Nobody Cares about your Build

My pal Owen (who, incidentally, is doing some wonderful work on CONGO) has just written an excellent high level of of build system philosophy entitled Nobody Cares about your Build. If you’re a developer or release engineer, or are just plain curious about build systems, check it out – here’s a sample: A reliable, comfortableRead More

Not what I wanted to see tonight

I knew something looked fishy when I looked at this drive and only saw half the volume size I thought was there…. /dev/sdd 240365240 206665208 21490104 91% /media/usb3 dbs@yawl:~$ sudo umount /media/usb3 dbs@yawl:~$ sudo fsck /dev/sdd fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008) e2fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008) The filesystem size (according to the superblock) is 61049646 blocks The physical sizeRead More

Pandora-related Amusement.

I’m really getting into Pandora lately. One of the channels I’ve set up is stuff I consider ‘Progressive’. I initially seeded it with Spocks Beard and Yes, and Pandora happily ran with it, adding in Alan Parsons, Styx, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, and Genesis. It’s also added in groups I hadn’t ever heard of, suchRead More

iPhone mobility

I type this sitting in the bay of my local super-quicky-lube place while happy drones in red swaarm around my vehicle. I’m torn between the image of a formula car driver making a pit stop (the minivan sort of clashes here) and some sort of starcraftian crossover – where one of the drones would suddenlyRead More

Pandora – Try It. Really.

If you haven’t tried Pandora, you should. So far, it’s the only thing that has attracted me away from listening to Radio Paradise. Here’s how it works. You create a ‘radio station’ (basically a ‘channel’). In that, you hand it a few songs, or bands that you like – best if you choose a specificRead More

Data Recovery: DENIED

IMG_0044 Originally uploaded by eidolon So what happens when you’re retiring a computer that has had your personal financial information on it for the last 7 years, and you really don’t want that information falling into someone elses hands? Why, you uninstall the drive, get a hammer, hand both to your 9yr old son, andRead More

Mmm, Qualified job leads.

I am… aquiver with excitement over this position. It’s just what I’ve always wanted to do, particularly at this point in my career! Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2008 10:17:50 -0400 (EDT) From: Subject: $15.00/hr – 1 Day (Sept 10th Wed) Worcester PC TECH Hi Dave,       My name is Peter REDACTED and I’m aRead More


Warning. I’m ranting. I’m annoyed. I’m frustrated. You might want to put on your rant-proof galoshes before proceeding. Ready? Perl should be considered a Write-Only Language. Code that is written in it is generally incomprehensible by anyone but the person who wrote it. It’s great for one-offs, quick simple jobs, and low-scope tools. But anyoneRead More

My iPhone – 2 weeks on.

Taking a break here to chatter a bit about my iPhone. Catya and I got ours at the same time, and I have to say, it’s been a pretty nifty experience all around. The iPhone is pretty much the first ‘quasi-perfect’ melding of handheld computer, telephone, and portable internet device I’ve ever used. I’ve namedRead More