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by Glenn Franxman, Django Developer / Stunt Programmer.

It's a small world after all

Last week I spent some time with Ivo Majetik and Andrew Tipton. Ivo is a programmer from Czechoslovakia. He has seen 45 of our great states, lives now outside of Denver, grew up in Prague and went to Italy for university.

Andrew grew up in Knoxville and hasn't really had opportunity to travel much, but in two weeks he's renting a car, packing a single backpack and driving to Seattle, then down to LA where he's catching a flight to New Zealand. He'll be in NZ ...

posted: 2003-06-27 20:37:38 6 comments Read More

SPOILSPORT

A couple guys at work mentioned last week that C|Net was running some articles on Challenge-Response spam systems as commercial successes and that I should have patented SPOILSPORT. Actually, I feel like more power to them. I don't think I have what it takes to market software. I'll leave that to those who can. But the world of C/R isn't all roses. Some people prefer bayesian filters which calculate probabilities that an individual mailing is spam or not by comparing its word frequencies to those ...

posted: 2003-06-24 03:09:34 17 comments Read More

Rebuilding the Office

Today the last of the insurance work related to the kitchen fire that we had months ago was completed. That took much longer than expected. ( Actually, its not quite done -- they still have to come back and pick up some equipment they left today ).

posted: 2003-06-23 20:08:18 276 comments Read More

Microsoft IS EVIL

Microsoft is evil. Fresh from their inconsequential loss to the DOJ, they are now taking on Google, Yahoo, etc. As you may or may not know, if you use their browser ( the one that after this version will be fully integrated with their OS ), any mis-typed url takes you to their own search technology, rather than a 404 or other error. They've been using this to gather stats on what people are looking for on the net, and have been using it drive traffic to their engine.

posted: 2003-06-19 15:05:20 352 comments Read More

Ebooks - out with a wheeze

It looks like e-books are finally dying, which is sad. I've owned a Gemstar e-book ( the 9 x 12 model with leather cover ) for about 4 1/2 years, and really liked it, but it had some serious flaws they were reticent to fix. Here's the letter I received and some thoughts on what could have saved them.

posted: 2003-06-19 08:38:24 137 comments Read More

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