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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-29

  • Happy Leap Day everyone! I think Twitter is celebrating by only letting 1 in every 4 tweets through… :-( #
  • @JefftheGreat "Pork chops taste good…" "I don’t eat pig. Pig’s a filthy animal. I don’t eat filthy animals." :-) #
  • @JefftheGreat oh wait, the correct quote is "sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I’ll never know, ’cause I won’t eat the filthy @#$@#" #
  • Exploring my new desk and new neighborhood in the Workplace of the Future (aka Ikea Hillsboro :-). Many pics to come! :-) #
  • It’s very pretty and trendy. The kitchen is right by my cube. Free fountain drinks on tap! Diabetes here I come! :-) #
  • Local media are everywhere. Expect to see this on all the PDX tv stations tonight (KATU, KGW, KOIN, etc.) #
  • Photos coming for "Ikea Hillsboro" (my nickname for the newly remodeled JF1 Intel offices – aka Workplace of the Future! :-) #
  • Just got a new Apple Wireless Keyboard. Holy COW this thing is tiny! Thin! Tiny! Wow! :-) #
  • Ooh. The media shuttle controls (back/next/play/pause) on the Apple Wireless Keyboard control iTunes, even if it’s not the app with focus. #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-28

  • twitter.com and m.twitter.com are broken on my iPhone. I see the page source HTML instead of a rendered page. Anyone else? #
  • Trying to help coworker Arti reinstall Mac OS X on her MBP. But it’s caught in a grey screen kernel panic loop, and won’t spit out the DVD. #
  • Holding the eject key during boot doesn’t work. Found a page that says "let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and the DVD will eject". Trying that. #
  • @clunkclunk We tried the "hold down the trackpad button during boot", and that didn’t work, sadly… #
  • @ahockley Har har. Holding the eject button was the first thing we tried. πŸ˜› #
  • Hey, cool! Nikon USA launched a blog! http://blog.nikonusa.com/ #
  • @ahockley Yes, there is an eject button on most Mac keyboards. :-) #
  • When you’re a corporate blog, you’re either real, human, and authentic, or you’re a PR-controlled mouthpiece. You CAN’T have it both ways!!! #
  • You know what’s wrong with Intel? Fear. Plain and simple. We’re too afraid to take real risks, and do something remarkable. #
  • Sorry about my tweets venting about Intel, fear, etc. earlier. I feel much better now! :-) #
  • I haven’t had a good Intel rant in a long time. Consider my previous tweets filling that quota. :-) #
  • Valerie Cunningham just friended me on Facebook, with a note to the effect of "looking forward to reading your book, let’s meet at SXSW!" #
  • I didn’t know I was writing a book. Apparently Valerie knows something I do not. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Arti finally got the DVD ejected from her MBP by just mashing a bunch of keys + trackpad button on startup. Nothing else worked. :-) #
  • @RichSPK Nope, no paperclip emergency eject hole. Gotta use a knife or your fingers or something if it gets REALLY stuck. :-) #
  • @missburrows Actually, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book. But I need to find a subject that hasn’t been done a million times. #
  • Whoa. Did you know Microsoft has a Bluetooth Mouse for Mac coming? http://tinyurl.com/yufckp And, uh, is it me or does it look like… :-O #
  • Someone’s GOT to write up a blog post about that new Microsoft Mac mouse. But it’s not going to be me! :-) #
  • @turoczy bwah ha ha! :-) #
  • @blogan yeah, now that you mention it, their whole mouse listing page looks like an anatomy textbook or something. http://tinyurl.com/yjyqqb #
  • I am so easily amused sometimes. :-) #
  • Oh, man. This whole Windows Vista/Intel 915 Graphics thing is getting really ugly: http://tinyurl.com/36cbmh #
  • Bummed I’m not going to make the BarCamp meetup tonight. Maybe I can convince someone to snag me a cool Jive logo sticker for my laptop. :-) #
  • @metafluence Yes, just look at who @pulseofpdx is following: http://twitter.com/pulseofpdx/friends #
  • I really shouldn’t be listening to Rage Against the Machine after the day I’ve had… #
  • Bacon alert! @rstevens, author of Diesel Sweeties, has started a bacon blog! http://www.baconbot.com/ You know you want to subscribe… #
  • I finally caved and bought Joe McNally’s "The Moment It Clicks" now that it’s back in stock at Amazon. People rave about it so! #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-27

  • Ooh! New toy arrival! My Aiptek Go-HD video camera and 8GB SDHC card just arrived! Now, to liberate them from their plastic tombs… #
  • @rodfather Yeah, I saw your posts about the Flip. I have the CVS "disposable" version. It’s a cool piece of gear. #
  • Woo hoo! I just passed 1000 followers on Twitter! Thanks, follower #1000, @cantleyj, and follower #1001, @jcjdoss! :-) Hope I stay worthy! #
  • @cantleyj Um, you win… A Bit Stories T-Shirt! And stickers! You going to Lunch 2.0? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @cantleyj I believe so. I’m still not 100% I’ll make it to Lunch 2.0 tomorrow, but I’m going to try! :-) #
  • Looks like I AM going to make it to Lunch 2.0 today. @harrisja, I’ll pick you up, OK? :-) #
  • Headed downtown to pick up @verso and @harrisja for Lunch 2.0. #
  • at Lunch 2.0. AboutUs’s offices are VERY cool. The EeePC is a hit, but we can’t get it on MetroFi, so it can’t really shine. #
  • At Cedar Hills Crossing, working for a while. Stopped by Best Buy to grab a Gorilla Pod for the Aiptek video camera. It’s great. #
  • Also, they had a Nikon D300 with the 18-200mm VR lens (lust!), so I got to play hands on for the first time. What an amazing camera! #
  • Accidentally posted those last two tweets while logged in as @pulseofpdx. Whoops! :-) #
  • @JefftheGreat Bummer – I was looking forward to meeting you. Guess it will have to wait until next time! :-( #
  • The bacon phenomenon continues: Bacon Cups http://tinyurl.com/3c8lrx (via @clint’s shared Google Reader items) #
  • Watching a teenager at the mall open a pair of "Skullcandy" brand headphones he just bought from the Mac Store. Are they any good? Who knows #
  • Well, the kid walked off with a sort of emo smile/smirk on his face, with his new Skullcandy cans, so I guess he likes them. :-) #
  • Anyone had hands-on time with the Everex Cloudbook? All the reviews I’ve read of it say it basically sucks. Can you contradict that? #
  • @clint Wow. The kid’s Skullcandy phones didn’t look anywhere near as cool as those. :-) #
  • @AndruEdwards I’m going to SXSW! :-) #
  • @bethgo cool – I’d love to meet him. :-) #
  • It’s 9:30pm and I’m in bed. Yup. Hard night, I’ve had it. Try again tomorrow. #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-26

  • Hmm. Tried to do a live video stream from the Eee PC using Ustream.tv, but it crashes Firefox. Going to try Mogulus, Yahoo Live, etc. #
  • Live.yahoo.com (or rather, Flash Player) couldn’t see the webcam on the Eee PC, but I could broadcast audio. Going to try Mogulus. #
  • @NickStarr Can any old person (like me) broadcast video on justin.tv? #
  • Just gave an impromptu presentation about Twitter in ISN strategy meeting. Pimped pulseofpdx.com and puiseofopensource.com #
  • @verso i want a Twitter Pimp (Twimp) hat! :-) #
  • @verso yeah, PDX twitter shirts are a higher priority, for sure. :-) #
  • @verso Actually, I think @kveton made them available for order at some point, but I could be mistaken… #
  • Great article from Daniel Jalkut (@danielpunkass) on why Twitter is valuable for word of mouth marketing: http://tinyurl.com/3cd3cs #
  • Intel Software Network’s new slogan: "Keep ISN Weird". Or at least, that’s what I’m telling people now. πŸ˜‰ #
  • I would use Digg a lot more if it would remember my login for more than, like, 2 hours. :-/ #
  • So, Ubuntu Mobile is "out". Looks like it would be PERFECT on an Eee PC. Someone get cracking on that, wouldja? http://tinyurl.com/2yo5ep #
  • @segphault Yeah, except that I don’t think the Mobiln.org image creator will target anything other than McCaslin. Is there an EeePC profile? #
  • @segphault yeah, there’s got to be a way to prune it down. The web page says devices with "2 or 4GB SSD"… #
  • @segphault "2GB to 8GB Flash or disk storage, 256MB+ memory/512MB+ recommended". Sounds just like the Eee PC. :-) #
  • @dsifry Wha? iPhone update 1.1.4 is out? Lemme at it! :-) #
  • @segphault Veeery interesting. I may mess around with making a live USB image for Ubuntu Mobile. I should be able to trim it down… #
  • @segphault You bet. :-) #
  • @segphault I need my Ubuntu machine to use Image Builder, which is at home right now, so I doubt I’ll get to it today. :-( #
  • Downloading iPhone 1.1.4, but holding off a bit to install. I’m chicken, and I want to see what’s new! :-) #
  • @mattg Exchange support in 1.1.4? THAT would be AWESOME! That’s it. I’m upgrading. Will report back… #
  • The TUAW comments on Exchange Support in 1.1.4 are ambiguous. There has ALWAYS been Exchange IMAP support, but no one can say what’s new… #
  • The 1.1.4 download is taking forever. Intel’s proxy SUCKS. I’ll report on the REAL deal on iPhone Exchange support as soon as I can get it. #
  • @ravenzachary That’s what I suspected (on lack of Exchange ActiveSync support) #
  • I have almost zero ability to resist peer pressure. So I’m now on FriendFeed: http://friendfeed.com/jabancroft Feel free to add me. :-) #
  • Honestly, you’ll get the same thing from FriendFeed as will from my lifestream, http://www.joshbancroft.com, and my linkblog.joshbancroft.com. #
  • @rodfather Yeah, I can see FriendFeed being a viable lifestream app. Need to see how their feeds look. And I wish they’d support blip.tv #
  • @ravenzachary I’m sure you could modify that "plant that Twitters" rig to do body temp/bowel movement monitoring pretty easily. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Is there an SSH client for Mac OS X that will let me specify a SOCKS proxy for outgoing connections, like PuTTY does on Windows? #
  • BTW, I did let FriendFeed plunder my Facebook and Gmail address book to add friends, but I did NOT let it spam out invitations to people… #
  • @StoneTable not really. say I’m behind a SOCKS proxy, and the only way to SSH to the internet is through that proxy. #
  • @StoneTable how do I tell command line SSH to go through that proxy to an internet host? #
  • @ahockley I’m planning on making the photowalk. My D40 comes back to me today! Yay! :-) #
  • @rodfather no live video stream from the EeePC yet, but I still need to try justin.tv, blogtv.com, and others. #
  • @harrisja no that’s the 0nly difference. there are also models with and without ("Surf") webcams #
  • Results of Asus Eee PC live video stream test on justin.tv: No camera detected. I’m sensing a theme here. Flash can’t see the cam in Linux. #
  • Eee PC live video test results on blogtv.com: The "broadcast now" button doesn’t work, doesn’t click. Worst so far. #
  • What live video services am I missing? I’ve tried ustream, justin.tv, mogulus, Yahoo Live, and blogtv.com. What else should I try? #
  • @segphault Oh! That’s interesting. Let me try again after doing that. Can also just startup the webcam app? #
  • @segphault tried both the webcam app and echo’ing 1 to the cam. Yahoo Live now says "cam in use by another app", not "no cam". Progress! #
  • @rodfather Yeah, that’s about what I’d guess. Flash for Linux doesn’t support the webcam in the EeePC (yet!) #
  • @aritenou You can WATCH streams all day long on the EeePC – video plays just fine, as does audio. But you can’t broadcast video. #
  • @aritenou Yeah, Adobe could update Flash to work with the webcam driver on the EeePC. It’s just a question of if and when. :-) #
  • @blogan No need to modify anything or use a plugin – WordPress can exclude categories from your feed natively: http://tinyurl.com/27jxr4 #
  • @verso @zolotkey I did see your Stickam replies. I just ran out of time to test them. #
  • @blogan I didn’t have to mod any files for that to work. Just make your feed look like this: http://tinyurl.com/2dk34t use your own cat ID. #
  • @blogan it’s all in the URL. You might have to redirect your default /feed address, but the Redirection plugin can handle that. #
  • What do you consider to be a "REAL" blog post? I’m really interested to know… http://tinyurl.com/36g7v8 #
  • Here’s a good question: Which of the live video streaming services (Ustream, Yahoo, Stickam, etc.) uses the LEAST computing resources? #

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What do you consider to be a “REAL” blog post?

I had an interesting conversation with my coworker, Kevin this morning. Kevin is a wizard web developer, who writes the code that powers Intel Software Network, and is always playing with cool new Ajax/javascript ways to do thing, sharing tips and tricks he’s learned, including code snippets. He’s recently gotten into Twitter (he’s @sourcecode over there – follow him if you’re a developer, web or otherwise – he’s super smart). And this morning, we had a conversation about how he could share code snippets that were larger than the 140 character limit on Twitter.

He showed me how he set up a new Google Document to contain the code snippet, then Shared that Google Doc to make it public, and included a shortened URL to the Google Doc in his Tweet. I asked him what (to me) was an obvious question, which led to an enlightening (again, to me) conversation.

The question I asked is “why don’t you just post stuff longer than 140 characters on your blog, and post a link in Twitter, instead of this convoluted Google Docs approach?” His answer (I’m paraphrasing – Kevin, please feel free to correct me):

“Code snippets and the like aren’t really blog posts, are they?”

I said of course they are – after all, it’s your blog, and you can post whatever the heck you want there, right? What’s going to happen? The blog police might come by and say “that’s an illegal blog post!” People might point and laugh? πŸ˜‰ I was being silly to illustrate my point, but it was at about that point that it dawned on me. I’ve been living in the blogging world for so long that the assumption that “a blog post can be anything you want” is something I just take for granted.

So we chatted for a bit about it. Kevin said he felt that a blog post should be something longer, more robust, and containing more substantial content than “hey, here’s a cool code snippet”. I can see how he’d think that – most of the blog posts he said he reads are like that. Most of the blog posts on the Intel Software Network blog are like that. Heck, most of my blog posts on TinyScreenfuls.com are like that, simply because I’ve been using Twitter as a low-pass noise filter for my blogging, so “smaller” stuff goes out via Twitter. But together we came up with some examples of shorter, less “substantial” blog posts that are just as valid as any other.

Kevin suggested that when I talk to people about blogging, and train new bloggers, that I make it a point to tell them that a blog post doesn’t have to meet a basic set of criteria for length, “quality” (whatever that means), etc. And I’m going to do it. It’s something I’ve always just taken for granted, but that conversation this morning made me a better blogger, a better teacher, and a better evangelist. Thanks, Kevin. :-)

Now it’s your turn. What criteria, explicit or subconscious, do you apply to your blog posts? What makes a “worthy” blog post in your mind? I’m thinking mostly of how this applies to your own blog and own writing, but if you apply similar criteria to stuff you read on other places, I’d like to hear about it to. Post a comment, or write something up on your own blog and link here, so I’ll see it.

If you’re like me, it might be an unexpectedly revealing bit of self-assessment. :-)

(Crossposted on the Intel Software Network blog.)

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-25

  • Writing a blog post to kick off a new Intel blog that’s launching tomorrow. I’ll post a link tomorrow! #
  • The WAF of the Eee PC is very high. While I was taking a nap, Rachel grabbed it all on her own, to look up a recipe in the kitchen. Love it! #
  • Rachel has discovered all the cool/cute stuff on Etsy. Heaven have mercy on our credit cards… :-) #
  • @ravenzachary Adobe AIR on Linux would be awesome. Would open up a whole world of apps to run on devices like the Asus Eee PC. Like Snitter! #
  • And, of course, I’d love to be able to run Spaz on the Eee PC. #
  • Watching a video of torture/drop tests of the Eee PC. That little sucker is TOUGH! http://tinyurl.com/2xwv7v #
  • Aww, man. Lessig decided NOT to run for Congress. Understandable, but still – wouldn’t it have been awesome? http://tinyurl.com/3bfp6b #
  • Aaand the new Intel Mobility blog is live! http://blogs.intel.com/mobility – My "Mobile Lifestyle" post kicked it off. Check it out! :-) #
  • I’ll be occasionally posting on the new Mobility blog, but I’m primarily going to post on my own blog and crosspost where appropriate. #
  • I also created the blogroll on blogs.intel.com/mobility, with nods to my gadget-loving friends. :-) #
  • @ahockley Excerpts how? The "continued" to read the rest of the post? They’re not all going to have that, but my first post was 1800 words. #
  • @influxx I’m not done with my profile on blogs.intel.com, which is why I’m not yet on "Meet the Bloggers". Me? Shy?! No way! Just behind… #
  • @rodfather You’re very welcome! :-) #
  • @ahockley Yes, full text feed was vital to me. I wouldn’t have anything to do with it if it didn’t provide one! #
  • @blogan Glad I could help. Blip.tv has been my favorite video service for a couple of years. They’re awesome, and I love them! :-) #
  • Intel’s launching a completely new chip brand next week. It’s a big secret – they won’t even tell me what it is! http://tinyurl.com/2d52vz #
  • @influxx My profile is up on the Meet the Bloggers page now. :-) http://tinyurl.com/38bc8t #

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Intel launched a Mobility marketing blog, and I wrote the kickoff post

The folks in Intel web marketing have launched a new blog, all about Mobility:

http://blogs.intel.com/mobility/

It’s going to be all about upcoming cool stuff that’s being released later this year – Silverthorne (which is getting its own super-secret new brand name, launching next week!), Diamondville, WiMAX, and other cool mobile stuff.

I’m helping them out, giving them a “blogger’s-eye perspective”, and generally trying to help them do it “right” – make the blog interesting and useful, as opposed to just rehashing marketing copy. They asked me to write up the first post for the site (which, you’ll notice, has actually been built on top of an older blog about CES), which I was happy to do. It’s called “Living The Mobile Lifestyle“. It ended up being a little longer than I had planned, but I’ve been a mobile technology geek for a long time – over a decade – and it turned out that I had a lot to say. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, check it out, subscribe to the feed if you’re interested, and stay tuned for interesting news and hands-on experiences with cool mobile toys (like MIDs, WiMAX, etc.). I’ll be doing most of the writing here on TinyScreenfuls.com, but I’ll be crossposting any interesting bits there on the new Mobility blog, and on the Intel Software Network blog, too, so feel free to jump in with any comments or questions, here or there. Enjoy! :-)

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-24

  • Tonight is our ward’s "Sweetheart’s Ball". A 30+ year tradition. The youth plan, put it on for the adults. Prolly shouldn’t bring EeePC. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @oregoniansteve great activle on the frozen flash mob outside of Powell’s. Wish I had seen that! :-) #
  • Ive always had such a hard time with dances and dancing. Awkwardness, anxiety, embarrassment, etc. I got no moves. I’m a fat white guy. :-( #
  • Plus, they never play any music I know or like. Somehow I doubt that Jonathan Coulton or MC Frontalot are going to come up in the rotation. #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-23

  • I’m already thinking about what the perfect small carry bag would be for the Eee PC. Comes with a neoprene sleeve, I want a strap. Ideas? #
  • @ahockley Exactly. I’m not ashamed to carry a manpurse, if it’s got cool toys inside. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @turoczy @ahockley. C’mon. Be honest. It’s not a "European carry-all". It’s a man purse. A murse. It’s OK. As long as it’s not a manny pack! #
  • @Skawtnyc Yeah, it’s going to have to be a non-traditional bag. I use one made for a DVD player for my UMPC, but even that’s too big. #
  • @Skawtnyc That looks about right. I always keep my eye out for bags I can re-purpose for gadget duty. I have a thing for the perfect bag. :) #
  • @Skawtnyc thanks, but I need to wait until I have an Eee PC of my own. At this rate, it won’t be long. :-) #
  • Just had a skype call with @harrisja on the eee pc. sounded great, worked very well. will test video later (system update added Skype 2) #
  • Date night, at Powells. The Timbuk2 small classic messenger bag would be perfect for the Eee PC, but it’s a hundred bucks. Ouch. #
  • @segphault that’s a nice bag. I discovered that a Timbuk2 "Metro" would be even better. Smaller and cheaper ( MSRP $55) #
  • Better than the Timbuk2 "Classic", that is. #
  • Helping a friend move. Sadly, can’t think of a way to use the Eee PC for this. :-) #
  • @billpearson I’ve done Ubuntu in Parallels. Download an install image, make a new VM, tell Parallels to boot from that image. Easy after. #
  • Lunch at Amy’s Burger Shack. We love this place. Amazing burgers. And free fast wifi! :-) #

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Microposts from Twitter on 2008-02-22

  • @kveton that’s awesome. Glad to know I can use Twitter and Craigslist to sell my house quick when the time comes. Congrats! :-) #
  • @turoczy I noticed that. Welcome @kevinspence. You’ve already been added to @pulseofpdx :-) #
  • @rwilliamz No, you won’t get sick from eating a whole box of Girl Scout Cookies in a day. Don’t ask how I know this. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @marshallk tell them 100% of smart people, influencers, and early adopters use RSS. Because it’s true. :-) #
  • Sprint is making a big noise about how their WiMAX network is going to be "open" with "an SDK and APIs". C’mon. Is it the internet or not?! #
  • Wahoo! I just got approved to be on one of Intel’s WiMAX trials. AND I’m supposed to blog about it. I should get equipment on Monday. Wheee! #
  • Heh. To everyone asking to be on the WIMAX pilot too, I’m sorry. I had to fight to get them to let me in. But it’s coming for everyone soon! #
  • And the whole point was to get a blogger (me) real world experience with it, so I can write about how it REALLY is. Vapor no more! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @davepreston I know. But you’ll have to live vicariously through me for a while. :-) I’ll ask about opportunities for others to join. #
  • Updating the blogroll for a new Intel marketing blog that’s going to launch soon. #
  • This is creepy, cool, disturbing, and morbidly fascinating, all at the same time: http://www.rottenneighbor.com Rate your neighbors! :-O #
  • I’m detecting a theme for today. Cool, creepy, and morbidly fascinating. Exhibit B: SurveillanceSaver http://tinyurl.com/2hd5fj #
  • Yay! Nikon has repaired my D40, and shipped it back to me! Should be here next week. #
  • Sometimes I’m convinced I lead a charmed life… :-) #
  • I’ve been toying with buying an Asus EEE PC, after hearing how much people love them. Then today I got one on loan, to play with, blog abt. #
  • Intel’s going to be doing a lot of really cool stuff in the mobile world in the next little while. I’m officially excited. :-) #
  • @ahockley I’ll be using the heck out of it, and writing all about it. @croncast it’s not really a great MIL machine. Too small, I think… #
  • I think the EEE PC would make a great 2nd or 3rd machine. I think it’ll be great away from a desk. But I’m at my desk right now, so… :-) #
  • So, what’s the best Linux/EEE PC Twitter app? #
  • @rodfather Apparently, it’s a black 4G. The one with the webcam. #
  • When I got back to my desk with the eee pc, a swarm of coworkers appeared, and we all geeked out. Hooked it up to an LCD, tried video, etc. #
  • Within minutes, we were all pretty much agreeing that we’d buy one, and even started shopping for prices online. :-) #
  • First tweet from the Asus eee pc! Still looking for a nice Twitter app for it. I wonder if it runs AIR… #
  • @ahockley Alas, I have a prior committment tonight, or I would be there. :-) #
  • OK, dumb eeepc question #1 – how do I get to a terminal? #
  • @segphault Thanks. I’m reading your review already, as we, um, speak. :-) #

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