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Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year, One and All

2006 was a good year for me and mine, in many ways.

To all of my family near and far, to my ecclesia here and worldwide, to all of my friends new and old, close or distant:

Happy
New Year!

Hoping 2007 will be even better, for all of us...

Monday, June 6, 2005

Almost The Ultimate in Geek Home Appliances

Steve Ivy comes back from the brink of defunctitude with a post about -- of all things -- a vaccuum cleaner. They bought a Dyson! Yes, I'm a tiny bit jealous. Our aging Hoover sucks in the way that his new Dyson does not.

This vaccuum SUCKS. And I mean that in the best possible way. It's pretty quiet, the thing is engineered to the hilt (execpt for one removable peice that I'm still scratching my head over - "why is that removable?") and it handled pretty much everything I threw at it, including the two cat-hair covered IKEA PoƤng armchairs that Jake and Lucy sleep on all day long.

Before I was done vaccuuming the house, I had to empty the bin several times from all the dust, dirt, and cat-hair the Dyson sucked out of my recently-vaccuumed carpets. It also does bare floors better than a broom, and (using the included low-reach tool) gets under furniture with a mere 2.5″ of clearance.

Yes, I'm hyperventilating over a vaccuum cleaner, it's that good. And heck, it's a toy that both a geek and a house-wife can love!

I told him I'd rather have a Dynson Sphere than the vaccuum. Wasn't sure if he'd get the reference (sorry for doubting your geekiness, Steve). He got it, and said I could 'make do' with the Dyson Ball.

I knew about the ball, I've seen the ad. If they had called it the Dyson Sphere, though, every geek on the planet would have sold one of their arms to buy one. What were they thinking!? :-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Numa Numa: Is that Steve Ivy?!?

Anybody else think the first "flashed photo" in the original version of the Numa Numa Dance looks oddly like Steve Ivy in a light blue shirt? Hmm.

I love that little movie! The, uh, "dancer" is hilarious (and not untalented at lip sync), and the music is great. Anybody know the name of the band?

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Steve's Chain Gang for Processing Log Files

Steve Ivy has created and documented a Linux-based log-file processing system for use with Conversant sites.

The short version:

  1. Conversant mails his log files to him over night
  2. cron tells fetchmail to retrieve the messages with the logfile attachments
  3. Procmail sorts the mail (he receives log files for more than one site)
  4. A python script pulls the attachment out of the email
  5. cron runs analog to process the log files

Nice job, Steve!

My own system is much simpler, but not so automated. (I'm not that worried about my stats most of the time, except on recent posts like last night's mostly ignore essay on software.) My regular mail client downloads the log-email with all my other email, then I select them and run a script to extract the log files to separate folders for each site. If I feel like looking at the stats for any of the sites I run Analog manually, though lately I haven't been bothering (the logs will be there later if I ever need to take a look).

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Steve's Magic Calendar, With Channels

Steve's rolled out a modified version of his new weblog calendar, now on his live weblog, and it looks very good.

I'm quite pleased with the fact that his weblog channels all take advantage of his new features without him having to do any extra work. In fact, when I mentioned it to him, he didn't even know because he hadn't checked!

This really is a very cool way to do weblogs. Not even close to done yet, but it's clearly usable... maybe I'll try to finish a few things in it this weekend and then call it soup. The missing stuff can be added later... (Or maybe not. I have more important work to do.)


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