Wikipedia list of Open Source Software

November 18, 2005

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I think the Wikipedia is one of the best things on the internet. I think Free and Open Source Software is one of the best things of our time. So, this is pretty damn good. The Wikipedia list of Open Source Software. Awesome.


Net Library - almost cool

November 18, 2005

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While browsing thru my library's online catalog, I noticed an entry that was marked "electronic resource". Not knowing what that was I clicked on it, and it took me to netlibrary.com. My local library has a deal with them where if you sign up in the library you can access selected stuff from home. It looks like everything has Digital Rights Management on it which isn't that cool but is understandable at some level. Also, the selection seems pretty slim for the audio books (which is mainly what I'm after). That said, it's still pretty neat. It could be VERY cool if the really expanded the catalog and removed the DRM.


I like matte prints better

November 17, 2005

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I got my first order in from printroom.com today. It was a shot I took out at Simon's Wine bar. (I haven't posted it yet, but I'll probably do that this weekend.) I'm very impressed with the quality of printroom. I actually had a "pro" account setup with them for a little while as a test, but shut it down before I had gotten any prints from them. One of the things that I've been looking for is a service that doesn't put their branding all over the back of the prints and Dave let me know that printroom doesn't do this. So, I ordered this print. I've very pleased with the quality. The blacks are nice and deep, the shadows aren't all blocked up and the tonal range is great. The only problem with the print is that I accidentally order a glossy instead of matte print. Even though you can get a little bit better "pop" with a glossy print and the blacks tend to be deeper with glossy, I really prefer matte. Well really, what I like is a "Luster" surface. I think with Kodak papers it's there "E" surface. With Ilford I'm pretty sure it was their "Pearl" surface. Maybe it's that it feels more like a canvas. Or, maybe it's that you don't get a glare/reflection like a glossy print, but something about it just makes it easier for me to get into a print. So, I'll do another print with those guys and see how their matte offering strikes me.


Answering prompts in a cron tab

November 17, 2005

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Most commands that you are likely to run from cron should have some type of flag that can be passed to them so they run with requiring any interaction. Occasionally, you run into a piece of software that doesn't have a "silent" option. For example, if you have a cron setup to run: /bin/runthis and there is no flag you can pass to prevent it from asking: Are you sure (y/n)? the app won't work as a cron tab on its own. One solution is to pipe the "yes" command with the app like so: yes | /bin/runthis The yes command will answer with the "y" for you. "yes" just keeps feeding "y"s until it exits. If you need you can even pass it another string. For example, "yes working" will pass "working" until it exits.


Greate Credit Card Guide

November 17, 2005

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This is one of the best little write ups about how to use credit cards wisely that I've seen. It's long, but worth a read. It's another example of someone posting something on the net just because he wants to put the info out there and he's not trying to make a buck. Refreshing.


Free Music from download.com

November 16, 2005

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Kick around music.download.com and you can check out some new music. Most artists have at least one full MP3 track that you can download.


Aural Assault

November 15, 2005

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The paranoid part of me is kicking in. I think I'm the subject of some twisted psychology experiment. Last week they kept weed eaters and lawn mowers going outside my office all day. Today, it's an air compressor. Sure, it looks like they are putting new shingles on the building next door, but I don't buy it for a second. They are just trying to see how much I can take before I run out the door screaming.


Civ is back

November 15, 2005

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This is bad things. Civ IV is out. If I buy this game there is a good chance my average amount of sleep will go from 6-7 hours a night to 2-3. So much for my productivity. Maybe I should take a vacation and play it for a week. It would be cheaper than going somewhere and might get it out of my system. Pesky games and obsessive personalities.


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