Monthly Archives: October 2007

Yeah, I’m a Mac Fanboy

Made that realization as I was driving down to Carousel to wait an hour in line to buy a copy of the new Mac OSX, dubbed Leopard. I never thought I’d do something like that.

I was just gonna blow off the big kick off at 6, but I had a friend who was going was looking forward to having a chat whiling away the hour. When I made the scene about 5:10 there were already about 40 people in line. Hmm, guess the stake out was a good idea. After I made to the end of the line, an Apple Creative wheeled a cart with coffee (Starbucks, none-the-less) and bottled water, thanked me for coming out and offered me a beverage. These Apples guys are alright.

The balance of the hour was split between diehards waxing on their various macs and iPhones and the uninitiated asking again and again just what Apple was releasing this time around. Of course, just saying Leopard got some strange looks. The other semi-amusing part was folks who wanted to get in the closed Apple store (or right after the reopening) to do their non-os related shopping.

Soon enough, at 6:02, the gate on the storefront went up to a semi-enthusiastic cheer. Thankfully (probably from iPhone experience), they controlled access to the store with some ropes and a few security guards. About 10 minutes later, I stepped in a got my free t-shirt and headed back to the check out to grab my Leopard copy. In normal fashion the line was moving fairly quickly with other staff pulling out the credit card purchasers and ringing them out on their handheld terminals. A few minutes later I was heading back out with my Leopard family pack in hand.

Later in the evening, I ran a Super Duper backup (not that I was really worried) and started the Leopard installer. The install process was fairly uneventful and took about an hour including a media check on the DVD before the actual install began. Everything came up nicely on the final restart.

For the most part, things are working out fine. I’m enjoying a lot of the new visual tweaks like the update doc and system menus. I’m trying to whittle down my downloads directory so the cool stacks feature on the doc will show the fan from all the Leopard screen captures I’ve seen lately.

Like I said, most things are working fine. But there are a few sticky wickets. The official player and Mozilla Songbird go down in flames when you try to start them up. I’m not too worried about them, I’m sure there’ll be updates for those soon enough. The other slightly strange item I noticed was that when I go to the Network in Finder, I don’t see any other computers in my (otherwise Windows) network. I’m guessing its more of a configuration item than a bug. Gotta look into that further.

I’ll try to file further Leopard briefs as I find more cool (or busted) stuff… stay tuned.

WordPress 2.3 Update

Yeah, figured it was finally time to update to the latest wordpress. After enjoying all the enhancements on the wordpress blogs we use at work, I thought they might encourage me to work on my blog some more.

The update wasn’t quite as scary as I thought it would be. Its basically the same as the famous 5 minute install, except you copy over the existing install instead of a clean directory and run the updater script instead of the installer.

It did hose my sidebar, but I knew that was coming. I had hacked that code quite a bit to put in all my offsite widgets (delicious, digg, flickr, my runlog, etc.) I’m gonna recode those things into my own custom widgets, so I don’t shoot myself in the foot again.

I’d also like to delve into a look and feel update, but I don’t know if I’m gonna have the time and energy to get anywhere in the near future. Probably go evolutionary instead of revolutionary, I guess. Stay tuned.

Running Funk?

Not sure what the deal is but lately, my running hasn’t been going so well, specifically the long runs.  It feels like all my get up and go has just plain got up and went.

Ever since the marathon, it feels like my legs just haven’t been the same. I slow brought the daily runs back to 45 minutes with an hour thrown in every few days.  Most days I feel pretty good after the daily.  As the week wears on, I feel a little fatigued but nothing out of the ordinary.

The long runs usually start off pretty well, but after an hour, my motivation falls of pretty quickly.  2 weeks ago, I finished 90 minutes without too much hassle.  Last week, I pushed that to 2 hours and felt pretty much spent.   This week, I managed 2 hours again, but just barely.

I almost felt as bad at the end of that 2 hours as I did the last half hour of the marathon.  My right need was bugging me somewhat, but I think its just from road crowning.  I carried water with me, maybe I just not drinking enough.  I wasn’t thirsty, but was definitely dehydrated at the end.  Next week, I gotta remember to bring my strappy bottle with gatorade.

Maybe I’m just burned out.  Maybe its work and 1st time home buyer stress.  Maybe its straight up training.  I’ve been in loafing along in my half assed recovery training.  I gotta get started on Kevin’s ongoing maintenance plan.   Hopefully, that’ll shake things up.

Starbucks Bad

Actually, other than their prices, they’re really quite nice. A fancy new standalone shop just opened down the street from me (on route 11, next to the Rite Aid, formerly Eckerd, formerly Sweetheart Market…) Good thing we’re moving to the other side of town in the near future.

Yesterday, I went in for the first time. Very nice interior. Lots of comfy chairs that I could see myself whiling away many hours in. Really like the marble mosaic tell backsplash behind the counter.

Today, I hit up the drive thru. Oh man, that’s convenient. At 6am, there were no cars in line, so the entire drink acquisition took only 45 seconds. Geez, I have to bar myself from doing that again, I could get used to that way too easily and go broke draining cup after cup of their delicious coffee.

3rd Party Blog Management

I like WordPress’ management interface, really I do. Well, except for one minor annoyance that’s not really WordPress’ fault. After typing on a plain old PC keyboard for years and years, I’m addicted to the home and end keys to jump to the start or end of the current line.

Unfortunately, on Mac, the home and end keys don’t work the same. They jump you to the top and bottom of the current text section (basically the same as Control + home/end) does on the PC side.

Hold the phone, seasoned Mac users say. Durr, just use Command + Home/End to jump to the beginning or end of the line. That works fine every where except in Firefox where the browser jumps in and intercepts the key combo for browser forward/back options. Well, thank you very little.

So, I’ve giving Marsedit a shot. I’m liking it so far. Its a little faster than typing in the browser and I’m a little less worried about having to constantly undo code clean-up done automatically every time I save an in progress post.

Doh, just spotted a potential deal breaker for me. Marsedit doesn’t have a way to do lists. Maybe I’m just missing it? Man, that’s rough on a list-a-holic like me.

Stay tuned.

Sit down, kid…

The Wineglass Marathon results are in. I am proud to report the rest of the 1st Marathon team did 100% awesome:

  • Bob: 3:29:07*
  • Joe: 3:34:06
  • Suzanne: 3:48:00
  • Jen: 3:50:22*
  • Diane: 4:06:21

*- qualified for Boston Marathon!

Again, I am once again humbled to have had the opportunity to train with such awesome athletes (and coach Kevin Collins.) After finishing the program and my first marathon, I truly understand and respect the dedication of everyone in the program.

Congratulations again!  Enjoy a little break guys, you’ve more than earned it.

Geez, I guess Rochester can’t be my last marathon. Can’t have all you guys putting me to shame so bad, hehe.