Percentage Error

(some liberties taken with this transcript) caroline: the outright lying makes politics fun again. tycho: No, I think I'm still bitter. caroline: Haha, Don't get me wrong, I'm so angry I think my brain is compressing. tycho: sigh yeah. caroline: But at this point I accept that half of America is backwards and nuts. tycho: Oh, it's more like 75%. Minimum. caroline: 99% tycho: 90% caroline: 140% tycho: ERROR…

Dumb Terminals

I make a point of staying on top of trends in technology. It's sort of my "thing" and it's more fun than say, the hair colors and marital statuses of the rich and famous. So like most geeks, I've been hearing more and more about "cloud computing," which is supposedly an evolution of Web 2.0 technologies (Web 2.1? 2.5?) and this whole "internet thing," where software and data is something that runs on a server somewhere else, and your computer (via your browser) is a window on the "cloud.…

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Site Specific Browsers For the Win (eg, SSBFTW)

I've written about how much I hate hate web-based applications on this site so much that I don't even want to begin to hunt through the archives to find a representative sample of entries on the topic. But let me summarize. Browsers, on the whole, well, suck. They hog system resources and they crash a lot, and they have the most ass-backwards feature model I can think of. "My browser lets you install plugins so that you can make it do all the things that I didn't code into it.…

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@sadiavt, microblogging

(my friend, sadia asked me a question on twitter that I couldn't answer in 140 characters, so escalated it to email, and she said that I should post it to the blog, and who am I to refuse a request like that?) I really like the open-source/federated microblogging site "identi.ca" which runs on the laconica platform. It's good stuff, but the user base isn't quite there (either on the site, or in the federated network.…

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On Pseudonymity

I've written before about why I use a pseudonym and about the importance of naming, but there one aspect of this whole "being tycho" thing that I've never really articulated, mostly because I think they're hard to explain. And then the entry sat in an open window on my desktop for the better part of a week. Let this be a lesson to you. Don't write the introduction to a paragraph that ends with "hard to explain" and then let the post fester for 5 days.…

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Micro Jabbering

Today was the first day that my regular blog post/essay didn't get crossposted to my livejournal. This is one of the cool things that I can do now that I've redone tychoish.com. So LJ-land if you want to read about a really cool linux/open source thing click the above link. In other news, I've been toying around with identi.ca which is the flagship of an open source federated twitter clone called laconica.…

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Awesome Window Manager

Aside from doing semi-perverse things with my email retrieval system, one of my most recent technical/digital obsessions has been with a X11-based window manager called awesome. It's a tiling window manager, and it's designed to decrease reliance on the mouse for most computer interaction/system navigation purposes. Unless you're in the choir, your first question is probably "What's a tiling window manager?" Basically the idea is that awesome takes your entire screen and divides all of it into windows that are a lot like the windows that OS X, Windows, GNOME, and KDE users are the same.…

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