Category: asides


Command Line

I love me a good command line application. In the age of Windows, I hardly get to use them these days though. I mean, you can only get so much excitement from ipconfig.

Work does allow me to use command line options to a certain degree. We connect to these AIX servers in our main lab, and since a)I’m not physically there and b)even if I was I wouldn’t be allowed into the lab, we connect with PuTTY. Everything on these servers has to be done via the command line, so it’s a nice little break from the windowed environment that I’m so used to.

Cygwin is great for Windows in this regard. It’s like a mini linux command line environment. It’s not, I know, but it feels like it. And it does run a nice assortment of linux/unix applications. LifeHacker even has a command line todo list that saves everything in plain text.

I used to run this simple text editor called Q10, it even made typewriter sounds. I would have loved it if I could have used it to update my blog with, that would have been really cool. As I hardly ever include pictures or anything media based, a plain text editing connecting application to WordPress would be great. The main problem is that most of these third party apps aren’t being developed anymore. Not that editing and entering into WP is all that challenging, but it would be nice to have more options.

There was one based on VIMscript that looked like it could be a lot of fun and fuel the command line need, but it requires python support in cygwin, and I just wasn’t able to get that going. Granted I was at work and didn’t spend that much time trying Winking smile

There is a part of me that wishes I had more free time to write my own, probably java based, command line editor that would upload to WP. I mean, it can’t be *that* hard, right? But looking at the codex page for WP, even the links that have code examples are out of date or just missing. It’s kind of obvious that WP isn’t all that dedicated to having people write their own stuff. There’s not likely a lot of interest in it anymore.

I remember that I had blog software that was perl based and you would edit via the command line interface, but that was ages ago. I wonder if I can bring something like that back from the dead Smile

It would be a fun little project I have to admit. I’ll just add it to the ever growing list of ‘fun little projects’. I mean, there must be some abandoned project somewhere that I might be able to continue from, or something like that.

Anyway, this kind of got derailed and now I’ve lost my train of thought.

I love me a good command line.

Habits (mostly Bad)

We all have them. Good, bad, productive or not, we all have some habits we like and some that we don’t.

I’m of the impression that I have more bad than good, but that could just be my perspective.

What got me thinking of this today was washing dishes. When I have to manually wash dishes, I’m the guy that leaves the water running so that I can wash and rinse quickly. If I have just a few things to wash then it doesn’t make sense(to me) to fill up a sink then use more water to rinse. And, if I was doing it properly, I’d save water in the long run. If I was doing it properly.

I don’t.

I have the water shooting out of that faucet at full force, all the time. That’s not the right way to do it. But, as I’ve been doing it that way since, well, forever, that’s how I start out. It’s not until I’m about half-way done that I think to lower the output to a more reasonable level. And this happens every day.

But I am thinking of the amount of water that I’m wasting and doing something about it. And slowly but surely, day by day, I turn the water down to a more reasonable level sooner and sooner in the course of washing dishes. And one day, soon I hope, I’ll start that way.

Then, knowing me, for no reason, blast it back up again. But until then, I’m working to break this habit.

Yes, that’s another bad habit; rambling. But it’s what makes me me, so I’m less likely to change that.

Productivity. That’s also a bad habit. I know that there are a lot of things that I need to do or get done, but I’m unlikely to do them unless prompted. Sadly, this is both true in work and home life.

Again, I’m trying to resolve this. I’m making more use of my iPhone for this. Scheduling reminders for various work tasks is a good start. This way both my laptop and phone beep at me at certain times of day to remind me to do something. I just hope that it doesn’t get to the point where I see these all the time and start to ignore them. But that’s part of the process I guess. Doing things on time.

Changing topics half way through writing. That’s another one. But much like rambling, that’s just not gonna change.

I wonder how many of these bad habits come down to just being forgetful or absent minded(is there a difference)? I suspect that if I had a better memory(either through training or otherwise) then I would have less bad habits.

You never know.

I’m sick, and it sucks

That, and AVG is now picking up some Blackhole virus from my wordpress install.
On the upside, I can always reinstall wordpress in a matter of moments.
Tara thinks that I should change providers, and you know, with recent history, it might not be such a bad idea.
Anyway, I’m sick, and it sucks.
I’d like to think I don’t do the ‘man cold’ thing, but when you feel like ass, you just feel like ass.
I’ve just tried this new stuff, we’ll see how well it lets me sleep.
Isn’t fall great 😉