Ben Fry (from MIT) coded up a really cool visualization of zipcode data in the United States. As you type each digit, you can see the location narrow. His website has lots of other interesting content and projects worth checking out. [Via Chris Sells]
This is just a quick plug for my good friend Griffin Bonini who is running for Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County. I don't think I've ever voted for a judge before, but I'll be sure to vote this time. Griffin Bonini for Judge
Joel Spolsky's company (Fog Creek Software) just moved in to a new office. I'm jealous! Most software managers know what good office space would be like, and they know they don't have it, and can't have it. Office space seems to be the one thing that nobody can get right and nobody can do anything about. There's a ten year lease, and whenever the company moves the last person anybody asks about how to design the space is the manager of the software team, who finds out what his new veal-fattening pens, uh, cubicle farm is going to be like…
Having a spell checker in Outlook is pretty useful, but sometimes the suggestions it gives are hilarious. Is there a name for these things? I’ve got to start keeping a list.
Today I sent an e-mail with the word “DevStudio” (referring to Microsoft Visual Studio) and got this suggestion: Devastation!
Our ReplayTV box is really old and has very little capacity. But, I do like their “MyReplayTV” service which lets you program your box remotely from a web interface. Here I am on vacation in Tahoe and I just set my box to record the Nascar race on Saturday. Life is good! Update 2003-07-06: Well, MyReplayTV is reallly cool if your ReplayTV box is successfully calling their servers each night, which mine was not :(