Category Archives: Internet

She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.

Evo Terra tweeted the following:

“If you haven’t been bookmarked, retweeted and blogged, you might as well not have existed.” – Will be part of the next Found Things.

Which, for some reason inspired me to parody Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything:

I don’t want to blog anything, tweet anything, or podcast anything as a career. I don’t want to blog anything tweeted or podcasted, or tweet anything blogged or podcasted, or podcast anything blogged, tweeted, or podcasted, or retweet anything blogged, tweeted, or podcasted. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

[Update: Evo explains the origin of his comment.]

How Many of You?

The Trib today had a point to the website  As far as internet diversions go, this was a good one.
Logo There are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?
Logo There are
people with Sarah’s name in the U.S.A.
Logo There are
people with Dinah’s name in the U.S.A.

Dinah’s the clear winner here. However, I was suprised to learn that there are 10,677 people in the U.S. with the first name Dinah. The last name is what makes her stand out.
Logo There are
people with Evan’s name in the U.S.A.

I was really shocked that Evan clocked in so low.

Now you have two problems… again

Even though I use Twitter, I can appreciate mocking it.

With a tip of a hat to jwz, in response to reading Dr. Horrible’s twitter feed, Dave said

Some people, when they are having site availability problems, think, ‘I know, I’ll put up status on twitter!’  Now they have two site availability problems.

And one should not forgot Skottie Young’s post from yesterday on twitter.

Wingin’ It

While I was in AZ for work last week I once again got to stop by the Draco Vista studios. This time it was for a recording of Wingin’ It 3D. I had met Mike and Lorrie before, who are awesome people, but I also got to meet the awesomeness of Debbie, Eliza, Chris Kris, Scott Thomas, and Doug. Thanks to all of them for their hospitality.

One of the things I’ve always thought when listening to many of the Farpoint shows has been “I could hang out with these people.” What was nice about hanging out for WI3d was the realization that I was right. These are my kind of people. If I lived in the Phoenix area, I could see myself stopping by quiet often. (If they would have me, of course.)

It was a great time for me, hopefully the feeling was mutual. There was great beer (some of which I brought,) great food, and great people. I highly recommend it.

The show should be up today and tomorrow, I’ll link them when I have time.

[Update 4:14PM: Voicemail Show]

[Update 5/1 12PM:  First, Regular Show #36.  I realize I should have titled this post “Wingin’ It, they be bringing it.”  But also, it was pointed out in the comments by Brian that I forgot to mention him and Tim and teh aw esome they bring as well.  Not sure how the hell I did that.  I blame alcohol.  Also, I said Scott above when I meant Thomas and horked Kris’s name, those were just plain super-dumbness.]

Spam Subject of the week

You know, I shouldn’t be shocked by this anymore, but I still am. I love the niche markets that some spammers go after.

Subject: I know what ladies do on a farm. DO NOT leave them there unattended!

Do not leave your spouse on a farm unattended. She may replace you with animals and you will be way out of the competition for the rest of your relationship. I learned it the hard way

Experimenting with Twitter

I first played with Twitter back in August when I was at a Conference and they kept saying “it was the thing to do.” The official conference Twitter feed never got updated and it just seemed like the latest fad of the “social internet.” I just let my twitter account pretty much die.

A week or so ago, Dave started watching my dormant Twitter feed. I thought I’d take another look at Twitter based on the theory that if Dave sees value, there must be some. In talking to Dave last week at lunch, it looks like that is the way a lot of the smaller Mac software guys communicate. I’m not sure what I’d use it for, but I’ll play with it again.

I have to say that it is somewhat addicting to just drop a one liner about what is going on our what went through my head. Twitter also makes it very easy to do so since you can drop a tweet via SMS, IM, or the web. I have at least two of those accessible to me at all times.

The last thing I thought I’d play with is integrating Twitter with the blog. Luckily, the twitter tools wodpress plugin by Alex King make it a snap. So now, every day I drop a tweet, you’ll see a daily digest. We’ll see how this works and/or if I ever say anything of value.

(This has inspired me to take a look at integrating my tags as a daily digest post instead of integrating it to the RSS stream via FeedBurner as I do now. Dan Wooley has posted a ruby script he wrote to do it, so I might rip that off.)

My biscuits is burning, my biscuits is burning!

Today two guys from FeedBurner come to visit another team at work.  I asked if I could sit in to get some idea of what FeedBurner can do.  Right now I don’t really get any stats out of my blog that Technorati or awstats can give me, and those aren’t that useful.  It’ll be interesting to see if I get any insight on my blog this way.

The cool part is that this took almost no time to setup.  Registering at FeedBurner and pointing it towards my blog took about 2 minutes, and there is a feedburner plugin for WordPress that automatically redirects the RSS feeds (with a 307, so I can switch back at any time.)  All in all, pretty painless.

Firefox and Thunderbird extentions

I thought I’d document which Firefox and Thunderbird extensions I’m using. This is as much for me to remember should I have some disk failure or something as it is to generate discussion.

Firefox extensions

  • User Agent Switcher – easily change the user agent for sites that work with Firefox but don’t think they do
  • GooglePreview – inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages. Thumbnails are provided by and
  • BugMeNot – Integrates BugMeNot right into the browser. Right click on the login area, and boom, you’re in.
  • Live HTTP Headers – Follow the HTTP headers back and forth in real time. Helpful for debugging.
  • ScrapBook – helps you to save Web pages and easily manage collections.
  • ForecastFox – brings weather info from® to your status bar.
  • WebDeveloper – adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. I haven’t used it a lot lately, but is can be fairly useful.
  • Google Toolbar for Firefox – goes without saying…
  • Tab Mix Plus – Adds a lot of functionality and configuration over tabs. Allows you to change tab size, where the close button is, a session managers, etc. (Now TinyMCE friendly!)
  • – Integrates right into firefox. Has a bit more funtionality than just the drag and drop javascript eextensions
  • Adblock – does what it says, a powerful content filter
  • Fasterfox – allows you to tweak-out firefox’s network and rendering settings.
  • Viamatic foXpose – OS X expose like choosing for open tabs in Firefox

Thunderbird extensions

  • AboutConfig – adds about:config to thunderbird, for behind the scenes tweaking. The most important for me being mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new
  • Attachment Extractor – Can detach multiple attachments from one to many messages in one fell swoop. Rather than visiting each message each attachment.
  • Enigmail – GPG/PGP integration. I mostly use it as a prereq for Display MUA.
  • Display mailing list header – implements RFC 2369 for Thunderbird: Special mailing list header fields in the mail are parsed, and the links are displayed in the extended header view.
  • Display Mail User Agent Extension – This one is more for fun, but sometimes gives insight into who has e-mailed me.
  • Mail Redirect – adds one the features I was missing from mutt. Adds redirection, better known as bounce in elm, mutt, and others.

Now I just need to find a thunderbird extension that does arbitrary headers that are updated on sending. And mutt could be removed from my life. So sad.