Work Mode for Mutt

So I have a new quandry. I have one computer (a nice, pretty new MacBook Black, that does everything I want and then some.) and I have two lives. No not like that, but my computer is both the place where my paying work gets done, and it's the site of much of my creative output happens. Now, keeping work and play separate is a challenge for many people, even when who have different tools, but it's a particular challenge in my enviroment.…

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VMs For All

In my post/rant about IM clients, I mentioned that I was running a Ubuntu instalation in a VM instance on my MacBook. I am in fact, not crazy, and I'd even go so far as to recomend this experience for most other people. Here's why: First off, virtual machines let you save state in snapshots. So, as a general practice make a backup snapshot when you get your computer set up (which you save for safe keeping), and then again at regular intervals (every week, say), and then a third one just in case before you change any setting that might screw things up.…

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On Scarcity

Economics heretofore [1] has been based upon scarcity. I mean this is a pretty plain idea. We pay for computer hardware, because there's presumably more pieces of computer hardware than there are people who want it. And the Apple Store/NewEgg takes our money because money isn't limitless. Supply and demand. Pretty basic. So this doesn't hold true on the internet, and of software in general. How come you ask? But you just paid thousands of dollars for the latest Adobe package?…

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The Mutt of IM

You all probably know that I'm working strengthing my linux/bash chops so that I can build a much needed desktop computer (after going on 6 years of being laptop only, it'll be nice to have something a... bit bigger.) It's not that I don't like OS X, or Apple, it's that... I like awesome. And I want larger/more screens. And other than fluid.app, and TextMate, (and adium in a way) I basically live in linux world, with a different desktop enviroment.…

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Progress Report

On Blogging about Interesting Things Merlin Mann posted this thing on his site, 43Folders a few days ago in his ongoing series about his blog's midlife crisis (which apparently happens after four years.) Merlin's disgusted with the "blogging to get attention," and the sort of digerati/problogger blogging tone that the form has taken in the last 5 years or so. His solution, more or less, is more along the lines of my own recent transition in my own blogging, which as basically been to turn tychoish into a ongoing monologue about the things I'm interested in, and less of a monologue about me.…

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On Federation

In my post on Open ID I said that I'd continue that train of thought with a post about federation, so here we are. This post starts, however, a bit before that one ends, somewhere a little different. Stick with me though: The greatest thing about Unix-like operating systems (at least conceptually, to me) is the concept of the pipe. This isn't new of course, but the pipe is the tool by which the output of the small widget like unix programs can be "piped" into another application.…

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Open ID

Weeks ago I was talking with a coworker about internet communities and web development, and other related topics, and our various experiences with "community websites." One of my largest complaints/points in this conversation was about how "community sites" always feel like walled communities in a way, and that while I'm often vaguely interested in any number of particular community sites at this point, I'm not particularly interested in joining yet another website, and "keeping up" and particpating in these pull based communities is, difficult.…

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