A hard core of Foursquare users love to checkin. I am one of them. I want to database my life, the places I go, and what I see and do there. I have checked in a total of 6,342 times since I started using Foursquare.
We’ve known for some time that sleep is essential for forming and consolidating memories and that it plays a central role in the formation of new neuronal connections and the pruning of old ones. But that hardly seems enough to risk death-by-leopard-in-the-night.
Yesterday Seagate introduced its Kinetic Open Storage Platform, and I’m simply blown away by it. It’s a truly elegant design, “as simple as possible, but no simpler”. The physical interconnect to the disk drive is now Ethernet. The interface is a simple key-value object oriented access scheme, implemented using Google Protocol Buffers. It supports key-based CRUD (create, read, update and delete); it also implements third-party transfers (“transfer the objects with keys X, Y and Z to the drive with IP address 184.108.40.206”). Configuration is based on DHCP, and everything can be authenticated and encrypted. The system supports a variety of key schemas to make it easy for various storage services to shard the data across multiple drives.
The large seconds hand (#6 in the diagram above) on my watch somehow got screwed up; when resetting the chronograph, it would always rest on 56 instead of zero. Apparently fixing this is an undocumented feature, though really quite easy to do.
Simply pull out the crown (#12) to the second position as if setting the date. Now, when you press the reset button (#11) the seconds hand will advance by one. Just keep pressing it until you reach zero and you’re all set!
I got this creepy voicemail today on an unused Vonage number that I have:
Vonage transcription: “Good morning and good morning and good more and then I’m. I’m alone. So in the shower. I am gonna be more than any card board boat races in my dreams. Swimming in the lake trip the water”
PS. this is just an excuse for me try out the new HTML5 <audio> tag, which apparently doesn’t work in Firefox 3.6.x.
Just fixed another longstanding pet peeve of mine: I finally added classmates.com and cmates.com to my email server’s blacklist. How these guys have managed to stay in business for so long is beyond. They don’t even try to hide the fact that they’re spammers. They even sign all their messages with a valid domain keys signature!
After years of being annoyed by the fact that SquirrelMail, an otherwise fine product, doesn’t include the date and name of the sender when replying to emails like just about every other email client on the planet, I finally broke down and fixed it. Below is the simple 1 line patch against SquirrelMail 1.4.19. It will most likely work on older 1.4.x versions as well.