The short-form week of 3–9 Jan 2011

10 Jan 2011; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 52 messages in 52 conversations. (With 10 favorites.)

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 07:29am

Doctorow on net neutrality: not having net neutrality is giving control back to the media giants. http://instapaper.com/zBu5kgh1X—@mikeloukides
@mikeloukides That’s why the media giants are so anxious to crush it, surely?—@ndw
@ndw yes, the same media giants who serve us so well. Net neutrality is a big threat for them.—@mikeloukides

Monday at 11:59am

What should the government do rather than keep playing Terrorball? Stop treating Americans like idiots and cowards. http://goo.gl/Bxmkp #fb—@russnelson

Monday at 01:28pm

RT @xmlcalabash XML Calabash 0.9.30 released—@ndw

Monday at 01:38pm

computer programming is moments of triumph surrounded by hours of the computer telling you you're an idiot—@davidbro

In a conversation that started on Monday at 02:59pm

@evernote Sync has been failing for me all day. Is it just me?—@ndw
@ndw @evernote I can't sync either. desktop client nor iphone app.—@davidrking

Monday at 03:14pm

I thought it was me! RT @ndw: @evernote Sync has been failing for me all day. Is it just me?—@_djh

Monday at 03:41pm

Murphy's off to a careless start this year, the water tank broke *while I was home*. Ha! Take that! Oh. Wait. The water tank broke?...—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:39am

"At some point in your life, the Antichrist is going to offer you a job. Don't take it. And especially don't..." - http://bit.ly/eMkw54—@simonstl
@simonstl I don’t know what it means that I can’t tell if that piece is serious or satire or crazy.—@ndw
@ndw which piece? I posted a few this morning that could qualify.—@simonstl
@simonstl Something about a pilot and accepting a job offer from the antichrist.—@ndw
@ndw ah - that's one of slacktivist's reviews of the Left Behind series. He's done one almost weekly for years. Leads to some confusion.—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:42am

The interaction between one time and repeating ical events, creation dates, the current date, and timezones is painfully complicated.—@ndw
@sobrancan Did you perhaps mean to say more than just “@ndw”? :-)—@ndw
@ndw I'm relly sorry to disturbe you, my 14 month old son was playing with my phone ;-). Btw I admire your docbook work.—@sobrancan
@sobrancan Not disturbed, just wanted to make sure the gremlins hadn’t swallowed the body of your message. Cheers!—@ndw
@ndw at least iCal gets timezones, dates, full day events etc somewhat right, compared to the complete failure that is Outlook.—@martin_probst
@martin_probst Yeah, fair enough. In fairness, I didn’t say iCal was getting it wrong, just that it was complex.—@ndw
@ndw as someone who implemented the XQuery date time functions by hand once - the whole date thing simply is annoying complex.—@martin_probst

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:16am

Twitter username URIs, e.g., /ndw, redirect to "hash bang" URIs, e.g., /#!/ndw, is that odd syntactic convention explained anywhere?—@ndw
@ndw I was under the impression that that was a Twitter-internal marker referring to the #NewTwitter UI—@alecmuffett
@bortzmeyer @ndw It's one way of dealing with AJAX URIs for crawling. See http://bit.ly/31F0UO—@Coox
@ndw http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=174992 explains the URL syntax. Using HTML5 pushState() would be better.—@annevk
@ndw @bortzmeyer Not sure but it looks like google's ajax crawling spec http://code.google.com/web/ajaxcrawling/docs/getting-started.html—@floriancargoet
@floriancargoet @ndw @bortzmeyer It is Google's ajax crawling spec ;)—@Shahor
@ndw it's a Google pseudostandard. Basically Google takes the bit after the hashbang and resolves it. Can't remember how.—@tommorris

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:16am

RT @ndw: Twitter username URIs, e.g., /ndw, redirect to "hash bang" URIs, e.g., /#!/ndw, is that odd syntactic convention explained anyw ...—@bortzmeyer

Tuesday at 09:19am

Tuesday at 09:43am

Tuesday at 10:24am

The HTML/XML Task Force has actual conversation during the teleconference. Yay! @ndw is chairing and scribing. Going through use cases now.—@annevk

Tuesday at 12:17pm

Seriously, vaccinate. Or I will cough on you.—@ginatrapani

Tuesday at 12:51pm

norman.walsh.name and xprocbook.com will be down for a few minutes while I install new memory.—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:30pm

TZ puzzler: E1 created at 11a, 8 Jun (US EDT). E2 created at 10a, 21 Dec (EST). Both repeat weekly. What time do they occur today and why?—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:30pm

norman.walsh.name and xprocbook.com are back up and running normally, I believe.—@ndw

Tuesday at 01:35pm

The back end of my bank's online banking system prints checks in the midwest and sends them via postal mail. WTF or, yes, of course?—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:01pm

B&N gift cert. Kean's "The Disappearing Spoon". $11.99 ebook, $16.06 hardback, or $10.00 softback, not available until June. #decisions.—@ndw

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

Oh, FFS! What an #asshat. RT shelleypowers Scalia's scary denial of 14th amendment protection http://huff.to/dIolfK (via @FiredUpMissouri)—@ndw
@ndw @shelleypowers @FiredUpMissouri "Scalia's scary denial of 14th amendment protection" http://huff.to/dIolfK *facepalm*—@mamund

Tuesday at 03:57pm

Think the piece of 2010 US culture that bothers me most is our willingness to throw away most anything, and to build assuming discard.—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 04:37pm

RT @ndw The back end of my bank's online banking system prints checks in the midwest and sends them via postal mail. WTF or, yes, of course?—@edd
@edd @ndw Totally normal for any recipient that can't receive electronic funds directly from the bank. Labor costs lower in the midwest.—@rjweeks70
@rjweeks70 @edd But for *all* recipients? My bank apparently mails a paper check to pay my Visa bill fer cryin’ out loud!—@ndw
@ndw @edd At least one of my online payment systems shows which recipients are electronic (2 days) and which are not (5 days) to pay.—@rjweeks70

Tuesday at 04:44pm

RT @ndw The back end of my bank's online banking system prints checks in the midwest and sends them via postal mail. WTF or, yes, of course?—@arjenlentz

Tuesday at 07:41pm

Starting to think about planning to climb Mt. Katahdin in ME. My dad climbed it, probably when he was about my age.—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:53am

Is @twitter ever *not* over-capacity these days?—@ndw

Wednesday at 09:01am

RT @newsycombinator: Google's library for dealing with phone numbers (Java/JavaScript) http://j.mp/a1a2z8 << Cool! Could be really useful—@mikeloukides

Wednesday at 10:24am

Random telemarketer just called me asking for "Sun Microsystems". Uhhmmmm. No.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:34am

I now have 50.50 #bitcoin Anyone want to experiment with a transfer private msg me.—@DALDEI
@DALDEI I’m curious, but not curious enough to go through the exercise of reconfiguring my (isp-managed) firewall. :-/—@ndw
@ndw you may not need to change the firewall for bitcoin transfers. If you want to experiment let me know.—@DALDEI

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 01:21pm

Why is it that on a plane, you get free coffee, but have to pay for WiFi, while it is the other way around anywhere else?—@avernet
@avernet Because they haven’t gotten around to charging you for the coffee yet.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:16pm

and the new version (v0.5) is live and the first device is already updated via the market.—@vbsteven
@vbsteven And I’ve got my update!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:25pm

Some cheeky OS X update removed the Java 1.5 that I'd so carefully reinstalled after upgrading to Snow Leopard. Bastard!—@ndw
@ndw Java on OS X was always the red-headed step child. (Remember the vanishing 1.6 era?) Now it's getting kicked out the house.—@gcarothers

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:30pm

Oh, and the Java Preferences panel doesn't even offer 1.5 as a choice after I've installed it again. Double plus pissed off.—@ndw
@ndw java 1.5 is EOL since two years, get over it.—@martin_probst
@martin_probst Yeah, well. If only it was that simple to change all the users to 1.6 too.—@ndw
@ndw I think most of that really is just inertia, not real technical problems. Haven't seen any incompat from 5 to 6.—@martin_probst
@martin_probst Yeah, I think that’s probably true, but users don’t always see it in those terms, do they?—@ndw
@ndw have you considered using hudson to take care of build/test different dists (or diff java) dists ... ant alone can be cumbersome—@xquery
@xquery It’s one build of one command line app; in an alternate universe where XML Calabash was my day job, I might be more inclined...—@ndw
@ndw probably. And there are platforms w/ ancient Java. Question is if the added maintenance cost for you offsets customer value.—@martin_probst
@martin_probst Indeed. I’ll probably try to setup and run ‘ant dist’ on a Linux VM with Java 1.5 because it’s fairly painless. Probably.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:38pm

@ndw ever try #eclipse ? You may find it much better then IntelliJ—@DALDEI
@DALDEI I used to work at Sun, so I have a viscerally negative reaction to Eclipse. :-) Anyway, I like IntelliJ, that’s not the problem.—@ndw

Wednesday at 04:09pm

Hey, @netsuite, JavaScript *is* enabled in the Chrome browser. I'm just sayin'—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 05:48pm

Trying to find consistent EMPTY elements in 20,000 elements. My brain isn't thinking logically today. Wonder if wine would help?—@harveybetty
@harveybetty when has wine not helped? On second thought, nevermind.—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:16pm

Ahah I feel your pain RT @ndw Hey, @netsuite, JavaScript *is* enabled in the Chrome browser. I'm just sayin'—@dscape

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:53am

definitely not a member of this tribe: people excited by the words "app" and "store"—@psd
@psd amen. I hope I’m never forced to use it. Ever.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:05pm

Evernote is in the Mac App Store! We're really excited. http://bit.ly/gaxK2L—@evernote
@evernote Big fat hairy...I don’t want to use the damn app store, but I do want syncing to work reliably. Or maybe I want my money back.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:24pm

On a bottle of leather cleaner: "Do not take internally". What? Really? Sigh.—@ndw
@ndw There's a lawsuit behind every warning label. Just think about the indigestion on that one.—@erinemiller

Thursday at 01:40pm

The @evernote sync mess the past few days has seriously shaken my confidence. I've got obvious dups, what non-obvious corruption do I have?—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:11pm

@Kellblog I've not been working for #MarkLogic long, but I have a deep respect for your leadership. Thanks, and all the best in the future.—@jpcs
@jpcs @Kellblog +1.0E6.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:50pm

Note that the Mac App Store is nothing new. Linux distributions have had similar things for years. Apple has only added non-freeness to it.—@peterwinnberg

Friday at 02:20am

After we put the Christ back in Christmas, can we put the Thor back in Thursday?—@prescod

Friday at 03:21am

what's needed is a protocol, a DNS for connecting people, not some centralised walled garden greedily eyeing its inhabitants—@psd

Friday at 10:38am

@ndw, it's a tough call but we hope you read it in some form! DISAPPEARING SPOON is too good to miss.—@littlebrown

Friday at 04:31pm

Dear automated phone message: no it is not the least bit urgent that I contact you about lowering my credit card interest rates...go away—@ndw

Saturday at 01:01am

OH: There's nothing more permanent than a temporary solution.—@yammeradam

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 04:57am

Am I the only person who wants a computer with lots of RAM and fast CPU cores but not with lots of drive bays and card slots?—@hsivonen
@hsivonen Not me -- I use the drive bays (having a backup drive online is great), and sometimes the card slots (add wifi to my desktop).—@noahmendelsohn
@noahmendelsohn I have a NAS for the extra drive bays. This way, they have a separate kernel that doesn't crash looking after them.—@hsivonen
@hsivonen @noahmendelsohn What’s your connection to the NAS? I tried one, forget which, and it was so gawdawful slow as to be unusable.—@ndw
@ndw @noahmendelsohn I use AFP (from Mac) and CIFS (from Linux) over IPv4 over Gigabit Ethernet. (NFS didn’t work and jumbo frames useless.)—@hsivonen
@ndw No NAS. I have two hard drives, no RAID. I clone vital data from primary to 2nd. Spare space on both is used for noncritical stuff.—@noahmendelsohn

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:59am

Finally I already chat with Nadech :))—@dymeeina
@dymeeina จิงอะ ที่ไหนอะ—@Pampam1412
@Pampam1412 jingggg !! shoutbox @NDW .. No face to face na but soon eiei—@dymeeina

Sunday at 10:35am

First experience with electronic boarding pass worked flawlessly at both TSA and gate in BDL. #technology #surprise—@ndw

Sunday at 11:08am

If you are an originalist about the US Constitution, presumably you should believe the Second Amendment only protects musket ownership.—@tommorris