The short-form week of 14–20 Sep 2009

21 Sep 2009; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 38 messages in 36 conversations. (With 1 favorite.)

This document was created automatically from my archive of my Twitter stream. Due to limitations in the Twitter API and occasional glitches in my archiving system, it may not be 100% complete.

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:00pm

Things I learned today: Snow Leopard disk won't boot if laptop HD isn't formatted. SL won't install on a blank, formatted HD. Upgrade only.—@ndw
@ndw SL DVD won't boot unless HD formatted, but won't install on a formatted HD because it's only an upgrade -- Isn't that contradictory?—@asbjornu
@asbjornu No. Unformatted=won't boot. Formatted=boot but won't install. Formatted+10.5 installed=boot and install—@ndw

Monday at 10:40am

If upgrading installed MacPorts is possible, it's too hard for me. Giving up. Blowing it all away. Starting over.—@ndw

Monday at 11:16am

Do I want to know why installing mercurial requires X11? No, probably not.—@ndw

Monday at 01:23pm

Anyone managed to get MacPorts (1.8.0) to install exim under Snow Leopard? https://trac.macports.org/ticket/21369—@ndw

Monday at 02:20pm

Anyone know what "TLS cache read failed" means or how to fix it? (Exim trying to send mail with TLS)—@ndw

Monday at 02:35pm

WTF!? MS Exchange calendars don't support floating events?—@ndw

Tuesday at 08:47am

Drat. Amara 1.1.6 won't work with Python 2.6 on SL. And 4Suite won't build with python2.5 on SL. Fsck!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:01am

@shelleypowers Popularity seems to have brought burningbird.net down?—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:41am

@uche Thanks for the tips. I'll look at the new XML API.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:49am

I've put up my other @barcampbrighton talk - how to become a command-line superdork. http://is.gd/3iQ7O—@tommorris
@tommorris Where are the slides for command-line superdork?—@ndw
@ndw there are no slides. it was done using live demo.—@tommorris
@tommorris Fair 'nuff—@ndw

Tuesday at 02:25pm

Wow. Installing Java Update on a windows box offers the Bing! toolbar. Do. Not. Want.—@ndw

Wednesday at 06:42am

I managed to build exim from sources only marginally faster than MacPorts got it fixed. Bravo! https://trac.macports.org/ticket/21369—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:35am

Pelham Auto Service in Pelham, MA (in addition to being an excellent repair shop) provide free wifi. I love these guys.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:45am

Hacking a large, complex #marklogic install in CQ. It doesn't feel exactly like juggling chainsaws, but I really don't want to FU, either.—@ndw
@ndw I agree CQ has it's limitations, maybe a job for oXygen? or has someone @MarkLogic come up with an eclipse plugin yet?—@migueldemelo
@migueldemelo CQ was more-or-less just what I wanted. But it's a sharp knife, that's all. You can do a lot of damage if you're careless...—@ndw

Wednesday at 12:46pm

@dckc Webex is pretty spiffy when it works. And derails a meeting almost completely when it doesn't.—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:34pm

webkit2png requires pyobjc. What are the odds that that's just gonna work on Snow Leopard?—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:38pm

Whatever the odds, I seem to have beaten them. Sweet. Now why doesn't my AppleScript to change the desktop background work?—@ndw

Wednesday at 03:39pm

Because I renamed my laptop's hard disk. Works now. TYVM.—@ndw

Thursday at 07:39am

Dear @newegg, why do you keep emptying my shopping cart every few days. Damned annoying.—@ndw

Thursday at 07:49am

@ndw Even their saved carts are pretty awkward as well.—@ashooner

Thursday at 01:10pm

OH "I just want to play life with disasters turned off" #sc34—@al3xbrown

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:32pm

I accidentally configured an app not to appear in the dock or the menu bar. Uh. Now how do I get to it to fix that?—@ndw
@ndw Find it in Applications? Drag it back into the dock, or run it and check its preferences?—@abcoates

Thursday at 01:56pm

Dragging something to the dock. Who'da thunk it. Thanks @abcoates—@ndw

Thursday at 01:58pm

Er. Oops. I didn't mean to say that twice.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:06pm

"If you can get past the first 27 seconds of anime weirdness, you'll get to the *real* weirdness. http://tinyurl.com/nnh65h—@ndw
@ndw plz to be passing the brain bleach kthx—@TheRepoRat

Friday at 07:03am

@ndw glad you like identica-mode. Let me know if you have any suggestions/bug reports :)—@gabrielsaldana

In a conversation that started on Friday at 07:04am

"Dog bath" is invariably followed shortly thereafter by "wet dog in lap".—@ndw
@ndw Nature's laptop cooler tray?—@abcoates

Friday at 10:42am

@ndw I've been working names completion, hopefully I'll get it done soon—@gabrielsaldana

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:47am

How on this small blue marble do you change group membership in Snow Leopard. Can't find a cmd. Editing /etc/group doesn't do it.—@ndw
@ndw in the utilities folder netinfo—@fsanders
@fsanders not in SL. S'been removed.—@ndw
@ndw if it's like other unix, maybe you need to grpconv?—@msokolov
@ndw Open "System Preferences", underneath "My Account" you have a "Other Accounts" list, click triangle to collapse it...—@PauloGaspar7
@PauloGaspar7 There's no black triangle for me on Snow Leopard. Nor any Groups list.—@ndw
@ndw Are you using an account with admin privileges?—@PauloGaspar7

In a conversation that started on Friday at 02:38pm

@ndw @xmlcalabash any documentation on writing extension steps for calabash ?—@DALDEI
@DALDEI No, not yet. I'm just about confident enough in the API to start documenting it. More in...a few weeks, or so? If luck holds.—@ndw

Saturday at 04:41pm

Beginning my journey to #xmlsummerschool. Still hacking slides. Still not sure how best to approach the last half-hour of my sessions.—@ndw

Saturday at 05:43pm

Sierra USBConnect USB modem just locked up my laptop. Oh, joy.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 07:52pm

RT @bnjmnbck: Video: Social Media Revolution (via vowe) http://tumblr.com/xyh365j3s—@innovimax
@innovimax I should believe those statistics...why? They may be true, on the other hand...—@ndw
@ndw I take them more as a general trend than exact statistics...—@innovimax

Saturday at 08:16pm

RT @ndw Beginning my journey to #xmlsummerschool. Still hacking slides. Still not sure how best to approach the last 1/2-hour of my sessions—@innovimax

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 04:23am

Arrived LHR. Departing momentarily for Oxford.—@ndw
@ndw if you're going by coach there is free WiFi—@tug
@tug Free yes. Bits no. But a 24 hour pass on BT Openzone will do the trick.—@ndw
@ndw Cool. See you there this evening.—@abcoates

Sunday at 08:14am

The tenth cup of coffee at Caffé Nero is free. Do I get a special prize if I drink ten in one sitting?—@ndw