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Cloud Computing Costs

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.

Photo Wall that Scrolls Forever Loading New Photos at Bottom

I was reading the code at iworkfortheinternet.org and learned how to do this "scrolling forever wall" effect. It's clever.

iSCSI on Linux

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.

Minimal P3 Debian System

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.

Branch Predication

I was reading about make, and came across a paragraph about branch predication and Konrad Zuse, who I'd never heard of. Fascinating.

Font Creators Getting Paid (Maybe?)

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.

Deliverability Blues 2013

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.

Sign in sheet website

I spent way too much time tonight putting together a sign-in sheet website, called, generically enough Sign-in Sheet.

Computer Professional Overtime Exemption

Under US labor rules, some computer programmers are exempt from overtime laws. There is considerable misunderstanding about this law. I'm not an expert, or even novice, about this law, but am compiling this page as a resource for study and to increase understanding. Corrections to johnk-at-riceball-dot-com are appreciated. If you would like to network and get on a mailing list about this issue, please write to that address as well.

SeeClickFix didn't fix

I put up a couple complaints on SeeClickFix back in late 2009, and left the most fixable one up, and it still hadn't been fixed in late 2012 when I moved away. What's the deal? SCF boasts that 125,000 issues have been fixed, but it seems like some issues get fixed, while other issues don't. Broken curbs in a working class neighborhood do not.

In the time I lived there, I saw residents fix the curbs twice - once was (probably illegal) modification to smooth over a cut so they could drive over it, and another to just have a curb. I don't recall seeing a City of LA crew fixing the sidewalks.

In contrast, reports of potholes to the City of LA's website were fixed in a week or two.

The difference between pets and meat, in Java

enum Pet {
    DOG, CAT, PIG, RAT, FISH, COW, CHICKEN
}

enum Meat {
    DOG, CAT, PIG, RAT, FISH, COW, CHICKEN
}

class animals {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

LastPass Rocks

I just lost my bag, and in that bag was a sheet with all my slightly obfuscated passwords and usernames and website urls. My trick was to make the information incomplete, so that it's hard to use.

RIP Slaptech Framework

Slaptech framework was a PHP 4 based framework that never got released into the public, that we built to do projects.

XP Licensing Headaches (Migrating an OEM System to VHD and Hyper-V when You Have a Retail or VLK License)

I have to rewrite this, as what worked was different.

Windows always amazes me with how expensive it is to run; with this awesome Sysinternals tool, disk2vhd, you can turn an installed system into a VHD and run it on Hyper-V. When you do, though, Windows XP demands to be activated.

Then, the expensive, time-consuming drama ensues. (Tips on optimizing the process at the end.)

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