The Long Tail of Boxes, Jeans and Trogdor

Above is a graph illustrating the much blogged about long tail. It starts steep on the left side, continues through burnination and tapers off after a while to a little point.

I was talking with an acquaintance the other day and he was was telling me of a box business …

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No Go for the Rocbox

So I'm going to take the Rocbox back. I should think twice before buying a first generation item from a vendor (even if the price is right).

There were a few things that I liked about it:

  • The feel of the buttons on the front (they click well like an …
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Open Source and Competition

People complain that their favorite app isn't ported to Linux, but when such an app is ported they complain. With the recent release of Nero cd burning software for linux, I've read a few gripes like why Nero used gtk+, is it free (as in gratis)?, why even release it …

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Adding Music to the Rocbox with Linux

Ok, if anyone is reading this, I thought I might share some investigative work. So after a quick attempt to copy music over to the rocbox failed, I started searching on google for any help. Nothing turned up.... So I looked at the db files on the rocbox and googled …

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Alone in the Wilderness (Dick Proenneke)

Just finished watching an interesting autobiography of Dick Proenneke on public television. He wanted to spend a year alone in Alaska (at the age of 51), living off the land and hand tools (he made a cabin). His cabin was amazing. He ended up living there for 30 years. Felt …

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Using the Rocbox with Linux (as a storage device)

I recently bought a rocbox (http://www.roc-digital.com/main.html) for a good price, thinking I would be able to use it as a portable drive as well as an mp3 player. (I got it for about half the price of a 20 gig ipod), so I won't complain …

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"Guido Van Rossum: Building an Open Source Project"

Two nights ago I was able to attend a talked titled "Python: Building an Open Source Project and Community" given by the creator of Python himself at Xerox Parc.

Guido is a funny man (the name Python is from the comedy troupe "Monte Python" — not the animal Python) and shared …

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