Google, you’re the best.

It only took 4 years or so, but you’re listening! Sweet. Thanks.

Maybe I’ll finally un-disable that auto-backup feature on my phone. On second thought, only if you decouple the uploading of photos and videos. Auto-uploading videos KILLS the battery, and leads to crappy comedic premises that are used to sell Apple products.

Auto Upload Plz

Computer Music

Here’s how I bought bitcoin, and what I spent it on.


TribalMixes is a “private torrent tracker” that’s been around since 2006. I joined in 2007.

It’s a contemporary analogue to the old scenes where folks would tape record radio broadcasts or live performances and then share them with each other. One big difference now is that the copies are all perfect, and way easier to share.

The way private torrent trackers work is that they enforce a ratio.

They know your IP address, and only permit people who are also registered and visiting their website to share the torrented files that they track. The website knows exactly how much data you’ve downloaded, and how much you’ve uploaded. In this case, the first has to be at least 0.4 of the second, or you’re cut off.

There’s an elaborate system of games (e.g. raffles) and gifts (free upload credit for visiting the site), and they also reward donations with upload credit.

At Durty Nelly‘s there’s a machine that looks like an ATM. It’s very easy to use.

  1. Open the bitcoin app you downloaded and hold it up to the window on the machine.
  2. Insert money into the machine.
  3. ??? wait ???
  4. Now you have bitcoin.

Penny Arcade explains it best.

Having donated my $5 to the site, it appears I have an invite to share. Hit me up in the comments if you’re interested in joining it. To see if it’s up your alley, here’s the last ten things to be posted there as I’m writing this:


Feel free to leave a tip.myBC

Computer Music

PoKnows Music


Which tab is that stupid autoloading
news video coming from?

Computer Issues

Google Instant Upload’s Nag:
“Make That Photo Public”

Apparently, this has been loudly complained about from at least Aug. 27, 2011 through as late as Sep. 15, 2013:!topic/google-plus-discuss/JolYBcJmzWs

The successor function.
g + 1 = S(g)


In Canada, it turns out that we even own photos we took for someone else.

Why you want to mess with my photos, Google?

Computer Issues

Get Rich, Quick! A Guide For The Watchers

It's OK, I only recognized Martha Stewart, also.
Quick — name these
famous insider traders!

There’s all kinds of things that bother me about the recent coverage of the NSA surveillance issues. For example, us Canadians have known about it forever — that’s why our Universities have had policies against allowing student data to be transmitted to servers in the States since the Patriot Act was first passed.

Now, as my man PK reminded us recently, knowing something that will be public a tiny bit before other people find out can be extremely valuable.

So why hasn’t anyone pointed out that those in the know could be making money hand over fist, with almost no chance of getting caught, in a socially destructive way? Isn’t this at least as worrisome as the potential blackmail/panopticon effect on democracy/selective harassment issues?

Computer Issues

How To Autopost From WordPress to Google+

Short answer:

you don’t.

“At present Google+ API (released in September 2011) provides read-only access to public data, hence posts only go one way.”

If you read the reviews for the hacky WP extension mentioned there, you discover that it’s totally broken. In the words of a reviewer as of April 2013,

“This worked one time, several months ago, and since then has failed every time. This may not be the fault of the developer, but of Google, who closed the option to post that was exploited by this plugin (not positive that’s the case, but it DID work one time for me).”


There are tons of elegant plugins, with full API support for pushing WP content to your Facebook profile. Isn’t this a barrier to Google+ adoption, or at least a drag on its traction? Or is the Google juggernaut powerful enough to get people to post there natively/manually?