Archive for August, 2006

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Anezka Dubinko

Born at 5:38pm on August 29th. 8 pounds, 8.3 ounces. (3864 g) 20 inches (51 cm). Mother and baby doing great. Photos. Name pronounced with a “sh”. The first birth announcement I know of done initially over an IM presence indicator. :)

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Spam update

I dug into my mail configuration a bit more and made a few changes. In the past, I had been lazy, so when I needed new email addresses like webmaster at and contact at, I just set up a catch-all. I knew catch-alls would collect lots of spam, but I didn’t know (until now) that the particular skew of the spam would be such that tends to get around the filters.
So all the catch-alls are turned off. I set up explicit forwards for used email addresses, and I think I got them all, but if you get a bounce from any email address on any of my sites, let me know. After another 24 hours, I had:

  • 38 spam incorrectly delivered to inbox (manually marked as spam)
  • 120 messages automatically delivered to spam folder
  • 1 of the above incorrectly (manually marked as not-spam)

A significant improvement. I wonder if it’s worth resetting the training data from scratch at this point? -m

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Anyone know why Thunderbird Spam filtering is working poorly?

Yes, I’ve been painstakingly training positive and negative cases for weeks. This is a standard TBird setup on imap with the adaptive filter enabled. Here’s the results from a 24 hour experiment:

  • 96 spam incorrectly delivered to inbox (manually marked as spam)
  • 257 messages automatically delivered to spam folder
  • 3 of the above incorrectly (manually marked as not-spam)

Is this typical performance, or has something gone bad? Sifting through ~100 spammy messages a day is bad; losing 3 important things a day is worse. -m

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Yahoo! updates their other front page

Yahoo! Mobile has a new look–the first of many changes in the pipeline. The refresh brings the mobile site in line with the recently relaunched main page. -m

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Ten Most Beautiful Cellphones

Nice writeup. Doesn’t help me much with my decision, though! -m

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Web 2.0, The Book on Amazon

Listed with a pub date of December 6, 2006. (Eric let me in on this link.) The tech editing is out the door, and things are moving along. -m

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Rumor: Voda and Goog on the rocks

Interesting, but not surprising. The source article talks about revenue share unhappiness, but that seems like a bit of a stretch for a deal only inked six months ago. There’s some more interesting analysis in there as well.

It was the open secret in the industry that both Voda and T-Mobile were beginning to have their doubts about their marriage with Google. Now the honeymoon is over rumors are mounting that both operators are ripe for a new union with Yahoo or a white-label solution – or both.

My opinion is that folks are starting to realize that there’s a lot more to life than being really, really ridiculously good at search. -m

Monday, August 14th, 2006

What phone should I get?

I need to get a new phone, probably still on Cingular. What should I get?

The following features are important to me:

  • Good web browser
  • Preferred querty keypad
  • Not running Windows
  • Able to make and receive voice calls

What’s my best bet? -m

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

My new favorite quote

How hard could this be? A six month project if three engineers are doing it in a garage. Five years if you put one hundred programmers on it.

Guy Kawasaki


Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Python @ Yahoo!

This is excellent: a Python Developer Center at Yahoo!. -m

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006


Still tech editing the final pieces of the Web 2.0 book. Such a huge part of what people mean when they talk about Web 2.0 is the ugly term “user-generated content”. As many have pointed out, all three words comprising that phrase are inaccurate or obtuse (or both). We need a better term.

How about datacratic, or rule by data?

By itself, “data” isn’t such a descriptive word, but I like how it fits in here. Also the so-called users aren’t directly mentioned, except by reference to demos from a similar, if overused, word.

Could you see yourself using the term? -m

Monday, August 7th, 2006

IE7: not CSS compliant

Like with the element counts, the grain-of-salt alarms are going off with this one. But apparently IE7 passes only 54% of the CSS test suite, up from 52% for IE6. (But even Mozilla only scores 93%). It’s not entirely clear how these numbers derive from the source data, and it certainly isn’t weighted for things like how useful or commonly used various features are.
It’s completely silly to say Microsoft isn’t even trying to implement the standard. Every engineer, product manager, or blogger involved with the project will honestly and sincerely describe the huge amount of effort going into standards compliance. To get to the problem, you need to dig deeper.
I’ll end on that enigmatic note. More later. -m

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Django 0.95

Django has always seemed to resonate with me more than Rails. I’ve loved it ever since Simon Willison pointed me to it. A new version is out, and Bill de Hóra has a superb writeup. -m

Friday, August 4th, 2006

XHTML 2.0 and XForms: element counts

First off, counting the number of elements isn’t a useful metric for serious discussion  about vocabularies–but it is fun. :)  Eric van der Vlist reports on the latest XHTML and related specs. -m

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Thunderbird thinks this message might be an email scam.

Hmm, this seems like a new feature, auto-installed after my last mail client restart. Unfortunately, there’s no “what’s this?” link for further information.

I find it interesting that the scam message wasn’t also labeled as “Junk”. Also, for some reason, the word ‘scam’ feels unexpectedly slangy in this setting. Great feature, I just wish I was a little more transparent. -m