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does not use overseas labor

After seeing the WayPath project, I was beginning to like ThinkTank23 as a company. It even had a "community" link and all. Just then, I read the ending lines of their about page:

Think Tank 23 is a privately-held company with service centers in Seattle, Washington, and Denver, Colorado, and a network of U.S. based resources across the country. Think Tank does not use overseas labor.

"does not use overseas labor" - Perhaps I'm being too sensitive, but I didn't like the apparent tone of the phrase. Are they trying to imply that "overseas labor" is something lowly and inferior (the term "labor" being used for software development being a whole different matter), and that their company is superior by not using it? Perhaps not. Perhaps all they're saying is that they're doing their bit for the United States by keeping American jobs in America, and hence appealing to the prospective local clients who would prefer all-American companies.

awesome

A must-read short story by Arthur C. Clarke: The Star. via Jefferey

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audiopost

My third audio entry is a scratch tune that I found hidden in an obscure directory of my hard disk. Most of these scratch tunes I record are musical memos; stubs for songs that I had once intended to write, but couldn't due to lack of time or imagination. Like many of my other tunes, even this one had a few lines of poetry to go with it. Sadly, I don't remember the words anymore, or the sentiments I had attempted to capture. So all we're left with is an orphaned tune - without words, just a title: Kyon Raat(139 kb).

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e-v-o-l-u-t-i-o-n

Learning from the gurus: How to market your software project.

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phew!

Finally back after more than 36 hours offline... Some "freeware" software trojaned an extremely freaky adware program into my machine. When I removed the adware, it took down the whole network adapter components of the OS along with it. Notes to self: a) Be careful about exactly WHAT freeware you're installing. b) If you ever meet a programmer who writes such kind of AdWare, remember to go for his jugular.

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what will they think of next

Today's "l337" thing to do: bluejacking. From the website bluejackq.com:

...using a phone with Bluetooth, you can create a phonebook contact and write a message, eg. 'Hello, you've been bluejacked', in the 'Name' field. Then you can search for other phones with Bluetooth and send that phonebook contact to them. On their phone, a message will popup saying "'Hello, you've been bluejacked' has just been received by Bluetooth" or something along those lines. For most 'victims' they will have no idea as to

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namesakes

This guy is not the same guy as this guy. The latter is a postdoc at the Media Lab who also likes to design. The former is a noveau music maker who was on last week's MTV Alert.

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apart from making cool software

she writes well too.

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mt vulnerability

MovableType users, there is a security issue that you need to tend to immediately. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Rename, relocate, or simply remove mt-send-entry.cgi. It's a formmail script, so people are using it* to spam other people. Of course, since it's your server that's sending out the Viagra emails, your server is going to be blacklisted when an anti-spam tracker detects it.
  2. (updated, thanks Adam) Add the following to your .htaccess file:
    <Files ~ "\.(ini|inc|tmpl|cfg)">
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multiproject boredom syndrome

Kasia Trapszo writes:

... I suppose programming is much like running a long race.. you start out all excited and full of joy, sweat through the middle, force yourself to keep going towards the end and always manage to find that little push to finish looking strong. After that it's just all joy and pride and happy, good feelings...

I find it both uncanny and reassuring that there are people on the other side of this planet with exactly the same kind of thoughts and experiences as me.

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