If I had mod points, I'd +1 this.
My card doesn't appear to have any charges on it. I've sought a new card number anyway. Linode hasn't responded squarely to the allegations in the IRC logs that the decryption/encryption keys to credit cards were stored insecurely.
ASIC is an absolute joke.
Their failure to act borders on the laughable, and now they want to read our private communications, presumably so that they can
No no no no no.
Whether you're working in a team or working by yourself: Use Subversion Anyway. Or svk. Or Darcs. Any reputable revision control system will kick the pants out of any ad-hoc solution you come up with. Revision control should be automatic and easy. The value of being able to easily merge changesets alone is reason enough for any non-trivial project. Keeping track of branches for experimental/delicate changes, tagging releases, LOG MESSAGES for all your changes - all of these things, use them, learn to love them. It's a bitch to get in the habit, but when you do it's absolutely worth it.
It's taken me over seven years to truly learn the worth of version control. These days I'd dare not live without it. It really is that good. Honest!
Oh. My. God.
Ruby on Rails.
I just started playing around with it tonight
Admittedly at the moment it's just a toy application. But at the very least, Ruby on Rails has earned it's place in my heart as a rapid prototyping tool.
It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".