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Archive for May, 2010

Because I am now a homeowner and worry about my lawn, although not today (it’s pouring).  Anyway, some clips below and the full link is included.

1. Mow Less Often

Keep grass tall to improve soil’s moisture retention (translation: you don’t have to mow as often as you probably are!). “Raise your mower’s blade to three, even four, inches from now until right after Labor Day,” says Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual. Taller grass shades soil and blocks weeds like crabgrass from getting sustenance and poking though your luscious lawn. “If crabgrass gets light, it will germinate,” he adds.

2. Leave Grass Clippings On the Lawn

Instead of spending time raking up the clippings left over after you mow, leave them there. They’ll break down and return precious nutrients to the soil. And you won’t need to add as much fertilizer as usual. Better yet, use a mulching mower, which fertilizes the lawn the natural way. It minces cuttings into pieces so small they can still be left on the ground, where they eventually decompose. Just by leaving clippings on the lawn, you’re basically fulfilling 25 percent of its fertilizer requirements.

via 5 Shortcuts to a Perfect Lawn – DIY Life.

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A fascinating article about user “fingerprinting.”  Basically it looks at the way you have your computer and browser setup in order to “profile” your activity on the web.  It has nothing to do with cookies, and the more you customize your settings (presumably to prevent identification) the more unique you become (at least until everyone does it).

Anyway, a great read.

You’re concerned about your online privacy, and you do all the right things to keep from being tracked around the Web: purge your cookies regularly, clean out Flash “supercookies,” even switch to browsers like Browzar, which lets you “search and surf the web without leaving traces on your computer.” Doesn’t matter—your browser is giving you away.

via How your Web browser rats you out online.

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How to Quit Facebook Without Actually Quitting Facebook – Facebook – Lifehacker.

A quick link, a bookmark really.  I probably will go through with this soon.

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Very, very cool.   Plan to update the post with commentary a bit later.

Ars Technica – Nobel Intent – Engineering bacteria for environmental cleanup.

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