Building simplicidade.org: notes, projects, and ocasional rants

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Chair dance

In a Ars.Technica article: Portugal's meeting was even more interesting. In what can only be described as a comedic farce, representatives from Microsoft attempted to argue that Sun Microsystems, the creators and supporters of the competing ODF document standard, could not be given a seat at the conference table because there was a lack of chairs. In the debate, representatives brought up many of the standard criticisms of Office Open XML, such as the infamous "AutoSpaceLikeWord95" tags.

Californication

There is a episode 1 of Californication floating around, I just finished watching it. The first four minutes are the kind of thing you want to have lying around to show your best christian friends when you want them to leave. It should most definitively do the trick. The rest is also very good. Lets see if they can keep it up (literally). David Duchovny really has to work hard in his bed this time.

Priorities

Over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog: So what does this mean? Well, once you've got ssh installed on your iPhone and active, you can access your iPhone from a shell on your Mac. You can send and retrieve files using scp or sftp. And you can use the compilation toolchain to build other Unix utils or even your own software. It's just a short matter of time until perl and other command-line utilities are iPhone-ready.

Amazon.com Harry Potter logistics

via All Things Distributed: 2.223 million pre-orders on our sites world-wide. 1.4 million on Amazom.com alone. These orders trickled in over the period of 5.5 months, but from a distributed systems perspective today is the day as these orders go en-masse from pre-orders to orders, being charged and delivered. It is one smooth operation. The planning for single day delivery is truly impressive, especially on the supply-chain, transportation and fulfillment side where we need to do this without impacting the regular delivery flow.

My Audible collection

Well, pfig fell asleep while listening to a Audible book. I could tell you some nice stories about pfig falling a sleep... But I wont. Anyway, he seems to thing that I drink my Harry Potter cool aid via Audible, and its not true. Although I do have book 6 in audio, it was the first Harry Potter I did listen to, because its the only one there. BTW, it is very well done, recommended.

Man of the world, unite!

Some of my best girl friends are lesbians, but as I told one of them, it would be a terrible waste to let her move to the other side. :) In the meantime, lets add Bionic Women to the set of TV series to follow this season.

Love porcelain

I just love the porcelain around git, in particular cogito. They have great error messages: cg-commit: unable to revert the original patch; the original patch is available in /tmp/gitci.tWnPNq/patch.diff, your edited patch is available in /tmp/gitci.tWnPNq/patch2.diff, your log message is in /tmp/gitci.tWnPNq/logmsg.diff, your working copy is in undefined state now and the world is about to end in ten minutes, have a nice day Any software written by Douglas Adams fans is a good software.

If you use TextMate and Skitch, you might have found that the excelent ''Comment selection'' command from the Source bundle will no longer work with the ⌘/ shortcut. The problem is that one of the hot-keys of Skitch is exactly that key combination and for something that I don't use that much (Capture Frame). So go into Skitch Preferences and change it.

iPod Reset Utility

Between me and my brother, we had three iPod Shuffle that iTunes wouldn't see, nor the previous iPod reset utility. They where pretty much dead. Apple released a new version of the iPod Reset Utility, and this latest version (1.0.2) was able to recover all of our iPod's. So if your Shuffle is not recognized by your iTunes, check out this latest version. It worked for us.

TV

I bought my TV 1 or two months ago, but I've only been using it in the last 3 weeks or so. I was expecting to connect it to my standard definition TV but I made a big confusion between component video and video by components. Somehow I was expecting to plug the box into a standard s-video... Anyway, now that I got it connected to an HDMI TV (a Samsung LE32R32B if you must know) and stuffed it with video content, I can tell you a bit about my experience.