want one? I have three to give away.

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Safari beta 3 and PDFs issues macosxhints.com – A fix for Safari 3 beta crashes on PDF links

macosxhints.com – A fix for Safari 3 beta crashes on PDF links:

Safari 3 Beta kept crashing on PDF links for me. I found and removed an old Adobe PDF viewer plug-in, and all is well again. Use the Finder’s search feature to locate AdobePDFViewer.plugin (it should probably be found in /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/), and delete it. Restart Safari 3, and the crashes may be gone.

My problem was more like this response:

I had a similar problem. Although Safari wouldn’t crash when opening a pdf the file would never open (Safari would just present a blank grey window). The culprit turned out to be the Acrobat 8 plugin. Removing it solved the problem.

Might also be worth invoking

defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport -bool YES

with Safari shut down.

But I can say that moving the plugin aside (I never use Acrobat and I think that must have gotten installed by mistake at some point) solved.

controlled substances


Yesterday morning I walked around the corner to Neils Yard Dairy and bought myself 200g. of the Montgomery’s unpasteurized cheddar.

Asked for it by name. The clerk, in a proper cheeseman’s cap, wrapped my interestingly discoloured wedge in that special white paper they use, glossy on the inside, folding it that way I can never quite master.

Now it’s 5:23AM PST, back in Vancouver, and the Montgomery’s cheddar really *is* a sovereign medicine for jet lag. And that is the reason it costs almost as much as heroin, in America.

US$30.50/lb? I’ve been right near where they make it, too: cheeses are consistently good round those parts.

“You never roll out a new product in August”

I think I liked it better when September meant new models from the car manufacturers and new TV schedules.

Informed Comment Global Affairs: Post Labor Day Product Rollout: War with Iran (Cross-posted at DailyKos)!:

Today I received a message from a friend who has excellent connections in Washington and whose information has often been prescient. According to this report, as in 2002, the rollout will start after Labor Day, with a big kickoff on September 11. My friend had spoken to someone in one of the leading neo-conservative institutions. He summarized what he was told this way:

They [the source’s institution] have “instructions” (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained. Evidently they don’t think they’ll ever get majority support for this–they want something like 35-40 percent support, which in their book is “plenty.”

Of course I cannot verify this report. But besides all the other pieces of information about this circulating, I heard last week from a former U.S. government contractor. According to this friend, someone in the Department of Defense called, asking for cost estimates for a model for reconstruction in Asia. The former contractor finally concluded that the model was intended for Iran. This anecdote is also inconclusive, but it is consistent with the depth of planning that went into the reconstruction effort in Iraq and Afghanistan.