Friday February 19, 2016
AntiSpam Processing with Mac OS X Server for Mail
We upgraded cfcl.com to Mac OS X Yosemite in December, 2015, installing OS X Server v. 5.0 to handle DNS, Mail, and Web services. We'd been handling Mail services "manually" using postfix, SpamAssassin, and MailServe (by Cutedge Systems) for several years, so there was a bit of a learning curve in switching over to OS X Server. Server uses SpamAssassin (SA), so that was familiar, but X Server runs SA from underneath amavisd.
I happened to mention amavisd and SA today, in Twitter. A friend asked me for details. I obliged by email, then thought, "I should blog this, in case anyone else ever asks".
Read more in our CFCL MOTD blog ...
Monday November 24, 2014
Looking for Coffee in All The Right Places
We occasionally drive up into the North Bay Area (Marin and Sonoma counties) for a concert or some other entertainment. On the way up, we typically get a coffee drink for the trip before heading north. On the way back home, we'd like to do the same; however, our options are more limited in the latter part of the evening.
While there are many Starbucks along that stretch of US 101, only a handful are open after 9pm, which is when we're usually driving home. I decided to look for a list of those stores.
Starbucks has a Store locator that makes it easy to list all of the stores in a given area. I can't filter by "open late", but I could scan for closing times after 9pm. (Note: to do this, you need to use the store locator before 9pm. Otherwise, if the store has closed, the houses will not be listed. It will just say: Closed.)
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Tuesday May 13, 2008
Twitter - Do You Get It?
Many years ago, my sister came home from school and shared a joke a friend had told her. We laughed. Then she told us what her friend said after he told the joke:
"Do you get it?! Do you get it?!
I don't get it."
Ask YC: Why should I care about Twitter?
Are many of our news.YC users also Twitter users? What do you find that you like about Twitter?
Reading the comments, I was reminded again that there are Two Kinds of People: Those who "get it" (in this case, Twitter) and those who don't. How can something so apparently simple be so difficult to understand?
Maybe because it's so simple.
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Tuesday May 6, 2008
Now Using Twitterific
I have started following Twitter using Twitterific from The Icon Factory (Mac OS X only). I'm not 100% in love with Twitterific, but I like it well enough to pay the (optional) registration fee. I figure registering gives me a better chance of success when filing feature requests. :-) (Registration also makes the ads disappear.)
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Sunday April 27, 2008
Lifestreaming with escaloop
lifestreaming n. An online record of a person's daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person's online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.
Learn More at lifestreamblog.com
escaloop allows you to build a list of up to 20 RSS feeds -- feeds like your latest del.icio.us bookmarks, your recent Twitter activity, your new blog posts, your newly uploaded Flickr images, just to name a few -- which it will then sort, clean up and tastefully arrange in a concise, neat and pretty list on your own site.
Saturday February 16, 2008
TWiki Community Summit and Meetup
On Thursday and Friday, Feb 14/15, I attended the TWiki Community Summit in Sunnyvale, CA. The location and and wireless internet access for the meeting were provided by Yahoo!. The Summit meetings were followed, on Friday night, by an open TWiki User Meetup.
TWiki Community Summits are organized for TWiki Community members, e.g. core developers, extension developers, doc writers, marketeers and supporters of the TWiki ecosystem in general. Building on the success of the first Summit, held in Rome in August 2007, TWiki community members decided to hold a Summit meeting every six months.
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Sunday January 20, 2008
I'm a Twitter Twit
Paul Downey writes:
Ruminating on Twitter constraints, I see two kinds of Twitterers emerging: Twits and Twerps....
A Twit sees Twitter as a presence service. Twits love the ambient intimacy twitter affords with their friends, and tweet to build a meaningful permanent record. They strive to entertain, to be profound. ... A twit uses an @reply primarily to reference a user for the benefit of their other followers, and use a direct message to communicate with someone where their followers are unlikely to be interested in the conversation. ... Twits always think about the question “What are you doing?”. A good twit will make you laugh, make you cry but above all feel connected.
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Monday January 7, 2008
Tools Don't Hurt Companies
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Friday November 30, 2007
Last night was the first Silicon Valley TWiki User Meetup. TWiki is an open-source , open-development, structured wiki, a web-based collaboration system. I've been using TWiki since mid-2006. I work with it a LOT at the Job.
The Meetup was held at the Plug and Play Tech Center (.com) in Sunnyvale. Nice place, if a bit hard to figure out where to park.
There were 50+ attendees. First there was networking and munchies. I networked with
the "TWiki" Birdie, a beautiful female White-Bellied Caique (parrot). She's the twiki.net mascot and "Social Networking Catalyst, as well as a total sweetheart.
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Sunday November 11, 2007
Introducing Snibbles - A Tumblelog
I've been building a new weblog, called Snibbles. Snibbles is a tumblelog.
A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author's creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing a commentary.
Jason Kottke described tumblelogs as "really just a way to quickly publish the 'stuff' that you run across every day on the web."
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Tuesday October 9, 2007
Twittering: Who, What, and Why
Shortly after I posted my recent entry on Twitter, I sent notes to various e-list groups I read regularly, asking if any of the members use Twitter. A former co-worker replied thusly to my inquiry:
Haven't used Twitter... I think these services are kinda silly. Who cares what I had for lunch today?
Well, that depends. Was it a particularly good lunch? Perhaps at a new and interesting restaurant you would recommend to friends?
Still, if that's your impression of Twitter, you haven't taken a good look at it lately. There's a lot more going on than just "what I had for lunch".
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Tuesday September 18, 2007
Do You Twitter?
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Tuesday August 1, 2006
Tuesday May 23, 2006
Automatic Weblog PostingI produce two weekly memes (writing prompts): ...in other words... (a quote prompt) and Word Beads. Both are updated automated by background tasks.
I wanted people who play to be able to leave comments or links to their weblogs.
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Saturday February 11, 2006
In the News...
China will pass the US in Broadband Lines by late 2006. US Broadband Penetration Breaks 65% Among Active Internet Users.
The US has fallen to 19th overall in household broadband penetration, and is in danger of being passed by Slovenia in early 2007.
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Wednesday February 8, 2006
More Communication Sources
I started my weblog in mid-2002. But I really got going in February 2003 (three years ago). I've been typing and posting ever since.
According to Technorati's recent State of the Blogosphere
A new blog is created every second and the phenomenon has grown 60 times larger than it was three years ago,
Wednesday January 18, 2006
Excluding Categories in Movable Type
We wanted to be able to post "draft" weblog articles, accessible for review by a selected audience but not publicly available to the world yet. We wanted to exclude one or more named categories from all indexes and lists; however, we also wanted to ensure that the "excluded" articles could be found by direct URL to their "Individual Archive" pages.
We use Movable Type which has many useful plugins available, including quite a few choices for handling categories. That's the good news.
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Friday December 30, 2005
Sending Web Form Data by Email
A friend asked me for some software advice:
I need a CGI for taking a simple web form (name, address, phone, email, etc.) and sending the data to a specific email destination in a format that could be loaded into excel or a database. Ideally, I'd like the email address (in the form) validated for basic address compliance.
This would be running on a Mac OS X Server (Tiger) w/Apache, Perl 5.8.6, mod_perl.
I could write that myself, but it just so happens that I know of two programs to recommend.
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Saturday December 10, 2005
Saturday September 10, 2005
We Are The Web
Ten years ago, Netscape went public, bringing the WWW to the attention of Wall Street and the masses. The masses took the Web as their own.
Kevin Kelly published an excellent article on the Web phenomenon of the decade in the August issue of Wired magazine.
My own comments, on both the Wired article and my own experience, are posted today in commentary.
Friday June 17, 2005
Blogger Meet-up (and I missed it!)
Is the "traditional media" doing anything like this where you are?
The personal media revolution came to the KRON 4 studios Saturday [June 11] when more than 100 members of the Bay Area blogger community accepted [an] invitation for a meet-up.
KRON 4 ("The Bay Area's News Station") is one of our local television stations and a big player in the "traditional" media channels. I find it intriguing that a television station is interested in connecting with weblogging; I would have expected a newspaper to do something like this.
KRON 4 recognizes the importance of the blogosphere in connecting with our local communities. If you don't have a web log or "blog" yourself, chances are one of your friends or neighbors does. Bloggers take the time to post their thoughts on virtually any subject imaginable. Their efforts are already changing the media landscape.
In the coming days and weeks, KRON4.com will be launching two major new initiatives designed to support the Bay Area Blogosphere. We will be posting and maintaining a comprehensive list of Bay Area blogs. Also we will be launching a new aggregator that will allow you to come to one place to see the latests posts from local bloggers.
I missed the meet-up (I vaguely recall seeing and discarding the evite) but I got the second notice, sent both as email and posted on the KRON-4 website. (Hmmm. They found my weblog :-)
They're asking for feedback. I'll have to think about what I want to say.
Wednesday June 15, 2005
Grafedia - Grafitti meets the WWW
It's certainly nothing I would have thought of. Words written in blue, underlined, painted on a wall. Use your cell phone or computer to send email or a text message to that blue word "@grafedia.net" and get back an image or sound file by return mail.
It's hyperlinking in the physical world. It's weird. It's strange. It's also a really cool concept.
Grafedia is hyperlinked text, written by hand onto physical surfaces and linking to rich media content - images, video, sound files, and so forth. It can be written anywhere - on walls, in the streets, or on sidewalks. Grafedia can also be written in letters or postcards, on the body as tattoos, or anywhere you feel like putting it. Viewers "click" on these grafedia hyperlinks with their cell phones by sending a message addressed to the word + "@grafedia.net" to get the content behind the link.
Grafedia was created by John Geraci at the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU. It was recently written up by CNN. I wonder if there's any in San Francisco yet...
Friday January 21, 2005
Men, Women, and Web Services
You've probably heard the statement that when it comes to communication, men are from Mars, while women are from Venus? A concept straight from the title of a book by John Gray, this highlights an idea made popular by Deborah Tannen (You Just Don't Understand) in 1990. When men and women try to communicate, they often seem to be from different planets.
On the other hand, I bet this is the first time you've heard of the idea that men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and web services are from Betelgeuse. :-) That's the title of a paper (in PDF format) that I found while surfing around on the web. The authors extend the theme to the problems of communicating between legacy applications and new Web applications.
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Wednesday January 19, 2005
Comment but nofollow
First it was graffiti on walls. Then it was junk mail,. In the "information age" it's junk faxes and an increasing torrent of undesirable offers in our emailboxes. In the past year, there's been a major increase in the volume of a new kind of
graffiti junk spam weblog comment spam (ich).
Comment spam has lately become more than a minor annoyance for the site owner. But, with the help of other members of the weblogging community, we've been fighting back.
One tool, available for those who use Movable Type, is MT-Blacklist, a plugin that lets you easily manage and delete comment spam. I've been using the Blacklist plugin for about a year now; it prevented the need for me to turn off comments entirely. Even better, as of MT 3.*, comments can now be moderated as well. Between MT-Blacklist and moderating, a lot of my troubles have vanished.
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Thursday January 13, 2005
IT & Tea - Weblogging PresentationI attended a presentation on weblogging today. Rich suggested I attend as he couldn't promise a properly complete recap :-)
Speaker: Terry Huwe - Director of Library and Information Resources- UC Berkeley
It seems everywhere you look these days, people are talking and thinking about Blogging. But just how relevant is Blogging? Is it just another "transitional" technology, or is it here to stay? Terry Huwe will explore these questions, covering what Blogs are, how they work, and what their value points are. This talk will explore both the "big picture"--how Blogs fit into the "information ecologies" of today's organizations--as well as the basic technical skills you need to get started. Attendees will learn what the top Blogging products are and how to find out more about them, what's new and emerging in the Blogosphere, and how to make strategic, informed decisions for evaluating Blogging as an information management tool.
The presentation focused on the potential that weblogging has for organizations, such as research organizations, libraries, institutions and corporations, more than individuals. Apparently weblogging has been the hot topic at the last two "Internet Librarian" conferences and the most recent "Computers in Libraries" conference. As Mr Huwe said, weblogs provide fast movement of content to the web without touching a server. "What's not to like?"
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Tuesday August 12, 2003
Weblogging - The Next GenerationI have begun a weblogging experiment.
I created a private weblog for my family, a kind of Family Bulletin Board. Then I invited 10 family members to join as Guest Authors. So far, 5 of the 10 have accepted the invitation and one is considering the idea. All of the guest authors have posted at least once and several have also added comments.
In addition, my sister has been sufficiently interested to ask me to help her set up her own, personal, weblog. Now that's a success story.
Monday August 4, 2003
TypePad registration opens RSNTypePad registration will open on Monday, August 4 at 11:59 pm (PDT) as a Preview Release. That's less than 2 hours away as I write this... Features will continue to be added and the system will still be considered to be under development, but the service will be open for any user to sign up. Pricing and features at typepad.com home page.
Get it while it's hot! It's not free... but it's very nice and the support is excellent.!
Monday July 28, 2003
TypePad is in sight
When I first started playing with weblogs, I used Greymatter. I didn't do much with it, and things just sort of lay fallow for about a year. Then I heard about Moveable Type at the O'Reilly Mac OS X conference and (eventually) got around to installing Moveable Type in February, 2003. I really like MT and I've been steadily adding to my journal ever since.
Fortunately (for me) but unfortunately (for many potential users) MT provides a wealth of options for configuration, most of which require a knowledge of HTML coding to use! To address this "problem", the developers of MT have announced (and will soon be releasing) releasing TypePad.
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Wednesday May 21, 2003
Shortening URLsWhich URL is easier to remember, send via email without breaking, etc?
http://xrl.us/catquizIf you didn't have much difficulty deciding the second was "better", you'll want to know about the Metamark Shorten Service at http://metamark.net/.
Some related tools are also available, including a pair of "bookmarklets" (one in a popup window, the other not), and a Services menu item for Mac OS X.
Monday April 14, 2003
Safari has Tabs!The latest Safari beta has tabs! It has AutoFill as well. My first and second most desired enhancements are now part of Safari. My new favorite browser now has everything I wanted!.
Tabs have been a big deal since Safari shipped the first Beta. There are Tabs in Mozilla and (most) users like tabs (count me among them). Giles Turnbull wrote an article comparing Safari to Camino (formerly Chimera), the Mac OS X Aquatized Mozilla project. He wrote:
No sooner had Safari made it out into the wild, than many users were clamoring for tabbed browsing. Long available in Mozilla, Opera, and other browsers, the use of tabs to bring together a screenload of web browser windows into a smaller, single-window package has become a very popular feature (although there are some who consider tabs alien to the Mac way of doing things)....
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Saturday February 1, 2003
I have upgraded my weblog to use MoveableType (http://www.moveabletype.org). I like the look, prefer the configuration, and it gives me a chance to learn about CSS.