Monthly Archives: November 2010

Two Bad Cars

At Taco Bell today, a real side-by-side comparison of two hot cars: some loser’s Boxster and my own bad Acura Integra. Behold: What were they doing at Taco Bell? Slumming?

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Schneier on Security Theater

Bruce Schneier weighs in on security theater: Exactly two things have made airplane travel safer since 9/11: reinforcing the cockpit door, and convincing passengers they need to fight back. Everything else has been a waste of money. Add screening of … Continue reading

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Google Docs on Mobile Devices

This is cool: you can now edit your Google docs on your mobile devices. I’ve become quite the fan of Google Docs. That whole cloud thing beats emailing a spreadsheet back and forth between me, the church secretary, and the … Continue reading

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irb with readline on mac using rvm – vi keystrokes

One last whack at this problem. I just got email from a reader of this blog. (Well, technically, a reader of Google, which reads everything, so I shouldn’t feel too impressed with myself.) Anyway, he found my blog post and … Continue reading

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Black Friday – Mac Office 2011

I’ve been trying to decide whether to upgrade my old copy of Office. The problem with Office is that I only use Word. I’ve pretty much switched from Excel to Numbers, and Keynote is so good that it’s been years … Continue reading

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When the Livin’ is Good!

I came home from church tonight and found the kids watching The Empire Strikes Back, so I had to join them to watch the conclusion. Mr. Rico isn’t as much of a Star Wars fan as me, however. He was … Continue reading

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Palin piece in NY Times Magazine

I found the NY Times Magazine profile of Sarah Palin pretty interesting. Here’s one of the reasons: In truth, few are underestimating Sarah Palin anymore. In that endearing manner of the Beltway echo chamber, the prevailing narrative of Palin in … Continue reading

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irb with readline

I might have posted too soon yesterday. My irb incorporates readline now, but it appears to honor only emacs keybindings. Bummer, huh? I used to be an emacs user, so I can get by for now, but I’d really like … Continue reading

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irb with readline on mac using rvm

On the Mac, irb doesn’t come with readline baked in. But you can fix that with $ rvm install 1.8.7 -C \ –enable-shared,–with-readline-dir=/opt/local Kudus: Plataformatec, who uses Homebrew and thus /usr/local rather than /opt/local.

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Google Refine

A while ago, Google bought the company that made Freebase, a tool for making sense of messy data. Earlier this week, they released a 2.0 version of that software, now renamed Google Refine. Watch the videos to see what that … Continue reading

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