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"...the illusions of nationalism allowed the underlying population to believe that the common good was bound up with the business advantage of these captains of solvency into whose service the national establishment was gradually drawn ... Uncritical devotion to the national pretensions being a meritorious habit, it is also a useful article of camouflage, a shelter for gainful enterprises and transactions which might otherwise be open to doubt, a means of avoiding unfavorable notice and of procuring a profitable line of goodwill." - Thorstein Veblen

Internet Update

So just to keep a running history of this stuff really, I ditched Sonic a couple of months ago for Comcast "Business" internet service. I already get cable tv from them, four cablecards that have been miraculously trouble-free (knock on wood). So adding 12mbps internet service and voice turned out to be cheaper than the DSL from Sonic and POTS from AT&T. I keep the pots line because I am old and afraid of the end of the world, and also because I am nutty enough to run Nagios and Qpage at home. So by saving $20/mo I get to basically depend on Comcast for every communication channel not controlled by AT&T. Yay. Anyway, here is the magic numbers. I didn't even bother getting off wireless so its probably a bit low but at this point who cares?

Of course, at work, I just turned up a gigabit metro ethernet point to point; but running another one to the house would probably run a few kilobucks too much.

Cleaning up Redhat/Fedora

So I discovered that 'yum erase avahi' removes a stupendous list of complete garbage from a fresh install easily. There are a few packages that somehow are dependencies that are collateral damage that you'll probably want to reinstall immediately afterwards.

yum install redhat-lsb samba vlc-core vlc-devel ntop barry ImageMagick ImageMagick-devel
(if you want to make your life easier, the only one you really need is redhat-lsb.)

Of course yum drags along a ton of moronic dependencies (44 of them!) so at this point, if you care, its time to break out the sledgehammer. I took the output of listed dependencies and shoved it through sed, etc to come up with a list to pass to rpm erase --nodeps.

Removing the garbage netted me a gig, 1/8th of the install footprint.

Dear Apple iTunes people.

1. You made the laptop computer.
2. You made the OS running on the laptop computer.
3. You made the iTunes program running on the OS on the laptop computer.
4. You made the iPod.
5. You made the OS running on the iPod.
6. You even made the frigging dock cable plugging the iPod into the computer.

Thu Sep 10 22:51:05 ernie \[0x0-0x1d01d\].com.apple.iTunes[309] : Child process initialized.
Thu Sep 10 22:51:13 ernie AppleMobileBackup[326] : BackupAgent starting up...
Thu Sep 10 22:51:13 ernie \[0x0-0x1d01d\].com.apple.iTunes[309] : Child process initialized.
Thu Sep 10 22:51:13 ernie \[0x0-0x1d01d\].com.apple.iTunes[309] : 2009-09-10 22:51:13.395 AppleMobileBackup\[326:903\] BackupAgent starting up...
Thu Sep 10 23:00:15 ernie com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[131] (com.apple.AddressBook.abd) : The following job tried to hijack the service "com.apple.AddressBook.abd" from this job: \[0x0-0x20020\].com.apple.AddressBook.abd
Thu Sep 10 23:00:18 ernie PreferenceSyncClient[338] : Error: Can't get session for client com.apple.PreferenceSync, bailing
Thu Sep 10 23:00:36 ernie SyncServer[342] : \[110ed0\] |SyncManager|Warning| removing client com.apple.Mail.Notes from plan because I couldn't send it a sync alert
Thu Sep 10 23:05:17 ernie \[0x0-0x1d01d\].com.apple.iTunes[309] : Child process initialized.

How the fuck could you ever pretend this crap is appropriate to ship to your paying customers? This shit is fucking ridiculous.


PS: I don't think that object instance has a string repr method or whatever you call it in your crazy Objective C.



[EDIT: As is often the case, the malfunction occurred much closer to home. Turns out (as I had sort of suspected) that I signed up for service on their site myself; so I could contribute to the EFF. Razoo are great people and tried very hard to help me figure out how my account was created.]

So a couple of days ago, I got an email from Razoo encouraging me to add information to my user profile there. It was sent to an email address that I only use for LiveJournal, and the username is my lj username. I sent their support address an email asking how this account was created, and they gladly sent back useless information: my username and email address (which I already knew), and also that the account was created in December of last year.

Anyone else gotten spam from these guys? I suspect that they are just scraping lj accounts and adding them as "users" on their site.

i made a new userpic

Choco taco.

Speakeasy vs. Sonic DSL

So I recently made a change from Speakeasy over to Sonic.net. It was a little sad for me, since Speakeasy overall had been very good to me for the last four years. Their network performed well, and their customer service was friendly, helpful, and generally very clueful.

The problem was that over the last 4 years, technology has made its inexorable march forward. Sonic is now offering ADSL2+ (plus!) where Speakeasy, the last time I checked, had no plans to offer it. The difference between my Speakeasy ADSL and Sonic's ADSL2+ was all about speed:

Speakeasy: 3mbps down, 768k up, three static IP addresses: $95.30/mo

Sonic: 10mbps down, 1mbps up, 8 static IP addresses: $90/mo

The observant may note that I am not getting the full 10mbps from Sonic. That's because I am about 9500 feet from my CO. I am surprised that I'm managing to get 6.7mbps, to be honest. They do have a 6/1 service tier for $70/mo, but I am far too greedy to leave 700kbps on the table. (edit: now that I think about it, a 30 percent premium for a 10 percent speed increase is sort of a bummer. Will have to think about that.)

Sucks to say goodbye to Speakeasy, but I did try to call and ask if they could offer a more competitive price before ordering Sonic- they had me on hold for 30 minutes before I gave up.



always there
a constant reminder


gg apple

gg apple, originally uploaded by bizzyunderscore.

Another in my continuing series, Apple Fail.

You Rock The Deuce

You Rock The Deuce, originally uploaded by bizzyunderscore.

Srsly. I've never seen anyone take a crap like you do!