One More Try

Ever since my entry on the U.S. Green Card Lottery, my consciousness has been bugging me to submit the application. The fact that it’s now an online process makes everything much easier. This must have been our third or fourth year trying to apply for the lottery. Chee-hoi graciously let us use his home address for mailing purposes. I often wonder if one of us actually won the lottery only to have moved and not received the notice. Some official documents, I suspect the U.S. Green Card Lottery notice is one of them, are required to be returned even if the receipient requested mail forwarding.

Green Card Lottery submission

And Still More eBooks

Earlier, I wrote about a project that’s set out to digitize books in the public domain. The Open Library Project is working on doing just that as well. Google is also working on Google Print in an effort to digitize all known human knowledge. Yahoo and Microsoft, again late to the party, is playing catch up by leveraging the Open Library Project. It’s always fun to see for-profit enterprises hiding behind non-profit efforts only to find ways to make profit out of the venture later. But that’s not to say what Google is doing is all for the good of mankind either. They’ll probably find ways to stick unsuspecting ads in the reading of “Declaration of Independence“.

News.com has a facinating article about the whole war on digitizing the human knowledge.

Another project referred to in the article worth mentioning again is LibriVox, an open source project that is working on free audio books. With so many open source projects going on, it seems like the world is moving towards a StarTrek Economy where things are not driven by money, but the common good of all beings. Sounds like a socialist movement to me.

Google Humor

Google has been serving ads in its free Gmail service (2.5GB+ free space and counting). Not too long ago, Google started experimenting running short clips of news on top of the messages, with which I assume is going to be another way for revenue in the future.

I was deleting spam messages in my Gmail account when I noticed that the clips feature links to various recipes instead of news. A bit of Google humor there…

Google humor

Working Father

No, I usually don’t let Bryan sleep on my shoulder while I work. I was just holding on to him while Grace was getting ready to give Bryan his formula. But if any image can sum up the tight shifts Grace and I run on with Bryan, this is it. Sometimes I rock Bryan to sleep while fumbling to read the required reading for class. And when Bryan refuses to talk to his buddies on the mobile, no worries, I have excelled in the skill of one-hand typing — an artistry all computer using fathers must master.

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Bryan sleeping on my shoulder

Safari Transparency

I accidentally found this “hidden” feature in Apple Safari 2.0.1 while messing with the “Debug” menu. For whatever reason, there’s a “Use Transparent Window” option under the Debug menu. In between page loads, the entire window goes transparent — a pretty cool effect.

To get to this feature, you first need to enable the Debug menu, which is hidden by default.

1. Quit Safari.
2. Open a terminal window.
3. Copy and paste

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 % defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

4. Launch Safari. You will find the new “Debug” menu option at the far right side of the menu bar.

You can read more about the Debug menu here.

Safari Transparency 1

Safari Transparency 2