Blog entries from January, 2005

Another Surfmoot is over

Sunday, January 30th, 2005 at 6:58 pm

This afternoon I drove back from an enjoyable Surfmoot even though it was only for two nights (versus three or even five as it will be next year).

As I was the only person from my crew, Nonarmi, that wasn’t on the Surfmoot committee (2 people) or had to go to Sydney for work (1 person) I ended up driving myself down, a first for a rover event as I usually get a lift with someone else, and camped with other crews from Monash district.

This year I’m going to make an effort in getting Nonarmi more involved in district activities as it just doesn’t work with only four people.

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Social bookmarking

Sunday, January 16th, 2005 at 5:40 pm

My ‘current’ procedure for bookmarking interesting sites is to simply drag the url onto the desktop. Then every few months I sort through all these links and if any of them are still interesting I move it into the directory that is then use to generate my links pages. This process has a number of drawback with the major one being that if I am not on my main box at home I have to do something different such as sending any interesting urls to myself in an email.

A few weeks ago I came across which is a social bookmark manager that “allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others”.

So what I did earlier this afternoon was to create an account on to which I then added a number of bookmarks to based on what was currently on my desktop (and others that I know off by heart). The results of this effort can be seen if you are so inclined. If this works out I will likely rewrite the links page on this site to pull my bookmarks directly from I may even go as far as copying what Jon Udell has done and have all of these blog entries (and maybe the items in my computer collection) automatically inserted as well. Or is that going a bit too far?

Although I spent a bit of time entering in my own bookmarks I actually spent a much greater amount of time simply browsing around to see what bookmarks other people have created, what tags they have used, how many people have bookmarked the same bookmark and then the different tags people have used for the same bookmark. The structure of the information really does have a life of its own and I wonder how long before someone does a research paper on it…

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Photos of new additions

Sunday, January 16th, 2005 at 9:37 am

I have just finished sorting through all the photos I took yesterday of the new additions to my collection and they are uploading as I type.

The items in question are:

I still need to add content such as descriptions of the photos…

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More items come and some should go

Monday, January 10th, 2005 at 7:08 pm

This morning I detoured via Surrey Hills on my way to work (a long detour) in order to pick up a Macintosh Quadra 950, another PowerMac 8100 and an external Pioneer six CD stacker (there will be photos at some stage…). These are some of the items that I mentioned I was watching in my post last friday.

There are currently seven items in my eBay watch list so it is highly likely that I will be adding even more items to my collection. I really should get around to listing the items that I have but don’t need like a second complete SGI Indy and and some 19″ monitors (one is SUN branded and the other is DIGITAL branded)…

Over the break I wrote a simple script to login to eBay and grab the details of the items in my watch list. I then format this information in iCalendar format and place it in a file on my local webserver. On my Powerbook I then have iCal subscribed to this which means that I get alerted shortly before the items end both on the Powerbook and on my phone (thanks to iSync). I’m considering releasing the eBay functionality as a perl module through the CPAN

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Going crazy with eBay at the moment

Friday, January 7th, 2005 at 7:25 pm

For the past few weeks and hopefully for quite a few more there have been a number of interesting Apple items listed on eBay. Thanks to this I picked up a PowerMac 8100/100AV and a PowerMac 8500/180 during lunch today. I am also waiting for a PowerCD to arrive from Newcastle.

There is even a couple more items that end in the next few days that I have my eye on. A Quadra 950, a pair of Macintosh Classics, and another Newton

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