Archive for the 'General' Category

Cygwin bash in the context menu

Getting the Cygwin bash (mintty) in the Windows context menu is a little esoteric. Mostly this is because you have to set the directory at Windows time, rather than Cygwin time. (Otherwise you would have to convert the directory pathname with drives and colons into Posix-ish format of /cygdrive/D/….) Here’s the way that works for […]

The Wonderful World of Fibre Channel on eBay

I just bought a fibre channel HBA for $15 on a whim. This is (was) expensive equipment, and I joke that I have spent a significant portion of my career trying to kill the technology (see, e.g., iSCSI). Now that it’s cheap, I figured the least I could do was play with some equipment at […]

VFR 8:00pm

I was keeping an old (warped) disc brake and chain sprocket from my ’99 VFR800 around because they looked kind of cool. I knew what to do when I found an $8 clock at the flea market…. Then I went OTT and added some $6 under-vehicle lights from Meritline and hooked them up to the […]

Giant Ethernet VU meter

I made one. Why not?

It’s halloween, time for pumpkin.py

Python seemed like a fun language, so I put together a little animated pumpkin face, on the grounds that it might, possibly, get me out of some carving. (A small video is available for watching. Source code for those of you with Python, GTK and pygoocanvas is on SourceForge.)

Don Norman on Siri

With Siri only $199 away, I feel that now is the time to share Don Norman’s thoughts on this distopia from his 1992 book Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles: Let’s assume we’ve reached the time when the power of information technology has increased enormously, with the whole country—nay the whole world—wired so […]

Fun with Asterisk

I’ve been playing around with Asterisk, the free PBX. And I’ve found that IP phones go for close to 10cents on the dollar on eBay/Craigslist. Hence, I picked up some Polycom IP500s and the Nortel 1535 video phone. I wanted the Nortel because of the inexpensive video phone part. There’s also a Video Supervision mode, […]

Yay!

Finally after 445 days, with the addition of two new bookcases… … we are unpacked!

White stuff falling from the sky…

Followers of this blog will have noticed that there hasn’t been much to follow. So this picture may amuse you… Almost, but not quite, snow on the ground. … while you contemplate asking me about Mlle. Modiste, moving to Mount Hermon, preparing to be a dad, various Christmas concerts, trying to sell a house, forming […]

Short break

After The Quaker Girl closed at the end of July, we took a long weekend in a secluded home in Midpines (near Mariposa) and Yosemite. There wasn’t any gold in the places we were allowed to look. I think it’s just to attract the tourists. We did, however, spend a lot of time in the […]