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Archive for December, 2008

Gig-E, Screen Sharing, and Screen Sharing (Don’t try this at home)

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Recursive Screen Sharingrecursive

(After a minute or so, the switch turned off the port connected to the laptop…)

Addendum: Today (22Dec), Byron, Phil, and I attempted VNC-doom: 3 laptops, 1 gigabit-ethernet switch, and an attempt at a full 3-way mesh of screen sharing.

We found bugs. Lots of annoying little bugs. The most entertaining/frustrating version was inducing one-way visibility in the clients. So we didn’t get the full-mesh going today, but we got some really pretty pictures from having two loops running at once. Maybe after a round or two of bug fixing (if reports have any effect), we’ll give it another shot.

But I think next time, we’ll need 5 laptops in a mesh. Not only do you get a nice layout on the client screens (one peer in each corner), you end up with a pentagram for a diagram as a bonus :).

Rotten Brains

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on times past.

Back in September of 1997, when the media found out about the various transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that can arise from eating neural material of infected animals, CNN ran a story specifically about the eating of squirrel brains as a delicacy in certain southern US states.

The best part is the graphic they ran along with the story, which helpfully points out what part of the squirrel one should avoid eating:

squirrelbrains

Have a pleasant new year, and watch out for those squirrels.

Now We Have a Bailout for Parmigiano-Reggiano?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
Parmigiano-Reggiano (piece)

As reported in the Wall Street Journal (Hard Times for Parmigiano Makers Have Italy Ponying Up the Cheddar) and linked to from serious eats (Serious Cheese: Tough Economy Hits the King of Cheese), one of the all-time most popular (and tasty) cheeses is having financial troubles.

I, for one, will definitely be doing my part and having some of the tasty cheese this weekend!

rsync –link-dest and os/x

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This is not your friend


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