Archive for the ‘Meta’ Category

Me and My iPad

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

I’ve got a bunch of posts queued up that are almost ready for publishing, but I thought I’d toss this out there, since I’m using it now to type this post.

I preordered an iPad, with the excuse of needing it for work, but we all know I would have gotten it anyway. I’m already impressed just by the apps people developed without even having access to the device. I’ve been watching movies on Netflix, sketching with Adobe Ideas, and now writing this. Typing is nice, even if there’s no Dvorak layout on the thing.

I’m surprised that there still seems the be no keychain syncing — I’m still typing in passwords to everything I’ve already got stored on my Macs and iPhone. And the lack of third-party multitasking is more frustrating here than on the iPhone, but still not that bad — and thankfully it’s training developers to write applications that don’t lose data when they crash, and that can remember what you were doing when you quit.

With any luck, this will cut down on me dragging my laptop around everywhere. There are no dev tools on here (of course), but a decent VNC client might make that moot. Maybe I’ll even manage to post here a bit more often …

Boston Lisp Meeting

Monday, February 25th, 2008

It\’s been about four months since I last posted, which is really unacceptable. I feel like I have to jump on the bandwagon with this announcement, though, and maybe it\’ll get me back on track.

Next Monday (3 March 2008), is the inaugural Boston Lisp Meeting. Judging by talk around the office and in the community at large, it sounds like it\’ll be well-attended. If you know any lispers, send them along. If you want to get to know some, come along yourself.

Excuse our mess

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

I just mostly-finished moving my blog to a new hosting company. There are still plenty of broken bits, but at least we\’re up-and-running. Hopefully I\’ll get the rest ironed out over the next few days.

Say \”No\” to Comment Spam

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

I think I got rid of comment spam. We\’ll see. I had hundreds of thousands of them just sitting in the database. I made two simple changes. The first was adding a simple required checkbox in the comment form. This might not be enough, I don\’t know. If it\’s not, I can change it to a text box that requires specific text or something, but the checkbox is simpler for the user, so I want to see if that suffices.

The other change I\’m less happy about. I turned off trackbacks for now. I\’ll have to get those back on, but it\’ll probably be a while. Basically, my site runs off of WordPress -2.0 or something. None of the modern spam removing stuff works on it. I should upgrade at some point, but meh.

Anyway, this means that comments will probably appear on the site in a more timely fashion. I\’m still moderating them, but with the spam gone I won\’t be ignoring them anymore. Also, if this actually turns out to work, I\’ll get rid of the moderation.

Lacking Latex

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I tried to set up a plugin today that would allow me to embed Latex[1] equations in my posts, but to no avail. My hosting company doesn\’t have latex installed. I need to get this blog (and the rest of my data) moved to my other space, then get the DNS transferred, but I\’m really just too lazy.

Also, today is the second time I\’ve failed to receive any email in my account. That\’s really not ok.

[1] I don\’t write LaTeX because I don\’t have the ability (lacking Latex) to reproduce the logotype correctly and because gratutituous capitalization in general is anathema to me.

Comments are Back

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

I installed some spam filter for my comments, one that doesn\’t use CAPTCHA, which means it also works on trackbacks; my favorite kind of comment.

Most of the spam are being filtered out right now, it seems. Much better than the hundreds I used to get each day, in any case. The last few posts also have comments enabled again, so please, comment and trackback away.

Selling out all over again

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Look to the right ? that\’s right, AdSense. Feel free to click your way into my wallet. I don\’t have any traffic here, but I figure no sense wasting this prime real estate. We\’ll see if it stays. I don\’t see why not. I consider it pretty unintrusive, and those pennies add up … or so I hope. Maybe also motivation to do more with this blog.

Shut up!

Monday, August 1st, 2005

So, I\’m turning off comments. Considering I get a worse than 1:5000 signal-to-noise ratio, it just wasn\’t worth my time moderating. I\’m also in the process of moving things to new software (cl-blog, written by Brian Mastenbrook), so I want to keep down the amount of content that I need to port.

I figure I should be using the Lisp tools if I want to actually bother hacking on them. One of the first things I\’ll need to add is Markdown …

Wiki Wild Wild Web

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

So, my wiki is now online. That means some of the WikiWords in previous posts now work. I think most still don\’t. Slowly but surely, I\’m getting the Web thing together … it\’s only taken me a decade thus far.

MetaBlogging and HyperSpec

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

I wrote this one as I waited for the bus this morning. I mean, of course it\’s not very difficult to do a simple text transformation, but I\’m pretty surprised at the ease of writing WordPress plug-ins. And of course, it\’s only 90% done … there\’s still 90% to go. The 90% that would prevent other people who try to use it from hating me. I\’m never very good at that part. I\’m an itch-scratcher more than anything. Once my itch is scratched, I don\’t really think about scratching everyone else\’s so much.

Some of this works, like

sh: /home/pfeilgm/bin/enscript: No such file or directory

and now I can talk about DESTRUCTURING-BIND and even *FEATURES* — giving everyone some context, but there are plenty of HyperSpec pages that contain multiple definitions, like ECASE , which don\’t work yet. Also, I have to indicate whether it\’s a function, variable or macro … another reason that SchemeLanguage still calls out to me.

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Blikied!

Monday, April 4th, 2005

Wow, that was easy. I\’ve now got C2:WikiNames working in my blog (or should I say, bliki). Took maybe 20 minutes to write the whole thing, and that includes the time spent forgetting that backspace acts like delete on my host.

Yeah, I know I don\’t have it pointing at an actual wiki yet. I\’ll get to it. At least I can C2:InterWiki really easily now. It marks them up like:

sh: /home/pfeilgm/bin/enscript: No such file or directory

Oh yeah, I also installed a syntax highlighting plugin while I was looking for a C2:WikiNames plugin. I\’m being super-productive tonight.

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Wiki Wiki Bo-Bliki

Monday, April 4th, 2005

I might turn my blog into more of a Martin Fowler-esque Bliki. I don\’t plan to take it quite as far as him, though. Mainly, I want my blog to easily link into my (and others\’) wiki. Sure, I can do this now, but it\’s a pain. Typing LispLanguage or WardsWiki:SocialProblemsOfLisp should be enough to create a link into the wiki. And the wiki should be able to link back to blog entries (this part is really simple, as I can just make the blog URL some other InterWiki link).

The easy question is: should I write a WordPress plug-in now (or probably just download one), or move to a different blog before putting it together? I\’m pretty damned lazy when it comes to admin-style stuff. I\’m likely to just leave things as they are and find a plug-in. The harder question is: what\’s the point?

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Making an Effort

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

I\’m going to try to update this blog more frequently. I usually let, what, a month between posts? Yeah, that sucks. I\’m going to worry less about having some coherent thought to share (yeah, I know — like that was stopping me) and just keep writing. That\’s why I\’m doing this in the first place, just to write more.

Maybe someday there will even be people who read my blog. But I won\’t get my hopes up.

Valent Articles

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

I had written a number of articles that were intended to be published on the eventual Web site of Valent Solutions (a company that a friend and I started almost two years ago). The content-management part of the site never came together and so I figured I might post those articles up here from time to time.

Considering I don\’t seem to have much article-writing time since starting at Amazon, it will at least allow me to make some decent-lengthed posts.

Unlike this one …

Practice Makes Perfect

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Another benefit of this blog thing is that it exercises my writing chops. Technically, I write well. However, I find that I frequently don\’t communicate well in my writing. It\’s frustrating, because I often agonize over it to the point where it prevents me from writing anything.

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Markdown Rocks

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

When I started poking around WordPress\’ features, I saw that there was a Markdown plugin. I turned it on, and now I\’m speedily typing these blog posts using the better-than-Wiki markup.

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Birth of a Blog

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

This is it. I\’ve finally broken down and put up my first real blog. For a while, I was going to write my own software for it, but then I realized that I\’d never get around to it. I\’ve got too many other projects going on. This might not be a seamless connection to some greater content-management system, but I don\’t really have that much content to manage in the first place.

I\’m gonna try to keep this site from being boring, and I\’m going to try to update it regularly. We\’ll see how that goes.