January 06, 2006

How Lobbyists Influence Legislation

In the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, John Dickerson writes an interesting article in Slate on how lobbying really works. He explains, unlike what many people think, there... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:59 PM to: Current Events, Holidailies 2005
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January 05, 2006

How the Koobox Home Linux System Stacks Up

I recently saw an article about a low-cost computer system with Linux pre-installed called the Koobox. The entry-level system, called the "Essential Koobox", looks ideal for home usage. I thought... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:00 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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January 03, 2006

December Plan

It's good to have a plan. It's good when the plan works. Sometimes, it's better when it doesn't. I had a plan for December. I had just wrapped up a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:27 PM to: Holidailies 2005, My Happy Life
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December 31, 2005

A Couple of web-nsupdate Implementation Hints

I recently released a utility called web-nsupdate that implements a lightweight dynamic DNS update service. Now that you've had a few days to download and unpack and install the package,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:14 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 30, 2005

Swordfish is an Ugly, Stupid Movie

Film, at its best, engages you or entertains you. Swordfish (2001), on the other hand, brings you nothing. Worse than nothing. When it was over I felt like it had... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:20 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Holidailies 2005
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December 26, 2005

web-nsupdate: A Lightweight Dynamic DNS Service

Earlier this year, I changed my residential broadband network gateway to a Linksys WRT54G running the OpenWrt Linux distribution. Back in July, I wrote about why dynamic DNS is useful... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:52 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 25, 2005

Favorite Movies of 2005

I was looking over a list of movies released in 2005, and realized that I'd seen 21 of them, more than I'd thought. I guess that—in combination with a lingering... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:03 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Holidailies 2005
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December 21, 2005

The Ones that Got Away: the Movie Version

As you may know, it's Holidailies time at IJTLCSH. I believe, for the most part, I've been able to meet my post-a-day quota with articles of note or interest—without resorting... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:52 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Holidailies 2005
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Where to Advocate Open Source?

Both non-profit and for profit organizations can benefit from open source software. Should open source advocates lump them together or treat them differently? The question is not just academic. Yesterday,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:53 AM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 19, 2005

Bad Behavior by McAfee Anti-Virus

Now I understand why McAfee had a shrinkwrap license clause that banned people from criticizing their software. They'd be out of business if more folks knew how terrible their anti-virus... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:24 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 18, 2005

Scootanon

My favorite coffee shop in Austin is undergoing a change, and change makes me nervous. Trianon the Coffee Place has three locations around town. The Bee Caves Road location is... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:33 PM to: Austin, Holidailies 2005, In Your Face
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December 17, 2005

Since When is Getting Reamed a Benefit?

If you are a Texan, you probably can't forget the dueling ad campaigns between the phone companies and cable companies during the last legislative session. In the end, a telecom... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:46 PM to: Austin, Holidailies 2005, Tech Policy
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Blogger Finds its 404

I'm pleased to report that Blogger has finally figured out how to say, "Ooops!" When you request a web page from a server and the web server cannot provide that... (read more)

December 16, 2005

An Open (and Neutral) Internet

How would you like an Internet where you try to go to Google, but you end up at Yahoo instead? Or an Internet that provides you multiple legal sources for... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:39 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Tech Policy
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December 15, 2005

Installfest: Towards Mainstream User Acceptance

For the past few days, I've been writing about my experience planning and running a Linux installfest at the recent Austin Free-Net computer sale. The Linux installfest idea has been... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:21 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 13, 2005

Installfest: A Post-Install Procedure for Ubuntu Linux

For the past few days, I've been writing about my experience planning and running a Linux installfest at the recent Austin Free-Net computer sale. I discussed the evaluation that led... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:55 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 12, 2005

Installfest: What's so Good (and not so Good) about the Ubuntu Installer?

Last Saturday, the Austin Free-Net held a fundraising computer garage sale. I helped run the "Linux installfest" table. I've already written about how we selected Ubuntu Linux as the Linux... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:45 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 11, 2005

Installfest: Report from the Event

Yesterday, the Austin Free-Net held a fundraising computer garage sale. I helped run the "Linux installfest" table. Yesterday, I wrote about how we selected Ubuntu Linux as the Linux distribution... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:00 AM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 10, 2005

Installfest: Choosing a Linux Distro

The Austin Free-Net is having a fundraising tech garage sale today. They have been collecting used computer and electronic equipment, and today it all will be sold off. I'll be... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:22 AM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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December 09, 2005

Holidailies Sells Out

This year, we began accepting paid advertising on the Holidailies web site. Jette and I went into this with some trepidation. Would there be a community backlash? Would it make... (read more)

December 08, 2005

Some Hard Lessons in User Interface Design

Today, I learned a couple of lessons in user interface design. Unfortunately, they were learned the hard way. Or, in other words, I sure fucked up that web site. When... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:00 AM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 07, 2005

Twiddled Privilege Bits Get Me Thirty Days

It appears I'm signed up to do a lot of blogging over the next thirty days. I didn't really plan on being here. What's worse, with this lame meta... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:00 AM to: Administrivia, Holidailies 2005
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