Wireless Performance on the PowerBook G4 12

I don’t know if it’s the improvements in the Airport Extreme card or if the antennas are just better on the 12″ PowerBook G4, but the range on this puppy is just waaaay better than before on my old Titanium PowerBook G4. I can get full-strength reception anywhere in the house now, including places I could not even work before like the far side of the living room couch or on the front porch. I can sit on the lawn on the opposite side of the house from where the signal origin. I can see three other networks from my neighbors, all equally as strong. This is all using one of the original AirPort old-school base stations with 802.11b. Nice!

My New PowerBook

I got my new PowerBook today. Yea! This one is the new 12″ PowerBook G4 with the 1 GHz CPU and SuperDrive. This one still ships with 10.2, but I’ll get my up-to-date upgrade to 10.3 in the mail eventually. I have it installed with 768 MB RAM which should be adequate for now. Files are copying from my backup drive as we speak – 3.1 GB completed, and only 15.8 GB to go – mostly graphics files and music, and my overburdened Entourage profiles. I need to clean out my inbox one of these years. I still need to go down and pick up a wireless card this week. Man, this thing screams in comparison to the old original 500 MHz PBG4 that I’ve been lugging around the past two years.

Ah, 14.7 GB remaining. We’re making progress…

I was originally going to go for the 15″ one, with the backlit keyboard and all the other goodies. But I was thinkin’ with all the train commuting I’ll be doing starting next week it’ll be nice to have a little compact easily portable unit and still be able to go dual monitor when at home. And it could be just me, but I believe that the built in speaker output sounds much better on this little one than it did on the 15″ and 17″ models.

13.1 GB remaining. Progressing along nicely. Gotta love FireWire RAID. I should really mothball some of this stuff. I’m sure I don’t need to look at 99% of my old Photoshop sign layouts anytime soon.

Man, can’t wait to install 10.3 on this one. Must focus – resist urge to continually dick around with said laptop… But 10.3 is so cool – has so many enhancements and new features… Must focus – danger Will Robinson… (arms flailing) Ah screw it – resistance is futile… Only 2.2 GB left to go now. Time to go pour myself a beer and get ready to sit down and see what this thing can do.

Browser stats

Some random browser stats for sanbeiji.com:

56.82% of visitors use some flavor of MSIE
17.13% of visitors are using Safari
11.32% of visitors are using some sort of Gecko-based browser like Mozilla 1.x, Camino, Firebird, etc.
0.16% of visitors are using Konqueror
0.13% of visitors are using Opera

56.86% of visitors are using Windows
25.47% of visitors are using Macintosh
1.48% of visitors are using Linux

and my favorite stat:

only 0.25% of users still use Netscape 4.x

Why is this cool? It means a pure CSS layout is entirely within reason for the next design rev of this site. Netscape 4’s horrific misrepresentation of CSS layouts was my #1 limiting factor last time. Now it’s barely an issue.

Happy Halloween

Beginning October 31, I will be working full time at Charles Schwab as a web developer for some internal websites. Specifically, I’ll be working on a pair of sites that deal with technology standards and with statistics and metrics. I am very much looking forward to this new gig, and see a lot of synergies between what I’ve been working on and studying the past several years and what this job is all about.

Just so we’re clear on this…

Just so we’re perfectly clear: The “under God” part of the Pledge of Allegiance is not a part of the original text. The original Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. The original text read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The phrase “under God” was added in 1954 after lobbying from religious groups, and was justified and rationalized as a way to differentiate us from the “godless Communists” during the McCarthy Inquisitions era.

Not all Americans citizens feel that they should be “under God”. However, this wording speaks otherwise. This current version of the Pledge is unfair to any American citizen that is a member of a polytheistic religion such as Hinduism or Shinto, is a monotheist that does not refer to their deity by the name ‘God’ such as the Muslim reference to Allah, or is of a non-theist persuasion such as Atheism, Agnosticism, or Humanism. The current wording of the Pledge contradicts it’s message of unity by excluding these groups, and serves to divide us rather than to provide a vehicle of common bond for all Americans regardless of belief.

The Supreme Court will decide on this issue in the next day or so. It appears likely that given the current state of religious fervor and demagoguery present in today’s American politics and the pressure that it is exerting on the Supreme Court that this issue will be ruled in favor of keeping the “under God’ phrase intact. We shall see…