Birdhouse Snake

Was walking around the backyard this afternoon and was surprised by this guy. Couldn’t see him very well, but based on the eyes and the coloring, not poisonous. A few more pictures in the Flickr stream.

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History Meme

Finally a meme I don’t mind participating in. Sadly most of the interesting bits are hidden behind that “sudo”.

% history -1000 | awk '{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}'|sort -rn|head
194 cd
156 sudo
73 rm
50 ls
45 less
44 vi
31 dpkg
22 kill
21 perl
21 man

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Posting Styles

The keepers of netiquette, have long fought over the correct way to reply to email, mailing list,forum, usenet, etc.. messages. Even though I almost always top or inline post, bottom posting is frequently expounded by digerati as the most appropriate and logical way to reply. Well this week I think I’ve come across what might be the definitive reason(at least for me) that top posting is in fact the one true way.

On a mailing list for a project I run, a list subscriber requested that replies sent to the list be top posted instead of bottom/inline. The subscriber happened to be vision impaired and it said that it was extremely difficult to follow a thread when his screen reader had to dig through all the extra/old text to find the new content in the reply.

So at least for me, until someone comes up with a screen reader that can deal with large amount of quoted text easily or somehow “skip to the content” in mail messages, I will stick with top posting and the rare occurrence that I need to inline post to clarify something.

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Site Changes

Well I had plans to move this thing over to MTOS, that is on hold for a while. As promised, I have added a “Self Accumulator“. It needs some CSS love, that will come soon. Besides aggregating “me” it has allowed me significantly lighted up the sidebar.

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Stopping the spam

I want a place to aggregate/archive my online activities. Something like Mugshot that I do use, but under my control. I tried using this blog to do it, but decided it should only include stuff I write specifically for it and “spam” from my other sources doesn’t work here. I’m going to put up some kind of “self accumulator” separate from my blog soon.

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Honda Fuel Cell

Why am I just hearing about this now? I would have thought a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle to be big news. I do have some fear of that big pressurized tank of H in the trunk, however.

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