Talk Proposals

At POSSCON there were a lot of talks, most of which did little to interest me. I don't think this was the fault of the conference: I'm a weirdo. I tend to be developer-grade geeky, but am still not a developer and I wasn't otherwise representative of the general audience. By the end, I was starting to think that the thing most people talk about at conferences isn't very cutting edge.…

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Mutt Sucks Less

I use a mail client called mutt. The quality of this software may largely explain my opinion this post on the continued relevance of email I think mutt warrants a bit of extra attention for two reasons. First, because I think there are enough people out there who don't use mutt who could and perhaps should, and I'd like to do a little encouraging; and second,like all fundamentally wonderful pieces of software, mutt can teach us something important about what makes technology great and pleasurable to use.…

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Desks and Stationary Mobility

This is a post about mobile technology in an unconventional sense. I think I'm probably an extreme "mobile" technology user: I ride a lot commuter rail and use my laptop extensively on the train. Then, I work on a laptop all day. In the evening, I often do at least a little additional work, again on the same laptop. There is, after all, always writing (like this post!) to fill any remaining free time.…

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Long Live the Tycho Wiki

I realized that I made a lot of changes to the way my websites were arranged and worked recently, and I thought that it would be good to write a few about the hottest new thing, and my rationale for messing everything up. Again. Basically, I took the CriticalFutures.com site, and turned it into the posts section here, moving a bunch of content back to tychoish.com that used to be here.…

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The Inevitability of Open Source

I recently attended POSSCON as part of my day-job. I don't usually blog directly about this kind of stuff ("You like to keep your church and state separate," a fellow attendee said, which fits.) But, I had a number of awesome conversations with the speakers, attendees and sponsors, that may spawn a series of brief posts here. POSSCON is a regional open source convention that drew developers, leaders of informational technology departments, and IT consultants of various types.…

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Anti-Rodentia

I hate computer mice. A lot. The closest I've gotten to liking a pointing device is an acquiescence to the TrackPoint on the laptops I use. That's the little red dot in the middle of the ThinkPad keyboards. My problem with computer mice is the context switch between "typing-mode" and "mousing-mode." Moving between the modes is jarring and inefficient. I've been using StumpWM and other similar window managers for years now and as my need for the mouse decreases my irritation with needing to use a mouse increases.…

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City Infrastructure

I'm always interested in how the lessons that people learn in IT trickle down to other kinds of work and problems. This is one of the reasons that I [1] am so interested in what developers are interested in: if you want to know what's happening in the technology space, it's best to start at the top of the food chain. For this reason this article from IBM, which addresses the use of IT/Data Center management tools outside of the data center was incredibly interesting for me.…

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