The short-form week of 14–20 Apr 2008

21 Apr 2008; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 55 messages in 49 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 Monday at 04:43am

Front runner: "Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. - Mahatma Gandhi"—@jurjanpaul

Monday at 07:17am

Get down to debugging iCal this morning...and suddenly it works correctly. Bah.—@ndw

Monday at 07:55am

It seems to be refreshing a subscribed calendar that's broken in iCal—@ndw

Monday at 08:07am

I guess United's "Springtime in Europe" promotion ended at 9a today. The ticket price just went up by 30% between two searches.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:26am

http://tinyurl.com/636x4d .. PPK on "event delegation"—@sideshowbarker
@sideshowbarker Am I the only one who *hates* drop down menus that appear magically on mouse-over?—@ndw

Monday at 09:45am

Are there *any* good banking websites? Sometimes I want the web of 1998 back, damnit!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 11:01am

Helpful Hints from Ask Heloise. Do not set Skype Video to Auto-Answer if you frequently take your laptop into the bathroom.—@nazgul
@nazgul I suggest you simply refrain from taking your laptop into the bathroom, frequently or otherwise!—@ndw
@ndw That was a Heloise Help Hintful. Had nothing to do with me whatsoever. Found it in Parade magazine, next to the mensa dog cartoon.—@nazgul
@nazgul Oh. I see. That's just disturbing.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 11:31am

Having (almost) finished my taxes last night I bought myself a presy for having done it.—@hallam007
@hallam What'd you buy?? Do tell!!—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl A Nikon D300, costco have the kit on sale for $300 off. Now I have to find someone to buy the 18-200 lens I don't want.—@hallam007
@hallam Sweet camera!—@ndw

Monday at 12:37pm

Selling your twitter handle. That's...something, I guess.—@ndw

Monday at 05:21pm

refactoring a Saxon 6 pattern matcher to use s9api—@ndw

Monday at 05:25pm

Waiting for FF3b6. FF3b4 gets frames wrong so JavaDoc fails. FF3b5 just fails.—@ndw

Monday at 05:31pm

figuring out how to get my Linux virtual machines under VMWare Fusion to have static IP addresses—@ndw

Monday at 08:49pm

I just freecycled the parts of a broken electric lawn more. Not sending engineered components to the dump, FTW!—@ndw

Monday at 08:59pm

VMWare Fusion full-screen and Spaces seem to play nice together. Sweet.—@ndw

Monday at 09:20pm

Downloading yesterday's daily build of FF—@ndw

Monday at 09:22pm

Sent email to webservices@amazon.com two days ago. No reply. How does one report a security issue, I wonder (my issue, not theirs, really)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:02am

trying the 13 Apr daily build of FF3—@ndw
@ndw when you get tired of waiting for it not to suck, try webkit.—@ceri
@ceri chuckle. What's the story on extensions for webkit: adblock, flashblock, greasemonkey?—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:22am

Whee! Amazon telephone customer service has no clue how to answer questions about the web services API.—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:25am

Trying to contact webservices at amazon.com again. You'd think they'd care that I've let my access key become public, right? Sigh.—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:15am

Is there a Mac native 'pinentry' for gpg-agent?—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:18am

Considering writing a wrapper for source code control to run svn, hg, or cvs as appropriate...—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:31pm

watching Deb work hard to get me the cheapest hotel—@ndw

Tuesday at 05:32pm

<3 your travel agent!—@ndw

Tuesday at 06:59pm

so far, Minefield (Firefox b3 daily build from 13 Apr) has been solid—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:19pm

@gapingvoid isn't it a tad redundant to tweet that you've blogged that you're back on twitter? :-)—@ndw

Tuesday at 09:32pm

Thought I'd try jott. Registered my phone number. Attempt to login: says "phone number must contain 10 digits". FAIL—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:19am

Image Magick includes SVG to raster conversion. Sweet!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:51am

Perl+SVG+ImageMagick+Photoshop = cheap and dirty custom calendar—@ndw
@ndw do have the link for perl+svg calendar?—@aartist
@aartist The font sizes are wonky because imagemagick didn't seem to scale them quite the same as the rest of the image—@ndw
@aartist I made a 200dpi bitmap and combined that with a photo in PS3 and printed it. Worked fine for 20min labor.—@ndw
@aartist It's a pre-breakfast hack, but here you go: http://pastebin.com/m4c2597f9—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:00pm

I can haz tickets to UK for TAG f2f—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:11pm

Yes, I have contacted @comcastcares, and Frank, the guy behind it, does truly appear to care. Give them a lot of points for that.—@davewiner
@davewiner Have you reviewed your ToS to see what term you might be violating?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:13pm

wondering when TAG f2f is, and potential for BRS beers—@ldodds

Wednesday at 01:28pm

I think it's interesting that Twitter sometimes, but not always, makes its own tinyurl URLs.—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:29pm

My Apple power brick just went "pop" and stopped delivering power. I may be going offline in an hour or two ... :-/—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:04pm

One battery dead, working on 2 of 2—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:58pm

goodness gracious, what *do* you have to search for to find a new power cord on the Apple site?—@ndw

Wednesday at 05:01pm

"MagSafe Power Adapter" and it's eighty bucks—@ndw

Thursday at 03:37pm

Install XP sp2 under VMware, archive the install: 0.8G. Run Windows Update, compress again: 1.8G. But I'll never have to install again!—@ndw

Thursday at 05:39pm

considering unfollowing a few of y'all. Nothing personal, but apparently we don't have that much in common after all.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:42pm

Facebook beacon lawsuit against blockbuster. http://tinyurl.com/4pyja5—@roessler
@roessler heh. thanks.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:53pm

Heh. I said considering. Jeez.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:03am

what do people like best for serverside SVG -> PNG rendering these days? it's been a while... is Batik still the state of the art?—@mattb
@mattb I discovered yesterday that ImageMagick will do SVG to PNG. Dunno if it's better than Batik or not.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:41am

I'm gonna hafta buy my own 1920x1600 LCD display. Reasonably priced suggestions, anyone?—@ndw
@ndw If you do not need hdmi, you can get this with 2 yr warranty for under $1000 if you contact a sales rep. http://tinyurl.com/37r2mm—@terrisCA
@terrisCA Gorgeous, but significantly outside my price range.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 12:58pm

in the window of the campus bookstore: internet explorer 3 reference. wtf?—@kasei
@kasei A "history of the Internet" class, perhaps?—@ndw

Friday at 03:03pm

weekly backups. Y'all have weekly backups, right?—@ndw

Friday at 03:06pm

off to buy charcoal for the grill. Lovely weather dampens my envy for my China bound friends and colleagues. But only just.—@ndw

Saturday at 08:04am

"Summer Preview Catalog" That'd be "Spring" right? It just wouldn't sound as cool. Or something.—@ndw

Saturday at 03:38pm

outside on the deck with newly assembled patio furniture—@ndw

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

Hmmmrm, tbray.org is off the air. Server's up & looks healthy... why no httpd?—@timbray
@timbray tbray.org no talk http today?—@ndw

Sunday at 05:15pm

Flickr account expires in five days. Renew? What's the status of the MS ultimatum?—@ndw