2008-08-29

Firefox upgrade day

Today is Firefox Upgrade Day in my office. I postponed upgrading Firefox from 2.0 to 3.0 because I wanted to make sure my favorite add-ons had caught up to 3.0. The add-ons I care about are: Firefox 3.0 installed itself over Firefox 2.0. The old installs of Adblock Plus, Google Gears, and NoScript already were compatible with 3.0, so those were all set. Firefox found and installed an updated release of Google Toolbar for Firefox, leaving me to take care of Google Browser Sync and Google Web Accelerator.

Downloading and installing Google Web Accelerator seemed like a piece of cake, although it required a Windows reboot. Annoyingly, after going through the tedium of installing it, it is not compatible with Firefox 3.0.

The only add-on left to reinstall was Google Browser Sync. Unfortunately, the Google Browser Sync web page reads:
Google Browser Sync is no longer available for download. Instead, to get similar functionality, we suggest using Mozilla Weave, Google Toolbar for Firefox, or Foxmarks.
Bummer!

Mozilla Weave sounded interesting, so I visited its web page, only to find:
Welcome!

Thank you for the overwhelming response to Weave 0.2!

We've reached our account limit, and have stopped accepting any new registrations at this time.

We apologize for the delay. We will be experimenting with different solutions to scale the service, and will re-open registrations when we are confident that we can support more users. To be notified when registration re-opens, please subscribe to the Mozilla Labs mailing list and newsgroup.

If you already have an account and need the extension for another computer (or you run your own server), you can download it here

I don't already have an account, and I am not prepared to run my own server, so I installed Foxmarks as my last resort. It's not as good as Google Browser Sync was--it doesn't synchronize passwords and cookies--but it's good enough. On the bright side, MyFoxmarks works well on iPhone Safari.

2008-08-22

Daily reading 2

Keep reading every day!

After getting started with the iPhone, I have been doing almost all of my daily reading mobile. Here is my current reading list:

Comics: I use Stripr to read the daily and weekly comics. Stripr makes it easy to find and read RSS feeds for your old favorites, and also makes it easy to discover new alternacomics that you won't see in print.

News: I am using Google Reader for all my news. Here is my current list of news-oriented feeds:

2008-08-19

Peanut butter jelly time

Do I save money eating PB&J for lunch every day at the office, or am I just making myself miserable? I sometimes wonder about these things. Here is my analysis.

I often eat PB&J for lunch when I am at work. Local restaurants charge $5-8 for a reasonably tasty and filling meal. Over the course of a year (assume 45 weeks x 5 days/week x $6/day), that's a lot of money: $1350.

Here's the price breakdown on the daily PB&J ingredients:
  • I buy bread at the expensive corner store. The store is more of a vice store, making almost all their money on cigarettes and lottery tickets. I feel silly walking out with a loaf of whole grain bread. They charge $3.89 per loaf. Each loaf contains 16 slice, or eight sandwiches, for a price of $0.49 per sandwich.
  • I like plain old peanuts in my peanut butter. That means I buy the relatively expensive wholesome brands like Teddie at $2.69 per jar. According to the label, there are 14 servings per jar. I probably use more than that, so let's call it 9 sandwiches per jar, at $0.30 per sandwich.
  • As far as I can tell, jam is jam. I use the local grocery store brand at $3.79 per jar. The label tell me there are 45 servings per jar. As with the peanut butter, I probably use more than the typical amount, so let's call it 30 sandwiches per jar, at $0.13 per sandwich
My total price per sandwich is $0.92. I eat two PB&Js per day, so that's $1.84. The total price per year (5 days per week x 45 weeks/year x $1.84/day) is $414.

$1.84 for lunch is a good deal, and the annual savings of almost $1000 makes me feel great!

When I really have to eat out, best value is the samosa chole chat for $4.50 at Punjab Foods & Spices/Chai Cafe. It is as super delicious and filling as it is inexpensive. Yum!

2008-08-16

MBTA insecurity

Anatomy of a Subway Hack is an interesting look at some of the MBTA's security problems, both physical and electronic. Here are some highlights:
Ryan, Anderson, and Chiesa deserve thanks for letting us know about these problems.

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