Category Archives: Mac

Countdown clock = 0:00

I have a neat little application on my desktop – a countdown clock.

You put in any date and it starts to count down to that event.

Ubaúna has been on it for month. I just looked at it. It read “0:00:00.” That means I’m about to get on Delta flight 0090 straight to Fortaleza.

I think that maybe the end really means the beginning…

You can’t send a duck to eagle school

I already know that some of you are not going to look beyond this text because it involves watching a video.

Too bad.

If you want to have a mild, or great, amount of inspiration and motivation, check this out.

WARNING: it is a video (less than 2 minutes)
WARNING: it is good…

The Jesus Koans

Looking for a widget that would provide me a convenient “To Do” list, I saw one called “The Jesus Koans.” Intrigued, I downloaded it to see what it was. If I was intrigued before downloading it, I am “intrigued +” now.

In the event that you don’t know what a “widget” is, at least in Apple computer terms, widgets are mini-applications that you download and install into what is called the “Dashboard” so that they are readily and instantly available to you and add new functionality to your computer. Click an icon on your desktop and “voila!” the program is up and running; click the desktop and “poof!” its gone.

Back to The Jesus Koans.

“Koans” are parables, typically associated with buddhism. More specifically, a koan is defined as “a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Chán (Zen) Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition. A famous kōan is: ‘Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?'”

In exploring the site from which it springs, it is similar in some ways to what Mark Virkler teaches in regards to communicating with God, an exercise that I have found to be both fascinating and extremely helpful. I’ve not done enough perusing of the Jesus Koans site to give an “official” opinion (you DO know what “opinions” are like, don’t you?), but I’m definitely intrigued.

I discovered some time ago that you often have to spit out seeds and bits of shell if you want to be able to savor some of the really good things in life. Seems The Jesus Koans may be of that type.

I did install the widget and that will probably be my primary exposure to it for the time being. I’m sure it will clamor for my attention and I’ll go jump in the deep end of the pool and swim around a bit.

Shucks, I might even give my “opinion” of how the swim was…

Mac-able

I’m now a full week into integrating my Macbook into my routine and my observations to this point:

  • Mighty Mouse” was definitely invented in heaven! Wow! Thanks Jeff. This little device has made my crossover from PC habits much easier.
  • I’m not so sure yet about the cute, sexy, wireless, little keyboard that goes by the unassuming name of “Wireless Keyboard.” My big ‘ol hands are still fumbling on it.
  • One thing about Macs, performance issues aside, I’ll have to admit that the word I think more of when referencing the hardware is “sexy.” “Uberkool” would be a close second.
  • Running Windows on Leopard almost feels like violating something ethereal. VM Fusion does a really good job of seamless integrating the two, with the exception of networking. Honestly, I think the shortcoming is my fault, not the software’s. Gotta spend some more time on it, which I haven’t properly done yet.
  • I need to win the scratchoff lottery so I can buy all my Adobe products for the Mac! They run great through Fusion; I just want to run them native.
  • Where is the stupid “Delete” key that you don’t have to put at the end of the item to be deleted? Could it be that the Mac only has the single Delete key? Help me out here!
  • And what about the “Home” and “End” keys? Surely they are somewhere hidden on the keyboard.
  • Why is the Portuguese keyboard layout different than that on Windows? Again, I’m perplexed. Did they set out to make it difficult on purpose? That is another small, but serious, oversight. Most foreigners will be typing on Windows-based keyboards in their homelands, not Mac.
  • I re-remember what it is like to walk into a computer store and find no appreciable quantity of Mac software or accessories. This hasn’t changed in the ten years.
  • I like extended battery time! That is going to make long trips on airplanes to Brasil much more productive.
Bottom line, at least to this point, I’m pleased.