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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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It's fixed? Prove it.

Posted 09-26-2014 at 04:53 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

One of my favorite "war stories" from the data center involved a small company I worked for many years ago. We had a cabinet-size UPS come up for maintenance, and as it was an aging unit my boss asked the tech to perform a thorough inspection and perform any maintenance that appeared to be required. Once complete, my boss asked him to perform a functional test. The tech agreed, but mentioned it would cost the company extra. My boss agreed to the terms and the tech wandered off to the...
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Repugnant, Indeed

Posted 09-17-2014 at 07:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-18-2014 at 07:37 PM by rocket357 (odds were off =))

"It is evident to everyone, that those things which are called the works of Nature, that is, the far greater part of the ideas or sensations perceived by us, are not produced by, or dependent on the wills of men. There is, therefore, some other spirit that causes them, since it is repugnant that they should subsist by themselves."

- George Berkeley "A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge"


I would like to take a moment...
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WTF

Posted 09-15-2014 at 07:59 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

This world is hardly recognizable anymore. It just...doesn't look like it used to. I'm comparing it to my childhood experiences coding in the 80's.

I saw this a little bit ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29203776

I remember when DOOM came out. I was amazed at the physics, the graphics, and the gore of the game. Now it runs on...a printer?

I don't even.

I can't.

WTF.
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Apprendre le franšais

Posted 09-13-2014 at 04:31 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Just call me the projects guy. I can always seem to start projects, but rarely actually finish them =)

I picked up learning French again, primarily because I want to be able to read Descartes in his native tongue, but also because I started learning French in high school and never seemed to get far with it. "Je ne parle pas le franšais couramment", I believe is the primary phrase I remember from high school, sadly (among others that aren't suitable for print, even on the...
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The Truth Shall Set You Free

Posted 09-03-2014 at 04:38 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-03-2014 at 05:13 PM by rocket357

Years ago I read Bradford Keeney's "Aesthetics of Change". I asked my Dad (who recommended the book) where Keeney got the ideas in the book, and he said "it's very different from our Western thinking, isn't it? A lot of it parallels Eastern Religion, particularly Taoism". That launched me on a series of questions regarding religion, human behavior, beliefs, cognizance, etc... that landed squarely on understanding philosophy...because afterall, you don't ask your next door...
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