Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Taps for the PB
Ding dong, the [Power]Book is dead :(

Thanks to all who sent me emails with fantastic tips and other offersof help. I was able to save most of my data, bar a few photos and myroute66 install. Currently I'm running the PB off an external 30 gigfirewire drive, not too shabby. I installed using the migration optionfrom another mac. Unbelievably easy and cool. Duplicates everything,right down to your browser cookies and all prefs!

Despite the urge to dash off to the store to pick up a new PB, I'mholding off, since I think next week's Apple announcement won't be ofthe video iPod, but of a new range of professional macs...

Google Reader ~ Not bad!
Plenty of pushback on the new Google RSSReader.
At first glance it didn't look like the typical usefulRiver Of Newsthat I enjoy so much, but after a quick and effortless import of my 400 subscription opml file, I kinda got the hang of it.

I like the shortcuts, same keyboard commands used in GMail, of whichI'm a big fan. Seeing your feeds sorted by relevance of each story isan interesting experience, sorting by date shows the top level of theriver. Enclosures in audio pop up an embedded player for immediateaudio gratification.

Still fooling around with it, very promising for sure.

Daily Source Code for Monday October 10th 2005 #257
Daily Source Code for Monday October 10th 2005 #257
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iPod Video
If you have one of the new iPods,thismay look cool on it. I've added it to the Daily Source Code podcast feed, should work fine in iTunes as well.

Daily Source Code for Thursday October 6th 2005 #255
Daily Source Code for Thursday October 6th 2005 #255
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safe in sf
15:30, arrived safely at the Curry Condo in SF

dead powerbook
Right after I recorded today's DSC my PowerBook gave up. It no longer can boot from the harddrive. Booting from the install disk to use disk utilities gives no joy, as disk utilities can't see the drive at all.

On boot up I hear the drive spinning and crunching, but it either stays greyscreen, flashes the'can't find system'icon or defaults eventually to the CD for boot.

Since I'm still usingRadio UserLandto update the podcast feed (really must change that -ed) I can't post and thus you can't get the show in iTunes or any other podcatcher software.

Any help is ofcourse greatly appreciated. Listen to DSC-255 to hear what steps I took in cleaning up the health of my drive before is hosed out...

Update: On one of my many boot attempts, I got the PB to boot from thje install disk, and am able to see the Macintosh HD volume. I decided to cp -R that entire volume to my 100GB Firewire drive before doing anything else. At least the data is now safe :)

If I can't get it fixed, I will use the Firewire drive on my other mac to post the DSC feed through Radio Userland...

Daily Source Code for Thursday October 13th 2005 #259
Daily Source Code for Thursday October 13th 2005 #259

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Daily Source Code for Tuesday October 4th 2005 #253
Daily Source Code for Tuesday October 4th 2005 #253
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Daily Source Code for Friday October 14th 2005 #260
Daily Source Code for Friday October 14th 2005 #260
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Daily Source Code for Monday October 17th 2005 #261
Daily Source Code for Monday October 17th 2005 #261
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Daily Source Code for Tuesday October 4th 2005 #253
Daily Source Code for Tuesday October 4th 2005 #253
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Daily Source Code for Tuesday October 11th 2005 #258
Daily Source Code for Tuesday October 11th 2005 #258
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safe in sf
15:30, arrived safely at the Curry Condo in SF

Daily Source Code for Monday October 10th 2005 #257
Daily Source Code for Monday October 10th 2005 #257
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Daily Source Code for Monday October 3d 2005 #252
Daily Source Code for Monday October 3d 2005 #252
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Daily Source Code for Thursday October 6th 2005 #255
Daily Source Code for Thursday October 6th 2005 #255
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changes.xml?
Cngratulations to Dave Winer on hisdealwith Verisign. Sounds like he sold weblogs.com for all the right reasons. One question I have: will thechanges.xmlfile remain available to the rest of the ping-infrastructure?