Deep Computing

So here's another report on my Linux usage: For some unknown reason I tried to upgrade to Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10) last weekend. Which failed epically. So I reinstalled, which has gone... less well? Explaining the problems I'm having are incredibly complicated. Everything works well, except the dual monitor support, which is just bothersome. I have a work around that seems to work pretty well, but I'm not sure if pretty well = production ready.…

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Window Management

OS X has been a really innovative force in personal computing. It's highly usable, lots of different kinds of users are able to work with it. It's compatible with lots of different standards, and it provides a lot of tools to developers that make even the sucky third party software pretty nice. I think if you look at Windows Vista, and the latest versions of KDE and GNOME and some of the other open source user interfaces, it's pretty easy to see some resonances of OS X.…

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Is there any there there?

I learned the other day that some (a lot?) of the big box retail corporations--Costco/Sams/etc.--don't turn a profit by selling things to people. This shouldn't be particularly large surprise, they sell goods at prices that undercut all of the competition, and probably aren't that much above the core cost of the goods (if that). And yet the companies are profitable. How? My understanding is that they take their gross income and invest it in short term things--bonds, stocks, and the like--which generates enough income that the entire operation can turn a profit.…

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Long Threads

Have you ever noticed how email exchanges where it's just you writing back with a friend or two always seems to peter out after about 3 volleys? And how online discussions seem to go on and on? And how a lot of virtual communities--particularly the really active ones--are full of drivel? Yeah, me too. I don't have a particularly good answer for it either. I think the sociological/psychological reasons are pretty straight forward: the conversations linger because the medium is time-shifted, each party of the conversation has to contribute less resources to keeping the discussion going.…

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Novel Writing in November

When going to graduate school became "someday later" rather than "someday soon," one of the things I promised myself that I'd do is dedicate more of my time to fiction writing, which I always seemed to cast aside in favor of more seemingly important academic goals. Well not any more. So I have this fiction blog, which I talk about (not nearly?) enough called Critical Futures which is part of my ongoing struggle/effort to write and edit my fiction.…

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Linuxing

So I've been switching to linux right? Right. Well the machine has arrived, and I've been able to get most of the required things set up the way that I need them. The awesome window manager, my ususal compliment of software, copying over config files and what not. It's not hard, and the only thing that gave me a hickup was using Xrandr, and that was pretty quickly solved. I wrote about my editor issues last week, which are progressing slowly.…

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Editor Crisis

When I got the Linux rig, I was pretty sure that I was going to live in vim--probably mostly the console version--while I work on weaning myself off of my TextMate dependency. It's not that I don't love TextMate, or that I can't afford it, but I think Linux/open source is where I'm headed, and in the short term I think I'd like one editor for both platforms, and that means open source.…

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