Monthly Archives: February 2009

I finally bought a new TV

Wheee! That’s my new Sharp AQUOS LC-37D64U wide-screen LCD TV, which replaces an ancient analog set in my living room — which was going bad and I almost never watched anyway. So far the Sharp has performed excellently, even with … Continue reading

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Trivia for 2009-02-22

Jackson is the largest city in Mississippi, with a population of 529,456. That’s 2.3 times the size of the second-largest area, Gulfport-Biloxi, with 227,904. Mark Dominus, in Second-largest cities, lists the quotient for each of the US states. The highest … Continue reading

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The first Twitter?

Long ago, on a VAX cluster far away, I was systems manager. phone was among the many utilities available, and was quite handy for chatting with other users on the cluster. Students seemed to enjoy it a lot, so much … Continue reading

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Broken Windows

This isn’t about Microsoft Windows. The Parable of the Broken Window describes a shopkeeper whose window is broken by a little boy. Everyone sympathizes with the man whose window was broken, but pretty soon they start to suggest that the … Continue reading

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Linux in Exile

I prefer Linux over Windows. If I have problems with Linux, over 95% of the time I can assume that it’s my error. If there is a real problem, it tends to be definite, reproducible, and will usually be fixed … Continue reading

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VerifiedSpam

I’ve noticed an increase in spam from VerifiedSpam.com [1]. I smirk when I read the disingenuous No, this isn’t spam email. It’s penetrating online established communities relative to your website, product or services. Not only does this increase SEO & … Continue reading

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What would the neighbors say?

Sometimes, when I’m looking at the code of a complete stranger, I get that same, weird feeling I get when I’m creeping through my neighbour’s house. Picking up their stuff, looking through their fridge. That’s from item number 5 (Read … Continue reading

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Anti anti-vaccination

In Irrefutable Logic I mocked Jenny McCarthy’s logic-free argument against vaccination. Well, here’s some information on the person who started it all. According to Brian Deer of The Sunday Times, “The doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of … Continue reading

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Who wants in your genes?

While I’m not all that fascinated with my genetic makeup (maybe I’m just too old to care?), many are. If you’re among those, check out Daniel MacArthur’s blog, Genetic Future, where he writes “about the genetic and evolutionary basis of … Continue reading

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Just say “Cheese!”

Here’s an interesting mix of articles about public imaging. It’s not enough that you have to watch out for your camera-phone-armed friends and enemies who may catch you in a moment of indiscretion (check with Mr. Phelps), the rabid paparazzi … Continue reading

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