Thursday, September 16, 2010

mc osx arrow keys and backspace

In MidnightCommander go to Options > Learn Keys

diaspora sounds better than facebook

Well it DOES!
There's a new social and open kid in the web playground. Named Diaspora?
"any movement of a population sharing common national and/or ethnic identity"
Well I guess I see the idea. Facebook is great at getting back in touch and "relatively" staying in touch with old friends.  So it could be seen as a tool for keeping together a group spread across the world.
Diaspora is also Open Source. That's like _GREAT_! My Ruby skillz are next to none but I'm pretty versed in reading MVC so beyond the perlesque syntax it's all good.
When I was reading The anti-Facebook back in May on the BBC blogs I thought that there is no anti anything here. No one can compete with FB on social except Google. And they suck at it :D

The project does already have some ideas implemented that Facebook didn't get. Especially the "aspects". The "don't let my grandma see the photos at last night's party with my friends" social itch :D
So the approach is to innovate and improve. And that's always the best one :)

And it's still good. Open Source alternatives are always about other stuff than the already established businesses. Things like working together, sharing ideas and results and finally going towards something better for all. Having fun and feeling good while doing it. And making an honest buck at the same time.

So respekt to the guys and best wishes for their project!

[Update 17.09.2010] Well it look like there's some good work ahead. Someone already laid out the main security flaws in the code. But isn't that what OSS is all about?

Friday, September 10, 2010

the interruptible programmer

Steve Streeting writes about interruptions and what they mean to the programmer. Not much apparenty...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

exercise, diet and time management

I'm currently following about half of the ideas in the article and that is still way, way better than not doing anything at all.
Not doing it as a desk worker is plain wrong!

instant google instant

"Welcome to Google Instant. Feelings of euphoria and weightlessness are normal. Do not be alarmed."
Google Instant is rolling out over several days to users signed in to a Google Account. Check back soon if you are signed in and do not see it yet.
Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. We are pushing the limits of our technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, faster. Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.
Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search!
Google Instant
Google Instan
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Google Ins
Google In
Google I

P.S: That actually means that Google will save me roughly 3 hrs of my life! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Friday, September 03, 2010

pi what?

Piwik is a downloadable, open source (GPL licensed) real time web analytics software program. It provides you with detailed reports on your website visitors: the search engines and keywords they used, the language they speak, your popular pages… and so much more.
Yummy :)