Writing and Growing Professionally

I spent a lot of formative time in high school and college listening to writing teachers and would be mentors tell me that I was too sloppy or too disorganized to write effectively. They were probably right. Furthermore, this is probably not something that I think I've been able to keep secret from anyone who has read my blog for any measurable period of time. (Though I do think most of my more recent entries are better than nearly all of my early entries.…

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Why Email Still Matters

There are so many sexy topics in computing and information technology these days. In light of all this potential excitement, I'm going to write about email. Which isn't sexy or exciting. This isn't we should be clear, to say that email doesn't matter, because it seems that email still matters a great deal. Rather that email is still a relevant and useful paradigm. What's more, the email system (i.e. SMTP and associated tools) remains in many ways superior to all of the technologies and platforms that have attempted to replace email.…

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Persistent SSH Tunels with AutoSSH

Rather than authenticate to a SMTP server to send email, which is fraught with potential security issues and hassles, I use a SSH tunnel to the machine running my mail server. This is automatic, easy to configure both for the mail server and mail client, and incredibly secure. It's good stuff. The downside, if there is one, is that the tunnel has to be active to be able to send email messages, and SSH tunnels sometimes disconnect a bit too silently particularly on unstable (wireless) connections.…

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On Romance

I don't read romance literature. It's not my thing, which isn't saying much: there's a lot of literature that I don't tend to consider "my thing," for one reason or another. I don't really read fantasy, or horror, and I'm even picky within science fiction. There are enough books out there and there is only so much time. At least that's what I tell myself. Nevertheless, Susan Groppi wrote a great post about coming out as a reader of romance that I found useful.…

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Knitting Resumed

So I've started knitting again. Shocking. I've not been knitting very much in recent months, because I've had less time, because I've been focusing my energy on other projects: keeping my head above water, writing, dancing, singing, etc. It's a shame too, because knitting is a great deal of fun, it's pretty rewarding, and it's something that I'm incredibly good at. I suppose at one point there were a lot of knitters who read this blog, but I suspect many of them don't so much any more.…

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Phone Torched

I mentioned in a recent update post, that I had recently gotten a new cell phone, which given who I am and how I interact with technology means that I've been thinking about things like the shifting role of cell phones in the world, the way we actually use mobile technology, the ways that the technology has failed to live up to our expectations, and of course some thoughts on the current state of the "smart-phone" market.…

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Running Multiple Emacs Daemons on a Single System

Surely I'm not the only person who's wanted to run multiple distinct instances of the emacs daemon at once. Here's the use case: I use one laptop, but I work on a number of very distinct projects many of which involve having a number of different buffers open, most of which don't overlap with each other at all. This wouldn't be a huge problem except that I've easily gotten up to two hundred buffers open at once.…

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