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Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

Archive for November, 2003

The Old Technology Giveaway: Contest Results!

Thursday, November 13th, 2003

Finally, after care­fully review­ing every entry (read: drool­ing for hours over old junk I wish I had), I have selected the two win­ners of this oh-so-close-to-tongue-in-cheek con­test, and they likely come as no sur­prise to those who have been keep­ing up with their respec­tive entries:

I will be con­tact­ing the win­ners to arrange deliv­ery of their prizes (remem­ber: Grant gets first pick…), and hope­fully they will be nice enough to send in self-portraits with prizes in hand.

Thanks to every­one who entered, com­mented, linked, or oth­er­wise con­tributed to the OTG. More wacky con­tests will come as I think them up…

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Old Technology Giveaway: Update

Thursday, November 6th, 2003

It’s time for an update regard­ing the Old Tech­nol­ogy Give­away, as it’s dead­line looms near.

If you haven’t sub­mit­ted your entry, now’s the time (that is, if you think you can beat Emilio and Grant :-) — the con­test will close no later than Novem­ber 30th, but I might just decide to end it sooner…

Good luck to all!

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ReUSEIT! Entries Posted

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

The entry dead­line has passed, so as the judges get to work review­ing the sub­mis­sions, we get to see them as well, and there is some fine work to be seen.

Some of my col­leagues do not think the entries are very inspired, and I agree, but I’m look­ing at them based on their real-world appli­ca­tion, using my per­sonal “would Jakob use this design?” meter, and by that unit of mea­sure­ment, there are some real winners.

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Safari Tweaks

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

I’ve now been run­ning OS X 10.3 as my pri­mary OS for a full week, and I’m very happy I waited for Pan­ther. The OS is much faster than pre­vi­ous ver­sions, and some of the lit­tle bugs that irked me with Jaguar et al are gone (for instance, not being able to send a file to the trash using Command-Delete if that file’s name was being edited — this is fixed in 10.3, and now matches the OS 9 behavior).

Now that I’m using OS X full-time, I’m also using Safari as my default browser (Apple made some nice adjust­ments to the ver­sion included with Pan­ther as well, such as the new tab-specific error mes­sages), and I was annoyed enough by a lit­tle dis­play prob­lem on this site to finally fix it: the icons for Perma­link and Com­ments always lined up a few pix­els too low on Safari (though they dis­played fine on every other browser), and I’ve now fixed the prob­lem using CSS (you may need to reload to see the changes). By set­ting those images to vertical-align: middle; and padding-top: -1px; they finally dis­play prop­erly in Safari, and in other browsers.

Ahh…

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