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Entries for week beginning July 29, 2007

August 4, 2007

Passengers Scowl as Airlines Smile - New York Times

“Previously, airlines worried about dissatisfied customers,” said a Wharton professor, Serguei Netessine. “Now I don’t think they worry about it because the customer service at all airlines is so horrible.”

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A Few Command-Line Party Tricks - MacResearch

Some very cool OS X command-line utilities I never knew existed.

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Digg circa 1995

All it needs is a few “Cool Site of the Day” banners, and it’d be perfect.

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August 3, 2007

Welcome to Hadoop!

Open-source project to allow the creation of massive massively-parallelized systems. I’m so glad my CompSci course taught me about parallel programming in 1997, because it’s only going to become more important.

Ohloh, the open source network

Open-source-software social network, tracking both projects and people.

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meemix: Internet radio that gets you

Best online radio station I’ve played with in a while. Definitely a step-above Pandora — Meemix has a social edge Pandora lacks — and the “Pulse” control is nice too.

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SPIN.com: Days of the Leak

Article about the inevitability of records being leaked pre-release. I can’t remember the last time I bought an album that I hadn’t listened to already via download. All hail OiNK!

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YouTube - R-Rated Trailer for 'Superbad'

This looks fab — New “teen” comedy written by Seth Rogen and produced by Judd Apatow.

August 2, 2007

Remote Buddy > iPhone support

The excellent Mac remote control software adds an AJAX web-server designed for the iPhone. It works a treat for the old Mac Mini I keep under my TV.

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Your browser is a tcp/ip relay

Attackers could theoretically use DNS rebinding to use your computer to connect to anywhere — Even internal sites. I’m skeptical that this is a “big” problem — the hurdles that an attacker would have to leap are numerous — but it’s an interesting approach.

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The song from the iPhone commercial

Download it for $0.99, then play it in the background when you’re showing off your iPhone.

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The Daily Puppy / Stella the Puggle

Much as I love my bassets, I suspect my next dog will have to be a “puggle” (half-pug, half-beagle). They’re pretty adorable.

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August 1, 2007

Taito announces Arkanoid DS, special paddle included - DS Fanboy

Arkanoid for the DS will be packaged with a paddle controller so you can play the game as it was always intended. This makes me colossally happy.

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Polar Rose

Firefox plugin which collaboratively identifies faces in photos all over the web. There’s no smart matching yet, but that’s promised for the future. Creepy, inevitable, and awesome.

July 31, 2007

Bejeweled for iPhone

PopCap release an JavaScript version of the seminal Bejeweled which is designed to run in the web browser on the iPhone. Nice and all, but imagine if they were able to write a native app with sound, dragging, etc.

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Fraser Speirs - A Subversion User Looks at Git

I’m seeing increased chatter about the source control package “git” at the moment. I should investigate it at some point.

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July 30, 2007


Donationware OS X app to help you get your act together. Comes highly recommended by friends.

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De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (LaughAtlantis)

My wife, in an email to a total stranger: “Rod and I have been married for three and a half years. He has not done a single load of laundry in that time. […] His hairline has receded, his waistline has expanded, he has stopped wearing his contacts, and his beard is more scruff than anything else.”

True love, non?

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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.