application config that makes me happy

May 11, 2007  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

So, I’ve done a bit more hacking on addex, some of which was to make it usable by a larger group of people. More on that in another entry, though.

is freebsd on drugs?

May 1, 2007  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻 🤤

Gabor recenly posted some reports about what version of what CPAN dists were in what OS distributions.

toward a free crossword puzzler

April 30, 2007

Recently, Daniel Jalkut was doing that thing that has, sadly, become pretty popular in modern blogging: announcing his hot new product before telling us what it’s for. (Did this start with Segway? I’m sure there are some prior examples that I can’t think of.) Anyway, it turned out to be Black Ink, a really nice looking Cocoa-based crossword puzzle program. It started out pretty buggy, but has gotten a little better. It costs $25, which probably isn’t too unreasonable, but I can’t see myself spending that much on a game that I’ll only play now and then.

my speakeasy mug story

April 25, 2007

A few years ago, I received a plain brown box in the mail. It came from my ISP, Speakeasy, and contained a nice Speakeasy-branded mug. There was nothing else in the box, and no explanation as to why I’d been sent the mug. I logged into their IRC servers and asked about it. I found my logs of this conversation today while looking for something else:

the ever-diminishing lexicon

April 24, 2007  🤤

Ruben Navarrete, Junior, is a syndicated columnist who frequently writes about the problems of Hispanics in America. I often agree with him, either entirely or to a limited extent. Sometimes I think he’s nuts. Today, I’m pretty disgusted.

email addressing sucks

April 23, 2007  📧 🧑🏽‍💻 🤤

I know that most people know how much email addresses suck, but I found this message in Mutt while looking for something else, and I thought it was a nice illustration.

Directory of Where's George-Related Pages

April 20, 2007

In case you, like I, wonder what a “natural George” or “Sherlock” is, this will help. (Well, it won’t help with Sherlock. Apparently the dictionary is out of date.)

sqlite: totally indestructable

April 19, 2007  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Today, I saw some SQLite failures occur when a process had consumed all its open filehandles with session databases. My first thought was that there was a circular reference preventing destruction. After an almost comical amount of struggle to get Devel::Cycle to work, and then an actually comical amount of struggle to get Devel::FindRef to not choke on DBI connections, the problem turned up. I’m pretty sure that I wrote the offending line. I feel fairly silly about it now, since it is a pretty clear one-line red flag. This is a close approximation: