Archive for June, 2007

Desktop Search, Forth and Extreme Programming

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The books on forth (especially thinking forth) mentioned in this post in lambda the ultimate about forth talk about stuff like iterative development, mixing design and implementation, don’t be afraid to start from scratch, start with a simple implementation, and they are about 20 years old!

Looking for a desktop search tool for my home directory but using ssh to access that computer, I have a page for the effort here, trying tracker right now.

Sean is a Genious

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

“Free Your Phone” February 2007

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OpenMoko, for anyone who hasn’t heard, is the next big thing in mobile phones. Or maybe the next next big thing. Anyway it’s my next phone. Recap of the above marketing talk: open phone leads to ubiquitous computing, and Sean is a god. And they can make money from it. But *I* can call everybody automatically and annoy them until hell freezes over, or they find some way to block me! Only minus is that there is no keyboard. A OpenMokoZaurus would have been too much to ask for I guess..

And about getting it – it should be available for 300$ or 450$ if you want the developer package (wonder if you can update the kernel with the 300$ kit?) – see the latest announcement

raindrops keep falling on my head

Monday, June 25th, 2007

The blog. I haven’t really considered the implications of this, but since this is a prewritten first entry, I probably never will.

Why am I writing this? I’ve been using a wiki for more then a year, and despite it being a very good place to store junk, it is not so good at linearizing thought. So using a real blog, will it have any better results? I’m not sure. But it has so much fewer points of entry, that may be a boon.

If I want anyone to actually read it it better contain some useful information.

I’m calling this “raindrops keep falling on my head” since I couldn’t find anything containing “webdrops” or “googledrops” or whatever, but you get the gist.

Of todays drops:
* rasterman – the man behind e17. He’s 28, like me!
* sage – first it is a web accessible python interpreter, so that’s something off the todo list, but other then that it is a very nice CAS. I’m trying to get it to do voronoi diagrams (but first I need a working python based implementation, or wrapping an existing c one, like fortune’s or Tess).
* TexMacs – this too has a python plugin which makes it very nice as well.

Plotting with TexMacs looks like this:
from math import pi
from pyx import *

basically just like plotting with pyx, but you use ps_out.

with sage:
g=sum(sum([[line([m[i],m[j]]) for i in xrange(j+1,len(m))] for j in xrange(0,len(m)-1)],[]))

0th post!

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Notes on installation – see

* gentoo install of webapp
* edit wp-config.php file with name of db, name of user, password (use a specific name if you have multiple installs on the same server)
* use mysql or whatever to actually create the db and grant privileges to the named user with named password
* shouldn’t need to restart apache, but maybe?
* point browser to directory, follow install instructions.

Here you are!