Why I am a Linux user

About eight years ago, I started using Linux almost exclusively as my desktop platform. Reactions ranged from puzzled confusion to expasperated eye-rolling. Since then,’ve gotten many questions about why, and how. (Actually, most people don’t even understand what I mean when I tell then I don’t use Windows.) I’ve been hard pressed to articulate a reasonable answer that doesn’t leave non-techies scrambling for the door. Read more »


Yahoo! term extraction CLI tool

I was playing with the Yahoo! term extraction service earlier today (which is extremely useful, BTW), and I realized that this would make a good command-line tool. Read more »

Generating Printable Calendars

Jeremy Zawodny pointed to a calendar creator, that looks pretty cool. Read more »

My Gmail experiment

Not too long ago, I decided to experiment with using Gmail as my main mail client. Read more »

The ongoing search for a web-based aggregator

Over the last year or so, I’ve spent a lot of time looking for a decent web-based RSS aggregator. I started with Bloglines, and stayed there for many, many moons (about 16 months, actually), but was ultimately unsatisfied. I used Rojo for a few weeks, but there were too many problems (slowness, and a few bugs), and then I remembered that NewsGator had an online version of it’s reader. I was a little hesitant to try NewsGator (I’m biased against companies that build Windows software, unfortunately, and NewsGator’s non-web product is an Outlook plugin), but after giving it a try, I must say that I am favorably impressed. Read more »