Happy 25th Birthday AOL | John C. Dvorak | PCMag.com

Not quite John, Mosaic was developed on Sun’s Solaris based workstations as well as Windows and Macs. In fact it ran best on Sun’s Solaris, and to get Windows and Macs on an IP network was a pain since there was no ‘official’ IP stack on those machines for a while as I recall.


Happy 25th Birthday AOL | John C. Dvorak | PCMag.com: “The Web grew parallel to AOL beginning in 1993, with the invention of the Mosaic browser, a Macintosh-based software program that offered Apple the opportunity to pretty much ‘own’ the Internet. Apple dropped the ball. “



Utila Sunset

This is not strictly a scuba diving but it was taken from the sun deck of the dive boat we were on. I was talking to some friends who had their back to the sun so I was watching the sun going down and I had to stop the conversation and pick up my camera to shoot this as the sun was turning the sky and the water to fire. I took about 15 shots and this is one of the better ones.

It was the penultimate evening of the trip, we had one more night dive that evening which got called off because the water was full of sea wasps. Actually strictly speaking the dive was not called off, the captain told us we were welcome to dive if we had the guts, but given how many sea wasps there were none of us had the guts. There were hundreds of them in the first couple of feet of the water column.

Deleting Facebook

I decided to delete my Facebook account last week, what they do is suspend it for two weeks in case you change your mind, but I have not and it will be deleted in a week’s time, assuming what they say is true.

I was just not impressed by E. Schrage’s answers in the NY Times. And this in Business Insider was not impressive.

Open Source Search Conference

Just came across this on Steve Arnold’s weblogLucid Imagination is sponsoring an open source search conference in Boston, MA on October 7-8, 2010 at the Hyatt Harborside:

The first-ever conference focused on addressing the business and development aspects of open source search will take place October 7-8, 2010 at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston.

Dubbed Lucene Revolution due to the sponsor, Lucid Imagination, the commercial company dedicated to Apache Lucene technology. This inaugural event promises a full, forward-thinking agenda, creating opportunities for developers, technologists and business leaders to explore the benefits that open source enterprise search makes possible.

In addition to in-depth training provided by Lucid Imagination professionals, there will be two days of content rich talks and presentations by Lucene and Solr open source experts. Working on the program will be Stephen E. Arnold, author and consultant.

Those interested in learning more about the conference and submitting a proposal for a talk can navigate to http://lucenerevolution.com/. The deadline for submissions is June 23, 2010. Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and talks that focus on categories including enterprise case studies, cloud-based deployment of Lucene/Solr, large-scale search, and data integration.

The Lucene Revolution conference comes just after success of sold-out Apache Lucene EuroCon 2010 in Prague, also sponsored by Lucid Imagination, the single largest gathering of open source search developers to date.


Mac OS X contains a pretty good dictionary which I use on a regular basis. If you do as well, you will want to look at these two articles (1, 2) of tips and tricks over on MacWorld.

Facebook Privacy Spaghetti

This article on the NY Times illustrates the issue with Facebook’s privacy settings:

To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet. 

Be sure to check out the related article.

I have done a little user interface design in the past and read a lot about it, and Facebook’s privacy settings are a train wreck, there are way too many settings, what they do is not always very clear, and sometimes they don’t do what you expect them to. It feels like obfuscation to me and that does not engender trust.

Worn Out Drive

Recently I had a drive ‘wear out’, basically there were no spare sectors available for remapping and it started throwing up errors ad-nauseam, so I decided to take it apart and take some macro pictures, here is one that turned out pretty well.