Monthly Archives: July 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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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