The short-form week of 28 Jul–3 Aug 2008

04 Aug 2008; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 27 messages in 25 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.

Monday at 08:14am

Deb wants a mail client; she's been using web mail. Is Thunderbird the right answer (for Windows)?—@ndw

Monday at 08:20am

Right as an alternative to verizon netmail :-) Nothing more than POP required. But she's not enamored of the 3-pane style of UI.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 08:21am

Me, I use Emacs so i don't know f*ck all about these daft GUI things.—@ndw
@ndw Mozilla Prism (http://wiki.mozilla.org/Prismm) + GMail account with external POP accounts configured does the trick.—@ruidlopes
@ruidlopes Prism sounds a bit cutting edge. This is for Deb's business so stability is the highest priority.—@ndw

Monday at 09:10am

Thanks for the suggestions. I set her up with GMail, we'll see how it goes :-)—@ndw

Monday at 01:32pm

Scanning receipts instead of putting them in postal mail for expense reports. FTW!—@ndw

Monday at 01:32pm

Spending an hour doing expense reports. FAIL. Well, I get money back, so not fail, maybe, but tedious and annoying.—@ndw

Monday at 03:41pm

Why does rsync from my Mac disk to an external USB disk *always* copy everything? Why can't it tell things haven't changed?—@ndw

Monday at 04:56pm

hfsrsync FAIL: rsync: error writing 71 unbuffered bytes - exiting: Broken pipe—@ndw

Monday at 05:04pm

Running plain old rsync again because I don't trust the results from hfsrsync :-(—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:42pm

Speaking of @savenetradio, if you're interested in being in a video as a listener in support of net radio, please help! http://is.gd/16RE—@pandora_radio

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:53pm

Friend asks me: What do the cool kids use to edit HTML these days? I actually haven't the vaguest.—@timbray
@timbray: nxml-mode, I imagine.—@hober
@hober or nxhtml-mode :)—@deerpig
@deerpig Woot! Right on! (wrt Emacs :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:38am

Two hours delay on a hour long flight. Flying sucks. Give me a fast train anytime. Please, build one in California. SF -> LA -> SD.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez I got tired of fighting for wifi in airports and hotels and got a cell data card. It's expensive, but it just works. Worth it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:02am

I'm right with @ndw re: rsync! +1 to "Why does rsync from my Mac disk to an external USB disk *always* copy everything?", even with -u ...—@koalie
@koalie Closer inspection suggests that it has trouble knowing when resource forks are different. Sigh. Pony up for SuperDuper! maybe?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:04am

currently reviewing a paper on ontologies for mental health care interactive systems... despite the name, it's a cool subject.—@ruidlopes
@ruidlopes You jailbroke your 3G iPhone? Kewl. Let me know how that goes, I might want to do the same 10-20 days from last Saturday :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:03am

acting as old street's regional development office—@mattb
@mattb I feel your pain. And will feel it literally later this week when I scrub back to the bare metal and start over too.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:10am

@gabriellalopez how about here // amazon.co.uk // http://tinyurl.com/5g72sw—@coreyopenmls
@coreyopenmls This is a test, only a test. Had this been a real emergency, we would have fled in terror and you would not have been informed—@ndw

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

finished the review for Ontoract'08. interesting paper, despite some flaws. now improving two book chapters to be submitted today.—@ruidlopes
@ruidlopes I've got unlimited data for $60/mo. I expect I'll drop back to $30/mo for 5G, but I'm waiting to see how much I actually use.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:49am

Dear Children: QUIT IT.—@PrincessV
@PrincessV Squirt bottle time? :)—@melle
@melle I don't believe the company in question are going to make the cut !—@RobLane
@RobLane From 2 mos exp in this job, in the web biz, native English speakers are rapidly losing majority. Plus, ESL can be pretty fun! :)—@melle
@melle good to know...ya know...just in case—@cfomarshall
@cfomarshall I know bears are the #1 threat (thank you, Mr. Colbert), but those anacondas, man... they lurk...—@melle
@melle "Speaking from experience", don't store passport near a bottle of liquid iron med before taking a red-eye from Amsterdam! *sigh*—@havi
@havi My iron is in capsules and I've never been to Amsterdam. Whew! :)—@melle
@melle Why in gods name do you know this?—@cdutson
@loveyless National Geographic, man.—@melle
@melle good to see you're hard at work :P—@cdutson
@loveyless Who says I just learned it now? :)—@melle
@melle So you're just releasing this knowledge now? I still maintain the "hard at work" comment based on your time available to post it :D—@cdutson
@loveyless I'd try to feel chastised, 'cept -- oh yeah! - I don't work for you, whippersnapper. :)—@melle
@melle :P be glad you didn't or I'd nurf gun you so fast you woudn't know what's what!—@cdutson
@loveyless Two words, peanut: Big. Stick.—@melle
@melle Wow. Diego totally missed that little tidbit in the Ana the Anaconda episode. Am disappointed my tv viewing not covering all bases.—@mmadayag
@mmadayag Is Ana the Anaconda some sort of herpetological, counter-culture anorexia icon?—@melle
@melle Snakes have teeth? Ummm.... I think you've got sharks on the brain, dearie.—@fridgebuzz
@fridgebuzz Even constrictors often need to grab their prey w/ something before coiling. And where do you think venomous ones inject from?—@melle
@melle Fangs I knew about. Teeth I thought were like legs, as in "useless as..." You may be right. I'll have to watch "Nature" more often.—@fridgebuzz
@fridgebuzz Main fangs are the most useful, but I suspect if they tried to hold prey w/ just 2-4 teeth those teeth would get ripped out—@melle
@melle LOL. I googled "do snakes have teeth?" and you are correct (if u can believe what u read on the internets.)—@fridgebuzz
@fridgebuzz The internets would never lie to us! :)—@melle
@melle Not intentionally ;-)—@fridgebuzz
@fridgebuzz Snakes have teeth and I've had the bites to prove it. If you don't trust me, pick up a big garter snake next time you see one:-)—@ndw

Thursday at 09:52am

Twenty-fourish hours later, I have my Mac back. ktxhbai.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:12pm

Found an Emacs lisp package that claims to do atompub! W00t!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:45pm

My dad's showing me how he's adapted my old tablet PC into a Debian-based e-book reader.—@JeniT
@JeniT Your dad rocks, and you can tell him I said so :-)—@ndw

Friday at 03:48pm

leasing my soul to AT&T and Apple for 2 years.—@ndw

Friday at 07:04pm

Tweet from new iPhone. Hello world.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 08:18am

Is it seriously the case that iCal doesn't support exceptions? I have a weekly meeting but it doesn't meet next week, for example?—@ndw
@ndw Delete the exceptional meeting and choose "just this one".—@dme
@dme Heh. That "direct manipulation" interface gets me every time. Thanks.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 02:31pm

Anybody actually bought a ShamWow? (shamwow.com) Opinions, good or bad? I'm sorely tempted to order, but am a sucker for turnip twaddlers.—@xmlgrrl
@xmlgrrl LOL. If you get one, do let me know what you think!—@ndw