Category Archives: Geeking Out

Steal this dotfile

dotfiles.org | community for sharing dotfiles like .bashrc, .vimrc, and .bash_profile

Some excellent ideas in here for tools I use all day, every day:

This site would be awesome with rating functionality.


SQLite Manager :: Firefox Add-ons

SQLite Manager :: Firefox Add-ons

Cuz I always end up searching for an sqlite manager on mah boxen.


Grant an Angelwish this Christmas

Shimmy Mehta is the founder and CEO of Angelwish.org, a non profit public charity that helps children with HIV/AIDS. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Shimmy at a couple Mashup Camps. Today Shimmy was on local New York news for sponsoring a toy shopping spree. Congrats and cheers to Shimmy for all he does to make the world a nicer place for children.

MyFox New York | Anne About Town: Toy Shopping Spree

Also, if you’re a PHP/MySQL developer and have a few hours free from time to time, and I know you and can vouch for you, shoot me an email. Angelwish is looking for and is happy to accept volunteer development help.


xkcd Does SQL Injection

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The kid’s middle name is <IFRAME src=”javascript:alert(‘Joe’);”></IFRAME>


Disruptive Technology, Literally

I think audience powered, in-talk captioning should be a new standard feature at conferences. Check out what Sean and company did for Marco’s closing keynote at php|works.

Here’s the how-to.


Can WebRunner Help Tame FireFox Memory Leaks?

I have Gmail open in a tab ALL DAY LONG. Ditto for Google Reader. I can’t help but think that along with all of their AJAX-y goodness comes some memory leakage in Firefox.  I haven’t tested this emperically, but after a long day of browsing, the fox is happily using gigs of RAM and I’m swapping like hell. I realize most of the problem is memory leaks in extensions, but you gotta wonder about all that XHR going on in the Google apps.

Enter WebRunner, a so-called site specific browser (SSB)–yes another buzzword for your arsenal–that allows you to run a seperate browser instance apart from your main clicky-clicky. WebRunner features minimal UI and extensions: menus, toolbars, and extensions only necessary to the site you’re using. There’s a desktop shortcut to take you straight to the specific site. Finally, links to external sites open in your ‘main’ browser. Simon says your cookies are isolated as well, making WebRunner useful for development and safer browsing in XSS and CSRF-prone areas of the linkynet.

So I’m going to use WebRunner to see how Gmail and Reader handle being open for days at a time. Restarting just those ‘apps’ would be easier than saving and restoring those monstrous tab sessions every several hours.


Asus Eee PC looks promising for ebook reading.

For a while I’ve been looking for a portable device to read ebooks. I chew through a lot of techie books to pick up new languages and geek knowledge, but the dead tree versions take up a lot of room and are a pain to travel with. Most of the popular publishers like Apress and O’Reilly make electronic versions of their books available now–and most of the time at a discount, so it’s a win for me. I’ve looked at several devices, but most of them come up short when it comes to a key feature: searching. Sony, I’m lookin’ at you. The Sony ebook reader looks good for novels, but I just don’t see myself using it when I’m skimming through 500 pages of a Python reference. My next hunch was to check out a Palm or something like the Nokia Internet Tablet, but the loss of screen real-estate doesn’t seem to make those a good match. So I’ve narrowed my options down to a tablet PC, or a micro notebook, the main disadvantage there being price.

Enter the Asus Eee PC available later this year. The lowdown:

  • Runs Linux, so it’ll be hackable
  • 800×480 and maybe 1280×768 screen resolution
  • Solid state hdd, so you get 15 sec. boot times
  • wireless
  • $250, cheap!
  • plenty of cpu to run a pdf reader

The downside being it’s 3hr battery life.

I’ll be keeping my eye on this one. Any other ideas for a gadget primarily to read pdfs and maybe surf?

Asus Eee PC First Thoughts


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