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Zillow.com in Firefox in SLED10 in Parallels in MacOSX

09/28/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

OK, the title kinda says it all. I wanted to repond [after a week] to Zillow.com's offer to use their new features of MyZillow and to update the facts on my home. Unfortunately, Zillow.com doesn't support Safari and they recommend Firefox. I used Firefox under my old Windows machines, so that's fine. But, since FF is already installed as part of SLED10, that I'm running on my MacBookPro under Parallels, I decided just to use it there. B)

You can see my updates on Zillow at

I really like the Tiger apps, for the most part. There are some frustrating limitations, both in-built, and as a result of MacOSX being under supported by developers, having such a small market share.

Return receipts not being supported in Mail.app is one such limitation. I know that they've fallen in disfavor, but I remember setting up sendmail so that the inability to deliver a message didn't result in an error-but-still-trying message for 4 hours, and didn't result in a permanent failure for SEVEN DAYS. eMail still isn't the completely reliable, do everything set of protocols that most people think it is, and I still like return receipts. I know there are AppleScripts and Plugins, but still, it's part of the RFC, support it.

Not being able to have multiple tabbed sites as the "home page" is frustrating as well, but not bad. Not being able to export MP3 files from Audacity using LAME because of patent issues is odd, but I can still do it under WindowsXP Audacity/LAME.

But what the heck, with Parallels, I have it all: WindowsXPsp2, SLED10, and whatever else I may want to add, even OS/2.

How great is that?

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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