Friday, May 30, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 17:08 Restlets. Cooler than servlets. #
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:18 Twittering on nitrous oxide. Hey didnt chet already do this? #
  • 12:02 Business Live Online With Java On BlackBerry. Think about the acronym from that. #
  • 19:29 How the hell did my 6-year-old learn (some of) the lyrics to Prince's "Kiss"?!! #
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:48 Wonder how long before someone notices my Intuit badge is held together by scotch tape. Can't believe how brittle those things are. #
  • 14:42 crash course in MIDP: no RMI, no XML. Need to make calls to a remote server? Write your own custom serialization code. Not making this up. #
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 10:15 sign o the times: book authors refer to websites as often as they refer to other books. this is not limited to books about computing. #
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Java HTTP Server javadocs

I am always forgetting what package this is and where to find documentation for it.

HttpSession Considered Harmful

I was very surprised to learn that "httpsession considered harmful" returns zero results from google. Considering how many people have expressed exactly that thought over the years, I would have figured someone would have written something at least using that phrase.

Well, this posting I guess will be the first (and only) page that someone gets the next time they search for it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Collectors.Org Flea Market Calendar for Georgia

This looks like a lot of "Flea Markets" in the area. Question is, though, how many of these are actually anything like the flea markets of my youth?

Double Edge Blades

"... It turned out that the strange blade design was neither artistic nor rational. It was the outcome of a 1930 patent battle between the Gillette Company and an inventor named Henry J. Gaisman."

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 13:52 I remain a Netbeans user in an Eclipse shop. For you non-Java folks, it's sorta like vi vs. emacs or Linux distro wars. Only enterprisey. #
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Friday, May 16, 2008

How to Make Bacon Soap

Some of you should be very interested in this.

I followed the link from a discussion on Badger and Blade about what is the manliest smelling soap.

Advertising Vs Reality

Via, of all places, the Daily WTF.

Bonus: these are all from Germany, so if you (like me) don't really know German, just reading the packages and figuring out what the product is supposed to be is a lot of fun. Krustenbraten?

Tweets for Today

  • 13:38 Tonight is blade-changing night. #
  • 19:09 Nicked myself. Still, it might be a placebo but I could swear my face feels better than a week ago. It could just be that I started usin ... #
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:17 Google being evil? you apparently can't send a literal '©' character through gmail. It changes to "(c)" automagically. #
  • 13:12 The convenience of having twitter set my facebook status and feed into my blog has a downside: it means that my tweets need to be SFW. Damn. #
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

the plot thickens

Did a little bit of digging, and it turns out hostnames (which is what the jeff_robertson part of the URL is) are not really supposed to contain underscores. Not according to this article, and this RFC.

So I've been using an illegal URL for my blog all these years. I think I sort of knew that already, when I noticed a couple of years ago that Blogger had stopped letting you register any new blogs with underscores in their URLs.

So.. do I change my URL to something like That would make a valid hostname, but how many links will it break?

I've dealt with the conflicts between standards-compliance and backward-compatibility many times on my job, but I think this is the first time it's hit me in my extracurricular activities.

Until I figure out something more permanent, just redirects back here.

openid weirdness

Having recently used this blog as an openid for posting livejournal comments, and for setting up loudtwitter, I was interested to see if it would work at ma.gnolia. Unfortunately ma.gnolia doesn't like the URL I can guess it's the underscore in "jeff_robertson" that is causing the problem. My evidence for this is that I have another blogspot URL that works fine, and the difference is no underscore.

Now I need to figure out, is this a bug in ma.gnolia or some library it uses to do the openid stuff, or is the problem that you really aren't supposed to use underscores?

Schneier: U.S. Air Force Considers Creating its Own Botnet

While I assume that most people who read my blog already read Schneier anyway, I'm linking this so I'll remember to go back and read the whole thing later.

Tweets for Today

  • 14:45 Decatur really does have two roads named "Ridley" and "Scott" that intersect. #
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:06 I can never remember the name of what I am in charge of. Is it "Architecture", or "Infrastructure"? #
  • 10:01 Yes I eat plain dry ramen noodles as a snack. They go great with tea. #
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Friday, May 09, 2008

YouTube - mantic59's Channel

For those who prefer watching something to reading something. "How To Shave With A Single-Blade Razor"

A guide to the gourmet shaving experience

This is the most useful single page I've found about traditional double-edge safety razors like the one I just got off of e-bay.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America

If you don't like web pages that play MIDI music as soon as you come to the page.. well, you've been warned.