Tuesday, May 31, 2011

People Are Strange

It's Monday, July 29, 1991.
My friend John from Toronto arrived yesterday afternoon in Japan to visit and see the sights. My friend from Binghamton, NY and fellow JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme assistant English teacher Matthew (who also lives in my town) has joined us for a walkabout tour of Tokyo... which is perfect as I have no freaking clue where anything is or how to get there.

Despite having been here in Japan for a year--just like Matthew--I have little to no major understanding of the Japanese language. actually, that's not true. I can understand Japanese like a 10-year-old, but my own speaking ability is akin to a four-year-old. As such, I rely on the kindness of strangers and a lot of help from my friends.

Matthew and I are down in Tokyo to greet the new JET arrivals who arrived in this country yesterday for their first official meet and greet later today. I have been warned to be on my best behaviour, and not try to hit on too many women. This came from one of the Japanese liaisons for the JET Programme. 

How the hell do people know what I do? And besides... I don't actually start the hitting... but I sure as hell know how to move the runner over another base or two. That's a baseball analogy.

We get up early and travel to Asakusa to see the famous temple there--that's the photo above. Then we go to Akihabara--also known as Electric City--to se about getting a digital camera for John. Truth is, while Japan has lots of cutting edge technology available, it's hardly available at a cheap price. 

We then head over to the Tokyo Dome where the Tokyo Giants play baseball. there I purchase a box of the inaugural set of Japanese baseball cards. I love baseball. John was the commissioner of the Cloverdale Men's Softball League back in Toronto... where I was a 3rd baseman on one of the teams just before I left to come here. I could hit a ton and for very high average (over .750), but my defense sucked. While I could knock down or catch anything hit near me, it was my inability to make a proper throw to first base that was my downfall.
We have a pretty good time... but soon we have to head back to the Keo Plaza Hotel across the street from our crappy little hotel so that Matthew and I can get ready for the meet and greet with the newbies. 

We're going to sneak John in. He just has to pretend he's one of the new guys on the Programme. As such... I told him to pretend he was Van Granger, the new AET for Kuroiso-shi. (City of Kuroiso)

At the event, I met a few people - mostly renewers like myself... but there was one unfortunate incident. A very attractive woman came up to me and started talking. Now, to be fair, I was already into my third or fourth beer on very little food.

She asked me how I was doing.

I said "fine" hesitantly.

She noticed my hesitance and then said: "You don't remember me, do you?"

I answered truthfully: No."

She said, "Too bad." and walked away.

That was weird. She didn't let me off the hook even when I was honest with her... though, to her credit, she was honest with me, too.

Oh... and John came face to face with the real Van Granger and both had a big laugh.

I also realized why John had a difficult time meeting women--though to be fair, he also had a few drinks in him at the time. He was standing in front of a table with his back to a woman. She said 'excuse me' to him, as she wanted to flick her cigarette ash down onto the ashtray that John was blocking.

John says: "Why? What's you're problem?"
Aaarrrggh! Matthew and I both walked away pretending not to know him.

Somewhere the truth sucks,
Andrew Joseph
Today's blog title is by The Doors: STRANGE. I have used this title before, but it is apt here as well.
PS: This night isn't over--not by a long-shot. But... I think you have enough for one day... I know I did. More tomorrow.    
PPS: The image above is an ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock print created by famed artist Hiroshige. It shows Kinryuzan-ji (Kinryuzan temple) in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It was created in 1856 and depicts the temple recreated one year after a great earthquake had damaged the temple. It was restored and captured in this breathtaking winter scene.  

Monday, May 30, 2011

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

It's Sunday, July 28, 1991... and I'm leaving Ohtawara-shi, Tochigi-ken, Japan to go and meet my friend John from Toronto who is coming here for a visist.

I guess I'm a bit excited. He's a part of home. My old home, to be suree, but I went to high school with him and he was always great. Very funny, charming and somewhat witty.

I leave Ohtawara at 12 Noon and arrive at Narita airport at 3PM. Narita is the Tokyo area airport, but it's not in Tokyo... it's in Chiba-ken.. much the same way Toronto's airport is in the city of Mississauga... except that instead of Narita being in a different city, it's actually in a different prefecture/state/province.

His plane arrives 1-1/2 hours late at 4:30PM. Obviously it's not a Japanese airplane.
When I see him, I give him a big hug. The bastard has two suitcases and a large carry-on. The biggest suitcase is close to 70-pounds! What the hell is he carrying here for a short vacation?!

"Hey, AJ (my nickname)... that's from your mom."


We head down to Ueno station in Tokyo, with me dragging the heavy suitcase and then wait a half hour for Matthew who arrived the day before. Bastard's late.

He leads us to a hotel he has booked for the three of us.  The hotel is a dump, but it's right in front of the Keo Plaza Hotel where all of the new JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme folks will be staying for orientation before heading out to their respective prefectures. So at least it's handy... and besides... we're there on the cheap... and will only be using the place to sleep off a drunken binge or two, I expect.

We each grab a shower - it's stinking hot!

We then go out and show him the red-light district of Tokyo in the Shinjuku-area. Personally, I've not been there, and I expect Matthew has only been around to see the sights--not top partake of them, because that's not his (or mine) style... why buy the cow when you get the milk for free... so to speak.

We then head back to our hotel after polishing off a few wobbly pops (beer) and some food.

There's only two beds and three guys. Personally, I don't give a crap because I'm sure of my heterosexuality. Matthew gets one bed because he's... well, Matthew, and because John is my friend sleeping in our hotel room.

John and I take the mattresses apart and each sleep on one.It's ridiculous, but if it removes any doubt of who is homophobic, I'm all for that.

Oh yeah... I look in the suitacse from my mom... she sent Inuit carvings made of soapstone? These suckers are like 10 pounds each! And there's three of them! Who will be the lucky Japanese people who get one?

D'uh... my bosses, Kanemaru-san, Hanazaki-san and their boss the Superintendent of the Ohtawara Board of Education (OBOE) of course!

John gave me a 12-pack of Molson Dry beer. Now that's awesome! No wonder the fricking suitcase was so heavy!

Somewhere having a beer in a dive of a hotel with my friends,
Andrew Joseph
Today's blog title is by the US Military Band: MARCHING
PS: Hey Mom! How come you didn't send me any comic books?! Where's my Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy books?! Didn't anyone send me any t-shirts!? I'm not huge, but they don't make my size! I'm only 5'-11" and 180 lbs!!!
PPS: Photo is of the redlight district called Kabuchiko in the area where we took John.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Hi readers... I know it's Monday morning and I should have a couple of stories up and ready for you... but work is still stressful for me. My magazine (Paying day job!) was purchased two Tuesday's ago... I had to finish up a May issue, put out a tradeshow guide and then pack up and get ready for the move. I start at a new facility doing the same job on Monday (today) that adds about 40 minutes each way to my commute, and I admit to feeling some stress in my life right now. I'll be doing one-a-days for a few days until I can get my rhythm back (I'll let you know when I'm back up to speed) ... As well, I know I also have to write four major articles for the June issue of my magazine this week... no rest for the wicked, I suppose.
Just as well that the time I am writing about today is rather dull... and for that, I apologize... but starting tomorrow, things will pick up... I meet an old friend, meet some new friends, and some new women. I also go on vacation in another country with my mother before she arrives back with me in Japan. Old girlfriend, new girl friend and my mother. It's a hectic month to say the least.
Just not this blog entry...

July 26, 1991. Friday. Ohtawara-shi (Ohtawara City), Tochigi-ken (Tochigi Prefecture), Japan.
I go in to the Ohtawara Board of Education (OBOE) office early and do some computer work--word processing... IE typing, printing and then photocopying.
I put together the August issue of The Tatami Times - a newsletter for JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme personnel living in the Tochigi Prefecture. I'm the editor and chief bottle washer.
When I'm done making 50+ copies, I then ride out to the Nishinasuno-eki (Nishinasuno train station) and zip down south to Oyama-shi and meet MariAnn Hironka who has pretty much assumed command of AJET (Association of JET), after our leader, Susan, has let things tumble...
Susan is still in charge, but MariAnn and I are doing a lot of work in preparation of the newcomers arriving on Sunday... though we (or at least I) won't be meeting them until Monday after they get a day to recover from the jet-lag before plummeting head first into the JET lag of our association.
MariAnn and I put together a book for the newcomers until 6PM... we stop, get some dinner before I head home at 9PM.
At home, I dictate corrections to MariAnn over the phone... she'll type up and print out things for the newcomers. It's an important responsibility... the more information they are armed with, hopefully the less stress they will go through initially.
Last year, I hardly had any stress, except for what I created for myself with an on-again/off-again romance with Ashley... an American who was my girlfriend but is now my friend with benefits (nudge-nudge-wink-wink). She left earlier this week for a vacation back in Augusta, Georgia with her family.
I miss her, but I'm also trying to move on, as she has made it clear that despite the awesome sex, we're not going to be a couple.
At this time in my life, I also hate AJET (lots of work and it seems little reward for myself) and MariAnn and her snotty then buddy-buddy attitude.

Saturday, July 27, 1991.
My friend Matthew, who lives five minutes away from me and teaches at the junior high schools out side the city where I teach, has headed down to Tokyo-shi today. The plan is that I'll meet him tomorrow... meaning I'll have to travel the trains by myself. Gods, I hope I don't get lost!
At my apartment, I do odd jobs and straighten up the place.
Matthew's girlfriend, Takako, a gorgeous local here in Ohtawara-shi, has agreed to stop by and feed my goldfish and water my plants for me while I am away in Tokyo looking after things. Tomorrow, I'm meeting my friend John from back in Toronto who has invited himself over - and why not?
Despite the anxiety of the next few upcoming days, today is pretty uneventful... and while I know I should be grateful to have a day like this, I'm going to be going full tile tomorrow and the next few days.
I hope my brain, liver and self-respect survive... but I'm not taking any bets on that.

Somewhere alone in my apartment-partment-partment-ment-ment-nt-nt,
Andrew Joseph
Today's blog title is by: The Beatles: FLY.
PS: I don't think my place has been this quiet since I arrived in Japan...

Saturday, May 28, 2011


It's Thursday, July 25, 1991. I'm a junior high school assistant English teacher working for the Ohtawara Board of Education in Ohtawara-shi, Tochigi-ken, Japan.

My friend Matthew from upstate New York who teaches at a whole whack of junior high schools outside the Ohtawara City area--and who lives five minutes away from--has come up with a plan for us today as we're on vacation.

We've decided to go to Nasushiobara-machi (It's now known as Nasushiobara-shi... a city after merging with Kuroiso-machi and Nishinasuno-machi in 2005). By bicycle.

It seems like a great idea. I have no idea where it is actually, except that it's north of my apartment building... somewhere in those mountains in the photo up above.

I'm lousy with directions--both here in Japan and back home in Canada. I get lost constantly. But this time have sided with Matthew who speaks more Japanese than myself by far, we should be okay. Besides... he knew how to get there.

A mutual friend, Kevin, who worked for an American company that had an exchange program with its Japanese parent company, had provided Matthew with some instructions.

Despite it being July... this time I was smart enough to suggest to Matthew that it might be cold up in the mountains... Matthew's response was: "D'uh." He knew already and was prepared with a windbreaker and jeans--pretty much what I was wearing.

So... without much fanfare, we were off. It was a nice day... cool in the morning, but we knew that riding would make us warm, but being up in the mountains, it could be cool and windy. We didn't bother taking food or drinks with us, as we correctly surmised that we could find what we needed at a vending machine for drinks or at a restaurant or convenience store for food.

It wasn't long after leaving my place - maybe 30 minutes or so, that we figured we were lost. Totally lost. we were riding through a field (not a rice field... which was how we knew we weren't in Ohtawara... as that name translates into Big-Rice Field-Field). We had both pretty much only ever seen rice fields here in our city...

Still, we knew where the mountain was. North.

It didn't matter. Matthew seems to have a innate sense of direction.. and we enjoy the ride... watching as white cars drive at us only to swerve at the last second and honking at us to let us know that they saw us:

"Hora! Gaijin-da!" (Look! Foreigners!)
It would be bad form to hit two gaijin (foreigners) at once... especially two mildly famous ones in the Prefecture.

We stop off at a vending machine and grab a drink. I get a Coke... and a Georgia Coffee (cold coffee in a can manufactured for the Asian market by Coca-Cola... Matthew gets some Japanese drink. I swear that boy is more Japanese than the Japanese sometimes.

We stop off at a 7-11 and get some onigiri (Japanese rice balls)... with the most awesome packaging... It's a triangle of rice about four inches along each plane and one inch thick. Inside it in the very middle is a dollop of white tuna or a umeboshi (sour plum) or some veggies.

First you pull tab one which splits the packaging.  Then you plug ontabs two and three to pull apart the film package. There is, as mentioned an inside layer of clear film that holds the nori (seaweed). The clear film around the nori keeps it crisp and dry. Removing it, you simply wrap/fold the nori around the rice ball/triangle and then you munch away. There is a way to never actually touch the rice  ball with your fingers while wrapping it - and I've watched a few drunk Japanese businessmen to learn how.

It is sooooo delicious. I usually have three to fill me up as a whole meal. I always get the sea chicken and mayonnaise style... Sea chicken is white tuna meat. The Japanese never really used to east white tuna meat (only red tuna meat) until maybe 20 years ago, as it was considered the garbage part of the tuna.To differentiate it from the red tuna, the name "Sea Chicken" was concocted for the Japanese market. The Japanese don't know why.. and neither do most gaijin.... but back in Canada, I used to watch these television commercials that asked: "What's the best tuna? Chicken Of The Sea!"

Yes, Chicken Of The Sea was a brand of tuna in a can. I ate it all the time back in Toronto. So... for the Japanese... sake (pronounced "sha-kay") is red tuna meat... and white tuna (pronounced "she chi-con") is based on a brand of canned tuna.    

Back on the bike... I only had one gear working on my bicycle... and the chain was groaning and creaking like my grandfather's knees. I guess I should have oiled it at least once since getting the bike a year ago.

Matthew at Mt. Nasu
We finally arrive and head over to a large part up the mountain. See... we have proof that we made it.

After 1-1/2 hours there, we head for home. But we decide to race... because we're in our mid-20s and in such great shape... right.

Matthew has more speed than me thanks to the lack of any gear shifting, but when he has to coast to catch his breath, my bicycle catches up thanks to its superior gliding power. No matter what he does, when he stops pedaling, I stop too, but I catch up and actually have to hit the brakes to avoid getting too far ahead.

We ride on to Nishinasuno-eki (Nishinasuno Train station) and park our bikes and head onto a local JR (Japan Rail) train for a ride down to Utsunomiya-shi, the capital of Tochigi-ken.

There we catch the movie Robin Hood (Kevin Costner's)--which we both agree is pretty decent.

Back home, I relax and do a bit of my puzzle and watch some more videos. I step back out onto my bicycle and head over to one of the three 7-11's near my apartment and get some more onigiri for my dinner.

Andrew at Mt. Nasu
Back home... I collapse I quickly eat, stay up a 1/2 hour longer and then go to bed early at 10PM.

I should be in pain tomorrow.

Somewhere tomorrow came early,
Andrew Joseph
Today's blog title is by Pink Floyd: GERALD. It's a real old one

PS: I love Matthew's sense of adventure. My wife does that sort of stuff, too. I probably wouldn't go anywhere for fear of getting lost if it wasn't for people like this. As a result of Matthew's get up and go, aside from the leg and back muscles hurting, I got to see stuff I have already seen, but I did so from the perch of my bicycle and got to experience the sights, the sounds and the smells of Japan.
PPS: Okay... the photos of Matthew and myself are actually from another trip we did from Mt. Nasu in the same area. I think.   

Stunning 3D Art Drawings : Worlds Beyond Reality

Nothing is impossible beyond reality, just imagine and draw what you imagine of to be real in our real world. a lot of artists trying to talk about their dreams, about their far imagination by their amazing hands and their intelligent minds to let us see by our eyes what they are dream of.

There's a thick border between reality and imagination, and the one that breaks this border is art, let's take a look and see what those artists dream of.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Lightning Storm

It's Wednesday, July 24, 1991 and I'm living in Ohtawara-shi (Ohtawara City), Tochigi-ken (Tochigi Prefecture), Japan. My friend-with-benefits (and ex-girlfriend) Ashley has gone back to the U.S. for  a short vacation... perhaps to recharge her batteries for yet another year with me.
I'm a tad shell-shocked, too. Since arriving from Toronto about one year ago, I've gone through so much strife - and all of it woman-related... some if it my doing, most of it not.
Now I'm on my own.
Sort of.
I have plenty of friend here in Japan. I know, shocking.
I'm up topday at 9AM. I watch some Japanese television and have no clue what anyone is saying.
The Japanese love samurai dramas. It's akin to U.S. westerns... which despite a relatively short shelf life of maybe 100 years, it spawned 20 years worth of tv shows.... but Japan... the samurai (for more on who and what they are, read THIS), they were a phenomenon for about 250 years in real life... and have been a mainstay of Japanese television or over 50 years.
After lunch I drop by the Ohtawara Board of Education (OBOE) office (my bosses) and do some more work for the newcomers arriving in Japan next week.
Tomorrow... and this time I mean it... I'm on vacation.
It's like I've been on vacation for over a week, but I just can't stop and totally relax. It's fine. My goal is to learn something new everyday in Japan. If I haven't, I've wasted the day. I haven't wasted a day here yet.
After finishing up some photocopying of documents, I go grocery shopping and clean up my apartment. Then I go to the back doctor to get rid of all of the pains... I've been seeing great results since I began going here a couple of months ago.
Because there's a lightning storm a-coming, kyudo (Japanese archery) is canceled tonight.... what with the metal arrows and stuff. It was actually canceled DURING my practice. I was holding my arrow, readying my release when a lightning bolt struck a recently fired arrow some 60 meters away.
Deafening, yes but it scared the heck out of me. I didn't yell or scream or anything, but I did quickly drop my arrow from my grip.
Kanemaru-san, one of my two bosses at OBOE and my kyudo-sensei (archery teacher) and good friend... he drives me home and then provides me with some presents.
I have no idea why I'm receiving presents NOW... but it is fast approaching my one-year anniversary here in Japan... and I am going away on a trip soon... or perhaps he just wants to offer me something nice. Why ask why, right?
The presents include: a talisman to ward off evil, and from his 5-year-old son Tomohiro a fugu puffer fish. (Both unfortunately were lost in a house fire I had four+ years ago...).
Kanemaru-san then drives me over to Iseya grocery/department store (where I was earlier today) and then shows me where to buy some spider spray.
I keep whining about all of the spiders on my balcony but keep forgetting to buy some spider spray!
As we arrive back home, the thunder and lightning show is over--Mother Nature has the most awesome television shows.
I head out and rent some videos, including Stephen King's "It". I then step out onto my northern balcony (I also have a western one... not to be confused with a samurai one) and spray the heck out of the 100+ spiders that descent from the ceiling.
I hate spiders.
Matthew comes over and we watch 1/2 of It together. When he leaves, I watch the rest and then some television, flipping channels. Secretly, I enjoy the murder show the best, as I am able to walk out onto my northern balcony at night for the first time ever... and watch the lightning storm flash off in the distance where the mountains are... I can feel the tiny hairs stand up on the back of my neck and I can smell ozone.
And I feel... electric

Somewhere watching reality television,
Andrew Joseph
Today's blog title is by Flogging Molly: KRACKADOOM!
PS: I really miss that talisman to ward off evil spirits... I sure could have used it these past four+ years...
PPS: Waiting for something to happen? Me too. Don't worry... tomorrow Matthew and I do something fun... I'll combine a few days and then get to the crazy time in my life where I wish I could... well, we should all just wait for that... 

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    Jan 2, 10:56 PM
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    Apr 12, 08:30 AM
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    Oct 26, 12:58 AM
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    Feb 17, 07:24 PM
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    Apr 14, 03:02 PM
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    Oct 16, 08:17 PM
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    Oct 18, 11:20 PM
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    Jan 16, 06:33 PM
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    Dec 16, 08:05 AM
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    Apr 24, 11:07 AM
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    May 4, 11:41 AM
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    Oct 19, 05:00 PM
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    Oct 16, 05:04 PM

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    Mar 20, 01:34 PM
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    Apr 14, 11:55 PM
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  • John T
    Apr 23, 05:44 PM
    Well I don't turn it or my computer off either ;)

    My iMac hasn't been off since I bought it in Sept 2010 and the keyboard is still on its original batteries - with 45% remaining.

    China Diapers
    Apr 16, 04:04 AM

    I am trying to run a java solution remotely on a server, I am using the below command in the terminal:

    java RemoteShellClient 50001 "cmd" "java -jar -Dusername=xxx -Dpassword=xxx -DcCodes=all C:\BetInTime.jar ServiceSF"

    Confidential info hidden with x's.

    But am getting the below error:

    Invalid input data

    Could this be a syntax error?


    OK, on further inspection, the shellscript seems to rely on some batch files:


    Contents of which are:

    set ClassPath=RemoteShell.jar
    java RemoteShellServer %1 %2

    set ClassPath=RemoteShell.jar
    java RemoteShellClient %1 %2 %3 %4

    javac -g:none *.java
    jar cvf RemoteShell.jar *.class

    Do you think it would help to rewrite these as bash files?

    Night Spring
    Mar 25, 04:43 PM
    Who said you can't jailbreak 3.2.2? I thought that could be jailbroken with limera1n or greenpois0n.

    Jun 20, 10:07 PM
    cause they ban innocent victims :D

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    Nov 13, 05:58 AM
    Yup, I got the ad screen when I went to the site out of curiosity, after seeing this thread. Pathetic and annoying.

    I used to like Spymac but I stopped visiting the site last year after the changes. Sure it may have its fans but to me it's a pile of dung. Can someone please explain where the "spy" is in Spymac, especially these days?

    MacRumors, on the other hand, is as terrific as it's ever been. But we know that. Yes we do.

    Feb 12, 12:54 PM
    The iPhone 4 was a failure at launch. The antenna is broken. It drops Internet connections and calls if held a certain. The glass claiming to be strong is weak sauce and the only good things on the phone are the cameras and screen.*
    Am I the only one who feels this way?

    If you think it is that bad sell it or return it, and move on.

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  • Eniregnat
    Jul 25, 06:52 PM
    I�m assuming that it�s an Apple LCD
    If not what make is your LCD?
    How old is it?

    It sounds like dust and oxide are creeping in, perhaps from improper sealing of any of the multiple lamintes that comprise an LCD screen.

    If it has a cold cathode tube I can�t see the reason for only the outer edges to yellow. If the light pipe is oxygen sensitive, it might account for it yellowing around the edges.

    EL backing also ages uniformly, but most LCD�s don�t use this technology.

    If you or anybody else has ever taken the screen apart, you might have improperly put it back together. Perhaps the screen is pressing to tightly against the frame. This would cause tweening of the matrix and bending of the light pipe, and ether one could account for a localized spectral shift.

    I am just throwing out ideas to see what people think.

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  • christophermdia
    Apr 20, 01:23 PM
    stick it in an ipod classic and see if you can access it, it uses the same type drive..

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  • Kiedoy
    Apr 9, 08:49 PM

    If so what do you think? is the charging port bigger than the oem apple bumper? (can you plug in non apple plugs)


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  • obeygiant
    Aug 3, 09:05 AM
    The solar fireworks at the weekend were recorded by several satellites, including Nasa’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shock wave rippling outwards.

    Astronomers from all over the world witnessed the huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of the Earth, which they linked to an even larger eruption across the surface of Sun.

    The explosion, called a coronal mass ejection, was aimed directly towards Earth, which then sent a “solar tsunami” racing 93 million miles across space.

    Images from the SDO hint at a shock wave travelling from the flare into space, the New Scientist reported.
    Experts said the wave of supercharged gas will likely reach the Earth on Tuesday, when it will buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting Earth.

    It is likely to spark spectacular displays of the aurora or northern and southern lights.
    "This eruption is directed right at us," said Leon Golub, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).
    "It's the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time."

    Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption could destroy satellites and wreck power and communications grids around the globe if it happened today.

    Nasa recently warned that Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”.
    The Daily Telegraph disclosed in June that senior space agency scientists believed the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes “from a deep slumber” sometime around 2013.

    It remains unclear, however, how much damage this latest eruption will cause the world’s communication tools.
    Dr Lucie Green, of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Surrey, followed the flare-ups using Japan's orbiting Hinode telescope.

    "What wonderful fireworks the Sun has been producing,” the UK solar expert said.
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    She added: "It looks like the first eruption was so large that it changed the magnetic fields throughout half the Sun's visible atmosphere and provided the right conditions for the second eruption.
    "Both eruptions could be Earth-directed but may be travelling at different speeds.

    “This means we have a very good chance of seeing major and prolonged effects, such as the northern lights at low latitudes."link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7923069/Nasa-scientists-braced-for-solar-tsunami-to-hit-earth.html)

    Watch for the Aurora Borealis tonight if you have clear skies!


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  • johnnj
    Apr 22, 12:47 PM

    So, just to be clear, I need to format the opti-bay drive partition as NTFS so Windows can read it?

    You'll need to create a new partition using Disk Utility. Once Win7 is up and running, just reformat it as NTFS.


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  • Orme
    May 4, 10:00 AM
    I would wait until there is a tear down by ifixit to confirm or refute that. In the past you had to buy brackets and other cables i believe to do this yourself. Its a pain and you may want to wait for TB external SSD drives which would be faster and less of a pain than opening up your iMac

    External 1TB SSD would be heaven, considering it won't be inconveniently stuck in your iMac for the price you pay and you can use it on whatever.. but I heard that won't happen any time soon?

    In regards to the OP.. from what I've heard from an Apple professional over the phone, is that I can update my 1TB to 2TB or an SSD in a few years if I want to via a technician.. so yes, these ones are possibly upgradeable if the previous weren't?

    I just couldn't believe that this guy from Apple was trying his best to convince me NOT TO spend an extra �450 on the SSD option, very friendly and helpful; was talking me out of it for a good 20 minutes. Which says something. Seems pretty genuine to me.

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    Jun 20, 05:12 PM
    I will continue to whine about the crappy Nokia Go-phone I have been using while I wait for Thursday (sold my iPhone 3GS already).:mad:

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  • MmmPancakes
    Sep 26, 12:24 PM
    Yes. The Shuffle will indeed work as a jump drive between Windows and Mac boxes.

    I have a Mac at work, and a pc at home. I work as a PR writer, so I regularly use my 1 gig Shuffle to bridge the two computers: Word docs, Entourage/Outlook e-mail archives, etc. Never had a problem.

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    Dec 28, 04:42 PM
    Anything that requires more disk access will lead to more wear and tear. Secure erasing, which generally involved overwriting "blank" areas of the disk with a series of information, will always be more effort, and hence more wear and tear, than simply removing a directory entry and leaving the data on the drive.

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    Apr 12, 01:42 PM
    Here's a screenshot. I'm eager to learn how this might be setup wrong, as I'm bewildered as to the problem.

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    Apr 21, 05:58 PM
    I'm looking for a good earphone with mic for my iphone 4 and since I like the designs of the tangled-free flat cables, I've short listed these 3 earphones: Monster Beats Tour by Dr. Dre, A-jays Four, and Ultimate Ears 500vi/400vi.

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    I've only used the tours but the cord fell apart on me within weeks. It seems like a sturdier design than the Kilpsch S4i's I was looking at (which apparently had better sound quality than the dres according to reviews) but the cable looked so flimsy that I chose the dres instead. Bad choice though, as the cable was terrible. I'd stay away from them if I were you, not nearly worth what they cost

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    Feb 29, 04:51 PM
    Yes, they all work. They are in great working order.

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    May 2, 03:50 PM
    I didn't install Flash on my 2011 MBP, probably never will - I use YouTube5 Safari extension to watch their videos. Is there a way to download youtube videos with this setup? Would love to have them as H.264.

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  • HexMonkey
    Dec 18, 02:58 AM
    Thanks arn, I think it will work well. A few questions:

    I'm assuming that the "Featured Guides" links at the top of the forums will be changed to automatically refer to them, but will they be displayed anywhere else (eg on the main pages of MacRumors and the guides)? As it is I think the user encouragement is limited by the fact that it's not obvious they are world-editable until you visit the pages themselves.

    Are you wanting just one world-editable article each week, or a few? I think having about 5 per week would be more advantageous since a single article represents such a small portion of the Guides, and we have enough people to watch over changes. There are only so many improvements that can be made to one article, so a week seems like a long time to focus on a single page. Take for example the Aperture article, which has only had one change in the last 6 days yet has been the only featured guide during that period.

    Finally, would there be a set time each week for the article selection to change, and would it be just you or all the sysops choosing them? If the latter, would there be prior discussion as to which articles to select (eg in the WorldEdit talk page), or would sysops just add articles without consultation?

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    Apr 30, 04:17 PM
    Line is huge get down here.

    Apparently AT&T is 2 Hours behind on activation.

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  • nec207
    Apr 15, 03:26 AM
    I'm trying to fix 5 year old Macbook for some one .The problem is hard-drive space used up but the person has very little pictures ,music and work on the computer.

    Some how only 7GB free of the 80GB hard-drive.

    There is a similar thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=672477

    Thread never got resolved.

    well normally when I'm trying fix the same problem on PC running windows it is do to.

    1.Bad sector
    2.swap file /page file
    3.hidden OS system support files
    5.windows files to keep OS running and windows needs lots of files and I mean lots, lots and lots of files!!!

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  • SAdProZ
    Nov 27, 05:33 PM
    Have you tried firing up the Terminal program in OSX and using the ftp command-line interface?

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  • iFiend
    Apr 29, 10:15 AM
    I had recently installed the trial version of My3G mainly to use for Skype & Facetime and had noticed battery life was really being effected (without use of said apps), then I started to notice the remnants of a banner advertisement at the top of the screen when unlocking and switching between apps, after uninstalling I am not seeing those ads any longer so I assume it was My3G doing it.

    First question, has anyone else noticed these background ads? Second question, if you purchase My3G does it still do that?

    Take your pirating elsewhere.

    Dec 22, 12:11 AM
    Prioritize the key words. They should stand out. Others can be reduced or eliminated for the most impact. Perhaps...

    e-waste dropoff

    Apr 7, 04:19 AM
    I heartily agree, I even paid for a Pixmania card to get discounts and better service. It doesn't work, the discounts are only applied to special items.
    As to service, what service? I bought a Nikon Coolpix that had a screen that failed after only 10 days. By the time I had an authorisation to return the item, not in my country but to their office in France, by the time they had sent it to Nikon to confirm there was a problem with the camera and eventually got a refund it took over three months! That was three months of complaining, writing to head office, what aggravation!

    Pixmania gets my thumbs down, terrible service.

    Apr 26, 06:59 PM
    Thank you very much for the very thorough responses.

    As I said I am not the most tech savvy guy in the world and sometimes it's frustrating (as a creative professional) to try and learn the tech side of things on top of having to master FCP,AE,PS,C4D,AI, etc etc.

    The flip side of course, is tech geniuses have to put up with my amateurish questions. Heh.

    Feb 21, 11:25 PM
    Yes, it does, but you must have a certain post count to reach it.
    MacRumors 6502, or 250 posts if I remember correctly, as well as 8 months of membership to the forum.
    This is all from memory so my numbers could be off a bit.

    Feb 22, 09:16 AM
    It is sold as part of a book (but not actually the entire book on the cd) and the publisher is worried about the cd being copied? Wouldn't you need the book anyway therefore it doesn't matter if the cd is copied; they have the sale regardless of the cd being copied.

    If it is any kind of a popular book/cd it will be on the internet before release regardless of copy protection, but if it is a niche market you will probably be fine.

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    Sep 24, 10:58 AM
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    Apr 29, 07:00 AM
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    Mar 8, 11:30 PM
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    Apr 22, 03:50 PM
    Thanks again. :)

    NP. Good luck.

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    Mar 1, 10:00 AM
    I've had this happen to me.
    Seems to happen only when I've rebooted a system (maybe from sleep state -- see the next paragraph for a possible explanation). I guess it sees some ghost of the old system around (BonJour I expect) and renames itself to avoid conflict.

    I've got a Mac mini server handling DHCP/DNS. I know this only happens on a specific system that doesn't have a fixed IP address assigned using the "Static Maps" page in Server Admin. But it might not be the server at fault. I also have an AirPort Extreme that does the Wake-on-LAN for the system. Since it responds to BonJour requests for sleeping systems, if it thinks the system being rebooted is asleep when a new one appears with a different IP address (via DHCP assignment).

    If I'm right, you can solve the problem by having the DHCP service assign a fixed IP using the Static Maps.

    Now if it is the server itself that is changing names, and it has a static IP, I'm baffled.

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    Aug 25, 08:36 PM
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    Nov 4, 08:07 PM
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    May 4, 04:43 PM
    Sorry to hear about the problem.

    Might want to try Apple Store next time.

    If you want a discount on a Mac, go for the refurb at store.apple.com
    Refurb Apple products look like new, and has same warranty as new Apple products.

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  • celticpride678
    Mar 16, 05:14 PM
    i am finding that Safari 5.1 is almost unusable on Lion. It drops all internet connections and i have to use network preferences to reboot if you will just to get it use my wifi everytime.

    the bookmark bar doesn't work and on and on. im using chrome and its fast as heck on lion. too many bugs to use lion for everyday right now...

    That has nothing to do with Safari, it's the Wi-Fi changes Apple made in Lion (issue that will be fixed eventually).

    What do you mean the bookmark bar doesn't work?

    i have the latest developer build of chrome and the latest build of firefox as well and they both work perfectly for me on lion...

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  • supermassive
    Oct 9, 12:26 PM
    Did anyone install it already?

    I've received it 2 days ago but still have the stealth guard on my iPt which is going to be replaced in a week, so I will put the bse on the replacement-device.

    Are those bse for a dry installation? I've received them in an envelope without a solution, just like the stealth guards.

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    Apr 19, 09:27 AM
    The fact that the artifacts have appeared in the screenshot is a good indication that the LCD is not at fault. It's most certainly a defective GPU. Not much that can be done with it now, ignoring the fact that logic boards are expensive, i'd doubt that Apple would even stock parts for them anymore.

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    This was funny in the first time I saw it.

    that obviously represents the missing: "1 who posts that this is a repost, that it was funnier when Jesus originally posted it to Al Gore shortly after he invented the internet, or that this is just a c&p from reddit a week ago."

    and just for macrumors: "1 posting per hour by someone asking when the next version of the lightbulb in question will be released, what improvements will it have, and if they should wait for it in the dark or just buy the current lightbulb."

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    Nov 28, 11:14 PM
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  • iGary
    Sep 23, 12:25 PM
    Not to be pedantic, just ignorant:

    I understand that the punctuation marks go inside the quotes (um, not parentheses... maybe you do need him ;)) when part of a quotational reply. However, when used to mark a single word or phrase, it seems as though contemporary "correct" usage allows for the quoted word/phrase to be used as an indivisible object, meaning punctuation would go outside.

    But, hey, I'm a programmer geek. I'm happy just to be able to communicate at all.

    AP says no. :D

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    Jun 15, 05:45 PM
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    Sep 8, 12:32 AM
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    Nov 12, 10:29 AM
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    Mar 13, 09:01 PM
    Solved the problem by upgrading my iPad using a laptop at the Apple Store. Apparently my home computer had issues connecting to the Apple servers which were getting hammered.

    May 4, 01:26 AM
    I'm learning about the Picker View and was pretty disappointed that the book didn't go beyond basic stuff. I went thru several other books and online as well as the built in Apple help.

    Not one had an example of putting a pic inside the Picker.
    The book was a single column, no example of multi column, or custom widths or loading from array.

    I still don't know if you make a separate array or multi dementional array, do pics get loaded from url or into array 1st, is there a refresh method if you wish to change the values from another object (say a button the changes the value of a pic or text inside the picker)

    Basically I need MUCH more detail, eight book and not one goes into good detail.

    Is there any book that REALLY gets under the hood and opens things up?
    Of all the programming help/docs/books I read, it's pretty hard to imagine there's not a better book than these.

    Amazon's preview thing is pretty worthless, can't get into the meat of the book, the 'contents' doesn't tell you enuff.

    Thanks, KarlJay.

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