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  • Blog Post: Another techno toy to buy - gotta getta SPOT watch

    On Friday I sat through a one-hour internal talk on the SPOT technology, the new MSN Direct service the company just rolled out, and the first products built to use it - the SPOT watches from Abacus, Fossil and Suunto. Based on specs, I figured I'd need to get the Suunto; I'm a sailor, so I need something...
  • Blog Post: SFU 3.5 Announcement Causes Epidemic Of Rampant Paranoia

    Like most technogeeks, I have a lot of pride in the work I do. So much pride that I like to listen in on other people talking about what I've built. Sure, I'm looking for praise; I've got the outsized ego that long-time Unix guys get. But I'm also looking for stuff we can do better next time, features...
  • Blog Post: An end to stupidity - the solution to the Crimson Room puzzle

    I have been enlightened. Herewith is the solution to the Crimson Room puzzle , but it's been “rot13”ized. (What's that, you say? rot-13? That means each letter has been replaced with the letter 13 characters later in the alphabet. A is replaced with N; Z is replaced with M; etc. For UNIX...
  • Blog Post: Unixfolks Anonymous

    Me: Hi, my name is Jason, and I'm a Unix guy. Crowd: HI, JASON! Me: I started using Unix a long time ago, more than 20 years now. I started out real easy, real slow; Unix version 7 on a PDP-11. But the next year, there was some new hot stuff on the street - they called it BSD, and most folks had...
  • Blog Post: How to feel stupider than everyone else, part 2

    So I posted a pointer to a really cool flash-based puzzle which had stumped me for an hour. An hour later (admittedly, only intermittent attention paid to puzzle), four people have already commented that they've solved it. I like to think I'm a smart guy, but I'm feeling stupider every minute.
  • Blog Post: OSnews likes SFU 3.5! Bush & Clinton kiss and make up! Details and film at Eleven!

    The folks at OSnews are not exactly known for being Microsoft-friendly. Some of my colleagues have gone so far as to call them hostile. I wouldn't go that far; they just never, never give MS the benefit of the doubt. That's cool, though. Then I read this review of SFU. I'm figuring we're due for a...
  • Blog Post: Verbal vs. written style

    Betsy Aoki , the manager of this community site (amongst others), writes that people are surprised that her verbal style is different from the written style of her blog . Oddly enough, I am often told that my conversational style and written style are almost identical. Some friends have told me they...
  • Blog Post: How do you keep a web surfer busy for hours?

    Send them here . Don't blame me if their weekend disappears.
  • Blog Post: Xbox can play Media Center PC content? Now I gotta buy a Media Center PC...

    Stan Spotts turned me on to the Xbox Media Center Extender Kit. This sucker will let you use an Xbox (up to five of them!) to watch video content recorded on a Media Center PC. Now, I've avoided the Media Center PC until now. I rolled my own PVR at home; I started with a Happaugue PVR250 but abandoned...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research releases source code to "Allegiance" MORPG game

    A couple of years back, Microsoft Research built a game called “Allegiance”. It was a multiplayer on-line RPG set in a rather complex space/colonies/races milieu. Pretty cool, but never really caught on. A hard-core user base evolved, but the game didn't really hit big. I just saw that...