The short-form week of 7–13 Apr 2008

14 Apr 2008; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 75 messages in 67 conversations.

This document was created automatically from my archive of my Twitter stream. Due to limitations in the Twitter API and occasional glitches in my archiving system, it may not be 100% complete.

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:06pm

Making sure @docbook works—@docbook
@docbook reflector test—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:31am

its about time. today's first Blues Brothers reference for chinposin in Shades. @kevinchu—@chinposin
@chinposin update—@ndw
@chinposin update—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:12am

busted valve under kitchen sink flooded kitchen last night, no hot water until its fixed—@louspringer
@louspringer Ugh! Good luck! Our old dishwasher sprang a leak years ago, I still remember the mess—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:25am

bmanley: Working on a reflector service for Twitter.—@BoSForum
@BoSForum Seems to be working. Need to put it on a server.—@bmanley
@bmanley I think all of *your* followers see it. And @docbook, of course, but I'm not actually watching that on a day-to-day basis. Hmmm.—@ndw

Monday at 08:41am

Ah. Cool. I was also thinking of doing exactly that for the "project" accounts—@ndw

Monday at 09:31am

How does one dispose of 12 boxes of financial records? I can't seem to find a local secure recycling company—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:32am

finishing slides for presentation tomorrow—@ldodds
@ldodds I get restless just thinking about feeding twelve boxes of records by hand through my little 10 sheet shredder—@ndw
@ndw: For shredding 12 boxes, you'd be better off buying a cheap shredder from Staples. Cheaper & you'd be sure!—@Ernest_CT
@Ernest_CT Yeah, I think that's the case. Called all the local places I could think of with no luck. A slightly less cheap one than current.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 11:24am

Bah! Forgot to take a picture yesterday. /me FAIL—@ndw
@ndw Re: financial records: There's always a 50 gallon barrel and a match!—@bmanley
@bmanley I don't actually posses a fifty gallon barrel, nor do I think the Belchertown fire department would be amused.—@ndw

Monday at 04:24pm

I wonder if the GPS coordinates of US train tracks are available anywhere—@ndw

Monday at 04:50pm

poked at TIGER/Line data, concluded "not an evenings hacking"—@ndw

Monday at 05:01pm

Hmm. I thought twitter @ndw messages were delivered even to non-followers. I guess that would be a spam vector...—@ndw

Monday at 06:17pm

@cavlec Ah, yes, that's it. I must need to use a different API call.—@ndw

Monday at 07:05pm

reflecting tweets, a good idea?—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:15am

hg commit should default to "." not the whole damn repository—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:01am

vmware fusion saves my life (again) by allowing me to process data on my mac using a process running in a linux vm (shared folders are ace)—@mmmmmrob
@mmmmmrob that's all right, LastFM displayed James Blunt on my blog front-page!—@zbeauvais
@zbeauvais wow - that's really bad!—@mmmmmrob
@mmmmmrob Yay virtual machines for dev, test, and sustaining engineering!—@vmwarefusion
@vmwarefusion is Ubuntu 7.10 fully supported now? Or is my memory that it wasn't at some point faulty?—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:26pm

FF 3b5 crash. Restart. While "Would you like to restore" dialog is up, click a link. Browser opens. Your prior state is toast. [censored]!—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:26pm

I want a "save my tab state in a file that I can restore later" feature. Wonder if it exists.—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:27pm

The things I had sitting in tabs to tickle me to blog, review, consider, whatever. Gone. Feck! Arse! Feck!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:30pm

ready for a beer after collating dajobe links—@danja
@danja Yeah. My own fault, which is surprisingly poor compensation.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:12pm

a timeline for avatars is essential for adventures in time and face- that's active avatars!—@monkchips
@monkchips down?—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:39pm

Getting into the superhero theme. Spoon!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:17pm

"Here," said Microsoft, "are the specs to our protocols. For all the good it will do you."—@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael 14,000 pages. FAIL.—@ndw
@ndw Not just that. Notice the bit where it says "use the spec and we'll sue."—@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael No, I have to admit, I missed that part. Good grief.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:28pm


In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:29pm

S'really not as funny if you have to explain it. Not that it was ever *that* funny.—@ndw
@ndw Microsoft's practice of hiding their naughty bits behind an open source fig leaf is getting tiresome.—@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael I'm pretty tired of all of it, really. Have been for *ages*.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:37pm

Tell me that you want me, quack like a duck.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 12:51pm

@designswarm, you should trying trading in dollars, pffft. :(—@edd
@edd Dollars are fine, edd, you just have to find bills with extra zeros on the end these days—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:49pm

Big thanks to @ratsonparade for an evernote invite. Thanks!—@kplawver
@kplawver If you get a second offer fro an Evernote invite...well, I wouldn't say no. Searching text inside images. Impressive.—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:42pm

Flickr video in FF3b5, she is no go.—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:46pm

Oh. No. That would be user FAIL. Nevermind. Stupid little "loading" note on top of the "play" button (Flashblock, baby!) tricked me.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:10pm

Evernote's text-from-images support may be the thing that drives me to get a new mobile phone, one with a modern mobile phone camera—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:11pm

Why doesn't QuickSilver find Presario.term? It finds other .terms in that directory. Grrr.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:28pm

Oh Oh Ex Em El Go To H-E-double hockey sticks.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:29pm

makes mental not to buy Steve a beer next time I see him—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:39pm

remembering that Emacs can edit /user@host/path/to/file FTW!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:41pm

olympic torch now going by *boat*?—@robertbrook
@robertbrook It's SSH with tramp, I think, which is just marvelous.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:48pm

libc6-dev wasn't installed? No wonder CPAN went all pear shaped—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:49pm

wondering if @ndw's PEAR-pun was intended—@mortenf
@mortenf apparently not since I don't get it :-)—@ndw

Thursday at 08:45am

MP3 ID3v2 tags support cover art. And so does CoverSutra. How cool is that?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:30am

I can haz command-line status updates?—@ndw
@olea Thanks. I crafted a quick python script to do it with some password remembering and automatic tinyurl support.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:40am

outlining a docbook moodle course—@coreyopenmls
@coreyopenmls Cool. Lemme know if you'd like a review.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:58am

Scads of albums but no cover art. What's the shortest distance from here to there? Where "there" is I haz cover art for them all.—@ndw

Thursday at 12:03pm

p daveo scribing TAG?—@ndw

Thursday at 12:19pm

realizing I attempted to send a direct message with "p ..." instead of "d ..." /me FAIL—@ndw

Thursday at 01:18pm

learning to like Leopard "Spaces"—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:41pm

Orbeon will be at JavaOne 2008 (—@ebruchez
@ebruchez I keep VMWare in one space, Photoshop in another, and use one for most day-in-day-out tasks. So far, so good.—@ndw

Thursday at 01:42pm

Rebuilding gobs of MP3s with embedded cover art because, well, it doesn't require any thought and I'm on a telcon anyway—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:50pm

USB/serial adapter + Garmin GPS adapter=8ft of cable where 2 would do. Cut and splice? Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?—@ndw
@ndw the best mp3 tagging program I've ever found is the godfather. Don't get absorbed into Itunes drm hell.—@DaveO
@DaveO I don't do DRM. Mostly what I want is an automaticc over art grabber. Tagging I've got.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:53pm

attic fan came on for the first time this year. pro: it's warm. con: I have to listen to that damn fan.—@ndw

Friday at 06:26am

Color me clueless. The red and green things in XKCD #409 are...what cultural reference?—@ndw

Friday at 06:38am

Why doesn't the "Minefield Start Page" actually point, you know, to where the #@$# daily builds are stored?—@ndw

Friday at 06:41am

FF3b5 sucks. But the Minefield from yesterday sucks more. Sigh.—@ndw

Friday at 06:42am

FF3b4 with broken frames support (and consequently broken JavaDoc) or FF3b5 which is just plain broken. Choose.—@ndw

Friday at 07:51am

What's the OpenID provider of choice these days?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:42am

astonished how easy it was to make a "get cover art from" script—@ndw
@ndw care to share that script (I've wanted something like that for a while) or shall I just consider it 'an exercise for the reader' :-) ?—@jurjanpaul
@jurjanpaul Sure. As soon as I recover from accidentally posting my Amazon key. /me FAIL—@ndw

Friday at 11:39am

Leaving early this afternoon to go see Kooza:—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 09:13pm

crazy warm weather in vancouver. Set up the kids slide, table, & house in the backyard. Rain tomorrow tho :-(—@DaveO
@DaveO ... of course there's rain tomorrow. It always... :-)—@ndw

Saturday at 09:43pm

Start importing photos in Lightroom. Minimize Lightroom. Guess what Lightroom does after it finishes importing the next photograph...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:20am

Police find 'presenter's body': A body found at Paddington railway station is believed to be that of missing chi..—@bbcbreaking
@bbcbreaking pointing to the BBC News homepage instead of a page for the specific story you're tweeting is irritating.—@ndw

Sunday at 11:55am

looking for a reasonably priced two-line analog phone compatible with the Plantronics HL10 lifter. All the cradles are so shallow...—@ndw

Sunday at 12:21pm

iCal is ignoring the UNTIL phrase in my generated .ics file. Sigh.—@ndw

Sunday at 12:27pm

iCal will only let me delete "this event" or "this event and following"? WTF? I want to delete *them all*—@ndw

Sunday at 12:36pm

iCal won't let me start an event in the past? And here I was thinking it might be a useful application. Bah.—@ndw

Sunday at 12:58pm

iCal sucks. Google calendar has weird fixed limits. Any descent calendars out there? Maybe Sunbird...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 01:05pm

Sunbird ignores my attempts to type in input fields. I think it's time for me to give up on online calendaring. Anyone got a pencil?—@ndw
@ndw Been using Google Calendar forever. It's quite good. Not sure if you will like the APIs though.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez It rejects a bunch of my appointments because I have two many exception dates. FAIL.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 02:24pm

LinkedIn suggests that "adding a position" will increase my profile completeness. Isn't that a bit personal?—@mollydotcom
@mollydotcom *chuckle*—@ndw

Sunday at 02:43pm

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update. Hmm. Do I feel lucky?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 03:11pm

Forgot my iPhone charging cable. Oh, well. Off to the Apple Store.—@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael Knew you'd think up some reason to go to the Apple Store! It's always somethin'...—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl FYI, just running the Software Update didn't actually install the new firmware—@ndw