With all of the good design out there being applied to technology in general Apple products, why in the world can't someone come up with some simple way to mask all of the under-the-hood confusion when it comes to networking and present the common user with a simple UI — a reduced set of options leaving most of the work to be auto-configured or solved through a list of plain-language prompts? most cannot and should not be expected to understand TCP/IP, DHCP (manual or not), a slew of addresses, acronyms, etc. i wasted hours just now trying to get two computers to talk to each other (or at least acknowledge each others' presence) — an old beige Mac G3 running the old classic Mac OS, and an Intel Duo-Core iMac.
I just wanted to create a simple 2-computer network using a standard Ethernet cable.
Not rocket science. Or so I thought. Two different interfaces, some outmoded terminology on the old Mac, possibly some missing software on the G3 as well.
And if you were thinking of leaving a polite or even a condescending comment about how to do it — save your breath — the G3 (and its quaint standalone cathode-ray monitor) has been retired. Permanently.
tonight jordan and i played catch in the front yard. he used his
brand new glove, and i used the one and only baseball glove i've owned
since the mid 1970s. tonight i assembled the mother of all roadtrip
playlists. my 600 favorite songs. this morning i considered the grass
of the field. this afternoon i watched ratatouille for the second time.
had frustrations with iPhoto this afternoon. amy made me a milkshake
this evening. friday after work we went to hunt, texas and stayed with
our friends at their hill country getaway. then saturday morning we
fetched the older kids from camp. saturday evening we lit the rest of
scott's firecrackers. i saw several rainbows.
hey again-- i'm getting used to the keyboard on the iPhone -- except for the hidden punctuation and the auto spell not always flagging problems, it is not so bad. No ability to browse for images since there is no finder.
Daily, Lenten MP3s from the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin, starting Wednesday:
PRAY-AS-YOU-GO for Lent Fr. Peter Scally, SJ, at Jesuit Media Initiatives in London is running a trial for the whole of Lent this year of a new project called pray-as-you-go. Some of you may remember that Peter, while still a Jesuit Scholastic, was working at the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin when Sacred Space was launched as "something to do for Lent". In fact, it was Peter that came up with the name, Sacred Space. The idea is to provide daily prayer in the MP3 audio format for the many people who travel to and from work every day on bus, train, tube or subway - using music and scripture to guide them through a ten minute prayer session every day. It is downloadable for free from the internet, so that you can take it with you ....
np: The Postal Service: We Will Become Silhouettes. Amy's scrapbooking this weekend. I missed her last night, so I used Google Earth — now available on Mac OSX— to trace her route and pretended I could almost see here there at her friend's lakehouse. I took off a half-day today, picked up Kate and Emma, and have been having a really great time with them; I just gotta remember to pick up Jordan and Abi in an hour, and all will be well. It's naptime, so I'm using this rare down moment in my life to get caught up on ye olde blög.
i'm scruffy this week. cliff and amy accused me of trying to grow a beard:
no, this is not a beard.
plus, we already have two bearded pastors (Cliff and Jeremy, who i decided looks like Treebeard.)
i need to go to bed because i'm waking up early for a client meeting so maybe if i do one long run-on sentence it'll go down quicker paul thought and wrote like caddy compson's benjy moments in long streams, long streams to catch you up starting with friday perhaps yes friday night where my parents kept the kids and amy and i had a much-needed date night and had a great time and made a pilgrimage to the apple store in san antonio's latest temple to consumerism: the shops at la cantera and then was saturday when hurricane rita came and we moved furniture most of the day and soccer games were canceled and sunday came and our missional community went to san pedro manor and spoke and learned and loved and remembered and grew and welcomed mark and rachel with open arms and jordan made me proud and devin made us all proud and my six-and-a-half-month-old baby stole the show and the beautiful and wise and weathered nursing home residences drank in emma's soft, round baby skin cheeks and fair smile and i watched and met betty who came from new orleans and hadn't found her hurricane-scattered children and she had been in the superdome and had heard the worst and then mark amazed me the way he could embrace strangers so easily y se puede hablar en espanol con las abuelitas y yo sitting there in contrast, forgetting mis palabras y no puedo recuerdo mucho and grace, and love, and later selfless susan serving spaghetti, starbucks, and birthday cliff and birthday ginger and casey started his blog and hannah and kate had laughing moments and amy made that chocolate cake and love and lethargy mixed and kids played pool just like river-city, and mike was there and i was there and we were late for soccer practice and i waited with jordan instead of going to mosaic roadtrip but that was okay, and i got to talk to george and that was good and then mark came by for some furniture and i made grilled cheese for jordan and i had a really good talk about our missional community and church and how important he is and watched grey's anatomy on abc tv and read two blog posts from cliff and they got my mind wheels rotating and a typed in a long comment and asked myself some questions and isn't it warm for september and my wasn't our electric bill high and isn't the wild goose fluid and good and beautiful and isn't she worth following?