Of Handles and Real Names

Let me just start by saying that I am an incredible hypocrite when it comes to handles vs. real names. I hate handles. Now that you are probably questioning my sanity, let me explain.

Again, I hate handles. I despise them. I desire nothing more than to tear away the shroud of anonymity that has been cast amongst the internet by these so-called digital names. Yet, I realize that some desire that anonymity. In fact, some may require that anonymity.

I do not require the anonymity of my handle (), but I feel as if I cannot survive without it. I began my career as MacManX. MacManX made a name for himself as a support forum volunteer and a contributing editor for MacMerc.com. In fact, I doubt that Chris would have recognized me from our days on the Mac Browser Board if it weren’t for my handle. But, what about “James Huff”?

Blogroll Dive: 11/14/05

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan discovers a good list of techniques for notemaking.
  • Owen adds a support forum to Red Alt.
  • Michael Heilemann discovers some excellent game maps.
  • Brian discusses a critical feature which he has yet to see in any web-based task management services.
  • Khaled discusses Sony’s spectacular Bravia commercial.
  • Jon announces the premiere of Google Analytics, a new free web statistics service.
  • Rick discusses the power of positive emailing.
  • Michael Hampton celebrates one year of “Homeland Stupidity”.
  • Jim finishes his Orange Apple Computer Club presentation on inexpensive Mac maintenance and publicly publishes a PDF of the presentation.
  • Craig shares his opinion of what the next WordPress theme competition should be about.
  • Orson ruminates on an apparent lack of moderation and rationality in today’s politics.
  • Sarah posts dates for several upcoming concerts.
  • Angsuman discovers a class-action lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s new and aggressive copy-protection technology. More information on Sony’s latest attempt to cripple the freedom of their music customers and leave them open to a new wave of viruses, adware, and other forms of malware is available in Angsuman’s post.
  • Chris discovers an excellent presentation on Web 2.0.
  • Mark discusses the importance of having a “truck sponsor” during long highway drives.
  • And, Tom discovers that the upcoming Intel-based Macs may be capable of running multiple operating systems.

Cyberduck Update v2.5.1

Cyberduck has been updated to v2.5.1. This update adds drag-and-drop uploading, the ability to print the browser window, and a few bug fixes. As of this release, Cyberduck is now packaged as a Universal Binary. The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for Cyberduck here.