15 Years Ago Today
December 22, 2011
15 Years Ago Today Apple acquired NeXT. Not a bad move. via daringfireball.net Not a bad move indeed. I loved NeXT computers and NEXTSTEP, and I'm happy every time I see its legacy on my Mac.
Reading on multiple media
December 20, 2011
A couple of days ago I finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I thoroughly enjoyed it (I may post a longer review later on, but I really liked learning the "behind the scenes" of much of what I witnessed from the outside over so many years). With this book, for the first time, I decided to conduct an experiment. I got the book as an audiobook (from Audible, playing on my iPhone), as an ebook (using Kindle on my iPhone) and also the hardcover physical book.
New website for "Learning CFEngine 3"
December 15, 2011
I'm happy to announce that the website for my book is now live at http://cf-learn.info/. In this website you will find: General information about the book. A discussion forum for any type of questions, feedback or suggestions about the book. Downloadable code examples from the book, plus (over time) many other new examples. List of Errata, and access to the Errata system at O'Reilly A blog devoted to the book and to CFEngine.
Fix journal in an HFS+ file system
December 15, 2011
Yesterday my external Western Digital disk (which I use for Time Machine, among other things) stopped mounting automatically when I plug it in. This may *cough*definitely*cough*have something to do with me unmounting it forcefully while it was doing a backup, since I was in a hurry. Disk Utility reported everything was OK with the disk, but it still failed to mount. Upon poking a bit deeper, I found these messages in the logs:
"Learning CFEngine 3" Early Release now available -use AUTHD to get 40-50% off
December 6, 2011
Learning CFEngine 3 Automated system administration for sites of any size By Diego Zamboni via shop.oreilly.com My upcoming book "Learning CFEngine 3" is now available as an Early Release, which includes (for now) the first four chapters of the book. You can use the code AUTHD to get 40% off the print book, or 50% off the ebook version. Go get yours!
Linux kernel panic on train station screen at Boston airport
December 5, 2011
via Tweetbot for iPhone
WANT: Topbrewer - Scanomat
December 2, 2011
via scanomat.com I remember joking in grad school that we should've had coffee-on-tap so we didn't need to walk all the way down to the kitchen. Seems my dream has come true. I want one of these.
Remapping Mac modifier keys on Emacs 23.3
November 27, 2011
I just switched from Carbon Emacs (which is old Emacs 22.x) to Emacs for OS X Modified on my Mac (which is a Cocoa app, and Emacs 23.3). One of the unwelcome changes was that the Emacs 'Meta' modifier is now by default mapped to the Option key and not Command as before. But this gave me the opportunity to learn how to map the Mac keyboard modifier keys arbitrarily.
"Security in the Third Wave of IT Engineering"
November 24, 2011
Today I gave a presentation at UNAM's 2011 Computer Security Conference in Mexico City. Below you will find my presentation (done using prezi.com, follow this link if you can't see it below). You can also get the PDF version. Security in the Third Wave of IT Engineering on Prezi Related blog posts from cfengine.com: CFEngine - The Third Wave of Configuration Management CFEngine, SysAdmin 3.0 and the Third Wave of IT Engineering
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.