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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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Getting serious with PostgreSQL

Posted 01-29-2009 at 10:45 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Ok, so the company I work for has set a hard date for the release/launch of our new flagship product...June 1st.

This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, the 5.0 project has been in "under heavy development" status for a seriously long time now (late 2007 I joined the 5.0 team, which at that time was roughly 20% done. I later moved from that team to the reporting division, spent a year there and then moved to my current role as DBA). I figured the 5.0 project...
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Keeping an open mind (Non-technical)

Posted 01-23-2009 at 10:52 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-23-2009 at 11:05 PM by rocket357

In an earlier post, I told a story about finding out my wife was pregnant with our second child and converting my home office into a nursery. Here it is months later, and today we found out we're going to have a little boy.

Now, my wife and I are completely against "gender roles" as deemed appropriate by society. What's wrong with a man knowing how to cook, or a woman that knows how to handle a rifle? Nothing, IMHO, and enforcing such artificial constraints is not only...
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The Mythical Desktop Percentage Point

Posted 01-19-2009 at 02:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

My apologies to Fred Brooks for creating this blog entry title in the likeness of his work "The Mythical Man-Month". Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery =)

It appears to me there is a growing concern among newer users in the Linux community over "desktop penetration rates" and "adoption rates". "If we don't get past 5% desktop usage, Linux will never go anywhere!" they say.

Now, I've only heard one argument for increasing...
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VI...making newbies scream since 1976

Posted 01-19-2009 at 10:38 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

There's a discussion going on here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/

claiming that VI is ruining chances of Linux adoption among new users.

The basic argument is that VI is too hard to support...many users get a taste of VI's alienish nature and go screaming back to their Windows machines.

Ok, I'll give you a few points here...

a) VI is not a newb-friendly editor. I've been using VI for years now, and I still learn something...
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GeoXPlanet being considered for Portage?

Posted 01-04-2009 at 07:52 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I did some googling the other day to see who (if any) was using GeoXPlanet, and I ran across this:

http://bugs.gentoo.org/236353

fraggod contributed some patches to GeoXPlanet some time ago (around release 0.4.4), which I reviewed and added to the project. His patches centered around reverse dns primarily, but he had a few tweaks in there as well (radius xplanet option exposed via the configGUI, as well as a few other options I'd planned to add around 0.5.0) Now it...
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