News at 11: The World Is Still Here

3 items of interest today:

1. Harold Camping is full of bologna, as I predicted.

2. It’s been 6 weeks and 1 day since I quit smoking. Yay, me.
3. I’m looking for a Mac. I need a work hoopty for a cross-platform desktop application project in the near future, so I don’t need anything fancy or top of the line. At the moment, I have my eye on a Mac Mini. Comments, suggestions, and so forth from resident Mac users are welcome.

12 thoughts on “News at 11: The World Is Still Here

  1. emergencyoverride

    Grats on the continued not smoking. Thats a great thing. As far as a Mac, I don't know anything about them. So I don't know what to suggest or where to suggest it from. 😛 One day I'll get one.

  2. MrsEbbles

    I am so proud of Chris! I am still smoking but my eldest daughter bought me an e-cigarette (or as Chris puts it, "RoboFag") for Mother's Day and I have cut down to just over a pack/day. My goal is not to quit, but to get down to less than a pack/day. So far it's working! 🙂

  3. zorg

    Smoking: Good for you!

    Mac: ditto! ime, the Mac OS is pretty stable, so you shouldn't need to worry there. As far as the Mini specifically is concerned, I haven't used one (typing on a imac right now).

  4. rmratliff

    Grate!! And same to Mrs. E, some people do better step by step than cold turkey. As far as the Mac, good luck with that. I'm giving Steve's old MacBook to my nephew for graduation, he needs a computer for college and can't afford one. I'm trying to save all the pictures and stuff off of it, and clean it up for him to use. It took me half an hour to find out how to delete files off of it, and the icons are all bass-ackwards and in the wrong place. You select a file and hit delete, it just dings at you. You have to drag it into the trash, which means finding the trash, since there's no desktop icon for it. I figure Drew is young and smart enough to figure it out. I just want to make sure I don't leave any important information on there in case Drew gets a snoopy roommate! 🙂 I have figured out that, as much as I like my iPhone and iPad, I'm sticking with my PC.

  5. Tomas

    Ah, the wonderful world of PC users taking a stab on the Mac.
    I admit, it takes a bit of getting used to. The icons aren’t where you think they should be, and things work differently than you would expect. The trash icon is in the dock. The place where you can always see it. And instead of hitting delete, you should hit cmd-backspace. Yeah, it’s 2 keys instead of 1, but that’s so you wouldn’t delete files by accident. Windows uses endless pop-up menus to stop you from doing stupid stuff. I prefer the Apple way.

    As for the mac mini: if you have the screen and the keyboard, go for it. Be sure to check that your screen is compatible with the mac mini. Personally, I would have advised you to take the plunge and buy a mac notebook (you can run windows on them too), but since you have just recently bought a new laptop, the mac mini is probably the best choice.

    As for the smoking: congratulations. Having experienced the consequences of smoking far too recently, I can tell you that is a very good (although very difficult) decision.

  6. Christopher Roe

    On quitting: Thanks, guys. I was afraid it would have been a lot harder than it turned out to be, and I wasn't sure I was gonna make it this long. I seem to be completely over it–no cravings at all, I don't miss it at all, and I actually have a pretty strong aversion to the smell now.

    On Macs: Looks like I'm not going to buy one after all. Brand new Macs are shockingly expensive and used ones aren't that much cheaper. Mac users make up roughly 8.73% of my visitor statistics, and I'm not seeing how I can recoup a $1000+ hardware investment off a tiny handful of Mac users. Hmm…time to come up with a Plan B.

  7. RRatliff

    Is this something they can do in a browser? If not, do 'em a favor and point them to the nearest place they can get a PC. I'm stuck using a cloud storage drive to save files off this MacBook, and it's dog slow. I swear to God if I never have to touch another Mac again it'll be too soon! 😀


  8. Christopher Roe


    It's possible, but the one thing I dislike about web apps is that browsers are all over the map in standards compliance, reliability, and performance…and I can't exactly tell users that they have to use this or that browser just for my web app. Working on the WWG storefront has been a painful reminder of just how many little differences there are between browsers.

    However, if the Windows version of Safari is anything like the Mac version, then Mac users would be in pretty good hands with a web app.

    I'm also slightly ashamed to admit this, but I'm a little bit in love with Internet Explorer 9. It gets a lot more right than previous versions did, comes much closer to full standards compliance, and the hardware acceleration lets it do some pretty insane things. I had a big grin on my face the whole time I was surfing the IE9-IE10 HTML5 demos.

  9. Denny

    When I quit smoking 14 odd years ago, I had that wonderful reaction where after awhile the thought of it made me physically ill (though I did dream about smoking a lot 🙂 ). Sounds like you're on the right path!

  10. Christopher Roe

    I hope I am!

    I had to load a lot of heavy cardboard and boxes in the back of Mrs E's truck the other day, and I was amazed that I didn't feel out of breath at any time during the process.

    It's the little things like that, which I'm discovering every day, that encourage me to stay quit.

  11. Vermin King

    It was April 14th a while back, awful day at work, finally picked up TurboTax and it wouldn't load, similar experience to yours with customer support, decided to just head home and face it fresh on the last possible day to get taxes done, when my car didn't start. Two years of being quit down the drain …

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