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Community / Wedding Photos
« on: November 11, 2008, 08:53:14 PM »
Here's our Picasa site with a bunch of wedding photos. We don't have the professional ones yet, but when we do, those will go there as well. Lot's of cool stuff to look at smile.gif

http://picasaweb.google.com/vandevenwedding

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Community / Guess what!!!!
« on: September 16, 2007, 08:17:12 PM »
I'm engaged!!!

This weekend Alicia and I had a weekend alone at the cabin. friday night we had a candlelight dinner, gazed at the stars, and watched the fire burn into the night. The next morning, I took here out for a walk in the woods behind the cabin. On the way back, I stopped her, got on one knee, and popped the question. She was so happy, she started crying and couldn't say anything, so just nodded emphatically. biggrin.gif

I'm so so excited now. The big day will be some time next fall, but we have to get all those details worked out. I'll try to post some nice pics sometime this week.

YAY!!!!!  yahoo.gif eusa_dance.gif toothgrin.gif thumbup.gif

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2003 / Beta Testing my software
« on: December 19, 2003, 08:08:22 AM »
Ok, so there is no applying for beta testing, anyone can do it. I would just like to get as many people trying out my software before I release it to the rest of world. Basically, I would like anyone that has a free minute to download the final beta of my DiveTableX software, and give it a quick spin.

Many things have been updated since the last test, including compiling for MacOS X 10.1.x and later (if anyone has 10.1.x, PLEASE test it), a minimum surface interval checker, and even printing (this is something I want everyone to try, as printers are not created equally).

It's compiled as Deployment this time, so there should be no problems with ZeroLink. Thanks to everyone who helped find this last time.

The new link is http://www.bhsweb.dk/giantmike/DiveTableXbeta.hqx (84 KB).

Thanks to all for your help!

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2003 / Need some help
« on: December 15, 2003, 08:58:22 AM »
Hi all. I have begun remaking my Diving Software that I made about 2 years ago. Because I had created it with an old version of RealBasic, it would not work properly with OS X 10.2 or 10.3. Therefore, I am building it from the ground up using Cocoa and XCode. Not quite as easy to use as RealBasic, but much more powerful.

Anyhow, I only have machines with MacOS X 10.3.1 on them, and was wondering if any of you who have 10.2.x or even 10.1.x could please download the program (link below), and fire it up to see if it launches. If you want to enter some number, keep them below 100, as full input error checking has not been implemented yet.

This program will not mess up your computer, so don't worry about that. I just need to know what kind of OS X versions it will run on, for future reference.

Thanks to all who help!

EDIT: New Link in post below.

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2003 / Hidden Panther Features
« on: October 29, 2003, 11:33:05 AM »
David Pogue was on TechTv's The Screen Savers last night, and higlighted some hidden Panther features. If you want to know how to share your scanners or digital cameras among all the Macs on your network, take a look at this article:

http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/howto/s...3559134,00.html

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2003 / Panther First Impressions
« on: October 26, 2003, 08:04:31 AM »
I guess I can add my thoughts on Panther to the mix. I installed Panther on three machines friday night, an iBook 500, iBook 600, and G4 466MHz. I will be installing it on my Dual 2GHz G5 tonight.

First thing I noticed is how slow the install was. Each machine took around 2 hours. I'm betting the G5 install will be slightly faster wink.gif

But after the install, everything does seems speedier, especially finder operations. Speaking of the finder, I like the new finder windows. I find them much easier to and fast to navigate.

I like the new threaded view in Mail, really cleans thign up.

Exposé rocks! Other than playing around with it, I have used it a few times to clear the way for the desktop. I don't think I'll use it that much to switch applications, as that is what the dock and command tab is for.

Font book is very helpful. It nice to have the ability to disable all those foreign language fonts, without having to worry about messing something up if I went around deleting the ones I didn't want. Having those fonts disabled speeds up font menus and such.

The open and save dialog boxes are new. They are eariser to navigate for the most part, but doesn't allow you to move backwards all the way through the disk heirarchy. By this, I mean if you start at you home folder (possibly by using the shortcuts on the left), you can only go that far back. You have to click on the hard drive shortcut if you want to navigate everything.

Goiodbye DropStuff. NOw Apple allows you to compress (archive) files and folders directly in the finder using gzip format.

PDFs. I can now navigate PDFs on my iBook 500 MHz with Panther, as fast, or maybe even faster than I could using Jaguar on my Dual 2GHz G5!!! Preview is now super fast! Also, the bility to copy text is awesome! I view approximately 3-10 different PDFs every day, on average, so this is a reason to upgrade in and of itself.

Some things I don't like:

The blue box that is drawn around a highlighted icon. I always hated that in IE, and hate it here too. I can't find a way to turn it off.

The Process Viewer and CPU monitor have been combined into the Activity viewer. While the application itself is nice, it doen't allow a nice way to keep a CPU monitor visible. I always kept the little floating bar in the lower left hand corner open, with high transparency, so it doesn't interfere with anything. With this new application, this is not possible.

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2003 / Looking for a desktop background
« on: September 29, 2003, 07:49:41 PM »
I have been looking for a good desktop background of lightning. I have found various ones which you can see the landscape and clouds and stuff, but that just doesn't do it.

I have found something close here: http://www.macdesktops.com/index.phtml?Pic...e=2785&res=TRUE

However, I would like more forks.

Anybody know where I can find such an image (I know I had one on my G3 a long time ago).

Thanks for any help.

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2003 / Yes. YES. YES!!!
« on: September 25, 2003, 09:44:17 PM »
About 1 hour ago, I got the magic email from Apple saying my G5 shipped tonight. According to the Airborne site, it should be at my house by noon tomorrow (Apple bumped the shipping method to priority overnite for free). I'll be heading home after class tomorrow, so I sure hope it's sitting there, ready for me. Hopefully, my next post here is from a Dual 2GHz G5!

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2003 / iBook + poweroutage =
« on: September 20, 2003, 01:20:03 PM »
Currently, there is a poweroutage here at school. Of course, I'm the only one with internet, cause I have my trusty iBook, along with free 56k dialup (school provided). Take that pc users! smile.gif

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2003 / The 200 club
« on: September 13, 2003, 10:14:42 PM »
As I know there are many bowlers here, I would like to say that I have now officially entered the 200 club.

Before tonight, the best I had accomplished in the game of bowling was 185.

My roomate and I went out to the alley, for the first time in a few months. The first game we both did horrible, not having bowled for a while. Then it happened. During the course of the second game, I bowled 8 strikes on my way to getting a total score of 218!

I'm so proud of myself :-D

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2003 / Apple reduces education prices
« on: July 21, 2003, 06:04:15 PM »
Go Apple! They have reduced Apple Store for Education prices on most hardware itens 5%-15%

I redid my configuration for the G5 I will be ordering (have to get the money first), and after taxes I'll save around $160. Great news!

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2003 / Finally..
« on: July 04, 2003, 02:58:08 PM »
Hey all, this is my first chance to get to an Apple Store. This place is pretty cool, but I was hoping to see a new G5 in action. Oh well, I'll just have to wait til I get my own wink.gif

Have a good day all.

Go Brewers!

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