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Monday, February 3, 2003

Pondering the Imponderable

OK, so I complained that everything looks weird around here without any snow. I didn't know that would mean that we would get a mile and a half of the stuff. I will say this--it looks a lot prettier than dead grass.

Dare I say, w00t!.

MP3 Mania

I've been enjoying my birthday present which I got for myself last week, a Kenwood KDC-MPV619 CD/MP3 car stereo. I've been keeping my eye on this one for a while, but couldn't justify the $300 plus installation for it. Last week, Best Buy (no affiliation, yadda, yadda) had it on sale for $199 installed. Sold! They even offered a free Sirius radio receiver, but I passed on it. Unfortunately I have to go back in today because they didn't install it quite right. The dash wasn't put back properly and it doesn't dim itself when the lights go on.

Other than that problem, the deck itself is great. It reads and displays ID3 tags. It is very easy to navigate from directory to directory which you can do while an MP3 is playing. It starts playing tracks quickly when a disc is inserted and moves quickly between directories. For that "ooh, aah" factor, you can choose any of 67 colors on the display or have it cycle through them all. If you are looking to replace your car stereo, snag this one. I assume a newer model is coming out, so you should be able to get a screaming deal on these.

By the by, I've been using the very excellent Grip to rip my CDs which then calls Lame to compress the tracks into MP3s. That's the very best program that I've ever found for doing this. If you like MP3s and use Linux, you owe it to yourself to try Grip. One of these days, I'm going to review it for The Haus.

Saturday, February 1, 2003

Mandrake Gets Six Months

MandrakeSoft announced that a French court has given them six months of bankruptcy protection to try to reorganize their debt. Hopefully they won't hired any more executives with stupid ideas to run the company into the ground again. I'm hopeful. Mandrake 9.1 is looking very slick.

Space Shuttle Columbia Accident

This morning, the Space Shuttle Columbia apparently burned up upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. CNN has the details. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave astronauts. This past week also marked the anniversaries of the Challenger disaster (January 28, 1986) and the Apollo I launchpad fire (January 27, 1967). That's almost creepy.

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