Outage

So, last night, TN ground to a halt because of a failure in the backup system. Yay, I have backups. Boo, the drive they’re on died, thus failing to mount, and the backups went, due to a quirk of my backup system, to the HD with the root of the filesystem. Filled that up quickly, …

Internet Celebrity

The internet is a weirdly wonderful place sometimes. I was playing TF2 last night, and first off, I ended up playing with some of my internet idols: Lore Sjöberg and Mark Rosenfelder. I knew I was playing with Lore—both recognizing his voice and having his steam username. But when I was playing as a medic …

San Francisco

Lightning trip to SF for a job interview. This is a truly wonderful city; it has what I like about NYC, offset with a certain undefinable Pacificness. The company makes browser-based games, particularly Facebook games. (remember when it was The Facebook? Yeah.) I’m particularly curious about their game design process; I can code, sure, but …

Google Wave

Is still cool. I’ve got a pile of invites; anyone want one? (Since people keep asking: Google Wave is not, in and of itself, anything new.  It is, rather, a beautifully conceived [though not yet quite fully implemented!] melding of existing technologies.  The tag-line version is that it is a integration of wiki, IM, email, …

Droid Review Addendum

The inimitable @andrewa121 pointed out that the iPhone has greater extended-latin input abilities than I had ascribed to it; he suggested touch-and-hold to get options for accented characters (which is exactly what one does in Android 2.0). I would like to state for the record that I had tried this unsuccessfully on an iPhone 3GS …

New phone

Well, I feel like I’m officially in the future, now that I have a smartphone.  I got the Droid, a bit of nice Motorola hardware running Google’s nice open-source OS Android, and carried by the icktastic Verizon.  So it goes.

Wiring

I spent much of today rewiring the house (with my dad’s assistance, or, more accurately, I was assisting him).  Lots of drilling, crawling in the basement, getting dusty, trying not to inhale fiberglass insulation.  I found it quite fun, but it’s not a usual thing for me, which I suppose makes a difference.  But there …

Minor complaints

I have many ways to switch between active work areas: ctrl-a, n when using screen; ctrl-arrow when using Spaces; cmd-tab when using normal OS X application switching; ctrl-tab when using my Windows VM.  These can get confusing, and I spend a certain amount of time swapping between applications and desktops and virtual terminals fruitlessly. I …