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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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Privilege

Posted 08-31-2014 at 02:19 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-31-2014 at 02:31 PM by rocket357

I read an article earlier on the privilege that white males enjoy in the US. You can read it here:

http://occupywallstreet.net/story/ex...e-white-person

To cut to the chase, I'll just say that I really, really wish I would have been born a minority. Female, preferably.

Why? I'm sick of hearing about how privileged I am because I was born the way I was. Perhaps I could then enjoy my successes to their fullest extent without constantly having people (my...
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Windows PowerSh**

Posted 08-12-2014 at 10:40 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-12-2014 at 11:15 AM by rocket357

grep is such a simple concept. You have a stream of text lines, and you look for lines in the output that match a pattern. Really, really simple.

Take the following, for example:

some-command | grep 'pattern'

I know this is difficult to understand because it's overly complex, but that's how things work on *nix.

Try doing that on PowerShell. You end up with something like:

(some-command|out-strings -stream) | select-strings...
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The Squareroot of Negative Fun

Posted 08-08-2014 at 08:48 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-08-2014 at 08:56 PM by rocket357

Every now and then, you have one of those days. One of those days where a customer reports that something weird is happening...their database contains *negative* client ids...even though you know for a fact that the client id is an identity column that begins at 1 and counts *up* to MAX_INT (or whatever SQL Server's max integer is). One of those days where you dig through thousands of lines of PHP code to discover that another intern decided to check in a revision where two numeric variables were...
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Abort, Abort!

Posted 08-05-2014 at 09:40 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I read a blog post on zenarchery earlier that was incredibly dark and depressing. Unfortunately, it was pretty accurate as well. It was about the brooding depression that seems to be commonplace among "corporate workhorses" and pretty much anyone living in the US. Here's the article:

http://zenarchery.com/2014/08/everyo...brokenhearted/

I agree with the author on many points, namely that I identify with the angst that he alludes to, but more importantly...
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Engineering Boredom

Posted 07-21-2014 at 11:55 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

In the past few months, I've encountered a dramatic shift in interests. Sure, I'm still interested in coding, philosophy, and Unix, but I've appended a new interest to the end of the list, and this one has started trumping my other interests.

The interest is in electronics. I'm not sure 1) how I suddenly got interested in electronics or 2) how I never noticed electronics before! I've gone from the quiet "coder zen" type of desk (i.e. disorganized, but in an "organized"...
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