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21 Feb 2008 (updated 31 Mar 2008 at 03:08 UTC) »

OpenOffice / NeoOffice fail at life

if you ever tried to use OpenOffice or NeoOffice to create a presentation with images and timed animations (bare-bones, standard stuff, in other words), do yourself a favor and delete those useless applications from your machine. you'll thank me. how those clowns can ship software that randomly replaces your images with the dreaded 'broken image' image, or that forgets about the animations it is supposed to show, and gives you a blank slide instead, is beyond me. with desktop "productivity" applications this bad, no wonder people are defecting to online.

Syndicated 2008-02-21 14:15:19 (Updated 2008-03-31 03:30:02) from gregor

1 Jan 2008 (updated 25 Jan 2008 at 19:05 UTC) »

event of a lifetime

how sad a life you have to lead if some stupid SUV sale for an ailing car manufacturer that won't see the next decade is "the event of a lifetime"?

Syndicated 2008-01-01 20:45:07 (Updated 2008-01-25 18:08:29) from gregor

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


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


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


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

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