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jbminn

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I bought an iPhone yesterday, pretty much on impulse.

We were at the Apple store (yes, I did go back) buying my boys a couple Minis, and at the anti-cash-register (there is only one – virtually all checkouts are done with mobile terminals that the sales guys carry in their pockets), when I flippantly asked “You don’t have any 8Gb iPhones do you?”

jbminn

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I haven’t seen anything quite so publicly – and intentionally so, apparently – vile in quite some time.  I don’t know what to say beyond the obvious: There’s no place for this in civilized discourse, and those responsible will very likely get to explain the threats in a court room: [http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html][1] Tags: kathy sierra, hate speech [1]: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html

jbminn

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Until yesterday, I had been experiencing multiple random power-offs and hard resets on my Treo 650. It would power-off the phone without warning, without any apparent pattern: while I was on a call, while I was using the browser, or while it was simply sitting on my desk. If I didn’t see it power-off, I would go for considerable periods with it off. Not good, and I began to hope that it would last long enough to get naturally replaced when I purchase (probably…) an iPhone in June.

jbminn

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“We have our missing Boy Scout.” As a parent, this absolutely thrills me. As a Scout leader in my area, I am relieved that this had a happy outcome for the Troop. Nice job by the Search & Rescue teams. Missing Scout Found (from sfgate)

jbminn

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I’m in 9C on a 757 this morning and was listening to some Boston (R.I.P. Brad Delp…) on my iPod when the young one behind me started crying… loudly. So I had to break out the Powerbook and fire up iTunes, which has a volume level sufficiently high enough to create a whole new zone. There’s something about Janis Joplin’s voice and the raw, biting guitar of Big Brother that makes everything else seem, momentarily, unimportant.

jbminn

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Now this is an amazing use of techn^H^H^H^Mwaste of effort, and should be condemned: When John Cornwell graduated from Duke University last year, he landed a job as software engineer in Atlanta but soon found himself longing for his college lifestyle. So the engineering graduate built himself a reminder of life on campus: a refrigerator that can toss a can of beer to his couch with the click of a remote control.

jbminn

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If you run WordPress and have upgraded to 2.1.1 over the past few days, you should immediately read the post below from the WP team and take appropriate action: http://wordpress.org/development/2007/03/upgrade-212/ Briefly, the WordPress site got jacked and some cracker(s) inserted an exploit directly into the 2.1.1 package. To their credit, they have announced it, created a fix, and have implemented some security controls in an effort to prevent this from occurring again.

jbminn

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A woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes. Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.