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On Airlines and Safety

With the recent tragic loss of over 150 lives in Madrid, the following strikes me … American Airlines deliberately flew two planes 58 times in December that it knew had broken parts and thus could be unsafe in certain situations. For this – and improper drug and alcohol testing – the FAA fined the company…

Why does iTunes suck so bad?

I have a large digital music collection. Every file is correctly tagged and album art is both embedded in the file and available as a jpg in the album folder. All of that took about four straight days to do over the summer using MediaMonkey (which I now also use to sync my collection with…

Needing software recommendation

It’s been a few years (2002, probably) since I used a Linux box regularly. Yesterday I dual-booted my laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” and everything works flawlessly. So now I’m asking – what are the essential software packages I should install? Utilities, games, whatever … make a recommendation. I’d be particularly interested in hearing…

Mad Skillz

Things I can do that I no longer need to do (from here by way of here). Examining this list will no doubt tell you a lot about what I spent the past nearly forty years doing with technology.

Today in Science (0101)

Events 1801 – Dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi. 1925 – Edwin Hubble announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way. 1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet. 1985 – The Internet’s Domain Name System is created. 1989 – The Montreal Protocol on Substances That…

RIP

Netscape has finally been taken off life-support. Born in October 1994, yet stunted in its growth since the late 90’s, the browser is set to finally expire on February 1st. It spawned Mozilla and thus ultimately Firefox. Please observe a moment of silence. Apologies for the BLINK tag in the title. It seemed apt. Sayeth…

Sciencedebate 2008

Presidential debates are largely meaningless. Simpleminded questions posed by simpleminded moderators who actively prevent candidates from answering in any sort of nuanced manner (were they able). In short, a microcosm of American political discourse in which snark and soundbite dominate substance every time. Wouldn’t it be great if we could hear candidates answer questions on…

Python!

This is so geek, it’s not even funny:

Digital dissection coolness

This is so cool. A one-millimeter long spider (Cenotextricella simoni) encased in amber gets "digitally dissected" using Very High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography. The paper is online in Zootaxa 1623:47-53 but requires a subscription.

Just reminiscing about computers

Over at Page 3.14, there’s a post where us old farts reminisce about computing when we were young ’uns. I’m quoted as saying "My first computer was a ZX81 (Timex/Sinclair here in the US). Had 1k of memory. Taught myself assembly. In high school and college, virtually everything was hand written. Didn’t even use a…