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Monday, August 14, 2006

Flock Memory Leak

I'm bloggin with Flock about a memory leak in Flock. My computer slowed to a crawl for no apparent reason...all I had open were browser windows. I though maybe it was the java applet that I was running in IE (why IE? because of course it doesn't work in Flock). But when I pulled up task manager I was shocked to see that Flock was sucking down more than 500 MB of memory. Ridiculous! Hey Will Pate, Will Tschumy or Daryl L. L. Houston, I love Flock, we need a fix!

(Tip to novice bloggers: Using people's names in your blog posts often helps draw their attention to them.)

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is something that I first heard about at The Dilbert Blog of all places. Basically the idea is that when you believe something to be true your brain shuts down from hearing logical arguments against it and you stick to your beliefs even if the evidence presented clearly proves that they are illogical.

Scott Adams, the cartoonist behind Dilbert, explained it in a great, and funny, way, and apparently was doing an experiment on his blog related to confirmation bias recently.

There's also additional information on confirmation bias at wikipedia.

The areas of cognitive science have become increasingly interesting to me and may become an area of future professional study, ideally at an accredited university in the local area whose colors are Maize and Blue.

PLEASE NOTE: Many viewpoints expressed by Scott Adams are contrary to viewpoints that I hold. The reference is intended for the specific topic and content mentioned and not an endorsement of his viewpoints.

That being said I find his writing to be thought provoking, well done and often extremely entertaining.

meebo me

Meebo is an online chat client that combines the likes of AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN and other instant messaging clients in one site. It's really quite convenient.

Well, meebo has come out with a chat tool that you can embed in your blog. You may have noticed it on the right hand side there. I haven't had a chance to play with it much, and I may not use if very much, but it seems like a great idea and is very cool. Anyone on your blog can look at your meebo me widget and see if you are logged in to meebo. If you are, they can chat with you then and there. Pretty cool stuff from the folks at meebo. They even let you pick the size and the widget name.

You can read more about it, and the other cool things they are doing, at the meeblog.

(Hat tip to Mark Jen.)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Google Adds Saved Locations

Google has added the ability to save locations in Google Maps. This is one of the features that many have suggested holds Google Maps back from being the top choice for the average user when it comes to mapping websites. As far as I'm concerned Google Maps is definitely the best around, and this only solidifies that for them. You can read more at the Official Google Blog: Saved locations on Google Maps

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