The Mutt of IM

You all probably know that I'm working strengthing my linux/bash chops so that I can build a much needed desktop computer (after going on 6 years of being laptop only, it'll be nice to have something a... bit bigger.) It's not that I don't like OS X, or Apple, it's that... I like awesome. And I want larger/more screens. And other than fluid.app, and TextMate, (and adium in a way) I basically live in linux world, with a different desktop enviroment.…

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Progress Report

On Blogging about Interesting Things Merlin Mann posted this thing on his site, 43Folders a few days ago in his ongoing series about his blog's midlife crisis (which apparently happens after four years.) Merlin's disgusted with the "blogging to get attention," and the sort of digerati/problogger blogging tone that the form has taken in the last 5 years or so. His solution, more or less, is more along the lines of my own recent transition in my own blogging, which as basically been to turn tychoish into a ongoing monologue about the things I'm interested in, and less of a monologue about me.…

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On Federation

In my post on Open ID I said that I'd continue that train of thought with a post about federation, so here we are. This post starts, however, a bit before that one ends, somewhere a little different. Stick with me though: The greatest thing about Unix-like operating systems (at least conceptually, to me) is the concept of the pipe. This isn't new of course, but the pipe is the tool by which the output of the small widget like unix programs can be "piped" into another application.…

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Open ID

Weeks ago I was talking with a coworker about internet communities and web development, and other related topics, and our various experiences with "community websites." One of my largest complaints/points in this conversation was about how "community sites" always feel like walled communities in a way, and that while I'm often vaguely interested in any number of particular community sites at this point, I'm not particularly interested in joining yet another website, and "keeping up" and particpating in these pull based communities is, difficult.…

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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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