Putting the Wires in the Cloud

I'm thinking of canceling my home data connectivity and going with a 3G/4G wireless data connection from Sprint. Here's the argument for it: I'm not home very much. I work a lot (and there is plenty of internet there), and I spend about two thirds of my weekends away from home. This is something that I expect will become more--rather than less--intense as time goes on. It doesn't make sense to pay for a full Internet connection here that I barely use.…

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Decreasing Emacs Start Time

One oft made complaint about emacs is that it takes forever to start up, particularly if you've got a lot of packages to load it can take a few seconds for everything to start up. In a lot of respects this is an old problem, that isn't as relevant given contemporary hardware. Between improvements to emacs, and the fact that computers these days are incredibly powerful, it's just not a major issue.…

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Winter Break in Reality

I meant to write a more thorough overview of what I was doing with the "extra time" over the holidays. But I don't think I had as much extra time at the end of the year as I expected to have. What follows is a brief overview what I did do, how the new year has begun and what I've been thinking about. In years past the time at the end of the year was a time to catch up on lost sleep and connections that had fallen by the wayside in the recent months.…

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Wikish and the Personal Public Wiki

First, an announcement. I've started a tychoish.com wiki. I'm calling it, appropriately enough "wikish." You can see a brief introduction and note about my intentions there. I've written a bunch here about the peculiarities of building communities and practices around "the wiki," as I think it represents a new paradigm for thinking about collaboration and "the text." I'm, slowly, working on building a community around the cyborg institute wiki, and that's an ongoing (and fairly specific) project.…

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Independent Web Services

So much of the time, when we talk about network services, technological/software freedom, and this idea of "Cloud" computing, there's a bunch of debate: "is it a good idea?" "are we giving up too much freedom?" "how does this work out economically?" "what about privacy in the cloud?" While these are important questions, without doubt, I fear that they're too ethereal, and we end up tussling with a bunch of questions about the future and present of computing that might not be entirely worth debating (at least for the moment.…

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Bash Loops

I was talking with bear probably two years ago, about programing and how I'm not really a programmer, but I understand what's going on when programmers talk, and that any time I got close to code, I sort of kludged things together until it worked. This was probably long enough ago, that I was just on the cusp of getting into using Linux full time and being a command line guru.…

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git magic

The following, mostly accurate conversation (apologies for any liberties) should be a parable for the use of the git version control system: As I was about to leave work the other day... tycho: I pushed today's work to our repository, have at, I'm headed out. Coworker A: Awesome. I did too. (pause) wait. It's screwed up. I deleted a file I didn't mean to. (pastes link to diff into chatroom)…

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