Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Fitbit/MyFitnessPal integration

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I’ve been puzzling about how the Fitbit ( to MyFitnessPal ( integration works and how Fitbit determines how many calories to send to MyFitnessPal as a daily adjustment/exercise entry; enough so that I didn’t really feel like I could trust it as a mechanism for tracking my caloric levels, which is the whole reason I […]

Testing Siri

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I’m testing using Siri to blog by voice using the WordPress iPhone app It’s pretty amazing how well she can determine what I’m trying say as long as I speak clearly. I’m in my car driving my iPhone just sitting on my lap and I’m just talking to pretty much at a regular voice and […]

“The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure” error, intermediate certificates, proxy servers, and WinHTTP

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

We recently upgraded our SSL certificates on our web servers – we use GeoTrust, who recently moved to the intermediate root certificate model (well, recently meaning July, 2010) and this is our first renewal since the change. This should have been a completely transparent change, and all in all it came pretty close.  Where it […]

Is this a new Google search feature?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

… or did I just miss it?

Wireless Networking in (Ed)Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Background I originally wrote this several weeks ago when installing Ubuntu’s Edgy Eft on a defunct Windows laptop we had, but never got around to editing it properly. The laptop went belly-up again and just tonight I installed Edubuntu on the same machine and refined my documentation after going through the steps to get WPA2 […]

tech decentral » Six Myths About Ajax

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Anne Zelenka, the “Red Nun” of Redmonk provides a 6-item list of myths about Ajax.  Mostly I think she’s right on the mark, especially the note about Ajax making sites more usable.  But I think she’s a little off track in this bit: Myth 3: Ajax is just window dressing – it’s only about superficial […]

Simplicity = fewer choices

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

In Choices = Headaches Joel Spolsky discusses the multitude of options a computer user must sort through to turn of their computer: “The more choices you give people, the harder it is for them to choose, and the unhappier they’ll feel.” and “Inevitably, you are going to think of a long list of intelligent, defensible […]

Recording Your Attention: Spying on Yourself– The Glass is Too Big – J Wynia

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Recording Your Attention: Spying on Yourself — J Wynia J’s put up an attention service for himself, much as I’ve done. He has, however, taken the time to give a basic run-down of the very simple procedure for getting one running. I only have 1 thing to add to J’s list of 14 steps to […]

Alex Barnett blog : The middleman won’t go away

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Alex Barnett:The middleman won’t go away, he’ll just move. referencing this by Matt Terenzio (who’s been active in the OPML Editor community recently as well) Good points from both Matt and Alex in this interchange. I see Matt’s point that eventually we’re going to be pushing all of this stuff out to the edges and […]

Open question about comments and RSS

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

I’ve been wondering if there’s value in an aggregated feed of blog posts and comments. Ideally a threaded one, where the comments followed along behind the post they related to – perhaps even as children – requiring prior art or a new namespace, I suspect. Obviously on blogs with a ton of comments that would […]

SuprGlu – collected online self-ness

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

SuprGlu is a sort of a personality aggregator for the web published by Iridesco. If you wanted to collect all the information available by you or about you that you’re responsible for, SuprGlu’d be a place to do it. The essential idea here is that you give SuprGlu a bunch of inputs of your data […]

Pandora – new music finder

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

I suspect most will have heard about Pandora; the company was reviewed by TechCrunch, and the free release was publicized there as well. I first heard about the idea on an NPR segment about Pandora’s parent, the Music Genome Project. I don’t know what I can add to Michael’s original review at TechCrunch, but I […]

AttentionRecorder and custom service

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

Is anyone out there running a custom attention-recording service, a la the Attention Toolkit? I’m having some troubles with the new version of the AttentionRecorder extension and custom services. Essentially it’s worked intermittently in Firefox 1.5, but then inexplicably seems to stop recording. It seem to be related to adding a custom service, but only […]

Memeorandum Search API

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Assuming that memeorandum provides value (and I think it does as a component of an overall view of the web, not as a sole view of the web), there’s an aspect of memeorandum that I find lacking, and that’s an addressable history. Gabe provides the ability to go and see what looked like at […]

Simple Sharing Extensions up close…

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I’ve been looking more closely at the SSE announcement since it came out; the next few posts are likely to be about this, and some (like this one) fairly (ok, very) long, so be forewarned…. After reading through the spec and accompanying FAQ, I started rifling through the commentary thread at memeorandum.1  Alex Barnett already […]

Microsofting today

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

I’ll be at SQL Server 2005/Visual Studio 2005 launch events today. If there’s wi-fi, I might try to blog it live. Not as big a deal as the Windows/Office Live events, but a pretty big deal to us Wisconsinites….

Dave’s OPML Validator Beta

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Dave’s made it to the web with his OPML Validator Beta. On the surface it seems a little more strict than Randy’s validator. Dave’s linked to the caveats of the beta-ness of the tool, as well, which is pretty nice – especially the presence of the valid and invalid test files. As I linked previously, […]

Using multiple GMail accounts with Thunderbird

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Updated directions below; including a dialog-based set of instructions I’ve been hassled for a while with what I perceived as a problem with GMail that I was finally able to solve yesterday. I have 2 GMail accounts, and I subscribe to various mailing lists (especially Gooogle Groups) with different accounts depending on the purpose of […]

Flock has flown!

Friday, October 21st, 2005

The Flock Developer Preview is now available. Well, as a starting point, and with only a little bit of playtime, I think Flock in pretty darned cool!  Not a Firefox killer, yet, but I could see how it might become so, especially if more “social” capabilities are added to it as development continues. My 5 […]

Playing with OPML editor today

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Amidst the cacophany of work tasks I’ll be playing with the aforementioned OPML Editor (thanks, Dave Winer). Check out my OPML blog: elliptical . . . OPML Blog. It may not be active for a long time, but at least for the next few days while I try to play with the OPML Editor’s blogging […]

Jon Udell on instant outlining

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Jon Udell writes a quick recap of outlining on the web and overview of Dave Winer‘s OPML Editor. I’ve been trying it out today (the editor); I’ve actually been waiting for it for a while – I was playing with the idea of extending the OPML Tools Sourceforge Project started by Philip Pearson and Matt […]

Does Microsoft’s software expire?

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

In Michael says “stick with the old stuff” Robert Scoble says: Believe it or not, there’s no way we can force you to upgrade (nor should there be). But, in every area he talks about I believe I can show pretty deep value for a whole range of businesses. I couldn’t live without the new […]

from Scripting News: 7/13/2005

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Scripting News: 7/13/2005 If you’re in the Boston area on Thursday and want to see the OPML Editor, come by Berkman Center at 7PM. Open to the public. Bring your Q’s. Dave, when are you bringing it to your old haunts in Wisconsin? I’d be there!

Thanks, Rojo-folk! (and new version of Rojolicious)

Monday, July 11th, 2005

The folks over at Rojo have fixed a bug with the share page that was making the tag field disappear from the page. Now they’re back! Since I use Rojolicious as my main in-road to posting entries to, missing this field was kind of a big deal to me. Thanks, Rojo! In concert with […]

A problem with the Structured Blogging plug-in for WordPress

Friday, July 8th, 2005

I’ve found a problem with the Structured Blogging WordPress plug-in, namely that it generates non-valid XHTML. I haven’t done a lot of background poking at it, but my evidence is that when I attempted to validate my blog against The W3C Markup Validation Service. I came up with 180 errors (most of which are my […]

My email to 1and1 regarding bittorrent

Monday, June 6th, 2005

The contents of my email to my hosting company regarding their misguided bittorrent policy: <snip> I read today that 1and1 is implementing a support policy regarding bittorrent files, and further that this policy is misguided. This is unfortunate and must be reconsidered. The bittorrent technology is capable of vast and important non-infringing uses. I use […]

Microsoft Open Office XML

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Microsoft release a new version of the Office XML standard today: Microsoft Makes XML the File Format for the Next Version of Microsoft Office (press release) New default XML formats in the next version of Office (Brian Jones, Word program manager blog post) Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas(Microsoft’s Office XML webpage) Brian Jones – New […]

Nivi : Greasemonkey will blow up business models (as well as your mind)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Nivi : Greasemonkey will blow up business models (as well as your mind) It lets you use their web site, their data, their servers, their work to serve your purpose and function. There will soon be an army of hackers enhancing every site you use. Whether that site likes it or not. Babak Nivi posts […]

Rojo Live? Sorta.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Post Toasties Rojo now live I’ve been looking forward to seeing Rojo since I started reading Steve Gillmor blogging about it. I’m trying to catch the attention-train (kind of like the cluetrain), but I guess I haven’t been running fast enough to get on board yet. I was hoping that Rojo would help me understand […]

How’s Ubuntu by me? Not so good.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

I discovered Ubuntu a while back – back in the Warty Warthog days of yore (like, maybe, 3-4 months ago). Ordered some CDs, which was impressive by itself (What? You’ll send me free CD-ROMs? Up to 10? Where do I sign?), received them, and let them sit on my desk (well, OK, I did take […]