When Idealism Meets The Real World: Google Reader Was The Last Straw

There was a time when Google was the shining beacon of geekdom; when tales of their crazy interview process, fancy chefs, and 20% time were spoken of in reverent whispers.

I’m realizing now that I held onto that fantasy for a lot longer than was realistic.

While I love my freakishly good job at OpenNMS (work from home lots, open-source software, good people), Google is the one place I’d always thought I’d at least entertain if the right thing came along.

Last week, I got an email from a Google recruiter (I get one every year or so, just checking in). I told him the usual, that I wasn’t looking to move, but am always interested to hear about opportunities from Google. He responded back a few days ago, asking when we could talk.

Then they announced Google Reader was going away.

When I realized I was losing something that I spend at least 60% of my web browsing time in, I finally consciously reevaluated my feelings on Google. And . . . → Read More: When Idealism Meets The Real World: Google Reader Was The Last Straw

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Sorry about the RSS Feed

I finally got around to switching my blog over to point to RacoonFink.com, instead of ranger.befunk.com/blog. I’ve had the domain for some time (and have been using it for Fink e-mail) but had never gotten to updating the blog links.

Unfortunately, I noticed too late that it made RSS readers see everything as new. Please excuse the spamming, it won’t happen again. 🙂

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Fraglimit Hit

Hey, cool, some friends of mine are in a documentary about gaming culture called Fraglimit Hit. It’s a pretty entertaining indie flick, check it out if you get the chance…

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EWeek Article

I got interviewed by EWeek yesterday. Seems like having KOffice somewhat working is making a lot of waves. =) It’s pretty good, although he got Fink confused (calling it “Think”). Not too big a deal, although our Fink PR dude will probably kill me. Spiffy!

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Do not meddle in the affairs of Source Forge…

…for they are subtle, and quick to anger.

<Sortova> http://sourceforge.net/…_id=1&atid=200001 <Sortova> Got it back <Sortova> I must promise not to be bad again <Sortova> I guess they don’t want anyone monitoring them … cause I have 81000 freaking lost service events on their servers (grin)

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The Move Is Done

I’ve got everything on my new server at serverbeach now, things seem to generally be working. I’m sure we’ll run into a few things that need fixing, but for the most part it’s working. Yay!

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If you haven’t noticed…

I’ve been a little quiet lately. I just moved to a new place — I’m renting a nice big house with my buddy Larry, and moving in and all of the little chores that come along with it have eaten all of my time. On top of that, I’ve got less than a week to get everything from my old server to the new. It’s currently served off of a SpeakEasy DSL connection in my old apartment. I love SpeakEasy — I can’t say enough good things about them, but unfortunately the new place is strategically located about 18,000 feet from the CO which means about all I can get is IDSL. Last thing I want is ISDN speeds after having 1.5/384. SO, instead I’m getting a regular residential Time/Warner cable modem and colo’ing an entirely new box over at ServerBeach. So far I’m very happy by ServerBeach’s service, and in the long term I’m better off. (This way I’ve got . . . → Read More: If you haven’t noticed…

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Spam Filtering

So I just upgraded my procmail rules to use a variation of this setup, and I must say, I’m impressed. It’s very good at catching stuff, so far, and it’s automated to a much stronger degree than what I previously had. Basically, it does this:

Check against white/grey lists — if it’s OK, pass it through. Run it through bogofilter and/or spamassassin — if it’s OK, pass it through. If it’s not, add it to the bogofilter training as spam. Run it through procmail filters to push mailing list messages to appropriate filtered folders. Only if it doesn’t match any of the previous, pass it through to TMDA. If it’s OK, TMDA will deliver it, otherwise it will request a confirmation.

So far it seems to be working OK. I’m doing a little tweaking to avoid the confirmation as much as possible, but it seems to work great so far. I really dislike the idea of the confirmation stuff, but the way things are nowadays, I don’t see another way to get the leftover SPAM that keeps getting through. Training bogofilter is great, . . . → Read More: Spam Filtering

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