Archive for the 'General' Category

Neat North Korean photos

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

A couple of sites with some photos and descriptions of North Korea taken by tourists. I picked up a cool graphic novel-style book called Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea a few weeks ago and was interested to see color photos of a lot of the odd things described in the book. What a strange place — too bad as an American there’s pretty much no way I can go see it for myself.

So much for “don’t be evil”

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Thanks, Google! You know, the world really needed yet another incompatible copy-protection scheme for video. I’m disappointed — I had hoped Google Video would spell the beginning of the end of ineffectual, invasive, fair-use-subverting DRM. You could have done it, too. Here’s one approach, free of charge to anyone who wants to run with it. I will even offer to testify in court to establish prior art if you run into a patent dispute; I have documentation of this idea dated January 20, 2005.

Mac annoyances

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I use a Macintosh (a PowerBook G4) as my development system at one of my jobs. For the most part I find MacOS X pretty smooth sailing, but there are a few niggling little things that irritate me on a daily basis.

Dual booting no more

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

For a while I was dual-booting my desktop PC between Windows and Linux. I even figured out how to get Thunderbird and Firefox to share profiles between the two OSes. But I’m not using that setup any more.

A mixed bag of Ubuntu

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Ubuntu Linux is close to replacing Windows as my day-to-day OS. Very close. But not quite there. (more…)

Sharing Firefox and Thunderbird profiles on a dual boot system

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Want to share Thunderbird and Firefox passwords, cookies, and mail folders between Linux and Windows on a dual-boot system? Here’s how. (more…)

Your eBay fu is weak

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Seen on Google:

Get rich quick! Get rich quicker!

Looks like Mr. $267,000 is a loser.

Overlooked films of the ’90s

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

The Online Film Critics Society (bet you didn’t know there even was an Online Film Critics Society) has come up with a list of movies from the 90s that didn’t get the exposure they deserved.

I’ve seen a fair number of them and I disagree with only a couple. Most of the rest are excellent. And many of the ones I haven’t seen yet are already on my Netflix queue!

I actually like this list a little better than some of the more respectable lists like the AFI Top 100s, because (a) it has a decent quantity of weird/cult films such as “Flirting with Disaster” (my favorite Ben Stiller comedy), and (b) each entry links to a brief blurb explaining why they felt it deserved to be on the list.

Little guy challenges the syndicate

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

The creator of the PvP online comic strip has decided to offer his strip for free to any newspapers that want to publish it, after a cartoon syndication company refused to let him keep non-newspaper publication rights. Sounds like the syndicates are pretty much a useless artifact of the past at this point and I suspect he’s right about them going the way of the dodo.

MIT: Money can buy happiness

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

MIT’s Daedalus has an insightful article, “How Not to Buy Happiness,” that addresses the question of why societies whose prosperity levels grow don’t see corresponding increases in happiness. It boils down to keeping up with the Joneses: people tend to overallocate their newfound resources on conspicuous items that everyone else is buying, but that don’t cause permanent changes in happiness. But the good news is that it is possible to change the situation.