iBook, iMac, iBlog

Mark Newhouse, <iblog@mac.com>

[July 31, 2000]

iBook News:

Keeper of the iBook

This week it's a short tutorial called "The Application Switcher." Enjoy.

Apple News:

What goes around, comes around

I guess it was bound to happen sometime - Apple may possibly be sued over its new Cube shaped computer.

[July 28, 2000]


Caution: Links Ahead

Here's how you can save up to $70,000 in workshop/speaker's fees. I don't think I could watch this guy without laughing - and then crying after realizing how much money he would be bilking us. He's got some valid points, but his ego gets in the way. Why else would he have an image of a contact sheet of images of him speaking (clearly taken in a studio) on his web site? I mean other than so I could have some fun at his expense... [thanks to Curt Cloninger for the link to the contact sheet image, and Funny Garbage for the inspiration for the presentation of the animation (ok, so I stole it...)]

[July 27, 2000]


We're famous!

Out of more than 250,000 subscribers to the bookadventure.org web site, the Arizona Republic (a Phoenix paper) chose to interview my wife (we live in Tucson) for a story on the site. Our daughter has earned several gift certificates at Barnes & Noble, and even a $100 savings bond!

[July 26, 2000]

Inversion icon

Inversion of the Week

Inversion of the word 'Chemistry'With this week's inversion I've added a new icon to indicate that the post is an inversion.
Title: Chemistry
Symmetry: 180° Rotation
Date: 1992
Notes: I had fun with this one. Figuring out how to turn the M into IST was the most challenging part.

[July 25, 2000]

iBook News:

I miss the iBook

I didn't realize how much the iBook has enabled and empowered me to write. I do much better on a keyboard, since my writing is going to end up there anyway. I've been iBookless for 6 days now, and I miss it. I don't get it back until Monday. I'll survive, but my posts may be a bit shorter this week (maybe that's a good thing...).

[July 24, 2000]


As Promised...

Because Apple hasn't done it yet... I have stepped in to help people find homepages that are hosted on Apple's homepage.mac.com servers.

[July 20, 2000]


See you next week

I'm going on a short vacation, so I won't be blogging for a few days. But watch this space for an announcement sometime Monday...

[July 19, 2000]


Inversion of the week

Rotating animation of an inversion of the word 'Math'Title: Math
Symmetry: 180° Rotation
Date: 1992
Notes: One of the first inversions I created, and one of my favorites.

Apple News:

More Expo Mania

I missed the first part of the keynote where Jobs introduced the new optical, buttonless mouse, the pro-sized keyboard, and demoed a dual processor G4. I wish I could have seen it.
iMovie 2 includes new effects like slow motion, sepia tones, and more. Included in all new desktop macs, $49 web download in late August.
New, improved homepage editor on iTools. Drag and drop your pictures, create an iMovie theater. Fun!
One more thing...
It's the cube! 8" on a side, no fan, Power Mac G4 cube. Slot-loading DVD drive on the top - it's a digital toaster! But where's the handle? Underneath - turn it over, pop-up the handle, and pull the computer out to get access to everything. New Harmon Kardon stereo speakers, 450MHz G4 $1799 500MHz G4 for $2299 (Apple on-line store exclusive) available in early August.
Oh yeah...
Three new displays: 17" flat CRT with clear plastics, and two USB ports and colorsynch built in. Powered from the computer - one cable caries video, USB and power - $499.
New 15" Flat Panel display for $999. New Cinema Display, too, both with single cable carrying power, USB and Video - cool!

iMac News:

Expo Mania

Entry level iMacs for $799, in new color - Indigo
DV iMacs for $999, colors - Indigo and Ruby
DV+ iMacs for $1299, colors - Indigo, Ruby, and Sage
DV SE iMacs for $1499, colors - Graphite and Snow
They all come with the new optical, buttonless mouse, and pro-size keyboard. Check the web site for more tech specs. All are available today, except the entry level iMac, available in September.

[July 18, 2000]

Apple News:

Rumors are flying

AppleInsider seems to have the inside track to images of new Apple hardware (hence the name...). We'll have to see how things pan out with less than 12 hours to the keynote.

[July 17, 2000]


Seen on a billboard

"Thanks parents, for talking to your kids." Then a downward-pointing arrow with the words "Teenage drinking down 45%." The arrow was pointing to the words "We all make a difference." Directly underneath that was the Budweiser logo. Yeah, we all make a difference, in one direction or another. I wonder how much lower the teenage drinking rate would have been without the frogs, the Bud Bowl, or the Wassup! (True) commercials...

iBook News:

You Get What You Pay For

My (mis)adventures with free internet access for the Mac. The latest Keeper of the iBook article.

Apple News:

Early Keynote for the West Coast

I may not catch Steve Jobs in New York tomorrow, as the 9 am (EDT) keynote will be webcast beginning at 6 am here in AZ (MST) and on the west coast (PDT)...

[July 14, 2000]


One more, for old times...

I hate to do this, and only because Miles asked me to, but the link to winterbeach.com on the right has been turned off. Enjoy your vacation from blogging. I hope to see you back sometime.

[July 13, 2000]


Astronomy Picture(s) of the Day

Images taken with our 'scopes have been getting a bit of publicity from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day

[July 12, 2000]

Apple News:

MacWorld Expo 2000

"Watch Apple iCEO Steve Jobs deliver the Macworld Expo keynote address from New York City's Jacob K Javits Center. See it here exclusively in QuickTime on July 19 at 9am ET . It's an event you won't want to miss."


A new, weekly feature of iBook, iMac, iBlog

Inversions - inside out words. Sometimes they read the same right-side-up as upside-down, other times they read the same backwards and forwards. But I always have fun trying to make them work. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Inversion of the word Mark...
Title: Mark
Symmetry: 180° Rotation
Date: August, 1996
Notes: I had worked for a long time to find a way to do my name. I am pretty happy with the result. Notice that I had to introduce a box around the name to justify the extra vertical stroke in the M/K combo.

[July 11, 2000]

Apple News:

Ryan Meader is a Liar

More on MOSR (MacOS Rumors) and the lies they are allegedly perpetrating. Does anyone really believe this stuff? [via MrBarret.com]

Apple News:

You, too, can be a rumor source

I love this exposé of MOSR!

[July 10, 2000]

Apple News:

Chicken Run

This week only, watch the first seven minutes of the movie, courtesy Apple, Inc.

iBook News:

It's About Time

Yes, it has been over a month since I last wrote an article for the Keeper of the iBook. So I wrote about keeping things up to date, using the date and Time control panel to automatically synchronize with an internet time server. Check it out.

[July 7, 2000]


Hacky Sack!

I was kicking it old skool - 'cuz I'm old, and I was learning again.
My body will let me know how old tomorrow...

Apple News:

MacWorld (rumor) Exp(l)o(sion)

With the New York version of the MacWorld Expo just around the corner, new rumors are popping up almost every day. Of course, still feeling the sting of the Pismo no show at January's event, rumor -mongers are quick to cover their tails. My favorite quote from an AppleInsider article:
However, recent history has taught us that Apple often changes its mind in the latter weeks leading up to a product launch, where they find significant evidence that launching the new product in its current state would be unjust.
Uh, yeah. Unjust to whom? the rumor-mongers? Whatever, I am still looking forward to what Steve and Co. have for us.

[July 6, 2000]


Cool design stuff

I've been reading contenu.nu's NUblog every few days. Good stuff, and well written. Their most recent piece discusses some interface trickery at php.net.
Despite the gaudiness, gimmickry, and inaccessibility, we could be down wit' seeing more of this stuff.
What I think they missed is that if you don't have a DHTML capable browser, you get a link to he same information and capabilities that are popped up in the DHTML balloons. So you still have accessibility. Nice.

Apple News:

PC floppy drives catching up to the Mac

When I read the headline I thought maybe they were shipping without floppy drives. I guess that will be another 16 years from now...

Apple News:

Steve Jobs MacWorld Expo Keynote to be webcast

MacWorld UK has the information on this - more to come I am sure. Start dusting off your Reality Distortion Field Shields...

[July 5, 2000]


Can you spot the differences?

Image of my three daughters dressed up in costumesSlightly different image of my three daughters dressed up in costumes
While going through our pictures yesterday we came across these taken on Halloween last year. At first we thought they were duplicates, until we took a closer look. So, in the spirit of Highlights for Children magazine, I ask: Can you find at least six major differences between these images?


Safe, non-toxic, do it yourself fireworks

A lot of family met at my parents' house last night for a barbecue. Good food and good times. Most families left soon after dark to go to their favorite places to watch fireworks. Our youngest daughters are still a bit young to appreciate the fireworks, so we stayed on at my parents. My dad brought out some glow sticks for our daughters, and we activated about ten of them. Our 8 year old and 3 and a half year old had great fun spinning around with them in the dark.
Then I had an idea. I gathered all the glow sticks together, made the dull thudding sound of a rocket being shot into the air, whistled as the imaginary rocket sped into the night and made the sound of the fireworks bursting as I tossed the glow sticks high in the air.
My girls squealed with delight, giggling as they exclaimed, "I wanna' try, I wanna' try!"
My father-in-law would have asked, "I wonder what the poor people are doing tonight?"

[July 4, 2000]


We the people...

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of lndependence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding, His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished, A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart, Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians, They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!
-Pastor John B. Aker (based on an article written by Rush Limbaugh Jr.)


Happy Fourth of July

Flag of the USAIn the USA we call it Independence Day. I think they call it Good Riddance Day in the UK ....

[July 3, 2000]


Proud Daddy

Our 10 and a half month old daughter took her first steps today...


Jakob's Nightmare

Here's an idea (tell me if it's been done before). Blog the longest intelligent sentence you can so that each word in the sentence is a link that is relevant to the word being linked. Links should point to different servers (in other words, don't make each word a link to its definition at dictionary.com). Bonus points if the links all follow the theme of the sentence. And let me know when you've blogged it so I can point to it!
Here's mine:
I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, yahoo!, I'd have all my money back.
I used one of Jack Handy's Deep Thoughts, or you could try a quote from Mark Twain. Or just make something up yourself.
Spread the meme!


June is history

Into the archives for posterity.


Permalinks - wheee!

I have seen the light, and starting in July I am adding permalinks to all posts. Click the icon to see how they work. Go ahead, you know you want to...

Mark Newhouse is the Web Designer for the public outreach arm of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson, AZ. He has been using Macs for over a decade, and sometimes gets Distracted.




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