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HP dv4150us and Ubuntu

Just thought I'd mention the Hewlett Packard dv4150us works perfectly with Ubuntu 10.04.

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My opinion

"I'd sue based on _my_ reading of it, but hey, while my opinion is obviously always correct, I recognize that I live in a world where not everybody else always sees that."

Linus Torvalds
Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 15:06:51 -0700 (PDT)

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Log lots

Use lots, and lots, and lots of logging. There are few things more painful than having something break, and not being able to find out why. This is a major difference between Linux and Windows, and in general, the programs written for each.

Simplicity rules the web

Few can possibly deny that simplicity rules the internet. The most popular websites for particular categories are, invariably simplistic and clean. Craigslist, Facebook (which overtook the cluttered MySpace), Twitter (which I think is more popular than Facebook), and Google are all examples of this principal in action.

In fact the entire Web 2.0 revolution and look is built on simplicity. Less form fields and buttons, ajax, and fewer clicks all feed this school of thought.

Apple bans third party advertisement and analytics from apps

From CNet technology news, Apple changes the terms of it's developer aggreement to prohibit developers from using advertising in their applications that shares analytic data with "an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple."

This should give a boost to Android.

Reminder, Jacob: Product and Car Survey

I'm done. No more surveys. Ask me for my time, for free, to give you data you can sell or otherwise profit from? No. Between personal and work life I've had roughly 10 requests for surveys in the last 2 weeks or so, and the rate is increasing. No more.

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Microchips in recycling bins

Planet Moron has a post on the city of Alexandria, Virgina using microchips in recycling bins to track usage for "educational purposes."

Used copiers often sold with copies of documents

Most digital copiers made since 2002 have an internal hard drive that stores copies of every document handled. These are rarely wiped before being sold as used. Every document is recoverable from this hard drive.

Facebook goes down

facebook down

"...as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

Do not steal user control

I was being semi-productive on my Windows virtual machine when I was faced with this:

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