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The year that was. Craig Saila’s analysis of 2003 # 31st December 2003, 11:12 pm

10 ads America won’t see (via) Thank goodness then for the internet # 31st December 2003, 10:50 pm

Making Patch Files (via) How to contribute a patch # 31st December 2003, 8:45 pm

Propositioned through my blog. Mentioning “sex” in an entry title can have unintended consequences # 31st December 2003, 5:23 pm

t610 bluetooth = remote control. Controlling an iBook via Bluetooth # 31st December 2003, 4:21 pm

Funny Things I Have Said To “Famous Bloggers”... (via) ...That The “Famous Bloggers” Did Not Find Funny At All # 31st December 2003, 5:11 am

Installing psycopg on Red Hat 9

Adrian Holovaty and I spent some time today figuring out how to get the psycopg Postgres module to install on Red Hat 9. It took a while, but eventually we tweaked the spec file and used it to compile our own RPM. I’ve posted our modified spec file to the psycopg mailing list. More for my own record than anything else, the arcane incantations needed to create the RPM went roughly as follows:

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Professional social software

Via D. Keith Robinson, LinkedIn is a social software system that works kind of like Friendster but is targetted at professionals. You sign up, create a profile that includes your industry and geographical area and it provides you with a number of tools to find other people with similar interests. More importantly, it lets you build up a network of contacts through which you can access other people. If nothing else, it’s a great way of maintaining your CV.

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X vs. XP: Scriptability (via) I can’t wait to get my teeth in to AppleScript # 30th December 2003, 7:08 pm

One-page C# intro (via) If you know Java, this shouldn’t take too long # 29th December 2003, 11:50 pm

Javascript from Python

In a way I’m disappointed to see python-spidermonkey released. It’s a Python wrapper around the Mozilla project’s SpiderMonkey Javascript engine which allows Python scripts to execute Javascript code in a rock-solid, battle-tested embedded interpreter.

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Windows XP Box (via) A Win XP box in a Win XP box # 29th December 2003, 6:21 pm

Entries in Life: Nice Trojan. Another way of tricking people in to executing attachments # 29th December 2003, 5:55 pm

Learning Python, 2nd Edition (via) It’s finally finished # 29th December 2003, 2:56 pm

Newspapers US and Worldwide (via) That’s a lot of online news # 29th December 2003, 2:52 pm

Donate to Wikipedia (via) Now this is a cause worth supporting # 29th December 2003, 2:40 pm

Is planned obsolescence socially responsible? (via) All in the name of strengthening the economy # 29th December 2003, 2:32 pm

A belated Merry Christmas

I’m back to work after enjoying that most precious of things: a holiday without computers. Comment spam has been deleted, email spam has been saved in a special folder (for rapid training of bayesian classifiers in the future) and the few emails of actual importance have all been flagged for follow up. Oh, and my Mac’s shipping date has slipped to the 2nd of January. If haven’t received it by Macworld and Apple drop the price I’ll be understandably upset.

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DocIndexer (via) Full text search indexing for Windows files, powered by Lupy # 24th December 2003, 12:54 am

Nielsen watch 2003

Jakob Nielsen’s Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003 make interesting reading this year, covering topics including undated content, incomprehensible thumbnails and overly specific forms. In previous years Jakob’s complaints tended to center around far more obvious problems such as horizontal scroll bars and fixed size fonts. Either the field of web usability has matured to the point where the common issues are less glaringly obvious or Jakob is running out of low-hanging fruit.

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Muppet character list. The hecklers are called Statler and Waldorf # 23rd December 2003, 12:48 am

Antichristmas. Great Christmas joke # 22nd December 2003, 4:01 am

The WGET and CURL blog. This guy has no social conscience, at least when it comes to other people’s bandwidth # 22nd December 2003, 3:55 am

Journalistic jargon (via) Seeing as I work for a newspaper now, this site is indispensable # 21st December 2003, 11:04 pm

The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing (via) Hiring tips from Joel back in 2000 # 21st December 2003, 8:35 pm

Execute Javascript every time any page loads. XUL technique for building interesting browser extensions # 21st December 2003, 3:53 am

Experiments with wide images in a variable width column. The most useful thing to come out of the recent spate of fixed vs liquid # 21st December 2003, 3:51 am