Links for September 4th through September 10th

This entry was published at least two years ago (originally posted on September 10, 2009). Since that time the information may have become outdated or my beliefs may have changed (in general, assume a more open and liberal current viewpoint). A fuller disclaimer is available.

Sometime between September 4th and September 10th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!

  • Tech Support Cheat Sheet: "Dear various parents, grandparents, co-workers, and other 'not computer people.' We don't magically know how to do everything in every program. When we help you, we're usually just doing this. Please print this flowchart out and tape it near your screen. Congratulations; you're now the local computer expert!"
  • Facebook | Desktop Notifications: "For Mac OS X, Adds Notifications to your desktop, alerting you when interesting activity happens on Facebook! Note: This software is experimental and has only been tested on Mac OS X 10.5"
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: The Ars Technica Review: "Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard has landed. This time around, Apple goes light on the glitz in favor of some heavy work under the hood. John Siracusa dives deep into Apple's new OS offering to see what's new, what's still the same, and whether it's worth upgrading." I'm a little behind the curve — vacation, plus I won't actually get to play with Snow Leopard until I upgrade my hardware — but this is Ars' usual insanely in-depth (26 page) look at the new OS. All sorts of really geeky goodness herein.
  • That Obama Speech, Or, Expunging the Stupid Use of Words: "Seriously now, how much longer do any of us have to pretend that the sort of people bleating about Our Socialist President aren't, in fact, ignorant as chicken, or mad as hatters, or as madly ignorant as chicken hatters? I've already noted that we're well past the point where anyone still barfing up the 'Obama is a Socialist' meme deserves a 'tool' sign over their head; I propose we go further and call them morons. Because, at this point, if you're still calling the man a 'socialist,' that's what you are."
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