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Blog: Dollarshort
Instead of taking days to write the perfect post about the Six Apart news (in case you don't know, Six Apart is now SAY Media), I wanted to simply jot down some of my thoughts while the news is still,... Continue »
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Dear TypePad bloggers, It's been almost a decade since we started Six Apart. With you, the bloggers and creators, we changed the way people expressed themselves online, empowering anyone to publish and build large and... Continue »
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Blog: markpasc
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, “Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, ‘I know, I'll use *X*.’ Now they have two problems.” Now they have two problems. Continue »
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I'm not exactly sure of when it happened, but some time in recent years, someone decided that it'd be clever if - on pages like blog post aggregations, news stream, etc... - they expressed the publication time as some number of units relative to the current time. So, instead of seeing boring old timestamps like "Dec 1, 2001 3:15 PM", you got "15 minutes ago". We all immediately masturbated furiously for several days at this incredible innovation. It solved so many important problems! For one thing, it met the demand of literally ZERO people who simply could not interpolate between... Continue »
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Over the past couple of weeks, we've been talking with you, asking questions about what you think will make our new editor the best that it can be, listening to your answers, and making changes... Continue »
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Steve and Dave are Canadian bloggers hosted right here on the friendly, welcoming, and inclusive TypePad community. In their latest podcast - and once again, I'm surprised at how well some Canadians have mastered the English language - they have some things to say about the friendly, welcoming, and inclusive TypePad community. Specifically, (EDIT) they Steve believes we are "lifeless, agoraphobic, fuckfaces." [Note: If you lose track of who is who during the >1 hour podcast: Steve is the one dropping the F-bombs, Dave is the more Canadian of the two. When Dave gets upset, he gets slightly less polite.]... Continue »
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Blog: WaltPad
We’re having a girl! :) Continue »
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OK, so maybe we sent one of our remote employees - let's call him Hippy McNeckbeard - a replacement laptop with some extraneous equipment included in the box. And by "extraneous" I mean a half-eaten chocolate candy bar, some floppy disks, a postcard of Prince William, an inappropriately adorable background image, CDs with drivers for items you would only find in an antique store, a 2008 SF Giants calendar, and various other useless items. Now, I.T. professionals know that remote employees are a special challenge. These employees are usually very smart, but far too ugly to have in the general... Continue »
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Since the ramp up on the new editor's release we have been reading and responding to your feedback. Those of you whom have had the new editor applied to your account have taken the time... Continue »
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It's so simple, it's brilliant. Nick Pittsinger used an open-source sound-stretching program called Paulstretch to slow down Beeeeeeber's "U Smile" to 12.5% of its original speed. The result is kind of like Vangelis meets Philip Glass. It also kind of... Continue »
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via www.xtranormal.com I wonder how many people created the write only database dev-null-db today? Continue »
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Ten good habits to adopt are: Make directory trees in a single swipe. Change the path; do not move the archive. Combine your commands with control operators. Quote variables with caution. Use escape sequences to manage long input. Group your commands together in a list. Use xargs outside of find. Know when grep should do the counting -- and when it should step aside. Match certain fields in output, not just lines. Stop piping cats. via www.ibm.com I wouldn't say that these are necessarily *my* top ten, but I think it's a valid and respectable list! And I learned a... Continue »