Manually cleaning an Intel (or other TRIM-able) SSD with hdparm

Figured this might be a useful snippet of perl for other folks. When I rebuild my system last Nov, I wiped the drive with the following: my $a = 0; while ($a < 312581808) { my $b = 60000; if (($a + 60000) >= 312581808) { $b = ($a % 60000) – 1; } print… Continue reading Manually cleaning an Intel (or other TRIM-able) SSD with hdparm

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Manually installing JDKs on Gentoo

In case it’s useful for anyone else, if you run the ___.bin installer and see this: bin/java -version Error occurred during initialization of VM java/lang/NoClassDefFoundError: java/lang/Object Check if rt.jar exists in the unpacked directory. If it does not, check if rt.pack exists. If it does, it means that the installer is missing a step. Rerunning… Continue reading Manually installing JDKs on Gentoo

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Commodore Nostalgia

via Slashdot, Programming Books, part 3: Programming the Commodore 64 Prologue about the book itself is worth reading, but the following really resonated for me: Now I know that there is already plenty of old-fart nostalgia on this blog — a lot of people have interpreted Whatever happened to programming? as a yearning for the… Continue reading Commodore Nostalgia

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Server upgrade

I doubt many folks are still reading it, as I know my handful of old friends who read regularly are all on Facebook now and seeing my updates there. Nevertheless, my file/web server has been down for a week or two and is only back up. It’s pretty much been totally replaced, hardware-wise. Specs (aka… Continue reading Server upgrade

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“It’s an honor just to be mentioned.”

I tried Cuil today, and was generally unimpressed – Google still does a much better job of finding the relevant pages, whatever the index size. Further, in the absolutely critical job of ego-googling myself, Google has a lot more of my personal web pages indexed… as opposed to LinkedIn or various index sites referencing my… Continue reading “It’s an honor just to be mentioned.”

Hello Skynet!

Slashdot: “Killer Military Robot Arms Race Underway?” (citing NetworkWorld): We are beginning to see the first steps towards an international robot arms race and it may not be long before robots become a standard terrorist weapon to replace the suicide bomber, according to professor Noel Sharkey, from the Royal United Services Institute Department of Computer… Continue reading Hello Skynet!

I want my solar-powered Zeppelin!

Solar Energy Cheaper than Coal? That new technique involves using a device very much like an ink-jet printer to lay down the components of a photovoltaic cell onto a thin sheet of aluminum. The cells are much thinner, lighter, and much less fragile than older silicon cells. The result is solar energy that is expected… Continue reading I want my solar-powered Zeppelin!

Someone with a web server and a sense of humor…

Ebuyer.com runs on a Commodore 64 Online retailing can be a rough sport. The competition is rabid, customer loyalty is fickle, and IT expenses can go through the roof. That’s why The Register can appreciate an e-tailer with a unique business model. A hawk-eyed El Reg reader points out that UK online retailer Ebuyer.com appears… Continue reading Someone with a web server and a sense of humor…