Awesome Thoughts

I've been meaning to write a post about awesome for some time now, but I always seem to have a problem figuring out how to approach awesome. In part because I feel like an utter newbie, and in part because it presents such a radically different way of thinking about computer interaction that I don't really have a good way of explaining it or my issue. Not only does this make it difficult for me to figure out what I need to do, but it' makes it difficult to contribute to the project by working on the wiki (which I think needs to be done.…

Keep reading

Linux Update

So I, um, bought a computer last Friday. People who followed the lead up to the purchase of my current computer--which took six months, or a year depending on who you ask--will be surprised that this happened so quickly. For a while now I've wanted to have a computer that would be able to always be on so that I could download big files when I needed to without needing to fuss with making sure that my laptop could be on all night, or similar such concerns.…

Keep reading

Calendar-ing

I remember once in high school (lets call this 2003/04) I bought an 8.5x11 paper calendar. This was after the age of PDAs (indeed I think I had a PDA at that point), and damned if it wasn't the best calendaring experience I'd ever had. I kept track of things, I knew what was going on beyond the obvious, it was pretty good. Other than that, I've not really (until now) used a calendar in my day to day work.…

Keep reading

Why Are we Still Using Passwords?

So, I was tooling around the internet (it's my job!) and I came across yet another website that wanted me to "create an account" in order to do something that I wanted to do. And so I did. I mean, this is what we all do on the internet, right? And then it struck me--a bit late--that this was patently absurd. It's already a little odd/annoying that seemingly every website on the internet forces us to create and manage a new account/identity, let alone multiple identities on the same service.…

Keep reading

Micro Blogging Review

Most of the time when something new happens on the internet, I'm hopelessly behind the curve. I only really figured out wikis a few months ago, and I was a bit too young to get blogging out of the gate. And I was late to live journal and even then it took me years to figure out why that was so cool. But microblogging? I was totally there, I mean I wasn't there at the very beginning, but from the moment that there was any amount of steam behind twitter, I got it.…

Keep reading

On Jabber/XMPP

I've posted a bit a while back about Jabber and my trials with finding a good client, and how I think that jabber is the key to making microblogging really work. As I've been dealing with these issues/ideas in greater detail, I've had some more thoughts on the subject that I think I'll collect here. First off, a subtitle and introduction to XMPP: The easiest way to understand XMPP (or jabber, which I'll use semi-interchangeably) is that it's like email: everyone can run their own server, there's a specified message metadata (like a header) that makes it possible for lots of servers to talk to each other.…

Keep reading

Git Mail #3

I posted a while ago about redoing my assbackards email downloading system. I finally did it. And it works great (and runs a bunch faster). The main sacrifice is that I now have to store two copies of my email directory on my server, but disk space is cheap and git is really effective at saving disk space/transfer speed, so it's not a really big deal. It's also much more straightforward, and I'm going to post the two (2!…

Keep reading