Linux distribution choices tell a lot about a person

My first Linux distribution was Slackware installed from 40 floppy disks running the 0.99 Linux kernel. Back then a distribution was just a starting point to get a system up and running. The concept of upgrading to the next release of the distribution was foreign, if you wanted a newer kernel or a security patch you downloaded the source and built it. Distributions were a very personal thing Continue reading

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Chronic-what-cles of Narnia

This SNL rap about the Chronicles of Narnia is just hilarious!

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Source control without committer access

Update: It turns out both CVS and SVN have a solution to this problem called vendor branches. This page has a great description of the technique with subversion!

Many open source projects require local file customizations to tweak, customize, and fix bugs when building a real world site (e.g. Drupal, OSCommerce, Roller, phpBB, etc…). My preference is always to checkout from their source control and start working rather than downloading an archive file and extracting it. Continue reading

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Time boxed versus feature boxed releases

There are pros and cons to both approaches:

1. Feature boxed releases allow you to focus on getting the features the business side needs in the release and getting them right. However feature boxing is more easily prone to scope creep, continually pushing the release date, and spending too much time getting a feature “just” right instead of getting it in front of customers.

2. Time boxed iterations continuously keep the organization focusing on what’s most important Continue reading

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Drupal on Windows with IIS installation problem and solution

I’ve been looking at redoing my website using Drupal instead of the Roller weblogger. Most of the users that started using boatblogger found roller a little to frustrating and eventually left for the bigger free blogging services. I’m also researching CMS systems to replace our home grown article publishing system at work so it’s a
valuable learning experience in that regard as well!

Anyhow, while my hosted servers run Linux, I use Windows as my desktop so to setup my Drupal dev environment I installed Continue reading

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Defrag in Windows in safe mode

I’ve discovered that the only way to really get a good defrag in Windows is in safe mode. Reboot Windows, hit F8 before the starting Windows screen comes up, select safe mode, and then Start -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter. Continue reading

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Ruby rdoc viewers still leave room for improvement

First a question, how do you go about looking up Rails or Gems API docs quickly while programming?

As a relatively new Ruby user I’ve just always assumed something was wrong with my Ruby installation because the following wouldn’t work: ri ActiveRecord::Base so I’ve always relied on running gem_server. Alas there is nothing wrong with my installation Continue reading

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Bad domain names

If you haven't already seen this, this is a must read on bad
domain names
. This had me in tears laughing!

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Tabbed terminals for Windows redux 2

For the past few months I’ve been running Gnome-Terminal under Cygwin as my tabbed term of choice but I’ve always disliked having to run X on Windows just to run a terminal emulator.

Now, thanks to an anonymous comment pointing to me VeraTerm on my previous post, I’ve discovered the open-source successor to VeraTerm called Poderosa. Continue reading

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Calling the US from Europe with Skype

I arrived in Germany this morning. Before I left I setup our home machines in San Francisco with Skype so I could call home without having to pay. We had our first Skype converstation this evening using an open wifi access point I found. It was definitely telephone quality and totally free, excellent! I look forward to Continue reading

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