New smartquote releases

Got a chance to work on my outlook plain text quoting plugin again. It’s been just about 3 months since the last release. Finally had an opportunity to implement a couple features that have been requested for a while: A way to turn off smartquote temporarily. This is now done through a menu item in […]

MT Upgrade

I’m starting to think that all the weird problems I see with thick blogging clients has to do with my old version of movable type, so I bit the bullet and upgraded to 4.23 today. Their upgrade process is pretty simple, just copy new files over the old directory. Everything seems to have gone ok. […]

Testing ScribeFire

I spent a little time looking for blog clients for Linux. Turns out there’s a pretty good looking one called ScribeFire, so here’s my test post. It’s kinda weird that it’s built into Firefox as an extension, but I guess it makes sense since it’s going to be dealing with webpage-like material. Meh. It doesn’t […]

SyncBackSE and SyncToy

I’ve been looking for some backup apps lately… starting to worry about that 60 gig Lightroom catalog sitting un-backed up on my local drive. And I even have a NAS to boot, which I’m not really using for anything. First thing I tried was a trial version of SyncBackSE. While I see a lot of […]

Vista insomnia

Just thought I’d write down the result of some troubleshooting I did last night. My Vista box just stopped going to sleep. I first thought it might have to do with the fact that I installed SyncToy and set up a recurring Task in the Task scheduler that was also set to wake up the […]

More Linux Font retardedness

I found two examples of said retardedness today. Even with my freetype fir filter hack, fonts in open office writer look super fringy. WTF. Are they using a totally different rendering path? If you set the hinting level in the gnome appearance control applet to “slight”, but your xrdb says “Xft.hintstyle: hintfull”, then Firefox renders […]

Trying Windows Live Writer again

Apparently they have made some improvements. I always wanted a good desktop blogging client. This seems pretty good so far. It’s annoying that you have to install it with the annoying Windows Live installer though. Hasn’t Microsoft learn anything? Stop trying to change my default search provider! Also, the fact that Windows Messenger 2009 is […]


Argh. I’m playing with a quad core Mac Pro at work (that has 4gb) and this thing is waaay faster than the mac mini. Depressingly so. I could totally handle this level of performance at home. And this is with a roughly 2+ year old machine. I also don’t notice the weird “slow framerate” effect […]

More rambling: Keynote and video editing

So the Macworld keynote was lame. Phil Schiller is boring to watch, not just because his announcements were boring, but also because he lacks the same enthusiasm and RDF of Jobs. There’s just something very blah blah about Schiller’s intonation. As for the stuff that was announced. iPhoto, kind of interesting. Face recognition I would […]

Mac Mini '09 wish list

Instead of trying to predict what they’re going to announce, how about I write down what I would want in a new Mac Mini: Up to 8GB of RAM (some notebooks can do this already) Nvidia chip (sounds like a lock) SSD (cost probably doesn’t work out, but an option would be nice) eSATA (I […]