Today I’ve received a call from my ISP, the lady who was talking with me offered me to change my current plan 15 Mb/s to new one 10Mb/s. She really made my day better. Still laughing when I think of it. Just for the record, of course I’ve declined this “lucrative” offer:)
I’ve been invited to test threadsy.com which is some kind of aggregation site which combines your mail, Facebook and Twitter (and more) accounts into one data stream. After some troubles with creating my account (it’s still in testing phase, so it can happen) I’ve added my Gmail, Twitter and Facebook accounts into it and begin to play. It’s pretty impressive. Everything is divided into two streams. One on the left called “inbound” consist every message which is posted directly to you.
TechCrunch published interesting article about Boston’s Route 128 and why it lost with Silicon Valley, more here. I haven’t heard about it before. If I had then I would definitively tried to see this when I was there. It’s maybe not so surprising as MIT is there, so it’s normal that many of these bright people would want to stay there, but still. Second Silicon Valley, well how would you know:)
TechCrunch posted text about how Facebook is trying to help unpopular people by asking their friends to post more often on their walls, read more here. It reminded me that when I was 10 years old (more or less) I’ve had neighbors with exactly the same kid as described in article. He was a year younger than me and really nice guy, but not very popular. Even kids in the same age as he was preferred to play with me than with him.
As newbie Mac OS user I’ve faced problem “where the f**k are page up, page down, etc. keys?“. A little of exploration and here it is (MacBook Pro): fn + arrow down = page down fn + arrow up = page up cmd + arrow down = end cmd + arrow up = home fn + backspace = delete (this is quite annoying that on PC I’ve had one button for that)
As I have new toy (MacBook), I need new software for it. As I’m a little paranoid about security (yeah, I know, there are no viruses on Mac) I’ve wanted to add some antivirus to my new system. I’ve worked with many such programs in the past, so I know that sometimes (or mostly) it happens that they’re slowing down computer. I’m new to Mac OS and very happy already about it performance, so I don’t want to ruin it.
Since yesterday I’m happy owner of MacBook Pro! I’ve waited long time and had many other desktops and laptops in the past, but finally I have it:) And it was a good deal, so double win, or like Americans like to say win win. And guess what? Yes, you’re right I’m writing this message from my new Mac! As I’m still a newbie everything keeps amazing me. I’m really surprised what Mac OS offers right out the box.
Amazon Kindle 2 with international gprs service would be available in Europe from October 19th! At last! Count me in as a first buyer. UPDATE: It’s not so sweet as it first looked:( Instead of 279$ Kindle 2 when shipping to Europe (Czech Republic at least) would cost you 359$. It’s not so bad, still pretty cheap as other e-book readers cost more in this part of Europe. But when you’ll add to it the fact that every e-book from amazon would cost you more than your US based friends, then it’s not so good anymore.
Bruce Schneier is the person well known to everybody interested in IT security. Recently he published blog post about why two-factor authentication is not solving all security problems. For those who don’t know what this term means, two-factor authentication is basically system where first you’re giving your “constant” password (password which doesn’t change), then if you’ve provided correct password system is sending you another one which is generated for you just for this single use (this password can be generated also by some small device provided to you by system admin).