April 13th, 2006


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I force myself to go to bed at 10pm, so what do I do? Wake up at 2am...

I'm considering taking the adult summer course from these folks. Jett and Brent are both good at making visual art, it would fun to be able to do more than just stick figures.

It looks like I'm moving to the AlohaHaus, starting May 1st, or maybe a few days before. I will spend a month overlapping my residency, and finish moving out of my current place on May 31st. I'm going to be putting out a call for help with the moving. Pizza, hottubing, and gratitude will be provided.

I've just finished doing my 2005 taxes. I don't know what it says about me that I used two different free web preparation services, than downloaded the live PDF forms from the IRS website, then went back to the IRS site again to get the actual tax rate schedules (instead of the "if your taxable is more than X but less than X+10, your tax is Y" tables), and did it to the penny. Doing everything to the penny and with exact rates saved me over five dollars. I owe Uncle Sam $157.57. (I don't understand the people who get excited to get a refund. That means you've given Uncle Sam an interest free loan. I don't offer terms that good to my own family...)

Neat localizer service hack

There are some companies, such as SkyHook, starting up that provide IP provided localizer data using an interesting hack. They wardrive the world (and if you would like like a short-term fulltime job wardriving your city, they are hiring), recording 802.11 APs and their locations. A device, such as a laptop, PDA, or wireless webcam, makes a list of all the APs it can "see" along with signal strength information (even ones it hasn't associated with or logged into), sends that list to a server, and it sends back an estimate of it's location.

It's pretty neat. It's something that would be cool for the free wireless and free wardriving maps folks should be willing to put some friendly free competition up with them (update, it looks like someone has, called HereCast). And/or for them to provide a free Web API and a low cost access licence. I would certainly pay ten bucks a year to such a service.

Of course, I would also like it for the IEEE 802 comittee to add localizer data to the 802 meta and control standards, and also for all IP devices to start making their localization data available, maybe via DNS LOC and via SNMP, or both.