Scripting News for 3/31/2007

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American power 

Shelley Powers: “To the Chinese, freedom is a threat. To the right wingers, criticism of the Catholic Church was a threat. To some folks in Missouri, the fact that I continually bring up issues related to Johnson’s shut-ins is a threat. Exactly how do we define a level of ‘threat’ in this new Gestapo? Is it in the eye of the beholder? Kathy feels afraid, and therefore it is our duty to hunt down this perpetrator and bring him or her to justice.”

In the last week I’ve defended three people who made a hobby of humiliating me, and I did it with pride, like Nixon going to China, I oozed credibility, as they deserved protection from a mob that was angry, justifiably, at humiliation, and not knowing where to direct the anger, aimed at three reasonably pathetic and defenseless people. I called this a Chorus of Cowardice, and I stand by that description.

Shelley Powers, someone who treats me poorly in her tirades and taunts about the evils of powerful men, whose caricature of me might be the little suited capitalist in the Monopoly board game, tears to shreds Tim O’Reilly’s poorly thought out call for more mob justice. I totally agree with everything she says in this piece (assuming she doesn’t edit it to spite me). It’s what being American is about, tolerating all kinds of speech, especially stuff we don’t agree with and don’t like.

Parallels, day 2 

When I started installing XP, foolishly I thought “How cool is this, I get to use my Mac, and put the PC in a little window, even hide it if I want. And it all runs at native speeds!”

I was happy, until I hit the first stumbling block, a dead-end, deal-stopper, brick wall.

Joe Cicinelli says it took 10 tries to get XP to install. Gulp.

11:53AM Pacific: Well, I got past the first hurdle, or so it seems. I didn’t know you had to click in the window to get it to recognize keystrokes. Once I did that, it recognized the old Windows CD and asked me to put back in the new Home Edition CD. It continued the installation, rebooted the virtual machine, and now it’s “finishing setup” with 36 minutes left to go. I did the cmd-tab thing to get back into my blog outliner, so I could write this post while it’s doing its thing. The disk is whirring happily or so it seems. Here’s a screen shot. Praise Murphy, I may just have Windows running here soon. Fingers crossed!

12:05PM Pacific: It worked! Amazing. I’ve got Windows running on my MacBook. Exciting!!

12:37PM Pacific: It seems my computer should be heavier now that it has a Windows machine inside it, but it feels just about the same. I have Firefox and the OPML Editor installed in the virtual environment. Next — get a copy of WinZip.

iRobot Scooba 

Movie of my floor washing robot, Scooba, a gift from Chris and Ponzi, doing its thing.

Time to buy 

Mike Arrington announces that TechCrunch is acquiring FuckedCompany, doubling his readership and covering the decline of Web 2.0 companies as fully as they cover the incline.

My own two cents, when thinking about declining tech markets, something I’ve seen four or five times — when a boom is tailing off is the best time to invest in truly new ideas. People’s thinking has been going in one direction for a long time, so long that all the big or obvious ideas have been tried, many times, and people are creatively exhausted. It’s a good time to change your assumptions, head off in a different direction. Everyone’s been zigging, so now it’s time to zag.

Revisit early ideas that spawned the current boom that have been discarded, and continue the evolution by going in a different direction. Start with a blank screen and put someting interesting and simple on it.

Aside to Mike: A domain you might want to grab. :-)

PS: Apparently Mike’s post was an early April Fool’s joke which I fell for. Oh well. What I said still stands, ironically, whether or not Mike is joking. Have a nice day (no joke).

17 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Dave,

    Do you have any Windows NT 4 or Windows 2000 install CDs? Perhaps you can use one of those instead of a Windows XP disc when you’re doing an upgrade. I’m pretty sure that’s what I did when I installed XP upgrade into Parallels on my brother-in-law’s MacBook Pro last year when I needed a Windows box briefly.

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  2. Posted by Bob on March 31, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Even once you get XP under Parallels running, it isn’t exactly peppy. I have the 15″ MacBook Pro (2.33GHz, 2GB ram). I get a fair number of spinning beach balls, and the performance of my Mac applications degrades quite a bit when I have XP running under Parallells.

    It seems like it might benefit from having 3GB RAM. What I’ve done is start with a Boot Camp installation, so when I just need to test browser compatibility, I can use the Boot Camp partition with XP through Parallels. But when I need to run any application that needs serious CPU horsepower, I boot into the Boot Camp partition.

    And I started with a retail copy of Windows XP SP2.

    I’ve been meaning to try Wine (http://www.winehq.com/), which eliminate the overhead XP.

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  3. Posted by Ellis Golub on March 31, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Back in the day, I used to run Windows 95 in an emulator called Softwindows, on an SGI Indigo2. Softwindows also ran on Macs. It worked, but just barely, and although I did get some useful work done, I struggled. When it was time to move up to NT, I bought a PC, but ran it in a window on my SGI using VNC (http://www.realvnc.com/), which reproduces the display of the windows box on almost any hardware. This turned out to be a better solution, and I’m still running that way today. One big advantage to this system is that any machine running VNC server can be accessed over the net from anywhere.

    I like having multiple operating systems going at the same time, and in communication with each other. Although its sometimes confusing, it does allow a lot of flexibility.

    Good luck with your installation

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  4. Re: that cleaning robot thingie –

    Care to make an estimate of the decibel level? It sounds really loud in the clip. How long did it take to clean that room? Can you leave the house, or do you need to hang around in case it gets stuck someplace?

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  5. Posted by Paul on March 31, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    RE: Winzip

    I highly recommend you install a copy of 7-Zip instead. See http://www.7-zip.org/ for more details.

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  6. you should document al thi and post it. I’m going to buy a Mac labtop too and use Parallels too. I need it for development. It seems its not as god or as easy as everyone has been telling me.

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  7. Next — get a copy of WinZip.

    Do yourself a favor — skip WinZip and get a copy of FilZip instead. It does everything WinZip does (including integrate with the Windows shell, so you get a nice right-click “unzip this” menu), but it’s 100% free so you don’t have to put up with any annoying nag screens.

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  8. I made a change, but noted it as a change.

    Not deleted — WordPress will flip the public to private status arbitrarily for some reason when you make an edit. I don’t know it has gone to private, because I’m logged in and see all private posts.

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  9. Posted by baxter on March 31, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    you said
    “…who made a hobby of humiliating me,…”

    only if there is a thought/feeling of humiliation is a person humiliated otherwise it is an attempt at humiliation. there is a real difference.

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  10. Posted by Tom on March 31, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Trying to access the scooba movie, I get this (and no movie).
    What means this, Dave? Have yet to be able to watch a movie
    on blip.tv, but this is the first time I rec’d an error code. Hope
    your scooba works better than blip.

    While binding: Value undefined (result of expression obj.bindToHTMLElement) is not object. Cannot be called.

    Kudos to baxter, Right you are, Sir.

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  11. I second the 7-zip recommendation above. 7-zip is awesome and free, whereas WinZip is far less awesome and nags you unless you pay for it.

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  12. Posted by Diego on March 31, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Early April Fool’s joke? Is there such a thing? Or is that just then a case of people being dicks? :)

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  13. Somebody needs to invent RSS so I can keep up with the new Scripting.com.

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  14. There’s only one reaction I can make to ten years of Scripting News: Praise Murphy!

    Thanks Dave!! Seriously, if I hadn’t downloaded the OPML Editor, I really have no idea what I’d be doing now.

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  15. Happy Birthday Scripting News!

    Two years ago today (April 1st) New York. Coffee. Podcast.
    http://flickr.com/photos/camoby/8129903/

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  16. Having Mac and Windows on the same machine is indeed a weeeeird experience. That first time you see the WindowsXP logo pop up the screen is odd, to say the least.

    I have to say (knock wood) that these are the most stable and fastest Windows installs I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Nice hardware!

    I use BootCamp, so I will be monitoring to see how you get on with Parallels.
    I only wanted to run one OS at a time, to try to avoid overheating.

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  17. And Happy Birthday to Frontier too! 19 years old!

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