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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/22/2018

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Posts - 2503
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Entries/day - 0.46
Comments/entry - 1.03
Hits/day - 376

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  04:24 PM

Do you remember when it was always "Batteries not included"? That seems to have changed -- I've gotten all sorts of things where a couple of AAs have been packaged up right with the device. Or more common yet, things that require various types of button batteries.

250,000 digits of the square root of 9. "Below you will find the first 250,000 digits of the square root of the integer 9. In the spirit of Project Gutenberg's 1 million+ digits of pi, I have decided to provide this valuable service to WWW users worldwide." Alas, no source code is provided for generating this number. Also: First 50,000 Random numbers.

10 day survival pack for your vehicle for just $25. Around here this week, it might also be handy if "your cushion acts as a flotation device." Note also that no one says this has to be just for your car. In a similar vein, see Scott Hanselman's extensive post from a couple of years ago on how to emergency-prepare your whole life, basically. [car kit via Raymond Chen]

How to Secure Your Computer, Disks, and Portable Drives. In light of Yet Another incident in which a laptop was stolen that had millions of confidential records on it, Bruce Schneier describes how he secures his laptop, thumb drives, and external drives. [via the daily grind]

That Time, at Christmas, When Dad Shot Santa... ohmygod, ohmygod, Christopher Moore is blogging this week at Powells.com, and I, like, totally missed it! Till now, I mean. Which means I didn't really miss it, doesn't it? Anyway.

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