Posted in December, 2007

Although I’m about 13 hours late, Pacific time, I’ve turned off all spam filters, including Akismet and Bad Behavior, in an attempt to see just how much spam filtering plugins help. I’ve also disabled DoFollow, for obvious reasons.

There’s more information on the announcement post on the blog that started this day,

Brace for impact, people.

Why does Peter Ha write for CrunchGear? Or, a more accurately phrased: why does he still write for CrunchGear?

TechCrunch, the massively popular blog about all things web 2.0, posted a recap about the week on CrunchGear. Here’s the part which kind of perturbed me a bit:

[…] our own Peter Ha alleged that the PS3 “stinks,” , and also that Leopard should die, causing an influx of fanboys to leave their folky brand of wisdom in the comments […] #

Console Wars

The first article was a holiday recommendation, recommending the Xbox 360. Fine. But why say this?

And the PS3 stinks! Well, not really, but I have an Elite so that’s why I’m recommending it.

Okay. But would you like to elaborate? I agree, to a certain point — while the PS3 can be viewed as a Blu-ray player, the game selection is poor, though improving. He even admits to this, later in the comments:

I’m not saying the PS3 isn’t worth a recommendation, but I don’t have one so I can’t recommend it. Maybe someone else on staff will. Besides, I like to poke fun at PS3 fanboys and see how riled up I can get them. #

That may be fine for your own blog, but CrunchGear is a site where you’re paid to be a professional commentator on all things gadgets. Not for you to amuse yourself by posting inflammatory comments, such as this one.

Bring it on, PS3 fanboys. Bring. It. On. #

Leopard: Die?

The second article was a rant about Leopard and his experience. It even has “Rant:” in the title. As some of the comments pointed out, Leopard isn’t exactly going to run great on a dying hard drive.

Here’s the best part, though.

Eat it, douche. #

Okay. You are professional as hell. You asked for it — you posted a rather strong rant about it, and of course you’re going to get Mac fanboys knocking on your door. Don’t need to start calling names.

Mr. Arrington

Fire Peter Ha. Or make him professional. I don’t give a shit. But either way, he is a liability to CrunchGear’s reputation. He could always use a personal blog for these unprofessional moments, you know.

I’m honestly a bit puzzled right now. For some reason, as I was browsing a web page in Safari, the fan in my Macbook started to spin, and it got to the point where it must have been spinning full speed, which is quite loud. I looked at my CPU graph from iStat menus and for some reason, both my CPU’s cores were intermittently running at 100%. First, one core would go to 100%, then the other, then split it 50-50, and so on.

I looked at the process list, and apparently bzip2 was the process taking up so much CPU. What the hell? I’m not running anything that would even think about needing bzip2 to compress something — just Safari. And about 10 seconds later, the bzip2 process was gone, and the computer’s back to normal.

Googling didn’t help, so: what the hell?

In these times of hearing all about Iran’s “evil deeds,” this New York Times op-ed piece takes a guess at what their outlook on America could be. Most of it really puts this country into perspective, and I can’t say the future looks too bright.

There are two intelligence analyses that are relevant to the balance of power between the U.S. and Iran — one is the latest U.S. assessment of Iran, which certainly gave a much more complex view of what is happening there. The other is the Iranian National Intelligence Estimate of America, which — my guess — would read something like this: #

I personally find it sad that we’ve declined this far. We used to be top of the world — a country that could set a good example. But now we’re a country ruled by fear of terrorists, that holds detainees without trial and tortures them, both of these violating principles that this country has stood for since its conception.

And it’s not like any of the 2008 presidential candidates are going to lead us out of that.

Since I’ve installed Leopard, I’ve noticed all the bells and whistles people keep talking about, but one part I haven’t heard anything about is the much-improved printing facilities that Leopard introduced. In Tiger, the printer setup was buried in the Utilities folder, but now in Leopard it’s in plain sight in the System Preferences, and it is much easier to use now.

Leopard printing

Instead of the minimal (and cryptic) Printer Setup Utility that’s been there since 10.2 (at least, as far as I know), you’re now met with a much friendlier screen that shows you everything you actually need to know about the printer, and buttons to tweak it further. It even automatically added the printer when I plugged it into the USB port, whereas before if I wanted to use it I had to navigate through the printer list in print dialogs.

Even though these kind of improvements are minor, and most users most likely won’t notice them, it shows that Apple is still committed to polishing up all aspects of OS X. Every version just gets better and better.