I used to post these on Facebook as Notes, but since the Timeline
refactor, I frankly have no idea how to use Notes; so I guess I'll just
post on my own blog. I use last.fm (me) to track my
music-listening habits (and sometimes for other things). As of some time
recently, I've passed 60,000 scrobbled plays since 2006. Yay!
Here's a graph I made (click for ps version; gnuplot continues to be
the best thing ever):
Kindle vs. Kindle
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!
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.
*nix Tip of the Day: Unix Time
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 that when your beard gets …
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:
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's kind …