The Super Bowl is coming to town this week. I work about 300 yards from the Georgia Dome, so I’m sure I’m going to see some interesting things in our neighborhood this week. The first signs were giant ABC trucks getting off the highway en masse this week.
Things haven’t slowed down here at all. I’ve started making the transition between jobs, working on closing up shop and getting integrated with the new company. Two very different cultures, and it’s going to be an interesting two weeks as I make this transition.
I went to the Opening Night Thrashers game tonight. Very exciting to be part of the start of this new franchise. The Thrashers lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-1, but they played well. Here’s the ESPN recap . I expect them to win a few games this season because they play in the weakest division in the NHL. I still haven’t gotten my pictures from the games developed yet. Tonight they gave out this neat leather ticket holder with a clear plastic cover to preserve your opening game ticket. I have tickets for their next home game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Even better, I’m updating Bump with my new iBook . The second one arrived on Wednesday as promised. I’m quite pleased with Apple’s response to my immediate issues. It’s a pleasure to use, the keyboard has a nice tactile feel to it and the display is bright. The screen isn’t as small feeling as I thought it would be. I had forgotten how much easier to use Apple’s laptops are in multiple locations than Windows 9x laptops are. The Location Manager makes transitions between work and home much easier for me than on my Gateway. The iBook is a little heavier than I thought it would be, and the speaker is weak, but these are the only two complaints I have so far. It’s faster than I thought it would be, and the battery life seems to be close to five hours(although Apple advertises 6 hours). I’ve installed about half of the software I use on it, and I have about 2 Gb of hard drive space left. I wish they had gone with a 6 Gb hard drive. Overall, I think it’s a good consumer laptop or limited use machine for a power user. I plan on using it until the G4 laptops are released.
SQL and the Macintosh has a great overview of working with SQL on the Mac platform.
Iconfactory has redesigned their site. I like the new design much better than the previous black background version. They’ve also added a section of current events links that are useful.
Despite the fact that the site is almost maddening to use, Mikworks has some fantastic icons available for Windows and Mac OS.
I’ve been listening to Fu Manchu every day. It’s fantastic, Black Sabbath influenced, music that is perfect for driving in Atlanta traffic. They are about to come out with a new release, and will be touring the US in February after they have finished their European tour.
I plan on returning to normal updates this week. I’ve been through an enormous emotional upheavel through this work decision, but I think I’m finally adjusted to the idea.
Maybe it had something to do with parting with all of my old change, but I’ve been at a loss this week to figure out where all of my motivation went. I feel like a real big slacker. It bothers me that I seem to be this fragile. Here’s an Onion story that seems very on-topic.
Handspring has released the details of their Visor product which is based on the Palm OS.(Complete with pictures) Their site seems to have a lot of broken links to images this morning, but the devices look great, come in several colors, and are cheaper than a traditional Palm from Palm Computing. They also have a special expansion slot that accomodates things like modems, extra memory, MP3 players and software. The $249 model comes with 8Mb of memory.
My iBook order is “Being Assembled.” I called and it should ship within the next two weeks.
My tickets for this weekends Thrashers pre-season games and the regular season games I ordered tickets for in advance came today. The game on Saturday will be the first played in the new Philips Arena here in Atlanta. I excited to be part of this new team as a fan.