Archive for July, 2003

Going away!

Can’t wait to go to vacations soon! One whole month in Europe! Greece and France!

weekend

we had a nice weekend… We visited the computer history museum, check out osnews about my report there, while on Sunday we drove north and spent the day on a beach. Needless to say, I got sunburned on my legs and it hurts.. 😀

I hate genetic engineering

I find this TERRIBLE.

Sure, genetic engineering CAN be helpful to many medical things, but not when tampering with nature that way.

sound cards and G4 Cubes

It comes a time in the lifetime of a Mac Cube user that he/she will need his/her Line-In, Line-Out or Microphone-in jacks…

I needed today a way to direct my iSight sound and microphone to my headset (headphones and mic, all-in-one) instead of using iSight’s built-in microphone and the external USB Apple Pro speakers. You see, the problem is that the person on the other side of the Video chat hears his own voice twice, because the external speakers echo inside the iSight’s microphone (which is placed on top of my CRT monitor).

What I needed in my G4 Cube was a line-out and a mic-in to use my headset instead, which won’t have this “echo” effect for the video chat user on the other side. But to my dismay, the Cube doesn’t have either line-in, line-out or Mic-in. You can just connect USB speakers and that’s it. The Apple PRO speakers come with a headphone jack, but still, there is no way to have a Mic-in. 🙁

For the first time since I got the Cube a year ago, I hit a limitation of what I can do with that machine, in the way I wanted to… Well, ok, the other limitation was that I had to find a replacement for its ATi Rage PRO graphics card last year, as the Rage series didn’t support Quartz Extreme. A good angel inside nVidia sent me an nvidia GeForce2MX 32 MB AGP card and so I now have QE on my Cube.

Now, I guess, I will have to buy this USB microphone device to get over this limitation I hit today:
http://www.macally.com/spec/usb/input_device/ivoic e2.html or this http://www.macally.com/spec/usb/input_device/ivoic e.html
but I am not sure if it will work as I need it to. You see, that Cube only has 2 full-powered USB ports, and they are both used by my Apple PRO speakers and my keyboard. The Apple keyboard has 2 additional USB ports, one used by the mouse, but the Apple PRO speakers won’t work via the second keyboard USB port because they require more power than that. I hope the iVoice/II can work via a USB low power hub. They cost about $40 bucks.

Movies

We watched Equilibrium tonight. Really nice movie, a must-see if you like movies like The Matrix, Minority Report, Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and Gattaca.

It is weird that this movie did not make it big in the theatres, I think it had almost no promotion…

IRS

Terrible day today. We were running from San Mateo to San Francisco to Oakland to take care of some fucked up IRS problems. 🙁

The moral of the story: If you are married, you can have tax decuction. You don’t get that deduction if your spouse doesn’t have an SSN. Too bad that I am not allowed to have an SSN and no one told us that I needed to apply for an SSN-alike number, called ITIN.

And if all that crap was not enough, we went to IRS office to San Fransisco and we were not allowed in because we didn’t have US passports. JBQ was really pissed off and shouted about “discrimination against foreigners”. In other words, you can’t have an ITIN without getting in that building and getting one, and but you can’t get in because only allow US citizens in. That’s why we had then to drive to Oakland and try another IRS office… And we are still not done yet. 🙁