geeky (excerpts)

The title of this category is pretty much self-explanatory. Geeky stuff is filed here.

  • Meet The Viewfinder In The Sony a77

    Just about every review I've seen for the Sony a77 online and in magazines entirely misses the point. They write about the a77 as if it’s just another excellent camera body, or they write about how the mirror in the a77 doesn’t slap (more on that later) as if that makes it worth buying.

    (January 12, 2012)

  • Jalpuna, V4 - a.k.a., How Steve Jobs Wrecked My Website!

    Obviously, I kid. Steve Jobs didn't wreck my website. The continuing march of technology made my site's design confusing if not unusable on touch devices. There is no such thing as an image rollover (where scrolling over an image reveals something hidden such as a link) on a touchscreen. Before I get into that, let's take a stroll down web-design memory lane.

    (January  1, 2012)

  • Apple's Next Big Thing

    As Apple enters a post-Steve Jobs era (may he rest in peace), their next big thing is obvious. It's so bluntly obvious that I'm amazed they haven't launched it already.

    (October 29, 2011)

  • Video Killed The Optical Star: Confessions Of A Nikon Guy Who Switched To A Sony a77

    Do you remember the first time you ever sent a text message from your phone? Or the first time you checked your email from a phone? It was the dawn of a new era. And so is this.

    (October 27, 2011)

  • The Death Of Movable Type

    Long story short: if you have a blog and are considering upgrading from MT4 to MT5, don't do it. You should either downgrade to MT3, or abandon the platform entirely.

    (January  8, 2011)

  • Route Mac Audio Into Pro Tools 9

    We're going to install Soundflower to serve as a software-only audio device (think of it as an audition bus). Then we'll use Soundflowerbed to route all of that audio to your audio interface. Finally, we'll give Pro Tools another pair of inputs for recording Soundflower. I'm going to walk you through this step by step because I love you. Really, I do.

    (November 16, 2010)

  • A Better Screen Saver For Your AppleTV

    I'm really loving the new AppleTV, but one thing bugged me: the screen saver. If I'm not watching the screen, rather than have a screen saver of random pictures displayed, I just want the screen to go black. There's no option for this, but it's easy enough to accomplish.

    (October 23, 2010)

  • Let's Improve Your Dynex TV

    If you own a Dynex HDTV (especially model number DX-LCD32-09) and you want to permanently mute the internal speakers (because it's connected to your stereo, for example) you have two options.

    (October 16, 2010)

  • Make Apogee Maestro Remember Your Settings At Restart

    A step by step guide to creating a simple automator app that will launch Maestro whenever you restart your Mac, and then quit it a few seconds later, giving it just enough time to recall the settings for your Apogee hardware.

    (September  3, 2010)

  • Apogee Maestro: Play Through

    I assume Apple removed play through capability from the sound control panel when designing OS X because too many people were too stupid to understand how to properly use it. Ah, but your Apogee hardware has the ability to easily do play through.

    (September  2, 2010)

  • Tannoy Reveal 601P Review

    If you have no interest in studio monitors (or don't know what I'm talking about), the rest of what I'm about to say is irrelevant, but since I can't be the only one who couldn't find any info on these things, I might as well be someone who posts it. Especially since I now have them.

    (July 28, 2010)

  • Yoit!

    Baweeto: A game from Bahrain that involves dice and spitting which was adopted by the Bhutanese people. iBAWEETO: "There's an app for that!"

    (June 26, 2010)

  • Dear Sire Records

    It's probably not going to be heard because her lousy label is promoting her with a bullshit single instead. And here's the nutty part: her record label...? It's you.

    (March  9, 2010)

  • Better Keyboard Volume Control For OSX (Especially If You Own An Apogee Duet)

    If your Mac is connected to your stereo, read on to improve the functionality of your keyboard volume keys.

    (January 14, 2010)

  • Apogee Duet Noise: The $2 Solution To A $500 Problem

    Plug it in... there's noise. Unplug it again... it's gone. Ah-HA! Here's the $2 fix:

    (May  8, 2009)

  • I'm Rob - This Is What I Do

    I learned a new web design trick! Thus, it's time for a fun update to the design of my online portfolio:

    (January 31, 2009)

  • Make 2009 The Year Of The Backup

    Eventually, all hard drives will fail, and they'll probably take all of your stuff with them to hard-drive-hell. Your photos. Your music. Your email. Your documents. Your sanity. All of it. Gone.

    (November 26, 2008)

  • Don't Upgrade To iTunes 8 (...yet)

    If you use custom EQs for any of your songs, don't upgrade to iTunes 8. Wait for the next update.

    (September 16, 2008)

  • Captcha Shmaptcha

    You know what I'm talking about... the images of warped, distorted or otherwise mangled letters you have to type to prove you're a real person before you can comment on someone's blog. Seriously now... these things have gone to far.

    (March 14, 2008)

  • Boom Here In 1908. Boom There In 2008?

    60,000,000 trees were wiped out. Sixty Million! And here's the crazy thing: the asteroid didn't even reach the ground. It turned into a giant fireball as it burned its way through the sky. That fireball is what hit Siberia.

    (December 21, 2007)

  • A Movable Type Upgrade

    All good things must come to an end. On the other hand, sub-par things are allowed to linger on forever. And ever. For Jalpuna to linger on for even another month, a huge upgrade was required behind the scenes. When...

    (November 18, 2007)

  • Woo Hoo! Guess Who Bricked His Router?!?

    I was dinking around with something that needed no dinking around with, and I turned my wireless router into a paperweight. And that's awesome since paperweights are so damn expensive these days.

    (November  6, 2007)

  • Here Kitty Kitty Kitty!

    Yes, of course I named my new Mac, and yes, of course the name is brutally obvious.

    (October 26, 2007)

  • The Ridiculous Ease of Backing Up A Mac

    All of my music! All of my photos! All of my notes! And letters! And... And... And... ...oh GOD. All of my work. Past, present and future projects in progress. Gone.

    (September 18, 2007)

  • iCrapped MyPants: The Sequel

    This morning, Apple unveiled their latest update to the iPod, and it seems to me that the press is completely missing what makes this thing spectacular.

    (September  5, 2007)

  • Set Your Free Scroll Free

    I don't normally do technology reviews and how-tos here, but I just spent two hours doing something that should have only taken a few minutes. I thought I'd post what I learned in hopes that someone else might avoid a similar hassle. The Logitech MX Revolution is an amazing mouse, but the software that comes with it is a nightmare. Here's how I got mine up and running...

    (August 11, 2007)

  • I Will Never Again Rename The Hard Drive I Use For iTunes Music

    I Will Never Again Rename The Hard Drive I Use For iTunes Music. I will never again rename the hard drive I use for iTunes music. I will never again rename the hard drive I use for iTunes music.

    (July 29, 2007)

  • Business Card Design

    Turning my work-site into a business card, and judging the results by looking at what others have done for creating creative business cards. Whooooo... there's a lot here to digest.

    (May 20, 2007)

  • Seven

    It's worth the trouble.

    (April  6, 2007)

  • Eight

    Only if you have enough duct tape.

    (April  5, 2007)

  • Sometimes I Wonder If I Should Have Gone With The Crack

    "What could be better" I thought, "than a habit that makes it easy to piss away thousands of dollars while turning you into one of society's least desirable?"

    (March 16, 2007)

  • Friggin Schpellchzecker

    How can this not be in my spellchecker? Those fucking sucker duckers! WTF!

    (January 27, 2007)

  • Goodbye Qwest

    I'm now officially a Vonage user, and so far, I'm really impressed. My internet phone sounds clearer than my Qwest phone ever did. It sounds the same, just a bit clearer.

    (January 14, 2007)

  • V.I.S.T.A.

    Windows VISTA, coming soon to a blue-screen near you.

    (November 30, 2006)

  • Updates, Updates, Updates

    An updated radio player and an updated photo viewer. Gawd dayem. I am such a geek sometimes.

    (October 14, 2006)

  • iHeart Apple

    One of my biggest complaints about the shift from physical media (records, tapes and CDs) to digital media (mp3, m4a, etc) has been the loss of album art. With iTunes 7, Apple brought back album art in a big way.

    (September 14, 2006)

  • Scrabble Alternatives

    Craigslist Scrabble (otherwise known as MySpace Scrabble): To play a word, you must either use or spell it incorrectly. Thus, 'lose' is spelled 'loose', and to-two-too are interchangeable. To make sure you're not using a proper spelling, use of a dictinary is allowed. Grin.

    (July 20, 2006)

  • Fix Quiet Songs In iTunes

    Here's one I feel like an idiot for not discovering sooner. Some songs are louder than others. Well, okay, I knew that. And I know the reasons why that is. What I didn't know was how easy it is to fix the levels on even the quietest of songs.

    (July  1, 2006)

  • iWhat?

    Must. Step. Away. From. Computer. Now.

    (June 30, 2006)

  • Hey Jimmy, Do You Like Candy?

    "Hey, kid, do you like candy? Do you like doing IP tracerouts? What do you know about SSL Ports and IMAP Servers? How are you with upgrading MT 2.65 to 3.2? Can you program in PERL? Hey! Where are you going! NO no no... don't walk away!!! I've got candy!! CANDY I tell you!!! CANDY!!!"

    (March 24, 2006)

  • Make An iTunes Jukebox

    The real power of iTunes, in my opinion, is the ability to combine categories in these smart playlists. I've listened to music differently ever since I first discovered this. Maybe you will too...

    (December 10, 2005)

  • Googled

    It always makes me curious when I check my sites' web stats and see my own name listed in the search query report.

    (August 18, 2005)

  • Spam Attack!

    Freaking comment spammers.

    (July  4, 2005)

  • Pillow Redesign

    Knowing there's no chance of falling asleep (not with this newfound twice removed second cousin of all ideas in my head), I head over to my computer to tinker with my website.

    (June  8, 2005)

  • Happy Birthday Jalpuna!

    It's all too easy to get caught up in day to day life and watch all creativity slip away. I don't ever want that to happen to me, which is why I ended up doing a lot more with this site than just testing a design. Instead, I use it to test my creativity.

    (March  7, 2005)

  • Duct Tape: It's Not Just For Homeland Security Anymore

    Just a quick FYI post here... This site was held together with virtual duct tape for far too long. As of this past weekend, I've completed the move to a proper web host. This might have broken a few links. Here's the corrected, and final, info...

    (February 22, 2005)

  • Of Code And Poetry, La Da DA!

    Rambling about html, rambling about webhosts (Dreamhost rocks!), and Decemberists lyrics. What's not to love about a post like that? Well ok, maybe a lot.

    (February 17, 2005)

  • All Things Random, And Pictures

    Randomness, and photos - and rambling about how I did whatever it was that I think I might have done. And photos, of course.

    (February  3, 2005)

  • This Is My Rubik's Cube

    In many ways, building a new website reminds me of childhood days of puzzles and dominos. Welcome to my Rubik's Cube. Enjoy your stay.

    (January 25, 2005)

  • Maximizing My Minimalism

    Like a post-modern grandparent whipping out pictures of granchildren from a wallet, I point to his computer. "Actually, I've posted a few." He pulls up my site and starts looking around in confusion as I explain how to find them. What better than that for someone with a mild O.C.D. to obsess over, eh?

    (October  7, 2004)

  • A Redesign?

    Is it time for a redesign? Or am I simply obsessing because that's what I do? Eh. Maybe it's a little of both. Maybe a lot of both actually.

    (September 23, 2004)

  • Dear Tech Support

    When I call and you know I'm fucked, why not just say it? Why put me on hold for five minutes so you can tell everyone else at your how-to-not-get-laid-tech-center how very fucked I am?

    (August  5, 2004)

  • iPoo

    My music library has a Poo index of 19. I'm told the Witchy Poo "Pitching Woo" record rocks, but that's more Woo Poo than I'll do. Even for you :)

    (May 29, 2004)

  • Online Anonymity & My Radio Message Board Alias

    Over the weekend, I added a new page with my thoughts on the radio biz. I've been writing this stuff for years, but today marks the first day that my name has been attached to my words. Previously, I'd been posting them anonymously to a radio message board under the alias "the5."

    (May  3, 2004)

  • Aaaaarrrrgh!!!!

    Like a little kid in the mall who spotted a new shiny thing, the result was obvious: "Ooh Ooh! Must - Have - Newshinything!!! Ooh!!!" Keep in mind that I need this 'new shiny thing' like a little kid needs pop-rocks & pepsi.

    (April 24, 2004)

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