The short-form week of 12–18 Dec 2011

19 Dec 2011

The week in review, 140 characters at a time. This week, 33 messages in 27 conversations. (With 4 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 07:26am

Awesome! RT @jirkakosek: @JeniT will be giving opening keynote at #xmlprague You shouldn't miss it and come to Prague—@ndw

Monday at 12:47pm

If you don't want telecommuters because "they'll miss out on impromptu office communication" there's a problem with the way you plan stuff.—@bphogan

In a conversation that started on Monday at 04:46pm

First attempt to setup SSD/rust combo in laptop sucked up four days and produced exactly nothing but frustration. #pout—@ndw
@ndw bummer. now i feel bad. I spent about 3 hours installing it and was good to go. What happened with yours?—@speedocowboy
@speedocowboy I was trying to be clever about what was on the SSD and what was on the spinning rust. Might try again.—@ndw

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

"Any coherentists on this train can fuck off! Your argument is more circular than the Circle Line!"—@tommorris
@tommorris Which isn’t, uhm, circular anymore, right?—@ndw
@ndw indeed. That is part of the joke. :-)—@tommorris

Tuesday at 08:17am

In the House, Rs are unsure about a small payroll tax cut. In the campaign, they're sure about huge cuts for the rich—@ezraklein

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 08:23am

"Some thoughts on my utter failure to configure a working dual-drive system."—@ndw
@ndw I seem to remember impact of PGP Whole Disk Encryption was huge (like 50% slowdown on rotating rust)? Could explain poor speedup.—@ebruchez
@ebruchez I’ve never seen anything like that. I did some experiments when I first installed it. Well under 10% as I recall.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 12:55pm

I don't think megalomaniacs make especially good presidents.—@kendall
@kendall More broadly, anyone who wants the job shouldn’t be allowed to have it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:05pm

use XCC/J to pass content to an installed module post by @alexb1978 #MarkLogic #XCC—@peteaven
@peteaven @alexb1978 Looks useful. I'll have to check it out.—@ronhitchens
@peteaven That’s even easier with the #XProc steps!—@ndw
@ndw well do a blog post on it and I'll give you props too! :)—@peteaven

Tuesday at 02:22pm

RT @docbook DocBook V5.1b5 released.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:01pm

Hmm. I was able to decrypt this disk at boot, but now PGP says I'm getting the passphrase wrong. Let's backup before I reboot, eh?—@ndw
@ndw 4 days wasnt enough for ya ?—@xquery
@xquery Apparently not.—@ndw
@ndw Norm where you could be if computers wouldn't be wasting your time in such fscking ways :-)—@jirkakosek

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:08pm

.@HibariApp Please don’t make me use the App Store to update my Hibari. Just let me download the installer.—@ndw
@ndw Don’t worry, Hibari will never be App Store-only :)—@HibariApp

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:26pm

Thinking about a new issue tracking system for Saxon. Any recommendations?—@michaelhkay
@michaelhkay bugzilla--—@DALDEI
@michaelhkay The integration between the repository and the issue tracking at github is very nice.—@ndw
@michaelhkay: Redmine: multiple projects in one UI, better time tracking than Trac (sans plugins), commits update tickets with log messages—@MenteaXML
@michaelhkay: Trac: comment on or close tickets from commits or email, link between wiki, tickets & repository, & put ticket queries in wiki—@MenteaXML
@michaelhkay Jira is not bad from a workflow and attachments perspective. Might diminish traffic in saxon group, though. Desirable?—@aljopainter

Tuesday at 03:36pm

Troubling that The Onion continues to present reality better than any other news source - #binladen—@simonstl

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:38am

The weirdness of spam is endless. Today’s bit of absurdity to slip through the filters: “Financial Astrology”.—@ndw
@ndw Compared with other methods, making your investments based on the position of the planets doesn't seem necessarily so absurd—@dontcallmedom
@ndw Isn't "Financial Astrology" what the wall street banksters practiced to bring us into this land of milk and honey that we now inhabit?—@SheltieJim
@ndw Your new investment philosophy?—@avnur
@ndw Actual banks do it all the time... #OccupyWallStreet—@bortzmeyer
@bortzmeyer Yeah. I thought about saying something like that. Couldn’t fit it in 140 chars. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 11:19am

Is there a cmd to trace system calls on OS X to see what file(s) an executable is attempting to open?—@ndw
@ndw poke around in ActivityMonitor (I think that is what it is called, lives in Utilities)—@jeffsonstein
@ndw dtrace - some assembly required.—@bazzargh
@ndw Try 'sudo dtruss -f -t open yourexecutable'—@ariyahidayat
@ariyahidayat Perfect. Thank you!—@ndw
@ndw Looks like #4 on @brendangregg's Top 10 Dtrace scripts for MacOS X at—@alanc

Wednesday at 11:22am

@ndw lsof (?) traces actually opened files—@DALDEI

Wednesday at 12:57pm

Guy who jokes on twitter about an airport = ruins his life. News International and others spreading terror and lies: Loss of a brand.—@benosteen

Wednesday at 01:37pm

@ndw maybe strace ?—@DALDEI

Wednesday at 03:34pm

So business as usual, then.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 07:05pm

All of the events on my calendar on my #android tablet are off by a day. It thinks today is Thursday the 15th w/Wed's appts. WTF?—@ndw
@ndw You're a man ahead of his time.—@davidpriest_ca
@ndw timezone set correctly?—@kingargyle
@kingargyle Appears to be. "Today" shows me Thu 15 Dec with today (Wednesday)'s appts on it. Odd.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:42am

NO! NO! A thousand times NO! I do not want to log in with my Facebook account and link everything together for your advertising convenience.—@petrillic
@petrillic @ndw If only there was a central page where you could list all your accounts that should not be connected…—@icing

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:50pm

I'm not sure I understand why people favorite tweets instead of retweeting them? I've never fav'd a single tweet; don't see the point.—@kendall
@kendall The ones I favorite turn up in my blogged weekly summary page. That’s why I do it.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:45pm

You know, if (when) #SOPA passes, I’m going to be tempted to pull a Mark Pilgrim and yank it all. I probably won’t, but I’ll be tempted.—@ndw
@ndw You and me both. Watching this #SOPA hearing has my blood pressure through the roof.—@GeekOrthodox

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:57pm

Wrestling with JavaCC again as I struggle to implement some syntax proposals from @JeniT. #xmlprague—@ndw
@ndw Now im intriguded, as I have been wresting Antlr—@adamretter
@adamretter You’ll just have to wait and see if my paper is accepted :-)—@ndw
@adamretter @ndw I generally dislike LL parsers, too limited. They are usually fast, but I usually prefer full back tracking..—@grtjn

In a conversation that started on Friday at 04:02pm

Android calendar prob: Settings/Select time zone says “GMT+9, Korea” but that option is grayed out so I can’t change it. Huh?—@ndw
@ndw maybe this will help?—@kingargyle
@kingargyle Found that. I didn’t see anything relevant in there, but I’ll take another look when I get a chance.—@ndw
@ndw under the Calendar Apps settings, there is an option called "Use home timezone". You can also check Tablets Date & Time settings.—@kingargyle
@kingargyle On my Galaxy Tab, I don’t see either of those. Though maybe I’m blind.—@ndw
@ndw This should be similar,—@kingargyle
@kingargyle Interesting. I’d explicitly selected EST there, rather than automatic. Switching to automatic fixed the calendar. Odd.—@ndw
@ndw well, at least problem solved.—@kingargyle
@kingargyle Indeed. Thanks. Curiously, and luckily, the fix seems to have persisted after I put the timezone back to EST.—@ndw
U haz ben pwned? @ndw Android calendar prob: Select time zone says “GMT+9, Korea” but that option is grayed out so I can’t change it. Huh?—@docum3nt

Friday at 04:17pm

@ndw I have mine set to Automatic date & time to use Network provided time.—@kingargyle

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 05:41pm

I do not let computers win. SSD up and running fine. Fast. Details to follow.—@ndw
@ndw so _that's_ what I heard earlier. Sounded like a shout of successful triumph...—@JeanKaplansky
@JeanKaplansky No shouting from me. I just quietly explained that I don't like to lose. #inner #wookie #ftw—@ndw