Satya's blog - 2003/

Dec 28 2003 23:29 Jakob Nielsen talks about IM and email
Jakob Nielsen's article about information overload:

Says email is getting worse and people seem to want to move to instant messaging instead, then shows why IM is not a good choice (email doesn't break the flow of work, being asynchronous), and I agree. This is exactly why I like email.

Mentions a control panel paradigm, which I'd implement as a web-page, or maybe a Gtk app. Must look into it.

Tag: tech

Dec 17 2003 13:34 Bicycles
So yesterday, just before I turn onto the street where the lab is, the bike chain breaks. I thought it had just fallen off the lowest gear again, but no, we lost the loop. So I dragged it in to work, hung around, then dragged it out again. I half-rode half-walked it to the bike place, which is between half a mile and a mile away.
Half-walked half-rode: no chain, so can't pedal (almost sprained myself by reflexively trying to pedal -- no resistance, so all the effort goes straight into motion). So I sat on the bike and pushed along with one foot or the other. My left ankle had atwinge after a while, so I figured I better stop that before I hurt myself.
Left it there to be fixed, and asked them to fix the gearshifts while they were at it. Walked back to work, went home, had lunch, walked to the bike place again. It was fixed, and really really smooth. I brought it home and put lots of oil in the gears.
I can use the full 18-gear range now, but rarely do (1-1 to start out quickly in the mornings, 2-1 through 2-6 in normal operation, 3-3 to 3-6 at very high speeds, which I rarely hit.)

Tag: exp self bike

Dec 05 2003 12:05 CRI Cam from February 2003 to December 4 2003
Interesting animation. Careful, lots of flickering.

Tag: link

Dec 05 2003 12:04 Cooper river bridge
C. Frank Starmer has this page about the bridge

Tag: link

Nov 28 2003 13:17 Yay, more pictures
Pictures from the Ft. Sumter trip, including of the Charleston harbor and the Cooper river bridge.

Tag: picture travel

Nov 27 2003 23:28 Matrix Star Wars
Ran across, and >wondered if anyone's actually done a Matrix/SW crossover fanfic. Or >even just a matrix-as-Star-Wars or Star-Wars-as-Matrix.

Tag: movie

Nov 27 2003 22:48 Option SWcursor true
So my mouse pointer doesn't click where it's pointing, it clicks to the left. So I google and find out about SWcursor, so I stick 'Option "SWcursor"' in the mouse section of the XF86Config-4 file. No go. Some more googling, and I find that it should be in the video card definition. So I stick 'Option "SWcursor" "yes"' in there, and it works. Yay.

Now to do some image manipulation....

Tag: tech

Nov 27 2003 21:24 Cheese in disguise
Ok, this is weak but bear with me. We recycled a recloseable plastic bag (came with mild cheddar), and put a bar of cream cheese in it. Now that's what I call cheese in disguise!

I've seen things, I've seen them with my eyes
I've seen things, that're often in disguise
Like carrots handbags cheese....

Tag: self silly

Nov 24 2003 17:58 Passwords
harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Someone wrote down the passwords on a piece of paper and lost it. Someone else found the paper. "abysmally foolish", says Professor McGonagall.

Tag: tech movie book

Nov 20 2003 20:35 My stupidity
apt-cache search gnome|grep ^kde

Tag: tech

Nov 19 2003 16:22 Links to the MS matrix links to the ms matrix story on my site, and the 1st and 3rd links from google are for the same story. Whee.
BTW, I read on some site ( that MS's Matrix parody says, take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland. The red pill represents MS, and the "blue pill" is IBM. Does this imply that MS is the Matrix, and therefore slavery, and the blue pill is the free world outside the MS matrix?

Tag: geeky

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