New Section: Food

I have just added a new section to the site, Food. The link can be found under the Home menu bar. The purpose of this isn’t necessarily for restaurant reviews, but rather a selection of local places to eat that is accessible via a Palm device while on the road. I’ll be working on styling the site to look a bit more interesting on Palm and other PDA devices.

Enjoy!

Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode

Learn how to start up Mac OS X 10.2 or later in Safe Mode.

To start up into Safe Mode (to “Safe Boot”), do this:

  1. Be sure the computer is shut down.
  2. Press the power button.
  3. Immediately after you hear the startup tone, press and hold the Shift key.
    Tip: The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone but not before.
  4. Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple and progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).

During the startup in Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.3.9, you will see “Safe Boot” on the Mac OS X startup screen.

During the startup in Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you will see “Safe Boot” on the login window, which appears even if you normally log in automatically.

To leave Safe Mode in any version of Mac OS X, restart the computer normally, without holding any keys during startup.

If your computer won’t start up in Mac OS X at all, see “Your Mac won’t start up in Mac OS X“.

Article reprinted from Apple.com.

Adobe CS2 and Apple’s Security Update 2006-03

So for the second time, I’ve had this problem: my MacBook would not get past the load up page (the one after the grey Apple with the spinning wheel) after applying Apple’s Security Update 2006-03. The first time, I had to reinstall the entire OS. This time, after searching around the web, it appears I’m not the only one to experience this problem. So for future reference, I decided to add this to our webpage.

The issues lies with some incompatibility with Adobe CS2 Version Cue that loads up in startup and the latest security update. The solution is to remove Version Cue from startup.

Solution:

  1. Boot up in safe mode.
  2. Go to “Macintosh HD” and “Library”.
  3. Do a “Get Info” on the “StartupItems” folder.
  4. Expand the “Ownership & Permissions” tab and select “Details”.
  5. Click the lock and enter your password (if you have one set) and switch the owner from the “System” to your user account.
  6. Rename the folder to “StartupItems.old”.
  7. Change the “Ownership & Permissions” of “StartupItems.old” back to the “System”.
  8. Reboot and you should be able to get into your system again.

For Sale: 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo T-Top

The car is sold. Thank you.

For anyone who is interested, we are selling a 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo T-Top. Here is the info:

Price $4,500 (obo)
Title Clean
Body Style Targa Top
Mileage 128,000
Exterior Color Blue
Interior Color Blue
Engine 6 Cylinder
Transmission 5 speed Manual
Drive Type 2 wheel drive
Fuel Type Gasoline
Doors Two Door

The car is located in South San Francisco. Click on the pictures for larger pics. Please send us a message.
Marks Supra 001.jpgMarks Supra 005.jpgMarks Supra 003.jpgMarks Supra 002.jpg

The T-Shirt Body Workout

This is a workout program from Men’s Fitness magazine. I generally don’t place much stock into magazine workouts, but this one looks interesting, so I figured I’ll give it a try and see what happens.

Directions

Frequency: The program is eight weeks long and comprises two four-week phases. You’ll work out four days a week in each phase. Follow Phase I for Weeks 1-4, then move on to Phase II for Weeks 5-8. For both phases, perform Workouts A and B on back-to-back days, then rest a day before Workout C. On the following day, perform Workout D, then rest two more days before repeating the cycle for the next week.

How To Do It: Perform the exercise pairs (marked A and B) as alternating sets, resting the prescribed amount of time between sets of each. (So you’ll do one set of A, rest, then one set of B, rest again, and repeat for all the prescribed sets.) Perform exercises marked A, B, C, and D as a circuit–do one set of each exercise, one after the other, resting the prescribed amount of time between each set. After Excersise D, repeat the circuit again for the prescribed number of sets. Perform the remaining exercises as straight sets, completing all sets for one exercise before moving on to the next one.

Weight: Choose the heaviest weight that allows you to complete all the prescribed repetitions for each set.

Cardio: The day after you do Workouts B and D, perform the following interval cardio session: Warmup on the machine of your choice for five minutes, then work at the hardest pace you can maintain for 30 seconds. Slow down to a moderate intensity for 90 seconds. That’s one interval. Do four intervals in the first week and add one additional interval every week thereafter (so you’ll do 12 intervals in Week 8 ). After you’ve completed all intervals, perform a five-minute cool-down.

Dumbbell Swing: For Workout A in Phase I, use a heavy dumbbell and alternately dip and straighten your knees to help swing it from between your legs to shoulder level. Each shoulder-level swing is one rep.

Apples Releases MacBook and No More 1.83Ghz MacBook Pro

It was only a matter of time before Apple would do this: release a replacement for the 12″ PowerBooks. Today, Apple released the 13.3″ MacBook. What is more amazing is there is a new choice of color: black. Interestingly, the black color MacBook comes at a $200 additional premium over its white selection equally equipped.

I must say, the black is definitely a nice color. I would like to see it in person. Find it here: http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html.

It also appears that Apple has removed the 1.83GHz from its MacBook Pro line. The only processor models available are: 2.00GHz 15.4″ MacBook Pro, 2.16GHz 15.4″ MacBook Pro, and the 2.16GHz 17″ MacBook Pro. I have a 1.83GHz, and having the MacBook Pro for less than a few months, I already feel obsolete.

Cars That Drive Themselves

So this article on CNN.com, an excerpt from Fortune, got me wondering, why are some people so damn hesitant about cars that drive themselves? I understand the main point: freedom. But if you think about it, how is that any different than when a person takes an elevator or escalator to get to one floor or another? Isn’t a person giving up the same type of freedom doing so?

Take the elevator for example first, a person gets into the elevator (which is usually located at some specific spot) and it goes up and down. The most control (or choice) a person has is which floor to go to. Granted that in some cases, the elevator has not entirely resolved the issue of overcrowdedness, people going to the wrong floors, or those jerks who choose to push every button in the elevator, but it does reduce the amount of traffic, no? Consider what happens in cases where people are forced to use the stairs. At my school, in the Business Building Classroom (1 building with multiple rooms), we have stairs that are quite frequently used. The Business Building Classroom is three floors high. People use these stairs to get to and from their classes and to leave since its situated near the main entrance. During rush hour, people can be quite inefficient in the paths they choose. There is no clear up side or down side, everyone goes up and down where ever they can find space. What is really irksome is when two or more people decide to stop on the stairs for no reason other than to conversate. Tell me you’ve never seen a person slam on his or her car’s brake abruptly because they are about to miss their exit or turn while three lanes to the left? The elevator (or in this case, cars that drive themselves) takes directional thinking out of the hands of people who are already too consumed with many other things on their mind (or just plain too stupid) to navigate.

In other parts of the country, I’m sure people are not used to the traffic we have in the Bay Area. Of course, we’re not the worse by far (ahem, New York, LA, etc.), but we rank up there. Imagine how much traffic jams and how many accidents would be reduced when a computer handles the calculations of how fast to go, when to begin coming over to make an exit, etc.? Also consider that while the car is driving, this allows the driver to concentrate on other more important things such as talking on the cell phone, putting on makeup, eating, even reading.

Especially now with gas where it is, and proven facts that using cruise control increases gas mileage, I would think this would be something more appealing to people. Imagine taking a trip with your family on some 2-3 hour drive, instead of being left out of the fun and games the driver can’t partake in with his or her family, he or she can now, just sit back and relax and be there safe and sound. Even drunk driving would be a thing of the past. Completely wasted? No problem, stagger your way out to your car, get in, hit HOME, and after a brief nap, find yourself safely at home.

I like driving as much as the next person, but the benefits far outweight the consequence of giving up driving “freedom”. You know how many people would still be with us today had they not been killed by drunk drivers, sleepy drivers, speeders, or even mistakes caused by themselves? Even you’re 90 year old grandmother could safely get driven to the market or her nightly bingo game without bothering anyone else or causing road rage in over zealous younger drivers who feel the older generation is driving a tad bit too slow.

I realize driving is a psychological factor dating back to the times of the Lewis and Clark expedition and its a deep rooted historical tradition and even a testament to our American values, but like all other things, things do change. As a popular slogan in my Organization Change and Design class (a business class), “The only constant thing is change.”