Adapt or Die

December 31, 2005 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Even though a lot of corporate America has been given “training” on statistical concepts such as TQM and Six Sigma, many are still unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the emergence of probabilistic systems and the tradeoff between local and global optimization.

Maybe this Long Tail article will help, but given personal experiences this year, I don’t have much faith that such approaches will overcome ingrained habits and fears. I’m afraid that 2006 will bring about even more accelerating changes and those who resist will be swept aside or run over.

On that bright note, I wish both my readers a Happy New Year 🙂

Macworld Rumors

December 16, 2005 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Feh. Too many strange Macworld-related rumors popped up today, from a no-hardware SteveNote to this one that refers to a cancelled iTunes ringtone store.

> It’s unclear why the feature [ringtone store] was cancelled.

It was cancelled because it would have sucked. Apple may be seeding rumors to lower the high expectations for the show.

Advanced Firefox Filtering

December 11, 2005 at 5:46 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

When using Firefox, I accumulate a list of domains for filtering out both ads and cookies. After a few weeks using Firefox 1.5, I collected a set of domain names that deserve to be filtered out for their annoying ads, especially the in-line text ads from IntelliTXT.

One can use Adblock for this, but you can “take it up a notch” and use a proxy filter – I found the idea over at MozillaZine. This can be done by creating a text file, inserting the text below, and saving it as a proxy autoconfiguration file (PAC). From Firefox, select Preferences…General tab…Connection Settings and select the “Automatic proxy configuration URL”. Enter the URI to your PAC file (e.g. “file://Users/alex/etc/firefox.pac”) and click Reload.

Matching entire domains is more effective than building a list of individual hosts which seems to be the common way to filter ads.


function FindProxyForURL(url, host) {
  host = host.toLowerCase()
  if (dnsDomainIs(host, ".casalemedia.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".adonspot.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".adserver.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".advertising.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".paypopup.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".doubleclick.net") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".intellitxt.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".interclick.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".imrworldwide.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".linksynergy.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".trafficmp.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".yieldmanager.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".mediaplex.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".serving-sys.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".hitbox.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".maxserving.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".statcounter.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".sitemeter.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".valueclick.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".zedo.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".esominiture.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".tribalfusion.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".webtrendslive.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".clicktracks.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".roiservice.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".searching.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".pointroll.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".checkm8.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".ihost.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".falkag.de") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".falkag.net") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".tacoda.com") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".tacoda.net") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".2o7.net") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".affilliatetracking.net") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".netshelter.net") ||
      dnsDomainIs(host, ".fastclick.net"))
    return "PROXY 127.0.0.1:80"
  return "DIRECT"
}

Real Life C&C

December 10, 2005 at 9:38 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

The world is becoming one giant game of Command and Conquer Generals. A Debka report describes the transfer of Al Qaeda terrorists into China to attack American interests and destabilize Muslim regions. Say what you will about China’s ruthlessness and military capabilities, but it’s still a large country with areas not under full government control and poor impoverished minorities.

One Terabyte

December 4, 2005 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 4 Comments

By taking advantage of Black Friday deals on hard drives, I have assembled over 1 Terabyte of local storage:

The drives are stacked in the order I got them over the past three years. First came a 160 Gb Maxtor to backup my iMacs 80Gb drive. Then came a 250 Gb Western Digital to hold my music, movies, and other “entertainment”. The third drive is an identical 250 Gb WD drive which over the weekend was setup to a RAID 1 configuration with the second drive. The fourth drive is a 300Gb Maxtor for backup. I got the third and fourth drives last weekend. In addition, I have offsite backups to DVDs, iPods, and external drives.

Technically, I don’t have 1Tb of usable storage due to the mirrored pair, but I do have that much disk space.

The next step is to create an offsite online backup using MP3Tunes.com

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