jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Suddenly three spam ads appeared on my Calendar app (both Mac & iOS). I didn't see a .vcf attached to an incoming mail. They're not flagged as "found in mail," nor are they assigned to any of my calendar categories.

How is this possible? How do I stop it happening?

If I decline the calendar item then the spammer knows my address. When I select to delete it, the options are "cancel" and "decline." How do I get rid of it without alerting the spammer?

I thought I didn't have to worry about this because I used a Mac.

Grr. Argh.

ETA: answers in first response.
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
...we have spent altogether too many hours juggling AV boxes. Now all caption formats viewable on our HDTV )

I have discovered how to increase my glee and reduce my anxiety. free my brain by doing healthwork first )

I started a good book (or at least, its first 60 pages meet that criterion). Not on Fire But Burning )

MyGuy found a beautiful, framed 1800 print of an iris at Goodwill this morning.

More news as it happens; maybe politics next time.

What's your favorite thing right now?
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
...after I spend a couple days reorganizing all the music files on my Mac.

iDAMN iHATE iTunes

(I'd somehow created dup music folders. Good thing I only have ~2000 songs or my poor drive would have keeled. If you use a Mac and ever have to delete more than 50 iTunes duplicates, do yourself a favor and spend $8 for Dupin Lite 2 from this Apple store link.)

It's like Apple's software division has no overall UX chief. Almost every bit of software is uniquely annoying. If you use an Apple device, what's the software you hate most right now?

(Can I have Eudora back?) Speaking of which, recognize my icon?
jesse_the_k: Cartoon of white male drowning in storm, right hand reaching out desperately, with text "Someone tweeted" (death by tweet)
When a web page address (“URL”) appears as-is in the text, it’s a “bare link.”

For example, this URL:
takes you to my profile page.
two ways to make links )
In Dreamwidth and most other online writing spaces, a bare link automatically becomes clickable. I prefer bare links because
  • They’re easier to type, test, and proofread.

  • They simplify working around link rot.[2]
more details details details )
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Thanks so much for all your good wishes, which calmed me down enough to do some net research. Best single resource is
Tons of details inside )
Old Goat Thoughts: I remember when I got all my software from the Info-Mac Archives. Which, it turns out, are still online
thanks to an enterprising person who's reusing the Info-Mac reputation for their products.
jesse_the_k: Callum Keith Rennie shouts "Fuck no!"  (Fuck no sez CKR!)
today I learned that the shareware software distribution sites like Versiontracker and MacUpdate are no longer reliable places to download trial software. They've moved to a "get $$$ to inject malware into our downloads" business model.

Can't prove which one did it, but something loaded MacKeeper in Safari, and now my Mac is yelling at me to buy something from them to get ride of itself.

So now I need to erase and restore my Mac. I backed up last night, hope the backup isn't infected, I may be offline for a few days.

If you have any wisdom, feel free to email my username at his domain!
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of. 


I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.


The one I really miss is the cookie press: MyGuy would imprint his pecan shortbread cookies and we were all buzzed in a sugar/butter rush for a day.


Even though my mother was a gadget addict, and actually used them, I guess we’re not so interested. (Whenever they visited they’d bring a gadget, and the day after they left we’d hand it over to Easter Seals’ Thrift Shop.) Last year we decided that we’d been cooking together for 33 years and maybe we should buy a <em>set</em> of pots and pans. Non-stick is kinda nice. IOW, I’m just getting used to the fanciest gadget of the 1960s.

Also the trackpad on my Mac just went paws-up, so may be awhile replying.

jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Still closing in on the writing deadline, still hating every minute of it.

Having read glowing reports on the Olympics opening ceremony, I did some Googling on how to let the BBC I-Player know that I'm actually visiting their site from the UK.

TunnelBear is a VPN utility (Windows/Mac) with exactly two settings: "on/off" and "US/UK". In other words, I didn't need to know squat about VPN to use it, and that's very fine. Free download; free use up to 500 MB/month (or 1 Gig if you Twitter about it); unlimited for US$5/month. Worked a treat!

So when I wasn't writing today I got to view the opening ceremony, which was delightful. If TV ain't your thing (I didn't see how to set captions on the I-Player), there's a parallel literary experience from the ceremony's designers, aimed at non-British journalists, the folks who won't know Isambard Kingdom Brunel from J.K.Rowling.
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)
My Mac went paws-up on Sunday, so this is a drive-by post. I detail some "interacting with Jesse without setting fire to her body" tips in last year's WisCon post. (The panels listed there are in the dim past, of course.)

I'm at the hotel, but without email. Twitter DMs to @Jesse_the_K will ping my phone. My phone number is in my profile info here at Dreamwidth. Also, use the magic bulletin board on 2nd floor, next to the craft supplies table.

My panels are:

How to Make WisCon Affordable
Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm -- Senate A
WisCon is an empowering event, and more people should get to participate. But journeying to Madison, finding a place to stay, and affording membership are all difficult, much less being able to buy a dessert ticket. How have we been able to make it affordable for ourselves? In what ways could WisCon become more accessible for poor people?

Not Everyone Lives in the Future
Mon, 10:00–11:15 am -- Room 623
Technology has an undeniably transformative effect on our lives and it is worth examining who has access to those effects. Geeks are generally very engaged with technology and it is easy to assume that the Internet, cell phones, computers, etc. are a given in everyone's lives. However, there are large communities where technological access is not at the level that geeks take for granted. How does lack of access to technology impede communities' ability to prosper? How can geeks help to make technology more available to communities that may benefit from them? Are these transformative effects even desirable? What are good examples of SF that highlight or problematize this issue?

I will be on the "Not another *&^%$ Disability Panel" next year.
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
It's easy to think "it won't happen to me."

Somehow my system files were corrupted, and I couldn't use the standard tools to fix them. And I couldn't open and close my files, cause the system files were corrupted.

NO PROBLEM because I regularly back up my computer. I keep Time Machine hissing away for an incremental backup, and I have a weekly backup as well that's bootable. When things went south, I booted from my external drive, installed the system again, restored anything that was missing and went back to avoiding writing.

You, too, can be casual when you regularly back up your data. The first time it happened it was 1992 and I panicked. Since then I've been a backup junkie, and I've been glad of it five times.

Didn't even figure it out myself, just used Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
The Teleread Blog aggregates all sorts of useful news on ereaders, epublishing, e this and e that.

From the source:
Eleven free stories by Philip K Dick

To librarians:
Self-service iPad checkout for libraries

To the consumer:
eReader Interactive Database Comes on Line
This last is an awesome tool with 128 devices and selectors for screen kind, size, OS, price etc.

To assistive technology (YAY)
Switch-based Access to Three Kindle Models

Here's the RSS feed I made and added to my reading list (long form).

To add Teleread to your daily inhale, visit that link and then choose subscribe from the navigation bar on top.
jesse_the_k: The words "I told my therapist about you" in Helvetica Bold (told my therapist about you)
Once more I explore the tension between enticement and revelation, or "Jesse wields the cut-tag."

The Transom org is a place to nurture public radio producers. One digital audio editor they really like is a click away )

Yesterday MyGuy's immediate family got together for lunch, with Mom, in her own apartment. The food was bland, the company was well-known, and MyGuy shared vital life skills )

So, we're at home with nothing to celebrate and therefore a perfect day to waste time online. Aiii! Our wireless base station died. Apple to the rescue, again )

Wildlife abounds )
jesse_the_k: Ray Kowalski is happy to be alive, surrounded by yellow rubber ducks (dS RayK's ducks)
It's been a slow, boring, sleepy time. It's been a horrifying, fast, annoying time. It's been a puzzling time, it's been a fannish time. To wit:

1. Out on the town, sitting in the littlest room reading fanfic on the throne (as I do) and I dropped my iPod touch. Damage! Shining Knight in Wool Armor! Apple does good. )

2. It was rainy, so I was wearing my wheelchair rain cape. Who knew I'd kiss death? )

3. Saw the endocrinologist. T3 high, T4 low, TSH low. End may be in sight )

4. I won a drawing from the talented artist known as [personal profile] chkc in a successful fannish scheme to get [personal profile] anatsuno to Australia. Her SGA chibis are things of wonder. Look what she drew for me!!!! )
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
Sounds like a neat new audio-production program for the Mac users among us, "Piezo" from Rogue Amoeba software. I've been using their products for six years. Support is great, docs are good, prices are modest.

Here's a detailed look at Piezo from my #1 Macintosh info source, TidBITS:
Piezo Makes Audio Recording Dead Simple
Rogue Amoeba’s latest effort — the audio recording app Piezo — makes recording audio from nearly any source on the Mac extremely easy, though the app has a few tradeoffs necessary for both simplicity and to get past Apple’s Mac App Store guard dogs.
jesse_the_k: Cartoon of white male drowning in storm, right hand reaching out desperately, with text "Someone tweeted" (death by tweet)
I'm still stuck in AV confusion land, unsuccessfully Skyping and failing at burning DVDs.

This site
has a huge amount of info, all platforms, very indexed, A++++

Maybe I'll get an answer? Who knows.
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Hi! My name is Jesse and I don't learn so well anymore.

I've managed to create a playable DVD from sourced video files using Apple's free iDVD software, but it's frustrating and takes me hours every time. Yes, even the "one step" DVDs. What can I say? I grew up on command line (but have forgotten all the relevant details).

Can you recommend me software which:

1. Creates DVDs which hold more than one 700Mb program

2. Operates in a straightforward manner

Things I really don't care about:

1. Ripping programming from other DVDs

2. Styling the DVD menu controls or background
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
I'm testing a multi-site, multi-network Skype call and I'm dubious. If you're willing to be skyped by me, kindly leave a screened message with your Skype address/handle/nym? Our conversations will be secret forever.

I've just purchased a NIFTY new utility for my Macintosh trackpad. Among other wonders, it puts off having to think about switching to Lion for a while.

It's called JITouch. It adds scores (literally) of new gestures to any Mac application, with either the trackpad or the magic mouse.

My favorite is the "pegged" gesture. Hold one finger on the trackpad, and then tap another — left down switches one tab right; right down switches one tab left. And of course you can redefine as needed. They have a downloadable trial.

Many more gestures than Lion. I've been using Macs since 1985 and I never upgrade to a new version until at least the dot-three release, that is, 10.7.3. I'm happy at 10.6.8 right now.
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Steve Jobs steps down. From his resignation letter: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. Here's the NPR story. He's probably quite ill.

I began playing Lunar Lander (a black and white simulation with a little bit of gravity) on an Apple II Plus in 1983. I joined an Apple II software company and wore many hats, including producing large print documentation with Apple IIe plugged into a LaserWriter. (We wrote the crude driver in house.) Later I connected the Apple to a Fat Mac for a slightly more sophisticated publishing system.

Thanks in part to Steve Jobs' charismatic drive, I've been using well-designed, capable, and adaptable tools for almost three decades. Thank you, Steve.
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
I so wanted to love this book, and there were many excellent elements.

The title is funny, transparent and true.

The author is a freelance journalist, so naturally someone who's depended on the skills, talents, and kindness of librarians all over. She wants to repay the favor.

It mentions the Zotero bibliographic add-on for Firefox, which looks like it does everything Refworks does, saves the data in standard format, and makes a ZIP archive for your local reference to boot.

It school me about the heroic librarians in Connecticut who were willing to personally stand up for all of our rights under the PATRIOT act (and who were eventually joined by folks from NYC and the West, with fiscal support from the American Library Association and the ACLU). Not only were these librarians being all noble, the Justice Department was tying them up in a gag order explicitly so that this suppression of our rights could not be debated during the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act.

I did come away understanding that my starry-eyed admiration for librarians as guardians of justice, learning, and independent thinking is fundamentally correct. But actually I'd already got there.

And now the rant: the writer's previous book about obituary-writing, The Dead Beat, was very funny. It was also, it seems, uniquely suited to her attention span and organization skills. Probably the killer item, however, was the audiobook presentation. The narrator, Hillary Huber, was toneless. Although a native English speaker, she mis-pronounced several common words. That wouldn't be a capital sin over the span of a 8-disk work, but one of them was "lie BREH ee".

The author has what may be the world's most ugly and un-usable website. (As an Apple enthusiast, I hang my head in shame but that's what happens when someone uses iWeb, one of the very worst pieces of software Apple has ever come in contact with.)

So instead of wasting time with the book, here's a blog roll of connected librarians

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