General technology.

iDon't care...

So apparently Verizon has decided it needs to take the iPhone head on, and is running a campaign that makes various points all starting with "iDon't." (Some of them are pretty damned weak, like "iDon't run widgets.")

Then it jumps from clean and Apple-like to noisy and - well, honestly, it reminds me of a traditional horror movie promo. "Coming November, it's DROID. DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and it's related companies."


Apple must have hired the Windows copy dialog developer

It looks like Apple hired the guy who did the Windows copy dialog to do the time estimates for Spotlight:

The dialog says "About 9 hours remaining" and the progress bar indicates it's about half done


Poorly Documented iPod Touch Button Combos

Probably the most important one to know is the "reboot" combo for when the iPod Touch crashes. Er, I mean if. Most of the rest of these were discovered while trying to reboot my crashed iPod Touch.

There are basically two buttons on the iPod Touch: the Sleep/Wake button on the top, and the Home button on the face. Rather than write "Sleep/Wake" out each time, I'm just going to call it the Sleep button.

So, here are the button combos:

Hold Sleep for 5 seconds: bring up the "turn off iPod" UI, or turn the iPod back on if it's off.


Fun With Copy/Paste

While looking through some JSPs, I noticed something:

<%@ page language="java"
  contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type"
  content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">

I've highlighted the important parts. The web server is set to tell the browser that the page is encoded in UTF-8. The page itself, on the other hand, tells the browser it's ISO-8859-1.


"Comcast Doesn't Interfere With Active Network Connections"

Comcast claims that they don't interfere with active network connections. ORLY?

Either Comcast is, say, lieing, or Steam has some pretty severe reliability issues. The following log takes place over 12 hours:

iTunes Sucks

So iTunes apparently decided to crap out and destroy its own library.

What does it do? It crashes on loading its XML backup, overwrites it preventing me from reimporting it, and then proceeds to wipe my iPod clean.

Leaving me with absolutely no way to restore my playlists.

You'd think they could import the metadata from the iPod, but of course not. It just deletes everything.

Thanks a lot, Apple.

Pidgin's Crappy Formatting Icons

So let's take a quick look at the Pidgin background color and foreground color icons:

Two icons: a blue "A" on a white background and then a white "A" on a blue background

Take a wild guess as to which is which.


Thanks A Lot

I came across someone using a MySQL SET where they really should have been using a many-to-many mapping table. Wanting to know more about SET, though, I decided to open the MySQL documentation and look up SET in the index:

"Title: SET; Location: MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual" - repeated seven times, with a scroll bar indicating many more lines

In case you're wondering, every other line if you scroll down reads "SET" with a location of "MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual."


Refilling Status Bars Should Be A Capital Offense

Well, maybe not a capital offense. But it should be grounds for a good smack, at least.

If you've used a computer you've probably run into an installer that does the Refilling Progress Bar Trick before. Where there's a progress bar that slowly fills up to 100%, only to immediately drop back to 0% and restart the process.


iPod Touch

Well, I had asked for an iPhone minus the phone, and it looks like Apple has done it!

I'll have to swing past the Apple store once they get them - and maybe grab one.



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