Recently, an amigo from out East traveled to the wild, wild west, to see if the rumors of excellent skiing and climbing in Utah were true. Well, I think he found out.
I made up a new word today:
dramity: the fondness one has for a freshly poured pint of beer, wine, or other potent potable
This is a particularly intimate moment, as any drinker knows, and I’m shocked as to why it has eluded the honor of its own word for so long.
You’re welcome, English language.
Today I finally ran up against a problem that I’ve been avoiding for some time. You see, I have the misfortune for working at an organization that has standardized on Solaris, whose time came and went some time ago (like we really needed Oracle’s acquisition to put the final nail in the coffin). This causes problems with me, because I like to code in bash when I can, and perl otherwise. Call me old fashioned, but that’s how I roll.
The big problem is that Solaris ships with a perl that has been Solaris-ized, one effect of which is that it relies on those compilers when doing any C/C++ based work when installing modules. This is due to the fact that perl knows what compiler it was installed with and that’s what it uses. The problem is that not all of our machines have the Sun compilers on them, and honestly, the Sun compilers suck (I’m spoiled from years on Linux, really).
How I’ve gotten around this in the past is to hit up Sunfreeware, or compile things by hand, and build a bitchin’ /usr/local tree. Did I mention I was spoiled on Linux? I just don’t have the fortitude for such drudgery these days. However, faced with having to do some perl programming on a Solaris box without much in /usr/local, save for gcc, I found myself smacked in the face with this problem, and that’s when I found perlgcc.
perlgcc is quite easy to use; all it does is front-end perl by levering the levers and switching the switches that are need to get perl to believe it should use gcc as its compiler. Then, all you need to do is run perlgcc -MCPAN -e shell and you’re in a workable CPAN environment. Module yourself to your heart’s content at this point.
Big shout out to whoever came up with perlgcc!!
I’ve been using Firefox for ever and ever, but I can’t say that I’m super into all the little tricks and kung-fu magic it can do. It’s basic functionality, with a few add-ons, have kept be happy for years. But today, I ran into two things that have made my life oh-so-happier:
- Lazarus, an add-on that saves your text boxes so that you don’t lose it when you run into network issues, or even stupid user errors (the later is what hit me today).
- Control-Shift-T: or, for us mac-types, Command-Shift-T. This opens the last tab you just closed. Again, this should inure me to self-inflicted productivity losses!
Yay for Firefox!
Just a shout out in regards to a well-written and fascinating article on the subject of Julian Assange and the philosophy of Wikileaks. Very much worth the time to read.