Archive for March, 2008

Mmmm WordPress 2.5?

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Not too shabby!  Still a couple of quirks here and there, but I will attribute it to my browser and caching.  Nicely done folks!


Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Orlando Sunset

Thursday, March 27th, 2008


Thursday, March 27th, 2008

That’s a big ace door.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Now THIS is an upgrade.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

No smoking food?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008


Wednesday, March 26th, 2008


Monday, March 24th, 2008


Saturday, March 22nd, 2008


Friday, March 21st, 2008

Lubbin snuffers…

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Oh yeah….

Thursday, March 20th, 2008


Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Uh oh….

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Migrating from cron to Launchd

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

So I took the plunge.  My old Dell PC is sitting next to the window and has not been powered on for over a month.  I made the switch.  I bought a MacBook Pro earlier last year after doing some work at Apple, and immediately fell in love with OS X.  I’m a Unix guy at heart, and have always craved that type of operating system.  Even before I was a Unix guy, I was a Mac guy.  Shout out to the old Macintosh Classic and your beautiful OS that fit on a 3.5″ floppy.

I started to really get into the tools of OS X, and then decided it was Chris’s turn.  So she turned in her old red Dell, and got herself a MacBook with a pink cover on it.  If you know Chris, you know how much she LOVES change.  She eventually gave in, and really has started to like it (I think anyway…).

In my migration, I combined 2 Dell machines functionality into this one Mac Pro.  My desktop and main beefy server at the house are now combined into one.

In the process, I needed to migrate some automated tasks from the Debian server onto the Mac Pro.  In Leopard, cron and StartupItems have been deprecated in favor of LaunchD.  So I had to learn a whole new way to deal with scheduling tasks.

Mind you, this is absolutely new to me, and still fairly  new in the community.  There are not a ton of examples out there.

So my problem was (apparently) that some of the default behavior of the launchd scripts was causing my little backup runs to be constantly loaded and called.  Was taking about 2.5Mbps of my download bandwidth steady because it would run over and over, sometimes 3 and 4 times per minute.

My lesson?  Watch the exit status of the scripts.  And be sure to set KeepAlive to false (that’s the default property, but I’m not feeling a whole lot of confidence in that).

Slowly but surely, I will own you Launchd….

Listening to the rain

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Happy St. Patty’s day!

Monday, March 17th, 2008

She is taking well to her training…

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Ice Cream!!!!

Friday, March 14th, 2008