Archive for September 2, 2008

Reference: Sony Reader With 64-Bit Vista

September 2, 2008

Not that I personally would ever use any variant of Vista, but this information might come in handy for someone: Sony PRS reader on 64-bit Windows Vista

Quote: Stephen Bury, British Librarian

September 2, 2008

E-book ‘will not threaten paperback’

How can you guarantee you are going to have access to the books on the Sony Reader in five or 10 years’ time. If you’ve got a library of 100 hard copy books it’s hard to lose them.

I Want These Chrome Browser Plug-Ins NOW!

September 2, 2008

I’m posting this with Firefox 2.x again.

I miss Chrome soooo much.

But I can’t use it without my plug-ins! While testing it I hit a YouTube video I wanted to keep. No can do with Chrome. No plug-in for that!

This is what I need for Chrome:

1) Twitterfox
2) Grab YouTube as MP4
3) vodpod for WordPress
4) Video DownloadHelper
5) DownThemAll!
6) TinyURL Creator
7) FoxTorrent

Hmmm … I notice I’ve never used FoxTorrent and actually recently downloaded a dedicated torrent client. But still, nice to have that ability!

If I can get those seven plug-ins, it’s bye-bye to Firefox.

Oh my god … I just cannot believe how frikkin slow Fox is for me. The contrast to Chrome is just unbelievable.

Previously here:

Google’s Chrome Browser: First Error Message!
I Have Google’s Chrome Browser!

Google’s Chrome Browser: First Error Message!

September 2, 2008

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Yeah, baby! I knew I could break it!

I’ve cropped this window to hide the bottom number of windows because one of them is using pr0n Privacy Mode. Yeah, I’m throwing everything at Chrome, baby.

I’m not exactly pleased with the way it handles both WordPress’s TinyMCE editor and Blogger’s posting editor, however. A bit rough when it comes to selecting text.

But overall this thing is bloody fantabulicious!

I’m able to open twice the number of Tabs I’ve been able to in Firefox. These are huge sites too, like Palm Addicts and Gear Diary and Mister Snitch! Things that lately have been causing Firefox to shudder.

This post was created in Chrome, with even more Tabs open than are shown in the screensnap!

This is almost like having an entirely-new PC! Now if I could just have all the frikkin plug-ins I need from Firefox, starting with Twitterfox!

I Have Google’s Chrome Browser!

September 2, 2008

Just time to show two screensnaps:

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Click = big

1) Installation was fast

2) Importing all my Firefox stuff was fast

3) Launching Chrome was fast!

4) Calling up what you see was fast!

Now to go away and beat it up some.

Stop Sarah Palin!

September 2, 2008

There. I’ve now stated it publicly.

Previously here:

Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5

Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!

September 2, 2008

Mayor Palin: A Rough Record

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire her for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

Emphasis added by me.

Sarah Palin’s ChristoNazis have themselves a book barbecue!

She should drop out of the race! NOW!

This gives new energy to my old post: The Urgency Of eBooks

This post has a follow-up update: Stop Sarah Palin! The Books She Wanted BANNED!

Previously here:

Revelation 17:1-5

Ted Dziuba: Best Fucking Writer About Tech EVAH!

September 2, 2008

He’s also writing for The Register. I’m reading his stuff and my writing dick is curling up and dying because of what he does with words.

Cloud computing: A catchphrase in puberty

That’s a stark realization for a budding young social network developer: Web 2.0 runs on cash, not hugs. Who would have thunk it?

Energy-efficient computers powered by sunshine. This will be an instant hit. There will be greenhouse gas output dashboards with neat little Ajax widgets. You’ll have calculators to figure out how much to pay for carbon offsets each month. Don’t believe me? Follow the money. “Green” technology is the most efficient, modern way to capitalize on liberal guilt. You also get to pass it off as altruism. Combine that with a web development community that runs on self-satisfaction and you’ve got a recipe for profit. Best of all, you can squeeze money out of an investor for this by making him feel ashamed to be a person of means.

What started as a noble cause has finally finished its devolution into a racket.

Hadoop: When grownups do open source

Comparatively, very few people actually use Hadoop in practice, and those who do don’t write about it. Why? Because they’re adults who don’t care about getting on the front page of Digg.

In other words, this project is virtually useless in every way, aside from getting the author a quick beatoff from the blogosphere. It’s a half-baked implementation of an algorithm from Google, it’s written in Ruby and it integrates with Rails. That’s so warm and fuzzy it could turn Clint Eastwood gay.

Sun may or may not be about to obliterate Oracle and Microsoft

I don’t know about you, but every time I have to program with threads and shared resources, I want to remove my face incrementally with a salad fork.

Transactional memory is nothing new. Like most suspiciously ideal things, it originated in academia, where professors would explain their ideas starting with spitefully impractical phrases like “imagine a machine with infinite memory…,” and students like me would put on our best display of counterfeit interest.

End result to you and me is win, and copious amounts of it. It lets us program like I did in the snippet above without giving a thought to how things get done. Plus, it’s a hearty fuck-you to that guy on your team who is eerily good at using threads and locks. That reign of passive aggressive nerd dominance is over. He’ll have to find something else to be better-than-everyone at, and Kendo doesn’t count, Poindexter.

Google releases serialization scheme

XML, like a venereal disease, spreads from developer to developer by direct contact.

Google’s engineering team, overgrown with developers from academia, has left this as an exercise to the reader. This isn’t so much a shortcoming as it is another opportunity for you, the developer, to swing your dick around. You get to write a multithreaded RPC system with connection pooling and load balancing and all that shit.

Think of how scalable that shit’s gonna be. You’ll put a real hurt on all that imaginary load your system is taking. Then, you get to go home and fuck the prom queen.

If you want to do it, writing your own RPC layer isn’t a herculean task. I managed to hack something together on top of Tomcat in a couple of hours. It didn’t make me feel as manly as I hoped it would, so to supplement, I suggest you have two cigars, a glass of Maker’s Mark, no ice, and a copy of The Godfather trilogy within reach.

Since the release of protocol buffers, the tech blogosphere (long regarded as the dominant scholarly force of the internet) has been chattering. Of course, none of these bloggers have actually used protocol buffers in any code that matters to anybody, but as you know, that is no reason to prevent the offering of a strong opinion on the matter. If you work with a pretentious little shit, you know this phenomenon all too well.

I have had three week’s worth of laughter compressed into an hour here. Go read each column completely.

Previously here:

Ted Dziuba Has A Blog Thank You Jesus!

Revelation 17:1-5

September 2, 2008

UPDATE: Snopes Says Fake! Dammit, I hate you Photoshoppers, I do! This was convincing to me because her legs look like other photos I’ve seen of her legs. (Oh now all of you will tell me all those others are fakes too! Damn you!) Thanks to Dimension Skipper in the Comments. But I still apply those verses to her.

I was wrong. This is America’s terminal President.

Ted Dziuba Has A Blog Thank You Jesus!

September 2, 2008

Ted Dziuba was the genius smartass behind the erased-from-the-Net brilliant uncov site that I would reference over and over at the old blog.

When he went on to stake his Net claim with Pressflip (which I use, dammit!), he made uncov an unperson and I’ve been sad since.

Now I find out he has a blog under his own name and the headline at the top of it makes my frikkin toenails tingle:

Arrington, Are You A Fuckin’ Idiot Or Something?

Yesyesyes!!!! Truth and justice are back on the Internet!!