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November 2007

The 700 MHz Spectrum   by Anthony Lawrence
- Originally the turkey legs were going to go to public safety and the rest of the bird would get tossed to the dogs to fight over. That is, 24MHz was to go for public safety, 60MHz or so for wireless use, and the rest of the available 108MHz had already gone somewhere.. I don't know where, but I don't have it.
 
Wiggle that Mouse   by Anthony Lawrence
- So she was fussing about how long it was taking to print.. I told her that if she moved her mouse around, it would print faster.
 
Full or Partial RSS feeds   by Anthony Lawrence
- I was opposed to full feeds at one time, and that was mostly because of bandwidth: RSS readers can be absolutely stupid about how often they hit your site, and most seem to pay no attention to any "updateFrequency" you set in your files. Of course a full feed is more data than a partial feed, so partial feeds are less burden on the site. However, I swwitched my feeds to Feedburner some time ago, so that's not an issue for me any longer: it's Feedburner's bandwidth now, not mine.
 
Yes, I'd like to pay more   by Anthony Lawrence
- Do you remember all that Microsoft FUD about the "true cost of Linux"? Using various dubious methods, Microsoft and its legions of well supported tech shills came up with all sorts of reasons why Linux only looked less expensive.. of course they were lying through their teeth
 
Dual Boot   by Anthony Lawrence
- What thoughts entered my mind when they mentioned dual boot? Oh, let's see: stagecoach, poodle skirt, rotary dial phone, Z-80, Windows 98..
 
Registry Cleaner Articles   by Anthony Lawrence
- Don't fall for the registry cleaner articles offers
 
SCO bumbles along   by Anthony Lawrence
- SCO seldom fails to disappoint - at least when it comes to screwing things up and making things worse.
 
Making Things Talk   by Anthony Lawrence
- Back in the 70's I built a few Heathkits.. I can't even remember what I built other than a voltmeter, but I remember enjoying it. Playing with electronics was fun. The only problem was that if you wanted to do anything complicated, well, it quickly got very complicated. It could get pretty expensive, too.
 
Wiring.org I/O Board   by Anthony Lawrence
- As I explained at my review of "Making Things Talk", that book re-awakened my interest in electronics. Frankly, although I've had a lot of fun with computers and programming over the last thirty years, it's getting a little too smooth and polished for my taste. I'm a rough and tumble, Wild West kind of guy - I liked programming the most when it was bare metal. So after excitedly ripping through that book at Warp 8, I rushed to my computer and ordered a "Wiring" I/O board.
 
Watch the blinking lights   by Anthony Lawrence
- Blinking two LEDS with a wiring.org i/o board: This simple project demonstrates the analog output capability of the Wiring.org I/O board.
 
Random subroutines in Perl   by Anthony Lawrence
- How to call subroutines randomly with Perl - and why you might want to do something that seems so silly.
 
USB I/O on Wiring.org board   by Anthony Lawrence
- Example of using usb port on Wiring.org board: I'm continuing to play around with the Wiring.org I/O Board and wanted to see how to use its built-in USB port for input and output. It turns out that's not hard to do, but I did run into a number of data conversion problems along the way, so the project became a little challenging.
 
Google Ad Placement Targeting   by Anthony Lawrence
- Google's new ad targetting for channels allows advertisers to target sections of your website.
 
No more excuses - Forget Windows   by Anthony Lawrence
- Is there any reason left NOT to use Linux or a Mac?
 
Why Validate Doctypes?   by Anthony Lawrence
- 100% Doctype compliance is nearly impossible. From Google ads to Feedburner stats and everything in between, almost none if it comes close to XHTML Strict compliance
 
How many RSS readers do you really have?   by Anthony Lawrence
- Do those RSS readers come to the site? I sometimes subscribe to a site and only after months of ignoring it do I get around to actually getting rid of it.
 
RailsSpace   by Anthony Lawrence
- I've seen the same thought expressed in just about every ROR book and article I've read, and it's complete nonsense. Anyone who has ever created a medium size website certainly should understand the concept of separating content from presentation, and that's the basis of ROR's MVC (Model, View, Controller). Your raw content will be under "views", definitions and code will be under "controllers", and "models" defines database data. The only other thing you need to understand before starting in is "migrations", which is simply ROR's version control system for your database.
 
Another one bites the dust   by Anthony Lawrence
- I spent most of yesterday on the phone helping another consultant port a SCO Unix Filepro system over to Linux. Actually, we had started this more than a monthback but ran into a Filepro snag: she had done all her menus using a product called Softa, apparently no longer in business, so although we did an initial transfer then, she had to re-write some menus before we could bring it live.
 
Amazon Kindle   by Anthony Lawrence
- I think Amazon is forgetting the Gillette principle. Like razors, it's the blade where they should make their money, but also like razors, the thing being sold has a short life span - sure, I may go back and read some things again, but most books get read exactly once. That means that both the device and the refillable content have to be reasonably priced, and right now, they are not.
 
Build Your Own Ruby On Rails Website   by Anthony Lawrence
- Another good intro to Ruby on Rails, review of Build Your Own Ruby On Rails Website by Patrick Lenz
 
Flyback needs more than ease of use   by Anthony Lawrence
- Well, Time Machine is not "just" rsnapshot. First, on the tech side, it uses hard links for directories and metadata that identifies a files lineage (see Time Machine Details). It's also much faster than plain old rsnapshot because it gets notified of file change events and therefore doesn't have to go searching to see what needs to be backed up. But as some have noted (and as some still don't get), it's the interface and design that make Time Machine so incredibly cool.
 
UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS (Accidental Felony or Computer Crime)   by Ray Lindeman
- Accidental Felony or Computer Crime The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
 
Who locked that file?   by Anthony Lawrence
- Determine what process has a file locked - I can't even imagine how many times I've heard someone complain about a locked file.