The Big Push

I had occasion to confess my undying appreciation for xml-rpc this weekend at Drupal Camp Chicago. I might have been a little more expressive. I also might have explained this appreciation as being a product of my general disdain for web-based interfaces. Which we have to admit is kind of awkward at a conference of web-based developers. Clearly I was being a little over the top, but it's more or less true.…

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Geek Camp

I went to Drupal Camp Chicago last week for work, and while a lot of what I did was work related--learning about Drupal and what the really hard core folks are doing with it--the camp was an emersive experience, and I couldn't help but make a few casual observations about geeks in general. They're documented and explored below, and I'll have a more technical/theoretical reflection of the experience tomorrow or the next day.…

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Sleeve Hell

So this is a knitting blog? [1] Right! A knitting blog. And I've been knitting some interesting things. In my last post about knitting, I mentioned getting unstuck. Though I'm entering a slow patch, it's clear to me that this is just a time management issue (and sleeve island issue) and not a real block. Here's where I am: I knit the collar and started the first sleeve for the Latvian Dreaming sweater.…

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Mozilla of All Trades

In my post about calendar programs a number of great readers suggested that I should try "Lightning" or "Sunbird" which are part of the Mozilla Calendar Project. Calendars from the people who bring us Firefox and Thunderbird. I didn't include these programs in my initial review for a couple of reasons. The first, is that I downloaded an early beta of Sunbird, and was (unsurprisingly) rough, and I didn't see that there was anything particularly earth-shattering.…

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Awesome Projects

This is part three, in my ongoing series on the Awesome window manager. For an introduction to what Awesome is, read part one, and for some of my complaints/gripes about Awesome. This post is more a collection of "things that should be done about awesome." In a lot of ways this post brings up a number of points that aren't necessarily specific to Awesome, but rather provide a good (start) to and an idea of what people who aren't programers can contribute to open source projects.…

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Awesome Problems

This is a continuation of my earlier post on the awesome window manager read there for the background. I'm going to focus on some of the challenges that I've had trying to use Awesome. Applications made for Awesome The truth is that most (linux) applications work pretty well with awesome, so linux users won't need to find new programs. GNOME and KDE apps all work fine. Having said that there are some applications which are more suited to the "Awesome" environment.…

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iPod Touch #2/Phone

So despite being a huge geek and pretty technically savvy, I'm not much of a gadget person. I have a cellphone--but who doesn't these days, and mine's 3 years old and seems to only barely have an address book--and an iPod, but it's old reliable and not sexy. The iPod touch that I got as part of a promotion when I got my new computer sits unused most of the time.…

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