Moblogging from Vanity

Vanity is my pocket PC, and since I can send mail from it I should also be able to moblog. If you’re reading this, then Vanity has one more reason to be full of itself.

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Cold swapping

It’s been a computer-ful week! Cooleysekula.net is, as I have mentioned before, hosted from a personal server assembled from second-hand parts. Tonight, I added one of the first major *new* parts to the system in years: a new hard drive. For a while, I’ve known the 7-year-old drives serving as the main, root filesystem storage… Continue reading Cold swapping

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Going Gigahertz

Tonight, cooleysekula.net got an upgrade. I switched from a six-year-old, 333MHz second-hand PC to a 3-year-old 1GHz second-hand PC. Every now and then, when I replace a desktop machine in the house or when a family member tosses out a computer, I harvest it for running our webserver. Of course, it’s still running linux. Sweet,… Continue reading Going Gigahertz

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The Windows ’98 Nightmare

When I obtain a new computer, the very first thing that happens is that Windows is removed and Linux is installed. However, over the years I have retained Windows on a few limited systems, for a few limited purposes. Jodi and I have desktop PCs, on which we run dual-boot OSes: Fedora Core linux and… Continue reading The Windows ’98 Nightmare

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TWiT

When I lived in Boston, I fell in love with TechTV. This coincided with the decline of TV for me and Jodi – we grew to realize that we liked, less and less, the crap you’re forced to buy on cable. In an era of “on demand” content, podcasts, and $0.99 songs on iTunes, the… Continue reading TWiT

Vista Hacked… Intentionally

This morning, while sitting on the bed reading and listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition” streaming over the internet, I heard a story about Windows Vista being hacked – intentionally – by a Polish security expert [ZDNetVista]. Microsoft handed out pre-release copies to security experts, who then took a crack at breaking the system. It was… Continue reading Vista Hacked… Intentionally

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Gigabit for fun and profit…

Mmmm. Gigabit ethernet. GURGUGURGLE. I’m bored. With Jodi out of town and being throughly mentally lashed form this past week at SLAC, I needed a project to take my mind off spin and quarks and 38 decay modes of the B meson. I needed gigabit ethernet. With a lecture on how we define ourselves with… Continue reading Gigabit for fun and profit…

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Lounging with the Appletosh…

My wife has recently been given a work laptop for her research on the “CDMS”:http://cdms.berkeley.edu experiment. This laptop happens to be a gorgeous Apple PowerBook G4. It’s a great machine for work – nice and light-weight, solid processor, lots of disk space – and the first time I’ve ever seen MacOSX up-close. I have to… Continue reading Lounging with the Appletosh…