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Ask the Hivemind: Pinterest for text-only sites.

question mark forestI’ve decided that I want to start using Pinterest for bookmarkers (though I’m willing to be dissuaded). Mostly, I’m tired of having some of my bookmarks available to me in (Google-synced) Chrome browser and some available to me in (iCloud-synced) Safari. (And, of course, this only gets more annoying when I move to other computers / mobile devices.) I’d like to have one place that I can go to for all my bookmarking needs. (I admit that I’m no longer sure why I quit using delicious. Didn’t they have some big going away / taken over / aliens invading scare a while back? Is that no longer an issue?) (more…)

Ask LazyWeb: Hosted ticketing systems?

Before you tell me to install RT, let me stop you: I don’t have a host to run this ticketing system on. That’s why I’m looking for a hosted system. Do any of you have any recommendations (or anti-recommendations) for such a thing?

My wish list is pretty minimal:

  • Queues
  • Email integration
  • Multiple users
  • Reasonable UI
  • Cheap (Free is even better)

I get the feeling this is going to be one of those, “pick three” sort of things, but I figured it can’t hurt to ask.

[PSA: Yarn freaks.] Oh. Oh dear.

This may be known to the world far and wide already, but I just discovered it, so I thought I’d share it with you.

The good folks at Ravelry now have a road trip planner. You put in your start point, your end point, and how far you’re willing to detour for yarn shops, and it will tell you all the shops it knows of that meet your parameters.

Now if only I was going on a road tri… hey wait! I am!

Oh dear.

gmail has a new trick.

Logging in to gmail this morning, I noticed something that hadn’t caught my attention before. I had a shipment notification from Amazon, and it looked like this:

gmail: package tracking


Complete with a little “track package” link, which did the right thing. Nifty.

PSA: What’s up, Apple?

For those of you who didn’t know it existed (like me, until a day or two ago), Apple provides a status dashboard. It covers Services, Stores, and iCloud, broken out with a reasonable amount of detail.

This might help with those, “Is it just me, or is $FOO really just broken right now?” moments. (You have those, too, right? It’s not just me? Is there a dashboard for that? Oh dear.)

The internet is awesome, part in a series.

I was joking with Cindy about needing to knit her a hat to wear during her running expeditions, and she asked if I could knit one of those hats with the attached beards, because they’re awesome. I knew exactly what she was talking about, and went off in search of patterns.

Turns out, there’s an entire web site dedicated to them. Check out Beardhead.com, if that sort of thing interests you. (These are actual finished projects, not patterns, which makes me both happy and sad.)

Tab Closing (2012.10.03)

Wanting to close a spare browser window I have kicking around, so have some tabs that I’ve kept open for a while.  (more…)

Despite myself, I am intrigued…

First off, if you own a Kindle (or use the Kindle app on your $DEVICE), you should probably read Pixel of Ink. It’s one of my favorite, “Oooh, cheap or free Kindle books!” lists. Though it still has its share of romance novels (because, really, numbers lean heavily that way), it seems to make an effort to include other genres that are often overlooked by some of the other bargain listing sites.

Like, this book, for instance:

The first volume in The Oz Chronicles recalls both Stephen King’s The Stand and L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.

For free, it might be worth picking up, based upon that description alone.