Archive for September, 2007

Ordered a new battery today. Camcorder sucks but its paid for and it does work. So I’m not going to buy a new camcorder at this time. But if I did, it’d probably be a Samsung jobbie that uses SD instead of MiniDV tapes.

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Seiko SKX-031 arrived

The Seiko SKX-031K2 plus solid metal oyster bracelet arrived from Singapore today. The watch was disappointing but still nice. Not as nice as my SKX-007K2. The bezel spins in both directions (maybe okay) but it is mushy, not precise like the bezel on my 007.

And I thought the bezel would taper down at the sides, not be flat on top.

I’ll proably get this watch bead blasted and change the dial, etc. for fun. We’ll see.

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NAS delivered

My D-Link DNS-323 NAS and Samsung 500GB drives were delivered today.
I’ll try to set them up tonight.

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Empty Box Revisited

A few hours ago (Tuesday evening) I mentioned offhand to my wife that my DNS-323 order from NewEgg.com had shipped. She had no idea what I was talking about. After I leaned on her a bit, she said, “Oh, the empty box!” and laughed.

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MacBook Pro Love

I love my Mac! I’m not ashamed to gush. I’ve had it a month or two now and I’m in love.

Path Finder isn’t everything that Directory Opus is in Windows. Oh, well.

TextExpander isn’t everything ShortKeys is in Windows (no date math in TE). Oh, well.

And the [Home] and [End] keys just do… I don’t even know what they do in OS X yet. But they suck in everything I’ve tried except NeoOffice.

The speakers aren’t loud enough. Oh, well.

I don’t really use Dashboard.

I just started using Expose for real today. And I assigned the top-right hot corner to it because sometimes (depending on what apps are open, I suppose) [F9] doesn’t invoke Expose. Using Expose is a lot nicer than my old method (c. yesterday) of minimizing things I didn’t want to use for a while, like three NeoOffice docs at a time.

The touchpad is tits.

The two-finger X and Y axis scrolling is awesome.

The keyboard isn’t bad. The backlit keys are nice, though I’ve only needed them just now (can’t sleep) for the first time since getting the Mac. And I’m hardly using them but they’re nice and they do help a bit.

I could use another gig of RAM to get me to 3GB (the max for this machine). Because when I have my normal set of OS X apps open plus XP Pro (in Parallels) and XP Home (in Parallels) things get slow. Boo hoo.

I’ll tell you what, I’m glad I came home to Macintosh.

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I showed my wife a picture of the D-Link DNS-323 NAS (drives not included) a minute ago as it’ll be arriving soon. I told her, trying to keep it simple, that it’s, “basically a hard drive.” “How much?” “$171.00. And then you add the drives.” “So basically it’s just an empty box.”

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I just bought a D-Link DNS-323 two-bay NAS enclosure and two 500GB Samsung SATA drives. I was very close (as in, waiting for my wife to wake up from her nap so I can go to Circuit City) to buying a Buffalo LinkStation Live 500GB single-bay (drive included) enclosure until I re-read the Amazon.com user reviews, some of which complained about customer service speed and device failures. I always take user complaints with a grain of salt, but I had a bad feeling here — the bad customer service reviews seemed, well, credible and representative.

I believe I made the right choice. I need

  1. Fast reads/writes (not especially large files)
  2. iTunes MP3 hosting
  3. Backup to external USB drive automatically (don’t know if the D-Link does this but it’s mostly offset by the fact that I can put TWO SATA drives in it vs. one drive in the Buffalo)

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