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A Mea Culpa or Here’s My New Blog Urlfuzzyblog

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 12:57:50 +0000

Dear Blogging Community as a Whole, I wanted to say I’m sorry.  I’ve violated one of Scoble’s core blogging rules i.e. “Don’t change your blog / feed url” often (if ever).  Well I’ve done that all too often but I now have a new url: http://fuzzyblog.com/ -or- http://fuzzyblog.com/feed/ And since that meets these criteria: Is […](image)


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ServerBeach versus XLHostfuzzyblog

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:12:32 +0000

So I’m just plain jonesing to do the podcast. That means bandwidth and that means storage. And the desire to play with stuff that TextDrive* just won’t support means that I’m going down the dedicated server route. Given that I’m an ex-Rackspace customer this really isn’t surprising at all to me. I just like having […](image)


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Google Desktop Continuedfuzzyblog

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:09:51 +0000

So I’m on like Day 3 or so of Google desktop.   Overall I’m still happy.  Some things have changed: I really want Google desktop to index my Gaim logs.  Sadly it won’t and the plug in for it has gone missing (site offline). If the owner of Wickdev.com could put their web page back […](image)


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Understanding Just Why Podcasting Will be Hugefuzzyblog

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 10:33:56 +0000

I recently had a bit of an epiphany as to just why Podcasting will be huge. I’m sure its obvious and must have occurred to others but just in case I thought I’d blog it. Its all entropy you see, all entropy. Entropy or the natural tendency of the universe to move from order to […](image)


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Hardware Recommendation Requestedfuzzyblog

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 10:08:45 +0000

I find that, once again, I’m unhappy with my cable modem / wifi gateway.  Ideally I’d like: Something with at least 4 ports since I have 3 desktops in active use and I prefer cables on my laptops honestly (i’m so damn sick of ssh windows dying when connectivity goes south; and don’t vent to […](image)


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Link : How to change your AIM password without downloadin the client softwarefuzzyblog

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 09:35:23 +0000

Just go here.  And change ‘foo’ to whatever your account name is (there’s a form field; you don’t have to do it manually at the link level).(image)


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Podcasting — How to save money on your bandwidthfuzzyblog

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 15:13:49 +0000

When I was speaking at search engine strategies a few days ago, I had this wonderful discussion about podcasting with Randall (Hi Randall; hope all is well; sorry I can’t link to you but I lost your business card).  Randall is in the real estate business and they want to do a podcast.  Like a […](image)


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Ubunto – Installing Djangofuzzyblog

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 12:49:42 +0000

So I’ve decided to go with Django as my 1st python web framework.  The documentation is basically spot on but I hit a typically bizarre setup error about not being able to find make files under the python directory so I loaded up Synaptic Package manager and selected Autoconf and then did a search for […](image)


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Hosting Review Requestedfuzzyblog

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 10:59:42 +0000

A buddy of mine just IM’d me about cheap hosting in the US.  His requirements are: non shared hosting i.e. dedicated server a linux distro which doesn’t have package management issues i.e. gentoo / debian / *bsd a non astronomical monthly fee ( he needs at least 2 servers from day 1 to build a […](image)


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Venture Capital : Raising the Right Amount of Moneyfuzzyblog

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 10:54:13 +0000

I think the most common questions any entrepreneur has are always about money — how to get it, where to get it, how much to get, etc. And, sadly, I see everyone always make the same mistake.  They focus on what they can raise but NOT on what they actually need.  Oy.  And I’ve done […](image)


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1st Notes on Google DesktopfuzzyblogGDS Main ScreenGDS Filters

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 09:53:04 +0000

So here’s the report on the 1st day of the 30 days. Here’s what it looks like on my system: And here are some details: I moved it from the far right hand edge of the screen to the far left. That feels more right for what its worth. I’ve seen a few window redraw […](image)


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New Google Deskbar Rocksfuzzyblog

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 16:52:59 +0000

My oh my. I’m just plain astonished at the rich, frothy goodness that is Google Sidebar / Google Desktop 2.0 / whatever the heck they call it. This thing is bloody well rocking my world. Yes I know that I’m the last person on the planet to try this new thing from Google which came […](image)


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Wanting to Riff Like Niallfuzzyblog

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 12:54:32 +0000

So I’m seeing Niall and Om and “I wanna be like them”.  Seriously though.  I’m definitely fascinated by podcasting, I’ve got the iPod 60 gig, and I feel that I’m ready to actually *gasp* create a podcast.  What occurs to me that might be interesting to the 13 people who read this blog is this […](image)


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The Om and Niall Rifffuzzyblog

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 07:34:01 +0000

Ever hear a podcast that just called to you?  So much so that you actually called up the Podcaster and said “Thanks Dude”?  Well if not then I recommend you do so. What creative person doesn’t enjoy getting thanked for their work?  Well, for me last night (post SES sleep woes have made this now […](image)


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Usability Goes Everywherefuzzyblog

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 07:32:51 +0000

Having read much of Defensive Design, the new 37 Signals book, today during SES travel, I found my experiences downloading a new Linksys driver for my old WPC11 v3 card interesting.  Here’s the download page.  The 1st download link is, unhelpfully, for the Windows CE version of the driver.  The second is for the Linux […](image)


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Question of the Dayfuzzyblog

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 19:10:17 +0000

So I just got my 1st ever USB keychain drive. $20 at Walmart for 256 mb of storage. I plug it in and it just works. I copy* my PowerPoint for SES over to it and it just works. *StillAstonishedAmI*. I mean how often does a hardware doo hickey just plain work? No drivers, no […](image)


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The Dark Side of Russellfuzzyblog

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 16:44:41 +0000

Oh my.  Russell is flexing his blog mojo and realizing the power of the dark side.   The worst thing ?  It would actually work.(image)


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Live with Webmailfuzzyblog

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 15:09:56 +0000

Wow.  I was just looking for this today when I was thinking about Jeremy: Roughly 60 days ago, I began My 30 Day Gmail and Yahoo! Mail Challenge. Obviously it lasted longer than 30 days, but the experience has been very, very useful. I’ve learned a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of both services. […](image)


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A Devil Dog Indeedfuzzyblog

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 09:07:59 +0000

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Great shell command : Find all files modified in the past week using class library foofuzzyblogTasty ... Hm... Donuts...

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 08:55:40 +0000

Heh.  I was leafing through my copy of the Pragmatic Programmer while taking my shower (what’s that you say; you don’t shower at 3 am?  Then you don’t have an absolutely wonderful Australian web consultant like Mike that you’re time synched with) and I found this little gem: find . -name ‘*.php’ -mtime +7 -print […](image)


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Escape from hackerdom or How to Implement Engineering Processesfuzzyblog

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 08:00:52 +0000

i.e. How to Bring Web 2.0 Company Engineering Under Control Yes Virginia this is another article in my Engineering Management 101 series of posts which can all be found under my Software Engineering tag. Process is often to many engineers a dirty word. Sometimes its a very dirty or #*$&#(*$ word. However this is not […](image)


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10 Things About My Web 2.0 Startupfuzzyblog

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 01:47:01 +0000

Someone recently IM’d me about my “100 Things About Me” post which was, good lord, 3 plus years old and I thought this was an interesting meme: 10 things which have changed about you or are just plain geeky as all heck since you either started a web 2.0 company or joined one: New favorite […](image)


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Python Link of the Day: EZTfuzzyblog

Sun, 04 Dec 2005 13:01:37 +0000

Interesting. I just finished a long IM chat with my buddy Greg and he pointed me towards EZT as a templating library. He wrote and, well, $geek_fu is no stronger than Greg’s. He and I tossed it around for a while and, without having coded with it, it feels very, very similar to my beloved […](image)


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Python Link of the Dayfuzzyblog

Sat, 03 Dec 2005 18:05:13 +0000

Ok I have my 1st gui Python app up thanks to this. Its nothing more than a cross platform text box but just that is cool. Quite cool actually. Now conceptually I really do like the idea that Python is brace i.e. { and } free. Having managed literally departments of programmers through different programming […](image)


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Engineering Management 101 : BitRot and Why Engineers Hate Building Toolsfuzzyblog

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 21:19:18 +0000

This is an article in a series that I’ll be writing. The next one may be “Why Engineers Don’t Always Do What They’re Told”. Understanding BitRot Among software engineers there’s a term BitRot. We don’t talk about it all that much and its not well understood but its this: Bits really do rot. You write […](image)


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Paying for Web 2.0fuzzyblog

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 12:59:20 +0000

My buddy “Mike Down Under” has an interesting post on Web 2.0: Web 2.0 – $9.95 per month I’ve been thinking about writing this post for some time now and today I saw a post from Michael Arrington that touched on what I’ve been thinking for a while. So it’s Web 2.0. we’re all pretty […](image)


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Marcia Brady the Startup Windowfuzzyblog

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 01:32:08 +0000

My darling wife Shelley contributed this audio clip in tribute to Marcia Brady and in complaint of my current work focus.(image)


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Meet Some Feedsteritesfuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 22:28:30 +0000

Thanks to Nick setting up blogs, we’ve now got 3 delighted WordPress users at Feedster: Nick (crawler engineering) James (sales) Rachel (sales and marketing) *Smile*.  Now this makes the founder of a blogging company proud.  Thanks guys.(image)


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Why Python?fuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 15:21:05 +0000

Oh my. A comment from Dewayne who has, if my memory is correct, been reading me since my days of Radio Blogging. Here it is: Scott – Would you mind letting us in on your thought process for learning Python as opposed to something else? Is this a new part of feedster or just a […](image)


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FireFox 1.5 is Outfuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 14:32:28 +0000

Sigh. But on OSX the WordPress rich editor doesn’t seem to work in it. Big sigh.(image)


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Blog This All Over the Placefuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 11:50:24 +0000

I normally don’t blog things like this but since BoingBoing is a very trusted source (at least to me; your mileage may vary).  Shocking: PriceRitePhoto rip-off artists exposed Boing Boing stalwart Thomas Hawk tried to order a camera from PriceRitePhoto, and discovered that they company was fraudulently offering the camera at a low price, responding […](image)


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First Python Project: Gaim + GMail Integrationfuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 10:16:58 +0000

I thought a lot about 1st projects to learn Python and, well, my first idea was overly ambitious.  So I thought more about computing problems I have every single day and one came to me: Gaim IM Logs, well, suck.  I mean the log format is fine but the search is deadly slow I often […](image)


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If a feature fell in the forestfuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 08:22:50 +0000

Its that whole Zen Koan thing: If a tree fell in the forest and no one was there to see, did it fall at all ? The Web 2.0 developer version of this would be: If a feature fell in the forest and you were the only one awake in the company to know you […](image)


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The Annotated Evheadfuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 06:49:38 +0000

Note: Typo corrected.  Thanks to Mark for this one.  Oy. Evan of Blogger and Odeo fame just wrote a damn good essay about being “10 Rules for Web Startups” and I thought “Damn but I need to understand that better”. So I figured I make an annotated version and relate it in context of my […](image)


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Becoming P^3fuzzyblog

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 03:09:51 +0000

Its time to become a P^3 person. I mean I know Perl, I know PHP. Why not *drum roll* Python? Download Python 2.4. Done. Ask knowledgeable Python Person “What Gui Framework?”. “WxWindows”. Download. Done. Open obligatory 2 year old Python book that my wonderful wife gave me as a present back in 2003. Read first […](image)


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Advice for New Startups : Metricsfuzzyblog

Wed, 30 Nov 2005 15:46:40 +0000

I’ve got a good friend, someone I know via IM, that wants to start a company.  He’s always asking me for advice, which is good of course, but I thought it would be better to just start blogging it since I know he’s a reader.  Anyway.  Here’s today’s “Advice Bit”: Metrics Now I’ve been through […](image)


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Making Google Talk Betterfuzzyblog

Wed, 30 Nov 2005 14:08:56 +0000

Hm… I’m a self admitted IM freak. I use IM religiously and devoutly, normally logging 12+ hours daily on IM. So I tried the new Gtalk client recently and it had some problems that affect me, being an IM freak, that I’d love to see addressed. I doubt they will be since I’m utterly not […](image)


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Techniques for Staying Awake and Functional When Caffeine Fails Youfuzzyblog

Tue, 29 Nov 2005 14:15:29 +0000

Here are some tips when caffeine starts to either not work or, well, make you want to vomit rats: Bright Light.  I’ve got a 300 watt halogen going in a 12 x 10 room and its having a noticable effect on my consciousness Loud Music.  Hopefully my neighbors appreciate a Beastie Boys / Quiet Riot […](image)


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Great VIM Tip: Set pastefuzzyblog

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 08:28:29 +0000

If you find that VIM’s auto indenting makes pasting in text, well, suck then enter this: :set paste and :set nopaste to reverse it. Source: VIM.ORG And, yes, I rated it as life changing.  This one tip will make a huge difference in my use of VIM.  I used to sometimes exit VIM, edit the […](image)


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Digital Camera Recommendation WantedfuzzyblogKodak P880 - Do I Buy ?Canon S2 - Should I Buy ? Kodak Z740

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 07:08:13 +0000

I’ve been getting the serious urge to upgrade my digital camera lately.  Right now I’m using a 5 year old 3 megapixel Kodak which, while working wonderfully, makes me feel kinda lame truth to tell.  And I had an absolute blast taking lots and lots of pictures over the Thanksgiving Holiday at Shelley’s parent’s house.  […](image)


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Great Thoughts on Options in SoftwarefuzzyblogToo Many Options!

Sun, 27 Nov 2005 19:53:11 +0000

Matt has his usual wonderful thoughts, this time on options in software. Having once sold a piece of software with roughly this many options (shown on left). Matt’s right — most people won’t use the options and you can always expose a plugin api for it if you have to. Good job Matt! This was […](image)


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Thanks Dave!fuzzyblog

Sun, 27 Nov 2005 18:24:37 +0000

I’m in the middle of, yafh*, working on improving the look and feel of Feedster’s site. I needed to know how to wrap images around text. And, while I could have looked up on some HTML reference site, I did what I have done every single time I needed to know this since I started […](image)


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Getting down to the wirefuzzyblog

Sun, 27 Nov 2005 09:27:41 +0000

Any developer has, at one point in his or her career, had this type of conversation between themselves and one or more other developers: (04:31:39) mikeair888: and we’ve still got a full day US time (04:32:01) fuzzygroup: more than that actually (04:32:13) fuzzygroup: the board meeting is at 9 am pst which is 12 pm […](image)


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Well Said Jeremy, Well Saidfuzzyblog

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 15:20:04 +0000

Jeremy, an engineer on Yahoo Search, in discussing why people find Google’s results to be the best, even in the face of a blind “taste test” which proves they aren’t shows tremendous courage with this post which quotes Seth Godin’s post on the same topic: Jeremy: I won’t go into the flaws with this method, […](image)


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Advice on Consumer Electronics / Sharp Aquous Requestedfuzzyblog

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 01:09:33 +0000

Seeing all the astonishing prices on home electronics over this Thanksgiving holiday has given my wife and I the incentive to “make our contribution to the global economy” with the purchase of a big screen TV.  We’re debating between a 32″ LCD to a 42″ plasma tv in the $1,500 to $2,000 price range.  We’re […](image)


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Robert on the XBox 360 Shortagefuzzyblog

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:23:38 +0000

Robert Scoble just chimed in on the XBox 360 shortage: Lots of people are saying we did this on purpose. That we limited supplies to make hype bigger. Yes, Microsoft has gotten its evil back! For a minute there, I thought Google had taken over our evil. But, come on people. We’re making them as […](image)


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Greg on XBox 360 Shortagesfuzzyblog

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 10:30:59 +0000

Surprisingly enough, Greg Stein, showed up in my blog comments with some very cogent thoughts on the XBox 360 shortage. Greg’s a serious gamer and the person who turned me onto the astounding zen experience that is Katamari (thx man I did actually buy it and we all love it). Anyway read what Greg has […](image)


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iTunes on Windows Easier than on Mac ?fuzzyblog

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 08:05:57 +0000

Dave just had an awful iTunes experience: Arrrgh, I plugged my new iPod into my old Mac and lost everything on it. Never got a confirmation dialog asking if it was okay if it wiped out the music and audiobooks that I painstakingly took hours of my time to set up. Never mind that the […](image)


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My Boy’s First Blog Postfuzzyblog

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 12:57:03 +0000

So I’m sitting in the den and my little boy wanders out and wants to sit in my lap as I fix bugs.  Naturally I pick him up and ask him if he wants to post his picture on the web and he sleepily but happily agrees so here you go:(image)


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The Relative’s PCfuzzyblog

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 11:50:22 +0000

So I’m off in Texas in some suburb of Dallas, spending Turkey day with Shelley’s family.  And, naturally, I have to login and deal with issues of Top 500 tag spam, a new bug that cropped up, etc.  So I go over to Shelley’s Dad’s PC and type into the Run command “Putty”.  And it […](image)


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Buying an XBox 360fuzzyblog

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 15:12:18 +0000

Wow.  I just spoke with my wife who’s in the Dallas, Texas* area for Thanskgiving (I’m meeting her there) and her sister wanted to get Steve, her husband, an XBox 360 from the local Target.  And, after arriving on line at 5 am, she discovered that there the store only had 12. The local Walmart […](image)


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The Finals Stepsfuzzyblog

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 05:45:48 +0000

Heh.  We’re now closing in on the final steps of the Top 500.  1 ajax bug, a few output options and it’ll be ready to go.  I’m very, very pleased.  Everyone — me, Mike, Nick, James, Alan, Rachel and others all did a great job.  Kudos to each and every one.(image)


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San Francisco Hotel Recommendation Neededfuzzyblog

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 00:54:25 +0000

As you may or may not know, I travel for Feedster to our San Francisco offices quite regularly.  And the hotel I’ve been staying at, the Hotel Milano, has, ahem, connectivity woes: Ping statistics for 64.95.116.11:    Packets: Sent = 102, Received = 67, Lost = 35 (34% loss),Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:    Minimum = […](image)


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Tagyu — Very Coolfuzzyblog

Mon, 21 Nov 2005 16:51:31 +0000

Disclaimer: The author, Adam Kalsey, is a friend but this is still really, really cool: http://tagyu.com/(image)


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The Coming Yahoo Microsoft MergerfuzzyblogA little man in a little chair

Mon, 21 Nov 2005 15:29:25 +0000

Given that the little chair from Yahoo fits the little man from Microsoft, is there more on the horizon? Robert? Any comments here? Jeremy — do you have any thoughts? My thanks to James Gross of Feedster who went to the Yahoo event and, somehow knowing or intuiting my obsession with the little man brought […](image)


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A Jokefuzzyblog

Mon, 21 Nov 2005 13:57:32 +0000

Q: Why did the hacker cross the road? A: To get back to the wifi on the other side. –Scott(image)


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IM Quote of the Dayfuzzyblog

Mon, 21 Nov 2005 08:37:01 +0000

I’ve been grinding since like 3:30 am, if you consider the post wedding drive from Fresno back to San Francisco; which I do since I came up with YMF500F* during the ride, so when one of the Feedster 500 Team Members, Mike our web contractor asked how I was felling, I got poetic: (03:37:53) mikeair888: […](image)


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The Hacker Has Left the Hotelfuzzyblog

Sun, 20 Nov 2005 11:42:58 +0000

Given that I’ve been holded up in Fresno for 2 nights now for Demitrious’ wedding whilst concurrently hacking out the Feedster 500, and that all Feedster mail is down for me, this post is solely to let any fellow Feedsterites / Feedster contractors (over in Australia, this means Mike …) that I’ll be offline for […](image)


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Crunch Mode or What Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong

Sat, 19 Nov 2005 21:49:53 +0000

*Chuckle*. I’ve been in massive crunch mode over the past week getting ready to launch quite a few new things and, as always happens, when you’re about to do a release, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Here’s a few of the things: Last Minute Features. When I gave our lead VC a […](image)