Monthly Archives: December 2006

Stupid microwave trick

While many modern microwaves have an “express cook” button, allowing you to heat something for one minute just by pressing “1,” other less-user-centered devices do not. In these cases, to heat something for a minute, most people press Time-1-0-0-Start. Instead, … Continue reading

What hotels should do

The Chandler, AZ SpringHill Suites has both the Gideons’ Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon in the desk drawer. How about they place a copy of The God Delusion in each room instead?

My Toronto Star crossword puzzle fetcher

On weekday afternoons, the Toronto Star publishes an eight-page PDF edition, “Star PM.” I download this for one reason: the free crossword puzzle. But sometimes I forget to download this, and since there’s no archive, I lose the opportunity to … Continue reading

How to fix Safari if it can’t view plugin content

For a while, I haven’t been able to view plugin content (Flash, QuickTime, etc.) in Safari. I decided to do some quick regression to determine the source of the problem. First, I viewed the pages in another browser, Camino, and … Continue reading

Why C++ sucks

If you think C++ is not overly complicated, just what is a protected abstract virtual base pure virtual private destructor, and when was the last time you needed one? —Tom Cargil, C++ Journal (via KDE)