I was setting up my SIGPWNED emails to forward to my GMail accounts. I thought I had the forwards configured properly, but my test emails never came through, so I thought that GMail might be flagging my SIGPWNED messages as spam. To rule out that possibility, I thought I’d install a “not spam” filter to make sure the emails got through the spam filter and into my inbox. Imagine my surprise when I found that GMail defines no such filter type:
After trolling on Reddit for a year, I finally signed up. (My user name is aboothe726, look me up and say “Hi.”) I’ve submitted my first link and it did really well. I think I’m addicted.
One of the reasons I waited so long to join was that I just didn’t think I had anything to add the Reddit community. When I was on Reddit this morning, though, I saw a story about Linux filesystem defragmentation with results that are really misleading and no one seemed to be talking about the right way to interpret the data, so I was inspired to start commenting. I was very encouraged when people responded positively to what I had to say.
A man named Stan Romanek has come forward in Denver, CO claiming that he has captured video of an extraterrestrial being. Specifically, he thought he had a peeping tom, so he just whipped out his camera, set it up, and walked away. Imagine his surprise when he came back and found an alien peeking in his window. You can see the Larry King Live video here.
Cam-Trax is program that claims to offer Wii-like controls to any PC game. Cam-Trax uses a webcam to interpolate the motion of your chosen control object — morocca, sprite bottle, whatever — in 3 dimensions and presumably acts as a USB HID to generate the appropriate application-level input events for that user input.
Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) is an ominbus of three books — Xenos (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) , Malleus (Eisenhorn Trilogy) , and Hereticus (Eisenhorn Trilogy) — from Black Library author Dan Abnett. Dan began his scifi career at Marvel Comics in the early 1990s and is one of the very few comic book writers to make the transition to writing novels successfully. He puts the literary tools he picked up as a comic book author — in-depth character development, ambiguous morality, tragic heroes, and cliffhangers — to great use in Eisenhorn.
One of the things Henry Chesbrough discusses in his book Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape is how early adopters of a technology often get “marooned,” or trapped on a particular application or platform. This is a well-known issue in the software industry where it’s called “vendor lock-in.” Vendor lock-in is a powerful force, and I don’t think Chesbrough spends enough time talking about just how abusive this practice it really is.