Author Archives: Ian

Typo on Textdrive

I have recently been having problems with running Typo on Textdrive. The cause seems to be that the ruby grows too big and is killed by FreeBSD. Why it isn’t being restarted automatically by lighttpd, I don’t know. The solution is supposed to be to start the rails fastcgi program separately from the lighttpd process. […]

Bridge Pedal

I did the Bridge Pedal for the third time yesterday. It is a signature Portland event where they open the bridges to bicyclist and 18,000 people come out for a mass ride. A big draw for me is that they close to the top decks of the two big freeway bridges which are normally not […]

iTunes & Track Numbers

I was using iTunes today and turned on the display of the Track Number. And discovered that none of my Ogg files had any track numbers. Soon after I got the MacBook, I installed the Quicktime Components which allow playing Ogg and FLAC files because that it what nearly all my music is encoded in. […]

Virtualization on the Mac

Parallels rocks. It is the first virtualization software for the Intel Macs. They also Windows and Linux but they aren’t well known compared to the big guys of Microsoft Virtual PC and VMware. The performance is pretty good since it makes use of the Intel VT extensions in the Core Duo processor which allows full […]

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 […]