Next Byte are crap

Well, my MBP still hasn’t arrived. If I’d been clever, and bought it through the online Apple Store, then it would have “shipped in 2-4 days”. I stupidly went through Next Byte, and it hasn’t entered the store yet. It has officially been three weeks since I ordered it. If I hadn’t paid a deposit, I’d cancel the fucking thing. The thing that shits me most is that they don’t seem to know (or care!) when it is coming in. Surely a company would have some sort of tracking that tells them where stuff is. I’m even more peeved that Apple has updated the machines since I ordered mine. I wouldn’t mind too much, in that I would have originally received the machine before the updated machines came out. But it’s now ages since the update, and I still don’t have even one of the old machines, let alone a Santa Rosa machine. Which, incidentally, would have cut the price I paid by about $300, if I’d waited. Even if the machine I get ends up being a Santa Rosa machine, I’ll still feel cheated out of that money. On second thoughts I could almost get a Santa Rosa machine from the Apple Store, and it would only cost the same amount as me paying the remainder on my on-order machine. That way, I’d get it the next day, upgraded, and piss off Next Byte too. Perhaps I’ll do that if it doesn’t come tomorrow.

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Pages is okay, I suppose

Okay, I finally got around to using Pages to create a decent length document. Or rather, edit someone else’s. There is a big difference, as the Word document, like all of those that seem to come out of SSABSA, was pretty badly laid out. No real use of styles, apparently. Although, in it’s defense, it was tons better than the crap that comes from Design & Technology. I guess it would have to be, coming from Information Technology. You would kind of expect them to be able to use a little bit of the technology… Anyway, I used it to modify the examination, and basically rewrite it for my Stage 2 Information Technology Studies class. I was able to do some pretty cool stuff with it, and it really felt a lot quicker than using Word. Word just seems to crawl, whether on a Mac or on Windows. Whereas Pages flies along. It just has an unusual interface, although said interface is standard across Keynote, and IIRC iWeb. Because I’m not sharing the document with anyone, then I didn’t need to save it into any other format, although with a lot of stuff I need to give it to students, so saving it as a PDF is handy. It might be nice to automate the setup so that documents saved automatically have a PDF version (or a flash version, for Keynote presentations) generated.

AkulaArt Of FightingWires ★★

Listening to, in Comments

Just had a random thought. I’ve set up an automated method, in ecto, to add at the bottom of a post the currently playing track in iTunes. What about the ability to do the same when commenting on a blog. Is it possible for the browser to get this info, or is that getting a little too spooky. I’m guessing that browsers have restrictions in place, just to stop this sort of stuff happening. After all, if you can get this info from a JavaScript, it’s not too far to stretch grabbing the /etc/passwd file, or similar. And putting that onto a server. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Cold As IceForeignerThe Platinum Collection ★★½

Don't update blog posts, add comments!

I love PostSecret. However, I’m getting close to dumping it from my feed, for one reason only. They update the blog post several times a day to add comments in. This is bad news, as each updated page causes a new addition to my RSS feed. Meaning I see several dozen “Sunday Secrets” posts each week. Only one of which is really new.

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Parallels "Edit file in Mac Apps"

There’s a fairly neat feature in the new Parallels: you can edit a file from your Windows installation in a native OS X application. That is, when you “Open With…” under Windows, Mac Apps (but possibly only those in /Applications) are available as opening tools. Very cool.

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