Thursday, June 3, 2010

Second E-mail post (from alpine-1.10)

The Office Plan:

The WinXP machine on my desk is full of files. It has 3 partitions.
First I'll empty one of the partitions, and copy all of its data away to
some other location. Then, I'll prepare the system's drive to hold an
Elive partition -- I think it will not be necessary to install Elive, just
to root the machine and make WinXP irrelevant.

OK, so it's not going to be irrelevant. But, it's full. It's what the
clients are going to be using. And, it's not in any position to replace
one of their machines (if they needed a new one, I certainly couldn't sell
this one... just look at it)

So, that makes it a development machine! Go elivecd!

The last unstable ISO for Elive that I have right here is 1.9.39_unstable,
remember that the special feature in Unstable distribution is that no $15
activation fee is necessary. The software could activate itself.

(I hope the web service distributing these codes is still around... maybe
I underestimated, and I will be out of luck when it comes to installing!)

I just deleted a superfluous backup of C: from J: (same disk) and, what's
left in Jupiter, is pretty cool. The Cranberries! Full discography, I
think. Some "Fundamentals of Physics" torrent I downloaded before passing
University Physics III, I think it includes the full text at 1334 pages,
plus instructor's solution manual. Not sure I have the same editions,
looks like my solution manual is 7e and my textbook is 8e. Oh well..

XenServer 5.0.0 plus XenCenter Manager for Windows, I think there have
been releases 5.5.0 and 5.6.0 already; plus, a copy of CentOS 5.2, which
has been advanced to 5.5 since the last time I was in that cloud...

An old kubuntu, VisualSVN server, and WinPcap plus the manager for my 24+2
port ethernet switch is also here, plus a reminder: make more diagrams...

3GB accounts for the remaining downloads, and the remnants of an Apache
server are here extant as well... possibly one that was configured to run
VisualSVN. From the software I have installed here, it appears that a
person is making PDF documents, and tracking them, and possibly selling
them over Skype. Does anyone really do that?

Monday, May 24, 2010

E-mail Posty Goodness

I'm compiling wget on the macos :D sweetness

I'm also going through my old billing system and clearing out all of those bogus invoices that never had a destination, or never got mailed or paid because they were too ridiculous...

It's going to be a herculean effort to clean out my e-mail inbox. Fortunately, I have more of them. Mailing the backup of my old data to and blogging about it as I delete posts out of the "invoice queue" which is really my dream GTD system.

Unison — I always wanted to use a Unison+FAM client. The tricky part would be to know when the files are done changing. There is always a danger that some file which registers a change in FAM has still more changes to come, and it's not appropriate to replicate it to everyone else. This project is on hold until I outgrow my new Time Machine backup system.

OpenAFS — This is not on hold. I would like to have an OpenAFS implementation back up and running within two weeks. This is a cross-platform folder sharing technique that uses the highest in security technology, Kerberos, to authenticate users. If you can maintain OpenAFS, you are a super-duper server administrator, and your users will love you.

Windows XP — I'm not using Windows anymore. I removed all of my Windows installations, save the old laptop that sits in my office, that I never ever use. I'll send pictures soon, and you'll understand why (it's in shambles... the case cracked, so I stripped it off.) However, I still need to maintain a list of "good" windows software. (Ed: Today, 6/1/10, someone told me they need help setting up the office's free Color Laser printer on their Windows machine. I have done this before, should be able to do it again no problem.) Enough people are using Windows that I'm foolish not to keep a Win7 VM lying around somewhere. That reminds me, <a href virtualization... but yeah, some people pay $50-100 for someone to look at their computer for two hours and "make it go faster." I'll do that.

Cashboard — I still love Cashboard. I haven't got any Substruct clients yet, but that still seems like a good idea. All of this data
is coming from a review of my old Cashboard notes, which they graciously did not throw away when I stopped paying the bill... that bill goes away when I learn how to interpret their XML format and generate my own PDFs. Is it worth it? I'd rather have SubImage LLC on my good side.

DNS and Web Hosting — I'm starting to think that Cherokee is the tool to get people away from Apache. I don't know how many people
really know what Apache is, but the configuration files are powerful. If you didn't need them, you'd have Cherokee. Look up Cherokee Project for web servery goodness.

More to come... time to head out.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

So, Kingdon...

What kind of crap have you got on that machine? You sure spend a lot of time on it!

Today is the day, I'm cleaning out my computer so I can give it up, I'm really not sharing it very well... that is, whenever anyone comes to use it, I am in the way! That's almost worse than paying money to use the machine.

I used to say I'm a programmer who avoids programming at all costs. What does that mean? Most of these toolkits have lots of bells and whistles, and it's very hard to sell to a non-programmer. People use this computer, and I write software, but my audience is sometimes very small. At the same time, I'm part of a much larger audience of users, and a member of many highly fragmented communities. Some are millions, most have never met.

I wanted to write this post without a web browser. Google tells me there are two options; I'm sure that there are more, but reallistically there are two paths: Windows Live Writer and Blog.gears, both of them use Web components, and one must actually run in a web browser (though supporting offline operation.) I was planning to document all of the software that I've installed, so that I can find it again after I've lost it. I'm deleting it... the computer is nearly full, and I want to make sure that people can use it without running out of space.

Plus, I have too many development environments and backup schemes. There's something to be said for redundancy, but when it impacts your productivity, you need to take a hard look and make some decisions about what needs to go. On Jupiter alone (10GB) I have DriveImageXML, BitTorrent, CoLinux with ArchLinux, the FactorCode VM, a Ruby environment with some gems required by Substruct and whatever else I've been testing on this machine (Python has already been deleted), SSH clients for Git and for personal use, as well as Subversion, with finally Groovy, Griffon, and Apache Ant.

I also forgot to mention WatiR, the Web Application Testing in Ruby framework... and this fabulous collection of software known only as VENUS-736, for the size of the archive at the time the release was fixed, 736MB. I'll be totally honest, it was only 208 until I added a movie. You like movies, right? I think you ought to watch more movies, that's why I included it.

10GB is about half of the largest quota I've allocated in my new schema for system backups, so I'll stop the listing there, and post again once I've got it all copied somewhere safe. Somewhere safe is the RAID5 array at the office. It's especially safe today, since the bootloader failed, and nobody else in the office is trained to bring it back up. (Nobody that I would trust, anyway.) So, I'll go turn the crank a few times and say Hi to my friends at Venture Creations, and my 11 readers at SixthLayer (you must know who you are?) will hear from me again pretty soon.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Mall Store Promotion

You've got $80 in your pocket, and you don't need a telephone-phone? I want to offer you my promotion. Meet me in the stairwell in half an hour. Take your phone with you and I'll take your money, you can get another one for a hundred bucks if you pay the contract. Keep paying the contract, after they raised the price. It's my insurance policy. You've got deep pockets, right?

Do you wanna call me, if I'm only gonna take your money? No, you're expecting me to call you, and you think I'm gonna need a phone for that. So, give me your phone and I'll pay the bill. Tell them I already paid it, and they'll go away. Tell them to take your name off the list. Then, ask for more help, and see if you get.

They already got your social security, and you can't ever have it back. Go ahead and throw my phone in the river when you're done with it. It's prepaid.


Monday, February 9, 2009

File Sharing Distro Round-up

I'm overextended, I've got computers in too many places, none of them are secure server cages, and I need to protect my data. This computer under my desk is protected, but my desk is in a partially secure area; someone can walk by and shut off my machine, and I'm dead in the water until I get back to the office and turn it on. Worse, they could steal it!

They probably won't steal it.

My next computer is this laptop. This laptop is falling apart; I used to take it with me everywhere, now I just don't go anywhere. I've got this desk, nobody else wants it, I just leave the laptop here and work out of a single desk. It's not a reliable server. I used to run Subversion off of this machine by VisualSVN, but I shifted some data around, and now it doesn't work. The ports aren't listening, they'll have to take the disk home to get access to that.

Finally, there's my house machine; it's running Debian, it's got several chroot'ed environments, there are a handful of system services that don't come up unless I determine to use them, some of them run on conflicting ports, and most of them have issues stemming from the fact that the machine runs behind two firewalls. Not a big deal; we can forward ports left and right, but it should really connect with a VPN so there's a single point of contact in case the node vanishes from the network. If I go, it probably comes with me.

Or who knows, they might even buy it?

Great, I have lots of computers, but we need to tag assets, so they don't get lost, or accidentally misplaced. My buddy Pete has got a machine that he wants to put in a cage upstairs, the server cage, exactly the perfect place to put a safe backup data store. He's pretty sure we're going to have to run Windows. I'm still jockeying for Xen, so we can save on licensing and keep our hardware maximally utilized, but VMware has this concept of infrastructure machines that are not workstations, and I'm planning to run with it.

We're going to have to prove a list of assets and an automated collection process for the backup server, or Pete's not going to be interested. He's definitely not interested in buying a car that's got a little hole in the gas tank, and he's probably not thrilled about the idea of sharing such that his resources could become unavailable on-demand by someone else's request.

Who would want to have that? Today's business is built on downloadable, freely available systems with promotional, marketing, and educational materials supplied by Accellion, T-mobile, UserScape, VMware, rBuilder Online, cryptographers at large, and the many generous donors that are part of the Open Source community!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Listen, OK Here...

I'm gonna be straight with you. I've got a certain budget for food and entertainment (and if you talk to the starving people in Nigeria long enough they'll tell you, "We are very bored! Food is our entertainment!") and just because I spend it with you does not mean you're special.

I'm not Will Smith. No man is an island. I've got to get done the things I've got to get done, and to some extent doing extra past that level is not going to deliver any tangible benefits to me. Sure, there's speculation and I might get something incredible accomplished by working long hours...

But come on! You only live once, and I could die tomorrow. So, it's better to document everything thoroughly, or they're going to have a hell of a time untangling my mess after I'm gone... right?

Lets have some fun with this. You don't have to join the Debate club if you haven't already.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Could Be Worth a Lot

Remember: this information could be worth money!

So, I was trying out Fedora Core 9 on my new USB stick, which I can take anywhere and use at any computer to boot Linux without necessarily affecting the contents of the hard drive.

The mouse cursor was not showing up. This is a neat problem. Without two computers, it was a struggle to get into the forums and find the details of anyone with a related problem: the mouse is connected and when it's moved around the screen, it highlights selectables just like if it were a mouse pointer... but, you can't see it, and incidentally since its invisible, it also doesn't ever change shape.


Section "Device"
Option "HWCursor" off

In a college full of smart people, some of them using Fedora Core, and certainly many of them using nVidia and HP computers, and still nobody in my office had ever seen this problem before, or was prepared to offer a solution.

This information could be worth money!