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Entries for week beginning March 12, 2006

March 18, 2006

Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition

Next weekend at the Agganis Arena. High-school-team-built robots battle in an non-violent manner. Woz and Bob Metcalfe are judging. I plan on popping down on the Saturday to watch.

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March 17, 2006


Interesting attempt to add more social context (eg. trust, recommendations) to BitTorrent donwnloads.

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The New Faces Of Saturday Night Live | The A.V. Club

Interview with the four SNL “Featured Players”.

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Apple Powerbook 5300cs

Apple Powerbook 5300cs

Intel is for wussies. The 100Mhz PowerPC 603e is where it's at.

This laptop was unceremoniously dumped in the random-crap-pile outside my cube. It's ten years old, running System 7.5, has a staggering 24Mb of RAM, and a whopping 500Mb hard drive. Anyone got suggestions for what I can use it for?

Ireland's "Crack" Habit - Explaining the faux Irish pub revolution.

All the “Oirish” pubs that sprung up over the last fifteen years? Mostly the work of a subsidiary of Guinness. Pure (if you’ll forgive me saying this) Genius.

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March 16, 2006

Call Me Fishmeal.: This Post is Microsoft Enhanced (TM)

Awesome post about the brokenness of “MIcrosoft Enhanced” cable company PVRs.

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March 15, 2006


Control other Windows applications from within Python.

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March 14, 2006

Guardian Unlimited: Comment is free

The Grauniad’s answer to the Huffington Post. Looking forward to see how this fleshes out.

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Amazon Associates bookmarklet

Many moons ago, I wrote a bookmarklet that makes it easy to build an Amazon referrer link for the item you’re currently viewing, stripping out all the cruft and crap that are in their default URLs, ready to paste into a blog or email.

Amazon have changed their URL styles a couple of times since then, and although I tweaked my personal bookmarklet, I never updated the one hosted here. An email today prompted me to sort this out.

So for your viewing pleasure, here’s the latest version of the bookmarklet. Drag it onto your toolbar, edit it to change the referrer ID from mine to yours, browse to an Amazon page, and click it to get a cruft-free referrer-fee-activated link.

Amazon.com Bookmarklet

I’ve tested it in Firefox 1.5 and IE 6. Let me know if you have any problems.

UPDATE: It don’t work in Safari. I’ve had a quick nosey, and it’s just chucking out “Parse error”. I may or may not fix this depending on whether or not I can be arsed. Also, most feedreaders are mangling the Javascript. Try viewing this page on my website (I know… how 2002!) to get the bookmarklet.

March 13, 2006


I missed their session at ETech (Thursday morning was sleepytime for Rod), but this app looks cool. It’s like a fuzzy evite — Contact your friends to say “Let’s do something next week”, then let the software manage when people are available and what they want to do.

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March 12, 2006

DAG: Tunneling SSH over HTTP(S)

Neat hack for the upcoming (I’m sure) day when I’m behind a firewall that blocks port 22.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.