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teh new shiny

now to install Ubuntu ;) Update: here’s the first bug, spotted in Apple’s “thank you for registering your Mac” mail: Hi. Welcome to Apple. We’re just as excited as you are. ………………………………………………………………… Thanks for registering your new Mac. We have the following on record in your name: [[IREG_PRODUCT_HTML]] Templates are hard!

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Bea picture of the week

Another super-cute photo of Bea, from the latest batch. Nowadays, my photos are all-Bea, all of the time…

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it’s-a me, Mario!

it’s-a me, Mario! Originally uploaded by jmason

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Oh noes!

dsc05400 Originally uploaded by jmason Sorry to readers of Planet Antispam — it had stopped updating for a week, after the server move. I’d forgotten to restart the cron job… now fixed.

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View from my kitchen window

view-from-my-kitchen-window Originally uploaded by jmason We just moved house last week, and this is our new back garden. It’s a little overgrown right now, but to be honest, I quite like it like this — as do the cats…

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About the title change

The eagle-eyed may have spotted a change that took place a month or two ago in the taint.org configuration — I ditched the old weblog tagline. Previously, this weblog was titled “taint.org: Happy Software Prole”. This title had been in place since around October 2003, when Daniel Lyons wrote a particularly idiotic article for Forbes […]

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Carnsore Point

carnsore_point_2.jpg Originally uploaded by jmason. C uses her telekinetic powers on her scarf at Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford last weekend…

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A recycling puzzle

Myself and Tom were in a taxi last night, stopped at a stop light, when I noticed something odd. A girl, about 20 or so, walking along the path stopped beside a bag of recycled rubbish, and bent over as if she was tying her shoelace. Instead of fixing her lace, though, she quickly ripped […]

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Coworking.IE

Coworking.ie is a new community-driven coworking group-blog and promotion site, set up by Jason Roe. Coworking’s a pretty cool idea — ‘a movement to create a community of cafe-like collaboration spaces for developers, writers and independents.’ Great news for us teleworkers. I’ve subscribed — it’ll be interesting to track development of this concept, in Ireland […]

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RFID chip in a UK passport

rfid Originally uploaded by Xoger. Found over at this UK blogger’s site. So RFID passports are now deployed in both Ireland and the UK…

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Winding stair, Aiguafreda

Taken last week in Aigufreda on the Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain.

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Outside My Window Right Now

Bubba, now safely back in Dublin after his 8000-mile flight from LAX, is getting back into exploring his old manor. Here he is, ignoring a very brave magpie. Judging by the way the magpie was brazenly hopping around him, cawing, and the way that Bubba was ignoring him, I suspect there may be a nest […]

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Saturated on Sorrell Hill

p11.jpg Originally uploaded by jmason. The view from Sorrell Hill, Co. Wicklow, facing north. Looks lovely, doesn’t it! Well, here’s the view in the opposite direction. ;) We got a great reminder of the mercurial nature of an Irish April. This panorama captures the whole story.

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[thx] HAM

flickr_IMG_7139.jpg Originally uploaded by Andy Cadaver. I was just emailing with Sarah Carey, and she correctly noted that my weblog has been tending towards the techie-incomprehensible recently. A brief look at the front page confirms this. So here’s a remedy: a photo of the delicious ham which the lovely C cooked up for Thanksgiving, last […]

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Ouch!

my new ipod.jpg Originally uploaded by jmason. Yep, they really are that easy to scratch, it seems.

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‘Life Hacking’ and Metacity

The NY Times story on “life hacking” is a pretty good one, and an excellent intro for anyone who hasn’t been religiously reading the changing transcripts of Danny O’Brien’s talk and so on. This line: Mann has embarked on a 12-step-like triage: he canceled his Netflix account, trimmed his instant-messaging “buddy list” so only close […]

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The Adelphi Charter

I’ve just finished Sir John Sulston’s inspiring book about the Human Genome Project, The Common Thread, in which he discusses how he found himself on one front line of the battle between intellectual ‘property’ maximalism attempting to grab ‘property rights’ over the human genome, and the common good, preserving such rights for all humanity and […]

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I Agree With Goopy

shiny do-dad Originally uploaded by goopymart.

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Box Office Patents

Forbes: Box Office Patents. It’s the kind of plot twist that will send some critics screaming into the aisles: Why not let writers patent their screenplay ideas? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office already approves patents for software, business methods — remember Amazon.com’s patent on ‘one-click’ Internet orders? — even role-playing games. So why not […]

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