NNTP Clients reading RSS

Neat idea: “nntp//rss — Bridging the worlds of NNTP clients and RSS feeds, nntp//rss is an
application that will enable you to use your existing favorite NNTP newsreader
to read your [RSS] information channels.”

Posted in RSS

Fax machines are evil!

Today Doc posts about retiring an old “1980-vintage Panafax PX-100 fax machine”.

However, I have a bigger request. When will we rid the planet of fax machines entirely? I mean, technically do they really have a purpose these days?

It seems that the workflow for faxing is ridiculously wasteful for most fax transmissions.

Basically, I print something just so I can fax it. Why waste the paper? When all I really need to do is email or “remote print” the document.

Then if the receiver actually needs to use the content of a fax they would have to re-type it or OCR the page (Ugh!)

Please! What a waste!

Don’t we really need cheaper network-accessible remote printers? I believe this will lead to fax extinction!

PHP Caching with JPCACHE

Sweet! I just configured jpcache to cache and gzip compiled pages on hatch.org. So the b2 powered blog should feel snappier. I need to work out a few of the kinks with respect to expiring the cache when there are new posts and/or comments. Plus, I had to trap the gzip compression function in b2, because jpcache does it as well, but for the most part it seems to be working well.

In-Room Chat as a Social Tool

Clay Shirky “… hosted a two-day brainstorming session for 30 or so
people on the subject of social software. In addition to the usual “sit
around a big table and talk to each other” format, [they] set up an
in-room chat channel accessible over the WiFi network which created a
two-channel experience — a live conversation in the room, and an
overlapping real-time text conversation.”

Geek: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

I can’t remember the first time I saw this, but I was recently reminded of it via BoingBoing and it’s still funny :-)

better !pout !cry
better watchout
lpr why
santa claus <north pole >town

cat /etc/passwd >list
ncheck list
ncheck list
cat list | grep naughty >nogiftlist
cat list | grep nice >giftlist
santa claus <north pole > town

who | grep sleeping
who | grep awake
who | egrep 'bad|good'
for (goodness sake) {
be good
}