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Hello World [10 Jul 2006|11:00am]
This is being posted via the LJ Jabber Bot, I wonder if it will work...

Hey, Look Over There ---> [13 Sep 2003|08:17pm]
Ok, apparently someone decided to get Livejournal to syndicate my weblog. As a result, I'm going to turn off the script I've been running that posts entries here. It fails all the time and requires manual intervention to fix it, and I don't see the point in it if Livejournal can do it right automatically. If you're interested in keeping up with what I'm posting, you can see it here.

Rooneg::Weblog: Implementing Condition Variables on Win32 [11 Sep 2003|06:00am]

So there's been some discussion on various APR and Subversion mailing lists recently about exactly how to implement POSIX style condition variables on a Win32 system.



The existing implementation in APR is buggy, and we need a better one before we can merge the work that's been done on making svnserve use a pool of threads into Subversion's trunk. After everyone and their brother posted their (flawed) schemes on how to do it, Branko finally posted a link to a paper containing more than you ever wanted to know about implementing condition variables on win32 systems.



I doubt anyone who reads this is especially interested in this stuff, but I wanted to post it here so I remember to go back to it later and read the rest ;-)



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Rooneg::Weblog: Oh My... [09 Sep 2003|05:00am]

I continue to be amused by Rob's stash of incriminating photos.



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Rooneg::Weblog: A Place So Foreign and Eight More [08 Sep 2003|05:00pm]

Cory Doctorow (of Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom and Boing Boing fame) has a new book out.



This one is a series of short stories, one of which (0wnz0red) was published a while back on Salon. Most of the rest are available off the book's website, but for a few of them you'll have to shell out some cash for the hardcopy.



If you think it's a little weird that he's giving away most of the book for free off his website, I suggest you read a little about his reasons.



Personally, I'm putting in an order at amazon before I even start reading the ones he's putting up for download, and I suggest you do the same.



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Rooneg::Weblog: Disappearing Icons [07 Sep 2003|02:00pm]

Ok, so this is really confusing me.



For some reason both Photoshop Elements and Acrobat Reader have both managed to lose their icons on my powerbook. They're both just showing up with that default icon that you get when an application doesn't have it's own icon. Reinstalling the application doesn't seem to help, and neither does cleaning out the various cache directories in the system (~/Library/Caches, /Library/Caches, /System/Library/Caches...), or rebooting, or any combination of the three that I've been able to figure out.



Anyone have a clue how to fix this short of a clean reinstall of the system?



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Rooneg::Weblog: Ted Koppel On The Dangers Of The Patriot Act [06 Sep 2003|05:00pm]

It's nice to see that the press is coming to it's senses and saying what a lot of us have been thinking for some time now.



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Rooneg::Weblog: Damn Neighbors [06 Sep 2003|09:00am]

Ok, so I'd just like to point out that 6AM on Saturday morning is not the most fun time to be woken up by a fire alarm because one of the downstairs neighbors had something in their apartment catch on fire.



On the bright side, everything is fine, nobody was hurt, and I was back in bed within half an hour or so, but still, not the way I would have chosen to start the weekend if it was up to me.



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Rooneg::Weblog: Hey, That's Only Three Or Four Times What A Sane Person Would Spend... [05 Sep 2003|05:00pm]


so after some random conversations about it with r0b last week, i've started looking around at the various different digital slr cameras that are available.


i've been playing around with my current slr a bit, and i like it a lot, but i absolutely hate dealing with film.


getting it developed is just a pain in the ass, not to mention expensive as hell, and a shoot, develop, look at picture cycle means i don't get anything approaching instant feedback, so by the time i actually look at the pictures i've forgotten 90% of the details of how i took the picture (what lighting, what settings, what lense, etc.), so it's kind of hard to figure out what, if anything, i'm doing wrong. i imagine it's like what programming must have been back in the day of punch cards, with the edit, compile, test cycle taking hours or days. while you can certainly learn that way, it's not what i'd call fun, especially if other options are available to you.


in addition, there's the whole "i want to get these things on the net eventually" question, and i still haven't gotten around to picking up a scanner, and even if i do, it'll add yet another step to the cycle, which will result in me having another thing to procrastinate on, which is always a bad thing.


so anyway, i start browsing around on various different sites, and i discover that virtually all digital slr cameras are so far out of my price range that it isn't even funny. then, i start looking a bit closer, and find that there are at least a few out there that are only a little out of my price range, and if i look even closer, there are places one can get them where they are arguably in my price range, if you squint a bit and try not to let the "oh my god that's expensive" reflex kick in.


basically, i'm down to the nikon d100 and the canon eos-10d. as usual the nikon is more expensive, but in its favor is the fact that i have a nikon film slr camera and a few lenses (albeit cheap lenses that would not be hard to replace) for it that would work with the nikon. on the other hand the canon is newer, so is less likely to be horribly out of date in the very near future, and while the reviews of both are quite positive, the ones for the canon seem slightly more positive.


so i played with the nikon today at the mall, and i think i'll go look at the canon tomorrow, and then i'll work on convincing myself that i don't need one, since even these low end digital slr's are freaking expensive...

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Rooneg::Weblog: In Defence of O'Reilly [05 Sep 2003|05:00pm]

Nat Torkington has an interesting post in his use.perl journal where he answers some of the common questions people have about O'Reilly these days.



It seems to me that O'Reilly is a damn fine company, they make a good product, help the community when they can, and are just generally nice people.



It's becomming a cliche, but "Times are Tight", so yeah, everything isn't they way they'd like it to be, but despite that, they do manage to do an awful lot of really cool things, and I'd hate to see people forget that because of a few understandable shortcomings.



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Rooneg::Weblog: Another $COMPANY Weblog [05 Sep 2003|05:00pm]

Apparently Roberto went and got himself a blog.



Of course he started it months and months ago, and I'm only noticing now because someone mentioned it during breakfast today, but still...



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Rooneg::Weblog: Making The Move [05 Sep 2003|04:00pm]
so i figure that since my free month is up, and i'm pretty satisfied with typepad so far, i'm going to take the plunge and move over. my blog's new location will soon be at asdf.blogs.com, so head on over there in the future. as soon as they get their domain mapping working (it's planned for early september, i'll think about pointing this URL over there, and for those of you using the rss feed, i'll be installing a permanent redirect in my apache config once i've finished the migration.


thanks blosxom, it's been fun, but the lure of typepad is just too much for me...

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Rooneg::Weblog: The More Things Change... [24 Aug 2003|04:00pm]
so i upgraded my install of net news wire to the latest beta a few days ago, and i'm happy to see that it's gotten a feature i've always wanted, it shows the differences when a blog entry you've already downloaded changes, rather than just marking it as new again.


in and of itself, this is just damn cool, since i've always been curious exactly what little tweaks people are making after they publish an entry.


the really weird part is that of all the feeds i subscribe to (about 60 at last count), the one that seems to edit their entries after posting them the most is the feed from the new york times, kindly provided via userland software.


i'm not sure what to think about this. i don't think the stories themselves are changing, although honestly i can't be certain, but the short blurb in the rss feed sure as hell is, and that is definately not what i expected from the new york times.


anyone have any opinions on this?

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Rooneg::Weblog: Ruby 1.8 [21 Aug 2003|05:00am]
so ruby 1.8 has been out for a little while, and i knew it had a bunch of cool new features, but i hadn't had a chance to look that closely at them.


fortunately, whytheluckystiff, the guy who wrote the YAML support for ruby, has put together a little document that details exactly what some of the new features are.


in addition to the new YAML support, i'm particularly excited to see the XML parser in the core library, the dynamic library support (sort of like their version of .NET's support for calling into unmanaged code), and the un module (as in -run), which implements common unix commands like cp, ln, mv, and quite a few others in ruby, so you can safely use them in cross platform makefiles or .bat/.sh scripts.


anyway, suffice it to say that i'm going to be trying real hard to find a use for all these new toys just as soon as i can.

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Rooneg::Weblog: Blosxom To TypePad Take Two [18 Aug 2003|06:00pm]
so as part of my quest to determine if i want to move my blog from blosxom to typepad, i decided to see if i can bring over comments as well as entries.


it turns out that it is, with a few caveats.


you can set up a writeback flavour for dumpfiles, and that will get you pretty much all the way there, with the exception of the timestamps on the comments. the writeback plugin does not store timestamps for each comment, so you have to generate them yourself. i've got a little two line hack in my writeback plugin that adds a timestamp variable to writeback output, but generating it is kind of a hack, i just take the timestamp of the entry and as i loop over each comment i add one minute, so at least they end up in the right order, even if the real timestamp is impossible to retrieve.


yeah, it's a bit inaccurate, but without it you end up with all the comments having a timestamp equal to when you imported the dumpfile, which is kind of lame. worse than just being inaccurate, it means that they end up in reverse order, so if you tell typepad to show them oldest first, the latest comment you had posted in your original blog shows up first, rather than the earliest.


anyway, the last thing i have to try is categories. i don't know if i can do that without post processing to remove slashes, it will depend on how typepad deals with a slash in a category name.

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Rooneg::Weblog: The Obligatory Cat Picture [17 Aug 2003|04:00pm]
so since i've got this shiny new camera, i feel a bit obligated to go out and take pictures...


unfortunately, the weather isn't cooperating, and i've got a bunch of work to do on the book anyway, so i didn't get to play with it all that much this weekend.


on the bright side, i did manage to get a picture of the cat.


ok, so it's not a real cat, but my parent's though it'd be more appropriate for me... it sleeps a lot, doesn't need to be fed, and there are absolutely no litter box issues for me to care about.


anyway, everyone else seems compelled to post a picture of their cat, so i figured it was only appropriate that i post mine ;-)

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Rooneg::Weblog: Expensive Toys [16 Aug 2003|03:00pm]
so my editor told my my first check was in the mail...


as a result, any sembalance of self control vanished, and i went out and bought a canon eos 10d and a canon 28-105mm 3.5-4.5 usm lense.


they are just the coolest things ever, and i'm quite pleased.


it basically came down to the canon and the nikon d100, and i went with the canon because it's slightly newer tech, so i can feel better about it not becoming horribly obsolete in the next few days, it's cheaper, especially when you account for the fact that it comes with photoshop elements, which i would have bought anyway, and most importantly it just felt more solid and well built to me.


i'll have to get some pictures up on the web somewhere soon, once i've managed to take some that don't totally suck ;-)

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Rooneg::Weblog: Another Perspective On The SCO Thing [12 Aug 2003|04:00pm]
i noticed an interesting email to the gcc mailing list today while reading through the thread about their stance on further support for SCO unix given SCO's rather antisocial behavior of late:


http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc/2003-07/msg01696.html


it's kind of interesting. the guy posting it is actually someone i sort of know, as he sometimes posts to the subversion mailing lists. he works for SCO and does a lot of work making sure that various bits and pieces of open source software work on the platform. i get the impression that a lot of it is the semi-approved sort of thing that often gets done by engineers who use these packages in their job and submit patches so that others won't have to deal with the same issues they did.


in general, he's always been quite reasonable in all interactions i've had with him, helpfully sending in patches to fix build issues on his platform and pointing out ways we could make the software work better for use cases that most of us don't deal with on a regular basis, and it really hit me how despite the way the management of SCO has been acting lately, there are still a lot of your average (or above average in his case) everyday geeks working for them, just trying to get their jobs done who are probably quite annoyed that their superiors have managed to get the rest of the geek world really really pissed at them.


the presense of such people at SCO doesn't change my opinion of the company all that much, and i still hope IBM will wipe the floor with them, but just as in any war, it's really too bad about all the collateral damage, and people like kean are just that in this case.

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Rooneg::Weblog: Hey, That's Only Three Or Four Times What A Sane Person Would Spend... [09 Aug 2003|09:00pm]
so after some random conversations about it with r0b last week, i've started looking around at the various different digital slr cameras that are available.


i've been playing around with my current slr a bit, and i like it a lot, but i absolutely hate dealing with film.


getting it developed is just a pain in the ass, not to mention expensive as hell, and a shoot, develop, look at picture cycle means i don't get anything approaching instant feedback, so by the time i actually look at the pictures i've forgotten 90% of the details of how i took the picture (what lighting, what settings, what lense, etc.), so it's kind of hard to figure out what, if anything, i'm doing wrong. i imagine it's like what programming must have been back in the day of punch cards, with the edit, compile, test cycle taking hours or days. while you can certainly learn that way, it's not what i'd call fun, especially if other options are available to you.


in addition, there's the whole "i want to get these things on the net eventually" question, and i still haven't gotten around to picking up a scanner, and even if i do, it'll add yet another step to the cycle, which will result in me having another thing to procrastinate on, which is always a bad thing.


so anyway, i start browsing around on various different sites, and i discover that virtually all digital slr cameras are so far out of my price range that it isn't even funny. then, i start looking a bit closer, and find that there are at least a few out there that are only a little out of my price range, and if i look even closer, there are places one can get them where they are arguably in my price range, if you squint a bit and try not to let the "oh my god that's expensive" reflex kick in.


basically, i'm down to the nikon d100 and the canon eos-10d. as usual the nikon is more expensive, but in its favor is the fact that i have a nikon film slr camera and a few lenses (albeit cheap lenses that would not be hard to replace) for it that would work with the nikon. on the other hand the canon is newer, so is less likely to be horribly out of date in the very near future, and while the reviews of both are quite positive, the ones for the canon seem slightly more positive.


so i played with the nikon today at the mall, and i think i'll go look at the canon tomorrow, and then i'll work on convincing myself that i don't need one, since even these low end digital slr's are freaking expensive...

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Rooneg::Weblog: Reversing an old Transition [06 Aug 2003|05:00pm]
so i'm continuing to play around with typepad, and it's hard to do that without any content, so i've thrown together the beginnings of some blosxom flavour files to generate MT style dump output from my existing blosxom weblog. i haven't made it do categories yet, and i don't think i'm going to be able to get it to do comments (at least not without some post-processing), but right now i can successfully transfer entries directly from blosxom into my typepad blog.


of course, the fact that this was so easy is making me think maybe i should stick with blosxom, just for the hackability, but the insanely great interface of typepad combined with the fantastically good support ben and mena have given me so far has got me real close to switching...


stay tuned for more updates on this breaking story ;-)

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