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geek haiku #5

April 5th, 2008

embedded coding?
lovely eval board hardware.
open the source, please!

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Random City Stuff…

April 1st, 2008

I’ve been working downtown for a few months now. I’m trying to take advantage of that fact and snap photos of interesting/weird/silly things I see here. I’m usually using the craptacular camera in my phone, the horrendously named “KRAZR”. Anyway, here are some shots of things I’ve found recently…

chewie.jpg
’nuff said.

mamouns.jpg
Mamoun’s has the best falafel I’ve ever had. Not that I’m some kind of falafel connoisseur, but I do like falafel, and Mamoun’s delivers. $2.50 for a pita, $5 for a plate. Awesome! This one is on St. Marks between 2nd & 3rd.

pauls.jpg
I went here with G$ the other week, and returned the week after with my boss. Great burgers. They’ll stop your heart. This is on 2nd Ave, right around the corner from Mamoun’s

iTunes Nirvana…

March 26th, 2008

So, I recently added a NAS to the network. I also added a new Mac mini. My goal was to have all the media stored on the NAS and shared it out to all the computers on the network. Since iTunes allows you to share your library, and the ReadyNAS has an iTunes server built-in, I thought this would be a piece of cake.

However, there were a few hiccups that delayed my achieving iTunes Nirvana:

  • You can’t create playlists from iTunes shared libraries
  • FrontRow doesn’t show artwork for items on shared libraries
  • You can’t sync your iPod to a shared library

Clearly, these limitations make the shared library approach less than ideal.

“Ok”, I thought. “I’ll simply point iTunes to the shared volume where the music and the library file reside.”

This didn’t seem to work. No music appeared in the iTunes browser window. After trying several permutations of this arrangement, I gave up.

My last thought was to make a soft link, or “alias” in Mac parlance, to the shared folder and name the alias “iTunes”. I deleted the “iTunes” folder in my home directory, “~/Music/iTunes”, and created the alias there.

The alias points to a mounted shared volume from the NAS

To my surprise, this worked (I really didn’t think it would). The only painful part is that you may have to rebuild your library, losing ratings, etc. However, all the limitations of the shared library are now gone.

I did encounter some issues where iTunes reported a corrupt library file, but I think it was due to my stopping the “importing library” process when I first started iTunes after making the library change (it was late and the import was taking a really, really long time). I also had to “consolidate library” to get some of the content that was local to one of the computers. Another issue I encountered was that startup of iTunes was slow. No biggie. I think the benefit of the remote library outweighs the performance issue. Speaking of performance, the final issue I uncovered was that FrontRow seemed to experience weirdness if iTunes is open. It claimed that there was no content in the library. I quit iTunes, and FrontRow was happy. This may have been due to the delay incurred by the network communication, but it seemed to be related to iTunes being open.
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UPDATE: I continued experiencing the weirdness where iTunes on the mini would report a corrupted Library file, and recreate the Library from the Library.XML file (very time-consuming). I suspected this was due to something that the iTunes Helper application was doing. To test this hypothesis, I disabled the helper by selecting (in iTunes) Preferences->Syncing->”Disable automatic syncing for all iPhones and iPods”.

Disable auto-syncing to prevent file sharing violations resulting in Library rebuilds

I think it should be OK to have this enabled on one machine, but I haven’t tested that out. For me, manually syncing my iPod isn’t a big deal.

Also note that you should select “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library”. Sine your Music folder is on the network now, you’ll want all your content going there.

Be sure to keep all your files in the same place

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“Jamcracker? Ewwwww”

March 25th, 2008

My boss forwarded this article about the naming industry (those of you who weathered the dotcom bubble/bust should have just experienced a slight chill).

The article begins as a serious exposition on said industry. Slowly, the reader realizes that the serious treatment was given to set the industry up for mockery. It is definitely worth the read.

At one point, a naming company is caught off-guard when representatives of a client recoil in disgust with the name they’ve been presented, “Jamcracker”.

“There were a couple of women sitting in. One of them got up and said, ‘Oh, that’s disgusting.’ Another said, ‘This is really sick.’ I said, ‘Excuse me, what are you talking about?’ They said, ‘We can’t explain it, but that name is just creeping us out. We don’t know what it is, but could you take it off the wall, please?’” Manning remains mystified by the incident. “There’s apparently some strange, uncomfortable meaning attached to it in the minds of some women,” he says. “God knows what that could be.”

As we discussed the article, we came up with a name for the reaction to the name, “Jamcracker”. We decided to coin the term: “The Jamcracker Effect”. Here, we define “The Jamcracker Effect” as:

the situation wherein a concept is considered distasteful based on the sound of its name, despite the non-distasteful nature of any individual components of the name.

Some examples of the Jamcracker Effect might be:

  • “Meat Waffle”
  • “Street Chicken”

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geek haiku #4

March 18th, 2008

functions, template files,
drupal themes have many paths
usernode a wash

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geek haiku #3

February 26th, 2008

RPM : Madness
nine dependencies unmet
penguin’s tears : Spring rain

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geek haiku #2

February 23rd, 2008

the click of the mouse
in an instant, new domains
free time melts like snow
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geek haiku #1

February 14th, 2008

I’ve decided to try something new. Geek Haiku or “geeku”. I’m going to try for 1 per week, and in the future more. It’s an exercise in writing and trying to crystallize my thoughts.

cacti is set up
many php errors
timesheet is barren

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beyond my imaginings…

January 15th, 2008

I am blessed beyond anything I could have ever imagined for my life. She is the most caring, loving, witty, charming, funny, beautiful, and all-around amazing woman in the world. All I have to do is think of her and my sadness is cheered. A2C, I love you!
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Hey, free wi-fi!

January 9th, 2008

I think this place speaks for itself…
5 shots of anything $10