Netbooks

If there is anything that technologists will remember about 2008--other than the possible impending economic collapse--is that it's the year of the netbook. [1] I wouldn't be the first person to say that there's very little new about the netbook, but it's also true that there have been a number of advancements in the web and in browsers, and in wifi availability have given this development the critical mass that it needs to really catch on.…

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consultant tycho

Over the past week or two, I've been working on a number of side projects that I've started to realize as a new and interesting project in and of themselves. The first project is that I've been working on (re)designing a website with/for my friend Scott, who is a composer/voice actor/podcaster type. While he has a lot of HTML skills he's never done any of the--even very elementary--web-programging (a la the PHP code/templates that wordpress uses) that one needs to do to have nifty dynamic websites.…

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N Plus One

I'm finally getting my list of things to do with linux that I've heretofore done with OS X down to only a few items. I need to set up xampp for the web development work I use and for hosting my local wiki, and I need to sort out something with RSS reading (which isn't so much a technological problem as it is a fact that I'm majorly behind and disorganized on RSS).…

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So. Tired.

I haven't written one of these journal posts in a long time and I think it's long overdue. On the whole I think things in the land of tycho have been really good of late. I'm writing, I'm learning and settling into a new computer and text editor, I'm working (perhaps not enough, but nonetheless), I'm working on an exciting academic project, life is good. But having said that it's been one hell of a week(end).…

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Stationed Conclusions

Here's another post in my NaNoWriMo series. This one is about working on new and old projects, project energy, and how projects "end." I'm not particularly of the mind that stories are ever really "done" as much as they are abandoned. I have an old writing friend who rewrites and re-imagines his stories every so often, and if you listen to him talk you'd think he's spent the better part of the last decade revising the same couple of texts.…

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Production Ready

Chris and I were talking about our Linux usage the other day, and we both came to the conclusion that for better or for worse our main production machines were Linux machines. He still has a Vista machine and I still have my MacBook, but our main desktop machines are Ubuntu boxes. I've been rolling over a few questions: around what it means for an operating system to be suitable for production, and what it means that Chris and I are both using Linux systems for our day-to-day heavy lifting.…

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Freedom in Source

There are two schools of thought on why software developers should release their projects as free/open source software. There's the thought that open source equals software freedom from large companies who might seek undo influence over your computing; then there's the opinion that open source equals the freedom to tinker and use your software as you see fit. [1] Which is a really interesting argument, I suppose, if you're living in the 1980s (or before really.…

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