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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Y'all seen the new iPod? on: September 12, 2005, 03:20:59 AM
The nano is pretty cool, but I'm waiting for an update to the regular iPod. The low end model is currently 20 GB. I have a 15GB Gen 3 iPod, which is about 85% full. Once the low end iPod hits 30 GB, I'm buying one.

If the price comes down a bit, in a couple years I could see myself replacing my iPod Shuffle with an iPod Nano.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 06, 2005, 04:23:49 AM
Are you sure, Mitch? I would have sworn it was a childhood encounter with mosquito spraying that did that to your face. :-)

I'm down in Houston right now, for a job interview tomorrow. The hotel is full of refugees. When I got off the elevator, there was a girl sitting in the chairs opposite, writing in a pad. She got out of NO with her boyfriend and his family, but has no idea where her parents are. frown

Even those who haven't been killed... how long will it take for people to reconnect?
1403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 10:30:37 PM
Not quite sure if that's a compliment or not....
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 05:45:33 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Fireball - Keep us posted on how things are going since you may have a better grasp on what's going on in the way of help for these people. Thanks!

By far the best way to help is to give money either to the American Red Cross ( or to the local food banks in the areas where refugees are being taken. They're being inundated with "stuff," but what is needed is good, old-fashioned, imminently flexible cash.

Of course, I say this, yet my Dallas Young Democrats are going to do a toy drive for the kids in Reunion Arena. Oh well. :-)
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 01, 2005, 08:27:38 PM
I had friends in Manhattan on Sept. 11. It took almost a week before they could get phone calls in and out (they lived in SoHo). I suspect it'll be even worse in the damaged areas from Katrina.

As most folks know, I work for the Democratic Party, and we're being swamped both with people looking for ways to help get funds to Louisiana, and with folks trying to get a grip on how to best help the refugees being brought here to Dallas. This whole situation is overwhelming on so many levels.
1406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 30, 2005, 03:48:18 PM
It's not the economy, it's the budget that's at fault. Bush cut taxes way too much, and has raised spending way too quickly, thus resulting in staggering deficits. The man has never vetoed so much as one spending bill from Congress, even the pork-laden energy and transportation bills passed last month. Fiscal discipline simply isn't in his nature, apparently.
1407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 09:02:43 PM
I should be able to get away at 6:00 on Friday. Let's do dinner and the flick (and Tiger!).
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 08:22:35 PM

Jabber support is present in iChat 1.x in Panther. Just follow their instructions, and it should work. And I'm pretty sure that the next time we have dinner (still need to see the Aristocrats) that my Tiger DVD might accidently come along for the ride. :-)
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 08:07:22 AM
Email or PM me if you would like my GoogleTalk name — its my Gmail account address, so I don't wanna publicly post it.
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tipping? on: August 15, 2005, 05:35:26 PM
I tend to tip very well when service is good, upwards of 20%, which is my normal baseline (for ease of math as much as anything else). I tipped 50% last week at lunch with the Texas delegation to the Young Democrats of America convention. One poor waitress, 42 Texans, 90 minutes to get in and out. There were some snafus, but I thought she did a stellar job.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 11:28:21 PM
So it rolled out to the Apple Stores today? That's pretty cool. And this thing didn't leak, either. Not bad.

I'm a huge fan of my Kensington Studio Mouse, so I don't need this new Apple Mouse. but if my next Mac comes with one, I'll definitely give it a look. I'm a big, big fan of most everything Apple designs.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 06:01:24 PM
At most 5 years too late. There was no reason to switch to a two-button mouse until the advent of Mac OS X. And even OS X runs just fine with one button.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 03:45:44 PM
Apple Computer releases a multi-button, scrolling mouse

These are strange times.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are your pet peeves? on: August 01, 2005, 11:43:03 PM
God, I hate loud eaters. I have a friend I don't eat with because they smack, and their mouths hang open and its sick. I can't eat while watching that. Sick, sick, sick.

Slow drivers drive me nuts. Get out of my way. Jesus.

People who talk slowly or take forever to get to the point .... not my favorite people. My time is too valuable to listen to you stammer. Just spit it out.

Coffee. I hate coffee. The stench of that noxious beverage immediately removes my appetite. Coffee is bad. There will never be a coffee maker in any home in which I live.
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 01, 2005, 09:13:05 PM
ME was a disaster on my system. I paid $50 to have my printer and scanner stop working. My printer eventually got updated to working status. I wasn't willing to shell out bucks for a new scanner driver. Now, the steps ME took towards unifying the driver model and integrating the Windows 2000 shell were good steps. It's just that ME was never supposed to be released (it was thrown together because a home edition of Windows 2000 died in the womb), and it really showed. Rough edges abound.
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stationery Question on: August 01, 2005, 05:51:31 PM
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 01, 2005, 05:50:49 PM
The release window is Q4 2006, which is about 18 months away.

If my PC will handle it, I will likely upgrade. I like to be running the newest set of software, and while it pales compared to Mac OS X, Windows XP has been a pretty solid release from Microsoft.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stationery Question on: August 01, 2005, 07:46:09 AM
Okay, let's say (of course, totally hypothetically) that I'm starting my own personal business and I'm buying some stationery. And let's say that a letter I write goes for more than one page... what do I print the second page on? Do I print it on the same full letterhead (with name, logo, address, phone, email, web, slogan, etc, on it) or do I use a more simplified letterhead for the second and subsequent pages?

Or do I just use the same stock of paper, but blank?

I'm glad to say, this is the biggest question holding up my launch. smile
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: July 25, 2005, 08:10:49 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
So, they will fast forward to the time after Superman's "For Tomorrow"? since that was set one year ahead as well (one of the reasons people thought Kyle Rayner was going to survive Hal Jordan coming back and the end of his series).

Hopefully they won't even mention "For Tomorrow." That story was just absolute garbage.

1420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Longhorn becomes Windows Vista on: July 22, 2005, 07:50:22 PM
Of course, a window is the barrier keeping you from the beautiful vista.
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 08:15:43 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Open borders attract terrorist.

I could post many more articles about this, but would they really do any good. You seem to argue on emotion, not on reason, and your favorite tactic is to attack and insult.

And you conflate Hispanics with Illegal Immigrants, when the two are not the same.

A suspected terrorist operative came in through the Canadian border. Yawn. We survived the Cold War against a far more dangerous enemy with very open borders. Terrorist boogeymen are the last reason to mess with our relationship with Canada or Mexico.

Honestly, why should I waste any more time with you.

I'm only here right now because you're fairly amusing. And I like the black-and-silver color scheme.

And I haven't moved the goal post.

Sure you have. You've been arguing over the quote all night -- but now, no, it's the article, not the quote. The quote seems to now serve no purpose, when before it appeared to be the linchpin of your Grand Unifying Conspiracy Theory about the browning of America. Why, some nobody Hispanic woman said something glib about Texas being part of Mexico. Best sound the alarm. And be sure to ignore the opinions of people who, you know, actually live in Texas. Or, at least, that's the circle this thread went in for hours.

But now it's about the article itself.

I think the agenda is quit real, and quit chilling. Keep the borders unsecured, for as long as possible, so as many illiegal immigrants can pour into America, in as short a time as possible, regardless of the impact on the economy, environment, healthcare, taxes, education, crime, or national security.

Yes, that must be it. The Mexican government wants everyone in Mexico to go to America, because that would work out very well for them. Look, the only reason we have illegal immigration is because we, as a nation, WANT and REQUIRE it. You don't want illegal immigration? Good. Neither do I. So, let's come up with a way to legally get those laborers over here to work for the wages our economic stability requires us to pay them.

And with this newfound political muscle comes an arrogance, and the comment I quoted in my initial thread is a reflection of that arrogance.

By definition, illegal immigrants have no political muscle. They have no vote. If a city is 90% illegal immigrants, and they all hate you, but the 10% that aren't love you, and there's an election, you win, because that 90% has NO political clout and can neither vote NOR give money to campaigns or PACs.

The only domestic political clout Hispanics have is that wielded by Hispanic citizens of the United States. So, either, the political clout you worry about does not exist or you're bemoaning the fact that a lot of Americans -- people who are just as American as you will ever be -- are Hispanics. Which takes us back to the race.
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 07:36:50 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Do you really think they make your argument any stronger?

Your paranoia doesn't really require an A game.

The Mexican Gov't hands out free information on how to enter the US illegally, and fanatically applies pressure on Washington to keep our borders unprotected.

Fanatically? You have evidence of this fanatacism? And is it fanaticism regarding open borders, or more of the "please don't shoot people trying to get into the US" sort of thing?

Clearly illegal immigration is a problem. However, there is a need and a desire in the United States for these workers. We want them here, to take the jobs we won't and be paid the wages we can't live on. We can't afford the true cost of our goods, so a porous border provides a deflationary pressure that keeps prices down. Clearly, this is a haphazard solution. Better and more safer would be to legalize transient Mexican workers, as well as a lower standard wage for them, and make what's happening BECAUSE WE REQUIRE IT TO happen above board.

And thanks for completely ignoring the link I provided.

Your thread title mentions a "chilling admission," and then you chose to pull out and highlight that incredibly idiotic quote. Yet now you say that wasn't what you really thought? That I should read the whole article to get your point of view? Huh? Then why highlight that paragraph, and spend two pages arguing over the meaning of it? You're moving goalposts now.

And not that you'll respond to this point, but regardless on how you feel towards illegal immigrants, shouldn't we protect our borders, if only for security reasons?

Security? You mean... GASP... the TERRORISTS? Give me a break. You're more at risk of being killed by a car being driven by a drunken sea otter than being killed by a.... GASP... TERRORIST who swam across the dirty Rio Grande to blow up a dirty city with his dirty bomb. We need to beef up our border patrol so that we can more efficiently check and process people entering the country... but only because that will make the free flow of goods, capital and economic interdependency more efficient, not because we're afraid of bad men in turbins.

Frankly, I'm more afraid of our porous northern border than our porous Southern border. Those Canadians. You know, they club seals. Scary people.

I'm not going to die in a terrorist attack, and neither are you. The bogeyman is not in the closet, and he's not hopping across the Mexican border, either.
1423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 06:15:46 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
First of all. I simply pointed out that a member of LULAC claimed that Texas had been "conquered" by Hispanics, which I felt was not just inaccurate, but highly insensitive.

Your post in no way indicated that you thought the quote was "inaccurate" or "insensitive." In fact, given that you chose that quote to underline your post, it seemed very much that you agreed with it. There was nothing to indicate otherwise.

But I'm a bigot for calling that asshole out.

No, you appear to be a bigot because you appear to hold to the notion that there is a vast pan-Hispanic conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States. Or was it to pollute or precious bodily fluids? I can never keep track.
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 04:42:36 AM
The quote in your first post said nothing about illegal immigration. It said that Texas had been taken over by Hispanics, which is:

1) Wrong.

2) Racist, the way you're using it, which is to paint this as a bad thing.

3) Denigrating to millions of Texas Hispanics who are just as much a citizen of this country as any Anglo.

You presented this claim that Texas had been taken over by Hispanics as "chilling." Why is the presence of a large population of Hispanic Americans in Texas chilling?

I think its a rather good thing.
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 03:24:36 AM
No, your racist attempt to imply that eeeeevil Hispanics were trying to take this country away from the Great White People who took it away from the red heathens is not "pointing out someone else's race baiting."

Your entire first post was an anti-hispanic, racist exercise in baiting. This whole thread exists simply because you seem to hate hispanic people found some nonsense quote to support your notion that they are "taking over" the nation.
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:28:56 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Quote from: "godhugh"

I heard a white guy in Arkansas raped someone. We should get rid of all the white people in Arkansas. Destructive people, that's what they are.

Time to whip out the race card, huh.

Your quote in the first post started the race baiting.
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:28:28 AM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
The people who don't think the flood of illegal immigration isn't that big of deal don't live in one of the states being affected by it. Being a Arizona resident I see it every day.

I'm a native Texan. We have a vibrant, wonderful Hispanic community in this state. We would be a far lesser community without them.
1428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:25:56 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
You can make any jokes you want, but not everyone shares your sense of humor when it comes to this subject, and for those Americans who are getting a bird's eye view of just how destructive illegal immigration can be, you're dismissive attitude might be seen in poor taste.

Nonsense. I live in Texas, the same as CrayolaSmoker. This state has not been taken over by hispanics, and anyone who says it has been is an idiot. I'll leave it to other to discern what sort of person might take the glib chatter of an idiot as gospel.

Illegal immigration is an economic problem. If 3 million people are coming into this country every year to take jobs that those of us already living here won't take because they're not economically worth the sort of pay that Americans demand, then we have a core economic issue to deal with. I'm not sure how to deal with it -- but I certainly don't want to be paying 2 to 3 times more for my produce and meat.
1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 03:47:08 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Then who was the chief architect of the Zero Hour? I seem the remember that being an ex-Green Lantern.

It was Hal Jordan, but he didn't die at the end.

Also, do the comics masters, be it DC or Marvel, do a major revamp every few years and assign it the "Crisis in..." label? You and I had a talk some time ago about that and you said whenever the word "Crisis" appeared in the title of something, it was the most serious thing you would see in the comics world.

It is in the DC comics world. I don't think Marvel's ever had anything similar, though their Infinity books got to be something of the same scale, IIRC.
1430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 02:37:22 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Jason Todd, Donna Troy and Hal Jordan all being back from the dead is supposedly key to the Infinite Crisis along with the "Trinity" of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.  I started up a thread somewhere around here talking about it, but it never really caught on.  Maybe I should update it.

I wonder if any other than Hal will still be alive at the end of Infinite Crisis.

I am not surprised Jason is alive especially with the swerve during Hush by Loeb.

I was SO disappointed that it wasn't Jason in Hush, particularly given how that moment in the graveyard just hit me like a ton of bricks. After that, the real identity of Hush was something of a disappointment.

Now they are saying it was indeed Todd that battled Batman during Hush and that Clayface was put in at the last moment.  Someone asked Jason how he came back alive in the last Batman issue and he kind of blew it off.  A Lazarus Pit dip usually brings about insanity like what happened with Riddler during Hush and Ra's on many occasions.  Jason hasn't shown any insane tendencies yet.

The thing is, the insanity is only temporary, and it appears that Jason was brought back to life YEARS ago -- he's aged at least four or five years since his death. Which would be, what, about 10 years worth of issues? Maybe Jason's return is a long-unknown remnant of Zero Hour. ;-)
1431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 02:35:28 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Jason Todd, Donna Troy and Hal Jordan all being back from the dead is supposedly key to the Infinite Crisis along with the "Trinity" of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.  I started up a thread somewhere around here talking about it, but it never really caught on.  Maybe I should update it.

Wait a second. I thought Hal Jordan came back during Zero Hour as the chief villain? Or has he died and been reborn since then?

Hal hadn't died at that point. Hal died a few years after Zero Hour during the Final Night -- he sacrificed himself and all his power to reignite the Sun. He ended up in Purgatory, and for a brief time was the human incarnation of the Spectre -- the spirit of God's vengeance. He's now fully back from the dead, and restored as a Green Lantern (of which there now appear to be six or seven, as opposed to just John Stewart and Kyle Rayner as before).
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 01:38:19 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Does nobody else realize how stupid it is that Jason Todd was brought back from the dead?  With the exception of wbs you all seem giddy about this turn of events, which is one of the worst things I have read in a long time.  If Batman suddenly had the ability to fly would you even blink?

Batman has had people around him come back from the dead on numerous occasions -- including Ra's al Ghul. The notion of Jason's death really doesn't have any resonance for Batman anymore. He's basically been over it for years. This dredges it all back up, and gives Batman, effectively, a replacement villain for the immortal Ra's, who died for the last time (ha ha) about a year ago.

I realize this is a fucking comic book, but to just wipe away what was such a great story and had such an impact on Batman...

How does it wipe away? It all stems from it. Jason isn't a good guy anymore, because of what he went through due to what he now sees as "Bruce's weakness." It's a twist, to be sure, but its an interesting one. And it's been handled remarkably well. They teased us with this two years ago, and then reintroduced it very carefully. And they've got some of their best writers working on it (Judd Winnick).

Jason's return might not last beyond Infinite Crisis, but its one of the most genuinely surprising "returns" in the DC Universe in recent years.
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 09:57:01 PM
Well Batman went nuts after Jason died, but that was over a decade ago, and he's long past that. When he discovered two years ago that Jason's body was missing, he sorta freaked out again, but its been quite busy since then.
1434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 09:13:14 PM
Nope, it seems that Jason Todd has finally come back from the dead (what a shock in comic world). I'd imagine someone dunked him in a Lazarus Pit.
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 07:10:21 PM
Joker's origins aren't covered in Year One (nor is he even featured in Year Two), but remember Year One didn't cover everything that happened that year. During the events of Year One, Batman foiled a heist at the Ace Card company that ended up chasing the bad guys into the chemical plant next door. These guys were part of the Red Hood gang -- three gangsters and the Red Hood, though in truth the Red Hood was just a guy in a mask, and a different guy everytime. This time, the Red Hood was a down-on-his-luck comic, who ended up falling into the chemical vats and emerging insane and as the Joker.

Or at least, that's how the Joker sometimes remembers his origin. He's so crazy, he's not exactly sure where he came from, though the Red Hood notion is pretty well established.

There's a new Red Hood in Gotham today. He's a violent vigilante who's first action was beating the crap out of the Joker. With a crowbar. Because the Joker did that to him once... before he tied him to a bomb. Welcome back, Jason. smile
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic 4 Movie on: July 09, 2005, 06:58:27 PM
Whiteboy, some friends of mine and I went to see this last night. I was expecting dreck, but this wasn't really so bad. We talked about it afterwards, and both Mitch and I noted the recycled Spider-Man plot.

Some things I noticed (may be some minor spoilers):

1) The villain, like in the Spider-Movies, seemed superfluous. Really, he didn't do anything. I'm getting a bit tired of superhero movies where the heroes don't even know the villain exists until 80 minutes into a 90-minute film. It's good to make the focus on the heroes and their struggle with their identity (though, how many times can we see that story?), but at least make the villain IMPORTANT to the action, OR make the third act where we fight the villain much longer.

2) Chris Evans is hot. Flame-on.

3) The gray in Reed's temples was wildly inconsistent from shot to shot.

4) Sue wore a lot of makeup for a trip to space. And nice gravity on that station. Sheesh.

5) I totally didn't buy Ben's motivations for his actions in the Third Act. The character wasn't brought to the point where he would do those things.

6) Chris Evans. Really.

7) Thing and Torch were great, perfect interplay.

Cool How does a blind person get their makeup so perfect?

9) Look, another Marvel movie villain with a Power Rangers mask.

10) There is no item ten.

All in all, it was B-grade fare. Much better than I was expecting, but not at all innovative. Frankly, I would have made the characters all younger. The Ultimates line deals with an 18 year old Reed and Sue and Ben and a 16 year old Johnny. Maybe age them a bit more than that. The guy playing Reed looked ten years older than the rest of them. It was disconcerting.

And it seems that they took out the stupid "You know that looked cool!" line from the first trailer. Good move.
1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retires on: July 02, 2005, 07:03:52 AM
The loss of Sandra really scares me. She was one of the deciding votes  in the decision two years ago that determined that, yes, people like me do deserve protection from having our doors kicked down and being arrested for no reason but not abiding by nonsense "Christian" morals.

My "move to Canada" urge is back. Nice cold weather, a pretty flag and I get to be a treated like an actual human being.

The one good thing is that Bush is so widely hated right now (how's that 41% approval rating sitting with you, you war-mongering right wing religious fanatic?) that he'll have a hard time leveraging any real political capital on this.
1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RSS- am I missing something? on: June 28, 2005, 05:03:08 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
That NetNewsWire on the Mac looks great.  Very clean.  Especially the ability to just view the whole page in the same window if you like.

It's one of my main programs. It's written by one guy, Brett Simmons (spelling may be in error), and he and his wife do all the promotion and marketing. It's a Cocoa program, so it's got a top notch look and feel going for it. And it can do cool things like host that WebKit session inside it's main window. Most of the software I use day in and day out is similar -- written by one or two people, but absolutely professional and impressive.

And though it's most obvious use is as a news wire (thus the name), RSS is useful in a myriad of ways. You can subscribe to your Gmail account as an RSS feed, for instance, and keep up to date on your mail that way.
1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RSS- am I missing something? on: June 28, 2005, 04:57:08 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
RSS is a godsend -- its helped me find and keep track of content I never would have seen back in the days when I just browsed through my bookmarks.

I guess this is what Im not getting.  What exactly is different?  How does it differ from your bookmarks?

Let's say I had the 100 sites I've got RSS feeds from in NNW in my bookmarks. How would I tell if they were updated? How would I know when new content was posted? NNW pings the feeds of those sites every 30 minutes. I know pretty much instantly whenever news breaks in the Mac world, or when Corey Doctorow publishes a new story or novel, etc. It would take me more than 30 minutes just to browse each of those 100 sites to see if they've been updated. NNW aggregates all that information into a unified interface and does all the work for me. I'm never out of touch, never out of date.
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RSS- am I missing something? on: June 28, 2005, 03:08:34 AM
RSS is transglorious. It's "push" done right. I use RSS to keep track of around 100 different feeds, ranging from technology news to political news to websites hosted by my friends. And since my aggregator includes a built in implementation of Apple's WebKit, I don't even have to leave it to feeds in their HTML form or visit linked sites.

Of course, this is on a Mac. I've yet to find an RSS reader worth spitting on in the Windows world (Thunderbird sort of comes close).

Click for larger version.

That's NetNewsWire 2.0 on Mac OS X Tiger. Along the left are groupings and individual feeds, as well as "Smart Lists" at the top -- lists which aggregate all instances of certain words (such as "Tiger") in all of my feeds and present them in an extrapolated list.

You can also browse sites directly in NetNewsWire:

Click for larger version.

I'd say I spend close to 50% of my "Web" time in NetNewsWire, as opposed to Safari. RSS is a godsend -- its helped me find and keep track of content I never would have seen back in the days when I just browsed through my bookmarks.
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