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Amit Patel
This is for Stephen Mack.
A White-Naped Crane stuck its head into my car. I did what anyone would do. I took out my camera, put on the macro lens, and tried to get a picture reallllllllllly close up. - Amit Patel
Awesome - Rodfather from Android
Yes!!! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Kevin Fox
TiVo should make a Roku-sized box with 16gigs of flash and the full TiVo UX. Nobody wants full-sized AV components anymore.
It's like the iPod evolution from small hd to bigger hd to small flash to bigger flash. TiVo is currently in the 2nd step. - Kevin Fox
I love looking at my home theater rack, but I hate crawling around behind it. - Eric - Final Countdown
16GB ~= 2 hours of 19Mbps HD video (i.e. broadcast HD). But I like where you're going with this. :) - Steve and 4 other people
Consumers can get 64GB flash drive for $35; I bet TiVo could probably get it much lower. No reason to skimp with just 16GB, this isn't 2003. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
*listening* - Stephen Mack
Could flash, even SLC flash, stand up to the rewrite cycles of a DVR? Wouldn't you be better off with an iPod classic size HD? I really doubt the HD (even with cooling) keeps the box as big as it is. - Andrew C (✔) - SLC rated for 100K write cycles, MLC for 3K write cycles. So back of envelope, 64 GB of flash MLC would be good for 3 years before crapping out if you've got the box recording 24/7, but SLC would last long enough. - Andrew C (✔)
OTOH, everything is available as streaming, so why have any local storage at all? - Steve and 4 other people
Steve, huh? Who tosses around uncompressed HD? Most HD is closer to a gig an hour. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
"uncompressed" HD comes right off the cable or antenna, so TiVo-style. The 1G/hr stuff is what you find on teh internetz. Or, are you thinking "download & play" for this thing? - Steve and 4 other people
Based on the specs for the TiVo premiere (500 GB, 75 hours of HD advertised), they're running at ~6.7 GB an hour. So 16 GB would give you ~2.4 hours. Probably couldn't get everything you need to transcode to something like h.264/h.265 in a Roku-sized box. It would take forever to do it, too (definitely not on the fly). - Mark Trapp
The TiVo Stream encodes HD video down to 1.2gigs an hour in realtime. It doesn't take a big box to house and feed an mpeg encoder chip. - Kevin Fox
The HD video I get off comcast is pretty highly compressed. The only place you'll find uncompressed HD is OTA, which is why the latest TiVos *only* write bytestreams from cablecards, so they don't do any compression themselves. - Kevin Fox
That's true: I wonder why Tivo advertises such conservative storage capacities, then. If it's as densely packed as the 2nd gen Apple TV, it doesn't look like you'd be able to fit the cable card housing inside a Roku-sized box, but you'd have room to spare in a 1st-gen Apple TV/Mac Mini sized box. Still much smaller than a traditional Tivo/set top box. - Mark Trapp
True, and instead of onboard flash you could have a microSD card slot like the Roku has. Granted, companies like to get high margins on high capacity boxes, but they could just sell it with 8gb flash and bundle a 64gb microSD for a good amount of storage. - Kevin Fox
Mostly, I just think the full-sized TiVo isn't a good fit for dorm rooms. It's not bedroom friendly due to size and fan, which is why they made the TiVo Mini, but that's just a slave device to a full TiVo. A small standalone box without a spinning disk or fan is very appealing. - Kevin Fox
A 1.8" disk might not need a cooling fan. - Andrew C (✔)
1.8" is interesting. I'd be a little worried about their MTBF if they're always reading and writing, and I'm not sure if you'd get much of a price savings over flash for ~160GB, but it's possible. Heck, Apple still sells 160GB 1.8" HD iPod Classics. - Kevin Fox
The biggest thing I wonder about this is how to get a cableCARD slot into such a small form factor. - Stephen Mack
Heh, and TiVo ended up making the TiVo Mini, which still needs both a master box and a subscription. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Bret Taylor
You can now get a daily or weekly email digest for anybody's feed on FriendFeed. You'll get a daily or weekly email with the most popular posts from that person's feed. To get the email, click the "Email/IM" link at the top of anyone's feed, and select the "Best of day" or "Best of week" email option.
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You can see all of your email settings at - Bret Taylor
Thanks Bret! :) - Matt Ruiz
Thanks to Kevin for doing a great design for what turned out to be a more complex set of UI options than we had originally anticipated, and thanks to Tudor for implementing the email backend. - Bret Taylor
Great! Thanks! Love FF! - Scott Monaco
I now get the FriendFeed Feedback posts as a Best of Day email so it doesn't fill up my feed, but I don't miss feedback. I also set up a "Best of Day" email for my "Technology people" friend list so I get a pretty good overview of tech news every day via email. - Bret Taylor
This is a really cool idea Bret, I wish you can make that an RSS feed option as well. I'd be much more likely to read summaries in RSS than in email. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Lovely. Thanks guys. - Mitchell Tsai
Casey: Thanks for the tip. What's the 7 before the "?" mean in the URL? The number of likes or replies needed to be included? - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
this is killer, the random influx of email during the day was kinda getting fail-ish. I love the daily digest. - Drew Lucas
Very cool! Any way to get archives of previous months? (especially helpful for those of us who leave the internet for weeks at a time...) - Mitchell Tsai
WOW. that's really helpful! - K.D.
Looks like a great addition for those who are not embedded on the site. Nice intro. - Louis Gray
Cool! - Josh Haley
Ahsan: it is somewhat random right now when the emails are sent, but we built in the backend capability to control what time they are sent, and we plan on exposing that control to users in the future. Right now, it is kind of random - sorry! - Bret Taylor
Cool! can i get a daily or weekly email digest for the "Saved searches"? - 0M0M from email
This will be incredibly useful. Thanks to all involved in the design and execution. - Kathy Fitch
Nice addition! - Michael Fidler
But what exactly is "Best"? Is it anything that has a certain number of likes/comments? - Laura Norvig
@Bret LOL THAT WAS MY PROJECT! I will release it tomorrow. But you've also did it and killed my friendfeed application **sigh** But mine has multi-reporting weekly-daily-monthly at the same time and adjustable entry count! - Alp
@Bret please consolidate me or I won't code new apps with you api! :-) - Alp
Alp: we were not trying to withhold data. Later today the documentation will be updated to reflect the ability to obtain "Best of" for users. The feed id will be USERNAME/summary/N (similar to "Best of" for lists) - Benjamin Golub
Hi Ben, that is pretty funny, I tried that URL earlier today to see if it has been secretly released :) - Paul Kinlan
Bret: While Twitter struggle to keep their fail whale under control, you guys are developing stuff like this. Amazing - Thanks! - Jim Connolly
awesome feature, this will be highly useful for my corporate group ideas / content sharing; projects, etc.... THANK YOU :) - Susan Beebe
Great work. I especially like that it works on lists too. - Meryn Stol
my inbox might say different, but I like that :-) - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Wow, this is really neat! And it links into the idea I expressed earlier, re: reducing signup friction / enabling limited guest privileges. Imagine if I could embed one of my FF rooms on my personal web site, and enable people to subscribe to that feed by e-mail with just a couple of clicks... rather than saying "you can get e-mail notifications but you have to sign up for Friendfeed first." "sign up" -- though admirably lightweight on FF -- is still a huge barrier. - Adam Lasnik
is there a love button cause I dont like this option I LOVE this option..great work guys - (jeff)isageek
Three options I would like (1) Can I select "top 100" instead of "top 30"? (2) Could I select both "best of day" and "best of week"? (3) How about older timeperiods? I'd love to get an e-mail with stuff from last week or Mar 2009? Start & end dates? Anything to help me read FriendFeed off-line would be great since I spend long periods off-line at festivals (especially during summer time) or overseas. - Awesome job guys! - Mitchell Tsai
So this works on groups too, cool! But we still cannot see Best of for groups on the site on friends lists. :-( I have several friends lists that include just groups and when I select to view the best of the page it's empty (even though if I got to the individual best of for those groups there are entries there). - Kol Tregaskes
does anyone know of a web service that can do this? (I'm thinking weekly email updates of my favorite feeds/people) I don't think there's anything like friendfeed .. - Franc, a rememberer
That's a cool feature - Xitong Liu
Emails no longer get sent except for Subscriptions. The last non-sub email I recieved was July 15th, 2011. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I still get them. - AJ Batac
I get these every day. - Me
I still get it - AJ Batac
*jealous* I no longer get anything but subscription emails. - Bruce Lewis
Following US Politics that way ever since and the emails always went through: so happy this never went off course and kept a valuable record of these threads. - Zu from AOD
unutmadık :) - alperyz
Thanks for sharing!! - Keith Kesier
Amit Patel
What Is 'Evil' to Google? - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic -
What Is 'Evil' to Google? - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic
"Josh McHugh noted that while other large companies maintain lengthy corporate codes of conduct, Google's entire policy was summarized by just those three words, "Don't be evil." While there's some disagreement about its origins, Gmail creator Paul Buchheit reportedly conceived of the slogan, calling it "kind of funny" and "a bit of a jab at a lot of the other companies, especially our competitors, who at the time, in our opinion, were kind of exploiting the users to some extent."" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The biggest risk—the greatest evil—lies in failing to engineer an effective implementation of its own vision. Don't be evil is the Silicon Valley version of Be true to yourself. It is both tautology and narcissism" - Amit Patel
Except that doesn't make any sense. Don't be evil is an ethical imperative. Be true to yourself is a denial of ethical obligation and is more inline with the exploit users frame of mind because being true to yourself degrades into rewarding yourself. - Todd Hoff
This article is evil :) - Paul Buchheit
I also find it odd that there is now "some disagreement about its origins". Where did that disagreement come from? - Paul Buchheit
Paul: In some interviews, Eric Schmidt has attributed the origin to Larry and Sergey. See - Stephen Mack from iPhone
And even Wikipedia doesn't offer authority: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Paul: in some interview, Marissa said I had come up with it (probably on our office whiteboard wall) in 1999, before the core values meeting in 2001. I don't remember doing this. It seems plausible but the first recorded occurrence of "don't be evil" I had found (thanks to gmail search) was the 2001 meeting, so that's what I tell people. - Amit Patel
The reporter probably mixed up her story about you writing it on whiteboards all over Google (in "Amit-sans") after the core values meeting. If we both agree on the history, is that authoritative enough to fix Wikipedia, or does it have to be written by a reporter in order to be true? - Paul Buchheit
And that's how legends are born. Hopefully in a 100 years we won't have warring factions over which is correct :-) - Todd Hoff
Paul, write a blog post and then someone can edit Wiki accordingly. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I think if you write it anywhere *but* Wikipedia, it is considered true. - Gabe
Paul: I asked Marissa; she said she remembers me writing "don't be evil" in 1999, which whiteboard it was on, which meeting she was in, how long after she joined, and which people were annoyed by it. So that makes me believe it must've been one of many random witty things I wrote on whiteboards. I remember almost none of them. I should've written them all down. - Amit Patel
So if I were writing the history book tonight (and I'm glad I'm not), it'd be that I had written it as some random silly-but-serious thing, and you later came up with the same phrase as the company's core value. - Amit Patel
I just laughed at the "I should've written them all down." - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
How bizarre. I'm fairly certain that it originated at the company values meeting, but obviously there's no way to prove prior non-usage. History is hard. - Paul Buchheit
Paul, re: Wikipedia: you or Amit couldn't edit Wikipedia, but if you did blog about it, it could be cited as a source as long as a reliable secondary source reported on it (under the assumption the secondary source fact-checked the claim): Self-published sources (inc. blogs) by themselves can... more... - Mark Trapp
I totally remember it originating at the values meeting. I didn't go, but I remember Paul telling me about it at the time. Can't we just link to this friendfeed entry from wikipedia? - Private Sanjeev
I think the only hard evidence we have is the 2001 meeting, and anything earlier than that has ambiguity — we don't know who said it first (e.g. maybe I wrote down something Sergey said), it wasn't an official company core value, it probably wasn't widespread, etc. So I'm happy to leave things the way they are. - Amit Patel
I think maybe what has happened is that it feels like it was around very early, and therefore people start to assume that it must have predated the 2001 meeting. I have a pretty clear memory of it originating at the values meeting, but my first guess for the date of that meeting was 2000 -- fortunately we have records for that :) - Paul Buchheit
This came up in a fairly recent This Week in Google podcast and I was amazed that Paul's name wasn't mentioned. Apparently they were relying on Google (the search engine, not the company) for their sources ... and Gina remembered reading something about it in Levy's book. - Laura Norvig
Laura, I wouldn't rely on TWIG as being particularly correct often. - Louis Gray
Stephen Mack
Realization just set in: Holy crap, I'm 46 years old. DO NOT WANT.
Oh, please - Anne Graham
Beats the alternative! - Spidra Webster
Hah! You're both right. Just came from my physical -- clean bill of health other than a bit of cholesterol and vision starting to go. So I have a lot to be grateful for. But 50 is only four years off, how did this happen? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
maybe you'll start aging backwards once you reach 50? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Babe in the woods, you are. - Friar Will
It is! And me too. But I'd rather be perma-35. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
35 was AWESOME! I'd go back there in a heartbeat. - Lisa L. Seifert
I have a sudden urge to get a sports car for some reason. Blondes seem attractive. What does this mean??? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yeah, I'm definitely more scared being this close to 50 but that has a lot more to do with where I personally am in my life than the age of 50 itself. I'm sure other people do really well with it. (I'm permanently about 22 in my head...except slightly wiser and more world weary. You can be permanently 35 in your head!) - Spidra Webster
I am this many *holds up 5 fingers* on the inside. - Lisa L. Seifert
12. Or 666. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hush now, young'un. - Jim #teamFFrank
Yes, sir. *shamefaced* - Stephen Mack
In all seriousness, there's a certain feeling of triumph that comes with getting a clean bill of health after a CPE. I had mine today too. - Jim #teamFFrank
I remember 46...I think. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Craig Ferguson is 51. - Big Joe Silenced
As am I - Friar Will
You could be my Dad... - Mo Kargas
You youngun. Ya know - we have a grownups' table you can join here at 50. Remember, m9m? Also, I didn't even start learning proper HTML/CSS until I was 47, nearly six years ago. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Get back to me in about 15... ;) #olderthandirtwellatleastsomedirst - WarLord
Damn. We should really all be asleep (except Johnny and Mo). - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Does this mean I'm not old enough to be your friend Janet? - Melly
Apparently. Also, the pills are in the kitchen. ;-) And I've been going to stand up and go there for an hour. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
I have GREAT pills. But I respect them, too. They're like big dogs - gotta keep a certain perspective. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Melly, you're old and young enough to be my friend. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Sleep fast, Janet! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Didn't you get the memo? 46 is the new 25 :) - imabonehead
That's pretty old! - Eivind
Youngster. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Boy please. You're only as old as you feel! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I *feel* 32 today. But somehow that doesn't add up properly when I subtract my birth year from the calendar year. Odd, that. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Bon Jovi is 51 and he's H O T! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
And Brad Pitt is 50 and C U T. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
And Methuselah made it to 969 :) - Eivind
And he was D E V O U T. - Stephen Mack
There should be a Devo, UT. - Spidra Webster
Adding injury to insult: I just had my first eye exam in 5 years. I need reading glasses. :-\ - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I've been putting off my eye exam since I'm pretty sure I'll need them, too. :-/ - The Other Yvonne
Amit Patel
Graffiti Labs - Jobs -
Graffiti Labs - Jobs
Graffiti Labs - Jobs
"We're making a browser-based game that lets people build anything they can imagine. It's like virtual Lego, except anyone can contribute a new piece simply by drawing it. The 2D drawings are bounding-boxed into 2.5D objects that can be used to build in 3D space." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Another awesome YC company coincidentally :) - Paul Buchheit
Oooh :) - Amit Patel
Coming soon? *taps foot* - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Amit Patel
Google Trends: [google reader] vs [google plus]. Red is Google Plus, Blue is Google Reader.
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This should give me hope, that if Google Reader can be shut down because of low interest, Google Plus can too! ;-) ;-) ;-) - Amit Patel
LOL, If they keep closing the bottom 20% of their products, eventually they will have zero products. (Zeno's Paradox not withstanding) ;) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Amit Patel
See that drop near the end of 2011? You know what happened? Google Reader got redesigned to fit in with Google+.
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The screenshots in that post are incredible. - Louis Gray
Heh, when I read that earlier today, Louis, I couldn't help but see your name jump out. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, I basically stopped using it at that time for the same reason. I rarely use Google+ and I disliked the removal of certain features a great deal. - Friar Will
Amazing how a service that is all about capturing content may not be a good fit with a service that is all about reading other people's content. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
The yellow wrinkly bit surrounding a seagull eye makes me think of worms :(
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O_o thanks for pointing that out, Amit..... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
The Visipedia project from Caltech and UCSD have interesting information about bird anatomy - Shakeel Mahate
Ooh my mind is blown. Haven't seen this one before :-)
*goes cross-eyed" - Chris Topher
My eyes gon get stuck this way, if I keep looking at it ;-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
that picture is starting to give me a migrane - LibrarianOnTheLoose
Do you mind if I share this with my friends on Google+ - Shakeel Mahate
Oh be my guest, I stole this from someone's Facebook feed :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
mind blown........ - VALZONE#SCREWED
It's a trap! - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
Tudor Bosman
Perceived happiness is logarithmic as a function of social status.
Paul Buchheit
Louis Gray
Congratulations Bret on achieving all you have with Google, FriendFeed and Facebook. Looking forward to the news of the next journey. We're all proud of you.
"He left the search giant to found FriendFeed, a once-popular social aggregator." ONCE POPULAR? :( :( :( - Rochelle
Makes you wonder even more what will happen to this place now that Paul and Bret are gone. - chrisofspades
Good point, Chris. - Rochelle
I hope Chris didn't point out the beginning of the end.... again. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
:( - ؛ patrick
What Rochelle said. And what Louis Gray said squared. - John Craft
Pretty interesting development. Curious to see what Bret does next. - Mark Krynsky
The startup I would like to see is a service where I can feed in all of my RSS feeds and things, and people can comment on them, and the most recent comment or like bumps it to the top. To make it marketable, maybe ads on the side of the page can be sold that matches the discussion that people are having. For example, a discussion like this would pull up adds for Google + and Facebook and Ground Coffee. Wait, that is like FriendFeed without the ads. - Joe
LOL @Joe - Harold Cabezas from Android
Exclusive: Facebook CTO Bret Taylor Departs (For Start-Ups Unknown) -
Tudor Bosman
Folly: The Facebook Open Source Library -
Folly: The Facebook Open Source Library
"Facebook is built on open source from top to bottom, and could not exist without it. As engineers here, we use, contribute to, and release a lot of open source software, including pieces of our core infrastructure such as HipHop and Thrift.   But in our C++ services code, one clear bottleneck to releasing more work has been that any open sourced project needed to break dependencies on unreleased internal library code. To help solve that problem, today we open sourced an initial release of Folly, a collection of reusable C++ library artifacts developed and used at Facebook. This announcement was made at our C++ conference at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA." - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
I sunk many hours into this, sometimes at the expense of my "real" job. If you're into C++ programming, give folly a try. - Tudor Bosman
Now with discussion group: - Tudor Bosman
Amit Patel
File:Rain-shadow.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
File:Rain-shadow.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hm, weird, I'm pretty sure I drew this in gimp in the 90s, for notes I was making for a game I was working on. It's now on wikipedia. But I don't know *for sure* that I drew it. I no longer have the xcf files. Could I have gotten it from the web? I suppose it's possible, but who but me would've drawn it so badly? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
A rain shadow is a constant in our local weather in Washington State. I wouldn't argue it but I wonder if people here, especially in Western Washington, are more weather savvy than people in other regions. Rain shadows, convergence zones, compressions, etc. Gah, there was a term I had only heard for the first time just recently but now I can't remember it... not mesocyclone... but... more... - Akiva
I became far more weather savvy after moving to the west coast. It's so much more interesting out here! Microclimates … it can be 30°F warmer at my house than 20 miles away; it can rain 10 inches in Ben Lomond and 0 inches in San Jose, 10 miles away. - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
Happy birthday, TiVo! Blue Moon XIII (TiVo Community forum) -
Happy birthday, TiVo! Blue Moon XIII (TiVo Community forum)
Happy birthday, TiVo! Blue Moon XIII (TiVo Community forum)
From my post: "This Friday, March 30, 2012, will be a vacation day for TiVo employees. Why? Because it's Blue Moon Day! The fourteenth Blue Moon day, in fact: Thirteen years since March 26, 1999, when the world's first DVR shipped out to paying customers." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
How'd you get so young? - Steve and 4 other people
I know! All that hair. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
happy bday tivo! - imabonehead
Love that photo, you really do look so young! - Georgia
Hey Slacy, was it you who came up with the name "Project Blue Moon"? Richard says yes, but Pony remembered it diffferently. - Stephen Mack
WHOA. :D - Jenny H.
Congrats Tivo! I remember paying what was it $500 for the 14 hr series 1? - Gunneh-MoTo Calls me that
oh man, I want a lunchbox :( - Jonathan Disher
$500! That's only a 16GB Ipad... ;) - Roger N
Heh heh, Slippy, you should give it a whirl, it's a great box. :) - Stephen Mack
I LOVE that story - makes me tear up and want to ditch my solo home office for a crazy start-up. Enjoy your long weekend! - Sherry BakerBrio
Kevin Fox
Inviting an Apple employee to Quora is like taking a diabetic to a candy shop.
Kevin Fox
Hey folks, I'm looking for a great web developer to join my web team at Electric Imp. Interested? Please retweet!
Ah, the name is no longer a secret. Is this a codename or the real name? Now I'm starting to ponder what kind of product would be sold by a company called Electric Imp. - Stephen Mack
Digital homonculi? - Akiva
I'm pimpin' the Imp. - Kevin Fox
I hope Imp isn't short for "Imperial". I prefer metric. - Brian Johns
Metperial—compromise is not always the best option. - Micah
Half our company are British, so you can be sure metric is the norm. - Kevin Fox
Yeah. Ugh. - Kevin Fox
+1 Akiva - Todd Hoff
Better yet, put a README file in there, and in that file, have a coding test or something. - Steve and 4 other people
Jimminy, that is the 1st test for the new job. Now fix it and you might have a gig. - Me
CW, he already fixed it. It was showing access to web index originally. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I'm just lazy. When we have two job recs I'll make an overview page, but for right now it's just the one page in a subdirectory. - Kevin Fox
Kevin Fox
I can't delete my Yahoo! Mail account so I filter all to spam. Yahoo! feels it must tell me my unread spam count.
I can't delete my Yahoo! Mail account so I filter all to spam. Yahoo! feels it must tell me my unread spam count.
Why can't you delete the account? - Brian Johns
because it would delete his flickr account, too - Jonathan Disher
LogEx, he's at and Yahoo! is displaying his unread spam count for him in the upper right. - Stephen Mack
Welcome to the Hotel Yahoofornia. - Micah
Stephen Mack
When I was an undergrad at Berkeley, around 1988, I sublet my room to Richard Stallman. #saturdayFF
When I was an undergrad at Berkeley, around 1988, I sublet my room to Richard Stallman. #saturdayFF
At the time, he looked like he does at the end of that video. - Stephen Mack
Who's Richard Stallman, some of you may ask? -- back then, I had no idea who he was either. - Stephen Mack
I posted an ad for a room for rent on usenet (ucb.local, probably), and he was the first to answer. - Stephen Mack
I told him he could read my comics and use my computer. He really loved "Tales of the Beanworld" ( but he politely declined the use of my Apple II+. - Stephen Mack
He was polite, but ultra geeky. - Stephen Mack
One of my housemates, Barbara, was unnerved by him, and requested that the owner install a lock on her door. - Stephen Mack
When he showered, he didn't like his hair to get wet, so he had a thingamajig installed to make sure his hair stayed dry. - Stephen Mack
He cooked a lot of bacon. - Stephen Mack
He had a high and nasally voice (very different from his voice today). You can hear it in that video. Some of my housemates liked to imitate him. - Stephen Mack
He discovered that some of my hacker friends had nicknamed me Emacs Vi. He asked why they called me Emacs. I explained it was from my name, E. S. Mack IV (the IV was transposed into Vi for the nickname). - Stephen Mack
I had no idea he WROTE Emacs. - Stephen Mack
He kept very odd hours. - Stephen Mack
He had an extensive collection of very obscure world music LPs. - Stephen Mack
He bought Crenshaw melon a lot, and offered to share it frequently. My housemates, when doing their imitations, would invariably lead off with, "Um, would you like any Crenshaw MELON?" in a high and nasally voice. - Stephen Mack
He needed the room for longer than the sublease, and school started and he didn't want to move out. I slept on the couch because I needed the money, but my housemates were not happy. Eventually I had to kick him out. - Stephen Mack
A year later, I figured out who he was. - Stephen Mack
Oh! - Stephen Mack
^ That was my reaction. - Stephen Mack
Oh? - Louis Gray
He kept on getting bank statements after he'd moved out. One of my housemates, Erik, was curious and opened one. - Stephen Mack
I was aghast, but Erik was undeterred. - Stephen Mack
OK, so how much? I asked. - Stephen Mack
It was not much, maybe $5,000. - Stephen Mack
One day the statement read $0. - Stephen Mack
Then the statements stopped coming. - Stephen Mack
I never saw Richard Stallman again. - Stephen Mack
FIN - Stephen Mack
Did he eat a lot of stuff out of his toes? - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Jimminy, fortunately I never witnessed anything that gross. (I've seen that video before; can't bear to watch it again.) One of my housemates told me that he'd rub his hands on his hair to get the bacon grease out after cooking, which, combined with the fact he didn't wash his hair, gave him a baconoderous aspect. - Stephen Mack
(Hmm, the youtube video isn't embedding properly for some reason. EDIT: Oh, embedding disabled. Ah well. You'll just have to click through to - Stephen Mack
Dude, that was one of the best saturdayffs ever. - Laura Norvig
This is pretty cool. I read this (not clicking links) and still wondered who he was. The finally clicked the wikipedia link, "OOOOOH, rms!" That name I know. I don't anything about Emacs, but I know rms from AI stuff. - Anika
Six degrees ... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
LOL, i'm going to have Lunch with RMS ( Richard ) Tomorrow, in Milan - Luca Perencin (No_CQRT)
I'll be 45 this year. Stallman is 55. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Luca, have a great time! I didn't get to talk to him much (the reason I was subletting the room in the first place was because I was working a summer job in the South Bay). I regret not being able to discus more. I find his web site fascinating. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I like that too, but I'm also glad free-as-in-whatever software exists. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Free-virus is probably the most apt description I've ever seen of the GPL. I hate it. MIT and Apache I can deal with. And GPL v3 is better than v2, but still sucks. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
This thread… +1000. #FTW! I've only exchanged a couple emails with the man (around the time Sam Williams' book, *Free As In Freedom*, came out) but admire him much the same way as I admire H.S. Thompson. Agree or disagree with the man, he's the good sort of one-of-a-kind. - Absentee
It's pretty crazy to think about how much wouldn't exist if he hadn't crafted the GPL, though. No gcc, glibc, no Linux, no Android. There were simply no serious free compilers or libraries at the time, and it took a while to strip out all the proprietary AT&T code from BSD so that it could actually be distributed freely. - Victor Ganata
Rachel Lea Fox
Hey Email Thieves! This is MY GMAIL ACCOUNT! STOP TRYING TO STEAL IT!! I know I have an awesome Gmail account. When you are the 9th non-Google employee to get an account you can choose and awesome one too. I thought the attempts to break into my account would have stopped by now, but no... you guys just keep on trying! QUIT IT!!!
I think I preferred the email sob stories about why I should just give these people my account! *sighs* - Rachel Lea Fox
Now I'm curious what would have someone begging for it. - Trish R
How and why are they trying to steal it? - Anne Bouey
Trish, my gmail address is the same as my FF account name. I don't know why people beg for it but the first year of gmail I got about 30 emails with people telling me that my email would be the perfect birthday present for their wife, or how this animal has always meant so much to them and it would just be wonderful if they could have it for their gmail account. There were lots of... more... - Rachel Lea Fox
Wow. I can't believe people are that crazy over an email address. - Trish R
Thanks for the explanation, Rachel. What a pain for you. :( - Anne Bouey
Wow! That's terrible! I'm glad you've got Google on your side. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Rachel, I get a few of those too. One person (whose name I deduce is "Edna Stephens") really was persistent in claiming the address is hers. She's signed up on dozens of mailing lists as me, so I get all sorts of odd mail for her. She recently did the Google escalation too -- not just once, but three times. I'm not sure why Google let her repeat the claim that it was... more... - Stephen Mack
Yuck Stephen. I'm sorry, that is horrible for both you and the woman who thinks that is her email. Luckily mine are never the same person for very long. They all know it isn't their email, they just want it. I have had numerous people typo and accidentally put my email as their return-to email. People end up sending their replies to me instead of them, but those all seem to be that they... more... - Rachel Lea Fox
Sorry you have to deal with that. You should have a sensible name, like mine :) No one ever tries that with me :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
My first email address was For many years, this was fine...until more of the world started using email. Since the mail client for the email service would post-pend to any address written without a domain, To: pastor would get me an email. So would Pastor John, Pastor Fred, Pastor Joan, etc. I was getting confessions (some to crimes), questions on... more... - Ryan Kaisoglus
LOL Ryan! Wow! - Rachel Lea Fox
Amit Patel
The Benjamin Franklin Effect « You Are Not So Smart -
The Benjamin Franklin Effect « You Are Not So Smart
The Benjamin Franklin Effect « You Are Not So Smart
"Pay attention to when the cart is getting before the horse. Notice when a painful initiation leads to irrational devotion, or when unsatisfying jobs start to seem worthwhile. Remind yourself pledges and promises have power, as do uniforms and parades. Remember in the absence of extrinsic rewards you will seek out or create intrinsic ones. Take into account the higher the price you pay for your decisions the more you value them. See that ambivalence becomes certainty with time. Realize lukewarm feelings become stronger once you commit to a group, club or product. Be wary of the roles you play and the acts you put on, because you tend to fulfill the labels you accept. Above all, remember the more harm you cause, the more hate you feel, and the more kindness you deal into the world the more you come to love the people you help." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut - Clare Dibble
Amit Patel
WeatherSpark | Climate Trends -
WeatherSpark | Climate Trends
"There is great concern in the world about global warming. Since we have collected a lot of the available high-resolution historical temperature record, we wanted to give you access to this information in graphical form, so that you can look at the data for yourself." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Why don't they have data from the 60s? "Funding cuts in the US lead to an almost decade long outage during 1964-1972." :-( - Amit Patel
Paul Buchheit
The Economist names Paul Buchheit its 2011 Computing and Telecommunications Innovation Award winner -
The Economist names Paul Buchheit its 2011 Computing and Telecommunications Innovation Award winner
Congrats! - Joel Kotarski
Wow! Congratulations, Paul! - Spidra Webster
Congrats Paul! - Me
Awesome! - Stephen Mack
Congrats Paul! The Economist is a big deal. - Joe
Wow, nice! - Amit Patel
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
Woo hoo! - SAM
Awesome. Congratulations. - Tamara J. B.
Extremely well deserved!! - Bo Stern
Congrats! - Barbara R. S.
WOOHOOOOOOO!! Congratulations, that is AWESOME! - sofarsoShawn
Nice. Congratulations Paul! - DJ Stevie Steve
Congratulations, Paul! - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
Well deserved. And they were right to mention FriendFeed as a highlight. - Bruce Lewis
Congratulations. Well deserved. - Ashish
congrats! - imabonehead
Wonderful news! Congratulations, Paul! - Harold Cabezas
Congrats! - Eric Borisch
nice !! COng'rats - Peter Dawson
w00t! - Angelo
I think Paul's one of the most innovative peeps. after all his legacy is gmail, adsense and "dont be evil" :)- the very fabric of the Internet ecosystem comprises of at least 2 of the former items that he invented. !! - Peter Dawson
Love the don't be evil! Nice write up. - amelia arapoff
A well-deserved award. Congratulations, Paul! - Frank Jernigan
My man - Josh Haley
congrats! - ebru
Congratulations! - alf
Well deserved! - Peter Reavy
Congratulations, Paul. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Congrats Paul!! - Rachel Lea Fox from iPhone
that's awesome, man. you changed my and many others' life, right here! I personally owe you a lot. - AlpB.
Amit Patel
Thanks Recaptcha!
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That would be 1 ? - Joe
Amit Patel
Hack a Stereo Jack Into a Bluetooth Headset for Wireless Streaming -
Hack a Stereo Jack Into a Bluetooth Headset for Wireless Streaming
"If you want a quick and easy way to stream music from your computer or phone to your home stereo and have an old Bluetooth headset lying around, Instructable user dex3844 has a simple guide to hack a stereo jack into it." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Kevin Fox
Yahoo!'s new iCEO, Tim Morse, joined the company 3 months ago from Altera, a company that makes - wait for it - programmable logic devices.
No no, you mean field programmable gate arrays. They only call them PLDs because Xilinx has FPGAs sewn up. :) Trust me, Altera was BlueArc's first customer. - Louis Gray
I think Kevin's point is more: not search, not web media, nothing relevant to Yahoo. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen, it's not about points. It's about obfuscation. - Louis Gray
I thought the F in FPGA stood for field. As in, "field-programmable." - Laura Norvig from iPod
Laura, yes. That too. - Louis Gray
Amit Patel
Amit's Thoughts: Interactive diagrams -
Amit's Thoughts: Interactive diagrams
"Five years ago I got interested in interactive diagrams and made a few, but then got distracted by other things. I wrote a blog post about why I was interested in them. I've recently become interested in them again." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
You should add the driver's forward view and draggable cars in adjacent lanes. Most people adjust their mirrors to minimize the number of blind spots (you can get it down to 2), rather than the number of blind spots big enough to fit a car (you can get this down to zero). - Seth
Seth, that's a good idea. Lane markers and cars would help people get a sense of spacing and whether any part of the car is visible. But then I need to add bikes! :) - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Paul Meier - Statistician who saved millions of lives - Web Exclusive Article - Significance Magazine -
Paul Meier - Statistician who saved millions of lives - Web Exclusive Article - Significance Magazine
"The Kaplan-Meier estimator may not sound as if it is terribly important to most people’s lives. But if you have had a successful treatment for, say, cancer, or for diabetes, or for HIV/AIDS, or for heart disease, or for any one of dozens of other diseases or medical conditions, at any time over roughly the last fifty years, it may be that you owe your life to it and to one of the men who devised it. The statistician Paul Meier died this week. He was 87. It is estimated that his work and his advocacy in medical statistics have been responsible for saving millions of lives." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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