November 21, 2008

Hint Up

One of my favorite sites is Mac OS X Hints - the runner of which actually works for MacWorld now. The basic idea of the site is to collect the best user submitted tips and tricks for people using Macs.
Well, one of my submissions got accepted. Check it out:

November 19, 2008

Expert in the Field

So I was having a debate about web browsers with some CS students here at CMU (yeah, we're nerds). And at some point someone was disagreeing with me, and someone else jumped in and said something like, "[Chris] is an IS major; he probably knows what he's talking about." (because IS majors do a lot of web development).
Now I know I'm not an expert quite yet, but sometimes it's nice to win an argument just on the merit of my experience.

November 13, 2008


Spelling and grammar correction can be quite a hoot when the suggestions made are completely off. But I just found out that the grammar check in is even more sophisticated than I could have imagined. Not only does it look for normal grammatical errors, but it seems to check for political correctness too. For example, when I typed in "stewardesses", it suggested I change it to "flight attendants". Youch!

November 12, 2008


I love babies. They're just so precious. And now I am once-more a cousin as my aunt recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. It times like these where I realize just how old I am; I mean, I'm two decades older than this child.
Well, welcome to the world Piper.

November 10, 2008

Down for the Count [Not for the Squeamish]

My god. For the first time in forever I'm sick. Really sick. I'm almost never sick - and I can't remember the last time I vomited. God!

November 9, 2008

Capture the Flag with Stuff

One of the groups here on campus runs a bi-annual game of Capture the Flag with Stuff. The rules are pretty complicated, but basically it's CTF with "magical" items to make things more interesting. It's played in two of the buildings here on campus (which are connected at many points). And it is a great deal of fun (and exhausting). Nothing is quite so fun as silently infiltrating the computer science building.
Speaking of which, while playing I rediscovered a wall plaque that I last saw two years ago as a prospective student. I remember almost losing the our group as I read a select portion of Alan Perlis' epigrams (though, of course, I forgot what they were or who wrote them so I couldn't Google them. Well, running through the halls playing CTF (likely trying to save my life) I found them again!