What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here.
Boom. Sooner or later... Boom!
Wednesday, June 29
Is the Maxtor Shared Storage Drive. It's a file server. It looks like an external hard disk, but it's a file server. It's got two USB ports, but that's for attaching more disk drives. Or printers, because it's also a print server.
$549 for the 300GB model, $449 for 200GB. (Australian pricing.) That's $100 more than the plain external drive.
What a comforting fact that is to know.
| You scored as Moltmannian Eschatology. JÃ¼rgen Moltmann is one of the key eschatological thinkers of the 20th Century. Eschatology is not only about heaven and hell, but God's plan to make all things new. This should spur us on to political and social action in the present.|
What's your eschatology?
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Tuesday, June 28
I'm looking for a CMS. My own development attempts have foundered on the twin reefs of lack of time and scalability (mainly database problems).
I'm not asking for much. All I want is:
PHP, Perl or Python, I don't really care. Even Java will be considered.
- Unlimited blogs, forums, wikis and portals feeding from a common pool of articles and comments. That is, a post can appear on a blog and a forum and a wiki, with its comments and other details intact.
- Sub-sites with their own domains - and their own layouts
- Group-based permissions
- Semantic markup
- RSS feeds
- Page, block and template based site construction
- In-line and out-of-line editing
- A few nice clean themes to start with
- Absolutely no PHP or SQL coding required of - or indeed available to - regular users
- Plugin / module architecture
- Web services API
- Runs on Linux
- Doesn't cost more than US$2000 (Free is good. Open source is better.)
- Fully integrated and self-contained. I don't need a choice of three different blog modules, each using a different commenting system.
- An application, not a service.
- No usage restrictions. None of this "you can't run a hosting service" stuff.
- Background processing for big tasks like spam removal.
- Scales to thousands of sites.
I have a list of nice-to-haves, but it's kind of long. I'll post that later.
Monday, June 27
My computers have been working fine just lately, so I was waiting, and there, my washing machine (the new one) just blew up.
It doesn't turn on at all, so it's probably just the fuse. Do you think they provide any indication at all of where the fuse is or how to replace it?
Saturday, June 25
One local store has the new Athlon 64 X2 in stock. Starting at $885 (for a 2.2GHz 512k cache) and going up to $1639 (for a 2.4GHz 1MB cache). Compared to $408 for the 2.8GHz Intel Pentium D, it's not exactly a bargain.
One of those weeks.
Thursday, June 23
Intel's dual-core Pentium D is out, and at a reasonable price (around A$400 for the 2.8GHz model). I'd love to put one in my Windows machine, because the rue for making Windows run at a reasonable speed is "One CPU for each application, plus one more for Windows".
Unfortunately, it's only available as Socket 775, where my machine is Socket 478. That's not too bad, I can get a Socket 775 motherboard pretty cheap.
Except that it won't run on just any Socket 775 motherboard; you have to have one based on the Intel 945 chipset. Those motherboards aren't quite so cheap, but they're not unreasonably priced.
Except that they only support DDR-II memory, so I'd have to replace all my memory. And they only support PCI Express, so I'd have to replace my video card.
So it ends up costing $1400 rather than $400. I might as well wait for the dual-core Athlon 64, which will at least use my existing memory.
The asian supermarket closest to New Pixy Central doesn't sell the strawberry Pocky that I like. It does sell two other types of strawberry Pocky; just not the one I like. I'm not sure about the asian supermarket second closest to New Pixy Central. The asian supermarket third closest to New Pixy Central does sell the strawberry Pocky that I like, but that's another four minutes walk.
The asian supermarket near the office (or rather, the new asian supermarket near the office, not the old asian supermarket near the office) also sells the strawberry Pocky that I like, but it charges ten cents more than the asian supermarket third closest to New Pixy Central.
Wednesday, June 22
|Your IQ Is 135|
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional [damn!]
(Swiped from Margi Lowry)
Tuesday, June 21
Expect more than the usual level of chaos for the next few weeks - Pixy Central is moving. This should be lots of fun.
Friday, June 17
Picked up The Hallowed Hunt today. This is the third book in the series that began with The Curse of Chalion, the best book to date by one of my favourite authors, Lois McMaster Bujold (better known for her Miles Vorkosigan novels).
Also in the store was John Varley's latest, Mammoth. I didn't buy that one because (a) it runs foul of Pixy's 77th Law (all books titled "Mammoth" suck), and (b) his last novel, Red Thunder, was complete crap. Maybe when it comes out in paperback.
Update: SPIT! It's US$16.47 at Amazon. Here in Oz it's A$54. Will someone please round up the Australian book publishing and distribution industry and shoot them? Thanks.
Thursday, June 16
Xshell. An SSH client/terminal emulator for Windows that doesn't suck.
And it looks like version 2 (currently in beta) will remove most of the remaining suck.
I got a nice new monitor at work today - a 17" Acer LCD, 1280x1024. It's very sharp and clear on a DVI cable on my Windows box, but on a VGA cable connected to either of my office Linux boxes the picture starts halfway across the screen and nothing I do will make it move. One of my Linux boxes has DVI output, but it doesn't actually output anything, so it's not a lot of use.
I have to have access to my Linux boxes to do my job, so I spent an hour downloading SSH clients trying to find one that didn't suck. Xshell was it.
Downside: It costs $69. Oh, and you have to bang it on the head a few times to knock some of the suck out (depending on what you consider suck), but it's configurable enough that you can get it working just the way you want with a few minutes of tweaking.
Xshell gets a silver "Doesn't suck much at all" award.
Australian hostage Douglas Wood has been rescued by American and Iraqi troops. A number of terrorists have been detained following the rescue operation.
My thanks to the soldiers who accomplished the rescue, and my best wishes to Mr Wood and his family.
Wednesday, June 15
Real Basic 2005 is out! Yay!
Real Basic is another cross-platform Basic compiler supporting Windows, Mac and Linux, just like Blitz Max. Where Blitz is aimed at game development, though, Real Basic is designed for doing businessy-type stuff, with databases and GUIs and like that. It comes with the SQLite database built in, and the Professional (read: expensive) version can connect to other databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL and Oracle. You can write multi-threaded server applications too, like, oh, say, a blogging package, and compile it to run on any of those platforms. Again, you need the Expensive Edition to write server applications and to do cross-compilation.
However, if you want to get your feet wet, Real Software have done something real nice: The Standard Edition for Linux is free. Well, right now the Linux version is still in beta, but the beta is free and it will remain free once it's released. I think that's a very smart move for Real Software.
Naturally, I've downloaded the beta and the Windows trial version, and I'll be reporting back once I've played with it a bit. And I'll likely be buying it as soon as their Australian distributor wakes up and realises there's a new version available...
Fedora Core 4 is out!
Just when I finally got everything working on Fedora Core 4 Test 3.
Well, I expect that upgrading probably won't destroy everything.
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