Love Your Nose

Dr. Robert Ivker: ‘Love Your Nose’ – A Holistic Approach to Sinusitis Treatment is a pretty terrible title, but a pretty great resource. Just following one element of the strategy (the garlic pills) fixed up a sinus infection for me in record time last month. I was already eating Paleo, and I did also load up on the probiotics for immune support, but the garlic was the obvious kicker.

And when I say record time, I know whereof I speak. Last year’s sinus infection was four months long. I eventually gave up on the industrial-strength antibiotics, because they were mostly just killing off everything good in my gut. (And boy, was that fun.)


BioLite CampStove

The BioLite CampStove is a brilliant idea. Burning some little sticks will cook your food and charge your phone (or other USB device) all in one shot. Nice.

I’d love to own one, but most of the time, I wouldn’t be able to use it here in Colorado (or New Mexico, or Utah, or all our other desert-type neighbors). Fire bans, and all. If we were move someplace wetter, though, I’d be all over this.


How to un-break HP printing on Mountain Lion (and Lion)

UPDATE A subsequent update fixed the problem. Or at least didn’t re-create the problem.

HP software update 2.10 came out recently for Lion and Mountain Lion, and causes apps to crash when you try to print. If this is happening to you, here’s what to do about it.

Delete this:


(You’ll need to provide authorization, either with sudo or by giving an administrator password to Finder.)

There is no step 2.


Top 10 API Worst Practices

Programmable Web just posted a really nice list of 10 reasons why your API sucks. Or doesn’t, depending on how good your documentation and developer experience (DX? Do we really need another bullshit acronym, people?) are. The post also links to their own list of 5 attributes of a great API. Definitely check out the presentation slides in that post.

Note that a number of the bad things (unexpected and undocumented releases, poor developer experience, inadequate support, and poor documentation) and good things (provide great developer support) are documentation-related. How surprising. Yet another bunch of reasons you should add a good writer to your development team.


User Interface of the Week: Adobe Acrobat

User Interface of the Week: Adobe Acrobat:

ASCII checkboxes. A button labelled “UnCheck”.

(Via Daring Fireball)

I have nothing to add, other than this may be why Adobe products suck to use, like a lot.


Why hire a writer?

I’ve had a few discussions recently about the value a technical writer can bring to an organization. Unsurprisingly, given what I do for a living, the discussions have centered around the value a very technical writer brings to the table.

Clearly, it’s time to write some of this down.

Continue reading ‘Why hire a writer?’


Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind

So Good: Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS…:

So Good: Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios (by pbsdigitalstudios)

(Via BMD Love Blog)


Thriving in a wet environment

Thriving in a wet environment

Seth Godin makes an apt analogy about how things go fascinatingly wrong when wetware (now there’s a term I haven’t thought about in years) gets involved:

That’s one reason why the web is so fascinating–it’s a collision between the analytic world of code and wet world of people.

No software design survives a collision with the user.


Dr. Wahls’ TEDx Talk on Overcoming MS

Dr. Terry Wahls’ TEDx Iowa City presentation is the best TED talk ever. Take 18 minutes out of your life to watch; you won’t regret it.

“Between the unexpected, unpleasant events in our lives and our response to those events is a space, and in that space we have a choice in deciding what our response will be. We can either give up or get up each day and do our best.”


The hobby is getting more serious

So the Apple TV is now officially a high-definition device, capable of 1080p output. Still officially a hobby for Apple, but the strategy behind it is becoming increasingly clear: year after year, chip away at the dwindling reasons to subscribe to cable or satellite.

Netflix and iTunes have pretty much eliminated (non-reality) TV series now, for a large segment of the population. Movies are coming along nicely, with Netflix streaming and iTunes movie rentals, along with sharing from computers and devices on your home network.

The most oft-repeated reason to keep cable or satellite seems to be sports programming. It would appear that Apple has baseball, basketball, and hockey taken care of now. Football (of the American variety) is no doubt tougher (read: much more expensive), and football (of the rest-of-world variety) is likely the same story. This is hardly an insurmountable problem, though it’s not quite as easy as “just add money and stir”. Give it some more time.

Maybe I’m wrong about the strategy. We shall see. But I don’t care about either kind of football, or anything else that happens on cable, so it looks like a winner to me right now. We’ll have one in the living room pretty soon.



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