Monthly Archives: January 2010

Phil Agre Found

Missing Internet Pioneer Phil Agre Is Found; the original report says “found safe”, but there seems to be uncertainty about that among his fans and friends.

Earlier post: Where's Phil Agre?

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Twittering the Flatirons

Lots of folks are twittering the The Digital Broadband Migration: Examining the Internet's Ecosystem at #flatirons.

Also, there's a feed at

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Off to Boulder – Missing a Great Conference at Home

Today the University of Miami Law Review is hosting an absolutely first-rate conference on administrative law under Obama called The Future of the Administrative State.

And I can only attend the first third of the event, because long ago, before they picked the date for the UM event, I agreed to go to another, very different and also first-rate event, The Digital Broadband Migration: Examining the Internet's Ecosystem at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I hate to miss so much of UM's event, but I have to leave for the airport soon.

I have a special fondness for Boulder, as I spent a very happy summer there soon after I got married. (I followed the judge I was clerking for, who had a house there.) It's a beautiful place, in a way very different from home. No palm trees, but mountains. And snow. It was spectacular in the summer; I've never been there in winter.

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Just for My Torts Students

I've posted a note on our class blog about meeting to discuss your exams. Please read it before e-mailing me. Thanks!

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Leiter: Habermas on Twitter?

Sadly, probably not, but it's still fun.

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Grading is Over

I turned in my grades. As always, the outcomes correlate rather randomly with class participation (even though I give some credit for it), or anything else I can think of. I haven't yet run the numbers to see if there's a correlation with what row people sat in, or how they did on an ungraded “following directions exam” I gave as an experiment.

I think I'm an easy grader. Even so, the grades came out very very bunched — so I curved them to create some more at the top. The bottom, by and large, kindly selected itself.

Now the essential next steps: 1) prepare the memo to the class about the questions and answers, including model student answers; 2) get out of Dodge.

I'm going to a conference in Boulder. The Digital Broadband Migration: Examining the Internet's Ecosystem. I gather that it's not 77 degrees there like it is here…

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Sync and Passwords

So I am looking at Firefox's new plugin, Weave Sync.

Weave is a comprehensive synchronization tool for people who browse on multiple computers. It syncs everything between multiple versions of firefox except your plugins. Guess we'll have to get beyond version 1.0 for that. Even so, Weave offers near-instant sync of

  • bookmarks
  • open tabs
  • browsing history
  • passwords

(Um, passwords?)

Weave tries to sound secure: “all of your data is encrypted end-to-end to ensure your privacy.” But that is not what worries me.

I am, in most ways, the exact sort of person for whom this was designed. On any given day I may use four different computes: office, study, laptop, even maybe a short stint on the kid's game machine in our family room. I am heavily reliant on dropbox to sync working documents. I use xmarks to sync bookmarks. I'd love to be able to sync open tabs to make a more seamless experience as I migrate from machine to machine. (And sooner or later I'm going to migrate my scrapbook to dropbox so I have only one master set of archives instead of home and office versions.

Xmarks will store passwords, but it has a nice feature that allows me to choose on a machine-by-machine basis whether I want to require a special login before passwords become accessible. Since I travel with my laptop, and there's always a chance it might get stolen, I don't want to have my password-protected data accessible to someone who gets a hold of the machine. (But that's not without its risks too.)

If I understand the release notes, Weave has a feature similar to Xmarks to deal with the traveling password issue:

If you use a master password, Weave Sync will automatically connect after you enter in your master password. Weave Sync will stay disconnected until you enter your master password or you choose to manually connect.

I often hibernate my machine instead of turning it off. What worries me is that this sync will become so seamless that I'll forget my passwords are accessible. Either that, or I'll have to always at least close the browser between sessions. That's a risk with Xmarks, and I suppose it's not going to be much different with Weave?

I'd be interested in hearing in comments from anyone using Weave; I'm about to go out of town for a conference, and I don't think I'll do anything to change my workflow until I'm back, just in case something might break.

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