The Tiling Window Manager Story

As I said in "The Odd Cyborg Out," I'm thinking of giving StumpWM a run. So I did some musing about tiling window managers, because I am who I am. Here goes, So, like I said, I've been tinkering a very little with StumpWM, and I thought some background might be useful. For those of you who aren't familiar, StumpWM is another tiling window manager, like my old standard Awesome, except Stump is written in Common Lisp, and is descended from different origins from Awesome.…

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Desktop Virtualization and Operating Systems

So what's the answer to all this operating system and hardware driver angst? I'm going to make the argument that the answer, insofar as there is one is probably virtualization. But wait, tycho, this virtualization stuff all about servers. Right? Heretofore, virtualization technology--the stuff that lets us take a single very powerful piece of hardware, and run multiple instances of an operating system that, in most ways "think of themselves" as being an actual physical computer--has been used in the server way, as a way of "consolidating" and utilizing the potential of given hardware.…

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podcamp philly

So I went to this "Podcamp" in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I'm a huge fan of getting together with geeks outside of the Internet (in real life!) to talk about the technology, communities, and practices (let alone skills and ticks). Indeed meeting people in the real world, is often a great way to advance and promote whatever it is you're doing on the Internet, but beyond I often find the experience of having "really geeky" conversations with people in real life to be rather refreshing.…

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Operating Systems and the Driver Issue

I made a quip the other day about the UNIX Epoch problem (unix time stamps, are measured in seconds since Jan 1, 1970, and displayed in a 10 digit number. Sometime in 2038, there will need to be 11 digits, and there's no really good way to fix that.) Someone responded "whatever, we won't be using UNIX in thirty years!" Famous last words. People were saying this about UNIX itself years ago.…

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The Odd Cyborg Out

I said to my office mate this week, "I'm switching to zsh," and I believe he said something to the effect of "oh dear, what's next." I should back up. I'm something of an odd duck when it comes to the way I use computers. I'm a geek, even in the context of my coworkers who are (also) huge geeks. I'm the only one who uses emacs. We're an OS X shop (for the desktop, at least) but I run Arch Linux inside of a virtual machine.…

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Breaking up with the Web

I really don't want to use the web anymore. This should come as no great surprise to most of you, but I think it's worth pondering a bit, particularly because like all "breaking ups," it's a bit difficult. To recap, the reasons for the break up: The software we use to browse the web is awkward and difficult to use efficiently. I'm talking here about things like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.…

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Interview with Scott Farquhar

Today's installment in the interview series is Scott Farquhar. Rather than spend a long time blathering about it, let me just get on with it. Shall we? Who are you? What do you? Who are any of us, really? Right now I don't seem to be doing much but working at my old house and getting it ready to rent. But what I hope to go back to doing after I'm done is the main project of my Royalty Free Music podcast.…

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