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Email Netiquette - Part 2

This is the second in a series of four. The first can be found at Continuing our discussion from the previous post, I'll expound on points four through six in this post. Use plain text (preferred) or HTML Top-post only when forwarding. Bottom-post otherwise. Trim your replies. Keep you signature under five lines, and […]

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Email Netiquette - Part 1

This is the first in a series of four. It's been sitting in my archives since 2007, and I've been putting it off further and further, refining it here and there. I was going through my blog drafts, and thought I should finalize this, and post it. The other two will come in short order. […]

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Newsbeuter, Mutt and Google

I just discovered Newsbeuter supports synchronization with Google Reader. Not only your read/unread feed items, but you can also share and star items in Newsbeuter as you can in the Google Reader interface. This blog post is documenting how. Further, by using Buzz, you can also comment on your shared items, and others. I'll cover […]

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Identica's Unwritten Rules

I guess now that I've published this post, the rules are written down, even if they are still unofficial. However, with that said, I'd like to address a few things with the popular microblogging service I've been actively involved with the service since July 2, 2008, which means I've been on the service now […]

Breakfast, Anyone?

I'm constantly amazed to read, over and over again, about people who don't "tweet", because they don't care what you had for breakfast. When I first heard about Twitter in early 2007, I had the same feeling. What am I supposed to do? Tell people when and what I'm eating, how often I'm using the […]

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 […]