Blogging by Pelican

Sun 12 May 2013 by pj Tagged as personal news tools

I stumbled across Pelican and was quite stricken - I've wanted something similar for a long time. So! Since my current blog is an ancient mess, but the content was salvagable (thanks to it all being in text files), I converted them all to Pelican and will maybe start blogging again …

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Transcoding mpeg2 to mp4 with avconv

Tue 22 January 2013 by pj Tagged as linux media

I'm using mediatomb to share my media files across my home LAN, and a friend pointed me at stream-chan which would stream live TV from my HDHomeRun via DLNA. Way cool! Except that the main endpoints in my network are phones and tablets, which are none too happy about trying …

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Fixing APT Corruption

Wed 15 November 2006 by pj Tagged as ancient debian
A debian machine at work had some RAM go bad... in service. Which ended up corrupting something in /var/cache/apt, (I think pkgcache.bin). Which caused apt-get to segfault repeatedly. I had traces like
gettimeofday({1163625872, 123448}, NULL) = 0
gettimeofday({1163625872, 123572}, NULL) = 0
--- SIGSEGV (Segmentation fault) @ 0 (0 …
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War on Terror Jingoism

Thu 21 September 2006 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary politics

A relative forwarded me an email spewing a bunch of jingoistic garbage, and I responded:

Radical Muslims:Islam :: KKK:Christianity

I'm not always an Andrew Sullivan fan, but the letter he reprints vividly demonstrates where attitudes like the below will get us - where they've already gotten us. "Liberty and Justice …

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SWAMI and pyward

Fri 18 March 2005 by pj Tagged as software www
So the other day I went looking for something to manage .htaccess files via a CGI. They're a mild pain to edit manually, so I figured someone had run into this problem before. I was right - but everyone wanted $25ish for their solution. So I decided it couldn't be that … read more

Politics-Oriented Software Development

Tue 01 February 2005 by pj Tagged as ancient humor
Originally found here
By TheophileEscargot
Fri Jan 28th, 2005 at 11:53:03 AM EST

  A brief guide to software development in the real world. Aimed mainly
at new developers: experienced programmers already know most of this.
This guide is for hands-on programmers, not managers.

    Most textbooks …
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Thu 25 March 2004 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary
Reading this entry on Freedom to Tinker about why Fraunhaufer's 'Lightweight DRM' is doomed made me think, 'Yet again, well meaning people are championing ideas long shot down,' and reminded me of Cory Doctorow's form letter for people who think they've solved spam. So I decided to take a first … read more

Winer on Techies

Mon 13 October 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient commentary
I can't believe Dave Winer thinks that this opinion is news.

Business has always been about find a need (ie. a customer's desire) and answering it. However, I think he oversimplifies and doesn't give the techies their due when he says that 'Vision isn't coming from [them]"; customers have needs …

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Photo Album software

Tue 07 October 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient personal news
I'm looking for a CGI to run locally that will turn my current mishmash of digital photos in a nice album. Some features I'd like:
  • the fewer actual CGIs the better
  • no MySQL necessary - it just seems like overkill, not to mention too much fragility
  • automatic generation of thumbnails and …
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LiveJournal enabled

Thu 24 July 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient personal news
Well, I finally caved and got a LiveJournal Account, just so I could comment on other people's stuff. read more