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Twitter “Verified” Account… Not So Much.

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Note: If you’re from Twitter Inc., please contact me. If you work at Twitter and you know how to fix the problem described in this post (or even if you don’t work at Twitter but you know how to fix it) please feel free to contact me privately about this. It should be pretty easy […]

Freedom of conscience applies to Kenyan immigrants too.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

I’ve run across yet another reference to President Obama’s supposedly Muslim father, this time in a magazine that I subscribe to and like, The Atlantic. It was in this interview of Michael Oren by Jeffrey Goldberg, but the relevant quote is actually from a piece by Oren in Foreign Policy: In addition to its academic […]

Nice web design, but poor logic: Why OccupyGPL is wrong.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Update 2015-02-12, ~12 p.m. CT: Eric Schultz just told me that the OccupyGPL site has suddenly started redirecting to, within the last few hours! So my post here is already obsolete — the problem has solved itself. If anyone knows more about this, please leave a comment here. In the meantime, I’ve put a copy of the […]

Noel Taylor: A Scholar and a Gentleman.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

I gave my friend Noel Taylor (yes, the noted William Howard Taft scholar) a book as a New Year’s gift. This was his response. When you first presented me with “President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath” by Mac Barnett, I delighted over what I assumed would be a scholarly and well researched work that […]

New York State Senate bill offers tax credit for open source development expenses.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

An interesting bill was just introduced in the New York State Senate: AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to providing a tax credit to individuals for up to two hundred dollars of expenses related to the development and posting of an open source or free license program … It’s good that […]

How hard is open source winning? This hard…

Friday, December 5th, 2014

How hard is open source winning? So hard that apparently it can be taken for granted now in contexts where formerly it would have gotten explicit mention. A moment ago I happened to read this article at TechCrunch: CoreOS Calls Docker “Fundamentally Flawed,” Launches Its Own Container Runtime. Now, I don’t know anything about the […]

Fix for WordPress 4.1 front page “Not Found” error (from Stealth Publish plugin).

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

This is a public service announcement for anyone else who runs WordPress straight from SVN trunk and found their site broken after upgrading recently (probably after svn update took their site across the WordPress 4.1 boundary), such that instead of showing recent posts on the front page, you would see only this message: Not Found. Sorry, […]

Disabling the GNOME Workspace Switcher Popup (in GNOME 3.14 on Debian GNU/Linux).

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

This post is a public service announcement for all those using GNOME 3.14 or higher (in my case on Debian GNU/Linux, although that detail probably doesn’t matter here). I wanted to get rid of the workspace switcher popup. That’s the thing that looks like this and displays briefly whenever you switch workspaces: I do not […]

Debian Installation: Getting Past the Grub Error.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This post is for people who install Debian GNU/Linux and run into this error at the GRUB installation step: Executing ‘grub-install /dev/sda’ failed. This is a fatal error … Solution: remove the USB stick from which you are installing Debian. Right now it’s /dev/sda and the target hard drive you’re trying to install to is […]

Read Andy Oram’s Article “Does Network Neutrality Really Matter?” Please.

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

I don’t usually write a blog post just to say “go read this other person’s blog post”, but some cases are worth an exception. Andy Oram’s recent post at O’Reilly Radar Does net neutrality really matter? is a must-read if you think you know where you stand on network neutrality. The million comments received by […]