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New Home October 1, 2007

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MacPics of The Day: Why when I have just two ears? September 24, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Hardware, iPods, MacPics, Meta, Wala lang.
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The pods in the Doodler‘s possession at the moment. (Yes, that’s my grubby hand.)

Roughly a quarter of a terabyte of storage right there. And six pairs of headsets. Somewhere.

Conspicuous by its absence is the original 5gb I bought when it first came out in 2001 (yes, I am a shameless early adopter), when all this iPod mania wasn’t even a gleam in Jobs’ eye. In a moment of weakness I sold it, as I eventually would a white, button-happy 4th Gen. Shoulda kept them. Hope to add a Touch to this handful someday.

Another view:

MacADoodleTransfer September 22, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Meta, Milestones, New Stuff, Updates & Patches, Wala lang.
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Not quite Mac-related news, but important just the same:

I’d like to just announce that MacADoodle is joining the Inquirer.Net blog network soon, and it’ll put this little Mac blog within the reach of a much wider audience, not just that lovable little enclave of Mac fanatics (and bashers) who currently read it today.

The Inquirer.Net website is the largest news portal in my country, with 1.8 million uniques and 25 million pageviews a month from across the world. It’s the online presence of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the largest and most influential newspaper we have here, but it’s much more than just a digital version of the newspaper. It has its own writers and staff, and more updated, dynamic content than the paper itself.

We’re currently exporting the archives and testing the waters at the moment, and we’ll make a formal turnover soon. This is basically just a heads-up, so you know what’s happened if this site stops updating all of a sudden. Even with the transfer, it’ll largely be the same old site, maybe with a few new features and a slightly different look, so don’t worry. Anyway, I’ll make sure you guys know the new URL and feed for MacADoodle as soon as it firms up, but for now, monkey business as usual.

I’d just like to say too that MacADoodle is proud that Inquirer.Net asked us to join their network. I hope this is the start of something bigger and better. A big MacADoodle Slobbering Thank You in advance to the site and to Mr. JV Rufino and Mr. Joey Alarilla, both rabid Mac users themselves (Joey’s just got on the boat, actually, and he’s been scratching his head saying to himself, where has the Mac been all my life?)

Anyway, yun lang po.

Macheads in love August 31, 2007

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Nothing really. Just wanted to say I got a tricked-out 20-inch 2.4GHz aluminum iMac this morning, and I am in love.

I can’t get over how nice this thing is. I’ve had troops of our graphic artists and editorial folk coming in and out of my office oohing and aahing at everything from the thin keyboard to the silver casing to the black logo and glorious screen. Man.

Full review coming soon.

Ok, now back to regular programming.

Retro blogging August 27, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Oddities, Reminiscing, Share/Freeware, Wala lang.
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In our endless wandering on the Internets, the Doodler stumbled across something WordPress bloggers might find a bit interesting: a retro MacOS theme (which incidentally enough, is also its formal name) that uses 1-bit System 1.0 graphics. You can’t get more retro than this clunky monochromatic look. Who’da thought that in the future, pixellation would be cool?

Try the Retro MacOS Theme if you’ve a mind to, although for this Doodler, it’s a bit too hardcore. System 7, maybe. Even if I cut my teeth on Macs staring at screens like this for hours on end back in the day, it’s something I wouldn’t exactly want to revisit. Too retro for me, man.

See it here.

Stick ‘er where? July 24, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Oddities, People, Wala lang.
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Is there some unspoken rule, some commandment tacitly understood and obeyed by all Mac users that the best place to put your white Apple sticker is in the lower right corner of your car’s rear window? Is this rule in fine print in the documentation that comes with the Mac that I didn’t read but obey instinctively, like the lemming that I am? Has there been some whispered conspiracy passed down from user to user that I never got wind of but am following anyway by sheer unconscious impulse?

I just find it odd that I come across the white sticker on cars all the time, either on the left or the right lower corner of the back window (sometimes on the upper corners, but not too often), but when I ask the car owners why they put it there (theorizing that it’s some secret code or practice of their particular MUG), they just say, nothing really, it just “felt” right.

I’ve put one on the same location on three or more cars that have passed through my hands – without being told. It looked particularly appropriate on my wife’s all-white Honda Civic hatchback, although at the time she couldn’t understand my partiality for Macs (she’s since come around). I saw a friend at the car wash this weekend and it was in his Mazda‘s rear lower left corner, and when I asked him about it, he just shrugged. Looks nice there, he said. The Kool Aid has some subtle side effects, don’t it?

Just curious, where do you guys put yours?

Happy Three-month-sary! July 16, 2007

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Wouldn’t you know it? Checked my calendar and found out that this blog celebrated a quarter-year anniversary yesterday. We’re three months old! Who’da thunk it? Just three months? Seems like I’ve been doing it forever. Hope we last another three.

Happy Anniversary to us!

Spun July 14, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iTunes, Meta, Music, Wala lang.
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Hee hee.

Spin.com, the website of music mag Spin, a site which I read, respect and love, quoted me on a story they did on Apple‘s Next Big Thing initiative on the iTunes Stone.

Nothing really. Cheap thrill. In my native language, kilig. Just thought I’d mention it.

Buzzed out loud! July 6, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPhone, Meta, Podcasts, Wala lang.
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Coolness. Just thought to mention that I was mentioned on Buzz Out Loud, CNet’s Podcast of Indeterminate Length, Episode #509 for July 3.

Sent them a quick email the other day about my friend who activated the iPhone here in Manila, and figured they might want to report on it, and the next day it was there, a short mention near the end. Nice and quick. Being a long-time fan, I was thrilled to be part of the show in my small way. I used to work in FM radio for nearly two decades and have hosted my share of talkshows and podcasts too, and I feel a kinship with these kooks.

Gave me a spike in hits too, since they posted a link to this site on their Show Notes page. Hee hee hee. Wala lang.

Thanks, Tom, Molly and Veronica (Jason too)!

Reverse text engineering July 2, 2007

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(.ʍou ʇɥbıɹ uʍop ǝpısdn doʇdɐ1 ɹnoʎ buıp1oɥ pıdnʇs ʎ11ɐǝɹ ʞoo1 noʎ’ʎɐʍ ǝɥʇ ʎq)

.ǝɹǝɥ ʇno ʇı ʞɔǝɥɔ .uoıʇuǝɯ oʇ ɥbnouǝ 1ooɔ 11ıʇs ʇnq ‘ʇsǝʇɥbı1s ǝɥʇ uı sɔɐɯ oʇ pǝʇɐ1ǝɹ ʇou .ʇxǝʇ dı1ɟ ɹo/puɐ ǝsɹǝʌǝɹ uɐɔ ʇɐɥʇ bbıp ɥbnoɹɥʇ ǝʇıs sıɥʇ punoɟ ı