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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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facebook bringeth enlightenment

Posted 06-29-2011 at 03:25 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 06-29-2011 at 05:44 PM by rocket357

Facebook is an awkward place. Really, it is. It's a place where all the disparate facets of my life come together. Family, co-workers. Computers, grandmothers. Religion, science. Intelligence...well, I'll leave that one open to interpretation =)

Recently I got back in contact over facebook with a long lost friend from my childhood. As weeks went on, we commented on each other's posts, intrigued by the serious difference between the remembered friend and the new-found friend....
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It's all about the *right* eyeballs...

Posted 06-17-2011 at 01:17 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 06-17-2011 at 01:21 PM by rocket357

If you don't test something yourself, can you trust the information you find about the topic? The biggest difference between blindly trusting something and knowing the answer is having the right eyeballs. In other words, if you setup a test case to cast the data in the right light, you can see the answer plainly. You need the right eyeballs.

The reason ESR's statement "with enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" is (somewhat) correct is that no two people look at a problem...
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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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