Interactive History of the Universe

I hope they keep this thing online a while: NOVA | Origins | History of the Universe | PBS

It’s a hifalutin title, but that’s what this feature offers-in a capsule version, of course. Our time line stretches from the big bang some 10 to 20 billion years ago to the time 10100 years in the future when even black holes, the last surviving remnants of the universe as we know it, will have disappeared. Along the way you’ll learn of how the early inflationary period led to the birth of stars and galaxies, then, many billions of years from now, to the end of same, including, of course, our own sun and Milky Way. Finally, an incomprehensibly long time after we’re gone, two eras tap out the final death throes of the universe: the so-called degenerate and dark eras. Ready to give it a whirl?

It’s always humbling to look at things of such a grand scale, that dwarf your existence, that will outlive you – not by just a few years or decades – but by hundreds of millions of centuries.

Partitioning iDisk Storage

Apple ups Mail, iDisk storage

Now .Mac subscribers will receive 250MB of storage, which can be allocated between mail and iDisk storage as .Mac users see fit. Users can “partition” their iDisks, allocating anywhere from 15MB to 150MB for mail and 100MB to 235MB for the iDisk.

Since every user has different needs when it comes to utilization of their .Mac account. Some users are heavy on the Mail storage, never deleting anything and using it like a virtual file system. You know who you are… Others like myself tend to keep their Mail accounts pretty clean, deleting what they don’t need, and make more use of their iDisk storage for file sharing and synchronization.

The division between your Mail and iDisk storage is easy to change. Simply go into your .Mac account settings by logging in at Once logged in, your account settings can be accessed by clicking on the button that displays your user ID on the nav bar. (It does look like a Mac button, but perhaps it could have slightly more descriptive text? Like “Account Settings for XUser”?) Once in there, look for the button that says Storage Settings. Once in the Storage Settings area, the Manage Your Storage menu is where you make your modifications. Be sure to click Save when you’re done.

This extra storage for me makes the idea of setting up a synchronized folder between my Macs a bit more intresting, and it’s a helpful idea for setting up some quick file sharing for our web design business. 250 MB is a welcome little bump up, but I would have liked to see a full gigabyte on the basic accounts and see optional upgrades for 2 GB, 4 GB, and even 10GB for serving a small business workgroup consisting of remote individuals.