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Archive for the 'Computing' Category

I think it's the fact that I'm running a virtual dedicated host, but these kinds of things aggravate me: why is my server status "red" when I'm barely using any of the CPU or Memory?


Michael Tsai on What Backblaze Doesn't Back Up: My other concern is that Backblaze doesn't actually back up everything. It fails all but one of the Backup Bouncer tests, discarding file permissions, symlinks, Finder flags and locks, creation dates (despite claims), modification date (timezone-shifted), extended attributes (which include Finder tags and the "where from" URL), […]

Product/Market Fit

My friend Josh has a great post on the fit that's necessary between product and marketing.

Some Random Bits and Bobs

Introducing Pop, the animation engine behind Paper (Facebook) BASIC turns 50 (50!) The Origin of Smalltalk’s Select, Reject, and Inject The absurdity of LinkedIn Our 1Password Watchtower service is now looking out for you, right in 1Password for Mac Burying the URL

AdSense Opt-Out

Friendly reminder: you can go to to opt out of a lot of Google Ads tracking. I kept seeing ad after ad for HostGator (enough that I will now strongly not consider using HostGator for anything), and quickly opted out to clear those from my computer. In general I don't mind ad tracking. I'd […]

Understanding Heartbleed

This is about the simplest - and one of the best - explanations available: xkcd: Heartbleed Explanation.

Funny Software Bugs

Michael Tsai with a short list of Funniest Software Bugs. The first is quite good…

I'll admit it. My previous 1Password Master Password was one of convenience. It was between 3 and 10 letters long, and contained few special characters. But… my new password follows some of the guidelines set forth in Toward Better Master Passwords. Thanks. I suppose I can tolerate being annoyed a little bit more for exponentially […] There's the traceroute. Ho hum.

Windows 8 a Disaster

According to Paul Thurrott, anyway: This is not open to debate, is not part of some cute imaginary world where everyone's opinion is equally valid or whatever. Windows 8 is a disaster. Period. While some Windows backers took a wait-and-see approach and openly criticized me for being honest about this, I had found out from […]

Amazon Prime: + $20 to $40?

No thanks. I use it for the free shipping, but don't use any of the other features. I've watched Alpha House via the streaming service, but that's about it. Free shipping is pretty slow, though. And they may play tricks with it… What else is there, really? Seriously.

How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username — Medium Why someone would pay $50k for "@N" is beyond me, though.


I never liked Quark, but I respected the position it held in the industry. But now, it is no more: As the big dog of desktop publishing in the '80s and '90s, QuarkXPress was synonymous with professional publishing. In fact, it was publishing. But its hurried and steady decline is one of the greatest business […]

Microsoft and Getting Work Done

Microsoft's dystopian pitch for remote work by David of 37signals Microsoft is launching a new marketing campaign for Office 365 that celebrates working during your kid's recitals, on vacation, and while enjoying the appetizer at a restaurant. All this under the guise of "balance" between work and life. Yes, it's horrible. Didn't Microsoft run a […]

Twitter’s Custom Timelines

Twitter is branching out with custom timelines. It'll be interesting to see how this is used and/or how it's abused.