The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
|Purgatory (Repenting Believers)||Very Low|
|Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)||Moderate|
|Level 2 (Lustful)||High|
|Level 3 (Gluttonous)||Moderate|
|Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)||Very Low|
|Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)||Moderate|
|Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics)||Very High|
|Level 7 (Violent)||Extreme|
|Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)||High|
|Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous)||Low|
Take the Dante’s Inferno Hell Test
ext|circ points to a MacBidouille report that the 7B21 build of Panther, which apparently includes a few goodies. Most notably, it includes support for synchronisation between Address Book and Microsoft Exchange. If true (and MacBidouille’s record isn’t that great) the last feature will be an excellent one.
With the hard drive in the Power Mac failing, it’s time to get serious about backing up. Of course, we use Retrospect to do heavy duty back ups: If you have a Mac, you need to have Retrospect. It’s simply one of those applications that everyone should have. We have an old Iomega Peerless drive that gets all the data from my an Claire’s User folders, which pretty much includes everything.
However, it’s worth checking when doing this kind of partial backup that it everything you want is actually being backed up, as some applications have a habit of putting things where you least expect them. MailSmith, for example, puts its signature files in the application support folder in the Libraries in your User folder. If in doubt, backup your whole Users directory, rather than just Documents.
We set up Retrospect to back up regularly, but sometimes it’s also good to get an on-the-fly backup, as losing just a few hours work can be critical if that few hours included an important part of a project. That’s where Apple’s Backup comes in. This little application will backup to either a .Mac account, or to CD-R (it requires a .Mac account either way), and for a small backup of a few megabytes it’s excellent. Backing up to .Mac also has the advantage that it’s off-site: If (God forbid) the house burns down, I can be up and running in a couple of hours (assuming I made sure to carry the iBook out of the burning building, along with the cats, my bike, and all those important books…)
Google Weblog has a handy page which lets you see what ads Google AdSense would put on your page. Bizarrely, mine are all about spiritualists. What have I written to deserve that?
Yesterday I managed to spend the whole day not checking email. Today, so far, I’ve spent a little over an hour and a half catching up on that backlog. If you emailed me between 6pm on Friday and 9am today, I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. If you didn’t, why not? Don’t you like me enough to email me? Hmm?
I’m currently working on a review of MailSmith from my favourite ever softwar company, Bare Bones. When Bare Bones’ main product, the uber text editor BBEdit, turned 10 years old, Bare Bones put out a limited edition CD with every commercial version it had ever made on it – “BBEdit – The Anthology”. And, to many people, BBEdit is bigger than The Beatles, if not quite bigger than God.
What’s nice about MailSmith is its integration with a product called SpamSieve, which is one of the nicest anti-spam applications on the Mac. SpamSieve uses the popular Bayesian filtering method to learn what’s a good email and what’s a bad one. In the short run, that means it’s pretty appalling, but as it learns it gets a lot better – a whole lot better. At the moment, it’s probably netting about 50% of the spam I get, which after 2000 messages received isn’t bad.
The other great thing about MailSmith is that it’s text only: HTML messages don’t display (you get an option to view in your Web browser instead), which means you’re immune from Web bugs and other little script nasties. You’re also immune from seeing a load of naked chick covered in jam, or whatever the spammers have decided you might be interested in.
Two in one day? Aren’t you lucky?
From City culture bid opposed:
“If Brighton continues the way it is going, we will wake in the year 2020 to find there is no one to teach our children, no one to tend to our sick and no one to clean our streets.
“But hey, there will be 2,020 places to buy latte, so let’s not be negative.”
Quite possibly my dream headline.
Here are some snippets of Matthew Maxwell’s coverage of a panel at the Dan Diego comics convention featuring Grant .
“Of course, all this tied into the concept of emergence. Briefly stated, once a series of rules/concepts/organisms gets sufficiently complicated, a larger pattern emerges out of the whole. This is the concept behind “smart mobs” and beehives alike. There’s a single mind in a hive, but you couldn’t find it in an individual bee. As an aside, that’s the best way I can describe it; if you want more, seriously, Google ‘emergence’ and prepare to be overwhelmed.”
“He went on to talk about The Filth as sort of a vaccine against the very things that the book is about. The Hand is kind of a defense mechanism/antibody for the psyche of the human race, with each of its divisions being modeled after a particular part of the immune system. Continuing, he described how each body is made up of billions of cells, but in and around all of those cells are some ten times that number in bacteria/viruses/other organisms and how they could be an emergent intelligence in and of themselves. Follow this line of thought if you dare, but the ready implication being ‘Who’s *really* doing the thinking in your body?’”
“When asked to talk about The Invisibles, referred to it as not only a treatise on how to do magic, but as a wider introduction to a different way of seeing things (which is a mild understatement, for any readers who’ve plowed all the way through it). He went into particular detail regarding looking at 4th+ dimensional perception (assuming that we live in the fourth dimension: i.e., the three that we’re accustomed to plus Time as the fourth). As shown graphically in “The Invisible Kingdom”, he talked about how we leave “trails” through time, that to our perception in the present are inaccessible.”
And finally, from a forum posting on this story, a great candidate for a new .sig:
“Folk, like Disco, served its purpose. Folk was there to help question authority. Disco was there to reverse the effect. Punk saved us all from both.”
Anti-tech day. The hard drive on the Power Mac on which I do most of my work has decided today is a good day to die, which means a lot of nasty tech work. Yes, there’s a back up. No, it’s not that recent.