The short-form week of 25 Nov–1 Dec 2013

02 Dec 2013

The week in review, 140 characters at a time.

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 Wednesday at 10:38am

fsck.ext3 on a 1TB USB disk takes a while. #justsayin —@ndw
@ndw Just looking cases like this. How long it take?? Same case here, waiting without ETA... more than 10hrs?—@ivanvihe

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 06:09pm

One afternoon trying to build xulrunner on 64 bit linux in order to run Talend starts to make the Mac look inviting despite the suck.—@ndw
@ndw Hi Norman! Tell us how we can help you, in any way, with this.—@Talend
@Talend I’m experiencing this issue and have found no solution that works with Talend DI 5.4.0—@ndw
@ndw Hi Norman! Maybe you could check this post? It seems like other users have had the same message as you have —@Talend
@Talend Yes, thanks, that does seem to have fixed it.—@ndw
@ndw Great, thanks a lot for the reply and glad you have a fix.—@Talend
@ndw ia32-libs-xulrunner? Haven’t tried it, but was amazed how instantly kindlegen was up and running on 64 bit Linux using ia32-libs—@gimsieke

Monday at 12:24pm

Like XML technologies? Got mad engineering skillz? Looking for a job in the bay area? Contact me!—@ndw

Monday at 12:47pm

RT @ndw: Like XML technologies? Got mad engineering skillz? Looking for a job in the bay area? (Do this- you'd be lucky to work with Walsh)—@rjglushko

Monday at 03:55pm

It's always hard to figure out which of the Good's enemies are the most fearsome: Best, Worst, or Barely Adequate.—@d6

Monday at 04:08pm

The United States: where guns are legal but Camembert isn’t. —@tommorris

Tuesday at 02:05pm

My only real complaint with the political culture of the present is the politics. And the culture. And the present.—@NeinQuarterly

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

Happy Birthday @mathling! May the Gods of Awesomeness smile favorably on you this day!—@peteaven
@peteaven Hey, that’s right! Happy birthday, @mathling!—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:47pm

I still use ‘grey’ instead of ‘gray’ because the savages can’t have *everything*.—@indefensible

Tuesday at 05:00pm

Install any Ubuntu flavored linux, then cd /bin; sudo rm sh; sudo ln -s bash sh; Fscking dash.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 05:12pm

That thing where you type “sudo rm -rf /MarkLogic” and then just before you hit enter you realize you meant “/var/opt/MarkLogic”. *whew*—@ndw
.@ndw Just as long as you don't type “sudo rm -rf / MarkLogic”—@nsushkin

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 06:54pm

Google survey asks me for my postal code and then 20 questions later asks me what state I live in. Redundancy checking or stupidity?—@ndw
@ndw There are very small number of postal codes that cross state lines.—@paulrbrown

Wednesday at 08:01pm

Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter are the Walmarts of the Web; their economy of scale produce convenience, centralization and monoculture.—@dret

Wednesday at 08:49pm

I made the traditional thanksgiving Doctor Who cookies! That's totally a thing right? —@amymakesthings

Wednesday at 09:05pm

Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah as appropriate to all.—@n1vux

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 09:49pm

@n1vux I lived north of Presque Isle as a child. Totally shaped my view of winter.—@ndw
@ndw I'll bet. I don't remember year on ME-NB border, all my childhood was greater Portland. Great snow winters in 60's.—@n1vux

In a conversation that started on Friday at 11:10am

Implementing content negotiation right is far less work than creating a whole API. But hey, writing APIs is more fun… —@RubenVerborgh
@tomayac @bitworking @nwalsh @RubenVerborgh funny, I got bitten by IE with conneg recently. I still believe in conneg though :)—@pchampin
@pchampin @bitworking @ndw @RubenVerborgh [s/nwalsh/ndw/] #Conneg—Sounds super nice in theory, but incredibly hard to get right in practice.—@tomayac
@tomayac @RubenVerborgh @ndw 10 years later and conneg is still a bad idea :-)—@bitworking
@bitworking @tomayac @ndw Worse than every API doing something different? ;-)—@RubenVerborgh
@tomayac @RubenVerborgh @nwalsh Just realized in, I mentioned the wrong Mr. Walsh. Meant @ndw instead. Sorry Nate.—@tomayac
@tomayac we may be generating some great topic mat'l for @wsREST here! /cc: @RubenVerborgh @nwalsh @ndw —@mamund
@mamund @wsREST @RubenVerborgh @ndw While I agree, I thought the topic was buried when "REST" & thing.json / thing.xml won the Webs. Change!—@tomayac
@tomayac "winning" is relative. conneg, address permanence, shared interaces, desc. services, etc. all imp. IMO @wsREST @RubenVerborgh @ndw —@mamund
@mamund @wsREST @RubenVerborgh @ndw Well, "winning" quantity-wise. #REST, you (and I mean they) keep using that word… —@tomayac
@tomayac another illustration of the power and problems with focusing on names. @wsREST @RubenVerborgh @ndw —@mamund

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 06:30am

Looking for new Ubuntu laptop (again), dell xps is tempting but seems to have a lot of issues.—@ldodds
@ldodds Dell Precision and one of the Lenovo W's on my list, but haven't committed yet.—@ndw
@ndw thx will have a look—@ldodds