Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Social Graph

I'm tired and more than a little annoyed at everyone wanting to build out my social graph for me.  It's like having spiders in the house building webs.  Where's the bug spray?

Fixing Facebook Privacy Settings

I just went to Facebook and did the following:

Accounts > Privacy Settings > Applications and Web Sites > Instant Personalization Pilot Program

At the bottom was a box to uncheck to disable this (otherwise automatically enabled for you) “feature.”

Then you may want to check:

ccounts > Privacy Settings > Applications and Web Sites > What You Share

From there click on Learn More.  Nearly hidden down at the very bottom is the link This page.

Go to that page and under each applicationi will be Edit Settings.  If you haven't changed them, they are probably set to share with Everyone.  

The most restrictive setting in the list is Only Friends which is probably okay.  If you want them to be more restricted, then you have to choose Customize where you can finally set them to Only Me if you wish.

Peace is Our Profession

“if you rely on deterrence as a strategy, your threat has to be believed. No one doubted that LaMay, given the order, would have carried out whatever SIOP the President chose, and do so without hesitation; and that SAC, the organization he had created, would do as ordered.”   Jerry Pournelle discusses LeMay and a recent WSJ article.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - Lux Aurumque

In case you've yet to watch Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir on Youtube, I'm passing it on again.  I still find it amazing.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Simple Web Server in Python

I just recently learned about the simple web server capability of Python's SimpleHTTPServer module.  To instantly create a web server and serve a directory tree of files, cd to the tree root and run the following command.

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

This will start a web server on the indicated port which should be 8000.

Of course, do this cautiously!  It's great if you know what you are doing.  It could be risky if you don't.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Earthquake Happens Live on TWiT

The Baja earthquake happens live on This Week in Tech (TWIT), seen here on Youtube.  This link takes you directly to the 19m00s mark, which is just a few seconds before.  Note how quickly over 8000 results appear on Twitter.

Also, in the next handful of minutes Leo Laporte shows his sushi made from Peeps.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Regarding the iPad

I still say that, between the Nexus One and the Macbook, there isn't an iPad-shaped hole.  In fact, I'm not aware of any sort of hole at all.

However, based on what they say, holding one in your hands is like having children—it changes your life forever.  We'll see.