I’ve found that I put off going to work because I know the Internet connection there is limited.
What do the text utilities on AIX have against following the manual and manipulating newlines properly? Is it just that AIX is from IBM, and IBM software is half-assed? $ uname -a AIX myhost 3 5 00C2D2804C00 $ echo ” 1 2 3 4 5 2 1″ | tr -s [:space:] ‘\n’ 1 2 3 […]
The reduction in force has started. I wish I could see what the pattern is, but we’re kept in the dark.
Zimran, thanks for linking to Michael Lewis’s piece on Sarkozy’s attempt to make the French more productive. It is funny, but given my circumstances at the moment, I would pull out this quote. Nicolas Sarkozy, the new French president, has decided that the French need to become more productive. He eliminated the law forbidding work […]
One of Rick Klau’s shared items in Google Reader suggested that journalists today will need to know Photoshop, HTML, and a bunch of other crap to get a job. That may be so, but remember that computers are just a tool, and any time the tool gets in the way of the Real Work, discard […]
It’s a beautiful day out today. The wind chases fluffy white clouds across the sky. Leaves whisper in the breeze, counterpoint to the bullfrog’s basso. I can hear the sounds of baseball from the park. The girls are out playing somewhere, the boys are napping upstairs, while I sit on the deck, tired, grumpy, and […]
I’ve been running without root access to systems for nigh on two years now, and I must say that it is very annoying, even with sudo in order to start some web servers and such. The basic UNIX security model is really, truly, FUBAR. What I’m finding is that every now and again you run […]
Avinash Kaushik posted a list of ten things to envy about working at Google, which are, oddly enough, similar to the reasons Joel Spolsky says I would love being a sysadmin at Fog Creek. Both companies place a lot of emphasis on working together, that is, in the same place. One works at, not for, […]
Y’know, the puzzling thing about 2001: A Space Odyssey is why Dave Bowman didn’t beat HAL to pulp with a monkey wrench immediately after meeting it. Obviously the man had not had much experience with computers.
Ever have one of those days where you feel like your job is making you dumber by the minute? I am. I have this recurrent daydream where I’m independently wealthy and volunteer my time to work on the transportation systems at DisneyWorld. And not just driving the monorail either, but drawing lines on the swamp. […]
The work some of us have seems to me to exist mainly to serve the computer. That is, we’re not using the computers as tools in our work, but the computers are using us. I know I’m personifying the computer, and it’s really Stu’s — or perhaps Duane’s or IBM’s — fault for writing a […]
The HTTP specification defines the method of a request in section 5.1.1. This definition dates to 1992. The Method token indicates the method to be performed on the resource identified by the Request-URI. The method is case-sensitive. Various cookbooks for constructing a request refer to POST as POST, and nothing but POST. And, yet, we […]
Back in May I was elected to the board of directors of the Dalton Farm Homeowners Association, and became co-chair of the grounds committee. What that means is that I’m responsible for ensuring that the grounds are maintained — that the lawn is cut, the weeds pulled, the trees trimmed, the light-bulbs changed — and […]
“Write once, run anywhere” is a crock of shit.
Corinne Maier responds to the lack of opportunity in France’s ossified corporate structures by encouraging less work than more. In an article on her and her book, Bonjour Paresse, the New York Times writes In many ways, Ms. Maier is typical of France’s intelligentsia, overeducated and underemployed. She studied economics and international relations at the […]
“Yahoo tacks fees onto e-mail, storage features: The company said it will begin charging for a feature that lets people check their Yahoo e-mail messages from outside services. In addition, the company will limit public access to its data storage service in hopes of persuading people to pay for it.” [c|net] Expect more of the […]
SBC: We’ll hit our numbers: “The company said it plans to focus on building its operations in the United States by expanding into new markets such as long-distance voice and data services, Internet and wireless.” Ah, expanding into the Internet market. I wonder how that works. 😉
Yahoo builds more fees into GeoCities – Tech News – CNET.com: “Now the company is introducing a $4.95 service that lets customers use FTP and remote loading, features once free. The new option also comes with extra storage and ad-free pages.” Curiouser and curiouser.
Jon’s Radio: “How do they do it? My theory: less time spent in meetings.” ROFLMAO At one time, SBC was intending to migrate their members’ personal home pages to our servers. Why didn’t it happen? I was only involved for six months, but the project had gone nowhere for 18 months before that: meetings, staff […]
House bill gives broadband boost to Bells: The bill “means we’ll have choice and competition in that marketplace and all Americans will enjoy the benefits instead of just a few,” said Rep. Billy Tauzin, a Louisiana Republican and the chief sponsor of the measure. I wonder if he’s tried to get a DSL line.