Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 30 Sep 10:
- My quest for the ultimate travel coffee setup – Boing Boing –
You need a burr grinder if you actually want your coffee to taste good. Because different countries have different power sources that become annoying to worry about, a hand grinder is your best bet. For most of this year I've been using the Hario Skerton which is a very nice grinder for what it is, though it does have some problems. The bottom burr "floats," which means that especially when grinding at a coarser setting (like you'd do for drip coffee) the consistency is really bad.
I love hearing about other peoples obsessions. Something they are so fired up about that they can spew out a three thousand word article. Lush.
- Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers –
hey used TaintDroid to test 30 popular free Android applications selected at random from the Android market and found that half were sending private information to advertising servers, including the user's location and phone number. In some cases, they found that applications were relaying GPS coordinates to remote advertising network servers as frequently as every 30 seconds, even when not displaying advertisements.
Yeah, how's that iPhone looking now.
- Vodafone’s 360 man walks • The Register – Another mobile phone company fails to make "Internet services" work – episode 2050. All a service provider can do is sell bandwidth, now get out of my way. Stop attempting to make useless services that annoy me.
- Jeremy Filliben: Ten Gigabit Switching Thoughts –
I was struck by the similarities of all the switching vendors. Perhaps it was the tight timing constraints of the Net Tech Field Day sessions (most were 2 – 4 hours, with hard stops at the end), but with the exception of Arista Network’s offering (which I’ll discuss below), all of the vendors had very similar stories. This has been noted by several of my fellow attendees (Most notably Ivan). I don’t mean to pile on the criticism, as I’m sure developing these products is very difficult in itself, but I would love to see a significant differentiator from each vendor.
Agreed. Not much difference between Cisco and anyone else for features, speeds and feeds.
- cisco vpnclient password decoder – Decodes the GROUP password only. (via Scott Lowe
- HP Blogs – HP’s 6 internal Data Centers now Cisco-free – The HP Blog Hub –
Well – that was 6 months ago, and today – we've just announced that all 6 of our internal next-generation data-centers are now Cisco free – and running on HP Networking.
Dog food etc. But a very impressive demonstration of their internal capability to implement change quickly. Shame they haven't updated their business practices to something more modern to include sharing white papers, technical docs, and product road maps.
- Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1 – Mac OS X Hints –
iTunes 10.0.1 introduces a new feature: most items now have a 'Ping' dropdown button where the Music Store arrow links used to be. These appear even if you've disabled Ping.
The buttons cannot be disabled in the UI, but there's a Terminal fix to do it.
I hate my privacy being invaded like this. Social Networking is for losers who can't write their own content.