Author Archives: filosofo

“filosofo” is the nom de guerre of Austin Matzko.

Death of WiFi?

An Ericsson executive recently predicted that WiFi’s time has passed: “In Austria, they are saying that mobile broadband will pass fixed broadband this year. It’s already growing faster, and in Sweden, the most popular phone is a USB modem,” said Bergendahl, who was the keynote speaker at the European Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference [...]

WordPress Plugin: GZIP Pages

WordPress 2.5 is being released in less than three weeks. While it has a lot of exciting new features, it is also missing a feature that’s been part of WordPress for a while: the option to compress page content for browsers that support compression. Up to version 2.3.3 of WordPress, you could select this option [...]

Lunar Eclipse

We enjoyed watching the lunar eclipse tonight, apparently the last one for a couple of years.

Three Years of Blogging

Today marks the third year of this blog. Back when I started, WordPress version 1.5 was brand new, and I wanted to try managing a site with something other than my hand-rolled Perl applications. Since then, my involvement with WordPress has grown; I now work full-time as a web developer, and I spend most of [...]

Welcome, Maggie!

My first daughter, Margaret Evelyn, was born this morning at 9:51 EST, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz, and measuring 20 ½ inches. She’s different from brother Sam in that she is naturally born (VBAC), about a pound lighter, half an inch longer, and most noticeably not screaming constantly. We arrived at the hospital late Saturday [...]

Quick and Easy Shopping at Stop & Shop

I’m a little bit suspicious of the “U-Scan” trend at grocery stores, as it seems like a ploy to get customers like me to do—unpaid—the job of cashiers. So you might think that there would be even more reason to object to the new “easySHOP” system that just appeared at my local Stop & Shop. [...]