Archive for 2007

I really like this blog/website – it is a collection of stories and pictures of various peoples home libraries!

We will add ours as soon as I get around to take some photos

About Your Shelves! July 14, 2007
kimbooktu @ 12:13 am
Wouldn’t it be great to explore the passion that binds us all? To view how each and every one of us gives shape to our hobby? To experience how we pay tribute to our well loved collections? To learn how much we are really alike?
The idea
It started off as me, wondering about your home libraries. I have always been interested in libraries, big and small. Since most of my readers have a passion for books, I am wondering what your library looks like. It does not have to be a proper library, like you see in fancy houses. It could be just a space in a room that is dedicated to your book collection. Or just the most important shelves. No matter how big or small: I would love to see it!
For me, thinking longer about it, it is something beyond books and libraries. It’ is all about love and passion and how it is important in our lives and how the basic feeling is the same for everybody. No matter who you are, where you are and what you are passionate about. I think seeing photographs of peoples passion, in this case their libraries, could be quite inspirational. I hope it also inspires people to read and see beyond the book as an object. Yes, I’m quite an idealist. (If you have your own book blog, please click here.)

[From About Your Shelves! « Your Shelves!]

I found this tidbit interesting – it looks like the likes of Starbucks has actually led to a even more radical growth in the really independent coffee shops.

Taylor Clark in Slate:

According to recent figures from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, 57 percent of the nation’s coffeehouses are still mom and pops. Just over the five-year period from 2000 to 2005—long after Starbucks supposedly obliterated indie cafes—the number of mom and pops grew 40 percent, from 9,800 to nearly 14,000 coffeehouses.

[From Starbucks Might Be Helping, Not Hurting, Independent Coffee Shops]

More information on Sieve – which comes with OsX server 10.4 and 10.5. – a language especially made to filter emails.

The advantage is that any processing done by Sieve happens before the emails are delivered into the users email box – a distinct advantage when you have a wireless device, like a iPhone that picks up your emails directly from a iMap mailbox.

About Sieve Sieve (RFC 3028) is a language for filtering e-mail messages. It is designed to be implementable on either a mail client or mail server. It is meant to be extensible, simple, and independent of access protocol, mail architecture, and operating system. It is suitable for running on a mail server where users may not be allowed to execute arbitrary programs, such as on black box IMAP servers, since in its basic form it has no variables, loops or ability to shell out to external programs. Sieve.Info is a wiki site that attempts to gather documents, implementations, notes, ideas and any kind of information regarding Sieve. The content is edited by volunteers. Please read how you can contribute. [From start [Sieve.Info] ]

So far I have used Mail as may main private email client, picking up email from a OsX Server installation, where I use the built-in SpamAssassin spamfiltering on the server (I have blogged about how to do this previously – including how to keep on training the filters).

The server has been set up to “mark” all email identified as SPAM in this manner :

i.e. by adding “*** JUNK MAIL ***” in from on the Subject line. And then on the Mail (client) side there is a rule that moves any emails starting with this in the Subject line to a “Junk” mail folder.

This has worked well so far – but with the advent of a iPhone picking up emails from the same email account this does not work so well any more, as the iPhone get’s hold of the email before the Mail rule has ben run, and I can therefore see all the JUNK emails.

So off to do some research.

It turns out that OsX server supports a scripting language called “Sieve” which runs server-side, and therefore before any emails hits the mailbox – but it is not activated by default.

So here is a good guide on how to activate it :

As noted elsewhere on AFP548 (and the Apple forums), the latest Tiger updater has fixed the problems many were having with Sieve scripts, particularly using the SquirrelMail plug-in avelsieve. Below is guide to getting this working if you’re starting from scratch, something I see a number of people are asking for…

Installing Web-Based Sieve scripting on OS X Server 10.4.3 using avelsieve
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and then this filter (added through the used of OsX Webmail – Squirrelmail) will do the trick :



All your email that has been tagged as junk will now be moved to the “junk” email folder before the iPhone can read it…

All is well.


Pageviews on the 2 main blogs on this server in December (2007)

First the “old” b2evolution based blog

and then the “new: Drupal based bog.

We went by the Apple Store in Regent street yesterday – and it was packed.

But I still managed to get the fiddly cables I wanted (one headphone cable for the iPhone, and one composite cable for the iPhone & iPod Touch) – but the best bot was that when I wanted to pay I did not walk over to the tills, I just walked over to the nearest member of staff, who whipped out here electronic payment device, took my card, and emailed a receipt to me.

All in one minute!

Amazing – it took all the stress out of the shopping for me.

As the iPhone is one of the first mobile phones (if not the first) to come with a unlimited data tariff it’s not surprising that iPhone users take advantage of this, and the only really useful web browser to be found on a mobile phone. The FT got a few nuggets of hard data from O2’s visit to Apple recently:

Insanely Great Mac has the breakdown on a meeting between O2 (purveyors of the iPhone in Britain) and Mr. Jobs from the UK’s Financial Times, and it seems iPhone users across the pond can’t get enough data. Over 60% of iPhone users use over 25mb/month of data, while only 1.8% of non-iPhone users on O2 go over that mark. That’s a lot of data downloading. [From British iPhone users love their data]

Covent Gardens market halls were quite nicely decorated this year :

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Every time I change jobs we go out for a meal at Matsuri in St. James’s – my favourite restarurant. They serve magnificent food with good service – as you can see from these pictures.

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Covent garden

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Tor

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