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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 00:53:35 +0000


Remember, and Let Go: Thoughts on the Lost Finale

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:53:35 +0000

Lost finally ended on Monday morning UK time. What a ride. It left me satisfied in a way and unsatisfied and curious in others — very fitting for such a structurally mysterious show. My only complaint would be that the island storyline seemed to get too little attention — given all the build-up about the [...]

Why Lost Matters

Sun, 23 May 2010 01:07:23 +0000

Slate: It’s easy to hate on Lost—the sometimes silly twists and turns, the millimeter-deep characters, the ever-increasing suspicion that the writers entered this tale with no exit strategy in mind. But show a little respect for a program that serves up quality sci-fi, on free network [...]

Ubuntu 10.04

Thu, 06 May 2010 21:22:59 +0000

I’ve been using Ubuntu 10.04 for the last few days and I have to say, it’s very good and very deserving of the “LTS” moniker. No major issues like the ones I encountered with 9.04 so far. One minor nit: the new ‘dark’ theme works well, but if you’re using Firefox and like to drag your [...]

Smokey escaping from the island

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 17:12:18 +0000

Er, Iceland. Click the image for a larger version. The original image is from this story in the Independent. Here’s an original image from Lost to compare with. Can’t believe there hasn’t been more Eyjafjallajökull/Island/Smokey snark like this one from The Borowitz Report. Here’s a couple of excellent before/after pictures of the volcano (via Wikipedia and orvaratli [...]

Apple’s Control Issues

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:01:43 +0000

Section 3.3.1 of the new iPhone OS 4 preview SDK caused quite a firestorm on the interwebs. It tells developers exactly which tools they may use to develop apps for the app store. Apple must have known it would raise hackles and did it anyway. Now that’s thinking different. To those who say “they can’t [...]

Looking Forward to Lost’s Series Finale

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 15:22:19 +0000

A good TV show begins well, but a great TV show must end well. With a bang, not a whimper. Many critically acclaimed shows would have a tough time with that definition. For example, Battlestar Galactica was a wildly uneven ride . It started extremely well (the mini series and the short first season). It lost [...]

Smart (curly) Quotes in MSN / Windows Live Messenger

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 08:34:43 +0000

Undocumented MSN / Windows Live Messenger “feature”: Shift+Ctrl+” (Shift+Ctrl+Quotation Mark) toggles smart or curly quotes in the Conversation Window. Unfortunately, not only does this completely undocumented keystroke not give any feedback to the user (and it’s easy to press this by mistake while IMing away) but also breaks some emoticons: produces a weepie , [...]

Ian McEwan’s “Solar”

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:24:10 +0000

Coming March 18. Can’t wait.

Out of Process Plugins in Firefox trunk

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:54:15 +0000

Out-of-process plugins (from the Electrolysis project) have landed in the Firefox trunk. This means: no more Flash crashes. Yay! The trunk also has support for hardware-accelerated graphics and text.

Tab Docking in Google Chrome

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 02:38:24 +0000

Almost everyone knows you can tear off and re-join tabs in Chrome, but it also supports powerful docking features that are quite useful, especially on Windows XP and Vista (which lacks the window manager refinements of Windows 7). The most useful feature probably is the ability to drag a tab to the middle of the left [...]