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BlockTarget and more on not opening new windows

One of annoyances of using the web is that many webmasters (or at least their managers) think that forcing a browser to open a new window is a good idea. As I’ve said a number of times, creating a website that automatically opens a new window is almost always a Bad Idea. To eliminate this [...]

Customizing Mac OS X PDF Services

One useful feature of OS X is the built in PDF handling. It is always easy to export a file as a PDF, and to do some basic editing of PDF files. A post on Mac OS X Hints today got me looking at some customizations. The hint is that creating an alias in the [...]

MacBook screens

There are rumors that Apple may reintroduce matte screens as an option on their notebooks. Apple can’t return to glare free displays soon enough! I’m looking forward to buying an aluminum computer once they fix this design flaw. The latest 13 inch MacBook Pro would be almost perfect with an anti-glare screen. [Update 2009-08-11] Anti-glare [...]


The hard drive on my MacBook crashed. It took two weeks to get it back the way I like it. It took a week to get a new drive and do a temporary restore. I then had to use it as-is for a few days. I then went back and did a fresh install and [...]

Controlled Reading And Playing

After a couple frustrating weeks with computers, we have been talking about copy-protection. With the switch to DTV, Blu-ray, and DisplayPort, it is getting harder to avoid buying copy-controlled products. Avoiding Blu-ray is easy, but avoiding encrypted DisplayPort will be harder. Luke and Adam wanted to use the acronym FARCE, but we couldn’t settle on [...]