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Now on IPv6

Now on IPv6

After a few glitches where I hit multiple bugs in their image transfer system, I moved this site to DigitalOcean’s new NYC3 site with IPv6 support. So, uh, have at it!

Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

So, when poking around my Documents directory, I found this incomplete short piece of Science Fiction. Might as well share it… I wake up to find him still sitting at the workbench he’d been hunched over hours ago when I’d given up for the night. He hears the rustle as I search the nearby floor for the cleanest of my uniforms and asks, without turning around, “You awake?” I am, barely.

Digital Dark Age

Digital Dark Age

I vow: To not delete content. To preserve URLs (or redirect them if all else fails). To keep this site up for as long as I am able. To make sure that the Internet Archive can see my content, in case I fail at any of the above.

Ender’s Game Movie

Ender’s Game Movie

All in all, I’m actually quite surprised with how well the adaption of the Ender’s Game novel to the big screen went. There were changes made – but for the most part, they really did make sense. A fairly significant amount of material was dropped, but for the most part it wasn’t really story-critical and mostly served to reduce the amount of character development given to side characters. (Note that if you haven’t read the novels or seen the movie,…

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The pull of MusicBrainz contributing

The pull of MusicBrainz contributing

MusicBrainz contributors tend to be quite… thorough sorts of folks. Lets take a look at what I’ve been up to over the course of the past few days. Day 1 I’ve worked on a few Picard patches recently, including one that allows tagger script to access metadata from loaded files, and another that saves MusicBrainz track IDs to files. In the interest of giving these a thorough workout, I loaded my entire music library into Picard and went through album-by-album,…

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Windows 8 Benchmarking Timing?

Windows 8 Benchmarking Timing?

It’s kind of curious that there’s a bit of a ruckus going on with regards to benchmarking accuracy on Windows 8. From what I’ve heard, the actual cause of the inaccuracy is quite simple: Windows 8 appears to use the processor’s TSC as a timing source on modern processors. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this: it provides a very fast high resolution timing source as long as the TSC on the processor runs constantly and at the same rate….

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Migrated to WordPress

Migrated to WordPress

So, my site is now looking a little different from how it used to. I’ve actually changed how I’m hosting the service, completely. My original site was on Google Sites via my Google Apps account, but I’ve never really been satisfied with Google Sites and the limited control that was offered. So I took the plunge and got myself a “Droplet” on DigitalOcean, and installed WordPress. The site may look different, but barring a couple of articles that I haven’t…

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Network UPS Tools (nut) and systemd

Network UPS Tools (nut) and systemd

Thanks to the Fedora developers, nut does actually ship some unit files for systemd. Unfortunately, those unit files provide a somewhat minimal functionality, with fairly fixed startup order and without taking advantage of systemd’s unit activation features. This caused some problems when I was building my new server a while back. This new machine is quite wicked fast with a quad-core IVB and an SSD—so fast, in fact, that systemd was starting nut’s UPS driver before the UPS itself was…

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No More Google Reader: Part 2, The Old Reader

No More Google Reader: Part 2, The Old Reader

This project has actually been around for quite a while now; the name comes from it being a clone of “the old Google Reader”, prior to the removal of the social features. As I mentioned in the introduction, I never actually used those features—so we’ll just see how it goes as a RSS reader application. Signup is pretty easy—you can just log in through your Google or Facebook accounts. Transferring your feed selection from Google Reader to The Old Reader…

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No More Google Reader: Part 1, Feedly

No More Google Reader: Part 1, Feedly

Feedly is the first in the list of cloud RSS reader software that I’m taking a look at as a replacement for Google Reader (see the Introduction for the index of all the parts.) Somewhat ironically, Feedly might be at least indirectly responsible for Google Reader’s shutdown. It’s been around for quite a while, but Feedly doesn’t actually run its own RSS aggregator. Instead, it’s simply a front end that accesses your feeds in Google Reader via an undocumented and…

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