A SQL to Following Directions

I started investigating Content Management Systems the other day. I was getting bored with my web site. I was tired of hand coding web pages and wanted to spruce up my blogs too and wasn't looking forward to modifying the blog CSS to match my web site's CSS. I've done this once already. I like the idea behind CSS. It is nice to be able to change the look of the web pages globally while leaving the html untouched. But I have CSS for my regular web site and CSS for blojsom. Furthermore the blojsom installation is versions behind and Apple has modified it for OS X Server.

The Dangers of Following Directions

I often like to complain about Windows. As a longtime Apple programmer I can't help it. Growing up and growing old with this industry I've just seen too many ripoffs perpetrated by Redmond. I think that corporations get an imprint from their founders, and that imprint, those patterns of working and behaving stay with them for a long time. Many times they persist even after the founders have long since left the scene.

Waiting for the iTunes mobile/iPod phone.

This was posted at Engadget. Oh I already have an iPod. In fact it is a 5Gb; the very first model. I quickly found out that I couldn't fit my entire CD library on there so I developed my playlists and swapped music continuously. Now with smart playlists I don't even think about it too much any more, I don't really need another iPod until this one dies.

Xcode peculiarites -Library can't find file errors

I noticed this one when upgrading some projects in CPLAT (a nice cross-platform framework) to Xcode 2.1 from 1.5. After creating the source tree for CPLAT in the Xcode preferences the compiles went well but the link phase gave an error about a missing library. The files seemed to be present and in the target so I tried taking it out of the target to see what would happen. (I was hoping it wasn't even needed.) Instead I got a new error about another library being missing, I think it was expat.

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SciFriday is back tonight!

Can't wait to see what happens on Stargate, its spin-off and Battlestar Galactica. I'm lucky enough to have a DVR so I can wait an hour into the programs and then happily skip commercials. Finally!, a computer attached to my satellite receiver lets me skip commercials fast. I have dreamt about that since the days of my first VCR while trying to stop fast forward at the right instant. It still isn't totally automatic. It would be better if commercials weren't recorded at all. And now I wish I could also erase the tiny ads that they run in the corner while the program is airing.

Harry Potter the Dropout

I don't want to give away the plot of the latest Harry Potter adventure to those who have not yet read it. And it doesn't suffer from the usual first few chapters of exposition on the history of what came before in the series. Author J. K. Rowling just jumps right into the adventure without so much as a "by-yout-leave". She seems to basically be telling the reader that if you want to know what's going on better go read the other books. But as a story it is just fill-in-the-blanks and do a little character development.

My Messy Office

Taken with my phone

My messy office. One of these days I'll get it straightened out or just drag it all into the backyard and set it on fire! BTW, that's just the right side front. The rest is equally full of boxes and junk.

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SSI, CGI and PERL, Oh My!

Will the wonders of the world wide web ever cease? There are a lot of things about web technology that just don't make a lot of sense. A lot of unixisms show through like a bad one-coat paint job. (And not everything about unix "makes sense" either. It's just the way things are done. After all, the internet is a unix legacy.) What many people seem to love about the web is the way all these different technologies can work together to achieve results. My pet peeve is the way they don't work together.