Thursday January 31, 2008

Twitterings - January 2008

These are my Twitter entries (including Snibbles) for January.

  • @rentzsch - we've been running Mac OS X 10.4 as a dedicated server for a year now. Replaced FreeBSD 4. We're very happy with the results. 11:30 AM January 01, 2008

  • @rentzsch - point taken (sigh). If you walk beyond the lights, things do get a little weird. 11:46 AM January 01, 2008

  • @rentzsch - Lightbulb Moment! I missed the meaning of the ultimate S. Yes. We tried and discarded OS X Server as a platform. Too odd. (Duh). 12:48 PM January 01, 2008

  • Freecycle is wonderful. Rich just gave away two large boxes of foam blocks. One man's junk... 06:04 PM January 01, 2008

  • The Emotional Toll and Opportunity Costs of Corporate Battle - I added my thoughts in the comments. 02:54 PM January 03, 2008

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Sunday January 27, 2008

Treasures 2008_04

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love,
the things you are, the things you never want to lose.

-- From "The Wonder Years" (television)

These are my Treasures for the past two weeks.

  • Lots of snuggles with the cats this week.

  • Oooh. Aaah. Droooooool. The new MacBook Air is highly desirable.

  • Bacon and tomato sandwiches on sourdough bread.
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Treasures 2008_04 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry , Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 27 Jan, 10:17 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday January 26, 2008

Leaving a Mark

Today's commentary discusses my reaction to an article, and particularly the followup comments, that I read in April of 2006. One of the comments referenced a quote attributed to Jean Baudrillard:
The compact disc. It does not wear out, even when one uses it. That is terrible. As if one had never used it, as if one had never existed at all.

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Leaving a Mark ( in category commentary ) - posted at Sat, 26 Jan, 19:22 Pacific

Friday January 25, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_04

It's been raining for most of the week. I've enjoyed watching the weather widget on my desktop. Occasionally it changes to "partly sunny" but that doesn't last very long. Mostly it's been showing rain.





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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_04 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Fri, 25 Jan, 19:46 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday January 24, 2008

The Cosmic Clues

Most of the mass-market paperback mystery fiction shelved in our bookstores was written by American authors. Their characters live in the United States because the authors do. After all, there are a lot of authors in the US.

Of those not set in one of the 50 United States, I'd say a majority of the remainder are set in England. England is unarguably the traditional home of the "cozy mystery".

So The Cosmic Clues comes as a surprise and a treat — both the author, Manjiri Prabhu, and her protagonist, Sonia Samarth, live in Pune, India. ...
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The Cosmic Clues ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Thu, 24 Jan, 19:19 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday January 20, 2008

I'm a Twitter Twit

Paul Downey writes:

Ruminating on Twitter constraints, I see two kinds of Twitterers emerging: Twits and Twerps.

A Twit sees Twitter as a presence service. Twits love the ambient intimacy twitter affords with their friends, and tweet to build a meaningful permanent record. They strive to entertain, to be profound. ... A twit uses an @reply primarily to reference a user for the benefit of their other followers, and use a direct message to communicate with someone where their followers are unlikely to be interested in the conversation. ... Twits always think about the question “What are you doing?”. A good twit will make you laugh, make you cry but above all feel connected.

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I'm a Twitter Twit ( in category Random Thoughts , WebTech ) - posted at Sun, 20 Jan, 08:44 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday January 19, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_03

The weather was chilly but clear.

Ouch. I lost one of my websites in last week's disk problems. The good news: it was backed up. The bad news: it took a while to find and restore. But we're back on the air. Things were scary there for a while.

Rich headed off to visit his Dad this week. It's been me and the cats. Purrr. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_03 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sat, 19 Jan, 11:51 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday January 18, 2008

Macbook Air

This week, Apple introduced the Macbook Air. I've been reading some of the articles, as well as the whining comments. ...
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Macbook Air ( in category Random Thoughts , SciTech ) - posted at Fri, 18 Jan, 21:12 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday January 15, 2008

They're A Telephone Company

I set up a web account with AT&T today. It was ... different. As has become standard, they send out a confirmation number. Without that number, you cannot complete registration.

What's weird, though, is they send the confirmation number by telephone. They tell you to expect an automated phone call, "within 10 minutes" . You sit and wait and eventually the phone rings. ...
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They're A Telephone Company ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Tue, 15 Jan, 17:26 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday January 13, 2008

Treasures 2008_02

I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?
-- Henry Moore

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • More rain (with less wind). I like rain, especially when I'm at home.

  • Our server is working properly again.

  • Mitten Rd in Burlingame. One of those great words: mitten.

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Saturday January 12, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_02

The weather was mostly grey, foggy, and/or wet. The big storm continued with heavy rain early in the week but not as much wind..

We discovered a disk problem on our primary server last Friday. :-( We spent much of Saturday restoring all of the data onto a new drive. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_02 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sat, 12 Jan, 21:05 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday January 7, 2008

Tools Don't Hurt Companies

On Dec. 19th, Michael Krigsman wrote an article entitled Twitter is Dangerous. The reason? Krigsman says that Twitter "is rapidly becoming a serious threat to corporate information protection".

Uhuh. Not. ...
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Tools Don't Hurt Companies ( in category WebTech ) - posted at Mon, 07 Jan, 21:49 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday January 6, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_01

Clear, clear, cold, clear, cloudy, RAIN!

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve was, as always, quiet for us. We stay home, drink eggnog, and wait for the fireworks at midnight. ...
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Friday January 4, 2008

Who Owns the Data?

There's been a lot of discussion in the Cyberverse recently regarding Robert Scoble and Facebook. Robert lost his Facebook account (he got it back after appealing) when he violated Facebook's Terms of Use by using a program to "scrape" (download) Facebook data -- specifically, his "friends" list.

What's interesting to me is that most of the discussion doesn't surround Facebook's policy or whether they were within their rights to turn off Robert's account, even temporarily. Much of the discussion concerns whether Robert Scoble had any right to the data he was "collecting".

In today's commentary, I discuss Robert Scoble, Facebook, and my opinion on data portability rights.

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Who Owns the Data? ( in category commentary ) - posted at Fri, 04 Jan, 20:36 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday January 1, 2008

Twitterings - December 2007

These are my Twitter entries (including Snibbles) for December.
  • Snibbles: Ratatouille: Have you seen it yet? It's WONderful! 03:37 AM December 05
  • Snibbles: Cranberry Sauce: We found a simple and tasty recipe for cranberry sauce. 03:33 AM December 09
  • Got my Pleo yesterday! Woke him up and petted him. Cats were... fascinated (from a safe distance). 08:30 AM December 11
  • Brought Pleo into Work today to show off. I do wish he went for more than an hour on a charge though. Not much time. 11:33 AM December 12
  • My Pleo has a name. I'm calling him Yoshi. 04:10 PM December 12
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Twitterings - December 2007 ( in category Retrospectoscope ) - posted at Tue, 01 Jan, 19:11 Pacific | Comments (0)