gentoo/vms suck

Ok, so I really want to like Gentoo Linux. Really, rather a lot. And I even wrote a post about how awesome VMs were. But here's the issue of the hour. I wanted to try gentoo, because I was kind of sick of having to fight with ubuntu/debian to get at more contemporary packages. Having a distribution that's really picky about these things when I'm not running a server, and capiable of deciding if I want to install something is.…

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Command Line Blog

Ok, this is going to be a quick post, I swear. Truth is I do most of my blogging in TextMate using the amazing blogging bundle. Basically it means that if I use the right template (which looks a lot like an email header, really), I can hit three keys and a few seconds later the post appears here on tychoish. Right. As part of tycho's great march torwards linux, I'm looking for something to fill this niche in my workflow.…

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writing reports

I'm still writing, even though I've been in a very clear Critical Futures kick of posting lots of old material. I think I might post another one of the Trailing Edge stories soon, just to switch things up, after another Knowing Mars story. But that's beside the point. So I'm writing this new story. It's good fun, and there are lots of things about this story that I absoutly adore. The theory is interesting, the characters are a hoge podge of old favorites (sort of), the setting is great fun, and I really like the shape of the plot.…

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Rethinking git-mail

Last month I told you all about this funky new way way I've been downloading email, using the git version control system, rather than traditional POP or IMAP. I wanted to write a post with an update to how this system works and how I've changed the system and how I think I will change the system. Everything I said in the last post is still most true to be honest, though I did tweak it a bit in response to the comments, to make sure there aren't performance related issues.…

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Work Mode for Mutt

So I have a new quandry. I have one computer (a nice, pretty new MacBook Black, that does everything I want and then some.) and I have two lives. No not like that, but my computer is both the place where my paying work gets done, and it's the site of much of my creative output happens. Now, keeping work and play separate is a challenge for many people, even when who have different tools, but it's a particular challenge in my enviroment.…

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VMs For All

In my post/rant about IM clients, I mentioned that I was running a Ubuntu instalation in a VM instance on my MacBook. I am in fact, not crazy, and I'd even go so far as to recomend this experience for most other people. Here's why: First off, virtual machines let you save state in snapshots. So, as a general practice make a backup snapshot when you get your computer set up (which you save for safe keeping), and then again at regular intervals (every week, say), and then a third one just in case before you change any setting that might screw things up.…

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On Scarcity

Economics heretofore [1] has been based upon scarcity. I mean this is a pretty plain idea. We pay for computer hardware, because there's presumably more pieces of computer hardware than there are people who want it. And the Apple Store/NewEgg takes our money because money isn't limitless. Supply and demand. Pretty basic. So this doesn't hold true on the internet, and of software in general. How come you ask? But you just paid thousands of dollars for the latest Adobe package?…

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