My employer has long used Skype as a team communication tool. This has some drawbacks, as I found myself complaining about way back in 2011, mostly that Skype is very much not optimized for big long-running rooms, particularly on mobile devices. Given this, why have we stuck with it? If we switch, everyone in the […]
I loathe having to watch a video or listen to audio to extract information, and would far prefer to read an article explaining the same information. It’s therefore unfortunate that most of the time when I want to find out how to do something nowadays, a google search will turn up almost-exclusively video results. Particularly […]
I once claimed that I have a daughter. I now claim that she has just started in kindergarten. She’ll be going to a language immersion school, where she’ll learn Chinese.
Recently I switched my personal hosting from Dreamhost to WebFaction. I’d been butting up against the resource limits on Dreamhost’s cheap plan for ages, and an annoying multi-day outage was the last straw. The outage was actually pretty interesting, in its way. I discovered that all sites served from a particular user account were having […]
I was at the gym the other day, and a movie called The Darkest Hour came on. Now, this turns out to be a movie which has general consensus as being Not Good (12% on Rotten Tomatoes, etc). However, the thing which first threw me out of my suspension of disbelief was an early scene […]
jQuery 1.9 was released recently, and removed some things that have long been labeled as deprecated. This broke maphilight slightly, since it was still doing a few checks on $.browser. I’ve just fixed that. As always, the latest version is available on github.
Back in March-ish of 2011 I got an Android phone. It was an Optimus V, which means it was cheap (about $150, no carrier subsidy) and limited, but was available with an actual reasonably-priced no-contract plan ($25/month). Since I can’t bring myself to pay the crazy rates you Americans seem to pay your phone carriers, […]
I’m on vacation at the moment, in Chicago, and my experience of staying in a hotel here has caused a fairly predictable reaction in me. It has made me realize: I am not the customer here. Or, to be more precise, I do not represent the primary demographic this hotel considers its customers to come […]
This is a slight departure from my normal choice of topics, I’ll admit. Last year I decided that I wasn’t happy about my weight. I’d been slowly gaining weight for the last few years, as a fairly predictable consequence of a sedentary lifestyle and liking for food. I topped out at 240 pounds, which left […]
One of my sites got hacked. How? My spouse tried out a number of WordPress themes while setting up their blog a year or two ago. One of them contained something called timthumb.php, which just this August was found to have a great big security vulnerability. Someone exploited this vulnerability, probably by scanning for every […]