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

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Miscellaneous Apple stuff

This week we saw some announcements from Apple. Monday, we got the bad news: the Paris Expo keynote was cancelled, so the probability of seeing new hardware is low. It seems that I’ll have to wait a little longer for my Powerbook upgrade. Then Wednesday, you got the iPod nano, the iPhone, and a new iTunes. I’m not going to talk about the iPhone, I couldn’t care less about a iTunes client inside my phone.

The mother of all memes

The is the mother of all memes. If you read this, you should link to the hilarious job offer from microsoft to esr. Let’s make this the all-time most-linked-in page in Google :). Picked up from so many places, including Rui.

Battlestar Galactica

I saw the original Galactica series when I was a teenager on TV. As most kids my age, it was a total hit, and we loved seeing the adventures of Apollo and Starbuck. When I read that the SciFi channel (oh why can’t I pay my cable company to have this freaking channel??) was doing a new version of this series, I was afraid we would be stuck with a Episode I kind-of disaster: an over use of CGI graphics and a plot worth less than nothing.

WTF?

I started this post at least four times now, and I still don’t know how to write it. I’m just going to point you to this article by Carla Schroder and abstain from making any more comments at this time.

4 minutes to assemble a PC

I found this very impressive: With PC assembly time down to less than four minutes, the 30 seconds it can take to apply the ubiquitous security holograms and logos for Microsoft and Intel have become a significant manufacturing bottleneck. Talks are under way to eliminate what Dell production managers grudgingly describe as “other people’s advertising”. Four minutes to assemble a PC? Impressive… (Via Ars.Technica)

Forest fires in Portugal

Portugal is under the worse forest fire season that I have any recollection of. I think that statistically, 4 years ago we had a worse year, but I'm not sure. This year, even if the burned area is lower, they hit several villages and there was substantial property loss as well. I live in Figureira da Foz, by the ocean, near Coimbra, and we have a big fire right now near some important paper factories.

Forest fires in Portugal

Portugal is under the worse forest fire season that I have any recollection of. I think that statistically, 4 years ago we had a worse year, but I’m not sure. This year, even if the burned area is lower, they hit several villages and there was substantial property loss as well. I live in Figureira da Foz, by the ocean, near Coimbra, and we have a big fire right now near some important paper factories.

GMail invites

I’ve got a couple of GMail invites. If you want to get an email account or try the Talk thing, get a Jabber client, create an account on a free server, and send me a Jabber message with your email address. My Jabber ID is [email protected] I’ll send you your invitation. I had though about doing this some weeks ago when I got them, but I forgot. Thank’s to stpeter for the reminder.

Week summary

No, I’m not going to talk more about Google Talk :). I’m going to bed now, I’ve been up since 5am to do an upgrade to our XMPP server platform. It went pretty well, but we still have some glitches with S2S. They should be solved real soon now. I wanted to talk you about the stack of perl books I have here, from Higher-Order Perl to Perl Testing going through Perl Best Practices, but it will have to wait until next week.

Rethinking IMAP

I’ve been using IMAP for the last 3 or 4 years now. I used the Mulberry client for quite some time, and then I moved to Mail.app. I use 5 different IMAP accounts, my anti-spam is client-side, using the wonderful SpamSieve, and right now, all this accounts take 1.5Gb. Of those, 1.3Gb is a single IMAP account that I label archive and that I’m most likely trash in a near future.