Older blog entries for xach (starting at number 107)

chalst: No it isn't.

Inspired by Google Maps: Taste for the Web

chalst: grep -e "^nameserver *.*.*.*" "$file" probably doesn't do what you think it does.

It seems pretty obvious that techiejunkie is a google spammer seeking juice.

mulix: That guide is a little misleading, since it suggests that methods "belong" to a class. Joe Marshall's CLOS guide has a better overview. Sonja Keene's tutorial book is also very good and provides detailed examples.

I'm selling some Lisp books on eBay. CLtL2 is $70 from Amazon new, at least $30 used. My copy's starting at $5! A good deal, yeah!

13 Jun 2003 (updated 13 Jun 2003 at 21:06 UTC) »

A while ago, I put the Bowie Timeline back online. It had been well-indexed by Google; it usually showed up in the first three or four links for a search for bowie poag or bowie j poag.

Bowie sent me several emails asking me to explain why I put it back online. I declined to explain it to him. He got less and less tactful and more and more demanding, finally writing Quit being a woman. Stop crying and give me an answer. I've been deleting his messages unread since then.

It looks like the page is temporarily missing from the google index; it doesn't show up even when searching for terms that could only turn up that page. He may still be an asshole, but now it's harder to confirm that with a quick google search. Go google!

Anyway, feel free to mirror http://www.xach.com/bjp/ or http://bowiepoag.is.batshitinsane.com/.

Update From looking at Google's removal page, it seems unlikely that the pages are no longer indexed at Bowie's request. Hmm.

Update 2 Looks like it's just a coincidence.

11 Mar 2003 (updated 11 Mar 2003 at 19:40 UTC) »

Been having fun playing with CDROM ioctls. I'm setting up a little burn-tower with three 8x CDRW drives, and I wrote a little program that polls the drive and automatically burns a disc image when a blank disc has been loaded. I got a bunch of CDRW drives for under $20 from ebay. I hope they don't suck.

I've been messing with a little addressbook program in SBCL. SBCL spits out a lot of style complaints by default. I should look up how to quiet it down.

Just did a big upgrade to our Postgres system while moving it to a faster server. There were some gotchas.

  • No longer silently truncates input to table field length (i.e. stuffing 60 characters into a varchar(50) generates an error now)
  • No longer coerces '' to 0 when an integer is expected
  • No longer treats timestamp(N) as producing a date and time matching what Unix's time(N) would; you have to use abstime(N) now

The cool new features are so worth it, though.

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