Category Archives: Blog

Sender Either Didn’t Read My Post, Or Is a Bot

I received the following unsolicited email: Hi Steven, I landed on your site and noticed you have a number of useful resources relating to digital rights management listed here – http://nomadicoder.com/2005/07/05/the-trouble-with-drm/. I hope you don’t mind me sending you a short … Continue reading

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The Problem With Trying to Live Small

Move to Washington DC or Seattle a study on the best places to live in the small. It was a struggle for me when I lived in big-home and car-centric Los Angeles.

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Why do some people prefer Macs over PCs running Linux?

Years ago, when I worked in a PC only shop, people asked me what computer I used at home. I replied that I use a Mac. They were incredulous. When they asked why, I replied that when I go home, … Continue reading

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What is the most complex/significant program created by a single programmer?

While it's difficult to use, I think Donald Knuth's TeX is probably the best written piece of software created. Answer by Victor Eijkhout: Around 1978, Donald Knuth was getting dissatisfied with the quality of computer typesetting. He thought he could … Continue reading

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Reading Slow and Fast

I’m learning to read more efficiently as I zip through my RSS feeds. That’s a lot to read every day, so I’m training myself to stop subaudiblizing. But even this doesn’t help when I encounter a lengthly article. …So much … Continue reading

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It’s All About Context

If I read a paper book, they say, “So wonderful he is reading and making good use of his time.” If I read the same book on my iPhone, they say, “Such a shame he wastes his time with his … Continue reading

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James Fallows on Google Keep

What to trust and not trust to Google: A Problem Google Has Created for Itself – Technology – The Atlantic. HT: Boing Boing

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Wonder Why There Were So Many Videos of That Meteor in Russia?

There are so many Russian drivers with dash cams, some of which captured spectacular video of a meteor exploding over Russia. Wired’s Damon Lavrinc reports, “A combination of inexpensive cameras, flash memory and regulations passed by the Interior Ministry in … Continue reading

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TED Talk: Everything is Remix

Kirby Ferguson talks about patent law and remix. “Remix may sound like common sense until you’re the one being remixed.”

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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs ePub

Thanks to Calibre, I was able to convert Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman to ePub.

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RSpec test code extracted from Sinatra Ruby

From: http://www.sinatrarb.com/testing.html#frameworks In app/hello_world.rb require ‘sinatra’ get ‘/’ do “Hello World #{params[:name]}”.strip end In app/spec/app_spec.rb require ‘hello_world’require ‘spec’ require ‘rack/test’ set :environment, :test describe ‘The HelloWorldApp’ do include Rack::Test::Methods def app Sinatra::Application end it “says hello” do get ‘/’ last_response.should … Continue reading

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Quick RVM Rubinius 1.0.0 Install Recipe

Here are the quick and dirty commands I used to install Rubinius 1.0.0 with Rails, RSpec, and Sinatra in RVM on Mac OS X. So far I haven’t been able to get Cucumber to install. The problem has been fixed … Continue reading

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The App That Lets Me Leave the iPhone at Home

Though I had switched to a Motorola Droid, I kept carrying my iPhone with me. But now that I have Google Listen, Evernote and VIP Access for Android, I have duplicated all of my critical apps on my Droid. It’s … Continue reading

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Too Many Apps

Monday I had to factory reset my Motorola Droid. I was unable to wake my phone. It was on, the green new mail light was flashing, but when I pressed the power button to wake it up, nothing happened. The … Continue reading

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Stupid Smilies!

It was a good idea to start blogging lessons learned as I code, but it took almost as long to post a correctly formatted entry when I ran into one problem. WordPress creates emoticons automagically. Even if the text is … Continue reading

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iPhone Blogging

Ecto for the iPhone: iBlogger Tags: mobile, iPhone [Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]

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Lack of Blogging Activity

I blog infrequently, especially over the last few months. But I’ve been posting to Twitter quite a lot over the last year, mostly my adventures in podcasting. Much of it mundane — I’m working on show xyz, etc. This is … Continue reading

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Los Angeles City Fire Department Gets It When it Comes to the Web

Brian Humphrey, from the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Media and Public Relations, really understands the web and how a Fire Department can put it to use. First he started twittering major incidents. Lately, he’s been blogging complete reports, such … Continue reading

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