Thirtieth Anniversary Macintosh

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tam

Apple turns 30 on April 1st. When Apple turned 20 they released the Twentieth Anniversary Mac. It cost $10,000 and was delivered to your home in a limo. The system looked like nothing else at that time. It had a very small foot print kinda like the current iMacs and the sound system was designed by Bose. The Mac came with a remote control so you could turn it on and off plus control the volume. You could even watch TV on the Mac and change channels using the remote. Due to the price though they only sold 12,000 world wide. I was able to purchase a brand new TAM three years ago from a local dealer for KD150. I gave it as a gift to my parents who proudly display it and use it today. Even though the TAM was released in 1997, it still grabs the attention and curiosity of visiting guests.

If Apple would release a Thirtieth Anniversary Macintosh this time around, it has to follow the footsteps of the previous one. It has to look like nothing else available which shouldn’t be too hard for Apple to accomplish. It should cost $10,000 and this time they probably would team up with Bang & Olufsen. Finally every hardcore Mac user would want one but none of us would be able to afford it. [Link]


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Hacker Translator

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Hacker Translator will translate any text you input into ‘H4X0R’ text (Leet). The idea of ‘H4X0R’ text is to replace as many letters with numbers/symbols as possible. Therefore, Hacker Translator would be ‘H4X0R ?r4|\|514?0r’. [Link]


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Movies I need to Watch

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DA (1988)
A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his “Da”). While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father’s spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not.

I Am Dina (2002)
In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother’s death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the household servants. Dina grows up wild and unmanageable, with her only friend being the stable boy, Tomas. She summons her mother’s ghost and develops a strange fascination with death as well as a passion for living. Family friend Jacob encourages Dina’s father to hire Lorch, a tutor who introduces her to the cello. When Dina is old enough, she marries Jacob and moves to Reinsnes, a port he runs with his mother, Karen, and his stepsons Niels and Anders . Niels doesn’t like Dina’s wild ways, or the fact that she has taken over accounting duties at Reinsnes. Dina’s eccentric tendencies become even stronger, eventually leading Jacob into an accident of his own and bringing Tomas back into her life.

Dogville (2003)
Set in an American Town in the Rocky Mountains in the 1930s. Lars von Trier re-explores the concept of goodness, but this in an idiom very different from that of his Gold Heart Trilogy (Breaking the Waves, The idiots and Dancer in the Dark). DOGVILLE is shot exclusively in studio with a minimum of props once again allowing the actors’ maximum freedom and full exposure inspired by televised theatre of the 70s. In DOGVILLE Trier works extensively with light, sound, score and music to obtain and heighten dramatic atmosphere.

Angel Heart (1987)
Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren’t quite that simple, and Johnny doesn’t want to be found. Let’s just say that, amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really, really nasty.


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Geek Test

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Found this link on Will’s Weblog and decided to try it myself. As expected I turned out to be a Low-Rank Computer Geek. Hopefully Tivo-Guy will take the test. He should probably ace it. [Link]


My computer geek score is greater than 62% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

Update: Tivo-Guy took the test and sadly scored only a 93. I thought for sure he would get 100. tsk tsk


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Top 10 ways to look busy at work

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1- walk really fast when you are going anywhere as to appear something important is going to happen

2- carry a notebook with you at all times. seems like you are suppose to be somewhere taking notes. if at your desk keep it open with a pen on it

3- keep your headset on if you are in your cubicle

4- actually do work but that defeats the purpose. okay more later. any suggestions?

5- shuffle papers

6- look pissed off

7- put up a do not disturb sign when you are browsing the web

8- continually click on a pen

9- walk around with your laptop open, side note: take your laptop home and say you are WFH (working from home)

10- open up Microsoft Word and write blog entries to post later

[Link]


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Movies Movies Movies

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orlando bloom

I watched three movies this weekend, here are some quick reviews.

Ocean’s Twelve
First one I watched was Ocean’s Twelve. I wasn’t expecting allot of this movie but it turned out pretty cool. I like George Clooney so thats why I probably enjoyed the movie. Catherine Zeta-Jones did a pretty good job in this movie although I really dislike her. The movie wasn’t action packed but since there were allot of characters and most of them celebrities, it was pretty entertaining to watch.

Hellboy
The second movie I watched was Hellboy. I thought this movie was pretty silly. Its watchable.. if there was nothing else on TV.

Kingdom of Heaven
Finally, the third movie I watched and the best of the bunch was Kingdom of Heaven. I was for some reason expecting it to be a romance and thats why I held back on watching it till now. Well it turned out it’s not a romance. The movie was exciting to watch but I was expecting more battle scenes. Other then the last large one you don’t see that much fighting. There was one battle I was excited to watch but they didn’t show it to us. They showed the army arriving in one scene, and then the next scene the battle is over. I thought that was pretty lame. After the couple of mediocre movies I watched recently, this movie faired better at keeping me interested.


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The Shamsoons

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the shamsoons

The Sun Online had this picture of how they think The Shamsoons would look like. Marge looks cool. [Link]


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Top Ten Worst Shows

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Here is the Top Ten Worst Shows for family viewing according to The Parents Television Council.

1. The War at Home
2. The Family Guy
3. American Dad
4. The O.C
5. C.S.I.
6. Desperate Housewives
7. Two and a Half Men
8. That ‘70s Show
9. Arrested Development
10. Cold Case

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Fact of the Day

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Someone shared this with me in the morning. Did you know the nails on your fingers grow four times faster then on your toes? Also another fact I learned, international banks that are opening up in Kuwait like HSBC and CitiBank are only allowed to open only one local branch according to Kuwait law.


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Movies to iPod Video

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Been doing allot of looking around trying to find a software on the Mac that will convert my DivX and Xvid movies and tv shows which I’ve downloaded via torrents to a format that the iPod Video would read. I found the following software that will convert from anything to anything, its called ffmpegX and its only $15. [Link]


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