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Like many others, I followed the Sony rootkit saga with interest, feeling relieved that as a Mac user I was probably immune to such stuff. But I guess DRM is inescapable. Recently I’ve purchased two CDs that play just fine in a CD player but are unreadable on my Mac (or on a PC). The…

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A few days ago I mentioned that “It’s going to be interesting to hunt down all of the places which have my Sun address”. Yesterday I came across one of them: PayPal. And changing it was quite a trip. It’s easy to add a new email address to PayPal, so I did that. But then…

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If you live in Europe, please consider signing the petition against the restrictions in the INSPIRE Directive on European Spatial Data Infrastructure. Arcane, but important. [Via BoingBoing.]

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Last September I wrote about the “geek-to-geek” event that I organized at StorageTek: an opportunity for several dozen senior engineers from Sun and StorageTek to meet each other, network, discuss issues of mutual interest, and so forth. That event seemed to work well, so yesterday we held a second one, at the Monrovia, CA facilities…

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Normally I disapprove of people hanging stuff from their rear-view mirrors: the windscreen is clear for a reason, people! However I might make an exception for a pair of fuzzy 20-sided dice….

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Well, it looks as if “the first big one” is going to turn out to be a non-event. It seems that the pressure gradient was so great that it sucked in more (relatively) warm air from the ocean than was expected, keeping the temperatures quite a bit higher than needed for snow. (Right now it’s…

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It looks as if I’m going to be working from home tomorrow: the first serious snowstorm of the year is headed our way. As usual, the geek in me prefers to get this forecast in metereologist-speak, straight from the NWS Taunton Forecast Discussion (my emphasis): THIS WILL NOT BE A VERY DEEP LOW WITH SFC…

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For some reason I find this notion of a micro compact home wholly intriguing. Is it really possible to create a living space in a 2.6 metre cube? The design of the micro compact home has been informed by the classic scale and order of a Japanese tea house, combined with advanced concepts and technologies…

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