Swhack Weblog

swhack: serving some sense sans sloganity, since 2001

Last update: 2001-12-16 23:13 UTC
Nearby: RSS/RDF/XML version
Archives: Month, Year, Today

Archived Items

Thestar.com/Covering all the basses

posted by sbp at 2001-12-16 20:51 (permalink)

sbp: JPJ doing what JPJ does best
sbp: "The Thunderthief" will be out soon; Feb 2002? Possible vocals on some of the tracks, according to the article

Classic Connolly on Citing Sources

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 19:23 (permalink)

AaronSw: "Your argument will be so much more convincing if the reader can check your answer from independent sources. You'll build credibility. Quality of documents on the web will increase! World hunger will be eliminated!!!! Er... ahem..."

Apache Web-Serving with Mac OS X: Part 2

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 19:13 (permalink)

AaronSw: The readers demand an article about using Python. Take that, Kevin!

iGot an iPod!

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 18:12 (permalink)

AaronSw: The first thing you notice is that it's so small. It's absolutely beautiful looking, and very easy to use.
AaronSw: The second thing you notice is that you got fingerprints all over it.
AaronSw: The third thing you notice is that Firewire is fast. It grabs an entire song in about a second. You can quickly throw all your songs onto it, and then do the same with the next computer you hook it up to. It has no copy protection features. (Yes!)
AaronSw: The last thing you notice is that the Firewire port on your TiBook is broken, and so you can't hook it up to your computer. (Arrrgh!)
AaronSw: So instead, I sit here and play Breakout on it.
AaronSw: Many thanks to you-know-who for such an awesome present.

Structured Procrastination

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 17:50 (permalink)

AaronSw: This article made me realize I'm a procrastinator, and many people I know are too. But it also told me how to deal with it.
AaronSw: I can't help but wonder if we are all procrastinators to some extent, and some of us just structure our tasks better than others.
AaronSw: If someone could find me a really important task that needs to be done yesterday, please let me know. I really do need to get back to work on the Plex. :-)

A Special Thank-you

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 06:00 (permalink)

Verio is censoring John Gilmore's email

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 05:39 (permalink)

AaronSw: I support John in this 100%.
AaronSw: On many an occasion I've been able to use his toad.com SMTP server when I couldn't find any others. It's been extremely useful in protecting the rights of free speech to myself and many others, not to mention a useful Internet service in general.
AaronSw: Stomping out this sharing of resources simply makes no sense and I wish I could do more to stop the blackmailers and extortionists involved.

Tolerance.org: 101 Tools for Tolerance

posted by sbp at 2001-12-16 05:33 (permalink)

sbp: """I believe that America's diversity is its strength. [...] To help keep diversity a wellspring of strength and make America a better place for all"""
sbp: O.K., so, let me get this straight...
sbp: This site's one (commendable) goal is "tolarance for all cultures", and yet it has profoundly Americentric verbiage splattered on it. Can anyone say "hypocrisy"?
sbp: The coolest bit is that at the very bottom of the page are the words "We Share A World". I share a laugh

An Exceedance of Impactful Ignorals

posted by sbp at 2001-12-16 02:29 (permalink)

sbp: """For the first time in history, large numbers of people, of widely varying educational standards, are able to make the results of their writing available to anyone who cares to enquire."""
sbp: Discusses how phenomic words are invented, and spread through the Internet

Google News Headlines

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 01:27 (permalink)

AaronSw: I wonder if this is RSS-powered.

Google Catalog Search

posted by AaronSw at 2001-12-16 01:19 (permalink)

AaronSw: Will Google ever stop? Coming next week: stalker.google.com, warez.google.com.
AaronSw: via Dave, Lawrence, JD
AaronSw: Lawrence: "And the very cool part is that the catalog includes what Google does best: search. [...] get this, all the words are highlighted on the image. That's some mighty fine optical character recognition."
AaronSw: Sergey Brin (Google Co-founder) comments: "In the future, Google will be your interface to all the world's knowledge - not just web pages."
AaronSw: Their optical character recognition is quite impressive. It even finds words in logos.
AaronSw: It'd be really cool if Google started doing price comparisions...

Aaron Swartz and Sean B. Palmer
Run by the Daily Chump bot with a few modifications of our own.