my new favorite irssi plugin

August 28, 2008

I don’t like to use the /ignore command. First of all, I very rarely choose to frequent an IRC channel with anyone I really can’t stomach. Also, as you ignore more people, conversation begins to become incomprehensible, because threads of conversation start and you can’t tell why or who all is involved.

the php quick function reference

August 23, 2008  🧑🏽‍💻

The PHP quick reference lists all the built-in functions – all 5274 of them. It just links you to the manual page for that function. This HTML document is over four hundred kilobytes in size.

tool sharpening fail: notebook / idea management

August 17, 2008  🌀 💾

At work, we recently moved our internal project and defect tracking from Trac to LiquidPlanner. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: LiquidPlanner is fantastic. It’s really helping get an eye on what’s going on.

rjbs goes blog shopping

August 17, 2008

The canonical source for my journal posts is at in my Rubric install. Rubric doesn’t do comments, though, and I am really, really not interested in adding that feature. That’s why I syndicate to

maybe parallels will be just fine

August 14, 2008

I had two big complaints with Parallels that led me to consider dropping $80 on VMWare Fusion instead of, say, beer. First, it was incredibly slow and resource hungry, and I’d have to quit almost everything to run my Win32 virt. At the very least, I’d have to quit Firefox, which was really annoying. Secondly, the damned taskbar was never visible. Every time I booted, and more, I’d have to go to Start, Settings, Taskbar and hide, apply, show, apply. Augh!

note to self: salary requirements up front

August 11, 2008

Last night, I dreamed that I quit my job to return to work at my previous employer. There would be lots of ups and downs to this, the two most important of which would be that I’d be closer to home and that I’d be developing in Visual Studio and its suite of languages. I got to my office, and it was pretty high-tech. I don’t remember just why, but the computer was running some evolved version of Windows that looked sort of Blackbox-y. (I used to run Blackbox on Win32, there.) My fellow developers and I shared a nice office space.

you can tell me why i suck

August 8, 2008

Sometimes, when I start hanging out in a new IRC channel, or spend some time with programmers I’ve only talked to on mailing lists, I hear people make new cutting remarks about other widely respected programmers. Often, the new group will have some well-established group opinion about someone I respect, and that opinion will not be entirely flattering. This is always a strange experience. I’m usually a bit put off by nasty talk about anybody, especially people whose work I respect. Then again, the criticism is often reasoned and makes me see people in a new light that helps me more critically assess their work and their claims.