April 30, 2002
April 26, 2002
I stopped using Macs when I left University. Over the past few years I've occasionally considered taking up the single button mouse again but was initially put off by the operating system (what no multi-tasking?). Now that OSX is here I actually went as far as to peruse Apple Australia's web site earlier this year. Which is where the trouble starts.
Essentially, to run BSD with a cool gui front end the nice people from Apple want to charge me double what I would have to pay for a commodity Wintel PC. Woops, that one isn't going to get past the financial committee.
April 23, 2002
Spotted on /., a link to this article about the closure of the AT&T labs in Cambridge. A sad day for all of us.
I've worked for large IT companies and seen their idea of research and development - essentially any commercial development - and this is not it, this is actual R and D and its a shame to see one of the best proponents of the art has to close. The world needs research labs like this but I can't see any organisation with enough guts to fund them at the moment, more is the pity.
April 20, 2002
Dual Booting Traumas
I've spent the past day or so searching the web, courtesy of Google for a way to tell my laptop that the hardware clock is in local time and not UTC. I didn't get a lot of luck, apart from the interesting information in the clock mini-howto.
But, if you dual boot your machine with Windows and Linux (Debian) I have the answer to your prayers. By default Linux assumes that your hardware clock is in UTC but Windows throws a hissy fit if it is in anything but local time. The solution? Tell Linux that your clock is in local time.
Under Linux this is done by issuing hwclock --localtime followed by hwclock --systohc. On Debian, the easy way to achieve this is to edit the file /etc/default/rcS. Change the line which reads "UTC=yes" to "UTC=no". Reboot and Bob is your Aunties live in lover.
April 19, 2002
I don't normally do one of those pointer type blogs. You know, the ones where Dave finds something he thinks is interesting and the links to it with a supposed witty comment, but every now and then the urge is overwhelming. Here are the offerings for today;
- The only extant use of the word botheration in a weblog. Apart from this one, damn those circular references
- Can it be? Surely not release 1 of Mozilla? Blimey.
- Just to bring a little light to all of this shade, Ally McBeal has been cancelled. Cue celebrations across the globe.
April 16, 2002
Quote for the day
Quote for the day [from Diary of a start-up] and bear in mind that I have a degree in Management;
"Management has fallen into the same category as Psychiatrists and Lawyers; there are far too many of them, and not enough quality left in stock"
I should point out that this gem is in the comments at the bottom of the piece, but you should read the story anyway.