When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air. You can never capture it again.

said Eric Dolphy (listen). I had a gig Saturday night and had brought my Zoom recorder to record it. Unfortunately, I didn’t double-check the settings when I hit record and wound up not recording at all — and it was a good gig too! So “gone in the air” it is. 🙁

MSI Wind vs. ASUS 901

With the reported price tag of $650 for the EEE PC 901, the upcoming MSI Wind at $399 is looking like a much better bet. It’s unfortunate that ASUS has upped the price so much on the larger screen EEE PC netbooks since low cost was one of the big selling points for the EEE PC line. Not sure how MSI can do it, but $650 from ASUS vs. $399 for comparable hardware is hard to justify buying ASUS.

The rise and fall of flutenet

Last month, the Yahoo! Group flutenet registered it’s fewest amount of posts ever – 83. From a high of 1496 in September 2003 down to 83 in May 2008 — that’s quite a drop! So what happened?? The prime suspect for the exodus is ‘Galway Flute Chat‘ (another Yahoo! Group started by James Galway), and seems to be where all the flutenet flutists (and many non-flutenet members) are going these days. The good news is that GFC is a well run group and very much in line with the spirit of flutenet with the added bonus of having one of the World’s most famous flutists active participation. Check it out!

ASUS EEE PC at Best Buy

I was at the Best Buy in Santa Rosa earlier today and much to my surprise, there on the shelf was a black 7″ Eee PC for $399. Wow! This was the 4G Windows XP version with 512MB Ram. I asked an employee if they were going to carry the 9″ version but he didn’t seem to know, but did say they were already selling it on the Best Buy For Business site. I looked it up and sure enough, they are — both the Linux and XP versions for $568.99. Unfortunately, Amazon has them for $549.99 so I won’t be buying it from their site. Nonetheless, I’m pleased to see Best Buy putting the Eee PC on their shelves — hopefully they’ll continue to do so and add the black 9″ version soon!

IE, whitespace and lists

I recently ‘discovered’ the whitespace bug in IE as it relates to lists. Both Firefox and Safari get it right — that is, they ignore the whitespace in the markup, but not IE. Here’s what I mean:

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 1</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 2</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 3</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 4</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 5</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 6</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 7</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 8</a></li>
</ul>

Unfortunately in IE, this list would literally jump around when moused over causing the page to break as it added space under each link! I couldn’t figure out what was going on and so after spending uh… well let me put it this way… TOO MUCH TIME!! searching on the Web and the CSS books I own looking for info regarding this bizarre list behavior and IE, I finally went to Barnes & Noble and started combing through their CSS books. Several books into my quest, I came across Sitepoint’s new book The Art & Science of CSS and bingo, they had the solution — yay! In order to get IE to behave like an adult browser and not jump around all over the place like a toddler, you have to put the last angle bracket of each list to start the on the next line. Like so:

<ul>
<li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 1</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 2</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 3</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 4</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 5</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 6</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 7</a></li
><li><a href="http://www.example.com/">Item 8</a></li
></ul>

Ridiculous and BTW, IE 8 still gets this wrong! Hopefully by IE9, Microsoft will get it fixed. 😐

iPhone wish list

1. Longer power cord

My recent experience of being at the airport for several hours and not having wi-fi so that I could use my laptop as well as staying in lodging that also was lacking in internet access, made for a lot of iPhone use. Unfortunately, the battery life of my iPhone gets used up sooner than I seem to anticipate and so keeping the thing plugged in to the power charger is something I need to do in order to stay ‘connected’ and for that I need a longer cord! Being tethered to the wall by a short cord gets old real fast. The Griffen car charger cord is a few inches longer than the one Apple ships with the iPhone and so I’m using that right now. However, cords 3-6 feet long would be better — for example, when using the iPhone plugged in while sitting in bed (or at a table) and the reach to the nearest wall socket is feet away.

2. Laptop as monitor

I’d love to be able to plug my iPhone into my laptop and use the laptop’s larger screen, mouse and keyboard. Not necessarily using the iPhone as modem, but simply be able to interface with it so that I could take advantage of the laptop’s superior screen real estate and other features — like copy and paste! 😐

3 digit offset G Powell on eBay! – UPDATE #3

With no bids, the seller has changed the description of the eBay auction for Powell flute #106. It now reads:

Originally, the flute was an “Open G#” though at some point in its past, it has been converted to a modern closed G# like a modern flute. Pictures of the conversion are below.

I can’t say that I’m all that surprised that the bidder retracted their $3,500 bid. Having an unaltered three digit offset G open hole Powell from 1929 is one thing, a conversion — no matter how good — takes much of the lustre off such an acquisition. However, if all that was done to the flute was turn it from open G# to closed G#, than that’s a lot less of a Frankenflute than I was led to believe by the earlier info.