Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

extremely strange problem

I have the weirdest computer problem.

I bought a Acer Aspire One D-150 (AOD150) in December 2008. So far I absolutely love it. It's a very capable machine.

When I play ogg vorbis files with high encoding, I get skipping in the files. This occurs both with the latest version of VLC, and foobar2000, my music player of choice.

What's high encoding you ask? 340 kbps to 504 kbps.

I had these files on other computers and they all played fine, without any skipping, so that rules out bad ripping.

I was resigning myself when I noted that:
C:\moozak\Prince And The Revolution\Prince - Purple Rain - 05 - Darling Nikki.ogg
skips, whereas
C:\moozak\Prince And The Revolution\05-Darling Nikki.ogg
plays just fine. These are copies of the same file! Both are exactly: 13,996,959 bytes. I can run an md5 on these, but I am fairly sure that they are the exat same file, because they were ripped from the same CD on the same computer using the same tool: FreeRip.

Arrgghhh! I just realized that the files that skip were encoded before 2008. The ones that don't were encoded in 2008.

Weird huh?

Maybe the 2008 and after vorbis encoding codecs are more efficient for my Intel Atom processor?

Comments, questions?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Zinger

Let's mark the date. Today, my friend "AB" came up with a good zinger!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lists on

There are now lists on These don't yet behave as python lists, but they are quite useful for to-do lists.

Also, I'm hosted with rapidvps. I'll be looking to add one or two VPS providers. Am looking at, and need another.

My requirements 64MB-128MB, (only using 33MB right now) with debian 5 and about 100 gb of monthly transfer. I also have minimal storage requirements. I don't need more than 1GB of storage.

But I do need reliability.

I went with Any other suggestions?

I also registered Any idea what I'm gonna do with it?

Update 2: I also use

Sunday, May 17, 2009

trouble in google-land?

The Gods of Email (namely gmail) are AWOL today.

Ok, it seems that firefox 3 is having issues on my computer... Argh!!! but chrome worked.

Update: Reinstalling firefox 3.0.10 on top of firefox 3.0.10 fixed the issue.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monkchips on web app PR and suckiness.

monkchips in general if i hear about a new web app from a press release its going to suck. good web apps don't need PR. the net gets there first.

I like that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


rapidvps is being slow right now. Getting intermittent page timeout errors. Not good. This was May 12 2009.

Update: received an email update om May 13, 2009 that states:

We are opening a maintenance window on May 17 2009 from 9pm - May 18 2am EST. During this time your service will be intermittent while we replace a Sup720 3bxl card in a core router. We will have operations staff onhand in the data center and will work intelligently to minimize downtime.
Could these be related?

Saturday, May 09, 2009 update

I changed the names of the log functions. Aldrin, this is for you.

Friday, May 08, 2009

better queue management

Added the option to delete a queue. The queue must be empty. I also added the option for force-delete a queue.


Thursday, May 07, 2009

a little web service

I started a little web service on a virtual machine hosted at

The service is available at

Why kissws? stands for KISS and ws for web service.

It's all in xmlrpc, because I like it.