Fall River

As my profile mentions, I come from Fall River, MA. Sometimes, I get overly romantic ideas that it might be a place worth staying in. Then I see something like I saw today, and I remember why it is that I spend ten months out of every twelve 3000 miles away. :-(

*nix Tip of the $TIME_PERIOD: mutt

Hello readers; it's been a while, hasn't it? It's summer, and, like many people, I'm a slacker. Anyway, I thought that today, I'd talk to you a little about the program that I've been using for a lot of my mail recently: mutt. mutt is a console mail-client. I know, I know, I should get myself out of the 80's. Well, I've found it to be much faster and more powerful than any GUI client I've ever used. I'm not going to go into much detail about the basics; there are are lots of good guides/tutorials on the Internet …

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Website Stuff

So, the more enterprising amongst you may have noticed that my blog is now at blog.roguelazer.com instead of anonymous-function.blogspot.com (although it's still there, too). This is because I was playing around with my website stuff today. For one thing, I've moved to Google Apps for my Domain, because e-mail over DreamHost's IMAP servers was sometimes slow, and e-mail through the Gmail servers probably won't be. This also gives me better Jabber server (i.e., SSL supported without me paying umpteen dollars for an SSL certificate and a static IP and such). It's generally neat.

I'll post …

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Newport Jazz Festival 2008

Newport Jazz Festival Logo

Yesterday I went to the 2008 Newport JVC Jazz Festival, and I figured I'd review it a bit here.

We started off the morning with a set by the Mark Rapp band. Mark Rapp is a trumpet player, somewhat modern. He uses a wah about half of the time, and it's pretty cool. His band was good, too. The guitarist was a little over-the-top, but he was generally good, and the bassist was excellent. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Rapp also played didgeridoo, which was cool.

So, after Rapp, I saw a bit of Lionel Loueke, who was an …

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Status

I've only got one more week left of summer research. This time next week, I'll be back on the East Coast. I've already sent my desktop off to a cozy garage, and am posting this from my laptop. It was a pretty involved process - I needed to move all of my RSS feeds from Liferea to Google Reader, copy over my .vimrc and .emacs files, get a list of all of my webcomics… But all of that's done now. So, yeah, now I'm even less likely to post to this blog. Woo hoo.

iPhone 3G: Real-World Use

I've now had my iPhone 3G for four days, and I've had a chance to use it in some real-world scenarios.

Apps

The App Store is, unequivocally, the most important feature of iPhone OS 2.0. Exchange support is nice, yes, and there are lots of little tweaks. But the App Store is what makes the iPhone attractive to me, more of a computer instead of a silly smartphone. I've been using a few apps pretty solidly for the past few days: Twitterific (a Twitter client), Exposure (a Flickr client), and the official Facebook client. All of these are well-written …

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