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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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assert(technology != magic);

Posted 08-12-2011 at 12:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Some years ago I happened upon an uncomfortable truth regarding source code. I happened to be programming in an interpreted language (the only language I knew when I was 8 years old), and I made the unfortunate realization that without the interpreter, my code was useless. Somehow that seemed disheartening to me, so I vowed I would learn everything there was to know about computers. I vowed that I would understand the machine.

I didn't really know where to turn (I didn't have any...
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Book Collection

Posted 08-08-2011 at 11:12 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-26-2013 at 09:26 PM by rocket357 (Update books I own)

I've been busy assembling a good library of computing books (stuff that directly interests me, of course...so you won't find Java or such in this list), and I would like to get some input (in the event I've overlooked critical "must-have" books). I don't own all of these (yet), but I've been buying them left and right as I can afford it (I usually buy one or two each payperiod, used on Amazon...as long as the book is readable and not too banged up, I'm game). The (not-yet-complete) list...
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Project Paradox

Posted 07-19-2011 at 11:16 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 07-19-2011 at 11:17 AM by rocket357

I've started development on my own operating system. I've achieved "hello world OS" status so far (boots up and prints a message to the console), and I've started working on core functions within the kernel to make actual kernel development easier.

So I'm going to use this space as something of a progress update as I go. Who knows, perhaps one day some of the crazy ideas I have on OS design will come to light.

Time will tell.
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vpnc auto-reconnect script

Posted 07-14-2011 at 02:05 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 07-15-2011 at 01:38 AM by rocket357

A native Cisco VPN client doesn't exist for OpenBSD, so I wrote this little script to make vpnc more useful. It detects when the vpn tunnel fails and re-establishes it.

Code:
#!/bin/ksh

# This script was developed on OpenBSD with ksh as the primary shell.

# set INT_SERVER to a list of 5 ping-able machines behind your vpn gateway
# ip addresses can be repeated if you have less than five machines.
set -A INT_SERVER 192.168.1.16 192.168.1.201
...
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RuntimeError: maximum recursion depth exceeded

Posted 07-06-2011 at 11:55 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 07-10-2011 at 06:49 PM by rocket357

Ok, so this is another philosophy post (sorry for the misleading title...if you're playing around with recursion in Python I should hope you know how to fix the error message in the title =)

Anyhow, I posted yesterday about determinism and free will. Today I'm going to follow up with the mind. In contemporary knowledge, the mind is roughly equivalent to the "meta-brain"...the activity that takes place "within" the brain. Since the dawn of time people have wondered...
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