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Archive for August, 2005

August 25, 2005

Google Desktop and Firefox

As I noted in the previous post, Google Desktop 2.0 breaks Firefox extensions. The most annoying breakage is of Tabbrowser Preferences. Normally, my settings are to open new links typed in the location bar, and searches from the search box into new tabs. When I first installed Google Desktop, both of these reverted to opening […]

August 25, 2005

Google Desktop and E-mail

In all the hype over Google Desktop, for example in the New York Times, Slashdot and Ars Technica, I am surprised that no one has noticed that it hijacks your browser and internet connection settings, and more or less hoses Firefox extensions. Before installing the Google Desktop, clicking on a mailto: link in Internet Explorer […]

August 23, 2005

Physical or …. What?

The New Scientist reports new research on placebos. The results of the research that they report suggest that the placebo effect is mediated by opiods in the body. The New Scientist seems to be impressed with the wrong part of the research. Here is their opening paragraph. It seems that placebos have a real physical, […]

August 20, 2005

Automated Backups on Windows XP Pro

Windows Backup is very poorly designed and implemented for automated use. I had to jump through hoops backwards to accomplish automated backups. In the interest of preserving your sanity, here is what I did. My environment: Windows XP Professional Multiple Users Selected Folders Multiple Disks — C backing up to D, and vice-versa Running as […]

August 15, 2005

Emacs and emacsclient

I use emacs as my preferred text editor. In general I prefer text files to more complicated or proprietary formats such as Word .doc files. Text is easy to use. Text files are small. Text can be processed with standard tools such as grep, diff, sed and awk. In that light emacs is a somewhat […]

August 4, 2005

Workplace Productivity

Paul Graham says lots of interesting things in What Business Can Learn from Open Source. I like this quote: The atmosphere of the average workplace is to productivity what flames painted on the side of a car are to speed.