Monthly Archives: July 2008

26 Jul 2008
Scratch Paper

Despite working in IT and owning several electronic devices that allow note taking, I use a lot of paper notes. Paper is portable, instant on, available in many form factors, works in adverse conditions, disposable … you get my drift. It may be a legacy system, but following my maxim of “just because you can […]

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21 Jul 2008
Blip

If I were feeling mean, I’d point these two guys at each other. [ Someone asked where I’d been — no posts, no email, not online. Well, it was a busy weekend. I offer this post as a blip on the radar. ]

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15 Jul 2008
Carebots

“Who doesn’t long for household help at times? Service robots will soon be able to relieve us of heavy, dirty, monotonous or irksome tasks. Research scientists have now presented a new generation of household robots, the ‘Care-O-bot® 3’.” — ScienceDaily, New Generation Of Home Robots Have Gentle Touch It is interesting that (according to the […]

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15 Jul 2008
Memory and the Law

The post “Guidelines on Memory and the Law” at Neurophilosophy summarizes a report, commissioned by the British Psychological Society, regarding the implications of memory research for the legal profession. “These guidelines, which are available as a PDF, are intended to inform those who work in criminal and civil law – for example, the police as […]

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14 Jul 2008
Yakity YACC

For those of you who think you produce bug free code … As told at New Otto malloc helps spot ancient bug, “Otto Moerbeek recently found and fixed an ancient bug (some 33 years old) in yacc(1). Here is his story….” image: Dave Pape, Bos grunniens – Syracuse Zoo.jpg, Wikimedia Commonsh/t: Bob Plankers, links for […]

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12 Jul 2008
Choosing Unique Baby Names

No, I’m not. In Name Scrapers I mentioned the non-uniqueness of my name in an example. That must have sensitized me to pick up on Kevin Kelly’s GoggleUnique Names. After mentioning several well-known strategies for choosing names, he goes on to discuss two new strategies, which he calls “global branding” and “GoogleUnique”. The first is […]

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11 Jul 2008
Planned outage July 11

Just in case things don’t go as planned … A heads up from my hosting provider (which I had intended to post earlier than this): “On July 11, 2008 starting at 10pm [Pacific Time] we will have a brief network outage to restructure our routing tables. We are planning two hours to deal with any […]

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10 Jul 2008
Hamming It Up

Bacon. What more can be said? Too much, apparently. I don’t recall how I found out about John Scalzi’s blog Whatever, but I’m glad I did. Not only did I discover a great science fiction writer, but also a daily source of humor and insight. But sometimes he can go too far. Whether he actually […]

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08 Jul 2008
Name Scrapers

The Slashdot headline “How to Fight Name Scraping Scammers?” caught my eye, and I had to follow it up. Curt Monash discovered his name on a dating site, but he’d never registered there. It appears that the site paired up first and last names at random and then presented them as being registered users. Monash […]

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07 Jul 2008
Linux Filesystem Backups

Backup is an essential responsibility that comes with owning a computer, but it is more honored in the breech than in practice. Echoing what I said in MySQL Backups, some situations may require more elaborate techniques, but these scripts are “good enough” for my needs. I hope you find these scripts useful, and welcome comments, […]

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