The Hard (GNU/Linux) Truth

Backstory: Chris is something of an Operating system junkie, and likes to play around with things. I think he's weird, but whatever. Also, he bought a netbook several months ago, and after much persistence on my part (and some epic failures of Ubuntu instalations,) he finally installed Arch Linux, and it worked amazingly well. Here's a funny (ok, mildly amusing?) conversation about his latest system plan with only minor editing for understandability and comedic value:…

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Announcements, geek stuff, guest blogging

I wrote an article for my friend Melissa Barton about how to use computers/technology more successfully and more effectively, and it went live over the weekend. I'm really happy with it, and it represents all of the things I've been working through here, except tuned for a more general audience. It's also under my given name (gasp!) as if the tycho thing wasn't confusing enough as it is. Emacs is great, and I'm a huge fan, but it's not for everyone, and for those audences, thinking about what we learn from "advanced useage" and then workind to apply that to more general use can be quite powerful.…

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Week in Preview

I watched the last episode of Battlestar Galatica, (I'd been behind several weeks) today, because I was tired of everyone else talking about it and staying away from reading things on the Internet because of it. This is a story that I've been quite fond of for quite a long time, and I was impressed with how well they wrapped it up. Really impressed. Good work indeed. I've also--and I haven't talked about this very much here, yet--been writing more seriously on my projects than I have in a good long while.…

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teapot problem

So while I'm a bit (ha!) of a tea junkie, I must confess that my tea brewing/tea pot equipment is pretty minimal. I have (had) a couple of tea pots that were obtained at church rummage sales, and I bought a small pot for afternoon/testing purposes recently, but other than that: not so much. I recently discovered that my standard pot which is a great stonewear ceramic beast has a defect in the (internal) glaze which I think means that it's ready for retirement.…

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a working for loop

So I was sorting through my org-mode files and I found a little snippet of code that I had lying around. I've had a problem with shell scripting for a while. I use bash a lot, and I've written a few functions, and procedural scripts that I've found useful in my travels, but anything that requires "logic," often escapes me in tragic and epic ways. Here's the problem. I had a directory of notes that I had compiled for presentation in an ikiwiki blog for notes.…

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Writers that Changed My World

I saw a meme, I from lesboprof, that listed 25 authors that were influential to her. It was fun for me to read, because there was some overlap with what my list would be and because she's (presumably) a feminist-studies type as well. I thought I'd give it a stab, though in typical tychoish fashion, this is going to be really eclectic. Also, because it's a meme, please feel free to comment and join in.…

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lisp-ing forward

"blah blah tycho says he's not a programmer, blah blah." I say stuff like this (more or less) quite a bit, right? But I know a lot about how computers work, a lot about how programs are constructed (at least in the abstract,) and while I've not (really) written code of any note I do read a bunch of code, and can almost always figure out how things work. So I suppose I should confess that I'm.…

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