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Mousepoclypse

You can tell a lot about an organization by what kind of mouse they design:

Microsoft creates the Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical, it is curved for the hand, 3 buttons, scroll wheel, works well, is sturdy, Not Too Bad:

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Depeche Mode - Mansfield, MA 7/31/2009

[music | Eddie Murphy & Rick James - Party all the Time]

Twenty years ago, my boss saw Depeche Mode at Great Woods, with Nitzer Ebb opening. Last night I thought that that must have been the show to see. An archived Globe article tells me I'm wrong. Nitzer Ebb would have made a much better opener than Peter, Bjorn and John, though. PB&J just pretty much annoyed us. The best part of their set was my SMS conversation about it. ("they're playing "Party all the Time", swear to god". "Hey, they're doing the Jitterbug into my brain". "PB&J (HAH) are doing Erasure covers".) before it devolved into Scandinavian bands that should have been on the stage instead. "Hey, at least the Ace of Base girl was stacked, the PB&J guy is kind of doughy, but it's just not the same".

Update: My copypasta review at Last.fm has gotten a couple of comments which made a really good point. Looking back it looks like we didn't enjoy or somehow regretted this show. Negative, it was awesome, it could have sounded better, and I'm willing to accept that it might have been our position in the venue. Let me know if you were in the middle and it sounded great to you. I still have high hopes for the CD!

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Backups

I've recently had to think about the mechanics of making idiot-proof backups on Linux and OSX. The specific machine I'm backing up is a Linux host with a 40GB drive. Historically only about 10% of the drive has been used, and the user has an IMAP mailbox, so all the mail is safe already.

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What it might look like if I used Twitter

Almost exactly half my music collection contains "the". Of 15,137 tracks, 7578 have "the" in the Artist, album or track name. So I'm 19 off.

The reason this came to my attention is that I was searching my collection for The The. iTunes doesn't seem to like that search much and only hits on one "the". Quotes mean nothing to this application. Thanks again Apple.

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Moc se mi přání, jsem věděl, že české právo, které nyní

Tonight I really wish I knew Czech. I just had a whole conversation via Google Translate and it was less than satisfying. Here's the backstory:

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Wolfeboro Forums

I've noticed some traffic to wolfnet.xrayspx.com hitting my page since I shut down the wolfeboro.net forum installation, and I wanted to clarify the situation somewhat.

After the last Wolfeboro.net outage, I requested that they find alternate hosting for the site. I don't have the time to run it for free and deal with securing the site, etc.

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Dork Yearbook

BoingBoing launched a fun Dork Yearbook photo project. Upload your embarrassing pics of your geeky childhood, and they will add helpful captions. I decided to recreate my yearbook picture for 2009 as well.

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What "Apple Tax"?

Why I gladly pay the Apple "Luxury Tax"

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How I spent my weekend

[music | Chicane - Andromeda]

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Converting Visio Stencils to OmniGraffle

Someday, we'll live in The Future, I swear it.

Last year I bought OmniGraffle 4 Pro, I really, really like that app, and it makes using Visio seem like self torture. Now only if the formats were open all the way around...

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