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Sometimes, it’s best not to know

July 4th, 2013, No Comments

Jacob, Oliver, and I were driving back home, about an 8-hour drive. At one point I heard Jacob say from the back seat, “Oliver, you can’t have my book. It has a bookmark in it!” Aside from the apparent anti-sharing properties of bookmarks, I sort of smiled at Jacob inventing a bookmark. An hour later, […]

Amazement

April 17th, 2013, 2 Comments

One of the benefits of working from home is that I have a great view of Kansas from my desk. While I work, I have seen sunrises, snowfall, birds, rain, ice, and all sorts of wildlife. I heard this verse of Home on the Range the other day, which reminded me of this: “How often […]

Milk, Cookies, and Delight

December 28th, 2012, 6 Comments

Sometimes an attic is all it takes to delight children. This afternoon, the boys and I made cookies. Jacob has been talking about setting out milk and cookies for Santa Claus for several days, and of course the fact that we had made cookies reminded him of this – as I figured it would. So […]

Proof Humans Are Capable of Working Magic

July 31st, 2012, 5 Comments

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly […]

Unreported Disk Data Corruption – Kernel Bug?

March 3rd, 2012, 9 Comments

Well this is new, and I’m utterly baffled. Here’s a file that’s not in use by anything. $ md5sum xppro.vdi 589cbb5501dcddda047344a3550aaa95 xppro.vdi $ md5sum xppro.vdi a69806ec60d39e06473edbb0abd71637 xppro.vdi Every time I run md5sum on it, I get a different answer. Same story with sha256sum. If I grab just the first 100MB, it gives the same answer […]

Timelessness of an Old Pickup

February 25th, 2012, 6 Comments

Our society is one that is pretty well defined by timeliness. TV programs start at a precise time, down to the second. Schools have elaborate timekeeping systems. Even church services are carefully timed. We know how fast we’re going, and our GPS or phones tell us when we’ll get there. And we’re pretty confident that […]

Please. Stop. Removing. Features.

August 4th, 2011, 27 Comments

apt-get dist-upgrade is getting a little less fun these days. It’s not because of a problem with Debian or with apt-get. It’s because of things upstream authors are doing. It seems that upstreams, for some reason, like to remove features from new versions of software. The two recent examples to bite me are the removal […]

Complete.Org Migrated To Different Continent, 15 minutes downtime

August 3rd, 2011, No Comments

It’s time to change locations for my server. I’ve been with CoreNetworks for almost 5 years. They provide a good value, with fully dedicated servers a lot cheaper than most places, and good support to boot — targeting people that can handle root on their own box. I’m switching, though, to Hetzner Online (of Germany), […]

Too Strange for Jon Stewart

July 19th, 2011, 4 Comments

I would have probably dismissed as not realistic enough for even The Daily Show this kind of story, had someone suggested it a few months ago: Rupert Murdoch’s corporation (owner of FOX News, Wall Street Journal, News of the World, etc) would have been found to have illegally accessed other people’s voicemails. These included voicemails […]

Decreasing Time to Eternal September

July 15th, 2011, 7 Comments

For those of you that aren’t familiar, please read about the Eternal September, which refers to the lasting damage to a community when vast numbers of newbies suddenly enter and dramatically harm the quality and usefulness if discussions. Email: 24 years Usenet: 13 years Facebook: 2 years Google Plus: ?

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