE with the restart button in the airport admin program and set my ip back to the 'default host' one again. Now everything worked as expected. So I suspect that the update button isn't doing everything it should be doing.

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Sage CSS hacking

I have been using Sage as an RSS agregator for a while now and I was getting a bit tired of the default presentation style. I found one that advertised itself as a Safari RSS look-alike. It was pretty close but they had copied the default Sage css file which has a bug in the link colouring in the text of news items. This made links white against an almost white background - not easy to read.

So I started poking around in the CSS file, and I'm no expert with CSS, but I managed to fix the link problem and clean up the spacing a bit. The results are here. This .tgz file has 3 files in it, two gifs for the title backgrounds and the css file. These guys have to be in the same directory, I have mine in the chrome directory of my firefox profile (no idea if this is a good place for them or not, but it works). Then you need to go to the options in Sage, tell it to use a custom CSS file and point it to my modified CSS file.

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September 16, 2004

Apple packaging

We just received our aiport express (sarah doesn't like wires around the apartment) and I'm pretty impressed with the packaging for it, which you can see here. Similar to the packaging of the iPod, and it even smells nice.

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September 15, 2004

Try parking this in Vancouver

International® 7300 CXT;

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September 14, 2004

No 'Slutware' for Spring 2005?

Yahoo! News - 'Slutwear' Is So Last Year on New York Runways

A good quote, "The slut is out now", or "slutware doesn't play in the boardroom and it doesn't play in the office"

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September 12, 2004

Thunderbird and Procmail Filtering

I have been using procmail to filter my mail into folders depending on the sender etc. I also use Mozilla's Thunderbird as my email client. I was getting frustrated that procmail would filter messages to separate folders but Thunderbird wouldn't highlite the folders as containing new messages. Well I found a solution to this problem here.
Its as simple as creating one file and adding one line to this file.

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OS X Disk Usage Visualization

I keep running out of disk space and I like to get an idea of what is taking up space so I can prioritize burning/deleting. I had used some graphical tools before, such as omni's DiskSweeper , but it isn't free and I don't have the money to spend on this kind of tool when I can do the equivalent on the command line for free (du -kb | sort -n > diskusage.txt). This is fine for smallish directories but I find it doesn't work so well on a 60 GB volume. I did another search for graphical tools and found a sweet free one called Disk Inventory X. It works well and does everything I need it to do so I'm happy.

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September 10, 2004

Move Over Slashdot

I've found a new favourite geek website,

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September 07, 2004

The Black Keys

Sarah and I went to see The Black Keys on Sunday night and we are very glad that we went. I saw the new Black Keys video on Much Music a couple of weeks ago and made a mental note to check them out later. I had never heard of them before but they have two albums out already and a new one comes out today. I would classify them as blues/rock comparisons have been made to the White Stripes. The show was one of the best shows I've been to in qutie a while. It was at The Drink (supposedly known as the red room now but the sign outside still says the drink) which only holds about 350 people, so it was an intimate setting.

There are only two guys in the band, one guy covers vocals/guitar and the other guy hits his drums, hard. They came out with an incredible opening song that might have actually set the bar a little too high for the rest of the show because they weren't able to reproduce the energy of that first song, not that the rest of the show was bad, far from it. The sound was clean, hard to screw up the mix for two instruments. The only problem they had was that the drummer hit his cymbals so hard that sometimes they smashed into one of the mic stands around the drum kit and with enough hits the mic would fall out, a minor detail. Anyways, the show rocked, they rock, check 'em out.

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