Monthly Archives: May 2002

Toshiba Satellite

I’m playing with a new Toshiba Satellite 1200 with XP installed. I’d forgotten about XP’s built-in ClearType support (or whatever it’s called). It seems nice enough although fonts seem a little fuzzy around the edges. I suppose it improves overall readability though.

XP seems okay, although a little obnoxious. I haven’t quite figured out how to set up Microsoft Networking to login to the local domain yet. Well, there are a bunch of things I need to work on still. I think I’ll probably take this home for the weekend to play with it a little bit.

Tinderbox

I’ve been spending some time today reading about and fiddling with Eastgate System’s Tinderbox. I downloaded it a while back, but set it aside and didn’t get back to it. Reading about it again over at Aaron Swartz’s weblog inspired me to take another look.

Today’s explorations left me with a much better grasp of things. Notes are the basic unit of content and besides holding text each note has Attributes that you allow you to store additional data. Agents allow you to perform operations on Notes based on their Attributes. On top of that you can export any collection of Notes into text or html files after filtering them through templates.

At this point I’m fairly interested in buying Tinderbox, but with a house purchase pending and money fairly tight I’m probably going to have to put it on my list of things to buy down the road (alongside Fireworks MX now that I think about it). Hopefully the MacOS X version will be available to play with soon.

Kind Of Nice

It’s actually kind of nice to be back to work after a relaxing weekend. Things are going to be pretty hectic from here on out with summer basketball starting up.

Yesterday morning Mary and I watched the classic disaster film Earthquake starring Charlton Heston. It was cheesie at times, but overall fairly enjoyable and it was interesting to see how far special effects have come in the last 30 years. My main complaint would be that I didn’t think much of Stewart’s last decision.