SEO Nonsense

I read the following phrase on my travels this past week: "we'll just have to wait till the SEO does it's thing." This is sort of a typical phrase that gets throw around on the "commercial internet," and it wasn't out of place. Indeed, I think all the readers of the article probably understood what the author was trying to convey. But it struck me as sort of odd. Here's why:…

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Linux Switching and Editors

Ok, I have two things to ask/pose/announce, which only seems fitting after writing something about how blog posts should be more singularly focused. Figures. Part One: Switching to Linux So, I've mentioned "the great linux switching of 2008" a few times, but never really explained it. Here's a proper exploration: I'm finally begining to feel the pinch of not having a desktop computer. Don't get me wrong, I really love my laptop, and will likely still use it a lot.…

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Blogging about Ideas

This is the first post I've written in a long time that wasn't about open source/technology stuff. Not that I'm not still fascinating (or cranking out blog entries about that,) but it's fun to tred on other ground for a while. This post grows out of some very abstract thinking I've been doing inrelation work about the nature of blogging. First off there's the divide between journaling and blogging. Though the distinction is pretty clear cut, in practice the lines blur.…

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gentoo/vms suck

Ok, so I really want to like Gentoo Linux. Really, rather a lot. And I even wrote a post about how awesome VMs were. But here's the issue of the hour. I wanted to try gentoo, because I was kind of sick of having to fight with ubuntu/debian to get at more contemporary packages. Having a distribution that's really picky about these things when I'm not running a server, and capiable of deciding if I want to install something is.…

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Command Line Blog

Ok, this is going to be a quick post, I swear. Truth is I do most of my blogging in TextMate using the amazing blogging bundle. Basically it means that if I use the right template (which looks a lot like an email header, really), I can hit three keys and a few seconds later the post appears here on tychoish. Right. As part of tycho's great march torwards linux, I'm looking for something to fill this niche in my workflow.…

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writing reports

I'm still writing, even though I've been in a very clear Critical Futures kick of posting lots of old material. I think I might post another one of the Trailing Edge stories soon, just to switch things up, after another Knowing Mars story. But that's beside the point. So I'm writing this new story. It's good fun, and there are lots of things about this story that I absoutly adore. The theory is interesting, the characters are a hoge podge of old favorites (sort of), the setting is great fun, and I really like the shape of the plot.…

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Rethinking git-mail

Last month I told you all about this funky new way way I've been downloading email, using the git version control system, rather than traditional POP or IMAP. I wanted to write a post with an update to how this system works and how I've changed the system and how I think I will change the system. Everything I said in the last post is still most true to be honest, though I did tweak it a bit in response to the comments, to make sure there aren't performance related issues.…

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