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  • Marco.org
    Dan on October 29 2006 Coke Blak By Marco on October 23 2006 Pizza Delivery Not Like in the Movies By Dan on October 18 2006 The widescreen touchscreen fullscreen video iPod myth By Marco on October 11 2006 Al Qaeda Tape Outlines Vision Statement for Goal Oriented Terror Networking By Dan on September 30 2006 Talking to Lyndon LaRouche s Youth Movement By Dan on September 27 2006 OpenOffice org Writer By Dan on September 23 2006 What Digg traffic looks like By Marco on September 20 2006 Vote the bastards out By Dan on September 15 2006 Linux and tomato sauce The cost of choice By Marco on September 13 2006 What is Apple releasing on Tuesday By Marco on September 9 2006 Bush Responds to IAU Meeting By Dan on August 24 2006 How not to launch a Web 2 0 site By Marco on August 15 2006 New Study Finds Internet Not a Minivan Either By Dan on August 4 2006 The future of music By Slartibartfast on July 31 2006 Blu Ray vs HD DVD Nobody cares By Marco on July 20 2006 Broadcast Indecency By Dan on July 17 2006 Winamp 5 23 By Dan on June 28 2006 Welcome to New York By Marco on June 23 2006 An Open Letter to Department of Justice Attorney Anthony J Coppolino By Dan on June 13 2006 MacBook first impressions By Marco on May 26 2006 Legally moving Microsoft software to another PC By Marco on May 18 2006 Peak Technology By Marco on May 5 2006 How to make a podcast that doesn t suck By Marco on April 19 2006 Review Marco s Best Egg Salad Ever By Dan on April 12 2006 A Story Problem By Dan on April 7 2006 Raising the bar By Marco on March 29 2006 Video isn t the next big thing By Marco on March 9 2006 The Sandwich Boundary theory By Marco on February 26 2006 DreamHost By Marco on February 21 2006 How Google is vulnerable By Marco on February 13 2006 The fantasy of the GoogleOS By Marco on January 30 2006 It s the How did Alito Rule Game By Dan on January 25 2006 Predictions for 2005 revisited By Marco on January 9 2006 Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 By Marco on December 28 2005 Commander in Chief By Marco on December 10 2005 How to unsalt cashews By Marco on December 4 2005 Aardvark d 12 Weeks with Geeks By Marco on December 2 2005 Computers are stupid By Marco on November 20 2005 Why I m not scared of peak oil By Marco on November 8 2005 iPod Shuffle By Marco on October 25 2005 Harriet Miers to Replace Alan Greenspan By Dan on October 24 2005 Your Mother and I are Proud of You Son By Dan on October 18 2005 Hello this is RSI Nice to meet you By Marco on October 16 2005 Amtrak a second opinion By Marco on October 14 2005 Freecycle By Slartibartfast on October 3 2005 Flavia S350 office coffee machine By Marco on September 23 2005 Your city sucks By Marco on September 16 2005 Owning a car By Marco on September 8 2005 Voice recognition phone menus By Marco on September 1 2005 Marketing a 200 sound card By Marco on August 21 2005 Why do people buy new computers By Marco on August 11 2005 Canon LiDE 60 scanner By Marco on August 2 2005 Netflix By Slartibartfast on July 27 2005 Verizon s V CAST video service By Marco on July 24 2005 30 Days with Morgan Spurlock By Marco on July 18 2005 Cooking for Guys Part IV Boiling Water By Dan on July 11 2005 Grown up Computing By Marco on July 9 2005 Who Wants to Be a Cuban Dictator By Slartibartfast on July 5 2005 Box Fan Blowout By Marco on June 27 2005 Fan Season By Marco on June 21 2005 How to be a good customer By Marco on June 12 2005 Apple s Switch Part I By Marco on June 6 2005 eMule Contest Results By Marco on June 3 2005 Pillowcasing strategies By Marco on May 24 2005 Idiots are here to stay By Marco on May 23 2005 Freakonomics By Marco on May 22 2005 Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith By Dan on May 19 2005 What is a blog By Marco on May 18 2005 Sega reveals upcoming console By Marco on May 17 2005 Weezer Make Believe By Marco on May 16 2005 How to Drive Part I Blocking the Intersection By Marco on May 12 2005 Finding your second apartment Part II By Marco on May 9 2005 Insuring your laptop By Marco on May 6 2005 Network transfer speeds in reality By Marco on May 3 2005 Dish Network and the DVR 522 By Marco on May 2 2005 Finding your second apartment By Marco on April 25 2005 The Future Speech Recognition By Marco on April 18 2005 Cooking For Guys Part III Kitchen Safety By Dan on April 13 2005 Cooking for Guys Part II Putting Things in a Pot By Dan on April 8 2005 Exclusive Longhorn screenshot By Marco on April 8 2005 Cold Heat soldering iron By Marco on April 7 2005 Cooking For Guys Part I Recipes By Dan on April 6 2005 Ocean s Twelve By Marco on April 3 2005 Mitch Hedberg may have died By Marco on March 31 2005 PHP Web Hosting By Marco on March 29 2005 Using a Verizon cellular phone as a modem By Marco on March 27 2005 Sideways By Marco on March 25 2005 Garden State By Marco on March 22 2005 Controversial New Study Reveals What I Did to Your Mom Last Night By Nescio on March 17 2005 The phantom hotspot market By Marco on March 8 2005 The Great ISP 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  • In search of a wireless router that doesn't suck
    of research so far I can t find such a device available at any price although I d like to keep it below around 350 seems like a lot of routers that almost do this are around that price or less But there are a few options that might come close Business class routers Also called SOHO routers or VPN routers these are higher end routers that usually don t include a wireless access point usually for 200 400 But many of them are just the same awful consumer level hardware with a few business friendly features added such as advanced VPN capabilities Examples Cisco 851 or 851W with wireless Seems almost perfect except that the Cisco configuration process is an absolute nightmare for even simple arrangements Linksys RV042 Just a router so it needs a separate wireless AP User reviews indicate that it has a pretty high dud rate and it needs a factory performed battery replacement after about a year Netgear ProSafe VPN line Very mixed reviews indicate that this probably isn t any more reliable than their consumer ruter line Pros Low power consumption Reasonable cost Cons Configuration complexity Often requires separate wireless AP Those with built in APs almost never support 802 11n Potentially no more reliable than 40 routers Using internet connection sharing on my computer My computer has two Ethernet ports and an 802 11n card so it can be the router for the rest of the network This is what I m doing in the meantime while I figure out what to replace my awful Linksys router with Pros Never overheats or crashes Excellent performance Easy setup Cons Requires my high power computer to be running constantly Limited configuration options Drops the entire network s connection when I reboot or want to use Boot Camp Entire security burden rests on my computer which is fairly exposed to the world Linux BSD router on an old PC Many special distributions offer nice router functionality if you have a spare PC lying around including m0n0wall pfSense and SmoothWall Pros Never overheats or crashes Excellent performance Excellent configuration interfaces and capabilities Cheap if you already have an old PC Cons Requires an old PC which I don t have Needs a lot more power and space than any other option Fan noise Linux BSD router on an embedded computer You can install those same packages on special embedded PC boards optimized for small size and low power usage such as those by Soekris and PC Engines Pros High performance Shouldn t overheat or crash Excellent configuration interfaces and capabilities once the OS is installed Small Low power Bonus geek points Cons Not very cheap Too many choices with little guidance hard to choose the right hardware Requires a lot of time to build it yourself and install the software Unknown long term reliability Just keep buying 40 routers Certainly the most economical option just keep buying new 40 routers whenever they die This is the option

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  • Review: RiffTrax
    start them at the same time and there are periodic checks to make sure they re in sync Every 20 minutes or so a voice on the RiffTrax MP3 says a line of dialog at the same time as a character in the movie If one is ahead of the other pause it for a few seconds to let the slow one catch up Humorwise RiffTrax are on par with MST3K there are 5 6 truly gut busting observations per movie several dozen really good chuckles and a fair number of yeah I guess that s funny moments It feels like renting some very funny friends to rip on movies for the evening I can only speak for Independence Day and The Matrix so far but the RiffTrax definitely improved on the original The website s selection isn t everything you d want to watch but there are plenty of movies to pick from and you won t run out anytime soon Another plus instead of paying to download the file only once the files are added to your account You can download them multiple times to multiple computers This makes a huge difference if say you watch a movie

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  • Hating Sarah Palin
    a duplicitous loyalty freak which similarly may or may not be true but surely she s no worse than the Bush administration are all efforts to rationalize a gut dislike Where does it come from Why the vitriol from the left Popularity for Palin on the right could explain suspicion of Palin on the left There are knee jerk reactions in politics and some of the dislike could be attributed to this But comparing the right s distrust of Obama to the left s outrage at Palin There are a few possible explanations The explanation offered by the McCain campaign is that this is some sort of vast left wing conspiracy orchestrated by the Obama campaign to malign Palin This is ridiculous The statements coming from the actual Obama campaign are mostly positive to neutral toward Palin The best evidence McCain and crew can marshall is that Obama used the idiom if you put lipstick on a pig it s still a pig It s a thoroughly neutral phrase and one McCain used to criticize a Clinton proposal but that s the best McCain could find If there s a vast smear campaign it s not organized by Obama Some have suggested that the left has just been looking for an excuse to be mean Maybe the Republicans with their small town values are just kinder people in their less reflexive reactions to Obama and Biden I think this too is a red herring First human nature does not significantly differ based upon party affiliation The left s reaction to Sarah Palin is not terribly different than the right s reaction to Hillary Clinton In both cases the dislike seems to transcend rational disagreement Perhaps this is sexism then But in that case we would expect similar dislike for other prominent women in politics or government Condaleeza Rice doesn t get this anger Oprah got little worse than grumbles when she endorsed Obama In fairness Geraldine Ferraro was essentially asked to go away quietly when she started talking this election cycle but that had more to do with what she was saying Some of the attacks can be explained by sexism but I think there is a better explanation Palin s convention speech was petty and mean Between the lack of record and the lack of media availability there is very little to actually know about Sarah Palin Her introduction to the country was sudden and carefully scripted Most people know only what she said in her speech to the Republican National Convention But that one speech was enough to earn the wrath of the left It fired up the base but it alienated and angered the rest of the country In one short speech she managed an incredible number of attacks all of them incredibly dismissive of those who disagreed with her By purporting to speak from and for common sense and good people she insinuated that those who disagreed with her were either dumb or bad and people

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  • On community organizers and prisoners of war
    strong a word Perhaps enfranchisement The community organizer seeks to give that forgotten lower class the same political voice the middle class takes for granted If a community organizer does his or her job properly you will not hear about the organizer only about the community It s the sort of cause that brings to mind the story about the man walking along the beach after the tide throwing starfish back into the sea The other man told him he was wasting his effort fighting the entire ocean on behalf of the starfish There will always be more stranded starfish and his efforts won t make a difference The first man throws another starfish back into the ocean and answers I made a difference to that one Ultimately the forces working against the community are likely to be too much for one person to deal with Successes are few incremental and incredibly important to those they benefit If a community can prevent a sewage treatment plant from moving in next door the world may not notice but they sure will Enabling and connecting local churches small businesses and other community organizations can empower local leaders who will gradually improve the community or at least slow its decline As might be expected most of Obama s victories as a community organizer were community level victories There were frustrations He brought his own approach to community organizing advocating attention both to larger goals and to the immediate project He remained committed to the goals of community organization but occasionally sought to reform some of the methods How is this a qualification to be President Some people have been asking how this prepares somebody to be President Community organizing does not give anybody serious executive experience It does not give you experience in foreign policy or macroeconomics or national politics Nobody looks community organizing as a logical launch pad for Presidential ambitions I can see why some of Obama s detractors see this as something to mock but they are wrong to do so Obama s time as a community organizer is analogous to John McCain s time as a prisoner of war Obviously they re very different situations but it s not immediately clear what one does in either situation that would qualify one to be President Yet both shaped the character and reveal the values of the candidate In both cases what the candidate did is less important than what the candidate learned Nobody asks McCain what he accomplished as a POW Nobody asks who he led or what he learned about foreign policy during this time If they did they would be missing the point In refusing a chance to go home out of order McCain proved his willingness to put principle before himself Obama did the same when he chose community organizing over more lucrative opportunities McCain understands the sacrifices demanded of soldiers sent to war Obama understands the complexities of urban poverty Both are important things for a

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  • Curing RSS addiction and continuous partial attention
    Read Later bookmarklet and continue through my RSS skimming Then when I m on the train every day or waiting somewhere I read the long articles I had much more elaborate plans for what I wanted Instapaper to be so I didn t release it I used it myself every day for about 3 months before showing it to a few friends who finally convinced me to release it And after optimizing it for its current functions it became far better and more successful than the original idea would have ever been Feed overload I then made a few changes to my RSS habit that made it much more manageable No more high volume feeds I haven t missed a thing No more feeds for which I read and enjoy less than half of the content No more blogs about blogging No more list posts top 8 17 reasons etc No more sites whose content is mostly aggregated from elsewhere instead of original And most importantly I no longer attempt to read long articles on my computer That s an important one because I realized I was never really concentrating at the computer There are too many distractions Non geeks especially those over age 40 figured this out a while ago they ll print articles to read them On paper You know that flat white stuff that comes out of those big machines in your office that everyone always seems frustrated with Ah forget it Just trust me that reading long content on a computer sucks Now I ll go to the couch and read articles in the Instapaper iPhone app even when I m home and could just as well use my computer The iPhone s single tasking interface helps a lot here there s nothing else to do

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/299 (2016-04-30)
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  • iPhone-app price deflation
    by 4 months of updates and support After Apple s commission and an approximate 28 income tax rate that s worth 25 174 or 3 146 per developer month in after tax profits That s a decent living for an individual But that s if the developer charges 9 99 the seemingly de facto price for high quality paid apps when the App Store opened But if the app s price drops to 5 99 the total take is 15 094 1 886 per month Not bad but not able to replace your day job Any good developers capable of coding a good iPhone app that people are willing to pay for can probably earn at least twice that in the job market At 1 99 the take is 5 014 626 per month That might give you a nice rainy day fund but at this price app development looks a lot less worthwhile to good developers Making maintaining and supporting an app takes a lot of time When you already have a day job it s hard to justify spending your little remaining time so you can maybe make 626 per month if your app actually sells that well If app developers can t make a competitive living selling high quality apps they re not going to just accept less money there just won t be many high quality apps Elasticity I d guess that demand is fairly inelastic and the difference between paid and free probably doesn t matter much whether the app is 5 99 or 9 99 As discussed in The Penny Gap the hard part is getting people to pay at all Most entrepreneurs fall into the trap of assuming that there is a consistent elasticity in price The truth is scaling from 5 to

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  • Cloudy promises
    was down for the 8 hours that cover an entire Monday EST workday It only missed by about 20 hours What if Google App Engine goes down and your app is hosted there If you had to completely dump and replace your reliance on any single infrastructure provider how long would you be down How much code would need to be designed written and tested What infrastructure changes would you require and how quickly could you get what you needed That last one s interesting because there isn t a drop in replacement for many of these services It s not just a matter of pointing your app at a different set of servers you can t for instance run a compatible backup instance of S3 or EC2 on your own infrastructure The cloud Part of the promise of cloud services is that you don t have to worry about their infrastructure In theory these services should tolerate individual failures transparently you should never have to worry about one of S3 s servers dying and losing your files But this isn t the first time that AWS has had major service wide downtime Individual hard drives and servers can indeed

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