new about page

I just wanted to post something to point out that I've updated my about page and I think you might enjoy having a look. I always do enjoy reading other peoples'. Also another question: How are you all feeling about the archives of this site? I've been slow on the uptake with regards to updating tychoish.com's new archive system. Which makes it sound as if I have something in the works, when really all I did was grep through the archives and got lists of posts that seemed relevant to a couple of key topics.…

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personal desktop 2

For a few days last week, in between the time that I wrote the Personal Desktop post and when I posed it yesterday, I had a little personal computing saga: 1. One of my monitors developed a little defect. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the color depth suffered a bit and there was this flicker and I really noticed it. It's not major and I probably wouldn't have noticed it, except I look at a very nice screen all day at work and I had a working display right next to it, I saw every little flicker.…

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personal desktop

I wrote a series of posts about setting up my new work computer as a way to avoid blathering on and on about how the movers lost the cushions for my couch, and other assorted minutia that seem to dominate my attention. What these posts didn't talk about were what I was doing for "tychoish" and related computing. About a week and some change, before I moved, I packed up my desktop computer and started using my laptop full time.…

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stars in my torchwood pocket

Two things on the agenda. First, the third "season" of the BBC science fiction show Torchwood, which I have recently completed. Second, Samuel R. Delany's novel "Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand," which I am two-thirds of the way through. Act One: Torchwood I'm a huge fan of torchwood. It's quirky, it's fun, its easy to connect with the characters, and then there's the Ianto/Jack relationship, which is handled amazingly throughout the entire story.…

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The Blog is Dead, Long Live the (micro)Blog

"I'm giving up blogging because twitter has more energy and satisfies my online media needs these days." I here yet another person say, as they give up the blog that they've been working on sporadically for the last 4 or five years for a twitter account. I'm certainly not giving up blogging any time soon, but I hear people say these things. Not always so explicitly, and less often now that twitter has become more established, and less of a novelty.…

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are web standards broken

When I started doing this website thing on the eve of the millennium, the burgening buzzword of the time was "web standards." All of us in the know were working on learning and then writing to web standards like HTML 4.0 and eventually XHTML 1.0 along with CSS 1 and 2. And we were all hankering for browsers that implemented these standards in a consistent way. Really all we wanted was for our web pages to look the same no matter who was viewing the page.…

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infrastructural commerce

I think I've touched on this question before but with the last technology as infrastructure post it seems like another opportunity to talk about the intersections between this topic--thinking about technology as infrastructure--and about the sort of small scale/cooperative economics that I was writing a lot about a couple of months back. The question on my mind at the moment is, "What do the business models of technology firms look like, in a software-freedom-loving, non-corporate/cooperative-business way?…

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