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Every so often I get an email like this:

Hi djuggler,

Just a quick reminder that is going out of service on July 1.

After that, your personal Plazes data (including your account info) will be erased. So why not move your plazes to Nokia Maps today? Simply visit and follow the easy instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact Nokia Support.

Kind regards

Your Plazes Team

I don’t even remember being a part of but sure enough, I have an account albeit very unused.

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RIP Evelyn Sothman

My friend, my Knoxville "mom," has passed away.

To me she will always be "Mom" Sothman sharing the family’s dinner during my college years. She even brought me along to "family" reunions and gatherings of an unrelated family in LaFollette whom she met at a stay in the stay in the hospital. Evelyn Sothman shared video with me of one of the last caretakers of the Wonderland Hotel at Elkmont. Through her, and that smile she wore, I felt closer to the people and the kindness of East Tennessee.

I miss her. May Trisha, Chris and the rest of the family be happy knowing that their mother brought joy to those around her. My love and condolences to you all.


I am happy to have seen her recently. She was working the polls during the most recent election and I had a few moments to get a hug and catch up.

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Not always as nerdy as I should be

Only today have I comprehended the meaning behind HAL’s dirge, "Daisy Bell," at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing, singing [Daisy Bell]. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews.

[Source, Youtube, First computer to sing – Daisy Bell]

Max V. Mathews, RIP

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I want Sandy goes down

At the beginning of this week, we learned that Pownce is shutting down. Pownce in many regards was superior to Twitter but never claimed the community that Twitter built which gives Twitter its power and the ability to turn down $500million in stock (see also the NYT) offered by Facebook.

At the end of this week, we learn that I Want Sandy is shutting down. I Want Sandy was a convenient reminder service not terribly dissimilar to Jott. Interestingly enough, the intellectual property has been purchased by…wait for it…Twitter!

While the company [Values of n] and services will be shutting down, Stikkit and Sandy‘s DNA will live on; the intellectual property behind both has been acquired by Twitter, Inc []. While Twitter has no immediate plans to incorporate Sandy or Stikkit’s feature sets into its core product, those who know our apps well may notice familiar-feeling bits and bobs appearing in your Twitter experience. [Source, Get Satisfaction – I Want Sandy, A fork in the road (An important announcement about I want Sandy)]

That same announcement explains that the owner Rael Dornfest took an engineering job with Twitter. It Died notes this and has further commentary.

Dornfest wasn’t charging for these services, but they were quite good at their purposes. He opted to take a job with Twitter, sell them his intellectual property, and shutter the site. [Source,, In Defense of Shutdowns]

Until December 19, 2008, you can export your data from Sandy.

Sandy, R.I.P.