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Gear Acquisition Syndrome

I have just read an interesting post about Gear Acquisition Syndrome [1] as applied to the guitar industry. Apparently it’s common for people to spend a lot of time and money buying guitar equipment instead of actually playing a guitar. I think that this problem extends way beyond guitars and to most aspects of human […]

Dead Links

I’ve found a reasonably good free spider for checking for dead links, When I told it to spider my main site it worked well and informed me of several dead links that I fixed. When I told it to spider my blog it reported an error 404 and didn’t give any useful output. […]

Optus Password changeme

I have just given my parents a new computer, and part of the upgrade process lost their email passwords (which were stored in KDE preferences – this seems to happen every time KDE is upgraded). The only password that is not under my control is the password for their Optus account. So I had to […]

Hot-swap Storage

I recently had to decommission an old Linux server and replace it with a new machine. When I was about to turn it off I noticed a power cable of the type used for IDE hard drives leaving the Linux server and entering an NT server that was in the same rack! It turned out […]

A Great Advertising Web Site

The site is an advert for a book of short stories. The web site is funny and quirky (two qualities that are required for a site to become virally popular), works well on all browser sizes, has a navigation method that is unique (or at least something I don’t recall seeing done so well […]

The Principles of Stupidity

We always underestimate the number of stupid people The probability of a person being stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person A stupid person is someone who causes damage to another person, or a group of people, without any advantage accruing to himself (or herself) — or even with some resultant […]

Small PC for Creating Word Files

A friend recently asked for advice on a “REALLY small laptop/word processor thingy that would pretty much fit into a (big) pocket, and that only needs to write/word process“.

The first problem here is that most people associate “word processing” with desktop publishing and document management. Programs such as MS-Word are considered as having the […]

ECC RAM in a Cheap Machine

In a comment on my previous post about ECC RAM someone commented that Dell sells PowerEdge desktop machines with ECC RAM. I visited the Dell web site and found that a low-end PowerEdge tower server (which still has a Pentium-D dual-core 64bit CPU) costs as little as $800AU. I also noticed that Dell Precision workstations […]

Hot Water

A response to a post I wrote about things to do for the environment suggested that there would be a health risk to lowering the temperature of a home hot-water system to save power.

I have just been reading about so-called tankless hot-water systems. The concept is that instead of keeping a tank of water […]

Troll Zapping

Don Marti writes about the idea of setting a Troll-bit on forum posts such that every reply would also be flagged.

I’ve been thinking about how to solve such issues for mailing lists. I think that the way to do this is to create a new list for every contentious topic and automatically subscribe everyone […]