Congreso de Seguridad en Computo 2011
November 24, 2011
I'm attending UNAM's computer security conference, giving a talk as well. Some photos from the event (will be updated throughout the day)
New Volcano Pictures: "Monstrous" Eruption in the Congo
November 7, 2011
Nyamulagira, which generally erupts every two years, rumbled to life at 8:06 p.m via news.nationalgeographic.com Must be an amazing sight.
Cinema Stunt by Carlsberg | THEINSPIRATION.COM l THIS IS WH▲T INSPIRES US
November 7, 2011
via theinspiration.com One time on a plane from Brussels to Chicago, I was trying to make space in the overhead for my backpack, by moving a large bag with a flowery stamped design. A large tattooed, biker-type guy across the aisle says to me: "please be careful, I'm transporting a china set in there". Never judge people by their appearance :)
November 6, 2011
Quadrocopters are really getting popular for research, and for a reason - they are seriously cool. Arms / grippers have already been used on them: They can also do ball jugling: Have precise movement control: And do mapping: Tip of the rotor blade to Axel Tanner for sending me these.
Video: A Murmuration of Starlings - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
November 4, 2011
via theatlantic.com Wow.
2011 Pan American Games - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic
November 3, 2011
via theatlantic.com Nice photo set from the Panamerican Games.
All the apps on my iPhone
October 31, 2011
I’m doing some cleanup and reorganization, and captured my current app setup as a reference point. Here they are. Quick note: The first screen is my most-used apps (some are going out now, like 2Do which I've never liked too much, but was the best way to sync tasks with Outlook, which I'm no longer forced using). Second screen is all my folders. Third and fourth screens are my girls' screens, with the games they use when they borrow my phone.
A New Invention on '30 Rock' 02/03/11
October 30, 2011
via daringfireball.net Voice recognition is hard :)
What's New in CFEngine 3: Making System Administration Even More Powerful - O'Reilly Radar
October 28, 2011
CFEngine is both the oldest and the newest of the popular tools for automating site administration. Mark Burgess invented it as a free software project in 1993, and years later, as deployments in the field outgrew its original design he gave it a complete rethink and developed the powerful concept of promise theory to make it modular and maintainable. via radar.oreilly.com I contributed to this article by Andy Oram on CFEngine 3.
October 26, 2011
Let's talk about some of those secret features you may not know about. via github.com Nice article about some lesser-known GitHub features.
"Introduction to CFEngine 3 Nova" webinar
October 25, 2011
A new version of CFEngine 3 Nova was released today, and to go with it, there will be a free webinar called "Introduction to CFEngine 3 Nova" on November 2nd. It will be presented by one of the members of the core CFEngine team, and it will be a great opportunity to learn more about the new and improved capabilities in this release. If you are interested in CFEngine and maybe thinking of going the commercial route, or you need more information to decide, make sure to attend!
Dennis Ritchie, 70, Dies, Programming Trailblazer - NYTimes.com
October 24, 2011
The tools that Dennis built — and their direct descendants — run pretty much everything today. —Brian Kernighan via nytimes.com Nice article about Dennis Ritchie.
Michael Winslow gets the Led out
October 19, 2011
via kottke.org WHOA, WHERE THE HELL DID THAT GUITAR NOISE COME FROM??!
CNET UK Presents: History of the iPhone, dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs on Vimeo
October 19, 2011
via vimeo.com Nice video.
New job, new book
October 19, 2011
Today I have two big announcements to make. First, as of this week I have a new job, I am now working with CFEngine AS, the company that develops and maintains cfengine. As you know if you read my blog, I am a big fan of cfengine. It is a mature and able tool that provides extreme flexibility and power to system administrators. The company is full of energy and with very interesting projects to make cfengine even better and more popular than it is today.
The Llama Song
October 18, 2011
via albinoblacksheep.com And now for an oldie but most definitely a goodie - the Llama Song! (click on the link to see it in its full forever-repeating glory) Llama Llama Duck.
Dennis M. Ritchie, R.I.P.
October 13, 2011
Dennis Ritchie passed away last weekend. He was one of the great minds in systems research and development, father of the C programming language, and one of the big contributors to Unix, both of which power the Mac on which I'm typing this, the iPhone on my desk, the Windows machine I use at work, the servers on which this blog is hosted, and much of the infrastructure both you and I use to connect to it.
Steve Jobs, R.I.P.
October 6, 2011
Farewell, Steve. Thank you for all you did for the computer industry, for design, for music, for telephony, and for so many other aspects of our lives. You will be missed.
Gene Schultz, R.I.P.
October 3, 2011
A few days ago I learned through Spaf that Gene Schultz had had a severe accident and was hospitalized. Later we learned that the accident was apparently caused by an earlier stroke that went unrecognized. Yesterday, October 2nd, during the afternoon, Gene passed away. I met Gene about 15 years ago while I was a grad student at Purdue. I met him initially at a couple of conferences, and later while he was visiting Purdue for some time.
RC Helicopter Flight Test Gone Bad
September 28, 2011
on youtube.com via web-heads. There's probably a recall on these.
Scientists Reconstruct Brains’ Visions Into Digital Video In Historic Experiment | Gizmodo
September 23, 2011
via gizmodo.com This is the stuff of Sci-Fi movies. Amazing.
Osaka Station City fountain
September 14, 2011
via youtube.com This is making the rounds, so I might as well contribute. Beautiful (and maybe not so hard to do - it's much like a dot-matrix printer, but printing from bottom up). I saw one of these a few years ago at the Motor Show in Geneva (at the Jeep stand), but it was much lower resolution and much less creative.
Installing cfengine on Mac OS X
August 5, 2011
Cfengine (tested 3.2.0) installs easily on OS X (tested 10.7), given that it's Unix. One problem I encountered was that it does not compile with the bundled version of Berkeley DB (it recognizes it during configure, but produces compilation errors). The solution is to use some other DB engine. I chose Tokyo Cabinet. Using homebrew, the process is simple brew install tokyo-cabinet After this, configure --with-tokyocabinet, and then compile and install as usual.