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Slow Drivers in the Left Lane: A Solution

25 Apr, 2013

I’m sure it’s not just me who gets annoyed at all the slow-pokes in the left-most lane on the freeway. Here’s one way to get slow-poke drivers in the left lane to a slower lane: make the lane they’re already in into a slower lane. Just add a new lane to the left every 5–10 miles, and collapse the right-most lane at the same time.

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Geotagging photos from an SLR using a second camera’s GPS logger

12 Aug, 2012

Every place has its memories, and every memory its place. Having information about places embedded in photos and videos serves to link the two. We’re in an age where capturing every bit of metadata is certain to lead to interesting applications in the future. Here’s a set of tips and links to software that allows embedding geographic information into photos.

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HOWTO Install MongoDB for PHP on Mac OS X

15 Aug, 2011

MongoDB is a document-oriented database (among other things), and it’s especially convenient that the native document format is JSON. For various ongoing pet projects, I figured I’d give it a try to avoid the overhead of creating/maintaining schemas and having to flatten down my JSON objects to fit a relational model. I read a lot of conflicting instructions on the Web about how to install MongoDB, and they’re either incomplete (most of them skip the part about making MongoDB run automatically at startup), and none of them satisfied my requirements. So I wrote my own.

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Oh, c’mon, it’s right there in my email address

9 Aug, 2011

And in my From: header too. You’re just one letter away—you can do it!

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If you have an Android, you have …

20 Mar, 2011

What does an Android device get you?

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URL Design Sins: 16 things that don’t belong in URLs

5 Mar, 2011

Much has been said for a long time about making your URLs easy to use, remember, type, hack, and spread virally. There is still no dearth of ugly URLs all over the Web. A few very popular content management systems also engage in dirty URL practices, and it’s a shame. To aid you in cleaning up your URLs, here’s a list of specific things that do not belong in a URL.

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Can Security Questions be Subliminally Discriminatory?

4 Oct, 2010

It’s not funny how many cultural, socio-economic, and even religious assumptions can be implicit in the design of a simple form. Here’s the form I was greeted with today when I tried to log on to ShareBuilder. Note, I don’t want to single out ShareBuilder here; many other companies have such silly forms as well. But it just so happens to be the form I chanced upon today.

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The 5 Stages of Driving in India

17 Feb, 2010

(with apologies to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross) Denial: No way that guy’s gonna cut across in front of me. Anger: Whaa? WTF? Get out of my frikkin’ way! Bargaining: Maybe if I let him cut across, I could still retain a modicum of sanity. Depression: Screw this, it’s never gonna get any better. Acceptance: Oh well, when […]

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Simplified Twitter Microsyntax for the Haiti Earthquake

18 Jan, 2010

In this post, I have typeset many more sentences in bold than I usually do, so readers can quickly skim through it. I applaud the efforts of U. Colorado’s EPIC Group in assisting the victims of the Haiti earthquake in calling for help using Twitter, and to make their tweets discoverable and actionable. I just […]

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ReTweeting: Attribution for Discovery versus Attribution for Creation

25 Dec, 2009

During the past few months, I have found myself consuming more news and articles via recommendations from friends and those I follow on Twitter than via traditional source-based subscription (e.g. subscribing to specific feeds or newspapers). Social media discovery is here, and the best part of reTweeted links is that they have already gone through […]

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