Archive for March 2004

droid shopping

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[musings]

Window shopping for used droids

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Molasasafari

I found that Safari has been slowing down and I would see the spinning cursor for several seconds every time I open a page. Thankfully This tip from Mac OS X Hints solved it. [MacMegasite]

Maybe this will solve it. :( I hope so!

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which is better?

A national Democratic Convention where we rattle sabres and do a huge Rah rah, even though we already know who we’re pitting against george w, or forgo the expense and put that money directly into the campaign fund?

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prove me wrong

Trackback does not work. I’m not talking about “my track back doesn’t work” … it just doesn’t work, period.

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So angry

Bush had a good laugh at the expense of the planet last night at a media dinner:

Bush put on a slide show, calling it the “White House Election-Year Album” at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association 60th annual dinner, showing himself and his staff in some decidedly unflattering poses.

There was Bush looking under furniture in a fruitless, frustrating search. “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere,” he said.

As Reason’s Hit and Run commented, “leading your country to war under false pretenses is hiiiiii-larious.” Link [Boing Boing Blog]

So angry.

go download the PDF

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Here’s the payoff for social networking

Rusty, the guy who runs Kuro5hin, has gotten fed up with abusive posters. He’s going to implement a new system for new members.

The idea is this: someone creates a new account. They go through the normal email confirmation. At this point they cannot do anything. Before you have the privileges of a user, you must get an existing user to sponsor you. That just means that some user with the ability to sponsor others goes to a page and enters the new user’s nickname. These two are now associated, and if a user gets kicked off the site, their sponsor does too.

This sounds like a good idea. People are already complaining on kuro5hin about the idea, but really, why should it be easy to gain membership into a club? It reminds me of the way private societies like the Masons work. New candidates can apply for membership, but need a couple of sponsors to be accepted into the club. Sponsors have to know the new member pretty well before sponsoring him, because they don’t want their reps to be besmirched. And any latent jerk-tendencies in the new guy will be stifled, because he knows his sponsor will take the heat for whatever he does. Maybe Boing Boing should implement a similar system if we decide to allow comments again. Link [Boing Boing Blog]

This is where a social networking site like friendster, ryze, tribe, orkut, etc ad naseum, can step into a profitable business model: license a reputation service to real content sites. Content sites refine their user-contributed content by weeding out the bad seeds, and maybe pay the service with a share of advertising revenue? Maybe users pay the reputation service to access the content sites’ comments areas and the revenue passes to the content sites in the opposite direction. Maybe it’s both. Either way, I think if one reputation service were used across several content sites, and you get a consensus from disconnected users of bad behavior, it should affect your status across all sites. That would severely motivate you to be good.

why disconnected users.. well, in Second Life, they have a great rating system. You can rate people up or down, and you get more allowance for positive ratings, so it pays to be nice. Getting rated negatively can be a pain in the ass when someone childishly gets all their friends to rate you negatively even if they don’t know or care why. I don’t know how to resolve this. But if you’re a friend of a person who’s targetting a user, I think it would be more useful to put less weight on your negative rating of another user. Maybe it’s time-based. I dunno. There’s issues here, I know it.

In the game “tag” we used to have a rule – “No tag-backs” which meant you couldn’t get tagged and then retag the person who just tagged you. I’m not sure how this fits in.. but I think it does.

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Sawstop

Amazing video of a circular saw that can tell the difference between wood and skin. Link (Thanks, David!)

[Boing Boing Blog]

To be a total woodworking nerd and snob, it’s not a circular saw, it’s a table saw. Going to their website however, does reveal that they’ve adapted this to a very scary looking chop saw, and to a bandsaw now. Very cool. I just wish someone would license the tech so I can benefit from both worlds… ahem, delta? Pleased with the planer, in the market sooner or later for a real tablesaw…. ahem…

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cause and effect

LimeWire 4.0 coming in May
LimeWire LLC has announced the forthcoming release of LimeWire 4.0, a major new upgrade to the peer-to-peer file sharing software for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. An interface overhaul, faster and more successful downloads, improved searches and other new features mark this new release, according to the developer. [MacCentral]

Over 500 more hit with RIAA law suits
The recording industry continued its legal assault against individuals accused of sharing copyright music, filing 532 more lawsuits against peer-to-peer (P-to-P) network users Tuesday, including 89 against individuals using university networks. The move follows 532 lawsuits that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed against individuals in January and 531 in February. [MacCentral]

I find it ironic that these two items are right next to each other in today’s feeds from MacCentral. Hey, the new version of “poke me in the eyes” is out! Come get “please legally remove all my money, RIAA 4.0!” Wooohoo. Why not just go legal with iTunes? Save yourself, save your time. Music does not want to be free, it wants to get paid. iTunes provides an amazing… AMAZING library of tunes now… as evidenced by my previous posts about the last 50 or so tunes I was able to legally procure… and am now enjoying.

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Framemaker off the mac

The support and development of Adobe FrameMaker for the Mac community will soon come to an end. The Mac version of FrameMaker will be discontinued on April 21st, but Adobe Expert Support will continue to support the Mac FrameMaker until April 21, 2005. FrameMaker will continue to be supported and developed for both the Windows and Solaris platforms.

Like Pixels? Check out MacDesign [MacMerc]

What were you just saying, jono? Adobe abandoning the Mac? Further proof.

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Thanks for the music!

Thanks to Deeje, pepsi, and apple… here is all the free music I’ve gotten because of your gifts and promotions since jan. 28th 2004. (I just now ran out of credits :) )

Rough 4:59 John Arnold Featuring Ayro Neighborhood Science
Hid Mi Hnd 8:28 Projections Subtitled Records – Take One (Recent Clips)
The Plankton Organization 6:08 Drexciya Harnessed the Storm
Triangular Hydrogen Strain 3:58 Drexciya Neptune´s Lair
Box 4:30 Surgeon Balance
Set Two 5:32 Surgeon Balance
Krautrock 4:31 Surgeon Basictonalvocabulary
Remnants of What Once Was 9:51 Surgeon Force + Form
Returning to the Purity of Current, Pts. 1 & 2 8:22 Surgeon Force + Form
Hi Jack 4:58 The Advent Sketched for Life
Sketcherz Main 4:53 The Advent Sketched for Life
Don’t Mind If I Do 3:39 Bushy Hiya!
Don’t Mind If I Do (Groove Armada 100 Club Mix) 5:59 Bushy Hiya!
In the Beginning 4:17 Astrogroove astrogroove
P.S. I Dub Ya 6:49 Posterboys of the Apocalypse P.S. You Love Me
Don’t Wake Up Policeman 4:53 Junkie XL & Peter Tosh Radio JXL – A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin
Whereweleftoff (Fortune Cookie Remix) 4:43 Atom P.S. You Love Me
Communication to None 5:51 Hardfloor So What?!?
Smash the Gnat 7:42 Hardfloor So What?!?
Spoken Token 5:52 Hardfloor So What?!?
Pattern No. 1 4:37 Kompjutr Headquarters – Berlin
Finish Summer 7:17 Todd Bodine Headquarters – Berlin
Inbound 6:16 3ST vs. Dash Headquarters – Berlin
Crunch Time 6:59 3ST Headquarters – Berlin
On the Throne of Saturn 3:25 Don Preston Music from the 21st Century
Cris Chana 4:50 Wagon Christ Musipal
Tomorrow Acid 3:42 Wagon Christ Musipal
Hologram Network 4:12 Variable Unit Handbook for the Apocalypse
Kinda’ Kinky 3:43 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Boogaloop 4:34 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Beatbox Cha Cha 3:24 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Jackie Go! 4:34 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Smokebomb 5:03 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
That Hindu That You Do 3:48 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Les techniques de l’amour 4:47 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Continental Break Fest 3:06 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Mucho Tequila 5:03 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Tigerbeat 4:05 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Riviera Rendezvous 5:00 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Samba 1000 6:09 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
The Girl from N.O.W.H.E.R.E 4:44 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Nightcap 1:44 Ursula 1000 Kinda’ Kinky
Titanium 3:21 Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks
Aéro Dynamik 5:04 Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks
Chrono 3:19 Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks
Cease to Exist (M.B.M. Vs. D.H.S. Mix) 6:11 Meat Beat Manifesto Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.
Shadow & Substance Mix (DJ Spooky Mix) 5:43 Meat Beat Manifesto Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.
God O.D. (Jonah Sharp Mix) 5:57 Meat Beat Manifesto Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.
STS 2006 (High Priest/Antipop Consortium Mix) 3:15 Meat Beat Manifesto Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.
Claro Mambo 5:03 Tino & Michael Carabello Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 4 – Mambo
Lunar Cha Cha 4:14 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 4 – Mambo
Ice Pick Mambo 4:44 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 4 – Mambo
Musica Mambo 5:20 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 4 – Mambo
Sunday Dub 5:32 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 5 – Dub
Monster Dub 3:48 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 5 – Dub
Liquid Dub 5:31 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 5 – Dub
Tino’s Factory 3:37 Tino Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 5 – Dub
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Who is Tino? Jack dangers?



Tino’s Breaks, Vol. 6 – Hallowe’en Dub
Tino

Release Date:
October 15, 2002
Total Songs:
16

Genre:
Electronic

Price:
$9.99

Copyright
2002 Tino Corp.

[electronic – iTunes 100 Just Added Albums]

A whole pantload of Tino albums just came online today in the iTunes Music Store.
Storm the studio R.M.X.S – Meat beat manifesto.. out on tino corp.
Tino’s breaks vol. 5 – Dub on Tino corp.
Tino’s breaks vol. 4 mambo on tino corp
MBM’s … In Dub which has several several tracks overlapping the Tino tracks above.

and, dude! How cool is a halloween dub album??? I’m totally gonna buy that for halloween 2004!

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why open source?

Marc Andreessen:

The 12 reasons Andreessen – he of the all-time great quote: “The Valley is going to save the Valley” – came up at the conference with were as follows:

1. “The Internet is powered by open source.”
2. “The Internet is the carrier for open source.”
3. “The Internet is also the platform through which open source is developed.”
4. “It’s simply going to be more secure than proprietary software.”
5. “Open source benefits from anti-American sentiments.”
6. “Incentives around open source include the respect of one’s peers.”
7. “Open source means standing on the shoulders of giants.”
8. “Servers have always been expensive and proprietary, but Linux runs on Intel.”
9. “Embedded devices are making greater use of open source.”
10. “There are an increasing number of companies developing software that aren’t software companies.”
11. “Companies are increasingly supporting Linux.”
12. “It’s free.”

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architectonic lamp

I’ve had this nagging design in my head for about 10 years now. I’ve been dreaming of sculptures and household items using my recurring theme. Yesterday, I began fulfilling the dream, starting with a desklamp.


view the gallery: fulfilling the dream

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Fading LED

Today, I have conquered the “fading LED” design roadblock.

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SOAP client in PHP

Now here’s a surprise. Overnight, PHP5 gets a SOAP extension. What more it seems it’s being bundled with the default distribution. [phpPatterns]

holy crap!

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