Happy Birthday Bob! 
Friday, 27 February, 2009, 12:23
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Happy Birthday Bob! See you at the Yard House!
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Do you have a MacBook Pro and an hour to waste? 
Friday, 27 February, 2009, 01:05
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If you have a MacBook Pro and an hour to waste, and a 2.5" SATA hard disk that's up to 9mm thick, you can upgrade the MacBook Pro's hard drive.

The first time I took a laptop apart I was shocked to see how many screws it took to hold the thing together. It wasn't just the number of screws that shocked me; the number of different types of screws was also amazing. I don't even remember the model number of that first laptop but I do remember that, when I put it back together, I had some screws left over.

Last night I decided I was going to upgrade my MacBook Pro's stock 100GB hard drive to a much nicer 500GB drive. I use that laptop pretty heavily and could definitely use the extra storage capacity. This was my first time disassembling an Apple laptop; I had taken my Mac Mini apart once to upgrade its RAM, and that was pretty easy as it only required a putty knife -- the whole thing snaps together. The MacBook Pro was filled with tiny screws and getting the top part (the one your hands come into contact with when you're using the thing) off was a pretty painful experience. The ribbon cables inside the laptop felt much more fragile than that first laptop's, and they were placed in quite strange positions all throughout the inside.

However, after wrestling with it for an hour (and then having to disassemble and reassemble it again due to a minor screw-up), my MacBook Pro now has a 500GB hard disk and a freshly-reloaded and fully-patched copy of OS X 10.5.

With all of this newfound storage capacity I'm considering throwing Windows 7 Beta onto it as well, just to see how it performs on a computer with a respectable video card. The one in my office workstation, an ATI Radeon HD 2400, sometimes chokes during everyday use; I'm sure the laptop's Radeon X1600 would outrun it.
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Auto Show pics are back 
Sunday, 15 February, 2009, 01:35
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I noticed that, somehow, the Auto Show album links disappeared from the navigation box. I've fixed that problem and have added an album for this year's Auto Show, so go ahead and have a look if you'd like.

This year's Auto Show was somewhat depressing. There wasn't that much in terms of new stuff ... the whole atmosphere seemed a bit subdued. Nissan did show up in the end, but they didn't bring anything new (except for the Cube, I don't think that was at last year's show).

I have pictures going back to the 2002 Auto Show up on my website, but they're not in album form at the moment. I'll have to grab the originals and make them into iWeb albums like the 07-09 shows ... not sure if I can pull that off with my current equipment, though. That means it's approaching upgrade time, and I noticed that 500GB laptop hard drives are available. From what I understand, MacBook Pro hard drives are somewhat painful to change, but 100GB just doesn't cut it these days.
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Nokia e51 
Friday, 30 January, 2009, 19:09
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When a phone that you've been using for nearly 2 years suddenly decides that it's not going to start up anymore, it's probably time to replace it. I have replaced my Nokia 6110 Navigator with an e51. I considered the e71 as a replacement but, because I don't have T-Mobile Internet service on my plan (nor do I have any intention of getting it), I didn't see the need for a large screen and a full keyboard. That, and I have the company-provided BlackBerry, so there's really no need for me to put Internet service on my personal phone.

I'm liking the phone so far. The screen is nicer than the 6110 Navigator's, and it feels solid and sturdy. I've downloaded a couple of apps to the phone as well; however, it looks like one of these apps will be coming off because it doesn't actually meet my needs. The official Nokia VPN client requires special hardware support from the server end, and it can't seem to connect to the office's PPTP VPN, so I'm going to find a replacement. The end goal is to allow the e51 to make and receive calls using the office's phone system -- it has a built-in SIP client, and I'd love to make use of the office phone system when I'm on call without having to use a soft phone.

In the worst case, I'll just establish a VPN tunnel to the office with my little D-Link box.

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How to defrost a 22-pound turkey in 12 hours 
Monday, 19 January, 2009, 14:23
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Yes, it can be done. No, it doesn't involve warm water, because that could potentially result in turkey soup.

Fill up a bathtub with cool water and put the turkey (in its original packaging) in the bathtub overnight. The turkey can be placed in a clean garbage bag (I believe "kitchen liner" is the politically-correct term nowadays) if that helps you sleep at night.

The above (admittedly short) sequence of events resulted in a hilarious scene involving me running down the stairs with a 22-pound defrosted (still in the original packaging) turkey wrapped in a towel. However, the turkey ended up delicious.

Just remember not to take a shower in that bathtub afterwards. The water will get cold overnight, and that coldness will transfer into the floor below the bathtub. When you stand in the bathtub your feet will be uncomfortably cold, and even warm water will cause huge amounts of steam to cloud up the bathroom.

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