Gil Amelio introduces Steve Jobs

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Daring Fireball links to this vintage video from Macworld 1997, where then-Apple CEO Gil Amelio rambles on before introducing, to a rousing standing ovation, the returning Steve Jobs. Amelio’s facial expression while the ovation lingers is priceless. Cue sad trombone:

Teaser: My least-readable blog post may be coming soon

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I have a topic for an impending blog post that is likely to be my most arcane, geeky, unreadable post ever. Even if you know what I’m talking about. It will be the blog post equivalent of Metal Machine Music. Even I won’t be able to read it after it is written.

The topic: migrating the primary keys in a CakePHP site’s MySQL database from GUIDs to integers. I can’t wait.

Testing new CSS

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I’m working on a modified version of the default WordPress “Twenty Eleven” theme. I’m keeping the templates more-or-less untouched, but I stripped the CSS down to nothing and am rebuilding it. It’s not done yet, but it’s far enough along for now… and I needed to get it rolled out before my MacBook Air ran out of battery charge. Enjoy!

What I Wish Wikipedia and Others Were Saying About SOPA/PIPA

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What I Wish Wikipedia and Others Were Saying About SOPA/PIPA
Writing for ReadWriteEnterprise, Joe Brockmeier gets to the heart of why this kind of legislation can even exist in the first place:

What I wish Wikipedia (and others) were saying: “Today, we’re going to an extreme to notify the public of bills that threaten the Internet. We’re doing so because this was the only way to get your attention. The mainstream news media was not going to tell you about SOPA or PIPA. Many of your elected officials want to push through harmful legislation because their supporters demand it, and they know you’re unlikely to hold them accountable. It’s vitally important to stop SOPA or PIPA from passing, but what’s even more important is that you start paying attention and demand better from your government. Even if we stop SOPA, the larger problem continues. Tomorrow we’re going to go back to business as usual, but it’s up to you whether Congress does.”