Week ending Sunday 2008/12/14

Monday 8:09 · OH: "You date your hardware vendor, but you marry Larry Ellison" [Original.]

Monday 9:49 · Heh, there's a little problem with that $399 G1 for developers: hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1054809&cid=26033125 [Original.]

Monday 10:15 · The storage market is way more interesting than the computer market these days: www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/08/idc_q308_disk_storage_numbers/ [Original.]

Monday 10:31 · Turning the cloud inside out: kenkrupa.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/interest-in-the-java-cloud/ [Original.]

Monday 12:15 · Entirely failing to understand movements of Sun's share price. [Original.]

Monday 12:24 · @dewitt This seems like a step backward, just when JavaScript is turning into a seriously industrial-strength platform. [Original, responding to @dewitt.]

Monday 14:43 · Argghhh, Android dev G1 won't ship to an alternate US address to dodge UPS thieves. No G1 for Tim for Christmas :( [Original.]

Monday 14:51 · Hold on, I'm wrong, you *can* ship a G1 to the states if you go through the whole transaction then do "Change Shipping" [Original.]

Monday 20:51 · httpd+dtrace FTW: lethargy.org/~jesus/archives/138-A-month-later...-like-clockwork..html [Original.]

Monday 20:53 · Bought G1 today. Bank just called, sudden $400+ online charge to "Gotta Go Blue" (!?!?) raised flags. Sounds shady to me all right. [Original.]

Monday 21:03 · @binary42 MacBook's lighter/smaller but has 800 vertical pixels. For a traveler like me who often uses big outboard monitors, a no-brainer. [Original, responding to @binary42.]

Monday 23:04 · Dear Twitter: Please stop opening new windows when I click on things. This behavior is wrong. [Original.]

Tuesday 8:56 · The great Ruby shootout: antoniocangiano.com/2008/12/09/the-great-ruby-shootout-december-2008/ [Original.]

Tuesday 10:27 · Wow, Bob Rae dropped out. These being Liberals, we'll eventually find out what happened in the back rooms. Soon, I hope. [Original.]

Tuesday 10:31 · @pkedrosky How long can you ride a position like that? Obviously oil will be way up sometime in the next 36 months... [Original, responding to @pkedrosky.]

Tuesday 10:50 · I love Vancouver, but I have to say that we get some really shitty weather sometimes. [Original.]

Tuesday 11:07 · Reduce PHP pain with ext/usim: www.suspekt.org/2008/12/09/extusim-the-php-upgrade-simulator/ [Original.]

Tuesday 11:52 · Yow, Dick Hardt is going to Microsoft: identity20.com//identity20.com/?p=171 [Original.]

Tuesday 12:08 · Apple Owes Me $99: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2008/12/09/I-Want-My-99-Bucks [Original.]

Tuesday 13:19 · First-ever IDE-oriented Ruby book? www.apress.com/book/view/1430216360 [Original.]

Tuesday 13:58 · Retweet @rbazinet - another Rails/IDE book: www.packtpub.com/aptana-rapid-rails-development/book [Original.]

Tuesday 19:16 · @al3x www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/07/29/ROTATED-FLORAL-HEART-BULLET [Original, responding to @al3x.]

Tuesday 19:20 · Pre-existentialist Peanuts: www.colbycosh.com/mt/2008/12/preexistentialist_peanuts.html [Original.]

Tuesday 22:27 · Dervala, for the first time in many months: "Life Beyond Screens". Beautiful. dervala.net/2008/12/09/life-beyond-screens/ [Original.]

Tuesday 22:46 · Brain feels like wet kleenex. Think I'll try Left 4 Dead, get a heartwarming uplifting change from the economic news. [Original.]

Tuesday 22:54 · The Sun's City Editor is listening, @AdrienneTanner - send her a juicy urban story or two. Wish I knew some. [Original.]

Wednesday 9:06 · Conservatives, climate change and investing: brontecapital.blogspot.com/2008/12/conservatives-climate-change-and.html [Original.]

Wednesday 9:09 · @CcSteff Undo your pants *first*. [Original, responding to @CcSteff.]

Wednesday 9:57 · @smartgoat Everyone knows it's easy to verb a noun. [Original, responding to @smartgoat.]

Wednesday 10:05 · The amount of energy and creativity going into OpenSolaris these days is mind-boggling: 2008.11 is just another step, lots more to come. [Original.]

Wednesday 10:10 · @psd Sounds like you're in a bad neighborhood. [Original, responding to @psd.]

Wednesday 10:27 · @codelust I love Nexenta, they're doing storage appliance stuff these days. 2008.* OS releases have been increasingly GNUish. [Original, responding to @codelust.]

Wednesday 10:28 · Heh... actual humans talking to actual Sun engineers at www.ustream.tv/sun [Original.]

Wednesday 14:09 · Gonna be fun in January watching Harper & Iggy play chicken. [Original.]

Wednesday 15:15 · Hah, OpenSolaris 2008.11 screencast features "top" and "sudo" and "screen". It's significant that they realize these are important. [Original.]

Wednesday 15:16 · Screencast at: webcast-west.sun.com/interactive/09B12437/index.html [Original.]

Wednesday 15:31 · Struck out entirely in the Olympic ticket lottery. Oh well, guess they don't need my money. [Original.]

Wednesday 15:39 · UML, now with pointy brackets! www.infoworld.com/article/08/12/10/SOA_modeling_language_readied_1.html [Original.]

Wednesday 15:44 · @pkedrosky is undermining my sincere efforts to avoid retreating into survivalist paranoia. [Original, responding to @pkedrosky.]

Wednesday 16:36 · Starting Friday, sign in to your account***ERROR*** (#malformed) to purchase remaining [Olympic] tickets on a first-come, first-served basis [Original.]

Wednesday 20:41 · Practical internationalization: pragdave.blogs.pragprog.com/pragdave/2008/12/names-of-encodings-built-in-to-ruby-19.html [Original.]

Wednesday 20:43 · Really good Vancouver coverage: www.francesbula.com/ [Original.]

Wednesday 20:46 · @ceplm I develop on Mac. I *deploy* on Solaris. [Original, responding to @ceplm.]

Wednesday 20:58 · It's a pity www.cloudstatus.com/ doesn't seem to cover GMail. [Original.]

Wednesday 21:14 · Really interesting Ruby performance write-up: antoniocangiano.com/2008/12/10/reflections-on-the-ruby-shootout/ [Original.]

Wednesday 22:26 · "Smokestack Lightning" is unquestionably at the supreme pinnacle of the blues. [Original.]

Thursday 8:57 · @bensummers Yes, because the GNU userland is better. GNU userland + Solaris kernel FTW. [Original, responding to @bensummers.]

Thursday 10:46 · Powerful: "Open Source in a Closed Market" - blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=3183 [Original.]

Thursday 13:00 · @jasondlee yesterday linked to global-warming denial at epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=2158072e-802a-23ad-45f0-274616db87e6 - a pack of lies, as it turns out: climateprogress.org/2008/12/11/inhofe-morano-recycles-long-debunked-denier-talking-points-will-the-media-be-fooled-again/ [Original, responding to @jasondlee.]

Thursday 13:05 · I think Web 2.0 is a name for changing information flows to include more sources at the edges, but @timoreilly is entitled to his opinion. [Original.]

Thursday 19:08 · Walk *this* way. [Original.]

Thursday 21:33 · Lauren's watching the BBC biz news, and the line-up of disastrous headlines is quietly flabbergasting. Thinking nuts & berries. [Original.]

Thursday 21:44 · The Android Market ain't real busy yet. [Original.]

Friday 0:09 · The Wikipedia article on π (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi) is beautifully written. [Original.]

Friday 0:37 · On Lines and Angles: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2008/12/11/Level [Original.]

Friday 8:12 · Joe Gregorio: Computer Science is Broken bitworking.org/news/388/broke [Original.]

Friday 9:00 · Snowing in Vancouver. Who needs light, anyhow? [Original.]

Friday 10:15 · I guess the market had priced in the failure of the auto industry? [Original.]

Friday 10:22 · @sogrady A powerful firearm will solve that problem. [Original, responding to @sogrady.]

Friday 10:25 · Now that's cool: local paper's city editor @AdrienneTanner tweets a hot local story now appearing at online front page: [Original.]

Friday 10:46 · This is excellent. From InfoQ a lengthy detailed braindump on the recent QCon SF: www.infoq.com/articles/qconsf-2008-summary [Original.]

Friday 11:30 · @duncan I got good results with the PDF from focustestchart.com/ - wonder how much better this is? [Original, responding to @duncan.]

Friday 12:12 · DP Review can be irritating, but this kind of product roundup at holiday time is super-useful: Fuji FTW BTW: www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q408premiumgroup/ [Original.]

Friday 16:29 · @kk How do I find out about this Indendent Media Center? [Original, responding to @kk.]

Friday 17:17 · Collaboratively editing a spreadsheet on Google docs with Lauren. Seems pretty slick. [Original.]

Friday 22:11 · Decemberblossoms: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2008/12/12/Decemberblossoms [Original.]

Friday 23:00 · The School Concert: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2008/12/12/Class-Concert [Original.]

Saturday 12:52 · kilowatts per terabyte: vielmetti.typepad.com/vacuum/2008/06/kilowatts-per-t.html [Original.]

Saturday 17:03 · On the auto industry bail-out: www.laurenwood.org/anyway/2008/12/13/auto-industry-musings/ [Original.]

Saturday 21:06 · Wanna chop a minute off the front of an audio file... what basic free Mac tool does this? [Original.]

Saturday 21:22 · Burned my first audio CD from iTunes. Mostly apple-lossless music. Sounds like dogshit. Wonder what I'm missing? [Original.]

Saturday 21:23 · @meejeet Don't hold anything back, Jeet, just level with the world and use your own voice and you can't go wrong. [Original, responding to @meejeet.]

Saturday 21:54 · Big thanks to @imabuddha - if you're going to burn an audio CD from iTunes, do NOT enable "Use Sound Check". It totally lacerated the sound. [Original.]

Saturday 22:02 · If you get Detroit Public TV, they're showing a 1981 live Queen concert, which has potential. [Original.]

Saturday 22:04 · Absolutely *brutal* piece on the 2012 London Olympics from the Times: www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/columnists/martin_samuel/article5314979.ece [Original.]

Saturday 22:07 · @jimParkinson For some reason, the PBS HD satellite feed in western Canada is Detroit. Go figure. [Original, responding to @jimParkinson.]

Saturday 23:08 · Was gonna take the kids tobogganing at Seymour first thing tomorrow. Is too much snow possible? [Original.]

Sunday 12:34 · @jamest47 - Yep, that's me. [Original, responding to @jamest47.]

Sunday 15:27 · Damn, this Pitt/Balt game is brutal. [Original.]

Sunday 15:31 · Ordered my G1 dev phone 6 days ago with 3-day shipping. Grmf. [Original.]

Sunday 16:44 · @kirklapointe I disagree. "Brutal" in this case was a compliment. Steelers/Ravens was a beautiful defensive showpiece. [Original, responding to @kirklapointe.]

Sunday 17:48 · Alleged downside of the Amazon.com miracle: www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,24798801-2703,00.html [Original.]

Sunday 19:05 · @fredwilson Consider looking at word counts. [Original, responding to @fredwilson.]

Sunday 19:07 · @ndw Sure, nothing in HTTP constrains the Content-Length. [Original, responding to @ndw.]

Sunday 19:40 · @timoreilly Orlowski is a gutternsnipe, don't rise to his bait. [Original, responding to @timoreilly.]

Sunday 19:42 · @nelson Who's Art? [Original, responding to @nelson.]

Sunday 19:51 · Headlines you gotta love: "Jerusalem fire chief suspended over attempting to run a brothel" www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1046496.html [Original.]

Sunday 22:26 · @br3nda I abanoned cello after a couple decades' study in favor of djembé - never an intonation problem, you betcha. [Original, responding to @br3nda.]

Sunday 22:46 · I am printing some labels. I'd like to take this opportunity to say Fuck Avery. Serves me right using WIndows software from a label company. [Original.]

Sunday 22:54 · @br3nda Big west-African hand drum. Only a half-dozen notes, each always in tune. Devilishly complex polyrhythms. [Original, responding to @br3nda.]

Sunday 23:11 · @shita We have an open house on New Year's day ever year in the afternoon, serve champagne and gazpacho. Very relaxed and fun. [Original, responding to @shita.]


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