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Almost there… the past 2+ weeks after our return have been more complex than I anticipated. Lots of offline stuff to take care of. Everything should be back to normal in a day or two, and I’ll resume posting, working on software, and all that. Stay tuned.

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Back home, yay! As usual, there are lots of things to do and catch up on.

My email server got somewhat confused, as I normally use Eudora in POP mode, and on the trip alternated between Mail in IMAP mode (neither of which I’d ever tried before) and webmail. Somehow it started to refuse deleting messages, duplicating them instead on the server, a process that would have gone exponential had I not shut everything down in time.

Still, later today the email situation should be normalized again, and I’ll try to reread the thousands of messages since the middle of May just in case I missed something important.

If you emailed me in the past 3 months and I didn’t reply, please resend? Some message may have gotten lost in the process.


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Well, since I may be offline for a day or two at a time I thought it better to disable posting here while I’m away. Sorry about that…

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Posted by mari:
Hey, hi there!!!

I´m very glad to see you are having fun, or maybe more than that!

What was that piglet with oranges thing??? I got really interested.

Well, I´m a bit down (bad sore throat) but making progress with my Spanish.

Anyway, that´s just a tiny bit of what is going on…Show me the pictures!



This twitter thing can be a serious time sink if you’re not careful, but so far I like it. I’m even getting linkback from stuff I posted only there! (Thanks, Jeff.) But in retrospect, this is worth linking to directly: On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study. Jeff’s found the crucial quote, too:

The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ”radio location” (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites… The 2.6 Ghz band coincides with mobile phone technology. Though not affiliated by government, these bands are at the hands of multinational corporations.

It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.

Posted by shudder to think:
shudder to think wrote

Bookmarked your post over at Blog!

Posted by kiltbear:

Rainer Brockerhoff wrote:

wouldn’t such a “normal person” be equally well served by a MacBook, at less cost? Not that I remember what such a person is like… icon_biggrin.gif

Ah, yes, well that is the same issue as the difference between a Toyota and a Lexus, no?

Posted by kiltbear:
I think it could quite easily be the primary machine for a decent sized share of the market. I think we geeks forget about how most normal people operate. Surf, email, sync the iPod nano or iPhone. For the “average” user, I think a MacBook Air (with external optical), Time Capsule, and iPhone offers an easy to use elegant combination that will meet most all of their needs. For the average user with kids (and the money) they will have an iMac around as well. For the media center hounds, add the AppleTV.

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