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Darcs -- Source Code Management

Learning how to use darcs to keep track of the scripts I've been working on. This has always been a good idea, I just never got around to doing it. But recently I lost a couple scripts I had written when a hard drive crashed.

Now I'll have a repository on my desktop and one on my web server. The added advantage of this is that other's will [maybe] be able to download and use the code I write.

"The Pragmatic Programmer":

Always Use Source Code Control. ALWAYS. Even if you are a single-person team on a one-week project. Even if it's a "throw-away" prototype. Even if stuff you're working on isn't source code. Make sure that everything is under source code control--documentation, phone number lists, memos to vendors, makefile, build and release procedures, that little shell script that burns the cd master--everything. We routinely use source code control on just about everything we type...


Knoppix Paradigm Shift (unionfs)

New version of knoppix just came out. Usually it's not that big a deal but this is the first one [available as a offical download] that includes unionfs.

The thing that makes this so cool is that unionfs makes it possible to install software and make changes to the file system on the cd. It does this by laying the ram over the top of the cd and keeping track of any changes you make.

This makes using the cd a much more powerful experience --you're not restricted to the software that comes with it. You can pretty much use anything available in debian. Including any custom packages you might have...

Paradigm shift--corny, overused--but that's what it is. I'm curious to see where this will lead.

Kyle Rankin: Knoppix 3.8 and UnionFS. Wow. Just Wow:

"I really think UnionFS is going to take Knoppix to a whole new level of ubiquitous computing. You can truly use the CD just like any other installed CD, and with the prices of usb thumbdrives continuing to drop, you can basically install anything you would like."


Call Of The Wild

Finally read a Jack London book. I'd been carting it around in my pocket for several months, maybe as long as a year. I remember seeing someone on the plane reading it and thinking: "I've got that book in my pocket computer!" (that and a small library), or more likely I was reading something else.

Good book, kind of an airport novel though. A fast read --about the same speed as one of those Maxwell Grant "The Shadow" novels (come to think of it I'll have to try reading one of those again --just for laughes.) One cool thing about it was that the story is told from the perspective of a dog. A dog that gets "sold into slavery". The slavery of pulling a sled in the great white north during the alaskan gold rush.

I liked this quote enough to bookmark it:

"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move."



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