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Gap.com now all softcore in the name of shopping

I don’t remem­ber how I end­ed up there (real­ly, I don’t) but I hap­pened upon the Gap.com wom­en’s cloth­ing sec­tion the oth­er day, and noticed that they have a new fea­ture on their site. For cer­tain items of cloth­ing, if you hov­er your mouse over the image, a clos­er ver­sion will appear. This is great […]

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It takes off

We watched the Myth­busters tack­le the “Air­plane on a Con­vey­or Belt” issue last night. They did not real­ly build a huge con­vey­or belt (they essen­tial­ly used a long can­vas tarp to pull the run­way out from under the plane), and so the result (the air­plane took off) won’t real­ly sat­is­fy every­one. But, it remains the […]

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Nanny needed for one half hour per day

So we’re think­ing about what to do for our babysit­ter-enabled evening this week­end, and we real­ize that what we real­ly want most is to have some­one get our kids ready for bed. The bed­time rou­tine of prod­ding, cajol­ing, and (usu­al­ly) threat­en­ing the kids into their paja­mas is a bru­tal gaunt­let at the end of a […]

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My wife turns 21 today

Okay, not 21, exact­ly, but that’s the best answer when a woman asks you to guess her age. It is her birth­day today, and we have big plans. Okay, not exact­ly big plans, because we’re par­ents of two kids under five, and she’s a sec­ond-year col­lege pro­fes­sor, but we do have a babysit­ter for Sat­ur­day […]

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Apple Displays and the iSight

Any­one else won­der­ing when Apple will put an iSight cam­era in their free­stand­ing LCD dis­plays? Or if they ever will? I believe that every time some­one at Apple takes a look at the issue, they flash back to the ADC mon­i­tors with their all-in-one Apple-only cable, and all the prob­lems and bad press they got […]

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Rose at night

I took this pho­to a long, long, long time ago. With the kids home for MLK day, got no time to post. So here’s what you get. There are a few more of this guy up on Flickr.

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The Home Computing Master Plan: Macworld 2008 Edition

Here is the orig­i­nal mas­ter plan. It is notable most­ly for pre­dict­ing yes­ter­day’s Apple TV announce­ment, and for my woe­ful bitch­ing about the com­put­er that I still have now (that was more than two years ago!) I now present to you, the new edi­tion of the Home Com­put­ing Mas­ter Plan, as informed by the recent­ly […]

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24 hours is not enough to watch a digital movie rental

Okay, I touched on this in my Mac­world cov­er­age, but it deserves its own post. We have a TiVo Series 3 that con­nects to the Inter­net. I can see us own­ing an Apple TV at some point in the future. We are mem­bers of Net­flix. All three of these allow for some form of dig­i­tal […]

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MW 2008: Liveblogging winners

Clear­ly the win­ners of the live­blog­ging com­pe­ti­tion were the guys at MacRu­mors. Their AJAX-pow­ered inter­face gave news updates in a time­ly man­ner, and their pho­to feed was show­ing rel­e­vant pho­tos at the right time. Sec­ond place goes to Ars Tech­ni­ca, for their almost-as-up-to-the-moment feed as MacRu­mors, com­bined with a lit­tle more com­men­tary (the MacRu­mors stuff […]

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Questions about Time Capsule

Part of the Mac­world 2008 Keynote post-mortem. Time Cap­sule is Apple’s wire­less hub + back­up dri­ve all-in-one prod­uct. It pro­vides fast wire­less net­work­ing: 802.11n. It pro­vides a large, “serv­er-grade” hard dri­ve, acces­si­ble wire­less­ly. (By “serv­er-grade” they seem to mean 7200 rpm, SATA.) You can use this hard dri­ve to make Time Machine back­ups from all […]