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Subject:Things, stuff, miscellany
Time:12:34 am
Remember recently when I mentioned that I live right next to a bacon factory, and I've never been in there? I remedied that today. Before I went to work today, I picked up three three-pound boxes of bacon-- one for me, and two for friends/coworkers. I cooked up a couple of strips tonight just to try it out, and it's pretty good. I got nine pounds of thick-sliced applewood-smoked bacon for around thirty bucks.


I went running once in Vegas (on a treadmill), and again last night (on the streets). I'm learning to slow myself down to a nice slow trot so that I don't wear myself out.


I think I'm in the market for a new netbook-- mine is starting to get annoyingly slow. My requirements are 1366x768 resolution, good battery life, and enough gofast to not make Firefox insufferably slow. Suggestions?


Actually, I may ditch Firefox. If I don't restart it every day or two, it winds up sucking down over a gigabyte of memory, and consequently bogs down. None of the memory saver addons that I've tried does anything worthwhile, nor have any of the config changes that I've tried. I'm running Chrome on my laptop right now as an experiment.


Tonight I had dinner with someone that I've known approximately forever. He was in my wedding party when I got married, way back when. It was good to catch up.


The whole Susan G Komen foundation hullabaloo has been really interesting. I think they've done us a favor by popping their heads up and inviting us to take a closer look at what they're doing. It seems to me that they've strayed from their mission. Suing people who use the phrase "for the cure" seems extra slimy.

This page is really interesting. They claim that 84% of their donations go to their mission, but then they list 12% for administration and 8% for fundraising. I sort of wonder how that 34% education breaks down.

I bet their revenues fall a fair bit this year.


Reason that I like my job, #37:

They asked me to be part of a recruiting video that we're doing for engineering. I said I'd do it if and only if I could use the word suck. Our recruiter's response was, "I wouldn't have it any other way."


After dinner tonight we went to Humphry Slocombe for ice cream. We had brown butter, Vietnamese coffee, salt & peppa, a salted chocolate of some sort, gingerbread Guinness, and secret breakfast (bourbon & corn flakes). The three of us each tried a bite of the salt & peppa, and then tossed the rest into the trash. The others ranged from good to excellent, but I was particularly enamored with the gingerbread Guinness.
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jnala
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Time:2012-02-03 08:53 pm (UTC)
"Netbook" is a vague term. Do you mean size? Weight? Price?

If 11" isn't too big, I'd suggest checking out the 11" MacBook Air. It's a sweet piece of hardware, no matter what OS you intend to run on it. Every review of "ultrabooks" I've seen in the last year has basically concluded "it's no MacBook Air, but..."
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-03 08:55 pm (UTC)
Size, price. I'm thinking $400, and small/light enough to carry without thinking much about it. It's a light-duty machine.
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jnala
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Time:2012-02-03 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, at 1k the MBA is way outta your price range, but if you can afford it there's something to be said for way overbuying on quality/price and knowing it'll be awesome and not having to think about it anymore. It's as light as most 9"/10" underpowered netbooks I've used.

I haven't looked at the $500ish netbook segment lately - which seems to be shrinking, anyway, tablets and thin/light laptops are encroaching on it. The 13" MBA has replaced both my netbook and my primary laptop.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-02-04 04:35 am (UTC)
A MacBook Air is a full-fledged desktop replacement machine in a very svelte package. It's pricey because they're providing a lot more performance (and, really, svelteness overall, some netbooks have one or two dimensions smaller, but rarely ever thickness, and that's where your weight really resides (it allows for a larger battery.))

Of course, most computers these days are complete overkill for all but a few small sub-segments of users, and you're rarely one of those, except in Photoshop usage. Anything should be able to handle web and email access without many flops at all these days. Unless you're a gamer or some other form of 100% usage for CPU or GPU facility with one application, you'll never need an actual powerful machine again.

I might recommend that you look at one, just so you can spend a bit of time holding one and poking it with a few nominal tasks. I always thought they were useless things, really, until I actually had hands on experience with one. And then it made all sorts of sense.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-04 04:50 am (UTC)
A MacBook Air is completely out of my price range for a machine like this. I already have a perfectly good laptop for Photoshop-level work. What I'm looking for here is something that I can run browsers and ssh windows and VNC and some other random crap while I travel.

I don't like one-button input devices, and if the Macbook Air touchpad is anything like the MBP one then it's evil.
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