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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 […]

Quick update on the Craig Shirley affair: NYT Public Editor agrees Rick Perlstein was smeared.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

A quick update for those who’ve seen my previous post (and followup) about the false charges of plagiarism levied by Craig Shirley against historian Rick Perlstein: The New York Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, agrees that Rick Perlstein was unfairly swift-boated here, and that the NYT contributed to the problem. See her post today: “Was […]

The Craig Shirley / CIA / Wikipedia Mystery.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Last week I wrote about how historian Rick Perlstein had been falsely accused of plagiarism by author Craig Shirley. In the course of writing that post, I looked at Craig Shirley’s Wikipedia page, and found something really surprising. At that time, the page contained this — completely unsourced —  assertion about Craig Shirley: He was a decorated contract […]

According to Craig Shirley, Your Choices are Plagiarism or Amnesia.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

So, a friend of mine just got accused very publicly of plagiarism by author Craig Shirley. The charge is completely bogus, and note that I have carefully arranged the above phrasing so as not to cause the Internet’s search engines to add any weight to the charge merely from my mentioning it here. You can’t […]

Comment to the FCC in support of Net Neutrality.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

(This is what I wrote in the comment I just sent to the FCC from battleforthenet.com. Please consider submitting your own comment!) Net neutrality is absolutely necessary if the Internet is to continue to serve the broadest public interest. The principle that ISPs must treat all data equally is easy to articulate, easy for users […]

English to live by.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

I finally found an example of how ending a sentence with a preposition in English is not only not wrong, but is sometimes the best way to avoid ambiguity: Make sure your facility’s storage room is clearly organized, so that people will know how to fit in their boxes. vs Make sure your facility’s storage […]