Thursday, January 30, 2003

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Roll call!

The tracking tool I once used to let me know that people occasionally read this is now off-line. Before I pester the previous hoster to add it to his new site, please let me who is listening.

Do you like the stuff I post here? Is it different enough that I should continue? Is there some stuff that I post that you'd like to see more of? More narcissistic stories about my cute daughter? More tech tips (like my recent discovery about ncftp)?

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Slashdot posted an article that I submitted (and my slashdot karma is now "excellent") - Why (FM, Not XM) Radio Sucks. Having actually read the article and then reading the comments, it gives me a sense of how many slashdot readers never bother to read the article.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

ncftp is just the best way to do big ftp transfers. I've used this for a while and I already knew that it knows how to do wildcards and filename completion. Last night I wanted to download ISO images of Red Hat 8.0. I was working on my laptop with an ssh connection to a desktop machine with oodles of disk storage, but I didn't want to leave my laptop on for the download of three cd images, each >600MB, so I read the ncftp manual. It turns out you can use a command bgget to place downloads in a queue. Then, when you're ready for it all to start, use bgstart which starts the downloads in the background. Exit your ncftp session, close ssh and laptop. Go to sleep. Wake up in the morning to find that everything downloaded successfully!

Saturday, January 04, 2003

Via memepool... HELLO, my name is Scott!, a site run by a chipper young man who thinks he is making the world a friendlier place because he always wears a nametag. I think he's right.