Auto-Flush: Self-Reinforcing?

Image by ancawonka via Flickr I was at a rather spiffy library today with automatic everything in the restrooms. It wasn’t to the extent of some places (airports and mondo shopping malls are worse), but there were a lot of sensors in there. When someone else came, did his thing, and just walked to the sink without doing anything, it got me thinking. What if automatic flush valves are a self-reinforcing product? Think about it. It used to be that one had to be very meticulous to always flush before leaving. Now, with all the automation, some people just ignore…

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Stop Direct Mail!

Image via WikipediaAnnoying. Wasteful. Downright useless. What am I talking about? Direct mail. Notice how that pile of paper you bring in from the mailbox (street-side, just-inside-front-door, wherever it is) is mostly stuff you bring in one door and out the other? Literally or figuratively, most of that mail ends up going right through the house and into the recycling (though sadly, some people – my dad included – just throw it away). If one were to examine that bulk of mail, one might find that virtually every last piece is trying to sell something. From yard services to home-improvement…

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FeedBurner Migration Troubles on feeds.swrobotics.com

Image by rudolf_schuba via FlickrI didn’t exactly blog about it outright, but I do remember expressing a reasonable amount of uncertainty when I that I moved my FeedBurner account to Google’s servers. Yes I am an early adopter; the deadline may not be until the end of February, but do you really want to make something of it? Apparently Google did. As part of the migration process, I had to ask the DNS administrator for swrobotics.com (I wish I could do things like this myself, but I can’t) to change the entry for the feeds subdomain from feeds CNAME feeds.feedburner.com.…

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Telemarketing Loopholes: FAIL

Image by elh70 via FlickrI was relaxing at home in the evening on the Monday before Thanksgiving, around 19:30, looking through a Hebrew-English dictionary to try and figure out what the song title “הלב שלנו” means in English. (I never did find the meaning of the word הלב; it seems to be conspicuously absent from both dictionaries I possess.) But an interruption was about to occur. The phone rang. Normally that would be a simple matter – just pick up the phone, read the Caller ID, and decide whether or not to answer it – but this situation was remarkable…

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Feed Address Changed [Maintenance]

Image via CrunchBaseFor those reading this site via the feed, this is just a heads-up that the feed address has changed due to my FeedBurner account being migrated to Google. Email subscribers are unaffected; all that’s changed is the link I have here on the site, in the sidebar, for new subscribers. If the address you subscribe to is on this domain (i.e. has voyagerfan5761.blogspot.com in it), you’re all set. If you subscribe to the one on feeds.feedburner.com, you’re set, too; but I don’t know how long Google will keep the redirect up, so change feeds to feeds2 just to…

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Comments On Google Changes

Image via WikipediaOn Wednesday, Google announced changes to or shutdowns of several services. Google also shut down Lively, the 3D chatroom that I always looked upon as a rather silly Second Life knock-off, beginning January 1—just a few short weeks ago. (“Reasons Google should kill Lively” was actually a topic in my to-blog list for several months, but it looks like I didn’t have to blog about it for Google to see that it wasn’t a good fit with their other projects. Nice work saving effort there, self. 😛 Anyway…) I’m rather unconcerned with the fate of Google Catalog Search,…

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Caller ID Should Be Standard

Image via WikipediaI don’t particularly like using the telephone. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nothing against the concept of talking to someone who’s not there – I do that all the time online. It’s not the fact that it’s voice-based instead of text-based. (Actually it kind of is, but that’s not the point of this post.) One of the biggest reasons I don’t like telephones is that it’s sometimes impossible to know who’s on the other end of the line. Caller ID is considered a premium feature and carries a charge somewhere in the area of $5/month per line. (This…

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Parked In: A Yom Kippur Story

I wrote this way back in October, but never got around to polishing it and posting it until now. Finally I found time and motivation to post! I hope you all enjoy this story; even now, I am still uncovering all its hidden meanings. This year’s Yom Kippur was interesting.  After school, I went straight to dinner, and then to services.  Specifically, we (my mother and I) were interested in Kol Nidre, a beautiful piece of music that is part of the evening service erev Yom Kippur. The service started at 16:45, and I had what was basically a tech…

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Badly Designed Websites: Improvement Sighted

Yes, I know this post is short. It reflects my most recently added constraint: Time. I just don’t have much of it these days. It makes me sad that I can’t blog as much as I’d like, but I’ll do what I can. Image via Wikipedia Remember I made last October citing www.mcool.org as an example of a badly designed website? Say hello to their redesign! Yes, it’s true! The site has been completely redone since the end of last school year, and it now features a great deal of improvements. Not the least of which are bookmarkable URLs (no…

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Would I Ever Use BlogBurst?

I wrote this post in late April, before I , and initially scheduled it to publish the morning of April 25. It was replaced by something else because I wasn’t sure about it, but reading it again now I think it’s pretty fine. I’m writing a big post to be published in the next week or two, so this looked like a good post idea to use in the mean time. I don’t remember how I initially heard about BlogBurst. It’s one of those many sites I just got in my head somehow but can’t trace. There’s been a post…

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