Archive for January, 2006

MacBook Pro – Killing the PowerBook Brand

When Apple announced the MacBook Pro, my first reaction was not to any of the hardware changes but to the name. This machine represents the end of the PowerBook brand name, a brand that dates back well before the PowerPC processor, to the first Apple notebook computers in 1991. I believed that PowerBook was one [...]

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Google Just Isn’t Very Good

I was reminded again today of the number of smart people that have been swallowed up by Google. Google seems to have hired everyone in San Jose, according to Indeed.com’s new job numbers. They have offices in New York, and I hear they are opening new offices in Philadelphia and Boston. They seem to be [...]

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propsmart – Finally a good MLS/google maps mashup

I just happened to catch a Google ad for propsmart, and I’m glad that I did. I enjoy regularly browsing real estate listings in both Michigan and Massachusetts. The web-based browsing systems have been gradually improving, but none of them have yet got it right. propsmart is a big step in the right direction. For [...]

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Stop Energy

A friend just used the phrase Stop Energy to describe part of the open software development process. I hadn’t heard the term before, and so I had to look it up. Stop Energy is the ambient energy in an open development process available to stop any forward motion. Stop Energy manifests as technical (and sometimes [...]

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Making offlineimap not die

I love offlineimap. I even love the quirky way it is hosted on a gopher site. The functionality is awesome. For those of you who don’t know, offlineimap syncronizes a remote IMAP mailbox heirarchy with a local Maildir folder heirarchy. This means you get disconnected IMAP operation with all your favorite Maildir clients (like mutt), [...]

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Deconstructing the Ann Arbor News

A new article from Jeff Jarvis on Deconstructing the Newspaper really hits the nail on the head for me. I’ve been constantly annoyed by the Ann Arbor News for trying to be a national newspaper, trying to be all things to all people. I want a local newspaper that covers local news. I get the [...]

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Switched my laptop to Ubuntu

I switched to running Ubuntu on my Thinkpad. I’m very pleased with the experience. The install was painless, and everything thus far has just worked. It really feels like linux is maturing on the desktop.
I’ve also installed a shiny new tool, Gnome Blog. It’s a panel applet that makes it easy to enter blog posts. [...]

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This is a test of the gnome-blog client

I’m just testing the gnome-blog client.

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