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I Knew It Would Not Be Long!

When I got my Ipod Hi-Fi I noted that it probably wouldn’t be long before there is a carrying case for the Hi-Fi. Well Waterfield Designs has introduced the iPod hi-Fi Speaker Case. It looks like what I expected but is a bit spendy coming in at almost half the cost of the Hi-Fi. That said if the quality is like other bags/cases from Waterfield then it is worth the coin. If I find myself carting the Hi-Fi around a lot this is probably whrer it will ride.

Check it out at:

http://www.sfbags.com/products/hificase/ipodhificase.htm

Nikon D200 Review at Steve’s DigiCams

I’ve often found the reviews at Steve’s DigiCams useful and really well done. Since I already own the D200, I was not looking to get convinced to buy one but there is a ton of info and I learned a lot about my new gear. There are about 15 pages to peruse and it is worth checking out if you are thinking about one of these super cameras or want to learn more about the rig you already have.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/d200.html

Previews of the Leading Edge Gliders – slopeflyer.com Foamy Warbird Construction Video

If you’ve got QuickTime here are a couple of links to teasers for the upcoming movie Jack Cooper and I are making about the building of an LEG Warbird slope soaring plane.

http://www.slopeflyer.com/videos/LEG-2.mov

http://www.slopeflyer.com/videos/LEG-5.mov

This project has been in the works for close to a year and the light at the end of the tunnel, if not blinding, is at least visible.

Starting From Scratch on the MacBook

Some gremlin made it onto my MacBook and kept interfering with the ability to open programs. I think it was related to Entourage but could not nail it down and figured that I should just start from scratch with a fresh install of the OS and all the programs I use regularly to see if it would go away or reappear. So far, so good!

When I first got the MacBook I transfered all the settings and files via the wizard that is one of the first things you’ll see when you start a new Apple Computer. The idea is great and for the last several times I’ve done it I had no problems. Well, at least not that ever showed themselves to me but I think the system had a bunch of baggage that was not needed. I noticed preferences from 2001! So a fresh install seemed like a good idea and, as I said, so far, so good.

I have about a week of working and installing all the programs I use nearly every day. This was more work that I thought but the MacBook has not been shut down since the erase and install of OS X. Much of the time spent to this point was finding serial numbers, install disks and getting some important files like the QuickBooks data file and Sambucus time stuff together, installed in the right place and humming along again. Of course I did have to do a bit of “real” work but this whole project has set me behind a few days so hopefully the smooth running MacBook makes me productive enough to catch up!

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