I bought a ticket for the first day of Coachella. I was going to drive up, see the Pixies and then haul ass out of there.

Unfortunately, I have to work. So this ticket is for sale. $100. Hopefully you work in or around Marina del Rey to come pick it up.

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For those of you coming from the Salon article, here are a few Gmail links that I have seen recently:

  1. Gmail design flaw in security.
  2. Gmail Gems a weblog about gmail.
  3. Gmail Forums an unofficial gmail user discussion board</a>.

Also, I would like to say as a gmail beta user, I've been absolutely thrilled with how well it works and was designed. The fact that Google's computers are sensing the content on the page doesn't bother me in the slightest.

It's too bad that the only way to raise awareness for your cause and your own profile is to be outraged on my behalf.

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I don't have the time to do this, but maybe someone out there does? Feel free to take this idea.

A web site with user accounts that has a location field (area code?). The ability to, via text message, email, or a function on the site, to submit a license plate of a bad driver. The license plates are grouped according locations like Los Angeles, or states. The state might be set in the user's account, a default state for submissions maybe?

There would be a few false positives, naturally, but the real offenders would show up. This might even be a more useful site for bike riders and pedestrians.

I can also imagine there could be discussion beneath each license plate entry.

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What is Langalist? Apparently Dropload got mentioned there and we just passed 23,000 users. We're listed under the heading "Bad Name, Good Idea". Hah! Pottle-kettle-black, Fred.

It's a little hard to get excited about new users when I know that it means more bandwidth and HD space and very little $. Um, no $. When did I become such a hippie?

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SubEthaTrack is a web server that allows people to place their shared SubEthaEdit documents up for the world to see and edit in real time. Why nobody thought of this sooner is beyond me.

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As Andrew Cooke said in his excellent compute mailing list: "One of those odd 'it's very cool, but where exactly is it going?' things..."

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One of my favorite GMail features is plus addressing [?]. I already, with my torrez.org domain, hand out tons of aliases when signing up for things, and so being able to continue that method of tracking where an email address was harvested from is very useful.

Today I received five pieces of spam, all of them were sent to my gmail address without the trailing + part. Meaning, I believe, that spam harvesting spiders are smart enough to clip that little tag off before committing the address to their database. I don't believe I have ever placed my address on a spiderable page without some sort of + addressing tag.

Also, two web forms I have filled out in the past week have filtered the + in my gmail address as a space (which is understandable, it's a method of urlencoding spaces), rendering the account I was creating unusable.

I like the idea of plus addressing, but I am afraid it's not going to be as useful as I had hoped if spam harvesters are clever enough to know when they're being tricked, and web developers are filtering out the plus character in registration pages.

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A lot of my friends and co-workers, as well as myself, are using an iTunes plugin that puts the current song you're listening to in your AIM status message. It's called iChat Status and it's a fun way to see what your friends are listening to at any moment.

Oh sure, I have to deal with "Andre, what the hell are you listening to Ben Lee for!?" or "Can you zip up that entire Wu-Tang album for me and upload it to your server?" But I like sharing music and turning people on to stuff, so it's cool. (btw, Ben Lee's "Grandpaw Would" is the only album worth listening to)

Anyway, what I'd like to be able to do is point my iTunes at my buddy list and when it notices someone playing a song I own, I'd like it to queue up that song to play when it gets a chance.

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It seems that Dropload got mentioned somewhere big (I think Lockergnome or a related Chris thing since a few people needing tech support in the past couple of days have mentioned Chris having told them) and we're getting tons of new subscribers to the service.

A couple of things about this influx:

  1. AOL users still enter their screename when they mean to enter their email address when signing up for things
  2. We're at 22,000 registered users and climbing rapidly
  3. We'll break 100,000 files transferred by the weekend
  4. Average file size transferred: 6.7 megs
  5. People with .nl at the end of their domain name trade a lot of porn
  6. Some of my co-workers use it for work. It's really cool to have them stop me in the kitchen and tell me how much they like it.
  7. If I had a dollar for every person that signed up...

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I like to see what people are working on.

I seem to keep a revolving . If projects are small

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For Christmas we bought our mom an iMac. There were a few reasons, but the main one had to do with spyware. I have heard horror stories from friends about going to visit their parents and finding their computers thick with spyware, porn popups littering the desktop, and their parents assuming it was normal. (Matt documented a few related troubles with his dad's computer)

Every month or so I get an email from some jerk wanting to help me make money with my nutshell toolbar. I ignore them, of course, but I can imagine other people not being so honest.

I bring this all up to link this BBC article that cites a study by Earthlink that it had "uncovered an average of 28 spyware programs on each PC scanned during the first three months of the year."

Do your parents a favor and teach them how Ad Aware works... or better yet, get them a Mac.

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Prioritizing feeds is something I have wanted too, and it appears to be coming in this newsreader that emulates a mail interface--but what I really want to do is be able to subscribe to comment pages.

I coded a new site that's not quite ready yet, though a few people are using it. It not only offers feeds for top level items, but each discussion has it's own XML feed generated so you can keep a folder in your newsreader for disposable feeds--ones that you could ditch at any moment when the conversation no longer interests you.

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I am enjoying some Toots & The Maytals this morning. One Eye Enos. Testing out my new media server... doo doo dah doo.

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I just saw Jason Shellen's running tally of GMail reviews. He's got my torrez.org one linked on it but since I never use log analyzers I'd never know. Heh.

I just found out something gmail does that I didn't know it did: +addressing. Meaning I can make my own address (andre.torrez+example@gmail.com) and filter on the word "example". That's a big one.

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Since nobody reads this blog, I'm probably safe to link this zip file containing the Pixies first show (all gone!) of their reunion tour. Ripped at like 224 kbps VBR from what I assume is the actual board. It sounds great. It's about 100 megs.

(Email me for the link now..)

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Last night on the Sopranos Paulie uttered his best line yet, "Why does shittin', pissin', and fuckin' all happen within a two inch radius?"

Dooce has a great post today concerning the two inch radius.

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Paul Ford's piece on Pepsi Tilting reminded me of the day I built my first red box.

A red box, for those of you not in the know is a device that allowed you to make free pay-phone calls. When a quarter was dropped into a pay-phone, five little tones were sent down the line to the central office telling them that a quarter was deposited (a dime is two tones, one tone equaled five cents). Through secret channels and text files the instructions were passed along.

It was so simple to build and use that it was almost a joke. Since I was in college I'd build red boxes for anyone who wanted to give me the $10 it cost to make one. I think if a hack like that were to come out now, it'd be routed around within a year.

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What I like about the beta version of gmail:

  1. The conversation format is an obvious natural evolution of email. I've seen a few mail clients attempt it through threading and grouping, but I've never seen it done as well as this.
  2. Secure server access. You can go to https://gmail.google.com/ and conduct your session securely.
  3. Labels versus folders. Instead of making folders to hold individual messages (Did I put that message in the "Namco" folder or in the "System Admin" folder?) all messages live in your inbox and can be filtered by labels you assign or auto-assign to them.
  4. The key commands, are inspired by vi. I wasn't sure whether to put this on my like or dislike list, it's too fashionable to bash vi, so I'll put it here, it's cute. ("bash vi"...Unix jokes never die)
  5. Purely from a technical standpoint, I love the use of JavaScript to make this work more like an app and less like a web app. Or, as some have suggested, to thwart scripted automation from 3rd party clients. Either way, it's an impressive feat and I applaud anyone who attempts that kind of stuff.
  6. One gigabyte of saved email. That's incredible. At the very least set up a double forward to archive all your messages for easy searching later.
  7. Plus Addressing

What I dislike about beta version of gmail:

  1. No remote POP access. If I can't access my gmail from any web browser, then I should at least be able to do it from a POP client.
  2. No POP access from within gmail. I want to connect gmail to my other POP accounts.
  3. I had to use andre.torrez@gmail.com because both 'andre' and 'torrez' were not available. I know this is a silly thing to complain about, but keee-rist you'd think the least I could get for being in on the beta is a super-hot vanity address. Okay, someone explained to me that a spammer would just run through common names @gmail.com so they have a list that is not allowed. Makes sense.

Weird moment using the beta version of gmail

  1. Going to https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount to manage my "account".

I am sure I'll keep updating this as I find new things.

Update (04/23/04): It looks like GMail now works in Safari. Hooray.

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Just when I thought I was going to be able to offload the blog duties to TypePad, it seems like a few people are having second thoughts.

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This is how interviews should be done! Spike Jonze being interviewed in Interview magazine.

Interviewer: Have you considered advertising this movie as a modern-day Cocoon for hipsters?

Spike Jonze: Oh, you picked up on that, did you? You're good. But no, I'm just going to leave it as it is. The tale of a man who plays with dolls.

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big-bass About two months ago, before the band broke up, I ordered a new bass. I had been using an old 1962 Fender Jazz Re-issue that sounded beautiful, but not really a rock guitar. It had a wonderful growl and resonance, but no punch. I needed a punch.

Last weekend it finally arrived, a special order through Guitar Center. I've been playing it every night as soon as I walk in the door. That cat hops up on the bass cabinet and purrs right along with the basslines.

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It's Saturday morning and I feel like cleaning up. I'm fickle.

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