February 26, 2003

I Want My HBO

Last fall, Time-Warner announced that premium channels such as HBO would move off their analog network. The local monopoly daily newspaper (which is too lame to put their archives online)... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:36 PM to: Austin
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AFD Incident Number 308610

Incident Date: 02/16/2003 06:54:38 Remarks: This call was originally dispatched as a trash fire. On arrival we found heavy smoke that obscured most of the building and residents were in... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:38 PM to: My Happy Life
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February 25, 2003

4,836 Spare Hours in Austin

Austin Blog Day is now over. During this time, many Austin Bloggers posted their ideas about what to do with Four Spare Hours in Austin.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:47 PM to: Austin
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February 24, 2003

Ode to the Whip In

The Blog Day topic is What to do with Four Spare Hours in Austin. For me, this is not a theoretical issue. I had quite a bit of downtime this... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:54 PM to: Austin, My Happy Life
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February 22, 2003

MSN/Hotmail Closing the Barn Doors

Links: Microsoft Going after Hotmail Spammers (News.com, Feb 18), Microsoft Planning more Spam Suits (News.com, Feb 19) In a previous article, I discussed the magnitude of the dictionary attack problem... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:57 PM to: Spam
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February 20, 2003

Collaborative Filtering at Amazon.com

Link: Amazon.com Recommendations: Item-to-Item Collaborative Filtering (link to abstract) The Jan/Feb issue of IEEE Internet Computing magazine has an interesting article on the collaborative filtering algorithm used at Amazon.com. This... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:26 PM to: The Net
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February 19, 2003

Jello Shots Capital of the World

Links: The Year the Music Died (News 8 Austin), Rent Party Blues (Austin Chronicle) Those who cared have always winced when the cliché Live Music Capital of the World was... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:39 PM to: Austin
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February 16, 2003

Three Most Important Things

This morning, I discovered the three most important material things in my life. Around 7 this morning, I was awoken by the smell of acrid smoke. I looked out my... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:29 PM to: My Happy Life
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February 13, 2003

Austin City Boosters Get Desperate, Sleazy

Thing are getting so desperate in Austin that the city boosters are resorting to spam. To: chris sherman <chris@greateraustin.com> From: "chris sherman @ GreaterAustin" <chris@GreaterAustin.com> Subject: Invite: Austin Small Business... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:46 PM to: Austin, Spam
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February 09, 2003

Yeah, Well You Smell Funny

I've received this terribly obnoxious spam several times over the past week. To: "" <chip@unicom.com> From: "Pavol Viluda" <www.designgalaxy.net@mail.soaustin.net> Subject: STOP UGLY WEBSITES! USE PREMADE WEBDESIGN SERVICES Date: Sun, 9... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:20 PM to: Spam
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Outrage in Washington: Part II

Link: Coble, Myrick face heat for comments. Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), during a radio interview, defended imprisoning Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. He thought it was necessary... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:24 AM to: Current Events
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Outrage in Washington: Part I

Link: Justice Dept. Drafts Sweeping Expansion of Anti-Terrorism Act. The current administration--aided by a derelict Congress--has significantly curtailed our civil liberties. Executive orders and laws like the Patriot Act have... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:23 AM to: Current Events
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February 08, 2003

Jammin' on Aggregation

In a previous article, I mentioned some work I was doing on automatic blog aggregation via trackback ping. I've already turned a second generation on the system, and it's now... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:47 PM to: Software
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February 04, 2003

Leave No Spammer Behind

Link: Spam Composition It's a delight to see somebody taking on one of the most troubling parts of the spam epidemic: that atrocious grammar! (thanks Justin)... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:56 PM to: It Amuses Me, Spam
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February 03, 2003

FTC Schedules Spam Workshop

Link: FTC to Hold Three Day Public Spam Workshop The FTC is scheduling a 3-day workshop this spring (April 30 through May 2) to "address the proliferation of unsolicited commercial... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:54 PM to: Spam
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Freddie Steady's Midnight Howl

My pal Freddie Steady Krc is booked for a regular gig down at The Saxon Pub. Freddie Steady's Midnight Howl will be playing the midnight show Tuesdays through February. Freddie... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:54 AM to: Austin
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February 01, 2003

We're from TRUSTe and We're Here to Help

Link: TRUSTe on spam and industry adopting best practices TRUSTe wants to do for the spam problem what they've done for Internet privacy. This concerns me. I'm not concerned they... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:51 PM to: Spam
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Tragedy

Link: NASA Press Release #03-030 Their sacrifice in the cause of science and for the advancement of humanity is the noblest, and the most tragic. Updated 5:36 PM: It had... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:55 PM to: Current Events
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