Monthly Archives: July 2006

New Stuff

I answered the question of what laptop to get by buying an Apple MacBook. I got the simplest (and cheapest) model. I put 2 GB of RAM that I bought from Fry’s. One reason is that I could pick it up from an Apple Store. Another is that I liked the flexibility of the choosing […]

Which Laptop?

I have been thinking about getting a laptop. Seeing all the laptops at OSCON made me want to get one now. The problem is, I am not sure which one to get. I want to get a small, light one. I have never gotten the point of the big laptops; the point is to carry […]

OSCON 2006, Day 1

This year, I only went to the sessions for OSCON. This is the sessions on Wednesday. Big Bad PostgreSQL: A Case Study, Theo Schlossnagle This talk was about migrating some data warehouse systems from Oracle to PostgreSQL and the issues they ran into. Some of the issues were ones we had run into at work, […]

Trackback Spam

I foolishly had left trackbacks on by default on this blog. I just noticed that some of the articles had hundreds of trackbacks on them. I doubt this blog is that popular. I think I would have noticed if I got on slashdot. They all looked like link spam. Unfortunately, Typo does not have any […]

SVK on Fedora Extras

Over the weekend, I got the SVK version control system included in Fedora Extras. It is in the perl-SVK package. I also packaged up a bunch of its required Perl modules. I actually used svk for the spec files for the packages. It was very handy for synchronizing and merging changes between home and work […]

Booting Fedora Installer from Disk

If you already have Linux installed, it is possible to boot the Fedora installer to do installs or upgrades without a boot CD. In the images/pxeboot directory of the distribution repository, there is vmlinuz kernel and initrd.img ramdisk image. Download those and put them in /boot. Then edit /boot/grub/grub.conf and add the following entry: title […]

Perfectly Good Airplane

Yesterday, I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. A coworker’s, Mike, birthday was yesterday and to celebrate, we went skydiving. It was Mike, me, two other coworkers, Aaron and Michael, and a friend of Mike’s. Aaron’s wife and later another coworker came to watch. We went to Skydive Oregon in Molalla, which is thirty […]

Fedora Caching Proxy

I already have a mirror of Fedora Core current release and updates to make updates and installing packages faster. I have been doing more development recently which means installing Extras and Rawhide package. I wanted to have a mirror of those but didn’t want to have a complete mirror and do the large rsync updates […]