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OS X update saga: 10.4.11 to 10.6.2, plus hardware upgrades

After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade my laptop (MacBook Pro 2.2 ghz) to the current version of OS X.

Having read a few horror stories online, I decided to do a clean install, and, while at it, replace my hard drive and upgrade my RAM.

I ordered a 500 GB drive and 4GB RAM from Other World Computing, (http://www.macsales.com) and they arrived when they said they would. One really cool thing about OWC is that they have installation videos right on their website.

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Consumer resolution: Never entertain any offers if any type on the offer page is less than 10pts.

Just got yet another DirectTV solicitation in the mail. I'd be interested as our basic cable service provides us with 12 or so channels. I wouldn't mind investing in a modest upgrade to get CNN, the History Channel, and a few others.

But...when I tried to read the soliciation, I could barely make out anything important (i.e. the actual cost and terms of the service being offered). I've toyed with the idea in the past, but now I'm implementing it: I will immediately 86 any offer that contains any type smaller than 10 pt type.

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New song: Come back baby

I found myself trying to play the John Hammond version of this song today, but not quite succeeding. (I can't figure out which album of his it's on...I can't find it online....we had a bunch of CDs stolen from Sarah's car this spring...three of my best John Hammond CDs were part of the take...along on with a couple Tom Waits albums. Sigh. I suspect that whoever ransacked the car has no idea what they took. Postscript: I think it's an album that
Duke Robillard produced and Marty Ballou played bass on...the bass has that Marty feel to it.....).

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File this under: "If you can think it, you can build it."

The Local: Germany published a story detailing a Saudi company's request for a German patent on a cyanide capsule activated by an RFID chip (http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20090515-19313.html).

The idea behind this device is that it would be implanted into a human or animal, then could be triggered if the chip went past a specially encoded RFID scanner: ideal for keeping domestic servants from skipping out of the tent.

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