Ariel the Blogging Cat

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Friday, September 28, 2007

I Miss Caribou Coffee

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bigger problems than my printing woes

Oscar Carpio, a Norwalk CT man was arraigned Monday in Bantam Superior Court for criminal charges brought against him after he allegedly tried to have relations with someone other than his new bride at his wedding reception.

Carpio was arrested by state police at 2:52 a.m. Sept. 2 at his wedding reception. Details about the incident are not clear but the bride, victim and Carpio, an engineer for a New York City firm, were apparently drunk at the time, according to court documents.

The party was still hopping when the bride and the bridesmaid took a break and started to unwrap presents in an upstairs room that the couple had rented for the night. After the bridesmaid fell asleep or passed out, the bride left and went to get martinis and dance, according to court documents. At some point Carpio went upstairs, and reportedly visited the passed-out bridesmaid. When she awoke, she told police Carpio was not wearing his cummerbund or much else.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Advantage: MacOS

The pendulum swings back toward the Macintosh after yesterday for no apparent reason (?) when I try to print from my Dell Optiplex to the shared printer I now get a cover-page listing name, etc.

A phenomenal waste of paper and for the life of me I can not figure out:

a] why this started happening
b] how to stop it

What electronic Big Brother thinks I need this and where is the help file to walk me through the steps to turn it off!

If I were to buy today, ending this aggravation would more than outweigh the "Mac Tax."

If only there was a sub-$1000 product from Apple (that isn't an iPod).

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

good coffee, good cause

Green Mountain Coffee recently announced that their Tanzanian Gombe 
Reserve blend will be the first product to carry Jane Goodall's 
endorsement and logo "Jane Goodall: Good for All." A few years ago 
Goodall made a plea to the coffee industry to help her protect the 
world's chimpanzee population by working to lift struggling African 
farmers from poverty. "We were thrilled to partner with them because 
of the ethical standards they've shown," said Goodall of Green 
Mountain Coffee.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

DEALMAC ALERT: MacBook laptops from $800

The following HOT DEAL was just posted on !

Refurbished Apple MacBook 13" Laptops from $800 shipped

The Apple Store restocked several factory-refurbished Apple
MacBook Widescreen Notebooks, in White and Black and in Core
Duo or Core 2 Duo models. Five models are currently
available. All come with with one-year warranties and free
shipping. They're removed when they sell out. Notable:

* MacBook Core Duo 1.83GHz 13.3" in White, model no.
   MA254LL/A, for $799;

* MacBook Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz 13.3" in White, model no.
   MA699LL/A, for $849; and

* MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz 13.3" in Black, model no.
   MB063LL/A, for $1,299.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Mac News to Muddy the Water

[Apple, MacBook, laptop]

From 9 to 5 Mac

We have received some information about some upcoming Apple laptops - we think they are MacBooks but aren't 100 percent sure they aren't the fabled Pro slim line.  
What we know:

  • Black aluminum and silver aluminum (like MacBook Pros) have been seen
  • They are considerably slimmer than current MacBook and even a bit more than MacBook Pros
  • The screen reaches much closer to the edges than current MacBooks but is the same size as current MacBooks - indicating a somewhat smaller footprint
So, perhaps some judicious waiting and watching is in order....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

So Tempting, But What's the Catch?

This looks tempting but after over 10 years in the Apple camp, I am not sure *what* is good and what is bad. I do know roughly half the price of a 13" MacBook sounds mighty tempting....

Compaq F579 (Refurbished) Notebook Pc,15.4"inch AMD Tuion 64x2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TK-53,Windows®Vista Home Premium.
Hp: #: 5374688
Great Value Compaq F579WM -Refurbished -90 Days Factory Warranty
Limit 1 per Household.
(when purchased between 09/19/2007 and 09/21/2007)

In stock, same day shipping

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Price: $ 549.99

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  • Microprocessor: 1.7GHz AMD Turion 64x2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TK-53
  • Display:15.4"(1280x800) Wide Screen
  • Memory:1024MB DDR2 Expandable T0 2048MB
  • Hard Drive: 120GB 5400RPM Serial ATA
  • Multimedia Drive: Multi-Format DVD-/+RW Double Layer Drive
  • Conectivity: 56k modem v.90 ,Integrated 10/100 Network card
  • Wireless Connectivity:802.11 b/g
  • Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (UMA) Shared Upto 287MB
  • External Ports: 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
  • 1 ExpressCard/34 slot ,S-Video out
  • Operating System:Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

eMail Test Post

Forgive the slow change in focus and direction as we chronicle the loss of our Apple PowerBook.

In the meantime, think about a Nokia 770....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Diary of a Reverse Switcher

Everyone remembers Ellen right? The plucky young girl whose term-paper was ruined by her PC?

Well, today I will start my tale of how I have become the anti-Ellen (and not by choice).

A change in jobs means no more PowerBook. No more WiFi. No more easy file transfers and printer selection.

So far I am not keen on this switch but what can you do - one has to work where the work (and $$$) is.

Stay tuned!

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May you all forgive me.

But click away, any way.

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Bread and Circuses III

Circus Comes to Town

Bread and Circuses II

Circus Tree 2

Bread and Circuses I

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