Another Dinosaur

Posted on: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 23:20 By: patrick

Today I learned that besides showing a few grey hairs, there may be other indicators that the years are creeping up on me. I had confidently opened my server's computer case with the intention to add a newly bought SATA hard disk drive to the system. With a gleam of triumph in the eye I connected the drive to the motherboard, using the extra SATA cable that I had remembered to buy along with the drive (hey, I know that the age of IDE has passed, even if some dinosaurs don't!).

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Time for a backup

Posted on: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:00 By: patrick

The following story is probably not very interesting to anyone out there, but it serves as a reminder (at least to myself) why backups are so important. Today I was lucky enough to spot disaster creeping up on me in time, but tomorrow I might be too late...

The whole thing started when my wife told me that "there are a lot of funny error messages on our homepage". "Error messages on our homepage, what do you mean?" I replied, and then pointed my browser at the website to see for myself. This is what I saw:

How to set environment variables for Mac OS X applications

Posted on: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 02:42 By: patrick

Although the typical Mac user, living in the Aqua land of blissful ignorance, usually does not care about environment variables and other such "strange" beasts, it may sometimes become unavoidable having to deal with this stuff from the ninth hell of command line wickedness.

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New site theme

Posted on: Wed, 07 Jan 2009 01:09 By: patrick

I recently upgraded my site to Drupal 6. Unfortunately, I had to abandon my beloved Aqua theme in the process because nobody had ever bothered to rewrite the theme for Drupal 6, and I had not an inkling of how to do it myself.

For the moment, the Sky theme serves as a replacement. Let's see how it stands the trial period...

Structured Procrastination

Posted on: Mon, 08 Dec 2008 13:33 By: patrick

Hilarious, and yet so true, a must read for any serious procrastinator: http://www.structuredprocrastination.com/.

I am going to look over the priorities of my TODO list right away! I should probably make "write captions for old vacation pictures" the top-priority task, whereas "backup my data" needs to be mercilessly demoted to priority 9 :-)

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