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Apr 8, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Module installation can be a real pain.

I was so happy with a recent book purchase that I decided to install the book review module. It installed with no issues, and appeared as a content option as expected. Then the trouble started… It appears that there is some incompatability with the module. It says it is installed, I can fill out the forms, but when I save it, nothing. After wasting a day on changes, attempted fixes, and browsing the database (of course I had opened the wrong one so nothing appeared to be working properly), I decided to uninstall it.

Apr 1, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Barcamp 3 - impressions

I was dragged to Barcamp 3 yesterday. It seems Carleton U has been granted some provincial money to “foster open source” so one of their contributions was to host Barcamp. Barcamp seems to be a once-in-a-while (every month-and-a half? every two months?) event. I think the Ottawa event was started by some vulture/venture capitalists who wanted to meet techies to slave, I mean work in their startups. But, this time they seem to have attracted some actual techies.

Mar 31, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Coffee Shop Computing - Not just for Novelists.

I have to admit, I’ve never sat in a coffee shop and worked on anything with a laptop before today. It’s a pretty great thing. Fresh coffee, semi-fresh food, good access (not the cheapest), etc. I’ve been working on a side contract and this was a convenient spot to meet with the other person working on the project, have some face time and get started on the project tasks list and timelines.

Mar 30, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Cable Management Tip

A friend of mine sent this around. From: Arnold XXXXXXXXX arnold.xxxxxxx@xxx To: Engineering Staff engineeringstaff@xxx Subject: cable management Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:55:11 -0400 Hi All, Thought I would share a tip I just thought of… In pursuing the contract here at yyy, I got a mitt full of fibre yesterday..lots of pretty single and multi-mode 6’-10’ cables. Annoyingly, I realised these would end up a tangled mess as there are no twisties to be had (the metal wires in the “garbagebag” variety are not something you want around exposed circuit boards, obviously!

Mar 29, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Advertising: Why do we do it?

Well, I guess the better question is what’s in it for me? In my case, I get a book from O’Reilly for each of their banners. Most of their conferences and their magazines have this deal. So, having a banner for an event of magazine on the web page for a couple of months in return for one of their books is very nice. The other items I may place on the site from time to time are local events or conferences.

Mar 27, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

New storage media should be on the market

Bruce sent me a reference just after the last meeting to a new Holographic Storage media developed by Maxell. It looks promising, and it says that it will be available in late 2006. Given that it’s the end of the first quarter of 2007, I have to wonder. I haven’t seen it advertised anywhere, but then again, it may be quite expensive. The capacity of the first generation media (it looks a lot like standard magneto-optical) will hold approximately 300GB, a nice hard drive of today’s capacities.

Mar 16, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

March Meeting (2007) Followup

Highlights We had 6 attendees which is pretty good given our recent dry run. We have photos (candid shots, need to do better) After the usual social session, we got around to talking about the LPI certification and the training course we are going to be doing for those who need it. Some discussion of directory services ( this would make a good item for a future meeting) Announced our affiliation with LOPSA Other Tim has offered us the use of the training site at Kuzink to provide the training platform and to create content.

Mar 16, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

This will solve 99% of your problems

Well, it should help with a lot of them at least. I don’t remember where I saw this, but here we go: echo '16i[q]sa[ln0=aln100%Pln100/snlbx]sbA0D4D465452snlbxq' | dc It’s trite, but then again, so am I. I just thought I’d share.