Month: January 2007

  • Two Matts and a Phillip Weigh in on the Wikipedia/No Follow Issue

    Two Matts and a Phillip debate the merits of Wikipedia’s adding No Follow to all external links. Matt Mullenweg writes: In theory this should work perfectly, but in practice although all major blogging tools did this two years ago and comment and trackback spam is still 100 times worse now. In hindsight, I don’t think…

  • Migrating Hosting Services: no comments please

    I’m migrating servers. This will be the last post for a few days. Don’t make comments. If you don’t see updates after a few days, please contact me idiotprogrammer at fastmaibox.net. Update: Jan 26. Well, migration is delayed a few days while I handle other things. No problems–just delays.

  • Incurious Bastard feels shame

    I’ve been using wordpress longer than anybody these days (I met the developer at a Meetup in Houston). And yet, it’s funny how little I’ve gotten into plugins, themes or making it actually do stuff or touching the database (except to kill a spam problem). Call me an incurious bastard. (It is sort of gratifying…

  • How to Know You are a True Geek….

    an extremely long thread on the Dell axim site. My fave: “. . . you don’t get settled into your hotel room until you’ve checked the WiFi signal . . .” An Axim user compares the Axim PDA with the iPhone and finds that the 2 year old Axim still wins. Some diabolical PDA people…

  • Presidential Election Campaign Begins…too soon?

    Today’s This Week on ABC spent 3/4 of the program (75%) talking about the 2008 presidential election. Hey, the first primary is more than one year away. This is going to be a long election season.

  • Just Wondering…

    Tradition aside, why don’t the Oscars consider straight-to-DVD releases?(See this article by Manohla Dargolis). Isn’t it about time that Netflix or Blockbuster announce their own awards ceremony and bypass the ludicrous requirements and politics of the Oscars? Last week I went to the movie theatre for the first time in a year, seeing the utterly…

  • Abominable and maddening!

    The events of the last 48 hours have been absolutely maddening and incredible! In fact, I am astonished that I have the Internet access to write this message. No time to explain (that will come later), but I’ll give a few clues: it involves cell phones, multiple theft of identities, lost credit cards, abominable landline…

  • How to Buy Sneakers Not Made at a Sweatshop

    Last Saturday I went out shopping for sneakers. I badly needed a replacement and shopped at Shoe Carnival in the Westchase area of Houston. I have no special love for Shoe Carnival, but it is convenient and well-supplied, and I’ve been shopping there for over five years. This time, the manager accosted me and asked…

  • Busy for the next few days: Box in a Box and Mugshots

    I’m preparing an unusually big site migration over the next week. I’ve volunteered to host teleread.org (of which I am a contributor) and will be moving several weblogs of my own. Moving teleread is a big deal; lots of plugins and assets. Plus everything is upgrading to 2.06, and one of the plugins has increased…

  • Congressional Antics

    From Tom Tomorrow: Barney Frank on parliamentary procedure. Of course, you can be sure the Republicans did the same kinds of things. Harry Wu, my favorite kind of congressman.

  • Touchscreens vs. dead tree information sources

    More randomness: From a digg discussion about newspapers: Yes, there is something quaint and nostalgic about someone driving around the neighborhood unnecessarily burning hydrocarbon fuel and polluting the environment just to fling a package of over priced processed tree cellulose on your door step. And if your local newspaper is anything like mine, the majority…

  • Shotgun rules for Meetings

    Random things I’ve been exposed to: Shotgun rules to BAD meetings. Twitter, YARSNS (Yes another redundant social networking service). Basically a kind of myspace + real-time instant messaging. Coworking, a new concept. Geeks/startups sharing space for collaboration/socializing.

  • Being an Idiotprogrammer at Pycamp

    I’ll be spending all week at an intensive python boot camp at University of Houston. No blogging really, but programming. Horray!

  • Stop sucking up my bandwidth, you donut-loving bastards!

    Just out of curiosity, I checked my webserver logs. I’ve been meaning to update my logs (and use google analytics) when I switch hosting providers, but in the meantime I check my stats once every six months. My domain has about 2000 unique visitors a month (that includes pages other than my weblog). My main…

  • Franz Kafka, Inventor of Hard Hats

    From a wikipedia article on hard hats: In his last book, Managing in the Next Society, management professor Peter Drucker credits Franz Kafka, the writer, for developing the first civilian hard hat, to be used in steel mills, when Kafka was employed at the Worker’s Accident Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia (1912). Whether…

  • Best of 2006

    (Here’s an email I sent to my friends with favorites I watched/read for the year 2006. I’m reposting here, though without fixing the hyperlinks).