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Can’t Load my Portfolio Management Page October 28, 2007

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I use SunTrust to manage my stock portfolio.  Currently, I can’t load the main page (after logging in).  I can using Firefox.  Bad page design, or bad Safari? 

Later: looks like the page loading issue and the cursor/CSS menu issues are related somehow. As soon as the page stopped trying to load, the cursor started acting normally. SWAG: Threading issue? 

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Leopard Installed October 28, 2007

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Okay.  I installed Leopard yesterday morning.  It took a couple of steps, as the first attempt bombed out because the disk read at the beginning failed.  Had to reboot and try again.  Oh, well.

Installation went pretty flawlessly.  It took a while, though.  Some people have been reporting around 45 minutes.  I think it was more like an hour-and-a-half for me.  Everything seemed to go well.  I did have to do some artificial trimming of what was being installed, because the process claimed to need more disk space than I had.  Got it to work, though.

Some things I’ve noticed in the day+ that I’ve been using it:

  1.  In Safari, the mouse briefly turns into a hand when hovering over a hyperlink, then changes immediately back to a pointer.
  2. More interestingly, and much worse–if the mouse is hovering over a CSS dynamic menu, the menu briefly appears, and then disappears.  This makes the menu completely unusable.  Definitely a nasty bug, given the prevalence of these types of menus.  I’m going to see if a bug report has been filed.
  3. I can’t install the dev tools.  I really wanted to check out the new Xcode.  I’ve heard lots of good things about it, especially the new interface designer.  I’m finally going to have some time to explore developing for OS X.  Nurts.  I’m going to take the disk back to see if this is related to the disk failure reported above.

I’ll post more as time goes on.  I know there have been scattered reports of other issues.  It’ll be interesting to see how serious and wide-spread they are.

Leopard October 27, 2007

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Getting ready to install Leopard on my Macbook Pro.  There’ve been scattered reports of problems, but I’m not expecting anything serious.  I ran a full backup last night onto an external drive, so I’m good there.

More later.

Edit: Gotta say–this editor in WordPress sucks. Removing all paragraph breaks? C’mon.

Healing the O’s October 26, 2007

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Okay. As many of you (all one of you?!) know, I’ve been a diehard O’s fan since we moved to Baltimore in ’95.  I got lucky, as the ’96 season was wire-to-wire, and were it not for Jeffrey Meier, we might have been looking at a World Series appearance, and a completely different follow-up decade.

Water under the bridge, though.  What’s done is done.  We’ve had a decade of futility, and currently no real positive outlook in sight.

Or is there?

Here’s a list of the prospective free agents after the World Series ends (probably on Sunday in Colorado).   I’ve been talking with some people who seem to know, and apparently Peter Angelos is pulling in upwards of $150-175 million per year from his MASN contract with Comcast alone.  I’ve got some ideas on how Angelos can spend this money.

First, sign ARod.  I know, I know.  He’s going to be offered a ridiculous amount of money from the likes of Boston, the Cubs, probably San Francisco, etc.  So what.  Hand him a blank check and a pen.  Tell him whatever it takes.  We’ll have to overpay, but who cares.  Angelos is going to have the money.  I’d bet if we offered him $35M per year for at least 8 years, he’d sign.  Then move him back to shortstop.  Why?

Second, sign Mike Lowell.  He’s a strong third baseman, and lead the Red Sox in RBIs in ’07 (120+).  Put him at third, Rodriguez at short, and the left side of the infield is locked up for at least the next 5 years.  I’d sign Lowell at $15-20 per year.  He’d be worth it, as a complement to ARod.

Third, re-sign Bedard.  Gotta happen.  And if we pull off the first two steps here, I think he’d be amenable.  If he sees that we’re really committing to building a team that can support him offensively, I think he’d be willing to stick around.  Probably take North of $18 million per year for at least 5 years before he’d commit.  He’s worth it, though.  God, what a pitcher.

Okay, we’ve got two legit power hitters locking down third and short.  What about Miggy and Melvin, you ask?  Trade ‘m.  I’m tired of them.  They’re selfish, petulant, and don’t give a crap about the team.  We played solid .500 ball without them during the late Summer.  As soon as they came back?  Tank-city.  Trade them, together, or separately, to a team (teams) who are willing to give up pitching prospects.  Especially middle-relievers.  Probably won’t get value-for-value, but given the state of our bullpen, that’ll be okay.  Anything is better than what we’ve had to deal with for the last couple of years.

We should be looking at free-agency for pitching and probably the outfield, too.  Andruw Jones and Torii Hunter are free.  I’d probably lean towards Hunter, only because I like his attitude more.   But Jones would be no slouch.  Corey’s a free-agent.  I think we can upgrade.  I like him, but I don’t think he’s the spark plug we need.

Finally, and this is after next season–sign Texiera.  He’d lock up First for years, and can hit the hell out of the ball.  Even better, he wants to play for the O’s.  He’s a local boy.  Get him.

I think this is a formula for success.  Is it expensive?  You betcha.  Can Angelos afford it?  Absolutely.  Especially as he’ll rejuvenate the fanbase, which has suffered greatly during the drought.  He has to do something, and I think this works. If we started strong, and went into the second half of the season in contention, seats would be filled at Camden Yards.

I remember the sellouts of old. Oriole Park rocked. It can again. But only if Angelos is willing to break the bank.

MacFixIt on Leopard Upgrade October 26, 2007

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Some strategies for upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5.  I’m probably stopping by the Towson Town Center Apple Store this evening with the twins to pick up a mondo drive (at least 500 GB, if not larger), possibly an Airport Extreme, and the Leopard Family pack.  I’d like to upgrade all of our machines this weekend, and have a ‘network’ drive to which we can do regular snapshot backups.  I’ve been extremely negligent in that regard, and I need to get it together.  Liora’s desktop, in particular, has some critical data on it for Zoetic that should be backed up.

Leopard looks to be pretty cool. I think the Cover-flow integration could be the ‘killer app’ piece of this OS. And Time Machine may completely obsolete backup software on the Mac.

Make it easy to use your computer??? Who’d a thunk it!!

Slideshow of Fires in San Diego October 25, 2007

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Here’s a slideshow of some pictures taken in San Diego during the big firestorm.  Some of the pictures are, frankly, shocking.  I’ve seen more than a few fires up-close.  There were more than a couple in and around Scripps Ranch when we lived there.  So the night pictures of the massive conflagrations bring up some not so pleasant memories.  And the pictures with Qualcomm Stadium in the foreground are mind-boggling.  I really can’t get my head around them.  The proximity of the fires to basically downtown and semi-urban areas of San Diego is … shattering.  

I can’t really find the words for it. The fires that happened in ’03 burned right through our old neighborhood in Scripps.  Why our old house didn’t go up is still beyond my comprehension.  And with this year’s Witch Creek Fire, Uncle Lew and Aunt Kate’s house in Poway was seriously threatened, but apparently they’re in a good position, being surrounded by a golf course.  Talk about a natural firebreak!

Twice in four years.  I wonder how much more of this San Diego can take.  Will people start to seriously reconsider living in ‘Paradise’?  You’ve got to wonder.

My prayers are with everyone involved.  I actually hope the Chargers decide to play there this weekend.  I think it will be a great healing experience–a chance for everyone to come together and cheer senselessly for a few hours!  

Go Chargers!  Go San Diego!!!!!!!   

Syria’s Nuke Plant(s) October 25, 2007

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Did they get the material and scientists from Iraq?  Seems possible.

The Tyranny of PC October 22, 2007

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Doris Lessing:  Questions You Should Never Ask a Writer

Some Light Reading October 10, 2007

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The Day After–What do we do if we get hit.
Review of Legacy of Ashes.
Zillow–an online real estate assessment tool.
Che Guevara–Not such a good guy after all.
Killer Web Comic.

What is a Neoconservative? October 3, 2007

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Interesting article at Commentary Magazine.  Still reading it, but already I’m seeing origins of which I was not aware.