Upgraded to MT4

We’ve upgraded all our blog software to MovableType 4, as well as changed hosts. We don’t have the crossposting to Livejournal working yet, so folks over there are going to have to go hungry for a bit. Please let me know if there’s any instability or oddities primark

Modernized Maxims

From a conversation on IRC today: “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a backpack full of USB thumb drives and a bike messenger.” -Nathan Mehl This arose after I remarked that copying files to a pen drive and walking it over to the server is a faster way of moving a couple gig of data thanRead More

Very cool optical toy.

See the runner – grab onto the black stripes on the right and slowly drag it to the left. This was billed as an ‘optical illusion’ – not sure if that’s apropos. You’re not being ‘tricked’ into seeing anything. It’s as much an ‘illusion’ as regular frame by frame movies give the ‘illusion’ of motion.Read More

Want to be a lighthouse keeper?

Saw this come across a sailing list I’m on. Scituate Lighthouse is looking for a new keeper… “A lot of people have a romantic notion of living in a lighthouse,” said historical society president David Ball. “There are responsibilities that go with it. There’s a lot more to it than people think. It takes aRead More

My Gibbons Runneth Over

Now there’s a topic that won’t make much sense unless you’re in the Linux community. This week saw the release of Ubuntu 7.10, aka ‘Gutsy Gibbon’. I’ve been firmly in the “Stick with the stable releases” Linux camp for quite a while, even when Debian was pushing 2 years behind on their ‘stable’ release. I’veRead More

Radio Silence

And now a word from our intrepid explorer… I’ve been quiet the last couple of days due to some health issues involving an abcessed tooth, hence the reason there’s been a shortage of geeky blatherings of late. Through the magic of Amoxicilin and liberal use of Tylenol, I’m back to almost human again, though there’sRead More

Vague amusement at technology.

I find it terribly amusing, coming from a long history of data communications involvement, that my tactic, when deciding to walk away from my computer, is to turn the volume down so I don’t disturb others. Why is this amusing?  Because I don’t even bat an eye at the fact that I’m streaming 128kbps worthRead More

Lo, I am blocked

So I frequently park myself at the local Panera to partake of their free wireless, tasty coffee, and comfy chairs. It’s also convenient that it’s halfway between home and my son’s school. Yesterday, I stopped by just to get out of the heat. Since I had an hour to kill, I worked up my lastRead More

Kids Programming?

There’s been a lot of chatter around the net lately about trying to find programming and introduction to computers-type software for kids to learn on. I mean, we all know where we started, right? TRS-80 and a READY prompt, or the wonderful ] prompt. 5 1/4″ floppies, simple programs, and tinkering through the weekends wereRead More

Chasing the Power

Every once in a while I get a good dose of greeniness, and look around my little corner of geekiness and sort of wonder “How much juice is this actually using?” After asking Cat what our monthly electric bill was ($300!), I decided this question needed a closer look. A month or two ago IRead More

Idiot AP Reporters

What is it with supposedly ‘technical’ reporters? They apparently haven’t clue ONE about the material they’re writing about. Take for example an article appearing in the Herald Tribune – Europe. The subject is a good one, Tim Berners-Lee discussing research into the future of the ‘net. A worthy topic, but the short article contains thisRead More

LJ RSS Feeds suck it. New methodology ho!

Apparently LiveJournal / SixApart have collectively decided that external RSS feeds aren’t worth fixing. Rather that continue arguing against this idiocy, with help from Lisa and MTLJPost, I’ve set up Planet Geek to crosspost new entries both on the blog and directly into LJ. How does that impact you, dear reader? Not in the slightestRead More