Archive - 2002


December 6th

reap what you sow?

Mike Wendland wrote an article a few weeks ago about millionaire Alan Ralsky who lives in a brand new 8000-sq-foot luxury home, complete with T1 Internet and everything else this sweet world has to offer. So how does millionaire Alan Ralsky pay for all this? Simple. He's behind 40% of the junk email you get in your inbox everyday.

Slashdot picked up this article, and soon we had Slashdotters churning out all sorts of information about him, including his postal address, which people eagerly used to sign up for every ad catalog and junk snail mail there they could lay there hands on! So now, Alan's been "slashdotted" with junk mail! Read more in Mike's follow up article.

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December 5th


My graphic designing brain cells were getting a little rusty, so I thought I'd give the old image editor a whirl:

Jammin' - TpT members are going to make some noise sometime in December
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The DNS has changed, the server's new, and everything has moved.
MT is running, the pages are published and everything feels good.
The people here are pretty nice, and work with much aplomb
A new home, a place -!!


December 4th

mushy mushy messenger

The reviews of the new MSN Messenger 5.0 have'nt really been too encouraging. And I agree. Other than being yet another unneccessary cosmetic change, this upgrade was just another incorporation of some completely useless, and particularly annoying features. For example, the extremely irritating MSN Today popup, a dastardly sin that the Yahoo Messenger had already commited. And a new set of sounds that replace the pleasant old ones. The new "user is online" sound is not quite what you'd like to hear at 2 o'clock in the night when you're reading a scary story. (Of course, they're far more pleasant than Yahoo's "user is offline" sound - a horrifying creaking door from those vampire movies.)

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upsaid implements Blogger API

David Wouters at has finally implemented the XML-RPC API for weblogging for the service. This means you can now update your weblog using BlogBuddy, wBloggar, or any other weblog app. Cool!

I had started this XML-RPC project a few months ago, but was too lazy to actually go on to complete it. David then redid the whole thing himself, complete with ping and the works. If you don't know about Upsaid, I really sugest you go and have a look.

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December 2nd


All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye

But the dawn is breakin', it's early morn,
The taxi's waitin', he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now, they don't mean a thing
Every place I go I'll think of you
Every song I sing I'll sing for you
When I come back I'll bring your wedding ring

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November 29th


Fellow Indiblogger Nilesh Chaudhari has created a way-cool MTBlogTimes plugin for Movable Type that allows you to create an awesome time bar depicting the frequency distribution of your weblog posts. And it's looks really good on his blog too!


November 28th


I just discovered that my computer screen has a really cool touch-sensitive line-highlighting feature. Yes, simply run your finger along the line you want, and the collected dust on the screen will go away, leaving a highlighted area twice as bright as normal.


November 27th

immovable types

Ben and Mena Trott, the couple that brought us MovableType are celebrating their third anniversary. Mena's even posted some love letters from when they were 18. Happy Anniversary! (The footer on Mena's blog is really cool: My life is Powered by Movable Type

One day even I shall open up my inbox archive and copy paste love letters from when I was 18.

...It's been a year since I was 18.

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November 25th

Quid quid Latine dictum sit,

Quid quid Latine dictum sit, altum viditur - Whatever is said in Latin sounds important.