Exercise in futility … err … zenity

The other day, while working with some shell scripts I thought I could add some better usability into the mix – and hence whip up some dialogs using zenity (gdialog’s new avatar). And while at it, I had an enjoyable 20 minutes with good old unix concepts. Here: I needed to figure out how to…

Redundancy and the Internet

In an interview with the Portfolio magazine, Nassim Nicholas Taleb says Do you realize that we don’t understand globalization? Globalization increases Extremistan. That’s one problem with this Tom Friedman guy—he [the bestselling author of The World Is Flat, which argues the advantages of globalization in the internet age] didn’t seem to understand the very simple…

All in a name!

In our company, we have this tradition of naming our computers (Linux desktops, servers, etc) on a particular theme. Now, our chosen theme is Captain Haddock‘s choicest swear words. So, while caterpillar is our file server, typhoon our gateway, anacoluthon my laptop, rapscallion, rhizopod, jellyfish, balderdash, etc make up the other desktops. Recently we hired…