Monday, June 30, 2008

I Am In Your Interwebs, Locating your Earthquakes.

Use IP addresses to locate epicenter of earthquakes. Love it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - Money, Not Candy

If anyone hasn't checked out for managing your money, I suggest you do so. When tax time came, I tried Quicken and Microsoft Money each for the second time, and I can't imagine how they made it that far in this world. Not that is perfect - you can't create your own categories, for example, and I have yet to find a way to have it show me only the transactions where money is going out as opposed to in. Probably some part of their ultimate ploy to make money off of me. For now it *seems* free.


I didn't think this was possible. Mac owners, particularly dual-booters, may have run into trouble accessing Windows-formatted external hard drives or partitions. I certainly did. In swept Google out of nowhere with MacFuse, a "mechanism" (their word, no doubt for lack of a better one) which allows people to implement their own file systems for OSX. Naturally. I can envision Andrew writing his own file system, but I suspect the rest of us will want to grab NTFS-3G, which is an implementation of NTFS. (Download is at the bottom of sketchy blog post.) I was skeptical, but it worked great. Install MacFuse, install ntfs-3g, and suddenly OSX can read and write to my Windows partition.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pre-Fab Political Ads

But they seem so real!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Terrorist Fist Jab

Ah, Fox News. From "fair and balanced" to "fairly balanced" to "let's find new and creative ways to get the words 'terrorist' and 'Obama' in the same soundbite" balanced.

The lead-in: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? ... We'll show you some interesting body communication and find out what it really says."

I, for one, can get behind this. It's about time a new sensation swept the nation (while covertly communicating terrorist leanings with others). I hereby petition all responsible readers of YST to strike the terms "dap," "fist bump," and "that thing Tom does" from the lexicon. It's "terrorist fist jab" from here on out.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Baby I Got Your Money...

Even though I only take out cash once a month, I wish Bank of America's ATMs had better UI--like Wells Fargo. At "the next stage" they display a transaction history--like a custom menu that you never have to customize. One click to get my cash, that's what I want. Now, if we could only up the $300 limit and get rid of 20s.

Side note: when I was in Japan, the smallest denomination they give out at ATMs is 10,000 yen notes--$95. Large notes, automatic umbrella shrink-wrappers, and blade hand driers (the fact that they were everywhere makes me think Dyson ripped off the idea)--all our base are indeed belong to Japan.