5 January 2009

Send free SMS messages

For mobile phone companies, charging for SMS messages is a tremendous scam . They get to charge you $5 a month, or 20¢ a message, for something that costs them less than a penny, even factoring in storage costs. Personally, I use IM on my phone, and avoid SMS entirely. However, occasionally there’s a need to SMS someone who either doesn’t have IM on their phone, or doesn’t know how to use it. ... Read more

25 December 2008

Adventures in avian nutrition

Lola will eat pretty much whatever I feed her so long as it looks like bird food. Chester, however, is a picky eater. I’d done the research when we got him, and knew I wanted to get him on a pellet-based diet, as it’s healthier in the long run. With this in mind, I started off with Kaytee Fusion . It’s a blend of seed and pellets, designed to help convert your bird to a pellet-based diet. ... Read more

24 December 2008

The song of one-foot budgie

One-foot budgie only needs one foot, To sit on his perch all day. One-foot budgie only needs one foot, To relax in an avian way. He’s got two feet, He can climb and tweet, Chew on his toys and play; But one-foot budgie only needs one foot To sit on his perch all day. He wakes up every morning, Stretches out his wings. Stuffs his face with bird seed, Sometimes even sings. ... Read more

21 December 2008

The NSA cheese test

I was enjoying some soft blue cheese on fresh French bread, thinking about algorithms, when I had a sudden revelation. I’ve implemented it as The NSA cheese test so you can enjoy it.

10 December 2008

A bailout here, a bailout there, pretty soon you’re talking real money

There’s a US car industry you don’t hear much about. Over 100,000 Camry hybrids have been manufactured in Kentucky. The State of Ohio has cited Toyota Motor Sales for environmental excellence. Over a billion dollars has gone into building a state of the art Tundra manufacturing plant in Texas. There are over 36,000 people working in the USA for Toyota. Yet somehow, there’s a perception that US vehicle manufacturing means Detroit. ... Read more

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