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Remember the ipoddirtysecret.com guys…

The ones that were pissed about there iPod battery dying after 2 years. Well, I only read their story on other websites and blogs. Today I just happened to check out the site while eating my ham sandwich for lunch. They have posted a message that states their case/ story/ stance.

Has anyone read it? Did you catch the part where after calling Apple, emailing Apple, and finally snail-mailing Apple his iPod he tries to install a third-party battery. When that “toasts” his iPod he goes and spends $400 on a new one. Does anyone find that to be humorous? This guy goes through ALL this trouble trying to get Apple to notice his bad battery and he ends up buying another iPod. Classic! You’d think the guy would give up and buy something else. Nope! He buys another iPod….

I love this story. Very funny.

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Well, since you asked…

I am installing Fedora Core 1 on my Toshiba Satellite right now. I’m going with a “Workstation” default install. There really isn’t much to it. Just click the forward arrow a couple dozen times and then sit and wait.

I do use this great website as a reference for a few tricky things I “tweak” post-install. The guy that updates the site, Greg, is great. I bugged him a bunch when I installed RH8. And I bugged him a little more when I installed RH9. Hopefully, I can get Fedora installed without “buggin’ him”.

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One more thing from last night…

I think we all know that I want a PowerBook. I just friggin’ mentioned it in my previous post. I’ve just about got the wife sold. I have been pretty much set on the 12″ with the SuperDrive. I’d like the 15″, but it’s just to damn expensive.

Off topic. Off topic….

Yes, back to last night. The presenter was “gung-ho” Apple. And watching him do Swing Development with the Mac OS X gui was killing me.

Here is the best part, JavaMUG gives away a number of books each month as door prizes. Last night there were like 10. I got picked 2nd-to-last and didn’t expect anything good to be left. But sitting right there on the table, beaming at me, was a beautiful copy of Mac OS X for Java Geeks!!!!!!!!! It was that and something else, I didn’t even look at the other book. I grabbed the Java Geeks book and said “I’ll take this one, thanks…”

Needless to say, I think that was God’s way of saying, “BUY THE MAC ALREADY, ERIK….. YOU WANT IT. YOU DESERVE IT……”

I’ve found a 12″ w/SuperDrive for $1499. The same site has the 15″ w/SuperDrive for $2299, but again, I think I gotta go with the 12″. It’s $800 cheaper. $800 for 3 inches is hard to justify.

Any opinions on going with the 12″ vs the 15″ out there?

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Crap! What have you done iTunes?

I installed iTunes for Windows on Tuesday. I was diggin’ it. Cool app. No problems. Can’t wait to get a PB and run it on Mac OSX. Then this morning I popped a CDR in my drive and hit the eject button. And NOTHING! It’s locked up. I manually ejected the cd a couple of times and still, nothing. I went to the Task Manager to kill it, got the app not responding message, and it still won’t die. Very annoying.

To make matters worse. I fire-up WinAmp and try to listen to my cd and now WinAmp is locked-up!!!!!!! I try to kill it via Task Manager and it won’t die!!!

I hope this is a bad Cd drive and not a problem with iTunes.

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What are you reading?

I picked up 3 books last week. The one I’m reading right now, Professional Apache Tomcat, I got at Borders for 50% off. I would have rather bought Tomcat: The Definitive Guide, but it was full price.

The Professional Tomcat book is good though, and I’m looking forward to the chapters covering more advanced topics like shared Tomcat hosting and security. A bonus, for those of you out there looking to maximize your investment, is the fact that there are few chapters dedicated to Ant and Log4J.

The other two books I got were Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition (what an outrageously long title), and Perl Black Book. I bought the new Core Servlets book b/c of the good things I’ve heard about Marty Hall’s other two Core Servlets books. I got a great deal via Amazon. And the Perl book was marked down from $59.99 to $5.99 at Borders. How do you pass up a deal like that?

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I’m still here….

I’ve just spent the last month living and dying watching the Cubs fight to get into the playoffs. I should be more “chatty” in the future.

On another note, I finally got another article posted on uptime. It’s on a cool thing I learned to do in vi. Go read the article if you’re interested. It really is cool.

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Test…

Testing my MovableType install.

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Someone thinks I’ve got something to say…

I worked my way on to the list of authors that write weekly columns for uptime.

Uptime is a site/newsletter dedicated to providing the Linux community with some valuable, entertaining information on Linux related topics, and a forum to discuss them. At least that’s my take on uptime. Here is Tony’s take on what uptime is in the first article/post on uptime. Tony is the creator and lead author at uptime, and I guess I have to thank him for letting me write there.

I will be contributing, on a weekly basis, to a column for Linux “newbies”. The first article can be found here.

You can find something new on/at uptime just about every day.