Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Emma's new Job

Emma, Super Support Girl, got another job.

I'm thrilled for her. Hope she enjoyed her vacation of sorts. It looks like her new place is going to keep her busy.

Our Most Valuable IP?

So Jonathan is touting the company's server... Heck, that's expected.

What I want them to do is give one of those machines to a couple of slashdotters and let them run some diagnostics and report on ./ without Sun editing the report.

Got it?

If the machine is as amazing as you say, it's no problem.

If the machine is not as amazing as you say, you're lying?

So far, all I've heard is marketeze, and a very cheesy ad with an oil drill.

Not impressed.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Friday, October 21, 2005

Organizational Practices of an IT Department?

For down-to-earthness about IT.

Sun's SLA and your copyright.

dropped another comment about sun's software contributor agreement.


Came recommended by the wikimedians who do the static dump.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

12 years found

So my friend Joseph has this band, in LA.
From church, imagine that.

Monday, October 17, 2005

The Missing Outlaw Josey Wales.

In my earlier post I ranted about a bug...

They emailed me within 3 hours, explained, and I went to the site to fix it. It's okay now. Whew!

Software as Art.

Jim Driscoll, comment #48: "...Because at the end of the day, what we're talking about is software that helps people run their businesses."

No fair, that's Microsoft's line. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. We geeks want software to be beautiful for the sake of the software itself. The software is not "just a tool".

It's like writing English. There's an English that's "Good Enough" to run the business. Then there's an English that's downright stunning in its beauty. I'm a geek. I love good English prose and poetry. I love elegant, clean, and artistically pleasing software.

Peerflix Problems

I had "The Outlaw Josey Wales" mailed to me last week. I was waiting for it. It had the: "confirm receipt" next to it on my list of DVDs arriving. Then, this morning, inexplicably, it appeared in my "movies available" and dropped off the "movies mailed to you" list. I say inexplicably because I did not "confirm receipt."

So I send them a friendly-gram and we'll see where this is going.

But, guys, don't go out of beta until your software is really out of beta.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Jim Grisanzio's Lessons Learned

I gave Jim a little comment about his entry about the Open Solaris community.

Often sites: Paul Graham

How could I forget?

Often Links

My often links:
yahoo.com (email)
gmail (email)
joel on software

These are the sites I go to on a regular basis.

The Demise of Super Support Girl

It's over, ladies and gentlemen. Her reign has ended.

However, her life continues...

Good fortune to you.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Going to install that someday on my home box...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


I'm really wanting to use this on one of my sites...

On tainting and Apache.

Interestinger and interestinger...

I had a little exchange with Jim Driscoll on his blog about CDDL and Glassfish, and he mentioned in this July 19, 2005 post that according to Geir Magnussen, aka Geir Magnusson Jr. , I quote:

"Gier, what's Apache's tainting policy? We'll just copy that." Geir looked at me, somewhat bemused, and said: "We don't have one."

Then Jim went on about how tainting is not an issue and so on.

Yet, I dig throught this little post from Sept 20 2005: "Subject: Code into SVN, not the WIKI (Re: [arch] VMCore / Component Model)", and Geir Magnusson Jr. now says that code contributors must fill out, sign, and fax to him this document:
"Apache Harmony Project Authorized Contributor Questionnaire"
in which, in section 3, this paragraph sits:

begin quote

"If you have answered yes to any question above, and that implementation is
not available under a recognized Open Source license, you may not be an
contributor to the related component of Apache Harmony unless the
copyright owner of that implementation either:"

end quote

I spare you the gory details (and you should really read that document), but suffice to say that I wonder how this relates to the idea of taint.

Any takers?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


I registered for peerflix. Let's see how it goes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Bob Parsons

Bob Parson's blog, and advice on what to do and what not to do when starting and running a business. Of course it's all about attitude. Interesting stuff.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

I have to say that I am absolutely appalled at the dismal response from the US Federal government in their handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

If my government representatives think they are getting away scott-free, they'd better think again. The day of reckoning is coming. They were caught with their pants down, and now they are going to have to face the music, and right now, it's Chopin's Funeral March.

I also want to send a message to the US military: you people are incompetent. Change of leadership is in order. You should have been the first on site, with all the resources you can muster, and then some. I don't care if you have to break the law to save lives: saving lives is what we pay you to do. You're not earning your paycheck.

Mr. President: The people of the United States are expecting you to drop everything else and personally take the lead. If you can't, then you're just a sorry politician, and you need to go home in shame.

I fear for the Republic.

Everybody else: lay off the gas pedal.

Excel from web

information on outputting excel from web

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Thursday, August 25, 2005

corporate colo

corporate colo, 500GB, 1U, 1 IP, Los Angeles.

Info on setting up:

I should have known this, no?


Ah, these guys are cheap!!! Yayas

It's what wikipedia uses


ok... I'm happy now...

Still digging for hosts

Went looking at http://www.bqinternet.com/, as well as http://steadfastnetworks.com/. I like the latter a LOT... Looking good!


Am thinking.

I need a host to play with stuff with. I want to look at openhosting.com, but I want debian, so...

Where is Jim Driscoll?

Jim Driscoll hasn't posted in his blog in a month. Is he becoming a member of the Chris Mahan Annual Blog Club?

Laura Ramsey, on Open Source Marketers

from Laura's blog, at: http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/laurar?entry=open_source_m_m_m

and my comment left there until the moderator hits delete:)

It's not about bringing the consumer to the product, it's about making the product the customer has dreamed of longingly for years.

The beauty of open-source as practiced by geeks is that they build the things that matter to them, which in turn are the things they like. This is why they are attached to them, want to work on them, and are rabid in their defense.

Word of mouth is the Holy Grail of any marketing. Geeks are great about word of mouth. They don't do it on billboards, on radio ads, or TV spots; they don't do it in splashy magazine ads or in at trade shows with bored-yet-smiling bikini-clad beauties, nor do they do it in executive board rooms while pointing at slick powerpoint presentations with pen-shaped laser pointers.

The real marketing of open source happens in personal websites, the kind that uses times new roman and black on white text. It happens in IRC in between idolized Natalie Portman references and occasional deviations into deviant behavior with devious people, on obscure forums, in coffee shops, lan parties, on MMORPG in-game talk, in IM, person-to-person email and email lists, on slashdot and kuro5hin.

Yes, those are all places of much difficulty to access by the regular media. These are places where geeks and near-geeks hang out. These are the fetish clubs of the underground scene, the chess and D&D clubs of high school, the place where jocks and bullies are not only not welcome, but actively put down. These places are sometiems seedy, racy, immature, trolly and flamy. These places are not for the faint of heart. And not for advertizers like Ford and Procter&Gamble. No Siree. These are the places where the rubber meets the road, where you can't pretend anymore because your true colors will come out.

Now, how does this relate to the open source marketers? Well, that's because that's where they are. They are there, by the hundreds of thousands, in this mass of humanity modern media so disdainfully dismisses as "the fringe".

Oh, and it's a hard road making inroads, as many have discovered, since these people have developped very effective self-defense mechanisms against jocks and bullies, over years and years, some since their early teens.

It's no wonder you don't know their names. or handles, as the case may be.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Schapelle Corby

So she (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schapelle_Corby) got 20 years in prison in Indonesia after being framed. And the Indonesian Judiciary being independent of the government, there's really nothing to do but move along...

Well, I suggest that indonesians vote off their political leaders, and that whoever appointed these judges end up officeless. Maybe, just maybe, the next ones will be a little more careful about their judicial appointments.

Now, why on earth would indonesians do that? Duh, because the rest of the world is not going to forget about this grave injustice. Oh, and incidentally because their tourism will just plummet, and not just from Australia.

The government of Indonesia has demonstrated its heavy-handedness. They can suffer the consequences.

Oh, by the way, congressman of mine, no money for Indonesia. Ever.
Yes. I understand, it's more complicated than that. It always is...

Ah, the world isn't fair, is it. Don't go to Indonesia, don't buy Indonesian products. (Why do you think I don't live in Texas anymore?)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Support for the support

for Emma: I have a regular gig at a fortune 500, and I do consulting for a couple of my ex employers, support mostly, but some new development work. I got a call today (sunday) at 6 pm about the restaurant owner (who is not a computer guy) unable to update his menu because macromedia does not update. Took me 30 minutes of calling before I found out that the password on the box at the host he.net (great host btw) had been reset in january when another guy (a friend of the restaurant owner) called to change payment methods to another credit card. So I got the cc last 4, called support again, had the password emailed, ssh'ed in the account, changed it again, and modified the prices on the menu, called the restaurant owner and told him so, all in one hour. Whew. I can tell you, when the phone rings, you never know what you're gonna get.
So Emma, remember that when things break, as far as the Sun Customer is concerned, you ARE Sun. And the way you handle that emergency is worth a lot more to the customer than the latest sun.com redesign. Finally, get a book or two on management. You can express yourself well enough, you'd do well in it. Plan on tackling bigger projects soon.

On Harmony

I'm reading yass (yet another slashdot story) about opensourcing java and harmony and all the other crap. Of course one poster suimmarized my thoughts prefectly: java is just too much of a pain to deal with so I should just look elsewhere, as in Python... But I knew that already.

Should I mod him?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Emma the Lowly Support Employee

A fresh voice on the landscape. At last.
Well, I think I'll put my annual blog entry...
  • I work for Health Net. In medical informatics.
  • Didn't get elected for Wikimedia's Board, but probably would not have been able to dedicate as much time to is as Ant does.
  • My wife Yumi is 7 months pregnant with our first child
  • I've been actively bashing Sun at work and on /.
  • I'm still in school, at CSUN currently, and going... It all started in '96... Hopefully I'll graduate in 2010.
  • Been getting a lot more involved with Python, even though I use classic ASP daily, PHP, and my co is moving us to J2EE (If I move slow enough, MSFT will buy SUNW before java training kicks in :)