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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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Scripting tmux made easy

Posted 04-27-2011 at 01:11 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I recently discovered cwm and fell head over heels for it. Then later I discovered tmux, and suddenly my desktop goals are starting to look ultimately like they're possible. My days of running fluxbox are long gone (though running konsole and scripting it were pretty fun...I can't justify installing KDE for one application =\ ).

Here's my dream: I want a simple, efficient, keyboard-oriented desktop that doesn't take up much resources and allows me to get work done. The work I...
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Saving money the "techie" way

Posted 04-20-2011 at 01:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 04-20-2011 at 01:54 PM by rocket357

The economy has been screwy for some time now, and even at work we're starting to see the effects of economic downturn. Granted, I'm not trying to purchase a $42,000 server with my *own* finances, but even so I've felt the effects of the struggle both at home and work. So my wife and I discussed some ways to save money, and we realized that our entertainment budget had quite a bit of fat.

Time for an entertainment budget diet.

First off, our ISP is comcast cable (sucks,...
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Accidentally essential?

Posted 03-03-2011 at 11:45 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-03-2011 at 11:58 AM by rocket357

"Following Aristotle, I divide them into essence, the difficulties inherent in the nature of software, and accidents, those difficulties that today attend its production but are not inherent." -- Fred Brooks, "No Silver Bullet"

This is the second time I've referred to this particular paper on this blog. I've read it numerous times, and even though it was written in 1986, the facts set forth by Brooks still hold true today.

So there are two types...
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To upgrade or not to upgrade...that is the question.

Posted 02-04-2011 at 01:17 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 02-04-2011 at 07:51 PM by rocket357 (typo)

I've refused to upgrade my workstation at work for years for fear I'd end up with a system that doesn't run OpenBSD very well. We recently had a departure and new hire, but the timeframe between one and the other was a few weeks. In the interim, I decided to test OpenBSD on the departure's brand new machine (it wasn't exactly a "departure", but we'll leave it at that). I now know the answer to the upgrade question...

The old machine was a P4 D with 2 GB RAM and a 250 GB...
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I can hear that train a'comin'

Posted 02-01-2011 at 04:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

A few months ago the execs where I work gave me a new project. I was to take Version 4.0 of our flagship product and gather all of the performance data collected since 2003 (the beginning of time, as far as Version 4.0 is concerned) so I can run reports on it. Most importantly, I could run reports on *recent* performance data...and give the report to exec.

Ok, I'm cool with that. I have nothing to hide. I work late hours to finish up the report, and it's a smashing success. So...
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