Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


Rehnquist hospitalized with thyroid cancer

Filed under: — adam @ 5:27 pm

What happens if a justice is too ill to vote?

Uno Attack!

Filed under: — adam @ 4:15 pm

Apparently, card games weren’t exciting enough. The new version of Uno has a special launcher that shoots a stream of cards at you if it decides it doesn’t like you.

Why market forces can’t correct DRM

Filed under: — adam @ 11:04 am

Cory Doctorow talks about why market forces can’t do anything about
DRM. DRM is an interoperability issue that only really exists when
devices try to talk to each other. Even worse, it can be
retroactively applied to machines you’ve already bought.

‘When this guy goes back to the store, what should he do to protect
his next investment? Say he buys an HP device next, having concluded
that Gateway won’t look out for his interests. He takes it home and
finds that it works fine for his purposes (maybe HP has a "better"
deal with HBO that will let him burn more-restricted DVDs from his HP
media-centre), then, a couple months later, the cablecaster switches
on another flag and suddenly his video won’t work.

Where’s the market-force here? Should he stop being an HBO customer? A
cable customer? A customer for only those PCs that he builds himself
and installs a copy of GNU/Linux on? ‘

Ken Iverson dead at 83

Filed under: — adam @ 9:55 am

Moment of highly efficient matrix calculation.

Tabbed browser flaws

Filed under: — adam @ 9:13 am

Apparently all tabbed browsers allow any window to pop a dialog
without saying which window it comes from, and let inactive windows
get focus in form fields (so you can be typing, and not realize that
you’re sending data to a window in the background). These should be
relatively easy to fix, but in the meantime, it’s probably a good idea
to not visit "trusted" sites when other tabs are open in the


Filed under: — adam @ 8:55 am

Healthy people should take the Flu Mist inhalable vaccine. It’s not
approved for the high-risk groups anyway, so you won’t be taking
anything away from anyone who needs it. It will make you feel like
crap for a day or two.

How Sarah McLachlan spends $150,000

Filed under: — adam @ 12:52 am

A man, a plan, a plane, a jar of rat brains

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