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I'm learning R, and it's been interesting. The weird part is that I don't know stats. Yes, I know standard deviation, mean deviation, and easy stuff, but those are one-liners in the R tutorials. What I know in stats amounts to around 1/4 to 1/2 a page of the R tutorial. So to compensate, I have a stats text from the thrift store, so I'll eventually be less than a total ignoramus about what I'm reading.
One of the twists of what I'm messing with is that all our data is in a database. The normal mode of operation for R users is to load the entire data table into memory and do awesome reporting on it. Where I'm at, for better or worse, is more like a traditional web application with a database back end.
A problem with this is that MySQL lets me have only 16 connections going at the same time. I'm not sure if it's the driver, but I'll assume that. Since RStudio holds the connections, coding a lot of changes eventually leads to a lot of lost database connection handles, and eventually running out of connections.
I was called in to help fix a network that had been discombobulated. I didn't end up fixing it, but one staffer there did the trick by disconnecting a switch with a bunch of wires plugged into it.
We're in full drought mode in LA, and that means we follow the eleventh comandment: if it's yellow, let it mellow, and if it's brown, flush it down.
An extremely short article about how to avoid pitfalls that will get you hacked. I've been hacked, so I kind of know this from experience.
I want to get one of these.
Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series 8+1 WS-C2940-8TT-S 10/100 +1000 Port Managed Switch
It's similar to the little Netgear GS108T managed switch, but with slower ports. For most things that involve the internet, that won't matter. It's main advantages would be the fact there's no power adapter cube - the power supply is in the case. IOS is also useful, sometimes. I find it's a pain in the butt, but you can record your configuration into a human-readable text file, which is important to some people.
If you happened to come across my name in a web search, and found this lawsuit, I'm putting this page up to explain a little bit about it. For more details, contact me via email@example.com. If you're interested in the IMC and this suit, in general, I'm preparing a listserv to send updates.
I just spent an hour trying to get a single page to print... after printing around 40 pages of tax returns. What the heck? The challenging task was to print something that was probably laid out using the old Win32 drawing system, in landscape. Partial pages came out with a large gray area where it should have been white. What was gonig on?
I was feeling like crap, so after taking the day off and taking a nap, I spent several hours learning Scrapy. Scrapy is a pretty awesome website scraper. This example logs into a website, extracts some data, and stores it locally.
I've been working on this email layout hack, and started to build it from content, and came to the inevitable conclusion that email and web are two different media.
It works. Haven't bought a graphics card since the mid 1990s, but did this because Gnome 3 feels a lot smoother with some extra cycles and memory. All the eyecandy effects now seem to run at around 20 fps, and the colors are nicer. Before, they were more like 10 fps and jumpy. This shows up in lspci as VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Caicos [Radeon HD 6450/7450/8450]. Seems to be a bit of a power hog, but it doesn't use a fan, so it's not going to burn too much coal.
I had to spend time logging a video. It's always a little bit of a pain, and always takes longer than just watching the thing... so if you care about inequality, and want some really pretty graphics, and risk some potential copyright violation (though I suspect that Fair Use allows it), here you go: List of Infographics in Inequality for All.
I'm working on this at work - using CSS to alter Salsa's rigid layouts. :/ Yeah, it's here because I wasn't in on the issue of building backlinks.
viudata created a Schelling Segregation Simulator in processing, and added a third race to it.
A while back, I made a little program called TPCalc to do one of my favorite mundane activities, which is to determine the best price for toilet paper at