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Things I liked about 2006

By Mike Lin

I wanted to do some reflecting and make some kind of new years list but I didn’t know what kind of list, so this is just going to be a list of stuff I liked in 2006.

The only thing I’m going to leave out of this list is people, because I don’t think I can express how much I really appreciate the people in my life in just a sentence or two each.

So here they are in no particular order:

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Firefox Smart Keywords

By Mike Lin

Firefox’s smart keywords are amazingly useful.

Using smart keywords as described in the link, you can make it so that if you type ‘d nonplussed’ into Firefox’s address bar to do a lookup in your favourite dictionary site, or ‘th nonplussed’ for a thesaurus lookup, or ‘wp nonplussed’ for a Wikipedia lookup etc. Combine this with the alt-d hotkey to move the cursor to the address bar, and you can lookup an unfamiliar word in literally 2 seconds, which means you’re way more likely to do it. After using it for a while, you’ll be saying more really big words, which among other things is totally sexy.

… although they say it’s not the size of your vocabulary that matters, it’s how you use it.



State of Electronics Shopping in Canada

By Mike Lin

crossover cable
Is this worth $30?

I needed to get one of these –>
So I was looking around online and I found these descriptions of essentially equivalent products from three different retailers:

Do you notice a slight discrepancy? Guess where I do my hardware shopping?

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