For those who breathlessly wait for QOTD to arrive every day, I have created a QOTD category and moved all the QOTDs (there are almost 2500 and counting) into it, with the help of a nice little WordPress plugin called “Batch-Move Posts.”

The plugin works very nicely, though it could do with clearer instructions.

Aside:

I would have preferred doing it with an SQL query, but I couldn’t find where in the tables WordPress hides the link between the categories and the posts, as it’s changed since I first started using WP.

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22 November 2016 · Comments Off on “25 Years of Linux in Five Minutes” · Categories: Geek Stuff

Via LQ.

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19 November 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Man asks Guru on top of mountain,

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18 November 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Once more, it’s only a matter of time . . . .

From a high-rise rooftop on the west side of the Schuylkill, a 20-year-old Drexel University student allegedly operated a flying camera drone recklessly all the way to the Ben Franklin Bridge, and it nearly collided with a police helicopter Wednesday evening.

At one point, Joseph Roselli allegedly flew the drone as high as 1,500 feet, which is restricted for use by Philadelphia International Airport.

Roselli was charged with risking a catastrophe and recklessly endangering another person, court records show.

Aside:

I was in my local drug store the other day. They had quadcopters for sale on the toy rack.

Thinking is a lost art.

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17 November 2016 · Comments Off on The Primal Screen · Categories: Geek Stuff

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16 November 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Political Theatre

Fumbling fake news.

There’s another word for “fake news,” y’know. When I was a young ‘un back in the olden days, we called it “lies.”

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09 November 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Venal for Words

Noah Smith thinks he knows what Twitter’s problem may be.

But there’s a fourth important use of Twitter that none of the founders seems to have envisioned: Twitter is an ideal platform for being a jerk.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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05 November 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff, Political Theatre

Automatic twits.

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04 November 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon

Privacy pretensions.

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30 October 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Political Theatre

Franchise frolics.

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29 October 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Daniel Ruth doesn’t get the fascination of twitting.

From my distant observation it seems nothing very much good comes from twittering, or whatever you want to call it. Exhibit A: There is a 70-year-old man who looks like a paranoid traffic cone, who has been known to tweet at all hours of the wee morning attacking former beauty queens and, according to the New York Times, starting nearly 300 idiotic feuds with various people, places and things with the possible exception of the Future Farmers of America. We’re not exactly in Algonquin Round Table territory here. We’re not even in Alfred E. Neuman’s ZIP code.

Follow the link for Exhibit B &c.

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23 October 2016 · Comments Off on Selfie-Stuck in the Mud · Categories: Geek Stuff

Selfie Sticks are officially passe.

How do I know? There’s one for sale in my most recent Publisher’s Clearing House mailing. (PCH is one of my secret vices. Entering the sweepstakes is cheaper than entering the lottery, and the odds of winning the big one are just about as good. A first-class stamp is a cheap price to pay for a dream.)

Selfie stick flyer from Publisher's Clearing House.

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23 October 2016 · Comments Off on IoT=Internet of Targets · Categories: Geek Stuff

In the rush to market, security is always an afterthought.

H/T Tom Lawrence for the title.

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22 October 2016 · Comments Off on The Snaring Economy · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon

“Sharing” works both ways.

A Las Vegas man who rented his house out through Airbnb is facing criminal charges after Metro Police allege he used “spy” cameras hidden in bedroom smoke detectors to record guests without their knowledge.

A District Court grand jury last week indicted the homeowner, Christopher Gregory Rogers, on five counts of capturing an image of the private area of another person, a gross misdemeanor, court records show.

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17 October 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Geek Stuff

It’s only a matter of time.

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