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May 29, 2003

Matrix Persona

So, after Ken did it, I had to give it a try.

Result:You are Agent Smith-
You are Agent Smith, from "The Matrix."
No one would ever want to run into you in a
dark alley. Cold as steel, tough as a rock,
things are your way or the highway.

Well, that certainly explains a lot. :)

May 27, 2003

Cross platform iPod?

So, for those of you who don't know, I bought the 30gb version of Apple's iPod a few weeks ago when it came out.

Generally, I'm fairly happy with it. I'm sure I'll have little blurbs here and there to share about my experience using it.

The most recent, however, was to figure out what the deal was with Apple's promise that this version of the iPod would no longer come in separate Windows and Mac versions. This was one of the exciting things about buying a new iPod... 30gb, yeah, that's wonderful. But, also, being able to dump a little music (yeah, I have that much to clear space for trotting some files around seemed very appealing.

Except it didn't work. I plugged it into J's laptop, and Windows dutifully installed a driver for a Firewire device, but then, rather than browsing the device, offered to format it. Ergh, not what I had in mind.

So, I tried another approach - maybe the included CD of software would solve the problem in some way? Ken has a machine with firewire on it, so I gave that a shot. Sure enough, it did work. To my detriment. I wasn't too surprised, but the Windows installer silently reformatted the disk, without so much as a warning. Lovely.

But, the good news is that I popped it back into my apple, and it still worked. Well, yeah, it was empty. But iTunes dumps songs on it, and it generally seems happy.

Take away? It's going to take an hour two load my 27.2 gigs of music back onto my iPod. And, I lose the cute little icon. But, I should have a cross-platform, USB or Firewire storage device that's almost as small as a deck of cards.

May 26, 2003

I'll be moving soon....

So, today's PotD is a picture of the place I currently live. It'll be on the market soon, so, if you're interested in a place in Redwood City, CA, I can get you in touch with my landlord.

Administravia: As part of the move, my gallery back-end will be down for a few days while the new DSL comes up. Just means you can't browse the galleries that I link to the PotD. You did know that the PotD images are almost always a link into a gallery of related pics, right?

Anyone for a longbet?

So, my girlfriend, let's call her J, is a grad student in genetics. We regularly get into discussions about what the pace of technology in her field is like... mostly because I work in high tech, and Moore's law is such a dominate force in my field.

So, the question is, how long until technology gets to the point where you can go to a clinic or doctors office, and, for a reasonable price, get your personal genome sequenced.

Another direction, which might possibly be attainable more quickly, would be automated phylogeny techniques. Phylogeny, for those not familair with the word, is the study of the ancestral history of an organism. Why would this be easier than doing a full sequence? I'd imagine it's possible to do differential analysis chemically, and isolate the smaller regions requiring sequencing.

What do you think? Should I post a longbet? Would anyone take it?

May 23, 2003

May the trackback mania begin!

So, my friend Ken discovered that I put this blog up. His blog is a bit more well-established, as you can see here:kwc blog. He's the one who first took MovableType seriously enough to install it. I found that I'd actually tried to install it once before, in the 2.5 version era, but had aborted. There's no turning back now...

Thanks Ken!

May 22, 2003

First entry

The danger of digital cameras... here's a category for pictures I've taken that I really like. It's not supposed to be a daily feature, or even topical. Just a periodic feature of pictures I like, primarily ones I took myself.

So, the first pic is the first sunset I took with my digital camera, last year. It's a composite, stitched panorama. Anyway, enjoy:

First post!

My weblog is now live! Launched on Movable-Type 2.63.

My old "blog" was here, but this will be my new posting place.