"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
September 5, 2006

Windows PE 2.0: a tiny version of Windows for system maintenance

I have an FAI setup (with the LVM/RAID script update from Sam Villain, go go gadget root on RAID) at work which lets me get a Debian box up in less than two minutes, after a few seconds of configuration.

While I'm damn happy to not have to admin anything even remotely Windows-related anymore, it's nice to know that Microsoft hasn't forgotten about PE... just, y'know. As a peace of mind thing. In case the world goes all crazy and we decide to move from Postfix to Exchange.

Ha ha haa... oh. It hurts.

5:58 AM | Linkwhore

Interview with Scott Westerfeld

I'm a big fan of Westerfeld, post-Evolution's Darling, both the adult and teen books. Excellent stuff all around. He talks about the sequel to Peeps, some of the movie options for his books, and other fun stuff.

On his wife being a writer as well:

SW: My guess is that writers are like cats: it's better to have two, so they can play together instead of drinking too much and scratching the furniture.

Can't wait:

SW: Im working on an alternative history set in a world of advanced Edwardian biotechnology, during the first days of World War I. There are living airships and diesel-powered walkers, and the romantic leads are the son of Archduke Ferdinand and a cross-dressing young Scottish girl. Its called Leviathan and is, obviously, the first of a trilogy.

Biotech airships, WWI, tomboy Scottish chicks. Hot.

7:20 AM | Linkwhore
September 10, 2006

Eustis chief: Iraq post-war plan muzzled Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, an early planner of the war, tells about challenges of invasion and rebuilding.

On Sept. 10, 2001, he was selected to be the chief of logistics war plans.

On Sept. 11, 2001, he said, "life just went to hell."

That day, Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of Central Command, told his planners, including Scheid, to "get ready to go to war."

A day or two later, Rumsfeld was "telling us we were going to war in Afghanistan and to start building the war plan. We were going to go fast.

"Then, just as we were barely into Afghanistan ... Rumsfeld came and told us to get ready for Iraq."

Scheid said he remembers everyone thinking, "My gosh, we're in the middle of Afghanistan, how can we possibly be doing two at one time? How can we pull this off? It's just going to be too much."

"The secretary of defense continued to push on us ... that everything we write in our plan has to be the idea that we are going to go in, we're going to take out the regime, and then we're going to leave," Scheid said. "We won't stay."

Scheid said the planners continued to try "to write what was called Phase 4," or the piece of the plan that included post-invasion operations like occupation.

Even if the troops didn't stay, "at least we have to plan for it," Scheid said.

"I remember the secretary of defense saying that he would fire the next person that said that," Scheid said. "We would not do planning for Phase 4 operations, which would require all those additional troops that people talk about today.

"He said we will not do that because the American public will not back us if they think we are going over there for a long war."

"We're really hurting right now," he said.

8:19 AM | Linkwhore
September 11, 2006

Indeed.

[via vai]

7:47 AM | Linkwhore
September 13, 2006

Just finished Scott Westerfeld's The Last Days. Very quick read, very entertaining. It would have been way more awesome if he had made it a trilogy like Uglies or The Midnighters, but it's hard to really complain. It was Good.

If you are not reading Westerfeld, you probably should be.

Noobs.

11:59 PM | Books
September 14, 2006

<@bda> Meteos is weird.
<@bda> I've played a good bit of it but I still have no idea what it's about. Or what I'm doing when I'm playing it.
<@bda> I'm just poking blocks.
<@rjbs> meteos is fun for cheap
<@bda> And sometimes stuff expldoes.
<@ejp> bda: so much like work then? :P
<@bda> Now that you mention it...

4:19 PM | irk
September 16, 2006

<@javaman> okay
<@javaman> that was the most awesome stockholder video ever.

1:07 PM | Video

Yet another "really frickin' sweet animation scifi movie thing": Renaissance.

Looks amazing, and also: Ian Holm. Word.

1:09 PM | Linkwhore
September 17, 2006

Finally. I sort of view Marissa as a twenty-something proto-Amy Hempel. And as I have said in the past, if you don't like Amy Hempel, you should reconsider some of your life choices because you may be a robot.

She's been MIA for years. Now she just needs to put up her old stuff...

1:12 PM | Linkwhore
September 26, 2006

Remote Flying with VR Goggles and a Camera

Pretty freakin' sweet. As soon as eniak makes one, he should start charging for "rides".

[via digg]

7:42 AM | Linkwhore
September 28, 2006

The Seat of Heat at the end is freaking awesome.

10:01 PM | Video

Last week I was in San Francisco visiting Adam and Sophy. I haven't had a real vacation in, well, forever, so I was looking forward to spending a week or so with some friends and no responsibilities. It was sort of ridiculous, but Adam was in town for a talk on Tuesday, and I flew out on Thursday. Very pomo, no?

10:52 PM | Life