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The Coming Tablet World

Earlier this evening a friend sent out a request on Twitter:

@[redacted] needs a new laptop. Any recommendations? She needs win7 and not too expensive.

I found something that met the criteria and quickly sent off a reply. There wasn't much too the request. Desktop Computers (including laptops) haven't changed much for the last few years. Even the specs have for the most part stabilized: 2 to 4 cores, 1.5-2.1 GHz, 4 - 8GB of memory, Hard Drives up to 750GB... Getting a new computer is simply no longer exciting. 

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Getting Forked

Since last weekend, I spent my evenings manually moving content on deninet. It many ways, it was an exhausting process, but it gave me something to do while I suffer through the last two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. Let me chart how I arrived at this point. 

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Low Power Ham Radio, PSK31, and Making your Watts Count

Yesterday I had a wonderful contact of firsts. It was:

  • My first contact outside the US
  • My first contact with Canada
  • My first contact on 20 meters
  • My first contact on PSK31

Until later that day, my only radio is my beloved Yaesu FT-817ND. It's a low power rig that is intended for backpacking purposes, featuring a maximum output of 5 watts and an internal battery. It's an adorable little rig, but the total output wattage is tiny compared to typical Ham Radio rigs. 

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How does Drupal 7 Work, Part 3: drupal_bootstrap()

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

When looking at Drupal code, it can be hard to know where to start. Dive into any of the directories in a standard installation, and you'll find file after file of PHP code. In the root directory alone, you'll find five files! Where do we start? Determining this is quite simpler than it seems; all you have to do is look at the URL of any Drupal site. 

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Gender-Inverted Babylon Squared

My gender-inverted version of the famous Babylon 5 "Fasten then Zip" scene from the episode Babylon Squared.

Garibaldi: Mind if I ask you a question?
Sinclair: Sure.
Garibaldi: Okay, it's morning. You get ready to go to work. You put on your bra. Do you clasp in the front and then twist it around or just clasp it in the back?
Sinclair: What kind of question is that?
Garibaldi: Look, we got two hours to kill...
Sinclair: Forget it!

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Deninet Tweaking

Yesterday I took the opportunity to poke at the production version of deninet -- version 6. While there wasn't anything to fix, the site has certainly seen a lack of maintenance since I put my eyes on deninet7. 

First off, there were several modules that were enabled, or simply installed, that weren't being used. Given my recent explorations into Drupal's guts, I've learned an enabled but unused module equates to wasted instruction cycles. I pulled out the modules, and cleaned up what small gaps that remained.

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Existentialism, Haiku, and the Tablet Age

The morning is a fertile ground for colliding thoughts. You're still groggy from sleep, and your mind isn't focused enough yet to drown out the noise it usually generates. Often, this state drifts me into the absurd. Laughter can usually be heard from the house bathroom as the bizarre thought collision reaches its zenith while I shower. 

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