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Entries for week beginning November 12, 2006

November 17, 2006

Nite Versions

CD Purchase: Soulwax - Nite Versions

Boss Hog

CD Purchase: Boss Hog - Boss Hog


Marc Hedlund’s start-up launches. Looks like an awesome light-weight social web-based finance manager, for folks for whom Quicken is too much hassle. Whether users will entrust their financial info to Web 2.0 remains to be seen.

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November 16, 2006


Version 1.0 of Firebug is on the horizon, and it looks about 75% more kick-assier than the current release, which is saving my life at the moment as I do some JavaScript ftuff at work.

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Cracked it! | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

FFS. Detailed explanation of the how’s and why’s of reading/cloning a UK RFID-chipped passport — which don’t even have the tinfoil protective cover that US passports will. “‘This doesn’t matter,’ says a Home Office spokesman.”

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cabel.name: Kettle Chips Beta

$20 for five experimentally-flavoured bags of Kettle Chips. Vote for your faves, and they might appear on shop shelves some day. “Royal Indian Curry” is calling my name.

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A second life for your first PlayStation

Audiophiles claim that an original model Playstation, if left on for about three days to “warm up”, is an amazing sounding CD player.

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Silence FM

CD Purchase: Sons of Silence - Silence FM

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CD Purchase: Kid Koala - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


CD Purchase: Goldfrapp - Supernature

Your Mom’s Favorite DJ

CD Purchase: Kid Koala - Your Mom’s Favorite DJ

November 15, 2006

The Peel Sessions: 1991-2004

CD Purchase: PJ Harvey - The Peel Sessions: 1991-2004

Skin and Bones

CD Purchase: Foo Fighters - Skin and Bones

November 14, 2006

Red Sox win Matsuzaka bid

The Sox today paid $51.1m for the rights to negotiate exclusively with a (reportedly outstanding) Japanese pitcher. $51.1m to *negotiate*. It will cost them many millions more to actually sign him. Wow. Just… wow.

CNN.com Video: Microsoft's Zune released

Ouch. I’m not sure Microsoft will be happy that their launch-day feature on CNN features incredulent hosts (“Who do they think is going to buy this?”), one of whom ends the segment raving about her new teeny iPod Shuffle.

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Dev House Boston

Programmers/Designers! Got an idea of something you want to build, but no time to do it? Got a hankering to build something, but no ideas? In New England? Come along to Dev House Boston on Dec 9th.

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Apple Teams Up With Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM & United to Deliver iPod Integration

Wow. What a great move by Apple. Further domination of the iPod-only connector, plus it solves the “iPod batteries only last 4 hours when watching video, that’s too short for a long-haul flight” problem in one foul swoop.

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Installing the Zune... sucked - Engadget

Wow. Microsoft make it clear that, however rushed, buggy and miserably unready the Zune software may be, the user experience design was always half-assed.

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November 13, 2006

shell: revealed - Can't drag quicklaunch toolbar to top of desktop

I’m playing with Vista on my laptop, and this “improvement” from Microsoft was pissing me off. Thankfully there is a “solution”. One that is a usability nightmare waiting to happen (drag a folder too close to the edge of the screen, and it becomes a toolbar that is hard to work out how to close).

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Ironic Sans: Interview: Louis Klein, audience member of nearly every episode of Saturday Night Live

Man, I consider it a chore to have to watch SNL on TiVo each week, when I can fast-forward through it. I can’t imagine queuing up each week to go see the show live.

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Sqlite Developer - Sqlite3 Database Manager

GUI for managing SQLite databases. Best one I’ve found, although it’s not free. Deals gracefully with the 4Gb database files we use at work.

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Sound Of Girls Aloud

CD Purchase: Girls Aloud - Sound Of Girls Aloud

Clueless: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

CD Purchase: Various Artists - Clueless: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


CD Purchase: Olive - Trickle

Apple Matters | Zune Marketplace's Absurd Pricing Scheme

Microsoft’s “you must buy points in $5 increments” makes sense if you consider credit-card transaction costs (I’m sure Apple loses money if you only buy one 99 cent song at a time — that’s why they batch up your transactions), but the user experience of “1.25 cents per point” is ridiculous, and probably going to bite MS.

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SNL Transcripts: Alec Baldwin: 11/11/06: Carpool

Best SNL sketch in AGES. Sadly, I can’t find the video on YouTube, so here’s the transcript. “Bobby McFerrin raped my grandmother” has become a wholly-inappropriate running joke between Joy & myself.

YouTube - South Park : Bigger, Longer & Uncut - Teaser

A considerably funnier version of the 3D animation gag in the Simpsons trailer: the South Park movie teaser from *1998*.

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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.