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My ZSH, Irssi and Screen Themes On White And Black Backgrounds

Now that school is out for the summer, I have a bit of time to work on some of the themes I've created for my ZSH prompt, Irssi and GNU Screen. The first focus of mine was to get all themes working well with both white text on black backgrounds, and black text on white […]

Chromium Removing http://

A recent build of Chromium removes "http://" from the Omnibar in the browser, and replaces it with a globe icon. As a result, typing "" will result in "" being displayed, rather than the full URI. There's been a lot of heat and discussion about this, and near and far as I can tell, people […]

Hair Poem

Yesterday, while at school, studying for a quiz, I saw that there was an open mic poetry reading. While passing the sign, I recalled a poem that I wrote about my wife's hair while bored in church. So, I told my wife about it, asked if she and my daughter wanted to come, and we […]

The Correct Recycling Symbol

I was just going through my Google Reader feeds, and stumbled upon a new concept for the Coca-Cola company in redesigning their soda bottles. The idea is rather ingenious. The bottles are reshaped to save on packing space, thus reducing the carbon footprint needed to ship the same amount of containers. They also feature a […]

The Number Eightyeight

For those who know me, know I use the nickname or alias "eightyeight". I use it on IRC as my main nick I chat with, I use it on the microblogging service, and I use it elsewhere here and there. There are several reasons why I use this nickname, and I'll cover those here, […]

Get Your Unix Beard On

Today is the day, my friends. The day where the boys are separated from the men. The day tech support is separated from the system administrators. The day God smiles from on High. What am I referring to? Why, Whiskerino 2009, of course. The concept is simple. Whiskerino is an Internet beard growing contest that […]

Top Posting

Just doing my civic duty, here is a posting by Stuart Jansen to the Salt Lake Linux Users Group mailing list: A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text. Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing? A: Top-posting. Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail? A: No. […]

A Case For HTML Email - Mashups

You know, I had this massive post all typed up arguing why HTML email isn't inherently evil. Seriously, it was approaching 2000 words. Then I realized something- I'm over complicating the issue. Everything I was trying to say in the post, can be summed up in this video, showing off Ubiquity from Mozilla Labs. Basically, […]


While taking the bus home yesterday from work, I needed to login to work over the VPN and get some stuff done, before the next day started. The express bus I take home has free WIFI on the bus. Unfortunately, it's anything but reliable or stable. I kept losing the connection, then I would have […]

New Email Signature

I've been toying with the idea that I want a new email signature at the end of each message I send. For the longest time, I've been of the opinion to put an email netiquette topic in my signature on one point or another. For example, for the past 4 years, I've had one version […]

Online Things That Bother Me

This is intending to be a quick post, so I hope I can keep it as such. There are a few things online that are really starting to get under my skin. Thankfully, the problems can all be solved by an opt-out approach, one way or another, with of course the most dramatic staying offline. […]

The Sheer Size of IPV6

I wanted something to sink my teeth into on just how large IPV6 really is. As such, I decided to do it graphically. Initially, this meant just representing each IP address with a single pixel. Surely, the images would be doable. However, as I started crunching the numbers, they were much larger than I thought, […]

25 Random Things About Me

I hate Facebook Application requests, and I think more and more of my family and friends are coming to agreeance. To put it bluntly, I'm not interested in taking the "What kind of [insert random noun here] are you?" quiz. I'm not interested in playing YoVille (although my wife seems to enjoy it). I'm not […]

Saving Some Quid, And The Planet Too

I've always been one for reducing my carbon footprint on the environment. Politics aside, I think we can all agree that CO2 emissions on the atmosphere is more harmful than good. As a result, I've been conscious of my contributions. So, when my wife and I bought our home, I began setting out what I […]

New Blog Feed

For those subscribing to my blog via RSS/Atom, I've moved my feeds from the Feedburner servers to Google, seeing as though Google acquired them some time ago. As such, the URI for my feed has changed. You will be automatically forwarded to the new feed, however, if you would like you can update it now […]