Solipsism Gradient

Rainer Brockerhoff’s blog

…in no particular order:

Jeremy Zawodny.

Umami Tsunami.

Joi Ito.

James Lilek’s Bleat. Be sure to look at Lileks‘ whole site… amazing. I wish I had time and resources to do something like that.

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Ken Bereskin.

Lee Felsenstein.

Matt Croydon’s postneo.

Glenn Fleishman’s 802.11b/Wi-Fi News pointed me at an interesting item about Wi-Fi in Brazil:

Alan Reiter tells how he spent a couple of weeks in Brazil talking about wireless at “Mobile Corporate” conferences. Be sure to read his later entries too.

One of his articles links to Eduardo Prado’s Smart Convergence blog, which I’ll read in more detail later. It seems there are good business opportunities for wireless in Brazil, but with the recent devaluations of the Real, investing in imported technology is tough.

Here in Belo Horizonte, a 2.5 megapeople city, Wi-Fi seems virtually unknown. My favorite networking shop, Deltatronic, has just an access point and a couple of wireless PCMCIA cards from H-Net, and the salesman didn’t know how many they had sold (if any).

I did some wardriving last weekend, using MacStumbler, and couldn’t find a single network. Of course, buildings here are concrete and brick, so there is less chance of leakage… I couldn’t see my own network from the street, even though my access point is mounted on an outside wall.

A company called Pointer (couldn’t find the URL) makes wireless connections available in several Brazilian airports. I tried it out in June at the São Paulo/Guarulhos international airport. Any access is first diverted to a log-in page where you have to give a credit card number. I can’t recall if they mentioned a price, but I didn’t go further icon_wink.gif

Some updates

I’ve updated phpBB to version 2.0.3, which just came out. It fixed some security vulnerabilities.

I’ve also done incremental fixes to page formatting inconsistencies, changed to grey smilies (the default yellow ones were rather obtrusive), added a link to the site map to the 404 page, and did some minor things I can’t remember right now icon_smile.gif.

Most people call them “blogs”, I know, but “weblog” somehow sounds better to me…

Here are some I read quite often – not in any particular order:

Glenn Fleishman’s GlennLogs. Glenn and his wife sat at my table at this year’s MacMania Geek Cruise. He also maintains 802.11b/Wi-Fi News, an incredibly useful resource for all users of AirPort and other 802.11b wireless technologies.

Dave Winer’s Scripting News and his DaveNet. Dave was a Mac pioneer with outlining softwares ThinkTank and MORE. He’s also co-author of several important protocols such as SOAP and XML-RPC. Often controversial, always worth reading.

Doc Searls’ weblog. Doc also was on that cruise. Among other things, he’s one of the authors of The ClueTrain Manifesto and senior editor at the Linux Journal.

Check out all the weblogs at the O’Reilly Networks. A great resource!

Cory Doctorow’s boingboing. Cory’s a noted columnist and science fiction writer.

Mario AV’s blog (em Português). Mario AV is the pixel artist for Macmania, Brazil’s leading Mac magazine, and incidentally, the author of the “RB” logo you see at the top of this page. Even if you don’t read Portuguese, click on some of his links at the left to dig the cool graphics and photos.

More later…

Here’s a great article for shareware developers by Sanford Selznick:

Sanford also writes some nifty shareware himself. Check it out!

I’ll edit this post later to include some more resources for shareware developers…

One problem with IE; posting and editing posts has some problems. I think the JavaScripts that handle cursor position and tag insertions aren’t IE-friendly. Sometimes, when I submit a message, the first dozen or so characters are mangled.

I’ve seen this before on other phpBB boards, so I suppose it’s an IE issue. I’ll look around on the phpBB support forums to see if there’s a fix out…

Meanwhile, be sure to preview, double-check (and edit, if necessary) your posts.

Online comics

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When I was four-and-a-half, I learned to read with a stack of German issues of Mickey Mouse.

Ever since, I’ve been a comics fan; I’ve got a fair number of collections by Bill Watterson, Berke Breathed, Goscinny&Uderzo, Quino, Ziraldo, and others.

Here are some on-line comics I check most every day:


Kevin & Kell

PVP Online

User Friendly

Foxtrot (beware popups icon_evil.gif)

Doonesbury (beware popups icon_evil.gif)

and weekly or so:

Joy of Tech

The 5th Wave (beware popups icon_evil.gif)

I decided to let guests post here, while I figure out a way to hide comments. I can always delete stuff if this gets out of hand icon_wink.gif… now I’m off to learn more PHP…

Also, guests can now post in the 4 product support forums.

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