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Parenting the mark of a civilized society?

I have been following Twitter a bit too much lately that my blog has been ignored a little bit. Then again it doesn’t take that much effort for me to ignore my blog on ‘other reasons’. Speaking of Twitter stuff… I found an interesting ‘conversation’ [1] between Tim OReilly and Mark Littlewood on a BBC […]

The anatomy of a daily checklist for an awesome day at work

I don’t know about other people but my daily checklist aspires to be something like this… 1. Come in 2. Kick serious ass 3. Go home For some reason steps 2 and 3 can be quite troublesome… luckily today was one of those days that the checklist went well!

Writely, years in the making, months in execution

A nice back story on Writely (what is now known as Google Docs) via HN. I particularly like this snippet [The creators] have been in the application software business for nearly 20 years… they understand the user problem so deeply that they can blend the advantages of each new platform with ‘document authoring problem’ to […]

Zoorasia and the Yokohama Greenery Foundation. It’s not all Dogs & Demons

If you have ever heard of Alex Kerr and have read his book Dogs & Demonsyou would think much less of Japan as a country. Some of the things in that book refer to many pork-barrel politic government projects that include such monstrosities as huge concrete damns in the middle of nowhere. From personal experience, […]

Luke describes a nice methodology for using Mercurial as a way to track patches from a subversion checkout. This type of workflow stuff is very cool imo because it has the following: Shows a concrete example of how to use a not so trivia tool Works within constraints (in this example, playing with a subversion […]

On the origins of the name Akihabara

Akihabara as many people in Japan know was originally the home for buying electronic goods in the Tokyo area. It still holds that reputation however the Anime Otaku crowd have changed the face of Akihabara to also accomodate their needs and desires. One thing that is interesting is the origin of place name Akihabara. A […]

Getting X working again after swapping hardware on Open Solaris nv100

After having dain bramaged myself for years with Linux usage. I had gotten spoiled into believing an OS should make it simple to do the following: 1. Shutdown computer 2. Swap around hardware components 3. Restart 4. Life is good However any techie should tell you this is a pipe dream on Windows. Mac users […]

Understanding what an L2ARC is

I’ve been silently scanning some Solaris blogs and skimming some of the appropriate websites for documentation on some of the more interesting features of Solaris for awhile now. One thing that requires time to adjust to is the number of acronyms that the Solaris community has to describe their technologies. One of these is called […]

Getting KDE 4.1.0 on a Fedora 8 machine when KDE 3 is already there

According to the Fedora FAQ one should be able to update with just this sudo yum –enablerepo=updates-testing groupupdate “KDE (K Desktop Environment)” However when I did, I ran into some icons from packages kdepim-3.5.9 and kdegraphics-4.1.0 conflicting with packages crystalsvg-icon-theme and libkipi. Here is a log… file /usr/share/icons/crystalsvg/48×48/apps/kpalmdoc.png from install of kdepim-3.5.9-10.fc9.i386 conflicts with file […]

I can’t get no satisfying manpages

It seems that with most default UNIX-like installations outside of FreeBSD just include craptastic manpages. This really puts a dent in RTFM. In Linux-land this has been a serious PITA for years (Yes, I know how to hunt around for the packages to install the manpages in Redhat-ish and Debian lang but it is still […]

Japanese declining population rates? How come I can’t find a doctor?

少子化 is the term used to describe the shrinking population in Japan and the many hardships that will bring to the country economically. I remember hearing some analyses on why this is happening on a social standpoint. I’ve not heard (or really bothered that hard to search for) many proposals on how to fix the […]

Linux is a woman

I love this quote It’s obvious that GNU/Linux is a woman. She’s high maintenance, expects everything to be given to her for free, and no matter what goes wrong… it’s your fault.

hgsubversion, finally a mercurial-subversion bridge that jfw?

iBanjo talks about hgsubversion which seems to be a good mercurial-subversion bridge at last. I’m surprised it took this long to show up but I guess the Mercurial community had not prioritized ‘Build a better git-svn’ as something someone should roll out… until now. Installation still looks a little painful (and requires lots subversion 1.5 […]

Handling user reviews on a website

Scott Ru gives us some insights on the process Amazon uses to handle user reviews on their site. You start with some philosophical rules, and you try to make them stick. Providing guidelines is the only way to start. References Read more Scott Berkun’s Blog Post on User Reviews

When Despair.com meets Stackoverflow

Via Kvardek-du through Planet Lisp