September 5th, 2002

belize

hi

Back from Vegas. Good stuff. Will upload pictures to PicPix.com as soon as I unpack and find my camera. I used iPhoto in Jaguar while I was gone and have decided I'll make the command-line Mac client integrate with that.... just a forest of directories & symlinks.

I hear it turned cold in Portland while I was gone, and my thermometer outside seems to agree.... 54 instead of 75 or so. Brrrrrr. It was 100+ in Vegas... actually pretty nice, except the last day when it was 110.

Look, New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/05/technology/circuits/05BLOG.html

Funny that of the 180 pictures they took of me, the NYT photo editor used one of the two pictures that were goofs. See the red light in the background?

I think I'm gonna head off to the breakfast buffet kitchen now.... get me a burrito microwaved for 1:40.
belize

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ActiveState's PerlApp in their Perl Development Kit is really, really cool. As is Win32::GUI. I've known about both for awhile but never took the time to try them out, mostly because of my fear of Windows. But I did it, and it was painless. I think I'll shell out the $500 or so for ActiveState's ASPN Perl or whatever... they deserve every penny. Then, I write a FotoBilder client in Perl and a LiveJournal syncitems (backup) client in Perl. And people download them don't know shit about Perl and all is well.

My inbox and Tivo are overflowing from vacation's neglect. I think my Tivo's harddrive is getting louder. Or more likely, I'm so used to hearing zero harddrives in my office, that I can now detect the Tivo's. I'd put the Tivo in a cooled box and relay the IR signal, but once a show starts, the TV noise overrides the disk noise, so whatever. Just wish there were no moving parts.

Now that I run screen sessions on my closet server that never die with my desktop's nightly power down, my ssh-agent environment variable (SSH_AUTH_SOCK) is incorrect after I reattach my screen session on the server the next day. Solution: upon login from desktop to closet, write $SSH_AUTH_SOCK to a private file, then make a bash alias I can run within screen sessions to update my environment. Seems like there should be a better way, but that's what I got so far.