The short-form week of 23–29 Mar 2009

30 Mar 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 55 messages in 50 conversations. (With 1 favorite.)

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 12:51pm

Twitter question: how do ppl feel about @ replies? I try to avoid them because I hate to read other ppls one-sided conversations. Just me?—@feliciaday
@feliciaday Yep. Just you :-)—@ndw

Monday at 01:48pm

Arrived IAD. Almost home. Well, aorta.—@ndw

Monday at 03:19pm

thinking: "Sometimes when you make things worse, they then get better, but you know everytime you make things worse, they get worse"—@psd

Monday at 03:53pm

Dang it. This is not an economy plus seat. Glad this is a short flight. #cranky—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 04:30pm

XML namespaces, broken or just a really bad idea?—@hallam007
@hallam Not necessarily either. But also not necessarily the solution to whatever problem you're trying to solve.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:35pm

So did the #xmlprague attendees (@existdb @dizzzz @ndw @JeniT) experience this at the airport: #theonion—@ebruchez
@ebruchez At 4am, there's no such thing as an hospitable airport. But PRG was no worse than FRA or IAD.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:41pm

I'm sort of curious about what wefollow is, but not so curious that I'm going to let them use my name to advertise themselves.—@ndw
@ndw You talking about them is all they need. So you already used your name to advertise their service ;). Now you might as well register.—@avernet
@avernet I was aware of the problem when I tweeted. I did leave out the "at" and "hash" marks though. Ah, well.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:47pm

@michaeltorgler Avoid Dreamhost. They are teh suck.—@kplawver
@kplawver Really? I've been using dreamhost for several years without (many) complaints.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:53pm

@nda They're mostly OK, but not big on reliability or performance... or support for that matter.—@kplawver
@kplawver Who is good?—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:54pm

On jQuery, .change() events, and IE. And consequent FAIL. Help? #lazyweb—@ndw

Tuesday at 03:55pm

He asks, 3 days after his annual renewal got paid. Heh.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 02:52am

When strolling around a TJ Maxx store, a question comes to mind: how can they sell this stuff so cheap?!—@avernet
@avernet I believe, though I could be wrong, that TJ Maxx is selling remaindered goods purchased for pennies on the dollar—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:42am

cd /sourceforge/docbook; svn update -- holy crap a lot has changed since I last did this!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:34am

All I need Adobe Reader to do is ... read PDF files. Why does it install so much freaking crap? I don't need/want 6 managers-just a reader!—@ndw
@ndw For PDfs on a Windows machine, use FoxIt's reader instead of Adobe's. It's small, fast, and just a reader.—@bobdc
@bobdc Thanks. I'd rather just not use Windows. In this case, I needed to install what the client was using.—@ndw
@ndw Need to install lots of crap to read PDFs... I thought you were on a Mac?—@avernet
@avernet I'm trying to debug a Windows/IE issue. Quelle surprise.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:25am

@ndw: Honestly, we should be thankful to IE, especially in these hard times: It gives work to so many people! :)—@vojtechtoman
@vojtechtoman Bah. Think of how much more interesting and productive the work could be if it wasn't necessary to support IE's brokenness!—@ndw

Wednesday at 02:06pm


Wednesday at 02:06pm

‚ô∫@Balisage submissions are due in one month!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:50pm

With respect to my last tweet, are we in danger of losing the declarative web?—@philipfennell

Wednesday at 03:54pm

I can't decide if there's anything I want in this MacHeist bundle. Am I being stupid?—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:02pm

‚ô∫@jtauber looks awesome ‚Äî too busy to try it out now, though—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:23pm

NPR: "Will E-Book Anti-Piracy Technology Hurt Readers?" ( Me: YES! Sigh...—@andrewsavikas
@andrewsavikas Yes, of course. Anyone remember software anti-piracy technology of the 80's?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:34am

has anyone else experienced such MBP lockups and how to get rid of them?—@CaptSolo
@CaptSolo Hold down the power button for 8 seconds and force a reboot?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:29am

is it possible to deauthorize a computer from iTunes Store without having that computer? I have 2 computers authorized that are in storage—@jtauber
@jtauber Once a year you can deauthorize them all en masse, I believe. Though maybe you have to use all 5 first.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:00am

First time I've ever looked for a TV show on iTunes and I'm getting a blank, black screen. Guess I didn't need to watch it anyway.—@ndw

Thursday at 09:50pm

Building the XProc spec with XProc, a variation on my XML Prague presentation—@ndw

Friday at 07:41am

@abcoates PGP does disk-based encryption now?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:43am

"Oh no, not again.", thought the bowl of petunias.—@psd
@psd Many believe that we'd have a much better understanding of the universe if we knew why the bowl of petunias thought that—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 09:37am

I hate MS Word on OS X and its automatic Spaces jumping windows & focus... #fail—@ruidlopes
@ruidlopes You can simplify that sentiment. Put a full stop after the fourth word.—@ndw

Friday at 11:36am

For an elec. banking product: sys req...Windows XP Prof SP2 (No Home Versions). What's really different about the home versin?—@ndw

Friday at 11:41am

@richardhamilton The temptation to refactor the DocBook XSL2 stylesheets so that they use XProc is almost overwhelming. Almost.—@ndw

Friday at 11:42am

@robc2 Richard Feynman...Excellent!—@ndw

Friday at 01:49pm

Discovering the presentation you've been fretting about is only expected to fill 15 minutes. Priceless.—@ndw

Friday at 01:51pm

@elharo I tweet with a cmd line client that does both, because I wrote it that way :-) A unified viewer with dup suppression would be nice.—@ndw

Friday at 01:52pm

@larsga Don't it ever. Blech. Damn fine beer though!—@ndw

Friday at 03:12pm

No assumption, no matter how obvious and innocently made, can be relied upon not to turn around later and bite you in the *ss—@ndw

Friday at 03:20pm

Regarding XP Home vs Business, apparently the check scanner they use is incompatible with some registry setting in Home. Go figure!—@ndw

Friday at 03:30pm

@jasonriedy Best: no gratuitous Flash at all.—@ndw

Friday at 04:02pm

@eliasisrael I'm shocked! Shocked, I say!—@ndw

Friday at 04:02pm

Ordering take-out and then paying the bills. Talk to you later.—@ndw

Friday at 05:12pm

Spring peepers!!!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:13pm

my pure xproc test suite runner comes back to life ;)—@cutlass
@cutlass Sweet!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 05:15pm

Updated by avatar by popular demand. Well, by "updated" I mean "refreshed." It's still the same old picture.—@eliasisrael
@eliasisrael We demand that you be popular, Eli!—@ndw

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

Four ethrnt cbls go into wall, 1 emerges upstairs. I want to cut one of the *others* to route it to the basement. Anyway to get > 1:4 odds?—@ndw
@ndw From what I've seen in the movies, could should always cut the green or blue wire, never the red.—@abcoates
@abcoates They're all blue!—@ndw
@ndw All the wires are blue? Best to cut all of them, then. That's what I'd do.—@abcoates
@abcoates Gee, thanks.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 07:09am

@ndw ping|snoop -a, depending on your OS.—@ceri
@ceri Sure, but how do I listen for the ping data packets from outside the cable? Trouble is, I can't see either end from where must cut—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 02:26pm

Watching primeval :D—@libbymiller
@libbymiller I didn't get hooked on primeval. Should I give it another chance?—@ndw

Saturday at 03:14pm

Hacking DocBook; thinking I should be hacking UK/Prague photos too...—@ndw

Saturday at 05:05pm

Making lamb chops for dinner...almost got the charcoal grill out for the first time this season.—@ndw

Sunday at 11:31am

It's been ages since I tried a new browser. Trying out Stainless—@ndw

Sunday at 11:52am

That didn't last long. No flashblock, no 1Password integration, not compelling enough to keep using.—@ndw

Sunday at 12:03pm

Any recommendations for upscale Mexican/southwestern cuisine in/around Scottsdale, AZ?—@ndw