The short-form week of 30 Aug–5 Sep 2010

06 Sep 2010; last modified 13 Mar 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 36 messages in 27 conversations. (With 2 favorites.)

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.

Monday at 08:19am

Implementing data security on some old hard drives...with a Torx screwdriver.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 10:53am

Wondering if I'm the only one who gets stressed when their computers have high CPU/memory/disk consumption. Strange kind of empathy?—@JeniT
@JeniT I get stressed when they're low. I paid for all that horsepower! I want to see it working as hard as I am!—@ndw

Monday at 01:36pm

/me makes mental note to carefully validate any documents sent to me by @eedeebee—@ndw

Monday at 03:01pm

My town is having its first hazardous waste collection day in eight years...on the weekend when I'll be in the UK. Fsck!—@ndw

Monday at 03:16pm

Monday at 03:31pm

One keeps writing to atone for the sins of the last book.—@alaindebotton

In a conversation that started on Monday at 05:06pm

Label seen in garden centre: "It is illegal to propagate this plant". What law are you breaking, I wonder?—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay violation of someone's patent would be my first guess, at least in the US.—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:54am

Grumble. I forgot my cmd-line tweet client would have to be updated to use OAuth. Maybe if I wait the underlying library will “just work”.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:02am

Is anyone else seeing problems with dreamhost-hosted sites? Or is it just me?—@ndw
@ndw re: Dreamhost Access to smtp/pop was spotty this morning, hosted sites look OK just now—@noahmendelsohn
@noahmendelsohn Thanks, Noah. Whatever the problem was, it does seem to have been resolved.—@ndw
@ndw definitely lots of us #dreamhost #down—@tojulius
@tojulius Thanks. If norman.walsh.name looks borked, blame it on a half-completed update, please. Will fix when #dreamhost is fixed—@ndw

Wednesday at 08:25am

I can haz OAuth? Yes!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:19am

Generating XSLT with XQuery is making my brain hurt.—@ndw
@ndw I think you'll be in Oxford next week, yeah? Will you be in London at all on this trip?—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens Yes, Monday afternoon/evening 13 September. Unless I get booked into something I don’t yet know about. http://bit.ly/9ZEA1Z—@ndw
@ndw Cool. Can I book you for dinner Sep 13? I want to start doing London Geek Dinners (as I've done 4 years in US). 6-10 geeks. RU in?—@ronhitchens
@ronhitchens Absolutely!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:58am

Gosh, that would be today, wouldn't it? http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/—@timbray
@timbray I don't know since that would also be 100% Flash. #mobilefail—@ndw

Thursday at 09:14am

Note to self: never upgrade iTunes if you don't have to. After upgrade iTunes doesn't see music on mt-daapd (ne Firefly) server. Fsck!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:27am

If I bought an Android phone today, I think I'd get the Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile. Anyone care to suggest a better choice?—@ndw
@ndw I love my droid x. Encrypted boot loader is evil though.—@sboag
@sboag The Droid is interesting, but Verizon-only AFAICT. Not interested in CDMA.—@ndw
@ndw The Samsung Vibrant is a great phone. You won't be disappointed. :) ^JH—@TMobile
@TMobile That’s your unbiased opinion, eh? :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:22am

If you dislike the new iTunes 10 stoplight close/min/max buttons: http://bit.ly/dd4RhU (via @inevernu, @stevey)—@olivierthereaux
@olivierthereaux Wow. I didn’t even notice. Man that looks bizarre. So much for UI standards, I guess.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 12:51pm

My reply to chairs: "I consider the caveat about what language I can, and cannot use, to be discriminatory. Dangerously discriminatory."—@shelleypowers
@shelleypowers What language you can use? Really? And they don’t mean, like, Urdu, do they? That sounds F’ing outrageous!—@ndw

Thursday at 03:44pm

Force-quit Firefox brought down the whole machine. Goddamnit that's not supposed to be possible.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 03:53pm

I can never remember the amount in the old saying "a ____ of Camembert a day keeps the doctor away"—@abdelazer
@abdelazer How much ya got?—@ndw
@ndw only a half wheel now...—@abdelazer
@abdelazer Can I come over? I’ll bring port.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:54pm

Disk Utility, you just fscking lie about estimated time for disk verification.—@ndw

Thursday at 03:59pm

In a conversation that started on Friday at 01:49pm

Is embedded Schematron not possible for DocBook 5.0 validation with Jing, @ndw, because of the old -p [phase] stuff? cc @james_clark—@abdelazer
@abdelazer I don’t believe I ever got it working with Jing, but I don’t recall why.—@ndw
@ndw I just feel goofy not having a better validation answer for clients. I guess it's two-pass FTW?—@abdelazer
@abdelazer I think Kohsuke’s MSV can do it in one pass. But I often do two pass, which is !FTL at least.—@ndw
@ndw When will the DocBook 5.x schemas be released with the ISO-Schematron namespace? I'm finding new tooling that doesn't work with the old—@abdelazer
@abdelazer My bad. I’ll put it on the list for the next release.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 04:05pm

Been working on XML Calabash V2. Pretty happy with the construction API. Trying to figure out Saxon native pipelines. #xproc #xmlcalabash—@ndw
@ndw while your desiging #calabash V2 ... consider seperating the "parser" from the "evaluation" ...—@DALDEI
@DALDEI Already done.—@ndw

Sunday at 02:17am

Possibly the greatest photoshopped image ever seen: http://i.imgur.com/zDJ7W.jpg (via @jaimewoo @adammcnamara @kmorr @ryanmerkley)—@lukec

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 06:16am

I think I prefer git more then mercurial but mercurial seems to have more widespread general usage, so starting to use mercurial now—@xquery
@xquery Odd. My experience is the opposite, I’m moving to git from hg.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:42am

Have arrived for #xmlss10—@JeniT
@JeniT Say hello to everyone for me! See y’all on Tuesday!—@ndw

Sunday at 04:08pm

Rode 41.3 miles today. That's almost 50, but almost doesn't count. And one glass of wine later, nothing productive will happen this evening.—@ndw

Sunday at 04:32pm

Successfully constructed a three-stage Saxon pipeline that runs. Not sure I fully understand it, but calling it a day.—@ndw