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HD Domino
A friend sent me this video and I thought it deserved its own post.

HD Domino

Don't you love the sound that they make?
Posted on 18 Feb 2008 by gorlist

The System Administrator Song
This should normally get posted on July 25th (, but I can't wait till then.
Posted on 04 Feb 2008 by gorlist

The Story About Ping

The book description reads:
Since 1933, The Story About Ping has captivated generations of readers, but never before has it been available in a mass-market paperback format. No one can deny the appeal of the book's hero, Ping, the spirited little duck who lives on a boat on the Yangtze River.

Now read the first review:
PING! The magic duck!

Using deft allegory, the authors have provided an insightful and intuitive explanation of one of Unix's most venerable networking utilities. Even more stunning is that they were clearly working with a very early beta of the program, as their book first appeared in 1933, years (decades!) before the operating system and network infrastructure were finalized.

The book describes networking in terms even a child could understand, choosing to anthropomorphize the underlying packet structure. The ping packet is described as a duck, who, with other packets (more ducks), spends a certain period of time on the host machine (the wise-eyed boat). At the same time each day (I suspect this is scheduled under cron), the little packets (ducks) exit the host (boat) by way of a bridge (a bridge). From the bridge, the packets travel onto the internet (here embodied by the Yangtze River).

The title character -- er, packet, is called Ping. Ping meanders around the river before being received by another host (another boat). He spends a brief time on the other boat, but eventually returns to his original host machine (the wise-eyed boat) somewhat the worse for wear.

If you need a good, high-level overview of the ping utility, this is the book. I can't recommend it for most managers, as the technical aspects may be too overwhelming and the basic concepts too daunting.

Problems With This Book

As good as it is, The Story About Ping is not without its faults. There is no index, and though the ping(8) man pages cover the command line options well enough, some review of them seems to be in order. Likewise, in a book solely about Ping, I would have expected a more detailed overview of the ICMP packet structure.

But even with these problems, The Story About Ping has earned a place on my bookshelf, right between Stevens' Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment, and my dog-eared copy of Dante's seminal work on MS Windows, Inferno. Who can read that passage on the Windows API ("Obscure, profound it was, and nebulous, So that by fixing on its depths my sight -- Nothing whatever I discerned therein."), without shaking their head with deep understanding. But I digress.

Posted on 04 Feb 2008 by gorlist

Bill Gates' Last Day
Bill gates gave his last keynote at CES 08, on January 6th.

Look at a different Bill Gates here:

Also, Slash and Bill Gates jammed together to "Welcome to the jungle" at the end of the keynote.

Bill Gates is very funny with his uber geeky attitude (he just stands there holding the guitar).
You can see it here:
Posted on 10 Jan 2008 by gorlist

Pichax (pronounced pic hax) is a new program that converts a picture to colored ASCII codes.
It creates html pages.

I originally wanted to do it in Ruby, but eventually I dropped back to Perl again.

You can find it under the projects section.
Posted on 20 Dec 2007 by gorlist

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