6 Awesome Arch Linux Tricks

A couple of years ago I wrote "Why Arch Linux Rocks" and "Getting the most from Arch Linux." I've made a number of attempts to get more involved in the Arch project and community, but mostly I've been too busy working and using Arch to do actual work. Then a few weeks ago when I needed to do something minor with my system--I forget what--and I found myself thinking "this Arch thing is pretty swell, really.…

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Task Updates

Life has been incredibly busy and full lately and that's been a great thing. I've also been focusing my time on big projects recently rather than posting updates here and updating the wiki. And then I have this day job which basically counts as a big project. While I like the opportunity to focus deeply on some subjects, I also miss the blog. tycho is conflicted about something. Shocking. In any case, I want to do something useful with this space more regularly.…

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Update Pending

It's been a while since I've written one of these "clip posts," but there's no time like the present to get started with that. I hope everyone out there in internet-land is having a good end of the year. I'll try and get a retrospective/new years out in the next few days, and avoid belaboring the point here. As I said last friday it's my intent to focus here on shorter/quicker thoughts, and focus my free writing/project time for work on longer projects (fiction, non-fiction, perhaps some programming.…

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Longer Forms

A friend asked me a question (several weeks ago by publication) on a technical topic and I spent most of the next few days writing a missive on database administration strategy. That seemed like a normal response. I was delighted to find that: I liked the voice, I enjoyed writing the longer document, and there are a dozen or so other related topics that I wanted to explore. So, apparently, I'm writing a book.…

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Whiteness and Diversity

This post is a follow up to my earlier post on diversity and representation In short, while I think it's great that we're beginning to talk and write about race and representation in our fiction and field, I think we [1] need to expand our analysis of whiteness. Whiteness in Science Fiction I'm still working on figuring out what this means, and I'm sorry that I haven't developed my thinking sufficiently to be more clear on this.…

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Technical Writing Fiction

On Outer Alliance Podcast #8, David Levine talked about having worked as a technical writer for some 15 years and then said something to the effect of "It's a point of great personal pride that I've never put a bulleted list in a piece of fiction." I laughed out loud. Perhaps frightening a woman walking her dog nearby. In most ways, the kind of writing that I do for work, API references, tutorials, administration overviews, best-practice descriptions, is very different from the kinds of things I write away from work, or at least I like to think so.…

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Xen and KVM: Failing Differently Together

When I bought what is now my primary laptop, I had intended to use the extra flexibility to learn the prevailing (industrial-grade) virtualization technology. While that project would have been edifying on its own, I also hoped to use the extra flexibility to some more consistent testing and development work. This project spurned a xen laptop project, but the truth is that Xen is incredibly difficult to get working, and eventually the "new laptop" just became the "every day laptop," and I let go of the laptop Xen project.…

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