Cheer up, meatbag, you've barely touched your amoeba!

Thu, 06 Feb 2003

[12:20] Linux Server Hacks

Lest I forget, my good friend Rob Flickenger just published an amazing book of Linux Server Hacks, detailing 100 of the most useful tips and tricks every Linux admin (or user) should know, written in Rob's now classic style. I freely admit a strong bias in the matter, though -- I was a contributor and a tech reviewer for this particular literary gem. Even so, if you use Linux, I recommend giving Linux Server Hacks a look-see.

[12:13] Better Living Through Bayesian Statistics

On a similar note, there's an article on O'Reilly Net about using ESR's bogofilter package to filter spam using Bayesian conditional probabilities. Doubtless I should implement something like this for all the folks who get email via tridity.org.

[02:36] I'm Sorry, Dave, I Can't Allow That

On Friday, Simon Cozens was discussing some work using his Mail::Miner package on #perl. I asked him about the sorts of document categorization techniques he was planning to use, since I'd been exploring new ways of viewing and presenting the over 2,000 articles and nearly 3,000 weblog entries housed on O'Reilly Net at work. Among other things, he mentioned Latent Semantic Indexing, which uses mathematical techniques from quantum physics to reduce noise in a body of information, and Bow, a C toolkit for document categorization implementing Bayesian statistics, like Ken Williams's AI::Categorizer.

I spent the weekend in San Diego doing registration tech support for O'Reilly's Bioinformatics Conference during the day and doing things like "Sweet Child O' Mine" at karaoke in the Gaslamp by night. No doubt you may imagine, then, the thrill of discovering that Ken was scheduled to give a tutorial on Machine Learning on Monday. Ken is a longtime Perl Monger and a welcome re-addition to his nation of origin, having recently gotten back from doing graduate work in the subject at the University of Sydney.

I also discovered, while at the conference, that the same Maciej Ceglowski of aforementioned LSI fame, was also presenting a talk, only after I was scheduled to leave for Sebastopol. For some reason, I didn't think to actually seek him out while I was there, and now I'm kicking myself for it: Today I got the brilliant idea to tackle the categorization of RSS feeds by the same means, by generating dynamically personalized "views" of Meerkat using the same methods. Wouldn't you know it but that the same Ceglowski already beat me to the good idea. So I emailed him about his source code, which I think may also interest Simon, and we'll see what he has to say. And I agree with Maciej on at least one other thing - those signs were awful strange. Speaking as a proud resident, I too blame our People's Democratic Republic of California.

The Book

Items of Local Interest
· the lovely & talented jo
· our Mapping Hacks blog
· my O'Reilly Net blog
· jo's devlog
· geocoder.us
· Locative US
· NoCat Wireless
· UO Faculty of Cartography
· Locative Media Lab
· World Summit for Free Information Infrastructures

Items of Recent Interest
· boston craigslist > all apartments: search for "cambridge -allston -brighton -somerville -medford"
· Mapping the Neighbourhood
· World Language Mapping System: Worldwide language areas and points for GIS
· ActiveRDF
· Borders in Cyberspace: Conflicting Public Sector Information Policies and their Economic Impacts
· Life with CPAN
· TJ's KMLDocument for Google Earth (+KML Reference)
· Boston Hiking Guide (with MBTA info)
· Calcium: feeding the Coral CDN with FeedTree
· Prototype Dissected - snook.ca
· OpenWrt / RC4 + Capture portal
... more del.icio.us links

Prior Musings
[2006] Jan Feb Mar Apr
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[2005] Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
[2004] Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
[2003] Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
[2002] Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

Regularly Scheduled Programs
· Testing Range
· Idle Words
· mattw.fn_blog()
· AkuAku
· Anarchogeek
· Laughing Meme
· zephoria
· Aaron Swartz
· Praxis + Parfait
· Accordion Guy
· behind the times
· Oblomovka
· Lawrence Lessig

· freenetworks.org
· Ruckus Society
· Old-Growth Preservation

l337 h4><0rz
· Axis of Aevil
· Kirrily "Skud" Robert
· Meng Weng Wong
· Simon Cozens
· Steve McNabb
· Forrest English
· Drew Woods
· Sean Burke
· Nat Torkington

Friends, Romans, & Countrymen
· Limit of X
· San Matejo de Yabulda
· T.J. Mc
· Forecast Music
· Eric Schwartz
· Pseudopod

21st C. Living
· perl
· Squigby
· acme's recipe archive

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