Thursday January 31, 2002
rattle of death
It sucks when one of the CPU fans gives off a death rattle, making it impossible to sleep, and letting the CPU overheat. It sucks even more when the primary IDE hard drive causes a kernel panic the next morning. Bad drives suck... but I'm able to boot from SCSI, and fsck the disk with no problems... it sure *seems* to be working. So pulling things that are important off of IDE to the SCSI drive seems in order. kernel panic. reboot. retry. kernel-panic. reboot. retry. ok. look through rest of drive for anything else important. kernel panic. sigh. pull power cord. Maybe a bad IDE controller? That would suck because it's onboard.
Where do you put 100 gigs of media files when the computer with the cd-burner is the one on its death bed? Hmmm... that assumes I can pull all of that media off of the drive which is looking more and more unlikely.
And I was going to do perl work today, too.
Tuesday January 15, 2002
There were some slight mumblings on the Apache::XPP list yesterday... I'm a bit surprised, but somewhat glad to see that people are actually using XPP - it's been about 18 months since I worked on it (during the days when I was paid to do open source), and the mailing list is typically quite; I'm glad that I can maintain it for people who are using it, and apply patches that are sent in.
Who was it who said (in a use Perl journal I think) that page parsers were one of those things which everybody has written. It's funny because it's true - when XPP was first written there were very few page parsers available, none of which were as minimal as what we needed. As time went on, however, XPP grew bigger, and the reasons for developing it were mostly the time investment and existing projects using it, since it grew closer and closer to other parsers with each revision. Ah well - I still use it (I helped design it, so it fits the way I think very closely).
In the OSX world, I downloaded and tried iPhoto yesterday. Maybe I just don't get it, but it seems like a pretty poor piece of software. There are so many cool things that it could do, but I find that most of it (after about an hour of use) is just unintuitive. Maybe it's time for an open-source replacement...
Saturday January 12, 2002
use Perl has taken over my life! I find myself reading the journals more frequently than just about any other website. Ah well, I suppose there are worse things I could be doing with my time ;) So, like everybody else, I thought it best just to start a journal of my very own after lurking for so very long.
In other news, propagating to CPAN is a Math::RandomOrg module which will give you real randomness from the random.org server. Kindof a clunky interface at the moment, but the functionality is there...