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 nationâ€™s coffeehouses are still mom and pops. Just over the five-year period from 2000 to 2005â€”long after Starbucks supposedly obliterated indie cafesâ€”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 youâ€™ll be responsible for â€œfixingâ€ the computers of your extended family. Itâ€™s also a great excuse to get you some much-needed web browsing time if the family conversations get boring. Hereâ€™s my (very short) checklist:
- Make sure theyâ€™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 isnâ€™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. Thereâ€™d be mass outrage in the mainstream media if there were an equivalent of the MPAA for books â€” imagine a book cover needing the approval of some mysterious board of conservative prudes, as movie posters do.
Do you want to look like youâ€™re off to day camp, or do you want your bag to say â€œlook at me! Iâ€™m sexxay! Iâ€™m stylish! Iâ€™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.Â
Link: Shelby – Extreme Materials & Gear
That pants pattern is appealing to repurpose into EMS pants… Recommended by Mike at DIY.