English only - moving

So... this is like my first post in my brand new b2evolution 2.0 English only blog.

One of the nice things when you start a new blog is that you can write sentences like the above. Sentences that are almost impossible to read. Worse: sentences no one cares about! :>>

Who cares? No one is reading this yet! And I bet my first reader will be the Google bot...

Of course my plan is to move all my previous English posts from my French site over to this one.

I gotta do this carefully though...

  • First, I wouldn't want the Google bot to see any duplicate content.
  • Second, I need to redirect from the old location to the new one.
  • Third, I'd like to take that redirect opportunity to clean up the URLs a little bit.

One thing I'm having a hard time deciding on is whether or not to keep the /2007/03/11/ parts inside of my URLs. The alternative is to use category names...

AC3 codec for Intel Mac (Universal)

WOW! All this time I've been running the wrong AC3 codec on my Mac Mini!

Last week, I found one that works soooo much better! To find it, I actually had to search for "a52 codec" and not "ac3 codec". Go figure!

It is GPL licenced and merely based on the "a52 library". But I really wonder were a52 comes from. Too late to investigate tonight though ;)

Update: a52 is now included in a codec pack called Perian and you can even get 5.1 surround sound out of it.

Update: the easiest solution now seems to just use the VLC media player and not worry about the codecs (VLC has everything it needs included).

Mac instead of PC for PHP/Web development?

I have recently put together a new Core 2 duo PC for doing my web development. And I have been asked why I didn't get a Core 2 duo Mac instead...

The question definitely makes sense. You can now get essentially the same components into a PC or a Mac. So the choice would boil down to:

  • Design
  • OS
  • Software

Design

Well, the Macs look better, definitely.

However...

If you choose your hardware carefully, you can get a pretty decent looking PC. Check out these Antec enclosures (they have a nice quality feeling by the way) or these Sony displays.

And also, if you actually want to connect 3 screens to a Mac, you'll definitely need one of those bigger Mac Pros where you can put in a PC video card. And those sort of lose their coolness factor over the iMacs. But to be fair, I guess you could get away with a 24" iMac ;)

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AppleJack

If you crash your mac: AppleJack!

And even if you don't crash your Mac bad, you want AppleJack. Everytime you hard reset/reboot your mac you add a few errors on your hard drive structure. And as time goes by, you get more and more of those turning pizzas/beach balls and you just don"t know why...

Run Apple Jack and your Mac will feel all clean and new again! ;)

Foolish humans

"Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth."
-Vernor Vinge

Note: I like it even better without a coma after "humans" :>