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Entries for week beginning January 15, 2006

January 21, 2006

SiteAdvisor blog: Spam-a-lot

SiteAdvisor’s excellent analysis of webcrap continues. Signing-up for “free” computer games gets you bombarded with 15 spam emails a day.

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A CD or two

A CD or two

This is what my desk currently looks like, as I continue powering through ripping my CD collection. I'm in the middle of the 'S's.

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January 19, 2006

3 Percent Fee On Cell Phones Started 107 Years Ago

The 3% “Federal Excise Tax” on your cellphone bill? It’s to help pay for the 1898 Spanish-American war.

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NPR : The Mystery of 'Sweet Caroline' and the Sox

Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline” during the middle of the 8th? Apparently, just because it’s a fun song.

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January 18, 2006

Slim Devices : Product Info : SlimServer 6.2

I’ve been playing with SlimServer as a replacement for iTunes’s role as my listen-on-my-laptop-to-the-music-on-my-server tool, and it’s pretty damned impressive. Open-source, plenty of plugins, deals well with my collection, and hey! It’ll work if I choose to buy one of their delightfully-tempting $300 Squeezebox networked music players.

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What Works In Software Development

A really good summary of the best bits of Agile, XP, etc. plus some common sense. Turns a bit Perl-centric near the end, but that aside it’s an excellent read for software engineers.

Cory Doctorow Hypocrisy Watch: New Firefox "feature" eases spying on users

Read this Cory rant about a proposed Firefox feature that would allow advertisers to track click throughs in an opt-outable manner, then count the number of undisclosed un-opt-outable click-through mechanisms in use by the horde of advertising links littering the page. I counted five (boingboing.net, clk.atdmt.com, adserver.fmpub.net, c2.edapebaf.com and click.adbrite.com)

Orbicule | Undercover

Mac laptop “anti-theft” app. Interesting feature set, although I’m cynical about how many times the “thief” turns on the laptop and connects to the internet, rather than the poor sap who buys it from them on Craigslist.

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defective yeti: Xyzzy

GWBush as Infocom.

“Oval Office
You are standing inside a White House, having just been elected to the presidency of the United States.”

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January 17, 2006

A List Apart: Articles: Web 3.0

I ♥ Zeldman.

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Two very important things I learned today, which I’m posting here as a reminder to my future self

  1. gpart saves your freaking life if you somehow corrupt the partition table on a Very Important server and need to revert it.
  2. If you’re changing the partition table on a USB hard disk connected to a Very Important server, make sure you’re actually editing the table on the USB hard drive, and not the one on the RAID array that boots the Very Important server and hosts your source control, bug tracking, etc.

January 16, 2006


Hooray! I’ve been looking for this article for years, but couldn’t remember its name. “I expect that this analysis should settle the toilet seat controversey for once and for all - if John and Marsha are mathematicians.”

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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.