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(note to commenters)

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on July 10th, 2009

WordPress seems to be queueing comments somewhere in the system and I’m not seeing them for moderation till days later sometimes — even my own! ¬†Once you have a comment approved, tho, all further comments by you should be posted automatically. ¬†(A spam control measure, as you can imagine.) Josh

Nanodot upgrade

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 17th, 2009

As you can see, we’re in the process of upgrading nanodot (and the main website will follow). Please bear with us while we work the kinks out.

Keep Nanodot going for 2008: Help with Challenge Grant by Dec. 31

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 20th, 2007

We hope you find Nanodot useful all year long. Now we need some assistance from our loyal readers: we have a Challenge Grant going, with every dollar you donate being matched one-for-one up to US$40K. But as of today we’re only about a quarter of the way to our goal. You can track our progress [...]

$40K Nanotechnology Challenge Grant: Watch our progress

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 26th, 2007

Foresight Nanotech Institute has received a large Challenge Grant, but to fulfill the challenge we need to raise $40K in matching gifts. You can watch our progress on the pie chart as we work toward our goal. Are you up for the nanotech challenge? Thanks to contributions like yours, we’ve been able to advance beneficial [...]

Vision Weekend Unconference now open to Nanodot readers

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 12th, 2007

This year as an experiment we are opening up a subset of seats at the Nov. 3-4 Foresight Vision Weekend to members of special groups such as Nanodot readers. The event is usually open only to Foresight Senior Associate members: I encourage you to check out this event. Since it is an Unconference, you [...]

Updates on Nanodot

Posted by RobertBradbury on December 16th, 2004

In an effort to make nanodot a more concentrated news resource we have added a number of new block summaries that users may choose to add to their nanodot homepages. More…

Nanodot Back Up!

Posted by RichardTerra on August 24th, 2001

from the mea-culpa dept.
Foresight CIO Ben Harper writes:

"After a long week of work, nanodot is back up and running! During our major upgrade/maintenence on August 12th, we ran into some hardware issues which forced us to lengthen our downtime unexpectedly. We've since corrected those hardware issues, and have gotten nanodot back up on a more stable, extensable, and solid infastructure running BSD and Slash 2.0.

I want to appoligize to everyone for our downtime, as well as for the inconvenience this has casued. I can assure you that we'll do everything we can to significantly shorten subsequent maintenence and downtime on the site in the future.

Please feel free to email me anytime at to let me know of any issues, comments or questions that you have regarding

Thanks for reading!

Ben Harper
Chief Information Officer
Foresight Institute"

Nanodot Upgrade Complete

Posted by DaveKrieger on August 20th, 2001

from the better,-late,-than-ever dept.
Foresight CIO Ben Harper and I have finished the long-awaited upgrade of Nanodot to the FreeBSD operating system and Version 2.0 of the Slash weblog software. In the course of the upgrade, we uncovered and corrected a hardware problem that was responsible for several crashes of Nanodot in the preceding weeks.

Ben has commendably corrected the Sendmail malconfig Nanodot had been suffering (by replacing Sendmail with Postfix)… so if you signed up for a Nanodot account and never received your password, you can now use the "Mail Password" facility to get the system to resend your password. (If you don't remember your Nanodot nickname, don't fret… we will do a mass-mailing to all Nanodot users, reminding them of their nicknames and passwords, shortly.)

Headline mailings return

Posted by DaveKrieger on January 6th, 2001

from the he's-slow-as-heck-but-he-works-cheap dept.
As a side-effect of the relocation of the Nanodot server, the nightly and weekly headline mailings were being sent to nowhere. I recently became aware of the problem and fixed it, so you should be receiving these mailings much more regularly than previously.


New Topic Icons

Posted by DaveKrieger on November 12th, 2000

from the your-call-is-important-to-us dept.
Are the new textual topic icons an improvement or an eyesore? Read More for the reasons behind them, and voice your opinion in the new Poll.