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Pre-October 2006 entries are listed over here.

  • Retrieve closed tabs in Firefox 2.0

    This is as much a note to myself as anything else, but Firefox 2.0 has a great feature for people like me who tend to browse with ten gazillion tabs open. If you accidentally close one tab, or several, by mistake and you want to bring them back, you can do so by pressing Shift-Cmd-T on OS X or Shift-Ctrl-T on Windows. They'll reappear in the order you closed them.

    If you close a whole window though, you can't retrieve the closed tabs in that window in another window with the key combination (though, as Riccardo points out in the comments you can reopen them from the History).

    One of many little features of Firefox 2.0 that keeps it eons ahead of the annoying in so many ways IE 7.

  • Lots and lots of 404s for old content

    If you have visited the old pages of this site following links, even links within the site, you would have noticed a ton of 404 (Page not found) errors.

    As I've said previously, I did not switch over all the old pages to the new Drupal installation, so this has nothing to do with Drupal.

    This is due to one really annoying 'feature' of Movable Type - URLs are not kept in the database. (Since it's not in the database, it doesn't make it to the text backup file either. Incidentally this also applies to Typepad.)

  • The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate: Two Novels

    Few aristocratic English families of the 20th century have enjoyed quite the delicious notoriety that the Mitford sisters courted in the years bracketed by two world wars. For a start, two of the girls, Unity and Diana, were Fascists (the former was a friend of Hitler and Goebbels, and the latter married Sir Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists). Two others took the writing route: Jessica ran away from home and became a famous muckraking journalist, and Nancy composed maliciously witty--and transparently autobiographical--novels as well as several biographies.

  • Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man (Phoenix Giants S.)

    The first biography of Holbien in 50 years, revealing his involvement with the secret service surrounding Henry VIII.

  • My food blog as a blog lab

    This is part one of a possible series of posts where I ruminate on food blogs, mine in particular, and the food blogging world in general.

    This here is a personal blog, and as such I never intend to have Adsense ads or similar on it. (I do use Amazon associate links to link to books and media.) My food blog, I was just really very hungry (or simply Just Hungry) on the other hand is monetized in several ways. It has Amazon associate links, an Amazon astore, Google Adsense ads, affiliate ads, and so on.

    It's not that the objective of the site is to make money (it's more of a therapeutic thing, to get the obsession I have with food out of my system), but I monetize it in large part because I'm very interested in seeing how the various monetization schemes work, especially when it comes to blogs. And, I think a blog with a non-tech focus is the best place to see what's going on.

  • You probably think this blog is about you, don't you

    The classic song by Carly Simon, "You're so vain", has this chorus:

    You're so vain
    You probably think this song is about you
    You're so vain
    I'll bet you think this song is about you
    Don't you? Don't you?

    It often comes to mind when I am trying to write things. I find that a surprising number of people in my life read my online writing, including clients. Once before, I ran into some trouble with one when I wrote something that the client took to be a dig at them (I won't specify which post that was). I assured them that it wasn't, but the whole incident did make me a bit wary about just writing what was on my mind without a lot of thought about it.

  • Voting in absentia

    For the last major U.S. elections, in 2004, I made sure to be in my home state of New York to cast my vote, even though it was fairly sure that my one vote would not make a difference in the outcome. New York was never going to vote for George Bush.

    Still, it felt good to go to the local fire station with my sister and do the deed.

    This year, I knew I couldn't make it to the U.S. in November, and I didn't bother to make the effort to vote in absentia. I feel a bit guilty about this but I knew that again, my district on Long Island, The Senate seat was safe for Hillary, my Congresswoman won by a big margin, and I don't care much about state senate races beyond whether they are doing a good job. The problem with voting overseas is that your vote gets counted (or so they say) weeks after the election results have been declared. You sort of feel out of it by then. Of course, if any critical races had been in question or I'd been in a state or district with a swing vote, I would have made that effort.

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