Flattr me this!


Flattr is a way to reward people for the things they do online. You can check out this intro to learn more, but basically, with some money in your Flattr account, you can monetarily give thanks. It’s pretty much the old “tip jar” idea that bloggers had about 10 years ago, but the time is probably right for Flattr to be a big player in this market.

Big you say? Well, they just decided to open the floodgates, so you no longer have to give money to get money. They are doing this (I assume) to get Flattr buttons on everything, because now anyone can start asking to be Flattr’d or, paid, as it were.

For instance, on this very blog, where I’ve been providing you posts since 1997 (and other content even longer than that) there’s a Flattr button you can click, and it’ll let you Flattr RasterWeb!. (Note that I added a donate page a while back, which has seen very little action.) I’m still not sold on putting Flattr buttons on every blog post, and am just doing the entire blog right now.

So besides this blog, you can Flattr the things I do at Thingiverse. Expect many other sites to follow. Discussion and help forums seem like a no-brainer, and any site where you might want to “like” what someone does, or thank them in some way, may fit.

Will anyone get rich from Flattr? Well, right now it looks more like a “thank you economy” type of thing. I mean, no one every got rich from a “tip jar” right? But you get that “good feeling inside” as well as a small amount of cash, which should (for many people) be an incentive to keep on keeping on.

Did I mention you can Flattr RasterWeb!?


Donations will now be accepted…

Donations will now be accepted...

Due to popular demand (one person asked for it) you can now donate money directly to RasterWeb!

What will this money be used for? To guilt me into posting more.

Yeah… that’s the brutally honest truth. Beyond that, I promise nothing.

Keep in mind, I’ve been doing this since 1997. How many other blogs have been publishing for that long, without giving up, quitting, going away, being deleted, getting “lost” on someone else’s hard drive or domain or whatever.

Also, I originally mistyped the title as “Donations will not be accepted…” which I think would have been a more amusing title.


Return of

Tire Buddy Back in September of 2004 I published a Perl script I wrote called You can read that post if you like, because it’s still there (but we’ll get to that later.)

A day after I posted it, Phil Wilson wrote about it. You can read that post, because it’s still there.

Anyway, was a total hack. Short, simple, and it worked for me. Perfect.

Over the years, I’ve gotten a few pieces of email from others who used it, or tried to use it, or wanted to use it. Some of them I could help, others I couldn’t. (I switched jobs, and didn’t have access to an Exchange server anymore.)

So last week I got an email from a guy named Josh Lee. He had the following to say:

Thank you for the script. I would like to add a comment about it. I found it best to wrap it’s execution in a bat file on windows, then call that with a scheduled task. I set up the task to start 10 minutes after logon, and every 15 after that. I also setup the Sunbird option to reload remote calendars every 15 minutes and it works like a charm. On the properties of the remote (work calendar) itself, I unchecked “Show Alarms” and now everything is perfect, home calendar and work one, side by side in my Sunbird.

Thank you very much for sharing this. I would like you to add my comments to your page, sharing with people how to set up this a little further, in windows.

Also, not being a Perl guy, I was lucky to figure out I needed active Perl for windows, and that I needed the non standard Net::IMAP::Simple package installed, and how to do it, you might consider mentioning your dependencies.

Josh also sent me $10 via PayPal as a thank you! (He also suggested I add a “donate” link to my site in case anyone else wants to thank me.

Well, thank you Josh. I do appreciate the email, as well as the $10. :)

High Medium Low One reason Josh wanted to thank me is because I went out of my way to publish the script and make it available to anyone who wanted it. But here’s the thing… The reason I started doing things like that was because others did things like that. I’ve always felt that the web was a collaboration medium, and to a large part, it’s about helping each other out. Also, I like solving people’s problems, just as I like when other people can help me solve my problems. Every time someone posts a solution to a problem on a forum, or a wiki, or their own personal blog, it makes me happy that there is knowledge being shared, and I want to be a part of that.

Oh right, I know… blogs are not cool. Twitter, Facebook, “Social Media” … that’s where it’s at. Right. So… here’s a challenge: Find some post you made on Twitter or Facebook 2 or more years ago that clearly solves someone’s problem, and provides them with some piece of code they can download and run. Go on, I’ll wait. Also, send me the permalink to that public post that I can see without being logged into anything.

So when I said “You can read that post, because it’s still there” what I was talking about was the permanence of what you create when you control the publishing platform. You don’t control Twitter or Facebook, and you never know when the old posts will go away, or not be accessible. I know platforms like are hosted solutions, and they may also someday go away, but at least they offer an easy export of all of your data. Your Data.

So while Twitter and Facebook are platforms with a lot of good in them (as well as some bad) I’m still ultimately going to maintain my own home on the web, and it’ll be right here where I’m an owner, not a renter, and I feel like I have some control over things.

(If you’ve enjoyed this post, we’ve got about 13 more years worth, if you’re interested. If not, don’t worry… Someday you may need a problem solved, and a search will lead you here. Either way, thanks for stopping by!)

Update: I ended up donating $5 of that $10 to an open source developer who solved one of my problems today.


Thanks for all the burritos…

Wow Howza! It’s a crazy-time! Somehow my wife (aka “The Doctor”) secretly gathered up my friends and family and tricked me into going to Bucketworks (even though I was already there just an hour earlier) and confused me by standing around near a big statement of fact declaring it to be my birthday…

pete got surprised

Yes, despite my own best efforts to completely ruin everything (unknowingly) things all worked out. Don’t worry folks, I had no idea… I mean, James came close to blowing things once or twice, but still, I had no idea. The award goes to The Doctor for the amazing acting she did throughout the whole thing.

And a big Thank You goes out to all of my friends and family that were there, making it the Best Birthday Ever, which is quite a change from last year’s Worst Birthday Ever.

The Guy In Profile

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