The Idiocy that Occurs with Our Outdated Laws

I came across an article a couple weeks ago that baffled me. Let me get one thing out of the way right away, lest it become a distraction: Sidney Meyers is an idiot for calling in a school bomb threat on his cell phone. (And would still be a dummy even if he didn’t do … Continue reading “The Idiocy that Occurs with Our Outdated Laws”

Two Stories about Governments Not Understanding the Internet

Singapore has attempted to bring websites under the same decency standards are other media. The Singapore government just announced an intention to begin regulating websites that report on the country, requiring a S$50,000 ‘performance bond’ and compliance with any takedown notices from the government within 24 hours. The reason for this is apparently to regulate … Continue reading “Two Stories about Governments Not Understanding the Internet”

Portal 2 Review and Analysis

If I have to sum up Portal 2 in one word: brilliant!  I really enjoyed the first Portal a lot.  The sense of not knowing what’s going on and GLaDOS’ obvious demented nature made for a dark video game the likes of which I’d never experienced.  It was an artform as much as any other … Continue reading “Portal 2 Review and Analysis”

The Initial Failure and Eventual Triumph of Social Media in my Attempts to Get Tech Support to Help

A little past the end of February I started having problems with my internet connected devices.  In the basement we have a Roku box that the wife uses to watch Netflix.  She reported that it was no longer connecting to Netflix.  We’d had issues before with it needing to be re-registered with Netflix, but that did … Continue reading “The Initial Failure and Eventual Triumph of Social Media in my Attempts to Get Tech Support to Help”

KDE Look Part 4: Fixing things with a little help from my Friends

Sure, it’s a tired and cliche phrase, but hurray for the wisdom of the crowd.  I’ve received comments on identi.ca, twitter, and in the comments here with answers to nearly all my problems with KDE.  Let’s see if I can get them all to work.  First off, I was told that my problem with Konversation … Continue reading “KDE Look Part 4: Fixing things with a little help from my Friends”

Nook First Look

As you may remember, a few months ago I decided to rethink the issue of ebooks. I was going back and forth about buying the Barnes and Noble Nook just before my recent flight to Florida. I had been looking forward to the flight as a chance to read through some of Cory Doctorow’s fiction. … Continue reading “Nook First Look”

Interesting CPU Behavior

I never really knew much about how CPUs worked until I took a class in CPU design at Cornell.  Until that point I never knew about registers and cache and pipelines.  Ever since then I’ve been growing in my understanding of how the CPU works and how all the parts fit together.  This culminated in … Continue reading “Interesting CPU Behavior”

Otakon 2009

For the first time since moving here, I found out about Otakon ahead of time. Unfortunately, the economics didn’t work out we didn’t buy tickets. But I did go to hang out outside Otakon on Saturday to get some photos. Lessons learned: Remember what you learned in Hawaii and don’t be afraid to approach people. … Continue reading “Otakon 2009”

About Me

I am a creator and technology geek and the two often overlap. My interests include programming, writing, photography, creating comics, building computers, and video production. I prefer free operating systems like Linux and freeBSD. I prefer interpreted languages like Python and Perl. I am also a father, husband, son, and brother. I’m working on becoming … Continue reading “About Me”

Review: Slackware 12.2

I already tried installing Gentoo.  Twice.  The other Linux distro for the hardcore, for whom the Ubuntus and the Fedoras is too easy, is Slackware.  Slackware is, of course, the oldest surviving Linux distro.  I’ve already reviewed some distros based off of Slackware such as Zenwalk and Slax.  Along the way I’ve come to learn … Continue reading “Review: Slackware 12.2”

Gravatar Support is here

Since WordPress 2.5 supports Gravatars, I discovered them and have enabled it.  Gravatars are images that appear next to your comments next to this blog.  To get one, go to http://en.gravatar.com/ and register one with your email address.  Then use that email address when you leave comments on my blog.  Right now I’m only allowing … Continue reading “Gravatar Support is here”

Today’s Jargon File Entry

ACK: /ak/, interj. 1. [common; from the ASCII mnemonic for 0000110] Acknowledge. Used to register one’s presence (compare mainstream Yo!). An appropriate response to ping or ENQ. 2. [from the comic strip Bloom County] An exclamation of surprised disgust, esp. in “Ack pffft!” Semi-humorous. Generally this sense is not spelled in caps (ACK) and is … Continue reading “Today’s Jargon File Entry”