My parents are switching

I never thought I would see this. My parents are switching to Macs. Their first computer was a Mac back in the early 90s. My mom placed the order online last night (white Macbook, 2.0 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB HD).

They do a ton of work on photos and wanted a computer that can better handle them. They also are sick of viruses and all of the issues that come with Windows computers.

I cannot wait!

Update on Firefox 2 beta's

I’m test driving a build that is Release Candidate 2 for Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 (if that makes ANY sense at all to you).

I am please to say without a doubt that this is the first version of Firefox that is usable on a Mac. Insane speed compared to Firefox 1.5, the new theme updates actually look much better on my Mac, and many annoying bugs fixed.

I am not going to link to the build, as those who really want it can find it on Mozilla’s FTP server. However, I am extremely impressed and can’t wait to see what the final Firefox 2.0 has in store. This is clearly the first usable Firefox on Macs.

Random notes (August 26th)

Some random notes from the past week:

  • I went to IKEA today with Katie. What an amazing store. It was only the second time I had ever gone there, but this time I purchased something: a very nice coffee table. Very easy to assemble, took about a half hour and is incredibly sturdy.
  • I used a trial of eMusic to download a couple of albums that I have always wanted, including an album that was out of print by a band called Samiam. I then canceled the trial, as I could not find much music that interested me outside of the 50 songs I downloaded from the trial.
  • My brother Justin was offered two jobs the past few days, both with major graphic design firms in Boston. He is still deciding which one he is going to choose, but that is a good problem to have. Congratulations go out to him for his fantastic work.
  • My youngest brother Dan is one week away from starting his 5 years at Northeastern, majoring in Computer Science. Almost makes me want to cry…
  • I have been working out for the past month at the company gym, 3 times a week. Never worked out in my life before and I was pathetic my first time on the weights. However I am doing really well a month later…I can push 135 pounds with my legs (which is slightly more then my weight, which is starting to gain with the muscle I’m adding) and I am at 75 pounds on the other machines. I am actually starting to notice significant improvements in strength and feeling in shape for the first time since high school.

What really matters on the JonBenet case

For some reason, the JonBenet Ramsey case always fascinated me, even though I haven’t really thought about it recently. Finally, it appears that justice will finally happen.

I thought I would share a quote from Tom Foreman, a CNN Correspondent writing on Anderson Cooper’s 360° Blog. It pretty much sums up what everyone feels.

A colleague in New York asked me years ago the perennial question: When will someone be arrested?

I took out a coin, taped it to the top of her computer, and said, “I’ll bet you this quarter that it never happens. If it does, take the quarter. Meanwhile, I’ll always know I’ve got 25 cents waiting for me in New York.”

I hope she took it today. Best quarter I ever lost.

The Worst President in History?

I just finished reading this Rolling Stone article titled “The Worst President in History?”.

It is sad that I agree with every single point made in it. This is while trying as hard as I can to be objective. To have someone like this running the country makes me so angry and sad.

Why I use DreamHost

Those few souls who are regular visitors to my site probably noticed some uptime issues the past few weeks. My web host DreamHost was having problem after problem. It was getting quite annoying and I even thought about leaving DreamHost.

However, in probably the best case of telling the truth that I have seen in a long time, DreamHost came clean and took the blame for the outage. They even took blame for things they really couldn’t control.

That is why I have my site hosted by them. Their honesty and genuine effort to keep their services up is quite impressive. While I would recommending waiting until DreamHost has restored their reputation of reliability, I would not hesitate recommending them afterwards.

Another day, another walk-off for Ortiz

I really wish I did more writing on sports, especially after moments like last night’s walk-off HR by Red Sox DH David Ortiz. What an amazing game that in some ways could read like a movie script. Only could the Red Sox make someone scream at the top of their lungs when everyone else is either in bed or going to bed.

The Joy of Sox has a very interesting blog post on David Ortiz’s heroics since the 2004 season. I couldn’t make up numbers that are better then what he has done.

I took a look at all Red Sox home games since Ortiz joined the team in 2003. When I started, I figured that contrary to what we all think, Ortiz doesn’t always win games in walk-off situations. We simply forget the times he has made an out.

Well, in the last two seasons, that’s simply not true.

He DOES do it all the time.

2003:    2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, BB
2004:    2-for-8, HR, 3 RBI
2004 PS: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB
2005:    3-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB
2006:    5-for-6, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB

Since the end of the 2004 regular season, Ortiz has come to the plate in a walk-off situations 19 times — and reached base 16 times. He is 11-for-14 (.786), with 7 HR and 20 RBI.

In 2005 and 2006, he is 8-for-9, with 5 HR and 15 RBI!

Simply amazing. The best part about all of this? I got to witness one of the walkoffs in person during the 2004 playoffs (Game 3 of the ALDS vs. the Angels).