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To my darling wife,

2.28.2006 by Kevin Creighton

My birthday's in May.

You CAN take it with you

by Kevin Creighton

My iPod has changed how I listen to music: In fact, as I type this, the Blues Brothers' cover of "Flip, Flop and Fly" is playing thru my headphones.

And now, I can carry around the Wikipedia on my iPod.


Why Templates Suck

2.27.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Here we see a (very busy) website for Broward County, Florida.

And here's a website for buying homes in Broward County, Florida.

Way to stand out from the crowd, people.

But of course

by Kevin Creighton

I think I'll call this a metafive (or maybe six), as it's so much more than a metaphor.

(Oh boy, I'm going to hell for that one, aren't I? :-) )

The wisdom of crowds

2.25.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Great, great, GREAT idea.

Find out what the most popular digital cameras are, not by sales, but by Flickr tags.

If you're wondering what Web 2.0 looks like, this is it.

Joy, o wondrous spark divine

by Kevin Creighton

There's a part in the 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, about 15 minutes into it, when the soloists have finished their initial turn and the strings and the woodwinds and the horns have been chasing a melody around for a few pages, right when things slow down and a simple fanfare is repeated 3 times by the horns and strings, just before the choir lets loose with

"Freude, schoener Goetterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische dein Heiligtum.
Deine Zauber binden wieder,
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brueder,
Wo dein sanfter Fluegel weilt. "

In that moment, in that pause before the onrushing storm, where you know just how wonderful the next 5 minutes are going to be, in that very moment, if you listen hard enough, you can hear the voice of God, speaking through man.

So needed. So very needed.

2.24.2006 by Kevin Creighton

In a sports world where greed has taken over from fair play and egos run rampant, we need more things like this, to remind us why we love the game so much.

I dare you not to cry. I dare you.

Flickr to the mash

by Kevin Creighton

Webmonkey looks at the Ten Best Flickr Mashups.

Neat stuff.


by Kevin Creighton

Getting a form to work on a website is a sure sign you've graduated from plain ol' HTML to something more.

Up until FormSite.com , that is.

Remoras are people, too.

by Kevin Creighton

I love Google Analytics. For a free service, they blow anything else I've seen out of the water.

But that doesn't mean there's not room from improvement. ZAAZ is taking off from where Google Analytics ends, once again proving that Google is the catalyst that's driving a good deal of innovation on the web.

The only thing we have to fear is...

2.23.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Windows, itself.

Door to door buggy whips

2.22.2006 by Kevin Creighton

There was a knock on our door last night from an eager and earnest young man who wanted to sell me a newspaper subscription.

Newspapers. How quaint.

I've got a desktop at work, a laptop and Wi-Fi at home, and a web-capable Blackberry for everywhere else. I can be online almost anywhere I want to be, so why do I need to carry around newspaper?

It's not that I don't think the news-gathering part of journalism is going away, it's the medium. the paper part itself, that's soon to be history. Azcentral.com is part of my netvibes home page, as is Canoe.ca and La Nacion. There's no way a paper newspaper will ever give me coverage that broad, and there's no way it'll give me coverage as detailed on the topics that interest me as much as Strategypage.com, Brand Autopsy and TUAW.com can.

And I'm one of them

by Kevin Creighton

Apparently, one-third of the people using the web jump online for no particular reason.

Yep. For me, spending a half-hour surfing my favourite sites is more entertaining and rewarding than staring at a sitcom on TV.

But a half-hour playing with these two or talking with her is even better.

./~ One is the loneliest number ./~

2.21.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Ok, so now it's official.

There's malware out there for OSX that's nasty enough to worry me. (Hey! Macs really ARE catching up to Windows! :-) Still have a ways to go, though...).

So I locked down my machines, removed admin access for the most-used accounts, and added ClamAV. Still, it kinda sucks that I need to worry about this, now. The last 10 years were fun. The last worm/virus et al I got was on OS8, I think...

It's the end of innocence for OS X, I think. More on this idea here.

The Law Of Unintended Consequences

2.20.2006 by Kevin Creighton

I love my iPod, and my wife loves her little Shuffle, too.

But maybe having music in small, portable players isn't a great thing, if it leads to musical toilet seats.

I kinda like the clip player, though.

"The unexamined life

2.17.2006 by Kevin Creighton

...is not worth living."

- Socrates

This post over at Seth's blog and this little bit o' data about procrastination (I *finally* got around to reading it...) have got me into a bout of serious navel-gazing. I'm not one that's been blessed with self-ignorance, I need to know the why of what I do before I do it. I've not gone into myself for anwsers for a while, and I don't like it. So it's time to dive into myself and see what I turn up.

I'll let you know what happens.


2.16.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Domainsbot.com, a domain-suggestion service. Much more useful than GoDaddy's "Really-cool-site-online.tv"-type suggestion service.


2.15.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Some interesting links for today:

Yahoo! releases AJAX tools as open-source software. REALLY useful, and a good hedge against Google's habit of opening up their API's for everything they make.

TiVo Desktop for OSX
! Yay! (Now, if they'd only make an HD TiVo...).

Get podcasts of bands coming soon to your town


2.13.2006 by Kevin Creighton

I like, nay, love my iBook. It's the right size for easy portability, powerful enough to handle anything I throw at it, and rugged as all get out.


It's screen is small. Painfully so, at times. 1024x768 may have seemed like an acre back in 1991, but now, it just doesnt cut it.

So something like this definitely is of interest to me. Interesting...

The hall of shame

by Kevin Creighton

Wikipedia has an entire category dedicated to nothing but failed Apple initiatives.

It reads like an autopsy on a company that had lost it's way. Most of them are from the mid-90's, and cover everything from the Pippin game console to the Bedrock (./~ He's the kind of guy you'd like to meet ./~) cross-platform programming framework.

What were they thinking?

iStockphoto acquired by Getty

2.11.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Don brought this to my attention, and I think it's a little more worrisome for shooters than he does. Getty is as big a stock photography company gets, and with this purchase, the price floor for legitimate stock photography just got lowered a few stories. Quite a few stories. iStockphoto is no longer a quaint internet site, it's now a legitimate player in the stock business.

True, their quality is spotty, at best. If I need cheap stock for actual client work, my first choice is Comstock. There's very few needles in iStockphoto's haystack. But the prices they charge reflect that.

It could be worse for shooters. It could be free.

Moth, meet the flame

2.10.2006 by Kevin Creighton

I love 70's funk music. Probably because it's so foreign to how I grew up.

So naturally, something like this will keep me amused for hours.

Can you dig it?

Viral in a box

2.09.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Burger King's released the soundtrack to their rather mediocre Super Bowl Ad as a Garage Band file.

Great idea. Maybe someone else out there will make it not suck.

The Gnomes of Zurich need a new MP3 player

2.08.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Now that Dell's out of the market.

Gee, a prime product placement in Ocean's Twelve didn't work? Go figure.

I love this line from the article linked above:

"At the launch of the Dell DJ, some observers said that this was the death knell for the iPod, because Dell would use its size and marketing muscle to squash the upstart, as it already sold so many more computers than Apple."


Okay, so I missed a day.

by Kevin Creighton

It happens. I'll offer a full refund to anyone who wants it.

Today, though, there's a few rather cool things that caught my eye:

Songbird : The open-source alternative to iTunes (no iPod support yet, though. And if Apple's smart, they'll do it. This is just another way for them to use blades (music) to sell razors (iPods).

Netvibes is now Safari-friendly! Yay! Are you paying attention, Blogger? (Via Don.)

WINE coming to Intel Macs? The better the sooner.

, an open-source alternative to FrontRow, launches. If they get MythTV running on a Mac as well, I'm SO there.

Weird old postcards. Neat-o.

"Lighten up, Francis." (It's a quote. From here.)

What a long, strange trip it's been

2.06.2006 by Kevin Creighton

When Don first suggested I start a blog, I never thought I'd enjoy it this much. It's been a year since my first post, and in that year, I've been promoted at work, moved into a new house, and had a new addition to the family.

Even if my pageviews never increase, I'll keep blogging. It's the act itself, of arranging my thoughts each day, that I enjoy.

See you next year.

The post heard 'round the world.

by Kevin Creighton

BMW's German website is being knocked down to Google's lowest possible page rank due to "black hat" search engine optimization. And Ricohs German site may be next.

Why? From the Google engineer in charge, it's simple: "Don’t deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users."

Gee, bait and switch is bad. Go figure.

This is a BIG wakeup call for the corporate world. There are rules to every game, some of them written down, some of not. And trying tricks and deceitful tactics is now off-limits for respectable companies, something that needs to be done.

"So what do you do when the deer now have guns?"

2.04.2006 by Kevin Creighton

"you get into the ammunition business"

Read the whole thing.

A great followup to this post.

But the Gnomes Of Zurich prefer Dell DJ's...

2.03.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Look, I'm not trying to join the tin-foil hat brigade, but these two items on The Unoffical Apple Weblog caught my eye:

1. The HMS Daring, the latest and greatest class of ship to join the British Navy, will have built-in iPod docks for its crew.

2. Apple's opening a new store in Southampton, minutes away from Portsmouth, where 2/3rd's of the British fleet is docked.


I certainly hope so

2.02.2006 by Kevin Creighton

David Pogue opines that the digital camera megapixel race may be over. (Soul-sucking free registration required, or BugMeNot.)

I think that's a good thing. Consumers have been fixated with megapixels as the sole measurement of camera quality for too long. Trying to explain file sizes, pixel density, and lens quality is too much for them, but it's a needed part of the conversation.

What I'm not so happy about is the trend for digital cameras to have different styles and looks from one model to the other, even in the same brand. It's confusing to the user to have to hunt and search for the right button on each new camera they buy. The were standards in 35mm cameras, we knew where the shutter release was, where the rewind release button was, where the cable release went. Why can't we have that in digital camera as well?

(Via Camera News)

End of the Road

2.01.2006 by Kevin Creighton

Macs are overpriced! Macs are underpowered!

Okay, first, let's put the first myth to rest. Let's compare the 20 inch Intel iMac to a Dell

From Dell's own site:

XPS 200: (Small form factor to compete with the iMac's size)
Pentium® D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB) (A little faster, but the iMac's got the newer chip, the Yonah)

Operating System:
Genuine Windows® XP Professional (Equivalent networking capability as OSX. And OSX has features now that Microsoft hopes to have with Vista. Sometime soon. Honest.)

Video Cards:
128MB PCI Express™ x16 ATI Radeon™ X600 SE (Same as the iMac)

512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (2x256M) (Same as the iMac)

Hard Drives:
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) (Same as the iMac)

CD or DVD Drive:
8X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) (iMac is CD-R/W,DVD-R only)

Floppy Drive and Media Reader:
No Floppy Drive Included (Ditto)

Integrated 56K Data / Fax modem IM [313-2823] 14 ($50 more on the iMac)

SAVE $100!! 20 inch UltraSharp™ 2005FPW Widescreen Digital Flat Panel (The exact same Samsung screen the iMac has)

Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio (Same as the iMac)

No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
(iMac has a small pair of speakers, you really need more, though)

Dell USB Keyboard EK [310-5234] 4

Dell Optical USB Mouse
(Same as the iMac, which now comes with the Mighty Mouse standard)

Office Software (not included in Windows XP):
Microsoft Works Suite 2006 - Includes MICROSOFT WORD plus much more!
(iMac: Pages +Keynote+Mail+Address Book: $50)

Network Interface:
Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet (iMac has built-in Gigabit Ethernet as well)

Award Winning Service and Support (If "Worst" is an award...)

Hardware Warranty:
1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr At-Home Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support
(iMac has no in-home warranty service, length of time is identical)

Anti-Virus/Security Suite:
McAfee SecurityCenter with VirusScan, Firewall, Spyware Removal, 15-months
(Good luck after that 15 months is up!)

Dell Digital Entertainment:
Starter Entertainment Pack -Basic digital Music, Photo, and Casual Gaming SEP [412-0865][412-0856] 399
Separate Photo & Music Software:
Musicmatch Plus by Yahoo! Music- Music Player. Included in Deluxe and Prem MMPLUSB [412-0843][412-0838] 220
Separate Photo & Music Software:
Corel Photo Album 6 Premium -Photo Management. Included in Deluxe and Prem DPSPREM [412-0846][412-0839] 220
Enhanced Software for CD or DVD Burner:
Combo: Sonic DigitalMedia and MyDVD Plus (DVD+RW only) RNDVDLX [430-1353] 72

(These last three are an attempt to mimic the music/movies/DVD functions of iLife, which comes with the iMac. And it doesn't include iWeb or Garageband, so kick in for that, too.)

Adobe Software:
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
(iMacs read/write to PDF natively)

Dial-Up Internet Access:
6 Months of America Online Membership Included AOLDHS [412-0687][420-3224][412-0787][420-5256] 37

Wireless Networking Solution:
Dell Wireless; 1450 WLAN (802.11a/b/g) USB 2.0 DT Adapter
(Built-in on the iMac)

No Bluetooth option. No webcam built-in, both come with the iMac. And then there's Front Row...

The total from Dell: $1864.oo.

The 20" iMac, to the same specs? $1827.00, with Bluetooth, webcam and Front Row included, too.

And to address the "underpowered" issue, might I direct your attention over here.

And that, as they say, is that.


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