Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for May, 2005

May 31, 2005

Blocking Spam from My Domain

Courtesy of Merlin Mann’s tags, I found out about SPF, Sender Policy Framework. Merlin had earlier apologized to the readers of his blog that he was not the sender of spam coming from the domain. Apparently one of his readers pointed out to him that he could configure SPF for his domains, which […]

May 30, 2005

I’m Going to be Chronically Instrumented

Following up on my posts about wearing a watch that monitors my exercise, and another to monitor my sleep, Bodymedia has a watch to monitor the rest of my life. The bodybugg™ (note the aggressively lowercased trademark) monitors your motion, heat flux, galvanic skin response, skin temperature and near body temperature (not sure how heat […]

May 29, 2005

Here’s a Bad Idea

Robert Scoble is putting forward a rotten idea for RSS aggregators. He suggests: I want to be able to “clean up” my feed subscription list. I want to remove any RSS feed that hasn’t published in the past XX days (default to 30). If people start using start using this feature routinely it will be […]

May 28, 2005

Welcome to Yesterday’s Thoughts

My observant readers, had I any, would notice that the blog has a new name, Yesterday’s Thoughts. Generally my posts come about two beats after the issue I am discussing has faded into the background. I consider this a strength; journalism is the first draft of history, I’ll aim for the first revision of history. […]

May 27, 2005

Clockwise Depends on Point of View

This is a pet peeve of mine. Clockwise depends on your point of view. If you tell me that you rode your bike clockwise around Lake Tahoe, starting from South Lake Tahoe, I don’t know whether you went along the east shore from North to South or vice-versa. It depends on your point of view. […]

May 26, 2005

A Death in the Santorum Family

Lots of blogsphere reaction to last Sunday’s New York Time Magazine article about Rick Santorum. This is the quote which is getting most of the attention: The childbirth in 1996 was a source of terrible heartbreak — the couple were told by doctors early in the pregnancy that the baby Karen was carrying had a […]

May 26, 2005

Alarm Watch Wakes You When You Are Ready

Trigeek alert! You have a watch that records all of your speed, distance and heart rate while you are training. Now you can have a watch that records all your motions while you are sleeping. The Sleeptracker watch contains an accelerometer that detects your motion during the night and indicates your “almost awake” moments for […]

May 25, 2005

Wow, He Really Believes This

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill to allow stem cell research involving embryos that are in frozen storage at fertility clinics. (link) President Bush has promised to veto this bill because it “would take us across a critical ethical line.” “Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being. And […]

May 25, 2005

Take the first available turn

This rule of thumb applies to the simplest everyday decision: which way should I go if I am in a hurry to reach my destination? Take the first available turn. Easiest example: You are on the corner of a city sidewalk, at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal, headed for some destination on the […]

May 24, 2005

useradd PASS_MAX_AGE

On my home Linux Box (Whitebox Enterprise 3.0) I use a number of different users for various purposes. I tend to create and delete them fairly often. I suddenly started seeing a warning when creating or deleting a user: [root@server root]# adduser newuser configuration error – unknown item ‘PASS_MAX_AGE’ (notify administrator) [root@server root]# userdel newuser […]