Don Marti

Sat 13 Jun 2009 07:53:57 AM PDT

MLP: knots and xargs

Malware alert for Microsoft Windows users: Remove the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension. One more on Green Dam: pwned! "Any web site the user visits can redirect the browser to a page with a malicious URL and take control of the computer."

Dave Root: The Most Useful Rope Knots for the Average Person to Know (a knot I learned in the Boy Scouts is really a "Zeppelin Bend.")

Gov. Schwarzenegger Launches First-in-Nation Initiative to Develop Free Digital Textbooks for High School Students (via Open Access News)

Use GNU xargs to run many tasks in parallel (via Justin Mason)

Atul Gawande: What a Texas town can teach us about health care.

Hg-Git Mercurial Plugin at

"For instance, economics journals published by commercial publishers are six times more expensive per page than those of noncommercial publishers. Such price disparities are a clear sign of inefficiency and excess profit-taking." -- Peter Suber (Trying to sell inefficiency and excess profit-taking to economists? That's like getting the cigarette machine contract at the medical school.)

Great moments in Fair Use video editing: Mother of All Funk Chords is down right now, though.

Awkward Zone? Never if the dudes are free software freaks. Start talking about spam filtering, laptop battery saving, window manager hacks, or news feed reading tools, and it's like you grew up in the same neighborhood.

Tom Limoncelli on Improving attendance at Linux Users Groups: "Have a designated person show up early and just say 'hi' to everyone that walks in."