December 22, 2006

DTrace on Mac OS X

I know this old news by now, but I am really geeked about dtrace being ported to Mac OS X. Check out Adam Leventhal's Weblog at Sun for a shit load of details. Also, Mike Shapiro's $<blog and Brian Cantrill's "The Observation Deck". Bravo gentlemen! I can hardly wait for Mac OS X 10.5.x, i.e. Leopard.

I was resolved to not put Leopard on my iMac G4, but if it'll run on this little jewel; and without significant degradation in performance, then I will install it.

December 15, 2006

Sausage and Squash Bake

4 acorn squash
1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons dairy sour cream
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Halve and seed squash; place cut side down in pan and bake at 375 degress F for about 45 minutes or until fairly tender. Meanwhile, in skillet brown sausage well; pour off drippings. Stir in celery, onion, green pepper, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and sour cream. Turn squash, fill with sausage mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in a butter shallow pan 15 more minutes. Serves 8.

December 10, 2006

Achievo: "I had too many problems"

I downloaded and installed achievo project management cms software to my hosting account and installed it. I kept getting disconnects when I uploaded the unzipped untared directory to my hosting account. I finally just uploaded the tar.gz file and extracted it there. The installation went well after that.

Everything seemed to be working correctly until I created a project and tried to add some ToDo's to the project. I kept getting an error that said: "Save failed due to the following reason: Owner: This field is required". OK, there is no "Owner" field, so what's this all about? I go to the achievo website and submit an email, rather quickly, to inquire about this error. It was on Friday, so the fact that I haven't got a reply yet is understandable. Friday night and Saturday I went to the achievo website and searched their forum for this error with no success. Today, Sunday I return to the site and play around with the search parameters some more and make it as general as possible. Finally I find the solution. It turn out that one cannot use the administrator account to manage a project. An account has to be created, with sufficient security clearance, to create ToDo's and manage a project in general. Cool, I found the solution, now I'm ready to get busy. I go into the software interface and create a ToDo. It works! I'm excited. It seems like some really cool software.

This is where it gets very discouraging. I did something after creating the first ToDo that blew out the entire interface. How can that possibly happen? You should get a message or something that tells you a certain element is missing, not a bunch of PHP errors and no interface. I couldn't even login anymore or anything. I would have had to reinstall something. I decided that was some BS, and went to delete it from my host. Then I get some more errors. It appears the achievo software had created files under the username nobody with the group nobody and the permissions set to 644. I was not even able to delete the stuff from my host.

The programmers over at ibuildings.nl should think this stuff through a little better before dispatching something to the public. Or do they just think the public is a good place to test their software. Let them experience our bugs. Let them do our QA. I'm a little bit upset about it. My time is valuable to me. They should QA something better than that before releasing it.

December 08, 2006

Infadi on Ruby on Rails

I have heard about Ruby on Rails before but I have actually been introduced to it recently and I am thinking it's pretty cool. A friend of mine is interested in using Mephisto to colaborate on a blog. So I've been working to install it at my hosting service, which is really great, but doesn't have a lot of emphasis on support for Ruby on Rails. It's there, but not a ton of interest in it. So what I need to do is try to get Rails to work with Apache. Since I'm new to Rails, I am muddling my way around right now. If anyone reads this and would like to help, please leave a comment. I know of some other hosting services that support Ruby on Rails, but I have this account and would like to see if I can make it work, reliably, on this server. I am considering another hosting service if this turns out to be too much. Also, I am installing all the goodies on a Linux machine I am running so I can really hack away. Thanks for reading.

June 12, 2006

MT 3.2 Expertise

I'm finding that MT 3.2 does not have as much built in as I would like. I am going to have to learn a lot more about MT. I bought the MT 3 Bible, but found it to be code heavy. I guess I have no choice if I want to use MT.

I just realized I want to make my trading blog private; at least certain parts of it. Nothing built in for this. Any suggestions?

June 07, 2006

Jotzel

I found a website that looks pretty interesting. http://www.jotzel.com/

I wanted to make sure I didn't lose the link in the mirage of too much, so I posted it here.

May 16, 2006

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Am I Beautiful?

How to see yourself through the eyes of others. A most interesting article in Psychology Today. They say we focus on our flaws while others see the big picture. Hmmm. I notice they have a picture of a fresh faced beauty on the cover and then identical twin redhead milky white skin sweethearts in the table of contents. Do they take me for a fool. Why don't they have a pic of a family of four whose combined weight is over 700 pounds. No matter how you slice and dice that you still get....

Nope, instead they photo a few hotties to illustrate..., what? That they are hot? Come on. Their conclusion is that you are most certainly hotter than you think. It's easy to draw that conclusion when you only interview hotties. The design of the experiment is the most critical part in gathering statistics. Then the sample has to be large enough to draw proper inferences. From what I can tell PT did neither of these.

Well, sex and beautiful people sell magazines. I bought one.

May 06, 2006

Who or What is Infadi?

It's a word I made up. Pronounced: "In - fah - dee". About 12 years ago, around 1994 I was trying to think up a name for a company or a screen name and was putting sounds together and out came Infadi. After using the word a few times I started searching the web for it. I found this word to be an acronym for Additional Information in Spanish. Also, I found an infadi.com, which is just being parked at the moment. Wouldn't you know it, I can't find the info for infadi.com right now. So I decided to take the name infadi.org and use it to experiment with Movable Type software on a web hosting service. Movable Type is cool, and has a large community. I haven't gotten into it very much yet because I'm busy with so many other things.

So that's my personal Infadi story.

April 15, 2006

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