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Joe B

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Meatcake! (Slashfood)

Jan 19th 2009 10:29PM With boxed mashed potato icing? It only takes maybe 10 extra minutes to make it from scratch and it's one of the few times I insist that it's worth doing it from scratch...

Windows XP gets another stay of execution (Download Squad)

Oct 3rd 2008 7:59PM My company still hasn't upgraded from Windows 2000....

Inline PDF viewing for Firefox 3? There's a plugin for that (Download Squad)

Jun 25th 2008 10:01PM Preview is great, and it's almost insulting that the post suggests that most Mac users rely on Acrobat Reader. Inline PDF viewing is definitely a great feature, though.

The scoop on the miracle fruit (Slashfood)

May 31st 2008 3:20AM Although reading the BBC article I can understand why the initial attempts were halted by the FDA, I have a hard time understanding why 1) the company, with its big money investors didn't try to take the product elsewhere (as the first commenter on the BBC website pointed out) or 2) why no one since 1974 has bothered to actually do the trials necessary for it to gain approval. It wasn't banned, it was just labeled an additive that required additional testing. While I do not doubt the fruits affects, I have trouble believing that even though it had major financial backers originally and is not as exotic as it seems, that no one would try to pursue the trials needed to get FDA certification.
I certainly can't contest feelings physically endangered as a reason to stop research, but even if the original team was unwilling or unable, it seems like their research could have been sold to a pharmaceutical company or an artificial sweetener company. It seems that if a relatively cheap (as compared to years worth of research for artificial measures) solution for suggesting sweetness is available, someone with a large enough profile would want to acquire the rights.

Even if the current FDA file is unusually blacked-out, the original team still has their basic field research. I find it hard to believe that in over 30 years, no one has even bothered asking (let alone licensing) that to create a better diet supplement or diabetes treatment. Even if a large industry blocked it before (whether sugar or artificial sweeteners), it seem like there are a number of other related industries just as large that would be interested...

Fancast snags full length Colbert Report, Daily Show episodes (Download Squad)

May 21st 2008 10:19PM South Park's official website has been steaming full episodes for a while now, and the awesome segment search on the Daily Show/Colbert Report website more than makes up for the fact that they weren't continuous episodes.

Comedy Central has actually done a really nice job of putting those shows online.

MacHeist Bundle vs MacUpdate Promo (Download Squad)

Apr 22nd 2008 2:52AM I don't get this whole "Mac bundle" phenomenon. I would call myself a fairly typical Mac user, and I have managed without any of these programs. I've even tried a few of them, and for the most part I feel like they're too glizty and "OSX-like" to be useful.
When Mac developers stop making niche products that are more pretty than functional, and start selling them for a reasonable price (does every mildly useful Mac app need to cost $25-30 for a simple function?) then I might consider buying. Until then, I'll stick to free or inexpensive web apps that do what I need for a fraction of the cost.

Microsoft to kill Hotmail Outlook Express support (Download Squad)

Apr 22nd 2008 2:38AM Well, it's all nice that your experience with Exchange has gone well. I know that it can be very handy.
However, your comments seem to miss the point of this post. Most people with free e-mail either don't have access to Exchange servers or use them as personal accounts to keep things separate from their business e-mail. I like Outlook in the office, but I use a Mac at home. And in all honesty, even if I used a PC I would still stick to web-based e-mail, calendars, and task lists for personal items because it's significantly easier to check them from anywhere I happen to be. Including with my phone, because any respectable web app has a mobile version I can easily pull up without the need to keep my personal agenda and communication in a corporate space.

Mac 101: schedule your scripts (TUAW.com)

Apr 15th 2008 2:14AM I actually use something like this to do backups of important document folders in between full system backups.
I use an Automator action instead of AppleScript because it's faster for me to make quick changes as necessary. I just set it up to copy specific folders to my external drive at a regular time everyday.
It's a crude solution, but it saves me the time and trouble of doing a full system backup when I know that there are only a handful of files that are being changed daily. (Obviously I haven't moved up to Leopard and Time Machine yet.)

Redesign giveaway: HTC's new Shift UMPC (Engadget)

Apr 15th 2008 2:05AM For being the coolest geek on the block.

It's National Chocolate Mousse Day! (Slashfood)

Apr 4th 2008 4:43AM "White chocolate" is not chocolate. Cocoa butter or not, it doesn't deserve to be in the same class as the real thing. Offering it up as such on a day celebrating chocolate mousse, which in its best form simply presents the rich chocolate flavor in less heavy form, is just sad.