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First steps: Debian on an Asus t100, and some negative experience with Gnome

August 16th, 2015, 9 Comments

The Asus t100 tablet is this amazing and odd little thing: it sells for under $200, yet has a full-featured Atom 64-bit CPU, 2GB RAM, 32 or 64GB SSD, etc. By default, it ships with Windows 8.1. It has a detachable keyboard, so it can be used as a tablet or a very small 10″ […]

I Give Up on Google: Free is Too Expensive

May 6th, 2015, 42 Comments

I am really tired of things Google has done lately. The most recent example being retiring Classic Maps. That’s a problem, because the current Maps mysteriously doesn’t show most of my saved (“starred”) places. Google has known about this since at least 2013. There are posts all over their forums about it going back to […]

ssh suddenly stops communicating with some hosts

March 30th, 2015, 20 Comments

Here’s a puzzle I’m having trouble figuring out. This afternoon, ssh from my workstation or laptop stopped working to any of my servers (at OVH). The servers are all running wheezy, the local machines jessie. This happens on both my DSL and when tethered to my mobile phone. They had not applied any updates since […]

Computer Without a Case

November 12th, 2014, 4 Comments

My desk today looks like this: Yep, that’s a computer. Motherboard to the right, floppy drives and CD drive stacked on top of the power supply, hard drive to the left. And it’s an OLD computer. (I had forgotten just how loud these old power supplies are; wow.) The point of this exercise is to […]

I’m hiring a senior Linux sysadmin/architect

November 10th, 2014, 6 Comments

I’m never sure whether to post such things here, but I hope that it’s of interest to people: I’m trying to hire a top-notch Linux person for a 100% telecommute position. I’m particularly interested in people with experience managing 500 or more OS instances. It’s a shop with a lot of Debian, by the way. […]

Being Different

November 8th, 2014, No Comments

This evening, after the boys were in bed, Laura and I sat down to an episode of MASH (a TV series from the 70s) and leftover homemade pumpkin bars. She commented, “Sometimes I wonder what generation we’re in. This doesn’t seem to be something people our age are usually doing.” Probably true. I suppose people […]

The Thrill and Stress of Too Many Hobbies

September 11th, 2014, 5 Comments

Today, 4PM. Jacob and Oliver excitedly peer at the box in our kitchen – a really big box, taller than them. Inside is is the first model airplane I’d ever purchased. The three of us hunkered down on the kitchen floor, opened the box, unpacked the parts, examined the controller, and found the manual with […]

2AM to Seattle

August 30th, 2014, 3 Comments

Monday morning, 1:45AM. Laura and I walk into the boys’ room. We turn on the light. Nothing happens. (They’re sound sleepers.) “Boys, it’s time to get up to go get on the train!” Four eyes pop open. “Yay! Oh I’m so excited!” And then, “Meow!” (They enjoy playing with their stuffed cats that Laura got […]

Review: The Wheel of Time

May 28th, 2014, No Comments

Five years ago, I opened The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series, and read: “Lord of the Morning,” he said, “I have come for you.” … On the island, the air shimmered and coalesced. The black-clad man stood staring at the fiery mountain rising out of the plain. […]

Jacob’s Pretend Train Office

May 25th, 2014, No Comments

“5213.” “5213.” Silence. “Train office to train 5213.” More silence. “Train office to train 5213. Is there an emergency?” At this point, I had a decision to make. Jacob’s voice was sounding a little vexed over the radio he was using to talk to me from the next room. Do I answer it, even though […]

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