Monday, December 29, 2003

Suggestions Welcome

So I'm going to be in Boston for the traditional PsiU alumni new year's party, and since I never get around to taking time off from work I decided to take the day before and a few days after off. Basically I'll be heading up to MA on tuesday night and I'le be driving back to CT on sunday night.

So (when I'm not working feverishly on the book) I'll be hanging around with some time to kill...

Anyway, the real question is: what should I do when I'm there?

There are at least one or two friends of mine who are going to be around, so I'll probably be able to scrounge up a few co-conspirators for whatever evil plan I come up with, but so far I'm totally stumped as to what we should do.

I mean come on, there HAS to be something interesting we could do in a city as cool as Boston, right?


Any ideas?

Tuesday, December 23, 2003


My article made it into chromatic's best of 2003 article.


Monday, December 22, 2003

Another Reason TypePad is Cool

Atom Support.

It rocks that my weblog's already starting to work with the latest and greatest technology, and I didn't have to do a damn thing to make it happen.

That's why I don't mind paying for TypePad.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Sunday, December 7, 2003

DragonFly and Variant Symlinks

So it looks like DragonFly has been making considerably progress since the last time I looked in on them.

Most significant (in my opinion anyway) is the fact that they've implemented variant symlinks.

They're symlinks with variables in them, which are replaced with the contents of variables that can be set on a per-process, per-user, or per-system basis. All you VMS people out there are probably thinking "wow, that's a lot like logicals", and yeah, it sure seems like it.

Interesting places to look in the code if you're curious would be the command line tool for messing with the variables, and kern_varsym.c where much of the magic is implemented.

Neat stuff all around. I'm looking forward to giving DragonFly a try at some point.

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

A Bad Sign

It's probably not a good thing when you're reminded of the fact that you should throw out that two week old leftover chinese food by the fact that you're putting more leftover chinese food in the refrigerator.