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2 Jun 2007 (updated 10 Jul 2007 at 23:05 UTC) »

validating kml

i recently checked in KML support for the feedvalidator. with the number of KML files out there, it was time. let me know how it works for you.

Syndicated 2007-06-02 05:39:52 (Updated 2007-07-10 23:45:25) from gregor

30 Apr 2007 (updated 10 Jul 2007 at 23:05 UTC) »

escaping lock-in

about a decade ago, i set up a yahoo email account as a spam catcher, and have used it for all sorts of registrations over the years. the time had come to finally ditch that account, between the pathetic spam filtering and the annoying user interface, but how to get all the emails i still cared about out without having to pay ransom? freepops to the rescue.

i find it remarkable that yahoo is so insecure about their product that they feel the need to lock-in users. in contrast, the superior gmail offers free pop access, so there is no lock-in. it is about time the industry holds yahoo to task over this nonsense.

Syndicated 2007-04-26 05:12:28 (Updated 2007-07-10 23:39:38) from gregor

google

starting today, i am a software engineer at google as a result of this acquisition. obviously, this is exciting news. more later. i won't be working on google flat, although we totally need this :)

google flat

Syndicated 2006-12-18 15:24:37 (Updated 2007-01-01 22:52:16) from gregor

tagging

you may have noticed that this blog is far less active than it used to be. i blame del.icio.us. the opportunity to write pithy one-liners instead of rambling posts is just too attractive. if you want to enjoy those, either join my network (preferred, i like to know who enjoys my stuff) or subscribe to my del.icio.us feed, or both.

i also went ahead and added tags on here. you can now read all posts tagged with future, or even combinations like events with photos. i also blend in the appropriate del.icio.us results at the bottom.

if you are feed-challenged, you can also follow the latest del.icio.us links on the side bar on my blog. otherwise, i recommend google reader.

Syndicated 2006-12-02 19:20:39 (Updated 2006-12-25 13:01:31) from gregor

.net on the desktop is dead

today, my feed reader died. it only showed me an empty window where my feeds should be:

RSS Bandit

so i tried google reader again. amazingly, it felt more responsive than RSS Bandit. my archive of read posts is in the thousands. i like having access to them, and often use them in searches. this puts a heavy toll on memory usage:

RSS Bandit memory hog

what hope is there for .net if an application written by a microsoft employee is such a memory hog, and gets its clock cleaned by an online application? none.

Syndicated 2006-11-12 04:57:55 (Updated 2006-12-01 16:44:06) from gregor

sophonts

go read this article on elephant violence. it has the qualities of a seminal piece on cross-species relations. consider this statement from a ugandan researcher who grew up in a war zone:

I started looking again at what has happened among the Acholi and the elephants. I saw that it is an absolute coincidence between the two. All these kids who have grown up with their parents killed - no fathers, no mothers, only children looking after them. They form these roaming, violent, destructive bands. It's the same thing that happens with the elephants. Just like the male war orphans, they are wild, completely lost. Most people are scared of showing that kind of anthropomorphism. But coming from me it doesn't sound like I'm inventing something. It's there. People know it's there. Some might think that the way I describe the elephant attacks makes the animals look like people. But people are animals.

now we can either discuss the semantics of sentience as we recognize our peer species, hopefully before it is too late, or we can adopt a new term that is not laden with meaning that needs to be repurposed first. sophonts works for me: why look at far away stars when we can find peers right under our nose?

update: another hurdle cleared

Syndicated 2006-10-28 05:55:11 (Updated 2006-12-01 22:32:01) from gregor

in praise of regional airports

sitting in Rapid City Airport, using their complementary wifi, i am wondering whether there will be a renaissance of the regional airport. hassle-free checkin, short lines, an absence of constant "security announcements" and the quiet of a place that does not want to be a mall make you feel as close to flying a private jet as reasonably possible. a new generation of planes and a departure from the hub concept might make this a reality in the next few years.

Syndicated 2006-10-10 19:57:13 (Updated 2006-12-01 16:44:06) from gregor

nextfest

wired is back. after years of being lost in the dotcom woods, i had written them off, but their nextfest taught me better today. i will be thinking about the exhibits for a long time: a wonderful departure from the daily stream of bad news out of the religio-political corner. watch my linkstream for more in the coming days. in the meantime, here are some of my favorite exhibits: Vein Viewer by Luminetxkick-ass kung fujuke_bots
magic planetActroidBrain Ball

Syndicated 2006-10-01 04:25:35 (Updated 2006-12-01 22:38:13) from gregor

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