December 20, 2006

Lincoln Properties: Talk to the Hand

Last week, Lincoln Properties, the owner of the Northcross Mall and the developer who plans to put a record setting mega-box store in the middle of our neighborhood, announced a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:22 AM to: Austin, Current Events, Holidailies 2006
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December 15, 2006

The Wal-Mart Doomsday Device

I recently re-watched Doctor Strangelove with my wife. The movie introduces the idea of a doomsday device. Unfortunately, it all goes horribly wrong because the Russians never tell the United... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:47 AM to: Austin, Current Events, Holidailies 2006
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December 10, 2006

Music Metadata: The Artist Sorting Problem

This weekend, I've been blogging about issues related to the metadata stored in my music files, such as song title and performer. Today I wrap up with one final problem—one... (read more)

December 09, 2006

Music Metadata: The Compilation Problem

In my previous blog entry, I discussed creating the metadata for my music collection. The metadata are stuff like song title and artist, which are stored in the music file.... (read more)

December 08, 2006

Music Metadata: Making my Music Library

Just about a year ago, I converted my music library to digital form—and I love it. The CDs are all ripped to lossless FLAC format. I've got a small computer... (read more)

Cowon iAudio X5: Nice Music Player

I recently thought it was time to get a disk-based MP3 player. I already had an inexpensive flash memory player, which was great for carrying a dozen albums on... (read more)

December 06, 2006

An Example of Ruby Introspection

In my blog post yesterday about Java, I made positive mention of the Ruby programming language. I pointed out that by giving you the power to do some potentially dangerous... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:06 AM to: Holidailies 2006, Software
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December 04, 2006

Java is the Snubby-Nosed Scissors of Programming Languages

I've had to teach myself Java for my current contract. You may be surprised to find that with all the code I sling, I've not done any Java development up... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:54 PM to: Holidailies 2006, Rants, Software
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December 03, 2006

Why Regal Cinemas Suck

If you want to know what's so wrong with the movie business today, go look at somebody who is doing it right. That's easy here in Austin, because we're home... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:36 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin, Holidailies 2006, Rants
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You May Be a Jerk

Here is the world's smallest personality test: You are sitting in a restaurant. A call comes in on your mobile phone. Do you: Silence the phone and return the call... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:50 AM to: Holidailies 2006, Rants
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December 02, 2006

Fighting Web Scraping with Apache Rewrite

The Austin Bloggers web site recently was attacked by a scraper site. The scraper was grabbing our RSS feed and republishing it on their own web site, pretending it was... (read more)

Welcome to Holidailies. Why the Hell am I Here?

I've been telling Jette for many weeks that I'd help her run the Holidailies web site this year, but there is no bloody way I'm signing up to post. I... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:41 AM to: Holidailies 2006, My Happy Life
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