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Subject:Things, stuff, miscellany
Time:12:34 am
Remember recently when I mentioned that I live right next to a bacon factory, and I've never been in there? I remedied that today. Before I went to work today, I picked up three three-pound boxes of bacon-- one for me, and two for friends/coworkers. I cooked up a couple of strips tonight just to try it out, and it's pretty good. I got nine pounds of thick-sliced applewood-smoked bacon for around thirty bucks.


I went running once in Vegas (on a treadmill), and again last night (on the streets). I'm learning to slow myself down to a nice slow trot so that I don't wear myself out.


I think I'm in the market for a new netbook-- mine is starting to get annoyingly slow. My requirements are 1366x768 resolution, good battery life, and enough gofast to not make Firefox insufferably slow. Suggestions?


Actually, I may ditch Firefox. If I don't restart it every day or two, it winds up sucking down over a gigabyte of memory, and consequently bogs down. None of the memory saver addons that I've tried does anything worthwhile, nor have any of the config changes that I've tried. I'm running Chrome on my laptop right now as an experiment.


Tonight I had dinner with someone that I've known approximately forever. He was in my wedding party when I got married, way back when. It was good to catch up.


The whole Susan G Komen foundation hullabaloo has been really interesting. I think they've done us a favor by popping their heads up and inviting us to take a closer look at what they're doing. It seems to me that they've strayed from their mission. Suing people who use the phrase "for the cure" seems extra slimy.

This page is really interesting. They claim that 84% of their donations go to their mission, but then they list 12% for administration and 8% for fundraising. I sort of wonder how that 34% education breaks down.

I bet their revenues fall a fair bit this year.


Reason that I like my job, #37:

They asked me to be part of a recruiting video that we're doing for engineering. I said I'd do it if and only if I could use the word suck. Our recruiter's response was, "I wouldn't have it any other way."


After dinner tonight we went to Humphry Slocombe for ice cream. We had brown butter, Vietnamese coffee, salt & peppa, a salted chocolate of some sort, gingerbread Guinness, and secret breakfast (bourbon & corn flakes). The three of us each tried a bite of the salt & peppa, and then tossed the rest into the trash. The others ranged from good to excellent, but I was particularly enamored with the gingerbread Guinness.
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x_mass
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Time:2012-02-03 10:00 am (UTC)
hows about an X61T flexview?
OK it would be second hand, and yes it might be hard to find one but it gives you 1400x1050 IPS (same technology as in the IPAD screen) its a low power dual core, its pretty upgradable, parts are everywhere and they are built to last and last

oh and I am writing on one
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adbjupe
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Time:2012-02-03 12:20 pm (UTC)
Hah, like any good investment fund, they give you a 5 year performance. The 84% you quoted is a 5 year average. And the 12,8,34 etc distribution is for 2010
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jcdill
Subject:Beat me to it...
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Time:2012-02-04 03:11 pm (UTC)
+1

SGK looks pretty foolish to put both stats right next to one another, and not more clearly highlight that one is a 5-year average and the other is from a single year.

Consider how much their fundraising and administrative costs must have shot up over the most recent of the past 5 years if they are running 20% in 2010, but comprise only 12% of their 5-year average. (And which 5-years are they using for that 5-year average?) Hmmmm.
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ronsrants
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Time:2012-02-03 12:25 pm (UTC)
Have you tried using Chrome on your netbook instead of firefox?

Regarding running: My wife and I are experimenting with ditching the clock when we run and just running "comfortably". Which is another way of saying slowly.

-R
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-03 05:42 pm (UTC)
Switching to Chrome on the netbook is an option. That's why I've started playing with it on the laptop.
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ronsrants
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Time:2012-02-03 07:14 pm (UTC)
I've been using Chrome for a year (maybe two?) on my desktop while my wife prefers Firefox. I always notice the memory suckage when she leaves her Firefox windows open. I don't have any perf problems with Chrome.

-R
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evwhore
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Time:2012-02-04 07:54 pm (UTC)
I habitually close Firefox every time I leave the computer. When I worked at an office I also always logged out before leaving for the day. Partly compulsive I guess, but also just seems like good practice.

In the FF case it has the fringe benefit of avoiding the memory issues of leaving it running for days. (also anecdotally we have a status page that uses a lot of JS and refreshes itself every N minutes and I noticed if I left that running overnight by accident the next day FF was ridiculously bloated)

Also works well in conjunction with how I use the Better Privacy add-on for killing long-storage cookies -- it gets invoked when FF exits (though I'm sure there is a way to use it from a menu w/o exiting FF)
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clutch_c
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Time:2012-02-03 03:08 pm (UTC)
Netbooks suck (heh, see what I did there?).

I would go with something like this:

Acer Ultrabook

The form factor is bigger than a netbook, which might be a killer, but it's thin and light and much much better than a netbook.

If it's just for email and light web browsing while traveling, an Ipad might do the trick. You've probably thought of that.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
Without a physical keyboard, an iPad is completely useless to me.

Plus, I won't put my dollars into Apple's walled garden ecosystem.
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loser_variable
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Time:2012-02-04 06:06 pm (UTC)
I used to say that. It angers me that I do. Cognitive dissonance. I unconsciously switched to chrome some time ago.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-03 08:56 pm (UTC)
Also, tablets don't really fit my working model very well.

I tend to have a couple of ssh windows side-by-side, and/or an ssh window and a browser window. The "one full-screen app" model doesn't work for me at all.
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Mark Rafn [dagon.net]
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Time:2012-02-03 06:12 pm (UTC)
I've had an android tablet (Galaxy Tab 10.1) for awhile now, and with a bluetooth keyboard, it's fairly usable even for text-heavy input. Unfortunately, keyboard shortcuts and app management don't work the way I want them to, so it always feels like a compromise, and I find myself opening up the laptop most of the time if I'm doing more than trivial web browsing or e-mail.

So: no useful information in this comment, except that I'll be interested to see what netbook you choose, as I'm not sure I can wait for the promise of convertible windows 8 tablet/netbooks.

Edited at 2012-02-03 06:14 pm (UTC)
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jnala
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Time:2012-02-03 08:53 pm (UTC)
"Netbook" is a vague term. Do you mean size? Weight? Price?

If 11" isn't too big, I'd suggest checking out the 11" MacBook Air. It's a sweet piece of hardware, no matter what OS you intend to run on it. Every review of "ultrabooks" I've seen in the last year has basically concluded "it's no MacBook Air, but..."
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-03 08:55 pm (UTC)
Size, price. I'm thinking $400, and small/light enough to carry without thinking much about it. It's a light-duty machine.
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jnala
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Time:2012-02-03 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, at 1k the MBA is way outta your price range, but if you can afford it there's something to be said for way overbuying on quality/price and knowing it'll be awesome and not having to think about it anymore. It's as light as most 9"/10" underpowered netbooks I've used.

I haven't looked at the $500ish netbook segment lately - which seems to be shrinking, anyway, tablets and thin/light laptops are encroaching on it. The 13" MBA has replaced both my netbook and my primary laptop.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-02-04 04:35 am (UTC)
A MacBook Air is a full-fledged desktop replacement machine in a very svelte package. It's pricey because they're providing a lot more performance (and, really, svelteness overall, some netbooks have one or two dimensions smaller, but rarely ever thickness, and that's where your weight really resides (it allows for a larger battery.))

Of course, most computers these days are complete overkill for all but a few small sub-segments of users, and you're rarely one of those, except in Photoshop usage. Anything should be able to handle web and email access without many flops at all these days. Unless you're a gamer or some other form of 100% usage for CPU or GPU facility with one application, you'll never need an actual powerful machine again.

I might recommend that you look at one, just so you can spend a bit of time holding one and poking it with a few nominal tasks. I always thought they were useless things, really, until I actually had hands on experience with one. And then it made all sorts of sense.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-04 04:50 am (UTC)
A MacBook Air is completely out of my price range for a machine like this. I already have a perfectly good laptop for Photoshop-level work. What I'm looking for here is something that I can run browsers and ssh windows and VNC and some other random crap while I travel.

I don't like one-button input devices, and if the Macbook Air touchpad is anything like the MBP one then it's evil.
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2012-02-03 09:31 pm (UTC)
I want to see the video when it's done! ;)
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-04 04:51 am (UTC)
I'll try to remember to post a link.
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