William Smith: January 2010 Archives

I'm torn.

A few times I've been asked by the director at GDC to evaluate some equipment that an organization is supposedly donating for just the cost of inspection and shipping.

The more I receive these requests to evaluate these machines, the more I think this is a great big scam.

Since caving into the Facebook fever and opening an account, I've seen the following aphorism (paraphrased) come true:

Facebook is for friends I've met; Twitter is for friends I've yet to meet.

Next week, I'm gathering together folks at work to have lunch with former co-workers, some of whom I've really only met once or twice. Amazingly, we've been very in touch on Facebook.

In a couple of weeks i travel to Macworld and hope to run into some of the folks that I've been following and who are following me on Twitter.

These are not friendships I could have maintained without the Internet and without social networking sites. Who says the Internet stifles social interaction?

In my cube is a refurbished 24-inch iMac that I'm preparing to use for testing. We don't have many iMacs in-house but we're slowing migrating to them from the Mac Pros, which are more than we need.

iMacs are stylish and sleek, but I was cursing Apple's "design" this morning until I discovered they solved my problem before I had one.

Some days are interesting not just because something special or unique happens but because of the little things.

curlzmt.jpgThe bartender says, "Get out! We don't serve your type in here!"

I'm going to put this on a cover page for a meeting I've called at work to explain font licensing to developers and managers. Below that it will say:

This is the funniest thing you'll ever hear about fonts. It all goes downhill from here.

A Yowsa! moment

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As part of re-inventing Frankenstein at work, I have to determine the best way to take an existing Mac with two Mac OS X 10.4.x partitions and upgrade it to two Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 partitions. Remotely.

One of my favorite magazines is Cuisine at Home, a bi-monthly cooking magazine with no advertising. Each issue may be thin in pages--usually about 40-50 pages--but it's packed with recipes and ideas that are easy to follow and teach me something new.

The first section in each issue is devoted to user-submitted tips. I E-mailed this one to them this evening. Maybe it'll get me 25 bucks!

Restart

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I've avoided my blog too long. Time to restart. Quite a few new things and some old ones are in the works for the new year.