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Friday, December 19, 2003

Career-Op: 2004 Approaches
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

There are times when we all might wish to get a small glimpse of the future. Then again, we might not be very happy with what we see. Thank goodness we can only make suppositions and guesses about the coming year, otherwise we might not want to face it at all. Regardless of whatever comes your way, though,, here are a few thoughts to help you in your high-tech career planning for 2004 and make it the best year possible.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

New from Apple...

Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update

"Delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" and is recommended for all users."

Battery Update 1.1

"Enhances the performance of the battery to ensure that full capacity is available for your PowerBook or iBook."

Both available via Software Update.


In preparation for our upcoming trip, I thought I would work on my sketching skills. I want to spend time capturing the beauty of the Sicilian landscape, both urban and rural, so as we sat a dinner last night, I pulled out my journal and did this quick drawing.


If it seems a bit quiet around the WelchWrite blogdom for the next few weeks, it is because we have departed for a Christmas Trip.....to Sicily!

My wife has relatives there and, a few years ago, when we visited for the first time, I made mention of returning for Christmas some year. That idea took root and has brought us to the cusp of our journey. We are getting packed now and the excitement is growing. We all feel a great need to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA for awhile, so this should provide an excellent chance to unwind and experience Christmas in a whole new light. I believe that everyone needs a host of new experiences in their lives. Even if I sometimes shy away from them, I still understand how important they are.

The house-sitter is happily ensconced and the cats are already buttering them up with their poor, sad, hungry faces. You would think we don't feed them at all. (SMILE) I am sure they will have taken over entirely by the time we return.

I will be reading my email and such once we arrive, but I don't expect to be as active with the blogs as I might normally be. That said, though, if I come across anything interesting, you folks will be the first to hear about it. I am taking my digital camera and will be able to download photos there, so if I come across any interesting gardens, I will be sure to send some pictures along.

I wish you all the happiest holidays you can possibly imagine and can't wait to return to the New Year recharged and ready to face whatever comes our way.

Monday, December 15, 2003

A Fuel Cell Car Experiment Kit

BoingBoing points to this neat experiment kit which allows you to build your own Fuel Cell Car. It is a bit pricey at $150 (but slightly cheaper from dealers), but it a neat sign of things to come.

From the site...


The Thames & Kosmos Fuel Cell Car & Experiment Kit provides a playful introduction to one of the most significant technologies of the 21st Century. With this kit you can build a model car that actually runs on water!

A Cute (Online) Christmas Card

Here is a cute (online) Christmas card to celebrate the season.


Apple G5 Firmware Update

If you are one of the lucky folks to have a screamin' fast Apple Mac G5 system, Apple has released a firmware update,

Further information available from MacCentral...

Apple offers G5 firmware update
Apple on Monday released a firmware update for its Power Mac G5 systems. The 5.1.4 firmware update is available for download through the Software Update System Preferences pane. The update provides Power Mac G5 systems with performance improvements in some PCI-X configurations. What's more, a security hole has been patched, and fan behavior has been improved in Open Firmware. [MacCentral]