continuing raid saga

February 1, 2006  ⚙️

Last night, I was complaining that it was going to take six forevers to build my RAID. This morning, it was still going, and expecting over a day to complete. I whined about this to Dieter, who was similarly perplexed. He asked a few questions, including, “Well, of course you’re using DMA, right?”

my new raid

February 1, 2006  ⚙️

Yesterday afternoon, I saw that my Newegg order would be “shipping soon.” I hoped I’d see my drives before Friday. This morning, I saw that it had shipped. Not only that, but it had shipped from Edison, New Jersey, and was already out for delivery to my apartment.

plodding along

January 31, 2006

I’ve got nothing much to report: life continues on, and is pretty much unexciting and acceptable.

all hail tom

January 27, 2006  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Today, I got an email from Tom, my replacement at IQE. He’d found himself needing a new kind of tolerance for Number::Tolerant. I originally wrote Number::Tolerant for IQE’s characterization system, and I really enjoyed working on it. Once I left, though, I didn’t have much reason to work on it.

fixing rubric's cli

January 27, 2006  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻 📕

Rubric has had a CLI since forever. It has basically been a bunch of crappy little scripts that did one or two things each, badly, with lousy command line processing. I really want to fix this, since one of the biggest complaints I get is that it’s too hard for muggles to install Rubric. I’d like to eliminate any need for people who have no clue to ask for help installing things.

death to my firewire drive (no really)

January 27, 2006  ⚙️

I usually carry a little 40GB LaCie “Porsche” drive with me. I keep some random stuff on it, mostly movies that I got from Netflix and want to have on a lower power-consumption format to watch on the bus. versus amazon; amazon wins; fatality

January 21, 2006

For Christmas, I received a $25 gift certificate from I used $23 of it to buy Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal. This left me with two dollars of credit with Barnes and Noble.

bus station annoyances

January 18, 2006

John and I got to the bus station at about ten after five, as usual. Strangely, though, there was no bus waiting for us. We waiting anxiously for five minutes, and then really started to worry. There was a young woman who’d been waiting when we arrived, and she said she’d been there for about five minutes. Nobody else seemed queued up for the bus, which was pretty weird. Another regular showed up after a little bit, and we tried to figure out what was going on.

reorganizing my network

January 17, 2006

John C. and I were talking, for a few months, about getting a new rackmount and colocating it somewhere. That didn’t happen, but he did find a really great deal on a nice virtual server package, from Aktiom

toward the promised land of playlists, through the valley of plists

January 17, 2006  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I am trying to produce a SAX-based parser for Apple Property List documents. It’s been a frustrating, educational experience. BDFOY has a module, Mac::PropertyList, but it’s not what I want. First of all, it can’t just produce a simple Perl datastructure from a deep plist. That’s fine: I could just patch it to do so, and it would only take a few lines. The bigger concern is that it does its parsing with regular expressions, and takes more than twelve hours to turn my iTunes Music Library file into an object. I’m not sure how much more than twelve hours, because I gave up, at that point; I didn’t want my CPU pegged while I was on the bus back to work.