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Voiding your iPod waranty

I just throw away my first generation iPod warranty. I installed a NewerTech battery, the 2100mha kind. So far it’s looking good. I’ll have to test it in the next couple of days, but the battery came with a little charge and I could listen to my music again. This is still a 10Gb model, but it’s enough for me for now. And it prevents me from buying a newer model.

Evaluating source control systems

Which source control system do you use? In a open-source world the usual suspect is CVS. For some years now, CVS has been showing it’s age, so a bunch of replacements have appeared: Subversion, Arch, Darcs, to name just a few. I still use CVS daily, with large projects, and I know it well. Well enough to get around most of the limitations it has. But I have decided to switch systems some time ago.

RPC and Perl

During the last couple of years, the idea of a simple to use RPC system for Perl has been on my mind. I’ve done several designs, mostly focused in object oriented perl, but never did one I really like. It’s been a challenge that I pick up whenever I can. Today, Ricardo pointed me to mod_perlservice, a very simple RPC system for Perl. I’m still looking into it, it seems to be function-oriented, not object-oriented, but it also seems extremely simple to use.

Good old hunter's package

Thanks to The Register for making me laugh at the end of a loooong day at work: Agents searched Dugan’s home and found an AK-47, a loaded rifle, a loaded shotgun, two handguns and 1800 rounds of ammunition. In Texas, that’s known as “the weekend hunter’s package.” See the whole article.

Loose yourself

First, let me just say this, as an advice: give your credit card to a trusted friend before entering any of these sites. Trust me. Done that? Good. Now enjoy: * Boys Toys * I want one of those * Gadgets It’s really nice to buy some christmas presents, though.

Jumping into the fire

Well, this is what I call a bad move, like jumping from the pan into the fire. You just can’t win.

Color Blind

Color me beautifull. It has a happy ending: the perl guy gets rich and famous.

I need a G5

So finally a reason to buy a G5, at least a good one. It seems I can wait until February 2005, but it’s a fact of life now.

Snowcrash, Audible style

Speaking of Audible, I’m in the last 4 hours of Snow Crash, the 16 Hour unabridged Audible version (sorry, no direct link, Audible site sucks big time). So far is clearly the best audio book of my collection, in part because of the story, but also because the narrator, Jonathan Davis, creates a truly amazing atmosphere. I tried to read a paperback edition some years ago, but I was not in the correct frame of mind possibly, I gave up.

iTunes statistics

This is interesting for me. For the first time, my entire iTunes library does not fit into my 10Gb first generation iPod. I know have 10,03 Gb of stuff, a total of 21 days, 15 hours of stuff. Of those, I have 3,44 Gb of audiobooks, a mix of Audible, IT Conversations, and past Your Mac Life shows. Also 550Mb of iTMS stuff already. Must… not… click… buy…