Category Archives: Technology

Ars Technica reviews Mac OS X Leopard

Yet another exceptionally well-written review from John Siracusa at Ars Technica.

Happy Leopard Day!

Leopard Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” is being released today at 6:00 P.M.  My copy arrived via FedEx this morning.  If you’re a Mac user, have you upgraded yet?


I'm going to WordCamp

Yesterday I registered for WordCamp 2007, a conference dedicated to the software that runs this blog. It sounds pretty interesting: the first day is going to feature presentations about blogging with WordPress, and the second day focuses on WordPress development. It’s coming up next weekend here in San Francisco. If you see me there, say hi!

New Server

If you can see this, you’re viewing my website on its new server, courtesy of SliceHost!

PBwiki is awesome!

I’m enrolled in a six-month entrepreneurship project course in the Graduate School of Business here at Stanford. My team is using PBwiki to manage our team’s collaboration. PBwiki is a website that lets you create your own wikis for the public or for private use. PBwiki’s tagline is “Make a PBwiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich,” and we’ve found that pretty accurate.

My team has been extremely happy with our experience at PBwiki. It was really easy to set up a wiki and start using it. There was almost no learning curve, even for the non-technical members of our team. It really has been a breeze, and I think the non-engineers on my team particularly appreciate that.

On the downside, I’m generally paranoid about vendor lock-in, and we’re getting pretty locked into PBwiki as we expand our content. I’d like the option of moving to another wiki platform at some point. There is a way to backup your data, but it would be pretty difficult to import that into another wiki.

Also, our project’s title uses “CamelCase”, and PBwiki automatically turns every CamelCase word into a hyperlink. There is a workaround, but it’s a little frustrating.

Anyway, I’ve been really happy with PBwiki myself, so I encourage all of you to try PBwiki for group collaboration. If you’re building a long-term collection of data, though, you might want to host your own wiki so that you can avoid the vendor lock-in problem.

Disclaimer: PBwiki offered us additional storage space in exchange for a blog post about their service.

Jewish Holidays Calendar

I’ve published a data file for Jewish holidays from now through the year 5770 (July 2010). If you’re using an iCal-compatible calendar application, like Google Calendar or Mozilla Sunbird, you can subscribe to this and automatically add the holidays to your datebook. This particular calendar is useful for people who want a few of the important holidays, without all of the minor holidays and extra dates present on most Jewish Calendar iCal files. All holidays begin at sundown on the date before the date specified here. I found the holiday dates on a great website called Judaism 101.

Stanford Academic Calendar

I’ve published an iCal-compatible data file for the Stanford Academic Calendar for 2006-07. I took the information from the Stanford Registrar’s Office calendar, and published it so that you can use it in Apple iCal, Google Calendar, or any other calendar app which can handle iCal files. Warning: This calendar does not include all dates and deadlines in the academic calendar. Don’t rely on it to tell you when to submit your Ph.D. dissertation! Check the Stanford Registrar’s academic calendar site for more dates.