Generosity, Preferences and Morality

[This is post 1000!] One of the parameters that’s highly variable among people is Generosity. Under what circumstances are you obligated to help someone else, and to what extent do you expect help from others when you need it? Democrats love to frame the political debate as though this is exactly what’s at stake. But…

Vim is so too an IDE!

My new job requires me to do a lot of coding in the Zend Framework, and, like most web frameworks, Zend achieves “simplicity” by splitting everything up into thousands of files. Of curse it’s a good idea – but it does rather mean that to keep on top of things you have to have a…

Boost via Homebrew

I continue to be pleased with Homebrew, a package manager for Mac OS X that I installed last week. But no package manager will be completely seamless, and as I discovered today, there’s still some minor need to understand how Homebrew operates under the hood. For a certain reason, I need the Boost ecosystem on…

Breaking Bad has Jumped the Shark

I’ve just finished season 3 of the formerly phenomenal Breaking Bad, and I have to say I’m a little disappointed. The series has jumped the shark – and I mean that in the original sense of the term: it still has some life in it, but the death spiral has begun. The first question is…

Making Putmail work with Gmail

So today I was having – as is sometimes the case – trouble sending mail. It’s always the same message – something about: unable to connect to server at server.domain.tld: child() exited 1 No guarantee of accuracy, but it’s something like that. Anyway, it seems to be a problem with IU. Up until recently, I…

Patrolling the Borders of Hypocrisy

Having lived in a number of foreign countries for extended periods of time, I’m no stranger to gratuitous anti-Americanism. And let me tell you, it gets really, really old to meet someone, hit it off with them, think things are going well, and then be blindsided with some snarky comment, clearly meant to make you…

A First Step into Rsync

Now that I’m working a lot on a laptop again, I finally had to get off my ass and deal with rsync, something I’ve been avoiding literally for years (though now I’m not really sure why). If I hadn’t, keeping my mail (which I download from the server every time I log in to check…

Homebrew

Let me just take a moment to recommend Homebrew, which I had heard of before, but ran across again in reading a book about Drupal. It’s (FINALLY!) the package manager for Mac OS X that really works like all those vastly superior ones the Linux kids have. Basically, I’ve spent the last 6 years thinking…

Securing Linode

This is another one of those posts that’s more a note to myself than anything. This blog – among all the rest of my web presence – is now hosted on Linode, with which I am extremely pleased. One of the great things about Linode is that they give you great documentation, so even if…

Moved!

OK, I know, the theme could be better. But it’s temporary, and I like it, so PUT UP WITH IT! Welcome to the new home of The Only Winning Move – its 3rd, actually (the original having been on Blogger). Here’s where I make a half-hearted promise to blog less about politics and more about…