Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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Nice surprise

Some months ago, I bought a external firewire DVD burner to use with my Mac. Today, I was browsing for something in System Profiler, and I discover this: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3520A: Firmware Revision: 1.04 Interconnect: FireWire Burn Support: Yes (Vendor Supported) Profile Path: VendorSupport.drprofile Cache: 2048 KB Reads DVD: Yes CD-Write: -R, -RW DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R *DL* Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO Media: No Notice the DL under DVD-Write.

New Moveabletype host

I've moved MT to a new site, shared with other people, and took cleaned up some settings on my blog. Everything seems to be working, but if you notice something strange, please complain to me via SMTP or XMPP (prefered). BTW, I'm also moving to Lighttpd in the next couple of days. I'll try to be gentle.

A reason to buy an iPod Video

Ok, I lied, two reasons: Griffin TuneCenter: a very cool-looking dock for the iPod (found it via TUAW);my iPod 2G cannot play Harry Potter books from iTMS.Yeah, lousy excuses, how low can you get to mentally justify a new toy. Technorati Tags: apple, ipod

Backing up your iTMS purchases

I usually do a regular full backup once a week (it will be today, in fact), but this time I've also decided to burn a DVD with all my iTMS purchases. It weighs in at 3.77Gb, so it still fits a single DVD. I followed this article: Backing up your music in iTunes 4. The only modification I did was ignoring Audible files. With those, my backup would jump to 8.

More to come...

I don't have time right now to write all I want to write about yesterday Apple keynote, but I'll just leave you with two items, the ones that had for me the Wow! factor: in 2006, 40% of all cars shipped in the US will have iPod integration: it's not iPod exclusive integration, but even then, it's an impressive feat, and probably one that will last for some years. Getting this bite of a market as important as that one in the US, is an almost sure guarantee of success (if you needed another one) for the iPod family;the Apple/Intel commercial.

telnet 5269

The server-to-server port of the domain is now open via XMPP. You should be able to talk to all your friends working at Google. Gmail server is still not open. If we assume that they are using the same code at and, it should be safe to assume that this is a external interop test, to prepare the full opening. Cool. Update: thanks to Rusty Shackleford (see his comment below) for pointing out that GTalk is now open.


Due to lack of time (wife, 1.5 kids and a dog, and some hobbies), is almost my only source of books (apart from technical ones). In the last month I listened to three books: Enders Shadow, The Fifth Elephant, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I listened to Enders Game one or two years ago, and The Speaker of the Dead last year, and I wanted to continue exploring that story a bit more.


I've been following the CES 2006 in the news, specially AnandTech coverage. From the latest article, I'll like to point out some things that I found interesting: the Motorola In-Ear Bluetooth Headset: this is interesting because the microphone listens to vibrations from you jaw, so it will muffle the noise around you;the Hitachi's OLED Tech Demo: notice the thinness of the display, amazing;and for me the most impressive demonstration Philips Rollable Display Demo: the first time I see something near what electronic paper should be like.

Yahoo keynote has Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise. Google keynote has Robin Williams... It's not even a fare fight. Robin Williams blows them out-of-the-water. I laughed out loud with this part of the Q&A section: Reporter from Screen Actor's Guild SAG magazine: "What parameters are in place to prevent the unauthorized downloading of actors' images from the Internet?" Robin Williams mocks him savagely. "Nice to see a union man in the house!

Walled gardens

The subtitle should be: Put your network where your mouth is. Endgadget covered the Yahoo keynote. At the end of the Engadget post, we can read: Terry: "What we've shown you today are only the first steps. You can be sure we will continue to innvoate right alongside you. I'll go back to the first question about why Yahoo was here (at CES) for the first time today. Here's what I hope you take away: