Archive for the 'Tech' Category

Mothballing WordPress

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

There’s yet another WordPress exploit in the wild, so I’ve decided to mothball this WordPress installation rather than upgrading the moribund blog. I will be removing wp-admin and all other commonly-exploited files, and leaving only what is required to display old entries.

Comments, it goes without saying, are closed.

Endless Septembers

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Bill at Switchback explains how September starts early on the T.

It’s not clear whether the real Endless September is still going on, or whether the internet has reached an equilibrium of newbie stupidity vs. BOFQ mortality. My guess would be that the net is just so big now it’s impossible to take an average, know a subculture, and write the manifesto.

Late-Breaking News from the City that Sleeps

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

I figured I’d be like the Boston media and report the flaming B train as late as possible. The train jumped the tracks and knocked down some power lines on the last outbound run Tuesday night (technically, very early Wednesday morning).

Service on my lines was unaffected, but rumor has it that the E-line was disrupted, probably because there was no way to get trains from the trainyards around Cleveland Circle onto the B-line, and whatever trains were running from downtown to Washington Street Wednesday morning had to have come from somewhere.

In other late-breaking news, the Giant G3 Cube on Boylston opened tonight. I was thinking of going, but I chose dinner instead.

Zombie Quiz

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

The NaNo Distraction of the Day is brought to you by Veronica:

There’s also a little one:

Here’s a bonus Mac quiz:

Giant BSoD

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Here’s a link for Jade: somebody has worse PC problems than she does…

Geeks in Lines

Friday, June 29th, 2007

UniversalHub has a photo of the line for iPhones at the Apple Store in the Cambridgeside Galleria.


Friday, June 8th, 2007

By a series of unlikely links I came across Tofu, a nifty Mac application for reading text horizontally in columns. For some reason I’m not seeing the associated View in Columns service, but I’m not a big user of Services anyway.

Now if only it handled PDFs…

[Update]: I updated to Tofu 2.0 alpha, which does handle simple PDFs, and also noticed this in the Help:

The “View In Columns” service is only available if Tofu is in your Applications folder and you have logged out and back in since installing it. Also, not all applications support Services.

Shiny New Apple Store

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

MacRumors says we’re getting a shiny new Apple store in Boston to go with the one across the river in Cambridge. It’s going to be on Boylston near the public library. (Check out the GoogleMap.)

Color Schemer

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Color Schemer Studio is a fun Mac program for playing with color. Unfortunately it’s only free for the first 15 days.


Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

I upgraded to Firefox 2.0 today at work. I didn’t care for the new new tab button, so I went looking for themes.

I found a bunch of Safari-like themes, but most of them are OS X-only, e.g., GrApple. I wasn’t pleased with iFOX or GrayModern; Phoenity Modern was pretty good, but I ended up going with the new, slim Orbit Blue.