Link: Starbucks Might Be Helping, Not Hurting, Independent Coffee Shops
Taylor Clark in Slate:
According to recent figures from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, 57 percent of the nation’s coffeehouses are still mom and pops. Just over the five-year period from 2000 to 2005—long after Starbucks supposedly obliterated indie cafes—the number of mom and pops grew 40 percent, from 9,800 to nearly 14,000 coffeehouses.
Link: Starting bittorrent downloads remotely from the iPhone
Filed under: Hardware, Tips and tricks, Odds and ends, Internet Tools, Open Source, iPhone
I like Mac OS X Hints a lot, although I will admit that most of the hints they post just aren’t for me— either they’re for things that I just don’t have a need to do, or they’re for things I already figured out a solution for on my own. But lately, I’ve been trying to figure out if there was a way to start up bittorrent downloads from my iPhone (we’ve already been able to …
Link: Your Holiday Family Security Checklist
If you read this blog, odds are today and tomorrow you’ll be responsible for “fixing” the computers of your extended family. It’s also a great excuse to get you some much-needed web browsing time if the family conversations get boring. Here’s my (very short) checklist:
- Make sure they’re behind some sort of NAT firewall/home router. Anything that keeps them from being directly connected to the Internet. Do a quick check to make sure it isn’t forwarding any ports to internal addresses. A cheap…
Link: 10.5: Migrate crontabs from 10.4
In Mac OS X 10.4 (and earlier?), crontabs (the lists of tasks scheduled with cron) were stored in /var/cron/tabs. However, in 10.5, they are now stored in /usr/lib/cron/tabs, and the installer doesn’t seem to move any existin…
Link: MPAA Bans This Poster
Beautiful movie poster for Taxi to the Dark Side, banned by the MPAA because it features a U.S. Army detainee in a hood. Which is something that actually happened and happens.
Someone needs to stand up and decry the MPAA for what it is: a censorship board. There’d be mass outrage in the mainstream media if there were an equivalent of the MPAA for books — imagine a book cover needing the approval of some mysterious board of conservative prudes, as movie posters do.
Do you want to look like you’re off to day camp, or do you want your bag to say “look at me! I’m sexxay! I’m stylish! I’m capable of dressing myself without looking like a pile of rags in the corner!
Luggage Pr0n: Five Head-Turning Bags for Your Notebook
Link: Luggage Pr0n: Five Head-Turning Bags for Your Notebook
Sexxay. Mmm-mmm yum. I am a bag whore.
I might have to try my hand at bag-making one of these days.
Link: Shelby – Extreme Materials & Gear
That pants pattern is appealing to repurpose into EMS pants… Recommended by Mike at DIY.