Recent blog posts
Though Google's services are nice (and I have a google ad on this page), it's going to become appealing to not be on Google's services, or any other company's, because in the ad-driven "free" internet, it's your clicks and postings that have value and will be commodified, and your attention sold, to pay for these "free" services.
This is a one-line trick to serve images from a password-protected webcam to the world.
curl -i http://admin:@192.168.111.150/MJPEG.CGI | nc -lCt localhost 10203
We have this old Terastation NAS, and it's been solid, but I just figured out that it has support for an external USB disk, and it's easy to set up to backup to the external USB disk. Right now, we're using around 1TB of the array, and it's being backed up to the external disk once a day. The backup is done with Rsync, and it takes around 10 minutes.
AB 241 is proposed law that would bring domestic workers (like maids) under the protection of labor laws
Altering Some Resistors Changes One NVidia Card to Another One (and this explains the Linux driver situation)
This article explains how to hack an NVidia card to make it act like a better model. The hack is basically to modify the identification of the card, so the driver unlocks a feature to enable multiple screens. Now, allofasudden, I understand why the NVidia drivers for Linux are closed source: if they offered open source drivers, they would invariably enable all the features to all the cards.
The point of the closed source drivers isn't to provide the best performance (though they usually do that because they are probably better written than the open source ones) but to allow NVidia to disable features to the cheaper card, despite the fact the cheaper card can perform exactly like the more expensive card.
A while back I wrote about higher-level programming, and jQuery's map-style programming.
I was checking out cloud services a year ago, and pricing them out. The general rule of thumb seemed to be that the up-front costs were lower, but the cost over time was higher.
I bought a cheap, low-end HDTV television, and just noticed that the actual resolution of the set is 1360x768. That's just like wide VGA.
I was reading the code at iworkfortheinternet.org and learned how to do this "scrolling forever wall" effect. It's clever.
After going through some stupid contortions to use Active Directory on the Terastation Pro (meaning it didn't do what I wanted), I thought to look and if there's free iSCSI support on unix.
I got Debian to run on a very small 128MB laptop with a Pentium III processor. It's running Transmission bittorrent client, which is nice.
I was reading about make, and came across a paragraph about branch predication and Konrad Zuse, who I'd never heard of. Fascinating.
Typeface designers have been some of the most screwed-over artists of the modern age. Not only aren't their faces patented or copyrighted, they generally don't earn that much money. I remember reading some articles in Serif, and getting the distinct impression that they were basically working class artists. It's an elegant job, sure, but so is playing in a chamber orchestra, and just as not-lucrative. They're only a few yards short of being the cholo who writes letters, placas and tattoos for the local gangsters.
We recently had a rash of spam sending due to someone finding, guessing, or leaking a user's password. Sometimes, it just requires that, not some security breach. Well, we didn't catch it and stop it in time, and now we're suffering some deliverability problems ranging from slowdowns to outright blocking by some servers.
I spent way too much time tonight putting together a sign-in sheet website, called, generically enough Sign-in Sheet.