If you asked a bunch of congressmen to perform open-heart surgery on someone, how do you think their patient would fare? An operation on an immensely-important technically-complicated system should be done by people who are […]

I’ve had my Android Dev Phone 1 (T-Mobile G1) for a year now, and figured I should update my previous post about what applications I recommend: Google Listen: it isn’t the perfect podcast listener, but, […]

I ordered three hard drives from Amazon, Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB models (WD15EADS). They were inexpensive and I talked to people who used them in their desktop setups. It turns out that Western Digital, […]

Since most of what I found on the web was either wrong or more complicated than needed, here is what worked for me. (My drive image file was old.vdi and I wanted a new copy […]


Thanks to Casey for the phone call tipping me off about the weather conditions. Click to embiggen.

A quick note for anything trying to get Gears to work with Firefox 3.5 and 64-bit Linux: follow the steps in this post. The post is for gcc 4.3.3, but it worked just fine with […]

Neckfest 2009

Diann and I spent a lovely Memorial Day weekend up in Kinsale, VA. Paul referred to the event as “Medium-Sized Dog Fest”:

Since my new job will have me working from different places, I needed to bite the bullet, buy a mobile phone, and move into the 21st century. I bought an Android Dev Phone 1, an […]

Nearest Book Meme

Continuing with Jono’s meme: Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Don’t dig for your favorite […]

To folks who are wondering if I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, a quick note: Sorry for the lack of interesting updates, but a few things have gone down in the past couple […]

svndiff – handy function

Trivial but handy utility/function to give you a subversion diff with paging and syntax coloring: svndiff () { svn diff $* | colordiff | less -r } Pass it anything you’d pass to “svn diff”: […]

Computer name meme

Here in the underground bunker we have computers named after fruits: lime lemon mango cherry indigo – not a fruit, but replaced “indulgence” oreo – my wife has convinced me that Oreos are definitely a […]

WordPress mod: RSS widget

The WordPress RSS widget has two little flaws, in my opinion. Here are my fixes, in case they help anyone: For an article the widget will provide a “title” attribute that contains the whole content […]

John Adams continues: “The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” This was going to be the first year I donated […]

A Coptic-stitched book

This project would have fizzled at several points had Diann not been there to teach and encourage. (I can be stubborn on rare occasions.) The interior is recycled graph paper and the exterior is wallpaper […]

Toast + Butter = BFF

I made a freezer paper stencil shirt! The instructions elsewhere are as clear as anything I’d write, but what I learned today: For multiple color prints, don’t paint the under layers where the top layers […]

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