1980s Japanese comic strip about Apple and The Two Steves

Sometimes I wish I spoke Japanese. It would make understanding this comic strip a little easier, although it’s possible to decode most of it with a little prior explanation courtesy of BoingBoing: Back in 1984, Japanese manga artist Mitsuru Sugaya wrote a fun comic book for kids about the birth of Apple. It was originallyContinue reading “1980s Japanese comic strip about Apple and The Two Steves”

DRM makes the easy and possible into the simply impossible

My old friend/drinking buddy/Dane County Supervisor Al Matano may remember me once back in late 2001 or 2002 going off at our favorite local bar about how so called “digital rights management” (DRM) was going to be a tool that a fanatical government or malevolent corporation would use to quell leaks.Turns out I was forContinue reading “DRM makes the easy and possible into the simply impossible”

Make your Gmail more safer

If you have a Google Mail account, there’s a very quick+easy way to run it through an encrypted SSL connection. If you don’t know what this is, trust me that you do want to do this. According to Slashdot, “A tool that automatically steals IDs of non-encrypted sessions and breaks into Google Mail accounts hasContinue reading “Make your Gmail more safer”

Howdy from the megachurch Apple Store on Fifth Avenue

Yup, we descended down the glassy stairs of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan just so I could make this post.   Mayfair + Bayshore Apple Store: “church” Chicago Magnificent Mile Apple Store: “cathedral” The glass cube Manhattan Apple Store: “megachurch”   which would make 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino the Vatican?   hmm. If you add the aboveContinue reading “Howdy from the megachurch Apple Store on Fifth Avenue”

External sound-blocking earbuds make very nice sound

So these lovely 6isolator earphones from Etymotic Research just arrived, and once it became clear that they had to go in right against my ear drum, they sounded a lot less like an AM radio and a lot more like what they were sold as, which is very high-quality external noise-blocking earbuds. They’re just aContinue reading “External sound-blocking earbuds make very nice sound”

Curious search queries

Someone out there in cyberspace searched for “bay view milwaukee bad areas,” but I figured I’d look at that and the other from this morning’s search results in my blog’s log. Someone out there in cyberspace searched for “bay view milwaukee bad areas,” but I figured I’d look at that and the other from thisContinue reading “Curious search queries”

I am in love with my car now thanks to RocketChip.

Attention TDI drivers: Get a RocketChip! It’s really a reprogramming of your car’s fuel management EPROMs. But look at what it did for my car: +25 HP (U.S.) +45 lb/ft. (+61 Nm) which for my VW Jetta TDI means roughly 125 @ 4000 RPM 222 lbs/ft (~300 Nm) at 1800 RPM and — ZOOOOOOOOOM! It’sContinue reading “I am in love with my car now thanks to RocketChip.”