Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
I've just stumbled across a recording of Paul Graham's OSCON keynote speech. Paul's talk was one of the more interesting, and possibly the most controversial, I attended during OSCON, and after sitting through it both Frossie and myself went out and bought a copy of Paul's new book Hackers & Painters. I kept it for the trip home and despite taking the red-eye all the way back, which normally leaves me a useless pile of quivering jelly, I'd finished it well before I landed in Heathrow. It's packed full of interesting stuff and I thoroughly recommend it, an excellent book.
|Hackers & Painters: Essays on the Art of Programming|
by Paul Graham, ISBN 0596006624, 225 pages, £11.16
Eric S. Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, writes in the foreword to Hackers & Painters: "Paul's writing is, as you'll soon learn from the rest of this book, wonderfully lucid stuff. Reading Paul's essays is like having a conversation with a genius who doesn't need to score any points by proving it to you, except that most geniuses aren't as articulate as he is. You get to share Paul's sense that the Universe is a fascinating place, and his knack for looking at it from an unusual angle."
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
I wanted a custom card, something with the eSTAR logo on it rather than a standard stock logo. In the end I bought from a company I found using Google AdWords called cardsmadeeasy.com. I guess I could have tramped down into the city and found myself a print shop, but I really couldn't be bothered.
Their site let me design my own card, including uploading my own logo. In the end I had the eSTAR logo and my contact details on one side, with my GPG key fingerprint on the other side. While I had a few inital teething problems with their java applet used to design the card, looks like my Mac's Java distribution may be missing a few fonts, everything else went reasonably smoothly. I was moderately impressed, of course, I haven't actually got the cards yet...
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Friday, August 06, 2004
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
I got stacked and racked over Washington Dulles for an hour before being allowed to land. I got lucky, most of the planes in front of us in the stack had to divert to Reagan which would have been bad as there aren't any international flights out of Reagan. If I'd gotten diverted I'd would have had to overnight in D.C. unless I could have persuaded someone there to put me on a plane to Chicago or another major United hub.
Needless to say once I was on the ground, in an airport that had been more or less closed for four hours due to weather, things didn't really improve. On the other hand, I eventually made it out and onto a plane and got back into the UK only a couple of hours late, so it could have been worse.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Despite the excellent integrated public transport system I decided to walk. Portland, like alot of major US cities, is laid out on a grid system so it should have been impossible to get lost, especially with the walking map of Portland in my possession.
The MAX, Portland's light rail system
Since I'd only managed to get to one of the seven Powell's stores yesterday, I was going to made their technical book store my first port of call. The technical book store is about two blocks from the main Powell's store and houses more than 80,000 volumes, all about computers. It's enough to make a good geek teary eyed...
Powell's Technical Books
Escaping after only a short while, with only a few books to weigh me down, I set about the purchase of various other items eventually succeeding in fufilling the expedition goals, although not without several hours passing...
Portland's China Town
...and getting lost. Well, not exactly lost, more misplaced. Somehow, I'd managed to get myself twisted around so that for about half and hour I thought the cross-streets were the verticals and the verticals were the cross-streets. On the up side, this did mean I got to visit China Town which wasn't something I was planning on.