Friday, March 7, 2008

Utah Road Trip

We have booked our mega road trip two days ago. It took us approximately 3 hours to do. If somebody will want to repeat this in the future below is a full plan1 of action.

On the morning of Friday, April 18th, we fly2 out to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We rent a car3 and proceed to drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We return to Albuquerque the same day and spend a night4 there.

In the morning we drive to Cortez, Colorado, making a stop at Four Corners — can’t pass up an opportunity to Continue Reading

  1. Visit Google Maps for a larger map. Green pins are for the hotels, blue ones are for the points of interest and tour destinations. []
  2. Delta Air Lines, $397 per person, round trip. []
  3. Avis Rent A Car, estimated at $701 for the trip. []
  4. Hilton Albuquerque, $120 for the night. []
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Friday, March 14, 2008

MacBook Pro is Here

Fifth Avenue Apple StoreToday I’ve met up with Alena after school near the local Apple store. I’ve got to give it to Apple — even the design of the store itself is nice.

Rubinary Blog on iPhoneNow this is going to be embarrassing — I touched the iPhone today, for the first time. teeth It is as nice as I thought it was. I was especially impressed with the keyboard. I was sure that you have to try to hit every letter multiple times to get it right. I was wrong. We typed in several sentences in English, and then several more in translit Russian. Not a single typo.

MacBook Pro BoxThen we proceeded to buy our first Mac. We went with a MacBook Pro with a glossy screen for $1,999. But with Alena’s student ID we got it for $1,799 + tax. So far “I like”.

Oh yeah, when I tried to load our blog on iPhone, it crashed Safari. mrgreen
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Mac: First Impressions

MacBook ProIt’s now have been a couple of days since I’ve started playing with a Mac. There are both positives and negatives that I’ve run across. For me something new is always interesting, and considering that I’ve been using DOS, Linux and Windows for decades now — Mac OS I’ve only seen from a far.

I’ll start with specs of our machine — MacBook Pro.
  • 2.4GHz Intel Penryn Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM — 2x1GB
  • 200GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB
  • 15-inch Glossy LED Widescreen Display
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS – U.S. English
  • Multi-touch Trackpad

Apple is a master of the eye-candy. Everything looks nice and clean with nifty animations all over the place. Continue Reading
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Year Video

I finished editing the footage from our New Year 2008 celebration. I figured I’d post it here. I’m sure it’s going to be boring for most of our visitors, but I just want to give the link to my parents. )
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Walking by the Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan BridgeУже конец марта, а на улице до сих пор холодно! Непорядок! O.o

Brooklyn BridgeСегодня уехала т. Лиля — она приезжала на месяц погостить у Даниных родителей. Время прогарцевало мимо лёгкой иноходью, оставив за собой лишь лёгкое чувство недоумения — неужели ТАК быстро мы постарели на месяц?

Вчера ночью приехал Лёнчик, который будет в Бруклине пару деньков — какой-то там у них отпуск случился. Он немного рассказал нам о своих буднях. Вот что меня поражает, так это то, какими лёгкими в его устах звучат испытания и тренировки — ну прям Continue Reading
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Monday, March 24, 2008

Script: Image Captions

Image Captions Script on Mac ScreenImage Captions is a simple script that uses the alt attribute of your images to create a mouse-over captions for them. The captions do not change the layout of your site in any way and the installation is as simple as including 1 line of code in the header of the page. If you kept the alt attributes of your images in order you won’t have to change anything else. The script finds the right images and adds the captions automatically.

You can see the example of the script in action on the image above. To get that result all I had to do was to add the following to my post:
<img src="mac_screen.jpg" class="centered"
alt="Image Captions Script on Mac Screen"/>

The script will work on any page and does not rely on any WordPress functionality. The code has been tested in the following browsers: Firefox 2.x, Firefox 3.x, Safari 3.x, IE 6.x and IE 7.x. Continue Reading
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pingbacks

Problematic and Good PingbacksArtem has made a post with a pingback to our blog today. When I saw it appear in the comments section looking all nice and clean I remembered that for some reason my pingbacks always come out completely screwed up.

I started digging the WP code to see how it grabs the excerpt. Turns out that you need to have some kind of important tag separating your actual post text with your header and comment sections, so it wouldn’t grab those. Also it turned out that DIV is not one of those important tags. P however is.

It took me a while to realize that, but I must say that I impressed myself. All should be well now.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Weekend

The West Wing: Newest Addition to Our Movie CollectionWe’ve had an eventful or uneventful weekend. Nothing really happened, but it seems that we’ve managed to do a lot of stuff.

Yesterday started with Alena wanting to go to some hair salon on 86th Street to get something done to her hair and I didn’t want to drive back home, so I went to visit Ignat. We ended up watching some TV, talking about travel, technology and all other kind of stuff. Continue Reading
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