January 15, 2006

Gail Minsky (1935-2006)

My mother, Gail Minsky, died suddenly last week, vicitim of an automobile accident. A memorial web site has been setup by the family.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:33 AM to: My Happy Life
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January 08, 2006

The Coconuts Problem...in Ruby

I'm teaching myself the Ruby programming language this weekend. I came across a Linux Journal column that discussed learning Python using the Coconuts Problem. (It has to do with dividing... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:26 PM to: Software
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January 07, 2006

Progress on Hibernate

One of the issues with my media PC (Ubuntu 5.10 Linux on an ASUS Pundit-R) is that it doesn't hibernate correctly. This means I need to do a full boot... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:18 AM to: Home Media PC
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January 06, 2006

How Lobbyists Influence Legislation

In the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, John Dickerson writes an interesting article in Slate on how lobbying really works. He explains, unlike what many people think, there... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:59 PM to: Current Events, Holidailies 2005
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January 05, 2006

How the Koobox Home Linux System Stacks Up

I recently saw an article about a low-cost computer system with Linux pre-installed called the Koobox. The entry-level system, called the "Essential Koobox", looks ideal for home usage. I thought... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:00 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Linux
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January 04, 2006

Pundit-R BIOS Update Agony

I've spent the better part of the afternoon performing a BIOS update of my ASUS Pundit-R system. I finally found a procedure that works—and about ten that didn't. I'll describe... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:35 PM to: Home Media PC, SXSW 2005, Software
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January 03, 2006

December Plan

It's good to have a plan. It's good when the plan works. Sometimes, it's better when it doesn't. I had a plan for December. I had just wrapped up a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:27 PM to: Holidailies 2005, My Happy Life
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