Month: March 2003

  • Download Red Hat 9.0 Now With BitTorrent

    Via Slashdot, go grab Red Hat 9 via BitTorrent right now.

    All the cool geeks are doing it.

  • Crucial Rocks!

    I ordered some memory from Crucial on Friday evening.  With free 2day FedEx, I was expecting the order to be sent out on Monday and arrive Wednesday.  For kicks, I checked up on the order this afternoon.  It turns out that it shipped from Boise, Idaho at 4pm on a Saturday, is currently in Dulles, Virginia, and should be on my doorstep at some point tomorrow.

    Thank you, Crucial.

  • The Script Kiddies are Warming Up

    Brian Graf:

    There is no feeling quite like installing a new OS and having Windows Update report ZERO Critical Updates and/or Service Packs. Any bets on how long this lasts?

    It will become part of your daily routine at some point.  🙂

  • A Presentation About Writng Secure Code

    OpenBSD Journal notes that David Wheeler will be giving a talk about writing secure programs on April 3 from 6:30-7:30 at UMBC.  Full details are here.

  • Amazon Aggregator

    Brad Wilson:

    I can’t imagine wanting to go back to the old way… and I wonder when my program is going to get TiVo-style smarts and say “If you like Don, Sam, Joshua, and Ingo, then you’ll love Sam Gentile and Craig Andera!”.

  • Pointers From a Weekend Offline

    I spent most of the weekend offline.  Here are a bunch of things that I have been keeping tabs on but haven’t had a chance to look into:

    • Cool freshmeat releases
      • Highlight (source hilighter) 2.0b-6.  I’ve been happy with GNU Source-Hiligher, though it doesn’t support PHP4 because of non-GPLness issues.
      • phpCodeViewer 0.3 “is a highly-customizable, general purpose file viewer tool for the Web. It produces directory listings similar to apache’s, and lets you click on (source code) files inside those directories to view them online with line numbering and syntax highlighting.”
    • Sam Ruby tracks XHTML in RSS, which I think is A Good Thing.
    • Slashdot notes that IPv6 subnets based on 6bone are going to go away eventually.  This sucks for Freenet6 and others.
    • [H]ard|OCP pointed to a water cooled Traxxas RC truck today.  Way cool.  I ran electric 1:10 RC for awhile a few years ago.  I had a Opel Calibra V6DTM (Tamiya TA-02 body), a Mini Cooper on a Mini Tamiya body, and an F1.  I miss those days.
    • After reading ChrisAn‘s entry about BlogX rev 20, I realized that I probably wouldn’t be able to work at Microsoft.  Can you imagine people referring to me as MattCroy?  Didn’t think so.
    • Erik pointed to OpenZaurus.  Coool.

    I’ll be plugging in again later tonight.

  • Snow

    It’s been snowing off and on in the DC Metro area today.

    Welcome, Spring!

  • Windows 2003 Server Stability

    Steve Makofsky:

    Just as an FYI, has been running on betas of Windows 2003 Server for months, and it’s been working flawlessly. Only downtime has been to install new drops, etc.

    Very cool.  I must say that I was pleasantly suprised with the stability of the betas and RC’s of Windows 2003 Server.  The only reasons that I ever had to reboot were to swap out hardware or upgrade versions.

    No BSOD’s, no crashes, no weirdness.  I wasn’t stressing the system much, but I’m glad to see that it holds up well to production use.

  • Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Free Software?

    Marius Andreiana at freshmeat:

    The plethora of Free Software applications available today, none working perfectly, is a problem which stands in the way of major adoption of Linux on the desktop. In order to conquer the desktop, we have to stand united.

    It’s an interesting editorial that I can’t say that I agree with 100%, but it does raise some good points.  There are a hell of a lot of different free software programs/packages that do almost exactly the same thing in completely different ways.

    From the article:

    Choice is good, but it’s frustrating when none of the alternatives works properly.

    The references from the article are also worth checking out:

  • A Phone Without T9 is Not Worth Owning

    After doing some text messaging and IMing on a T9-enabled phone, I can’t go back to my old phone.  Here’s why.  If I were to type This is an example on a T9-enabled phone, I would type:

    8447 47 26 3926753

    For a non-T9-enabled phone, like my SCP-6200:

    844(space or wait)4447777 4447777 266 339926755533

    Granted, every once in awhile I have to cycle through a word combination to get to the word that I’m actually looking for with T9, but 97% of the time, it’s right on.

    This is a no brainer.

  • Sun Linux: No Mas

    CNet reports that Sun is dropping its own version of Linux in favor of forming alliances with Linux distributors.

    When they put Sun Linux on their workstations for LinuxWorld, they didn’t even bother to replace the red hat at the bottom left of the screen, so it was fairly obvious what Sun Linux was.

    “We will not be supporting the customized version of Sun Linux. We’ll be moving to standardized distributions of Linux,” said John Loiacono, vice president of Sun’s operating platforms group, in a meeting with reporters here. The change will take place as soon as possible, he said–“way before the end of the year.”

    I’m also not suprised that Red Hat isn’t really excited about the whole Sun Linux thing in general:

    Red Hat declined to comment for this story. However, in February, the company indicated Sun won’t have an easy time forming an alliance. “We don’t see why we should get any cozier with them,” said Mark De Visser, Red Hat’s vice president of marketing.

  • Another Excellent DMer

    Congrats to Ingo, now a DMer.

  • What to Test

    Charles Miller on why testing private methods is a bad thing:

    I don’t test private methods. Being able to quickly create, move around, and change the functionality of private methods is vital to remaining agile while developing.

  • Business in Black and White

    For the last few days, The Washington Post has been printing the Business section in black and white.  I’m not sure if this is to save money on ink for the new War in Iraq section or if it’s a commentary on the state of business in Washington.  In any case, it’s eerie.

    The Washington Post held out with black and white longer than The Washington Times.  They started with a color front page, then color seeped through the rest of the paper.

    Now we’ve got a Business section in black and white.

  • Backing up with NFS

    OpenBSD Journal:

    A recent OReilly Network article gives an example of how to use NFS for networked backups. It includes a couple of example scripts you can use to build small backup commands. Backups are lifesavers, and I’ve found it worth the brief time of setup and testing to make regular backups.

    This method, NFS, is essentially what I do when I have an NFS server available in my environment. While I use rsync with ssh when I don’t have an NFS server around, when I do have one I use rsync and NFS. My basic backup command mounts the NFS volume to the right place and executes my rsync command to copy the information I need to the server, and then unmounts the NFS system. It’s a simple setup, but it’s saved me hours of rebuilding. Check out the article for some ideas.

  • You Can Get Anything You Want at Alice’s Resturant

    Sam Ruby has implemented the CommentAPI with a few tweaks:

    If the request comes in with a SOAP envelope and/or rdf:RDF element, I will respond in kind.  That’s just the kinda guy I am.

  • This Just in: SOAPScope Rocks

    Via Sam Gentile and Simon Fell.  Congrats to the Mindreef guys on their Jolt Productivity Award.

  • Twin 0.4.6 Released

    Twin is:

    Twin is a text-mode windowing environment: it draws and manages text windows on a text-mode display, like X11 does for graphical windows. It has a built-in window manager and terminal emulator, and can be used as server for remote clients in the same style as X11. It can display on Linux console, on X11 and inside itself.

    Here’s what’s new for 0.4.6:

    Several bugs were fixed, including a buffer overrun in twdisplay, a memory leak in ‘Reload RC’, a missing stdarg.h includ in the libTw headers, compilation errors in hw_tty.c, and a problem with cut and paste pasting when clicking on the window border. getpt() support was added along with better error reporting in the pty code, ‘make uninstall’, a new shinyMetal_6x13.xpm theme. The twdisplay now autoprobes module HW drivers, support for utf8 on the Linux console was added, and more libTutf character sets were included. ‘make install DEBUG=y’ no longer strips binaries.

    It’s an interesting project.  The screenshots bring back memories of the menu-driven DOS days.

  • New Stuff in Python 2.3

    Alex Martelli covers some new stuff that will be in Python 2.3.  It’s much more readable than the changelogs.  It looks like 2.3 is going to include some overall speedups as well as introduce a few cool new things.  If you’re a python head, this article is definatley a worthwhile read.

  • Longest Burning Lightbulb


    Host Bob Edwards details a century-old lightbulb that keeps burning and burning. The hand blown bulb is only four watts, but it’s been burning in a California fire station since a neighbor donated it around the turn of the century.

    This is something really cool that I stumbled upon while searching for something on NPR’s site.  There is more information at the Livermore Centennial Light web site.

    Praise good searches gone bad!