Category Archives: computers

ShopSimple 1.1

I just released ShopSimple 1.1 on the App Store — tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, pets, SOs, mail carriers. Even if I say so myself, it’s a great little shopping list application. Why ShopSimple? Why do I need to tell … Continue reading

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Comcast’s on-line billing system… not so much

I just saved a negative half-hour trying to make Comcast’s dumb-arse online system recognize me. They just upgraded to a new, better, easier, system (that sounds like OpenID though why Comcast thinks I’d trust them… I don’t know). Anyway, it … Continue reading

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George Orwellish moment

From Harper’s magazine: British entrepreneurs launched Internet Eyes, a program that allows registered users to monitor live feeds from some of the United Kingdom’s 4.2 million surveillance cameras in order to search for a crime in progress, with cash prizes … Continue reading

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Good piece on anonymity, data and privacyq

“Anonymized” data really isn’t—and here’s why not – Ars Technica “Such work by computer scientists over the last fifteen years has shown a serious flaw in the basic idea behind ‘personal information’: almost all information can be ‘personal’ when combined … Continue reading

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iPhone haiku

Two days ago fell into water with iphone in my pocket sometimes things get wet This morning with my fingers crossed tremulous, phone cased in rice power on. it works. Whew!

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pushd, I hardly knew you

From a tech/geeky point of view, this is embarrassing enough that I probably shouldn’t mention it. There is hope, however, that some other soul will benefit from my pain. If you use the *nix (or OS X) command line, you … Continue reading

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iTunes app store and 17+ content

With OS 3.0, the iPod/iPhone and Apple’s iTune’s store support content ratings. This is good: I’m all for free expression, adding another layer of maturity (pun intended) to what’s available, etc. However, I don’t want to have to see it … Continue reading

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Be careful, be very, very careful

Computers Can Send You to the ER, Study Shows – ABC News “Emergency room visits from computer injuries increased sevenfold between 1994 and 2006, according to a report published June 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.”

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git – committing in the midst of a conflicted pull

Just a note about an git-experience I had in case it helps someone else… I was doing a git pull and got a conflict (in the ChangeLog of all places). I fixed the conflict and then tried to commit the … Continue reading

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go design!

From the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines Aesthetic Integrity Although the ultimate purpose of an application is to enable a task, even if that task is playing a game, the importance of an application’s appearance should not be underestimated. This is … Continue reading

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