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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · November
· · · · 26 (3 entries)

F.C. · Blog­ging as such hard­ly has a cul­ture, but to the ex­tent that it does, “Friday Catblogging” would clear­ly be a part of it. Here­with the tra­di­tion­al cute pic­ture. This prob­a­bly proves that An­drew Or­lows­ki is right about some­thing ...
 
On Search: Sorting Result Lists · I was talk­ing to some­one build­ing a search en­gine and he was moan­ing about sort­ing re­sult lists in re­al time, on­ly you don’t have to. Any­one who’s built a big search en­gine even­tu­al­ly works this out, but post­ing it here might save a few min­utes for some fu­ture de­vel­op­er. The idea is, you should nev­er have to do an O(N·log(N)) sort on a re­sult list. [Up­date: Ex­per­i­men­tal ver­i­fi­ca­tion.] ...
 
SideTrack and eSellerate · At An­tip­ix­el I saw a point­er to a nice-looking lit­tle piece of Mac share­ware called SideTrack so I down­load­ed and tried it and it’s won­der­ful. Any­one run­ning OS X who us­es the mouse a lot, fol­low that point­er and give it a try. Ap­ple will prob­a­bly in­ter­vene, be­cause this gives a stan­dard Mac lap­top in ef­fect a two-button mouse with du­al scroll-wheel, which Ap­ple doesn’t think Mac users should wan­t. So I said “that’s worth $15” and hit the Buy but­ton, and it popped me off to eSeller­ate and boy, is that a slick op­er­a­tion. First of al­l, it no­ticed I was in Cana­da and charged me in C$. Then, when I filled in the for­m, it redi­rect­ed over to a page from my own bank that asked a cou­ple of oth­er ques­tions to make sure I was who I said I was, then gave me a nice print­able re­ceip­t. This is what all the dot-com cra­zies claimed e-shopping would be like, at the height of the bub­ble. They were right... but it took an­oth­er five years to get there.
 
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