Category: vague interests

  • Why keeping up with RSS is poisonous to productivity, sanity (NOT)

    Too often people want to blame the victim for what’s happened to them. This too extends to technologies as varied as the Apple Newton or now Really Simple Syndication. The problem as stated in the Ars Technica article is that RSS is another inbox needing to be cleared. And I argue RSS is not the culprit, the publishers who also provide RSS feeds are the culprits as the hold onto their old workflows and try to package things up into things vaguely resembling edtions. Read More:


  • Remy’s 3 Questions

    Remy is collecting our input for the wrap-up of this year’s POSSE RIT. And herein are the answers to those questions.

  • TOS-Deep Dive (aka POSSE Hackfest ’11)

    Fortune Hunter, here I come.

  • Tuesday Night Deliverable: Build Mozilla (that’s right build your web browser)

    Fedora 15 on my laptop proved to be a winning combo for me. Although the build speed was slow, it did it. And I didn’t have any failures along the way. This experience was vastly different from my experiments with OpenLDAP on PowerPC using NetBSD. That was just one compile error after another.

  • History of Sage

    There’s a lot of stuff in Sage. And there’s been a lot of people who have commited software to the project over the years. Let’s take a closer look at what’s gone on to see what we can deduce based on the publicly available information.

  • IRC as the Front channel

    IRC may be old, but it is the hammer that hits most nails when you’re trying to trouble-shoot an immediate problem you’re having. I’m going to temper some of my pre-conceived notions about IRC and see how I can adapt to it.

  • Whodunnit: An Exercise in Passive Voice (via The Daily Post at

    Point taken, try to limit the use of ‘to be’ + ‘verb’ + ‘by’. I’m probably more guilty of this than most. That and the use of probably. We've all heard the non-apology "mistakes were made." Chances are that some of us have even used it when trying to admit a mistake without quite fessing up […]

  • A new appreciation of security theater (via Jon Udell)

    I know Bruce Schneier was very hard on TSA’s changes in screening over time since they were first rushed into service. If Bruce’s attitude towards Security Theater can evolve, so can mine. The WSJ reported recently that the FBI, looking for fresh leads in the 1982 case of Tylenol poisonings, suspects Ted "Unabomber" Kaczynski and […]

  • Knot Tying

  • I’m Posting every week in 2011!

    I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011. I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The […]