On the Apple-to-use-Intel news

Yeah, right. Like I care this week about the biggest news in the computing industry quite possibly ever.

Me and the little phisch by the Hidden Falls rapids
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Being in Wyoming on vacation, I’ll need some time to digest Apple’s move to Intel. In the mean time, this is me and the little phisch enjoying the rapids coming off of the base of Hidden Falls, in Grand Teton National Park.

Tiger Sync does suck

I wholeheartedly agree with Dave Golden that syncing in Tiger is a step back from what it once was in Panther.
Before, if I wanted to sync my PowerBook with my phone and .Mac, it was a one-shot deal. Click on the iSync icon in the menu bar, tell it to “Sync Now,” and it was done. When that finished, it was a simple matter to switch over to the Cube to sync it and my iPod with what had just been uploaded to my .Mac account.
This has now become a two-step process on the PowerBook, which runs Tiger, while it remains the easy one-shot on the Cube, which still runs Panther. (The reason for the latter still running the older operating system is that with a HP d145 OfficeJet all-in-one printer in the house, it would be nice to have at least one Mac that can print. Where are those drivers, HP?)
The iSync button in the menu bar now only runs the sync to .Mac. To get changes to sync to my T616, I have to manually launch the iSync application, and tell it to sync with the phone. Can we please fix this in 10.4.2?

On school choice

David Salisbury:

Whenever school choice programs are proposed in the United States, they face fierce opposition from critics who claim that school choice benefits mostly wealthy parents, drains money from the public system, and segregates students into racial or economic groups.

But the experiences of countries that have experimented with school choice indicate that these claims are unfounded. In most cases, the main beneficiaries have been poor families living in inner cities. In Hungary, where vouchers were introduced after the fall of communism, most new private schools have emerged in poor inner-city or rural areas, where access to good public schools is most limited.

Although private schools receive public funds on a per-child basis, they typically cost less than what the government pays to educate children in the public system. When more children choose private schools, public schools actually have more money to spend on students.

In Alberta, Canada, where children can attend either a private or public school, public schools have improved the quality and diversity of their programs. They have also focused more attention on parental satisfaction and academic outcomes. As a result, Alberta public schools continue to attract the bulk of local students.

Rather than segregate students into racial, educational, or economic groups, school choice seems to do just the opposite.

Survivor: Hoth

Lawson and I agree that “Survivor: Hoth” would be one reality show we’d tune in to.
Me: “Your challenge today, castaways, will be to drag the tauntaun carcass across the mouth of this cave, during the nightly blizzard, while avoiding the wampa…”
Lawson: “I’m sorry, Brady, but you were too slow gutting your tauntaun and getting inside. You will face the vote tonight at tribal council. Provided enough of you survive the freezing cold to have tribal council.”
Oh, what fun it would be, watching some accountant from Miami flounder around on the wastes of the Arctic Circle…

Recommendations, allow me to introduce Wish List

Why is it that any time I look at the recommendations Amazon puts forth for my viewing pleasure, half of them are already on my wish list? You would think that with all of the web services, back-end stuff Amazon is in to these days, they would have devised a system where the recommendations I’m shown contain nothing that is on my wish list.
Update, 11:00 PM CST: So I put my money where my mouth is and sent an e-mail with my suggestion to Amazon’s General Questions box. I did get a response, but it seems to be of the form letter type. One thing it mentions is tweaking the recommendations, and I looked in to that.
The problem here is that I can see the items on my wish list that are included in the recommendations. There is a box next to each item that is checked, and the caption reads “Use to make recommendations”. My issue here is, I want Amazon to use this type of item to make future recommendations, but I don’t want this specifc item to show up in my recommendations. So do I uncheck the box or not?

ATPM 11.06

The June issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available, and apparently Rob was in a rhyming mood when he wrote the Welcome.
Ellyn looks at the advantage of age, through the eyes of a sport I have recently rediscovered as a favorite. Amongst myriad other happenings, Wes covers the release of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (there’s a mouthful) in this month’s marathon Bloggable. Our Reviews Editor, Paul Fatula, takes his turn with the Pod People column, doting on his first-generation iPod. We’re looking for writers who wish to contribute to the Pod People column, so if you’re interested, [drop me a line](mailto:cturner@atpm.com?subject=Pod People column).
Ted discusses outlining and styles in this month’s ATPO, while Scott Chitwood, of ResExcellence fame, looks at skinning your OS X interface with Appearance Themes. David Blumenstein delivers another thought-provoking column, as he ponders the possibilities presented by the Mac Mini. No, I cannot bring myself to not capitalize the second word, at least on my own blog. Tom Bridge presents readers with an overview of the new features in Tiger.
Lee has a good how-to column on getting widescreen output in iDVD 5, or at least as close as you can come. Sylvester delivers a Tiger installation instruction manual for those who haven’t gone through the upgrade process yet.
Cortland proves he knows where his towel is, while leaping the hurdles of the design world. College student Dan Klein was gracious in providing photos from Moraine State Park for this month’s desktop pictures section. Frisky Freeware discusses Apple Jack, a utility that has piqued my curiosity.
Eric lays out the goods on the AppleScript Missing Manual, Michael provides yet another keyboard review, this time with the iceKey, and Frank H. Wu offers his review of the iLugger, designed for you to tote your iMac G5 around the town. Eric reviews a staff-favorite, the news reader NetNewsWire, while Lee shows that Shoebox Pro isn’t quite deserving of the professional moniker just yet. Marcus J. Albers wraps up this month’s reviews section with his take on Unreal Tournament 2004.
I want to thank the staff and all of our writers. This month’s issue is solid and well packed, and you should all be proud.

Tiger baseball in the post-season

I haven’t blogged much about the LSU baseball team this year, mainly because I’ve been focusing more on the local Texas Rangers when it comes to the sport. The Tigers finished the regular season with a winning record, good enough to get them in to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers were eliminated from the SEC tournament last month, but now stand to host their 16th straight regional for the national tournament. LSU will open play against Marist on Friday, June 3d. Geaux Tigers!