Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Salim is on the air...

Salim Ismail (PubSub chairman / co-founder) is blogging, and badly needs some googlejuice for his new blog - "You've Got Ismail!"

He's just posted a mammoth post about the evolution of the internet, and different modes of communication: messaging, request/response and publish/subscribe. I expect he'll have more to say about the third mode in due course :-)

What happened to Mark Pilgrim's data store project?

I remember a widely-linked mail from Mark Pilgrim about a project he was working on to produce a personal database based on everything you do in Firefox. What happened to this? I don't remember hearing anything about it.

The year in cities

My 2005 list is a bit shorter than Kottke's:

  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Kanazawa, Japan
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Wellington, New Zealand

Here's a guess at 2006:

  • Christchurch, New Zealand (of course)
  • Nelson, New Zealand (definitely)
  • New Delhi, India (very likely)
  • San Francisco, CA, USA (if we do another company offsite)
  • Tokyo, Japan (less likely)
  • Sydney, Australia (if it gets too cold in winter...)

How safe is it to publish a scan of your passport front page online?

Interesting to see that the front page of, written by Irina Slutsky, includes a high-res scan of her passport front page.

(Yep - the image looks small when you see it on the page, but it hasn't actually been scaled down; click here for the full version.)

I notice that the passport number has been scratched out, at least. Hmm.