Month: August 2006

  • Today’s Grammar Rant: Rogue is not the same as Rouge

    The title says it all: ROGUE != ROUGE. I don't know how many times I see this at work, when someone is talking about a rogue (unapproved) network device. I really don't think people here are concerned with red network devices.

  • So I don’t forget

    Just bookmarking something for myself so I don't forget. Edward Tufte is a professor and author focused on “analytical design” (whatever that means). In my taxonomy of english, it means he writes up good ways to present and visualize information and data to where it's understandable, something that is always challenging. Granted, a lot of…

  • Work laptop death – what did I miss the most?

    So, my primary laptop at the office died a terrible hardware failure last Friday (no, not terrible in the sense of Dell laptop battery fires, but terrible nonetheless), and I've been using an old Toshiba Tecra 9100 since then (~2 year old laptop). It was slow and painful to use. But what did I miss…

  • Does RSS make web layout irrelevant?

    So, I'm sitting here running through my daily ritual of reading RSS feeds, and I stumble upon this entry on Om Malik's blog. In it, he mentions it's been a busy week: they signed on some sponsors, had a party, and … launched a new look. Wait a minute, he launched a new look? I…

  • Bud Light: Such a true commercial

    A co-worker of mine (Hi, Dan!) sent me this link to a Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” song, saluting “Mr. Way-Too-Proud-Of-Texas Guy”. It's so true.

  • News headline you don’t see every day

    Again, reading MSNBC, and stumbled onto this news headline: 4 penguins perish in freak Texas truck accident: Octopus unhurt, exotic fish not as lucky en route to temporary home Full article here. Sad story, but a bizarre headline.

  • Worst written news article ever

    So, I'm reading the MSNBC article talking about the denial-of-service attack on Joe Lieberman's website (article here). I'm always amazed with the over-simplification that journalists use when they write stories: The Web site was hosted on a computer named, a Web server computer that also hosts about 70 other Web sites. Many of…

  • Random cool electronics thing to build

    Found this in some random RSS feed: The time fountain. I need to build one of these – it looks awesome!