Building simplicidade.org: notes, projects, and ocasional rants

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cfengine articles

cfengine is a great tool to manage servers. I’m starting to use it with my personal servers and at work. O’Reilly ONLamp.com site has two articles on it. The last one shows a very nice setup for starting your own config: Distributed Cfengine by Luke A. Kanies -- Automation is the most important skill an administrator can develop. Cfengine is great at automation and even supports distributed automation. Luke A. Kanies demonstrates how to distribute Cfengine rules to multiple machines.

Kiwi and Trac

From the Trac homepage: Trac is a minimalistic web-based software project management and bug/issue tracking system. It provides an interface to revision control systems (Subversion), an integrated Wiki and convenient report facilities. It has some great features, and although I don’t use yet, I’m thinking on trying it out. The biggest problem is it’s Subversion dependence. I’ll have to see if I can make it use arch instead. The idea is to get to know trac, so that I can make sure Kiwi will be able to be extended to support it or a variation of it.

It's a perfect day

8:30 wake up, feed António for the third time since midnight 9:15 take Ginger into the garden, throw the ball a couple of times 9:30 leave for the office, make small detour to coffee shop for breakfast 9:45 work: mostly cfengine stuff, trial and error 13:30 home for lunch. Play a bit more with Ginger to calm her down 14:30 back at the office again, cfengine getting much better and saves a lot of time 19:30 home.

Garfield: the new designer drug

António is going to be three months old next week. Sometimes he is pissed about something and starts yelling at the make-father-go-beserk-pitch. But, my wife found the perfect drug to keep him quiet: Garfield! Yes, Garfield is the new designer drug to make kids (well, at least our kid) quiet. You wouldn’t believe it. It’s magic. Show him a nice print out of a Garfield poster and he stops yelling almost immediately.

%&#$%#$% typekey docs

Ok, maybe I’m not the smartest person in the World, but, when I read in the Account Preferences page of Typekey that to use it you must Enter the weblog addresses (URLs) into the fields to the left of this text, of course I put http://www.simplicidade.org/notes/…. Well, you are having the same problem as I am, please use the URL of your Movable Type installation, the URL where mt.cgi is located.

Tanenbaum comments about the idiotic Alexis de Tocqueville Institution report is an excellent read, and includes some precious comments worth quoting: Thus, of course, Linus didn't sit down in a vacuum and suddenly type in the Linux source code. He had my book, was running MINIX, and undoubtedly knew the history (since it is in my book). But the code was his. The proof of this is that he messed the design up.

Tanenbaum comments about the idiotic Alexis de Tocqueville Institution report is an excellent read, and includes some precious comments worth quoting: Thus, of course, Linus didn't sit down in a vacuum and suddenly type in the Linux source code. He had my book, was running MINIX, and undoubtedly knew the history (since it is in my book). But the code was his. The proof of this is that he messed the design up.

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I removed this content because it talked about software that is still in beta. I was not aware of any confidentiality clauses associated with the beta testing. If I where I would not post information regarding it. I like the software this developer is doing, I’m a paying customer, and I intend to keep paying him for future versions. My intent was only to give some personal opinions about the software.

Safari Bookshelf

I signed up the Safari Bookshelf 14 days free promotion. I wanted to signup for a long time now, but never did it, for some reason or another. Anyway, I saw some reference today to the bookshelf somewhere (I think it was a use.perl journal), and just did it. I mean, talk about impulse buying rss-triggered… I must cut back on (sp|f)eeds…