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Tue, 28 Feb 2012

Argh, No Snow

This time last year we had two feet of snow on the ground, now none. In fact it hasn't snowed appreciably in the northeastern US since mid-December, not at all normal for a New England winter. Most people are pleased by this turn of events, but my wife and I enjoy cross-country skiing. We have only been able to go out twice this winter, and then only by traveling north to Vermont during a lucky week in January where they had six whole inches of snow.

posted at: 12:21 | path: / | permalink | cross-country skiing, northeast, snow

Sun, 19 Feb 2012

Alt.sysadmin.recovery Manpages

More sysadmin humor, the alt.sysadmin.recovery manpages.

posted at: 11:06 | path: / | permalink | humor, sysadmin

Don't Mess With the Sysadmin

A funny reminder not to mess with your sysadmin. Reminds me of the BOFH stories.

posted at: 10:28 | path: / | permalink | humor, sysadmin

Fri, 17 Feb 2012

WTF: Ubuntu, Debian and Gnome

After my rant on Ubuntu a few years ago it actually improved quite a bit. You still had loads of mysterious processes running, but at least they advanced things to the point of not slowing the desktop down (or maybe hardware just caught up), all the while keeping the same basic interface. I suppose they had gone just too long without messing things up, so in comes Unity (or Gnome3 if you are running the current Debian testing default desktop), and things are back to slow, clunky and unusable. At least for me - I tried it and abandoned it after a few days. Worse, the interface is radically changed, with no fallback. But hey, it looks good!

I can't complain too much, at least Ubuntu has Xubuntu, and Debian, well Debian just needs a minimal install, then you can add x-windows and your desktop of choice. It's still disappointing, however, that the default desktop in both is so broken.

posted at: 15:53 | path: / | permalink | debian, epic fail, gnome, gnome3, ubuntu, unity, wtf

Thu, 16 Feb 2012

Perl CGI Programming, the Right Way (redux)

Argh! The excellent Perl CGI course I first mentioned here is offline. Archive.org to the rescue.

For simple web apps, it really can't be beat as a starting point.

posted at: 13:54 | path: / | permalink | cgi, howto, perl, programming