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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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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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Privilege

Posted 08-31-2014 at 03:19 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-05-2014 at 07:33 PM by rocket357

I read an article earlier on the privilege that white males enjoy in the US. You can read it here:

http://occupywallstreet.net/story/ex...e-white-person

To cut to the chase, I'll just say that I really, really wish I would have been born a minority. Female of a minority, preferably.

Why? I'm sick of hearing about how privileged I am because I was born the way I was. Perhaps I could then enjoy my successes to their fullest extent...
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Windows PowerSh**

Posted 08-12-2014 at 11:40 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-12-2014 at 12:15 PM by rocket357

grep is such a simple concept. You have a stream of text lines, and you look for lines in the output that match a pattern. Really, really simple.

Take the following, for example:

some-command | grep 'pattern'

I know this is difficult to understand because it's overly complex, but that's how things work on *nix.

Try doing that on PowerShell. You end up with something like:

(some-command|out-strings -stream) | select-strings...
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The Squareroot of Negative Fun

Posted 08-08-2014 at 09:48 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-08-2014 at 09:56 PM by rocket357

Every now and then, you have one of those days. One of those days where a customer reports that something weird is happening...their database contains *negative* client ids...even though you know for a fact that the client id is an identity column that begins at 1 and counts *up* to MAX_INT (or whatever SQL Server's max integer is). One of those days where you dig through thousands of lines of PHP code to discover that another intern decided to check in a revision where two numeric variables were...
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