Friday, October 31, 2008


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm a dreamhost'er

In an effort to simplify my life, better the world and add some redundancy to my setup, I've recently done two things with regards to my usage of computers. First off, I got rid of my home backup server and purchased a Drobo. Not only does this give me a massive amount of mirrored storage, but I get to turn off an old G4 500mhz box that I was using strictly to backup the laptops and my private server at home.

Second, after a recommendation from a friend, I have bitten the bullet and signed up for a account. The part that pushed me over the edge is that they are having a special offer with lifetime unlimited diskspace and unlimited bandwidth. I purchased a year subscription to try it out and used the Promo50 $50 discount code. Total price for a year $69.40. The benefit here is that I will be able to migrate all of my email, websites and domain names off of my home server (an old G4 dual 500mhz) and be able to turn that off as well. I can then mirror the entire contents of my Drobo up to dreamhost as an additional offsite backup.

I estimate that the yearly power savings alone will pay for this service, but I will also be able to sell off the two servers and the money from that can go towards the hosting. I really welcome not having to manage these services any longer. It was fun for the last 15 years, but I'm over it now.

Monday, October 27, 2008


It seems the special people at Cynergy Systems decided to trademark the word "LookFirst" on their website. This word happens to be my domain name. Looking in the whois database to see when their domain was registered, I see it was in June 19th, 2000. My commercial domain name was registered in January 2nd, 1998. A full two years earlier. The funny thing about all of this is that they also need to compete against the actual company who has gone and paid the extortion money to actually register the trademark with the USPTO. Needless to say, that domain ( with a copyright that hasn't been updated since 2006) has only been around since April 19th, 2003. Given that I squatted over the domain shitter first, I think I win and all of you can stop using my word to advertise your lame ass products. Ha.

Do The Math

Obama's 'socialist' tax strategy has zero impact on me. How about you?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

4 year fix

A relatively simple bug that I found and reported in Mozilla almost four years ago, just got resolved. Woot.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MacBook Pro Inconsistent Clicks

I just recently picked up one of the new MacBook Pro's. I absolutely love it. It is my first new laptop in about 4-5 years and the lack of Java6 for the original 32bit Core Duo chips was really starting to put a hamper on my development. I have also decided that I want to learn how to write iPhone apps, so my full hard disk just wasn't cutting it anymore.

That said, the new glass trackpad misses clicks. I click and it just doesn't register as a click. This is starting to drive me nuts. One blog posting suggests that it is a software issue. I'm going to use it for a little while longer, but I think this week I'm going to call Apple Support and see what the deal is. Anyone else having these same problems?

Update: Found some discussion in the Apple forums . Seems a lot of people are having these problems. Sigh.

Update2: This is definitely a software issue. All clicks get registered when I run Windows XP in vmware fusion for Mac.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I heart Google Code project hosting

Google just recently announced that you can now embed Gadgets in your Google Code wiki pages. This is a major feature for this service! The reason is simple. Before this feature was implemented, you couldn't embed anything other than wiki markup. Adding the ability to put Gadgets on the pages enables one to resolve a long standing issue which was that you couldn't embed Google Adsense in your project pages. So, I believe I can now claim that I'm the first person to do this. Woot!

Fun Little Math Problem

Thanks to Mr. Hellman (and Diffie and Merkle) we have public key cryptography. I was just browsing Mr. Hellman's website and came across this fun little math problem. I really appreciate how he took something complicated an explained it in simple clear terms.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lost in Translation

From the Quickly website:

Due to Yang's father is a medical doctor and her mother is extremely hygiene, she also followed this good practice. Yang is very strict on having her franchisees keeping their sores spic and span.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

SimCity for the Economy

I feel like someone is playing a game of SimCity with the economy and losing.

Somali Pirates

Looks like some Somali Pirates picked on the wrong Iranian ship and got more than they bargained for. There is some interesting analysis that suggested the ship was going to spread some radioactive powder all over Israel just in time for Yom Kippur. However, another analysis is that the ship was really only carrying fuel for rockets. Regardless, it sounds like an interesting story that only a few people will ever know what really happened and I'm glad that nobody (except the pirates) got hurt.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Real Joe

No wonder McCain mentioned his name so many times. It was a total staged event and he was cashing in on his investment! Fucking pathetic.


The forces on the vacuum barriers attached to the quadrupoles at the subsector ends were such that the cryostats housing these quadrupoles broke their anchors in the concrete floor of the tunnel and were moved away from their original positions, with the electric and fluid connections pulling the dipole cold masses in the subsector from the cold internal supports inside their undisplaced cryostats.
The paragraph above came from the CERN press release where they describe in fairly low level detail each event that caused the recent failure in the LHC. They do it in a way that makes you feel smart even if you have no clue what a quadrupole is. On top of it, look how eloquently they describe a massive event where an expensive technical piece of hardware just ripped itself out of some beefy anchors in the floor. I just love the geeky talk, what a turn on!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Snowed Over

This is such a bad idea on so many different levels. It seems that unicode domain names are starting to appear that will snow us over...


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Dock

Eclipse just updated itself. Why is it that when applications update themselves, they put a new icon way down on the right side of the Dock and require me to remove the old icon. I've seen this happen many times. How come that can't just be automatic?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

He's got a good point

Apple Doesn't Need a Public Succession Plan 
Mr. Jobs is only 53. One of our presidential candidates, hoping to be the most powerful man in the free world, just turned 73. I expect Mr. Jobs to remain at Apple for as long as it pleases him, many more years and to outlive John McCain.

Job's for president? =)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Web Inspector Redesign

Surfin' Safari has a recent blog posting about the latest Web Inspector redesign. As much as I like FireBug, this thing really leapfrogs it in functionality. I've pretty much stopped using Firefox as my primary browser. Even 3.0.x is slow, bloated and unstable. The only thing keeping me from killing Firefox entirely was the lack of good FireBug functionality. Those days are over, congrats to the Safari/Webkit teams, thank you so much for your hard work.

slashdot news in your inbox

For the last 8 years or so, I've been receiving slashdot's news articles directly in my inbox thanks to a little perl script that Brian Behlendorf wrote. The script is a kind of retro coolness. It grabs the /. rss feed, downloads each article and processes it with the lynx browser to produce nicely formatted output with clickable links.

This has the advantage over straight RSS in the following ways: a) I like the articles in my inbox. I've got a nice searchable archive of /. with tens of thousands of emails. b) The RSS feeds don't include the links that are in the articles so you have to go to the /. site to actually get to the referenced material. c) I dislike the formatting of the /. site.

So, recently, the script broke due to a parsing change on the /. site and Brian no longer wants to maintain the script and list of subscribers. Thus, I volunteered. It was a fairly simple fix and I setup a mailing list using nice open source SubEtha Mail mailing list server that I helped write. It is all hosted at a well connected colo on my friend Jeff 's box.

Anyway, I'm posting here cause I figure others might be interested in this script. If you would like to subscribe to get the emails, go here.