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  • Welcome to New York
    find a great place without paying an agent s fee if you re lucky enough to know what these are beforehand which is usually between 1 and 2 months rent up front Then you go see the places without fees see that they all suck and realize that you re probably going to give a lot of money to an agent very soon I got my apartment in Larchmont through HarborView Properties warning awful website While the transaction went smoothly and it s a great apartment I can t help but think that I m in the wrong business My agent got almost 1600 for showing me two apartments in one building on one day in one hour plus a few hours maybe of work afterward to get the lease and paperwork together The apartments aren t even advertised individually I had to call them to inquire Why do I write software when jobs like this exist I imagine this is why a lot of people go into real estate Parking The first morning after moving in I discovered that the village of Larchmont had left me a welcome present a parking ticket Even though there are no signs anywhere to indicate this it s apparently common knowledge that you can t park on the street anywhere in the entire city overnight not even in front of houses on suburban residential streets without a paid night parking permit But a night parking permit doesn t allow me to leave my car anywhere during the day For that luxury I need to buy a second permit that will allow me to park in a handful of city lots but there s a waiting list for those permits and it might take months to get one The only daytime permit available without a waiting list is a parking meter permit This is truly amazing I can pay 35 per year for the right to put more money into parking meters every day Yes for 35 per year and 3 per day plus 175 per year for the night parking permit I can park my car in the town I live in and if I forget to put the 3 into the meter one day I ll get a 50 ticket None of this is clarified on any signs of course This is a common New York attitude the residents all know how to get around and do things properly so they don t feel the need to erect or maintain signs Many signs to highway onramps have been obscured by foliage for years and the residents don t notice The visitors don t either they just get lost and yell at the friend who gave them directions Transit Once I had moved my stuff to a New York suburb and received my first parking ticket I had to arrange to get myself to my new job in Manhattan every day Most Manhattan commuters ride some combination of big commuter trains the subway

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/189 (2016-04-30)
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  • An Open Letter to Department of Justice Attorney Anthony J. Coppolino
    be disclosed without that process itself causing grave harm to United States national security I hate to jump to judgements so I need to ask you to clarify something for me Did you seriously just make that argument in court Furthermore did you argue that the only solution was to dismiss the case I understand the need to limit court proceedings that could cause an imminent threat to national security For instance a case that could reveal war plans or the location of air craft carriers or the identity of covert agents could reasonably be restricted However I am unaware of any possible justification that could extend this concern to cover an entire program Do you really think this argument has a chance of succeeding Perhaps more importantly do you really want it to Do you want the precedent that anything is above judicial review so long as somebody claims that it is a matter of national security Additionally did you argue as reported that a 1978 law cannot constitutionally constrain the president when the nation is at risk Are you really saying that the president is above the law in matters of national security Please let me know if

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/188 (2016-04-30)
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  • MacBook first impressions
    the base model iMac The MacBook and MacBook Pro perform almost identically in almost everything except 3D intensive tasks which I don t do I went to the Apple store tonight to see if I liked the low end white MacBook because it s an incredible deal 1099 or 999 from Amazon after a rebate for almost all of the practical performance and features of the 1999 MacBook Pro with a few advantages smaller lighter more durable better battery life Pros It s insanely fast Safari was usable even with tons of tabs open from Newegg and I recorded and edited a quick iMovie with the iSight and iEncoded it to iH 264 in less than two iMinutes I couldn t tell a speed difference between the 1 83 and 2 0 GHz models The reflective glossy screen didn t seem bad at all The keyboard was excellent I like it better than the Powerbook and Pro keyboards It provided stronger tactile feedback It s noticeably lighter than the 15 MacBook Pro I even went and picked up a 17 for a humorous comparison The battery meter claimed 3 45 when I unplugged it and continued to browse web pages at full brightness When it was new my Powerbook started at about 2 45 Now it starts closer to 2 00 but I can t really blame a 2 year old lithium ion battery for losing some capacity The magnetic non latch closure is very nice A salesperson told a nearby customer that the MacBook would explode under the heavy load of video editing and he needs a MacBook Pro instead because only the Pro line can handle anything beyond basic edits I realized that I m growing up because instead of calling him out on it I just laughed

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/187 (2016-04-30)
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  • Legally moving Microsoft software to another PC
    Word 2002 onto your Dell order And if that copy of Windows XP was preinstalled by Dell it s definitely OEM OEM copies are all full versions there are no upgrades because that wouldn t make sense in this context Internet retailers often sell OEM copies with the provision that they must be purchased with hardware This technically satisfies the OEM license requirement but they stretch the definition of hardware OEM software is meant to be sold with a complete computer but usually any piece of hardware will satisfy the store s criteria including something trivial like a 1 floppy drive cable The legality of this with Microsoft s license is questionable The OEM provision rests with Microsoft not the retailer so it s their rules you need to follow Technically an OEM license must be purchased with a core component required for the computer s operation Unlike a retail license transferring a Microsoft OEM license between computers is not permitted Microsoft specifies that OEM software is permanently bound to the computer it came with My boss owes me 1 000 000 because he lost a bet with me on this But what would constitute a different computer Here s where it gets tricky Microsoft also defines this approximately as core hardware critical to the computer s operation but they change their definition often to close loopholes It s usually assumed to mean the motherboard Microsoft allows an exception for repairs If your motherboard dies and you replace it that s still considered to be the same computer But significant upgrades do not qualify even if the old parts die if you upgrade to a newer motherboard with a different CPU and RAM that s a new computer Upgrades present many problems Trivial upgrades like adding RAM or upgrading the

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/186 (2016-04-30)
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  • Peak Technology
    players have had an exciting history 8 tracks were much smaller and more durable than LPs so people could finally put players in cars Cassettes were even smaller more durable and with longer capacity than 8 tracks so people could finally put players in their purse or a large jacket pocket CDs didn t break any new ground for size but hugely improved sound quality and features allowing people to easily and instantly skip between songs or shuffle them randomly and eventually enabling people to store play and trade entire music collections with their computers After a few failed competitors broke into the market and jumped on the legal grenades Apple released the iPod Now people can carry their entire music collections in a small pants pocket wherever they go with fast and easy access to anything they want to hear Have we hit Peak Fidelity What can audio players do to improve Reduce size Players can t be much smaller than the iPod Nano unless they sacrifice their interface Even the Nano is often criticized because the touchwheel is too small for large hands to operate And if you remove the screen to save space the interface suffers dramatically Plus since the Nano is dramatically smaller than the average wallet or phone it will already travel comfortably with almost any clothing and season demand limit physical limit Increase capacity Even the 1 GB iPod Nano is enough to store the amount of music that 75 of people actually have If the next generation magically got 10 times larger it would hardly affect anyone demand limit Increase sound quality Sound quality has extremely diminishing returns and we ve already achieved such excellent quality that most people don t have speakers or headphones or ears of sufficient quality to hear any

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/185 (2016-04-30)
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  • How to make a podcast that doesn't suck
    As a result people need to turn up the volume fairly high to comfortably hear and understand continuous speech Without level compression some speakers will be so loud that the listener turns the volume down but other speakers will be too quiet to hear at that volume Or a speaker may suddenly jump in volume blasting the listener s ears because he unknowingly moved his mouth a centimeter closer to the microphone Get a decent speech microphone If you re serious about your podcast you have to sound professional At the very least you should get a very good computer microphone It should have some sort of wind deflector on it These are the big clown nose like sponge balls on the end sometimes embedded within the stick part instead of sitting around the top that prevent listeners from hearing a loud pop every time you pronounce a P or B But for a clean clear professional sound even the best computer microphone or headset won t cut it You have to get a real microphone Take a few minutes to learn about microphone types and pickup directions For 200 or less you can get a pair of reasonable Shure or Sennheiser speech microphones on Amazon and a low end external mixer to plug the microphones XLR cables into so you can feed the output into a regular sound card s line in Use Skype sparingly Use Skype only if you can do it well and you have no other reasonable choice Don t bother unless the connection on both ends can maintain a high quality call without dropping any of the sound Your audience doesn t want to hear Skype compression artifacts clipping or dropping Your guests shouldn t sound like Hurdy Gurdy Man Ask your parents or listen to the parody Skip bumpers and large introductions TV and radio programs often have long introductions with theme music cast biographies show descriptions and overviews and other accessory information Many also have bumpers mini introductions before or after breaks for commercials or music Podcasts don t need any of that They re not live so the cast doesn t need extra time to prepare They re played on demand people know what they re playing and don t need a large introduction or a break from what they were hearing before Listeners already know what the show is called who it features and what it s about They chose to subscribe to it based on a website or iTunes description Most listeners are repeat listeners They ve already heard your introduction and are tired of it Don t commit to a duration Your podcast doesn t have to be timed in 30 minute intervals Nobody cares if your show was 17 minutes two weeks ago and 83 minutes last week If you try to reach the same duration for every show you ll end up cutting good content or stretching the show with worthless padding such as bumpers and introductions

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/184 (2016-04-30)
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  • Review: Marco's Best Egg Salad Ever
    ate some of them The salad had the proper consistency to stay on the cracker without running or falling off The egg salad crackers tasted fairly good A moment after absorbing the main flavor the ranch dressing flavor hit Then the pepper If you create this salad I recommend using no more than 1 4 teaspoon of pepper Test Three Jeff I fed one of the egg salad crackers to a housemate Jeff His verbatim reaction was Hmmm I m not sure what I think It tastes like a combination of a bunch of flavors I know Maybe egg and vinegar When I told him why I had just forced him to eat a cracker with a mysterious substance on it he said I can identify it as egg salad in hindsight Test Four Carolyn In a final test I fed one of the egg salad crackers to my wife Carolyn who can and does tell me what she thinks of my cooking Considering I had to wake her up to feed her the cracker it may not reflect one way or another on her response What is it When asked if she wanted another she shrugged and rolled over I fed her another one and asked what she thought She made the universal so so gesture and went back to sleep A Final Test What I Plan To Do with the Rest of the Salad There is still a fair amount of the egg salad left I plan to refrigerate it and use some of it a sandwich tomorrow I might chop up some celery to give it a bit of variety I will probably eat some carrots with the egg salad to further my complete meal The title of this test should indicate an overall neutral to positive

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/183 (2016-04-30)
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  • A Story Problem
    planning to shoot him He shouted Hank no It s only a banana and drew his gun planning to shoot Hank before Hank shot Jones At least that s what he intended to do By the time he had said Hank no It s only a ban Hank the Fastest Draw in the West had fired four shots Hank s first shot hit Jones who Hank thought was trying to shoot him It is unclear whether Banana Gun Jones died from Hanks bullet or died from the sudden failure of his ticker when he saw Hank aiming a gun at him Either would have killed him Hank s second shot was aimed at Dubious Pete However Salacious Sal who had secretly been in love with Dubious and rather clueless Pete dove in front of Pete and took the bullet for him Petey she said there s something I ve kept bottled up that I want to get out I She died before finishing her revelation so Pete assumed she was talking about the wine collection she kept stashed in the back of the saloon Hank s third shot was also aimed at Dubious Pete However although Hank is the Fastest Draw in the West he isn t the Most Accurate Shot in the West so the bullet missed Hank and hit Lecherous Greg the Sheriff The bullet bounced off the sheriff s star and embedded in Greg s leg which bled profusely Because the doctor had died a month ago in a similar incident this wound meant Greg would not live out the week Hank s fourth shot hit and killed Dubious Pete who had not yet finished drawing his weapon All Hank heard was Dubious Pete saying Hank BANG It s BANG on BANG a ban BANG Dubious Pete

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/180 (2016-04-30)
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