TouchPad!

Posted Fri 02 September 2011 01:23 under category tech

TouchPad So, I got one of the Internet-legendary $99 TouchPads (well, $149 actually, but whatever). As some of you may know, I was an enormous Palm fanboy during the 90's. So it was pretty inevitable that I would end up purchasing one of their WebOS products, even though there's not a lot in common between this and Jeff Hawkins' wooden cutout Palm Pilot. Anyhow, this is probably going to be the nerdiest review of the TouchPad posted on the Internet. It mostly is concerned with keyboard mappings. Enjoy!

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Rawr, Lion

Posted Sat 23 July 2011 19:33 under category tech

Mac OS X Lion If you've read any kind of tech news in the last few days, you might've noticed that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is out. I wasn't going to upgrade for a while, but then it launched and I did. So I've been using Lion for a few days now, and I thought I'd join the endless ranks of people on the Internet talking about Apple's latest big cat. I'm not really going to be much competition for the real tech writers, so if you want to learn nearly everything about Lion, I recommend making a pot of tea and sitting down to John Siracusa's latest tome. Otherwise, read on to see what I think of the new features.

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n+1 years

Posted Sun 15 May 2011 22:56 under category personal

One year ago tomorrow, I graduated from college. As my younger friends graduated today (thanks for the quasi-livestream, Skye), I actually realized this fact: it's been a year. A year as one of the dead. A year in the real world. It's bloody strange. On some level, it's unbelievable that I've been out for a whole year. Graduation was just a couple of weeks ago, wasn't it? I can still remember lectures good and bad, evenings in the muddhole, nights working in Platt, as though it were all just yesterday. On another level, though, it ...

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*nix Tip of the Day: Unix Time

Posted Sun 06 March 2011 21:43 under category tips

As the unix-savvy among you probably know, there is One True Way to tell the time: the number of seconds elapsed since midnight on January 1, 1970 +0000. It's an extremely convenient way for computers to represent the time, since it's just an integer that goes up. There's no parsing to be done, and arithmetic is just regular math. If you want a brain-numbingly-detailed overview, Wikipedia's article on unix time is, as usual, sufficient.

However, what I'd like to talk about here is converting back and forth between unix time and meatware time. I imagine ...

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sietchtabr reboot

Posted Sun 27 February 2011 12:56 under category tech

I have a VM slice that I use to run DNS, a bzflag server, and a few other incidental things. This is what I see on it right now:

% uptime
12:05:13 up 450 days, 15:17,  5 users,  load average: 1.93, 1.35, 0.60

It's currently running Debian lenny, but I decided that I wanted to get with the times and upgrade it to squeeze. As expected the upgrade was fairly painless (took me a bit to figure out that booting by label was broken and I needed to boot by disk UUID), but it ...

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Linix Tip of the Day: SystemTap

Posted Wed 16 February 2011 09:08 under category tips

The other day, one of my co-workers, Evan, presented an interesting problem to me. Every day, at some point, a file named ] gets created in his home directory. He assumes that it is being created by a script with a typo in it... somewhere. But how to find out? It's a hard thing to grep for.

My initial solution was to use inotify (which you might remember from a previous post) combined with libnotify to alert him if it happens while he was at his computer. It looked like the following:

$ inotifywait -t 0 --exclude='.*[^]]$' $HOME && notify-send "something just ...
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