Jennifer Zelazny

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Apple

Mail.app Plugins

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When Mac OS X beta appeared on the scene with a mail application I was very excited. I was a die hard Eudora fan but I am always happy to try an Apple application…you know, since I have an Apple tattoo and all. I was very disappointed with what Apple had released so I went back to Eudora. Eudora had a lot features that Mail.app did not which I used to help me get my job done. I used email templates religiously for users that forgot their web password, needed instructions on this and that so I stuck with Eudora... Read More » Read more

Serenity Now!

Flood = Standing Water = Swarms of Mosquitoes

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Whoa. I did not just play a crazy round of paintball…no those are welts from the mosquitoes. I grew up and ran around where we had dirt roads and lots of foilage, but never the kind of mosquitoes that left welts. I was using OFF’s (yes even OFF has a web site…and a killer URL) botanical blend…but I needed some deet, so I am now using deep forest OFF. I stink like OFF all day, and am sticky, but it has to be better than these crazy mosquitoes swarming onto my pale skin, right? I have some welts that itch... Read More » Read more

Food/Drink

Coke C2

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Ok, I have a Coke problem…a Coca Cola Coke problem that is. I would love to cut my Coke habit down a bit. I am not too functional before my morning 12 ounces of enjoyment. I have been religously drinking Coke for six years now and I am sure all the sugar goodness has not been beneficial, but I love my Coke. Along comes Coke C2 with half the calories and half the sugar. Immediately I was both excited and cautious. Excited=less calories. Cautious:aspartame. I first tried this new Coke mix on Sunday out of a 20oz bottle and was... Read More » Read more

Serenity Now!

Spot Nazis

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Any Metra rider knows exactly where the doors open for the trains at their stops and then places themselves there each day in hopes of being one of the first people on the train, if the train is crowded to get one of two remaining seats. I have been riding the Metra every weekday for over 5 years. I spent the first 5 years at a small stop, the best stop on the line…and then recently migrated to a bigger stop where I can get an express train into the city. Well, it was one thing when the russian woman... Read More » Read more

UNIX

My Friend and Your's: Mac OS X Server

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Installing and configuring Mac OS X Server is like being Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry has a great life, but there are always problems in the details…and the problems are unbelievable unless you see them yourself. I am still in pain from the install, the reinstall, the clone, and now onto the second clone. Apple: we love the Xserve. We love Mac OS X. But how did you screw up your “industrial strength” server OS? Let us modify the config files without worrying about the GUI eating our changes! I know I am very fortunate to not have... Read More » Read more

Standards

Brown With Black and Black With Navy

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For all those people out there that find it acceptable to wear brown shoes with a black outift, or black shoes with a navy outift please do yourself a favor and stop the insanity! We should really have informercials on major fau pauxs (yeah maybe I cannot spell, but I know what shoes to wear with my outfits). Let me break it down for all of you: Black pants or black shirt=black shoes Navy pants or a navy shirt (with jeans/khakis, etc)=brown shoes The only exception…the airline workers. I feel for them and always pay close attention to what they... Read More » Read more

Life

The Engineer Returns

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Well…if you go back about a week in the postings personalities you will meet the “engineer” of the group…and well, he returned yesterday as we were moving the nasty, wet, stinky sandbags from my house to the road. As we were moving the sandbags on dollies and wagons, the engineer approached and asked if we wanted help. Frankly neither of us wanted to even see him, so we said no. Then he busted out “well since I did half of them I might as well help remove them.” If I was not so damn hot and tired, I would have... Read More » Read more

Apple

Favorite Tech Web Sites

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Each day I load up the same tech web sites in my browser’s tabs and I thought I would share them with everyone: http://www.versiontracker.com http://www.macdevcenter.com http://www.macnn.com http://www.macosxhints.com http://the.taoofmac.com/space http://www.macintouch.com http://www.php-mag.net http://www.phparch.com http://www.php.resourceindex.com http://www.afp548.com Read more

Life

Need a Date? Get a Dog!

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About three months ago, my girlfriend and I adopted a retired greyhound. She is absolutely wonderful (the dog 😉 ) and we are very happy we adopted her. There were plenty of things we did not expect since this was our first dog, such as her love for hotdogs and the fact that she sleeps more than our cats, but of everything…her ability to attract all kinds of people blew me away. During our afternoon walks, I have had people approach me by foot, people pull over from the road, and people yell at us from cars at traffic lights…all... Read More » Read more

Standards

Hiding From Google With robots.txt

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Over the years I have become more paranoid over who sees what on my web sites, and I have learned that one of the most important steps in creating/posting a web site on the web is the robots.txt file that goes with the site and the meta tags for each page. I will not go into how I learned the hard way, but do yourself a favor, check out: http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/robots.html. Know that you can control what search engines indexes. Read more