Uniden and the disposable phone (TRU-8885-2)

My wife or I have recently had the experience of interacting with the customer service folks of 3 different companies. I'd like to share my experiences here for a few reasons:

  • To draw attention (both good and bad) to the companies treatment of their customer
  • To allow others to make …
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Pycon2006 Tutorial Recap

I attended the tutorials the first day of Pycon. The first one I attended was Python 102. I guess I figured it would be more like 302, so there wasn't much new. Since I'm still basically programming in the 1.6-2.2 era I thought it would be good to …

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The missing Pycon presentation...

This screencast should've been a presentation at Pycon. It does a relatively decent job comparing and constrasting J2EE, ROR, Zope, TG, and Django.

I talked to a handful of people at Pycon who said they would've enjoyed a panel discussion with the web framework creators discussing pros/cons and future …

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Mashupcamp - Recap

Here's my recap of Mashupcamp. My definition of a mashup hasn't really changed since the camp has ended (for some reason I thought that it would). I would define a mashup as a webpage consuming non- native webservices (sprinkle liberally with googlemaps) which may be screenscraped or proxied.

One notable …

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Gentoo on IBM Thinkpad R52....

I recently bought a Thinkpad R52. The first thing I did was install gentoo. So far I'm pretty impressed. The R52 doesn't have fancy features, but it has all the basics. I was deliberating whether to wait for the core duo laptops to come out and just getting a laptop …

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Mashupcamp - Screenscraping

One of the session's I've attended was by Adrian Holovarty on Screen Scraping. Adrian (of Django fame) made chicago crime to help the citizens of Chicago. Citizen ICAM, police department site that has a database of crimes but is not user friendly for browsing. Has a pretty bad interface only …

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OSBC - Nick Carr - OS and the utility revolution

I was at OSBC last week, manning the SpikeSource booth and was able to slip into Nick Carr's keynote. Nick Carr basically compared IT today to the state of electicity in factories in the early 1900s. During that time factories had their internal power plants that weren't added value to …

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Python in Startups (SDForum)

There was another portion of the SDForum meeting titled "Building your startup using Python". It was moderated by the creator of BitTorrent, Braham Cohen and had Steve Kirscho (CEO Propel), Francis Kelly (Founder Loomia), and Peter Yared (CEO ActiveGrid) on the panel. It was interesting to have an assortment of …

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