Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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The mac mini is here

I ordered a Mac mini last February 14. It was meant to be a present to my sister. Her birthday was April 4. It’s now May 26, and yesterday I finally got the Mac mini. It’s not the exact spec I wanted. I ordered the 1.2Ghz with Aiport+Bluethoot and 512Mb RAM and a 80Gb disk drive. I got a 1.42Ghz with 1Gb RAM. The other specs where the same. I had to pay the difference but I prefer that than have to wait another month or so.

Gloria, Aleluia

I finally have internet at home. For now, I’m using a cable modem with a per-usage plan. It will be my backup link after the ADSL is installed. The ADSL should be ready in two weeks, it seems. For now, I have a 256/128k link, costing 30 Euro cents per block of 10 minutes. With ADSL, I’m getting a 2Mb/256k link for 22 Euro per month.

Simple AJAX

I’ve been seeing a lot of AJAX stuff in the last coupple of weeks. I also have been trying to use BackPackit on a regular base. But until I read this article, I didn’t noticed how simple it really is… I’ll have to try it sometime.

I wish this could happen here

Check out I quote my favorite part The plaintiffs do not know the identity of the persons they wish to sue, let alone the details of precisely what was done by each of them such as to actually prove infringement. Such facts would only be established after examination at trial. […] It is sufficient that they show a bona fide claim, i.e., they they really do intend to bring an action for infringement of copyright based on the information that they obtain, and that there is no other improper purpose for seeking the identity of these persons.

Killing me softly

I just saw this post about installing Fedora Core 4 on a Mac Mini. Well, yeah, you can do it, but it’s a waste of money on a Mac to run a great operating system that does not take advantage of the hardware. An Apple Macintosh is not only hardware, it’s a totally experience, a marriage between hardware and software. Yes, you can fool around with a mistress, but there is really no need.

Sorry 'bout that

So I had 700+ comments to approve today. And in the middle of those, about 10 of real people. Sorry about that you all. Basically I never got the emails to approve the comments, and that sucks. I think I need a RSS feed of pending comments. Anyway, the comment listing in Moveable Type sucks. You can’t filter by text (all those Casino posts) and you can do LIKE in SQL either.

And the second good news...

I’ve been using Backpack on and off. I (still) lack a internet connection at home right now, so I don’t have that much online time. Today the Backpack API was announced. I’ll have to look at it. Maybe, if I don’t find a good to-do app for the command line, I can write one with this API.

In case you live under a rock...

Web application of the day (and it’s still early…) is Webnote. Javascript/DOM/CSS+XHTML and modern browsers are growing up like mushrooms. It’s crazy. And it’s becoming so common that we move from one to another with a simple “yeah, nice”, even if six months ago you could not dream about these stuff.

I’m looking for a command line to-do app for UNIX-based systems. It must work on a Mac, though. I don’t need no fancy text-based GUIs, just command line. Each to-do must have the following fields: body of text; optional due date; a set of tags. That’s it. It’s so little that I though of writing it myself… I’m just curious to see if there is anything like it already.


I decided to start using a managed service for my email protection (anti-spam mostly, but also anti-virus although using a Mac makes that not so important). I’m looking at Postini and MessageLabs services. I’ve a subjective preference for the later, but I haven’t decided yet. One thing that bothers me is that neither of their sites describes their products. They only describe the technology. To know more, you have to enter “free trials”… Well, will start with MessageLabs trial and then do the Postini trial, to compare the two.