Tech talk with engtech

October 30, 2006

Here’s a quick update with recent stories at //engtech

Before I get started with the boring, I want to heartily recommend “Apathy and Other Small Victories” by Paul Neilan. It was brought to my attention by The Inadvertent Gardener, and it’s true. Neilan’s writing is very similar to AJ’s (but not quite the same). I really liked it, and if you’re a fan of “AJ vs Work” you probably want to give “Apathy and Other Small Victories” a try.

Available at your local library
(direct link to reserve “Apathy…” from Ottawa Public Library).

If you get the copy with the Golden Ticket, you may win a very special prize.


I think my best writing since the last Tech Talk was with my “online anonymity” series. It’s done in three parts: Introduction, a Case Study (featuring the boys of Beats Entropy) and 12 Steps to Make Yourself Less Searchable. There may be a part 4 with tips on what to do once the cat is already out of the bag.

Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 are out. Both have much improved support for RSS. I recommend Firefox. If you’re running Debian Linux you’ll be using Iceweasel instead of Firefox.

Google (yes, I love Google) released custom search engines. Now anyone can collaboratively work with other people to create subject specific search engines. Best part is you can make money off of them.

On Working in High Tech

AJ wrote a great (serious) article on working in high tech from the point of view of a non-techie. Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, my sister shared with my her fears that her tenant is a potential terrorist. I think not.

For those who never quite understood it, you can find out more about what I do for a living. I found a great article on how to screen candidates with phone interviews (good read no matter what side of the interview process you are on). Paul Graham did a good essay explaining why startups fail. It’s hard to act as the middle man between the techies and the customers.

On Blogging

I hit the Technorati Top 10,000. This means there are only 9,000+ blogs that are more popular than //engtech. has domain registration and mapping (that’s how we have . We put together a “post voting” system on Fanpop for blogs and introduced a few new people to Beats Entropy. Oh yeah, and a Canadian politician was fired from the conservative party for blogging.

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