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Fragments from Floyd

The Weakest Link


There’s this accidental damage to the international internet nervous system which was bad enough.

But THREE cables severed in a few days?

(CNN) — An undersea cable carrying Internet traffic was cut off the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, officials said Friday, the third loss of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days.

Dubai has been hit hard by an Internet outage apparently caused by a cut undersea cable.

Ships have been dispatched to repair two undersea cables damaged on Wednesday off Egypt.

Okay. This post also is my first with an image since getting the Mac on Tuesday. I miss SnagIt. Is there an app to resize, apply borders, drop shadow etc without opening up PhotoShop?

Oh did I mention: without using the Mac keyboard, I can’t open my Superdrive bay to insert the Photoshop installation disks–the cost of my non-Mac ergonomic keyboard? Surely there’s a solution. Tra-la.

Addendum 11 a.m: Just in case some other poor NOOB soul has a similar exasperation for a superdrive that won’t open on a Mac Pro, I finally found this tip: hold down the mouse key during a APPLE/RESTART. That seems to have put the “smart” drive back on the map. Macs are intuitive, are they? Well, not entirely.

5 thoughts on “The Weakest Link”

  1. Well, see, that’s how it is when you join a cult: you not only have to learn new ways of acting and thinking, but you also have to repudiate your old ways. Just keep repeating to yourself: “Macs have superior usability… Macs have superior usability…”

  2. Instant Shot is a decent little program for the Mac, similar to Snag-It (which I use on my Wndows PC and wish there was a Mac version). There are few freebie grab programs out there.

  3. according to google, the ‘f12’ key will open the super drive on some non-apple keyboards.

    you can also add an ‘eject’ icon to the menu bar that runs along the top of the screen. in the finder, go to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/ and double-click on to add it to your menubar.

    from a terminal window, incanting ‘drutil tray eject’ does the trick for me.

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