* Posts by ajcarr

3 posts • joined 10 May 2010

Emotional baggage


Tom Bihn bags

I use a Tom Bihn Brain Bag rucksack, sometimes with one padded insert for a laptop (it's a bit *too* padded at times and takes up too much space, so I put my laptop in a Tucano neoprene sleeve then). It takes a laptop, Kindle, and iPad with oodles of room to spare. As BSAG put calls the smaller Synapse bag in her review, 'The TARDIS Bag':


My Brain Bag, even when packed with stuff, is incredibly comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, you won't be able to try one out as you order them directly from the manufacturer in the USA. Oh, the quality of construction is extremely good as well, with nice chunky zips, for example.

Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft


Office existed on the Mac long before 2001

Where on Earth did the author get his magic date of 2001 for the appearance of MS Office on the Mac? Excel was a Mac product *first* (about 1985-86, if memory serves) and was then ported to the rudimentary pre-3.0 Windows. The WYSIWYG GUI version of Word appeared on the Mac *first*. However, the codebases of the products diverged until Word 6, when the Windows code was backported to the Mac, and suddenly the user experience (on the Mac) went all to pot; that would have been in the mid-late 1990s. Still, it *did* mean that Office on the two platforms was now bug-for-bug compatible. As any Mac user of a certain age will tell you, Word reached its zenith with version 5.1a, and it's been downhill ever since.

Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries

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New Oxford American Dictionary

The NOAD (2nd edn), which is bundled with Mac OS X, has the following, correct, definition:

siphon |ˈsʌɪf(ə)n| (also syphon)


a pipe or tube used to convey liquid upward from a container and then down to a lower level by gravity, the liquid being made to enter the pipe by atmospheric pressure.

• Zoology a tubular organ in an aquatic animal, esp. a mollusk, through which water is drawn in or expelled.

verb [ trans. ]

draw off or convey (liquid) by means of a siphon.

• figurative draw off or transfer over a period of time, esp. illegally or unfairly : he's been siphoning money off the firm.


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