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¬†OK, it’s been too long since I posted but things have been hectic. I don’t get time to sit down and write posts nearly as often as I’d like simply because life is too busy to believe. I do intend to post the second part of my trip report real soon, but I do have some updates on life in general that I need to put in.

Oops… downtime

Sorry for anyone who tried to get to the website over the weekend. I screwed something up on the server when doing updates and didn’t realize after a reboot that Apache (the web server) didn’t restart. By Sunday morning I had cleaned up the now completely hosed Apache installation and re-built it completely from scratch. It was a good thing; it allowed me to fix a few issues I had

Everything Changed, No-one Noticed

Heh… got to amuse myself with this a little. Did anyone even notice that nodecaf.net moved today? Yes, indeed. Basically, it was becoming impractical for me to keep running the server out of my house. I’m planning a vacation to the UK in a month, so for the duration of the trip this whole site was going to be shut down. That meant my friends sites, and my email. Of

More Bleeding Edge Reports

Well, my first post in a while… and want to know what it’s about? Yeah; technology. While the iPhone has been stealing headlines of late, I’ve been quietly keeping my opinions on the down-low. Generally, I have a lot of opinions about it… and this is not gong to be another rant about the iPhone. Rather it’s about my device of choice; the Cingular 8525 / HTC TyTN.

The Apple iPhone (Part 2)

Originally, this article was going to be about the OpenMoko, and why I was likely to buy it. However, I changed my thoughts a little and decided to write more about what’s wrong with Apple’s stance on third-party development, as well as my feelings on the mobile platforms of the future. Symbian gets it. Sun gets it. Hell, even Microsoft gets it… and until recently I thought Apple got it.

The Apple iPhone (Part 1)

OK, here’s my analysis of the iPhone and why I probably won’t be buying one. Now, everyone who knows me also knows I love Apple’s stuff usually. I have an iPod that I swear by, and I run an Apple Macbook Pro as my primary platform. I’ve always thought OSX was the best balance of functionality and flexibility in an operating system, and as such I’m very happy with it.

The Mac(trix) Reloaded

Well, it finally happened. I knew it would be too good to last… I had to reload the operating system in my Mac. Noooooo!!! Actually, it was a complete non-event. Let me give you a little history. So far since I bought my Macbook Pro, the laptop has worked flawlessly. It always worked when I needed it, never when I didn’t and generally was the best behaved laptop I’ve ever

Still Alive Over Here

I’m still alive… much to my surprise lately I might point out. Just wanted to post quickly to the blog to let everyone know that I haven’t either dropped off the face of the earth or metamorphosed into some other creature and gone hibernating. Having said that, with the weather here in St. Louis lately I’ve been more than a little tempted. Speaking of which, I tried to leave the

Globalization and the New Economy

Globalization is here, and it’s going to hurt. But, like most change this will be an awful lot of short term pain followed by long term gain. Sounds like a management mantra, but it’s true. Globalization sucks for the people caught in the middle today (the high-tech workers who actually directly drove up the price of tech workers during the dot-com boom) and will continue to. There are two sides

Saturday Rant

First some amusement. I was shown this link a day or two ago… and while it’s an old news story it’s definitely worth looking at; News report out of New Zealand regarding a goof on the national news. Basically, the upshot is that some technician obviously playing around with the systems put in that George W Bush was a “Professional Fascist”. Unfortunately, for some reason that to my knowledge has