Friday, April 22, 2005

Marble Mouse

I never followed up on the purchase of the Kensington Orbit Trackball mouse? Well, it was not so good. I had to clean it every day from the time I plugged it in the USB port. So, I packed it up and sent it back to AMAZON within the 30 days allowed, and got credited. Then, thinking of ordering another model of Kensington, I happened to see the rather ugly Logitech Marble Mouse at Staples. Now this does not match the eMac in the least, and is in fact one odd looking gizmo. However, it is excellent. It is an optical trackball, unihand so to speak, a leftie can use it without any problem. It is fast, responsive, easy on the hands and also the least expensive trackball in the serious trackball market. For a penny under $20 you can save your wrists from repetitive stress.

JAG Goodbye...

Oh, the pain. Tonight (Friday) is the first of the two-parter that ends one of my favorite television series. Harm has brightened up the television screen so nicely in the last ten or so years...and Mac has lasted the longest of all the side-kicks. It has been a great series and a boost for the public image of the military.

"JAG" was a Bellasario production, as was "Magnum, P.I." another all time favorite of mine. So, with full military honors we begin to say "goodbye" to another fine show.

Thursday, April 21, 2005


I mean that in the Spanish! I downloaded Camino tonight. It is easy to setup and a pleasure to use, not that I needed another browser, but I had to do it. After using Firefox this long, I thought I should give my Mac a treat and try the browser just for Mac OS X from the Mozilla organization.

Camino is so beautiful, and the beta seems to be working fine. The only place it doesn't is Blogger so far. <:( When I went to add a link, my text disappeared never to be found. So now I am trying the "Blog This!" function. Should be interesting.

You can find Camino for Mac OS X on the Mozilla site. The look and feel is all OS X.

Camino is minimal, lovely to look at, and does a snazzy job.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Television is taking over.....

I admit it seems as though television is taking over my life. I am either staring at that tube or the one on my desk. PC or TV? Since getting high speed cable for the Mac and the digital television package all together, it seems as though the mapping of an evenings viewing is mandatory. Paying that much for television, you want to max out your usage. So far I don't regret the STARZ package. A few good movies each week, and a few that we watch anyway. The first thing you notice is the increase in the amount of crap from the earlier crap levels. There really is a plethora available. On the plus side is the BBC America, although it isn't as great as I had hoped. Turner Classic Movies is always breaking up into pixilated particles on me, which is a disappointment.

I am a sitcom addict, and I will watch any mildly intelligent sitcom. BBC's "The Office" was better than the USA version of course, although the USA version certainly has the more harsh quality that probably does exist in the offices around the country. Instead of feeling sorry for the boss, I just loath him, whereas I felt sorry for the Ricky Gervais character and wanted to like him more. Well, you can't beat an original. It is hard to step into a character someone else got a Golden Globe for!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


The new pope, Benedict the XVI has been chosen. Yesterday he was Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany, and he has been the upholder of Catholic Conservatism for quite some time. These things can play out in a way we cannot foresee, so caution in judgement is the wisest move.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Links and popes...

Well, I had to add links, now didn't I? Isn't that what blogs are supposed to be about, other than random hot air polluting the net? After what was a lovely Spring day in New England, we are once again nose to the grindstone.

The bishops are in conclave today. How long will the white smoke take. Whomever is elected, the pope must be able to stand for the Catholic Church in the world, and one would hope that would be done, as in the case of John Paul II, with compassion and kindness, dealing with all sorts of people, and remaining a beacon for the eternal truths.

Monday, April 11, 2005

iTunes delight...

Now that we have "speedy delivery" internet, my first move was to download a whole album from iTunes...OH THE JOY. Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits now reside on the Mac and the 'Pod. Oh the joy. Was there any other reason for high speed internet?! Well, talking on the phone was another reason. Gave up on the whole DSL thing - our phone number apparently is scheduled for this service sometime in the next decade - or is that century? So cable modem it is.

Friday, April 01, 2005

New look for Spring...

Spring is upon us, the time changes this weekend, and a Springy blog theme appealed. Maybe it will propel me to foist more hot air out here on the airwaves. I am not even bothering to add the links on the side this time...although I have archived my own copy of the previous carefully tweaked template.