Updates to my pyblosxom plugins

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I went through and added the MIT/X License text to all my plugins and updated them with some minor bug fixes and additional features.

My pyblosxom stuff is here.

Brook saved my life.

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This morning, I started my car, brushed the snow off, and then took a right at the end of Simpson Ave onto Highland Ave and discovered myself in the biggest parking lot _ever_.

A couple of weeks ago, Brook loaned me some cds and luckily I had them in my car. Partially because that's as far as they had gotten in their journey from his house to mine and partially because I don't really own a cd player except for the one in my car.

I turned on my car's stereo and slapped in Global Underground: Oslo and listened to that for a bit. That was kind of cool, but a bit non exciting. Then I saw a purple case and thought to myself, "Wow--purple.... I bet that's fantastic. I'll put that one in." So I put it in and it was AMAZING! I listened to it for 2 hours on my 8 mile trip to work this morning. Brook saved my life.

Ugh

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If you're going to play the songs from The Wall, don't put your thingy on shuffle. I'd say it's a good idea never to shuffle a Pink Floyd album.

3 reasons to have a laptop instead of a desktop

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  • You can bring your work home with you and sit on the deck and sip iced tea while working on stuff.
  • When the power goes off in the building and everyone around you does a cry of despair, you can keep doing stuff.
  • You can sit on the couch, you can sit on a lawn chair, you can sit in your bed, you can sit at a desk, you can sit on the bus, you can sit on the plane, you can sit on the train, you can sit on the floor, you can sit beside a door, you can sit outside, you can sit inside, you can sit in the mall, you can sit in the hall....

Bug guilt trips

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Reading this and this was super! But I have to add the following which account for almost all the bug/feature related emails I get:

  • It would be more efficient if... (this is my personal favorite since it's almost never accompanied by any kind of explanation as to why the sender thinks it's more efficient or what conditions the existing code is inefficient in)
  • You need feature x, otherwise no one will use <software>...
  • It would be more user-friendly if...
  • Everyone will want feature x...
  • Your documentation is terrible...

The last one is totally true. But it's not because I'm a bad person--it's more because I'm pretty much a one-man band and I just don't have time to do everything, so some items suffer until enough people complain (or better yet--contribute).

With Lyntin, I think I've got a really decent user base that's pretty able considering that the documentation is fairly lacking. I wish they were a bit more communicative, but otherwise, it's perfect for my tastes. Easy to deal with, friendly, mature, not overly needy, and pretty supportive. It's one of those things that I think would be somewhat spoiled if I lowered the bar of entry to using Lyntin by making it all user-friendly and such. Who knows? The main important thing to keep in the back of everyone's mind is that Lyntin development is so totally not my day job and I'm more interested in a sophisticated framework than I am in a fancy user interface.

Debian (GNU/Linux) thoughts

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Debian (GNU/Linux) is very very slick. Very very slick. I'm vastly impressed at the time and effort that has gone into making Debian (GNU/Linux).

Debian vs. Redhat: Round 1: FIGHT!

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It took me 2 hours to install pure-ftpd on RedHat 7.1 (a couple of months ago). I ran into all kinds of RPM hell up the wazoo and then gave up and did a source install.

It took me 1 minute to install pure-ftpd on Debian 3.0 testing.

WINNER: DEBIAN!

Running Oracle 8i on WindowsXP

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I installed Oracle 8i (8.1.6) on Windows XP Professional and noticed that it worked fine after I installed it, but after I rebooted the OracleOraHome8TNSListener would come up fine but the OracleServicePORTDB (my oracle instance) service would try to come up, but wouldn't come up fully. Yeah--that's super vague. In the XP Services applet, it would show up as Starting as opposed to Started. There was an ORACLE and an ORADRIM process running, though. So I was puzzled.

Hunting through google search results is really enlightening from a sociological viewpoint, but not a technical one. Finally found a post that mentioned Oracle 8i works fine under Windows XP Professional but that you have to manually start the services.

So if you switch those services to Manual startup, and then write yourself a nice batch script like this:

  net start oracleorahome8tnslistener
  net start oracleserviceportdb

(fill in your instance service name for the second one)--then it works fine.

There isn't a do-over

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The problem with voice mail is this: as you're leaving a voice mail for someone and you suddenly slip and say something really tawdry, you can't take it back--it's there forever. This is the subject of occasional HI-larious subplots in various movies. But the sobering fact is that this can happen in real life as well.

So, if you're going to leave a voice mail, think it through before you start babbling incessantly. There is no do-over.