Saturday, August 31, 2002


so in an effort to see what a /normal/ OpenVMS system is like (as opposed to the hacked to hell, covered with home grown stuff we have at $COMPANY), i signed up for an account on the DeathRow OpenVMS Cluster.

it's pretty weird. even on VMS at work, i was used to having all sorts of unix compatability commands lying around. on DeathRow, they don't have any of them. i'll have to train myself to use DIR instead of ls ;-)

Friday, August 30, 2002

Geek Lit

damn, i really must be a geek, cause this story is just about the most amusing thing i've read in a while. gotta love it when a writer actually knows what he's talking about.

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Grr, Argh

been meaning to post something here for a few days, but haven't quite gotten around to figuring out what to say.

i still haven't, so i don't know why i'm even writing this, other than to say "hello world, i'm still here".

Monday, August 26, 2002

Once More With Feeling

it looks like they're going to be releasing the soundtrack to 'Once More With Feeling' in september... very cool stuff, as it's damn good music, and the mp3's i've got of it kind of suck, having been transfered from the original TV broadcast and all.

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Kitty Cat

went to the palisades mall last night to worship^H^H^Hsee the release of Jaguar and pick up a copy. mac people sure are fanatical... it was cool though, and i got a free t-shirt out of the deal. overall, i'm impressed with Jaguar. it seems nicer in general, and Subversion compiled right out of the box, which was very nice to see.

anyway, i'm off to take a shower and drive to MA for joe's bachelor party...

Tuesday, August 20, 2002


saw a neat new port that was added to the freebsd ports tree today. it's a library of code for creating embedded applications on freebsd (and linux i believe). it looks to be frighteningly full featured, with a memory allocation system, a threaded http server that does ssl, and a bunch of other stuff i haven't begun to digest yet.

not that i really have a use for this, but it seems like something that would be good to remember, so i'm posting this here so i can find it later ;-)

Sunday, August 18, 2002


NetNewsWire is very cool, for those of you who are looking for an RSS aggregator for Mac OS X, it looks quite promising. It doesn't seem to work with the RSS that livejournal outputs, which is unfortunate, and it would be nice if it was open source so i could fix that problem, but other than that i think i'm in love...

Have We Made A Difference?

doc searls has some interesting things to say about lawrence lessig's recent speech at oscon.

Saturday, August 17, 2002

At Work?

it's at times like this, at 10:50 on a saturday morning, when any sane individual should by all rights be at home either asleep or having a quiet morning around the house, that i wonder at what point in my life did i go wrong?

because i must have done something horrible to have ended up at work, waiting for idiots at first call to fix their network problems so that this feed will turn back on and i can stop worrying about it.

oh well, at least nobody is here, so i don't have to worry about how loud the music is.

btw, the new they might be giants album kicks ass.

Friday, August 16, 2002

It's Alive!

i finally found a second to burn a new iso for testing, and it seems tht the latest FreeBSD/ppc snapshot boots on my ibook. unfortunately, it doesn't seem to recognize my cdrom, so i can't mount the filesystem and play around, but still, this is big progress when you consider that the previous version simply died on boot.

here is some proof, courtesy of my digital camera.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

I *heart* CafePress

you gotta love a website that makes jokes like this not only possible, but easy.

(you probably have to have been reading the subversion dev list lately to get the joke.)

Oh My God!

everyone must go read tales of the plush cthulhu right now.

free culture

i heard lawrence lessig speak at usenix this year, and it was really really cool.

unfortunately, he didn't have any copies of his talk available, so i couldn't show it to people who weren't there.

it seems that he's made this one available on the web, so you should check it out (and so should i when i get the chance).

Random Update

it's been a few days...

let's see, what's been happening.

work is hectic. training is almost over, but that means that they are just now hitting our part of the project, which means they've got all sorts of questions for me. on one hand, this is good because it means i get a good chance to see what these new people are like. on the other hand, it can be /so tiresome/ answering the same question over and over and over...

anyway, it's almost over, and i will be glad when it is.

yesterday we found out that out of the new class we got JATKINS, which is cool cause he's smart and he'll be working with me on some stuff. kan got DRUBIN, which is also cool because it means he'll be working with us as well.

tomorrow is the 6 flags trip, and i am so ready to just ride roller coasters all day, but first, more training...

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Getting Out and Doing Stuff

went to see 24 hour party people with tray yesterday.

it was amusing. i'm not a huge music person, but i definately enjoyed its little tour of the manchester music scene from 1970 to 1990. neat stuff.

spent the rest of the day wandering around the museum of natural history, which had it's good points and it's bad points. a lot of it was neat, but a lot also looked like they hadn't done anything new with it for like a decade, which is disappointing.

i think museums would be a lot more fun if they had designated times when children were not allowed in them. the whole thing would be more enjoyable if there wasn't this constant background noise of whining kids.

Friday, August 9, 2002

Fun With Ruby

so seeing louis's aggregator made me want to play with it, but my scheme is pretty weak, so i started hacking on my own in ruby.

it's coming along. it grabs rss files, parses them and extracts the useful information, then outputs them as html. i need to make the formatting better and provide a way to cache downloaded output so that it doesn't try to download a new version each time it's called, but it's making progress, and it gives me an excuse to play with ruby, which is always fun.

Monday, August 5, 2002


i really wish i had time to play with some of this stuff.

as much as perl has annoyed me in the past, it seems that there are still cool things being done with it, and i should take the time to become more fluent with it.

of course that will come after i port Config::Auto to ruby ;-)

Saturday, August 3, 2002

Maybe Perl Isn't So Bad After All...

this rocks.

i just sent in a patch implementing the ini parsing part, since version 0.2 from CPAN doesn't seem to have it (although it tries to call it if given an ini file... perhaps he meant to write it and forgot).

well, maybe 'patch' is a generous term, since it was literally a single line of code... but i even wrote tests for it! ;-)

it almost makes me wish i worked with perl more, so i would have an excuse to use it.

Meta, and My Open Source Convictions

gary comments on the fact that the MT people spoke at OSCON last week.

i'll concede that since the convention is supposed to be concerned with open source software, and as such, MT probably should not have been represented, since it is most certainly not open source.

his comments about people using MT instead of some open source blogging tool made me think though. i'm certainly one of the people he's talking about, as i use MT to maintain this site, and if i was using some other blogging tool i might be inclined to contribute code to it.

on one hand, maybe this does 'make the world a worse place', or at least 'not a better place', in some abstract sense, but on the other, i'm not sure that i care.

it's like something louis told me once... he said that he felt he had 'done his part for king and country', and as such didn't feel guilty going out and using some closed source product if it made his life easier.

while i don't pretend to be as accomplished an open source hacker as he is, i still feel that i have made (and continue to make) my own contributions, and quite honestly, when you get right down to it, i'm not all that interested in hacking on a blogging tool. for the moment, MT does all that i desire of it, and perhaps someday, if something else better comes along, i might switch to it. that something might be open source, might be 'source available' like MT, or it might even (doubtful as it seems) be closed source.

when it comes to computers, i use what gets the job done, and while i'd prefer (for mostly technical reasons) that it be something i can hack on freely, that just isn't the sole motivating factor, and i'm ok with that.

Friday, August 2, 2002


this is just completely random. i actually know the girl they're talking about in this article (well, vaguelly, we both interviewed at trilogy at the same time during my senior year of college). well, i assume it's the same girl, since there can't be a whole lot of people named 'camberley crick' out there.

it's interesting to consider how the implications of having a lot of information about yourself on the web have changed over the past few years, now that so many people can so easily access it via something like google. i'm not saying that this is a bad thing, but it's certainly something to be aware of.

damn, i hadn't thought about that name in a long time. it's not often you run into a girl who will keep score in hexadecimal while playing darts ;-)

Thursday, August 1, 2002


so it looks like justin is working on a replacement for libtool, since he found using the original to be /way/ too slow on his mac. the new version is written in c, blindingly fast, and with any luck will really take off, as this whole 'run a shell script a bazillion times for each build' thing really has to stop.