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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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A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

— Theodore Roosevelt



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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/21/2018

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Posts - 2522
Comments - 2582
Hits - 2,081,216

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Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 374

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  06:45 AM

A dollop of information in an easy-to-open, obselescence-resistant package.

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging. Yay. Amazon is leaning on working with manufacturers to create less-wasteful and, incidentally, easier-to-open packaging. Here's a picture from their site:


[via kottke ... I think.]

Time stands still. Michael Broschat has a Kodak photo CD that's only 10 years old, but already the format is obsolete and he can't read the images. As the pace of technological innovation accelerates, so does the pace of technological obsolescence.

Monster Smart. [video] Seems to be missing the point, somehow. (Turn audio down -- it's wretched and not needed anyway.) [via Friend Dennis]

How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names. Where did the name iPod come from, anyway? [via Code Project]

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