February 5, 2004

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Advice for social networking services

http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2004/02/my_advice_to_so.html

Bot implants

Freaked someone out with my data collection capabilities. ;)

  sachac: you know so much about me!
  shapr: Whoops. ;) EmacsChannelDemographics, plus #emacs
  shapr: I have notes on other people too.
 * sachac laughs.
  how did you know I'm both a Finnish and Swedish resident?
 * shapr is impressed.
  You must have a superior memory.
  shapr: BBDB. ;)
  wow
  shapr: I also know you've played around with IPv6...
  shapr: ... #symbian #widian #twisted @#emacs #haskell #orkut, last time
          I peeked...
 * sachac laughs.
  Data collection.  I can delete it from my BBDB if you
          want, but it's kinda cute knowing this trivia.
  I should learn how to use BBDB
  how do you know that? ;-)
 * shapr can guess
  impressive.
  no, I don't mind at all.
  It's nice to know someone outside my direct family is interested enough
         to record that info about me :-)
 * shapr feels ego swell
  anyways,
  last I remember (without BBDB) you were doing a graduate degree, is that
         still true?
  has the FSF lured you away from your secret tropical hideaway to the land
         of big money for open source coders?
 * shapr googles for sachac
  bbdb?
  big brother data base
  shapr: Actually, this started from our conversation about Dvorak in
          #emacs (don't remember when, though) when we noticed the high proportion
          of Dvorak users among Emacs users.
  it's written in elisp
  o_O?
  Peacimowen: A contact manager for Emacs.
  you know emacs?
  I know of emacs
  Peacimowen: I've also used it to simulate bot-like behavior, though.
          
  shapr: I took a few units toward an MA Education after finishing my BS
          CS, but as CS Ed isn't really a research area here, I'm eyeing schools
          in Australia (very active in CS Ed conferences).
  sachac: have you seen my "I am not a koala" kinesis remapping?
  shapr: ERC hooked into BBDB, so when I /whois, it captures as much
          information as I can.
  remapping originally suggested by kensanata, he of much brain.
  I've never touched emacs.. I just know it exists.
  Peacimowen: it is very powerful
  shapr: As it can, that is. No, I haven't seen your kinesis
          remapping... 
  Peacimowen: It's really cool.

Internationalization/localization in Filipino

From Mike S. Lacanilao on PLUG:

this only reminds me that we filipino dont really like to have or at
least to see a tagalized version of international apps..
isn’t good to have this recognition for our country..

I think it’s nice, like the way I think it’s nice that cellphones come
with Filipino prompts and Filipino sections in their manuals. I know a
number of people who set their phones to the Filipino interface. I
think it’s nice to have Filipino as a choice on ATMs. I think it’s
nice that train announcements are done in English and Filipino.

But personally, I prefer the English terms because that’s what I
started out with, at least for technical things. I use a cellphone,
not a selpon. I’d rather see “Settings saved.” than “Na-save na ang
settings mo.” or something like that. <shrug>

I’m not against the Filipino language. If having localized interfaces
means that more people will feel comfortable on the Net, then well and
good.

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Eric’s testimonial

I know a hacker named Eric,
Who is certainly not geek generic
    He is better than me
    At music and C
And in graphics and games he’s demonic.

coke made a background

coke made a desktop background using one
of my pictures. Here’s the thumbnail:

../pics/sacha_of_borg_thumb.png

If you want to grab the picture, get it from
http://sacha.free.net.ph/notebook/pics/sacha_of_borg.png (~700k,
fairly big).

Reading a book in Emacspeak

From Nath on the emacspeak mailing list:

You can try C-e n which will read you the text until you stop the speech
by pressing C-e s but the cursor will stay at the position it was just
before you run the command. Sorry I don’t know the command which will
cause the cursor to move in the same time the text is read.

E-Mail from Nath

New comic strip

According to fsbot, the bot on #emacs:

reeality is a new dilbertesq/UFesq comic strip: http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/reeality