3 Nov 2000
(updated 11 Feb 2001 at 16:57 UTC) »
I've been neglecting my journal. I
haven't written in my personal journal in many months
either. Marisa was bugging me about not updating this, so
here we are. Hi Marisa!
Hm, not much going on with LNXS. Been bored with it
lately. I'll get back to it sooner or later. I managed to
set a small subset of the system working. It doesn't boot,
but you can chroot in and do some shell stuff. I had to
cheat, though--I move the build tree into the pseudo-root,
chrooted in, and installed that way. Got around lousy
Makefiles that don't support DESTDIR. No one else seemed
much interested in it either. I've considered throwing in
the towel and installing NetBSD.
Hm, not much going on at WireX either. Just
same-old-same-old sys admin stuff. Finally managed to
upgrade the web/mail server to ImmunixOS 6.2--it was 5.2 for
a long time, because it is co-located way in the middle of
It's starting to rain in Portland, as usual for this
of year. I've been paying too much attention to politics,
too. That always seems to frustrate me.
My girlfriend has also been keeping a journal, so if
want to see what the other side of my life is like, it's at
I've been learning Python lately, too. Reading
Learning Python--it's very good. I wrote my first
useful program last weekend (or was it the weekend before
that?), which generates usernames by randomly selecting
words from the system dictionary, and generates random
passwords, and runs htpasswd.
I just finished Zoo Station, by Ian Walker. The
author is a British journalist who spent quite a bit of time
going between East and West Berlin, and the book is about
the people he knows and contrasting cultures, divided by a
wall and about 50 years. Both East and West are portrayed
in a way that seems fairly honest, or perhaps, favoring the
East a bit. The author's writing was not bad--it was quite
correct but also lacked character. Nontheless, I enjoyed
the book because I find the subject interesting.
The other book in my bag is Bertrand
written by A. J. Ayer, the author is Language, Truth, and
Logic (which I have not read). This is a biography of
Bertie by another of the most eminent modern philosophers.
I am at a slow part because he's explaining Russell's work
in logic, which, even though written for a layman, can be
Well, this is enough of a post for one day.