The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

8GB?? Are you KIDDING ME??

| March 31, 2009


Scroll down to the space used after default install chart.

Windows Vista x86 uses 8.2 GB out of the box.

No wonder they’re not putting it on netbooks with SSD’s.

Oh, and I betcha it doesn’t come with as much software as Ubuntu… like a full office suite.

2 days!!!

| March 31, 2009

2 days and I have arugula sprouts….

Windows security…

| March 31, 2009

is a joke

This actually came up in conversation with someone at work about two months ago, but the Conficker debacle has me thinking about it again.

It works like this:

Socks, Sunkist and Lucky

Socks, Sunkist and Lucky

Socks keeps bears away. I can’t tell you how, but she does. After all, it must be working – you don’t see any bears, do you?

Windows security is the same way. “It’s secure. We can’t tell you how or why, but it is. We have wicked smart people on it.”

Personally, I prefer Peer Review.

Mantis B4 Buzzard Received

| March 30, 2009

My Mantis B4 Buzzard arrived today. I like it. It’s nice, solid, sharp as all get out, and opens beer nicely.

The big test is how well the edge lasts, so I’ll let you folks know in a month or so (I tend to use knives a lot).


  • For a tiny knife, they sent it in a big box with some catalogs. Come on guys, chuck it and a catalog in a padded mailer and call it done.
  • They sent my tracking order along with a half dozen other people. It was a BCC-ed email, but come on folks – ONE email per person. That’s just lame.

Now, because I’m a fan of sharp things, provided this one works well, I’ll likely have to order myself an M3 Churchkey (fulfilling both the beer opening and cutting things requirements), the TA-2 Seymour (because I could use me a skinner), and an MF1 Pry Bar (because… hell, I just like pointy things).

As an aside, but somewhat related, I ordered some replacement grips from Midway for my Astra Firecat, and in order to not incur the extra processing, I tossed on a standard length guide rod for my 1911… and forgot a replacement plug. D’oh!

Apparently, they don’t like the first amendment either…

| March 30, 2009

We know that the UN wants to abrogate the Second Amendment (calling it the illegal traffic in small arms), but apparently freedom of speech doesn’t matter much either.

I should note that this was a vote from the human rights council.

The US should leave the UN. Immediately. They are more concerned with stability than freedom, and UN representatives have stated in reports that they would rather allow genocide to happen than to allow trade in weapons so that people can defend themselves. The logic? If one side gets wiped out, the combat settles down and peace returns to the region.

The folks that were wiped off the face of the earth apparently don’t matter.

Random bits

| March 29, 2009

  • I got new memory cards for the camera. As I mentioned, two 4gb Sandisk Extreme III SDHC cards. Huge difference. You wouldn’t think that it would make such a difference, but it does. The camera turns on faster, it’s faster writing data to the card (basically no lag) and faster reading data off.
  • I’ve been listening to This Modern Death, and they clued me in to This video of Jonathan Coulton performing Re: Your Brains at PAX 2007. This links to this video, where he Rickrolls the audience. Awesome.
  • Liz and I have decided that, when we get a dog, we shall name said pooch Barney Stinson.
  • We watched Zack and Miri make a porno. Quite funny.
  • I pre-ordered my print and PDF copies of the Shadowrun 4th edition 20th anniversary core rules, but I’m having a heck of a time getting it to print. For starters, Acrobat reader for Linux crashes if you try to print anything bigger than 2GB. Even printing a subset of pages, however, has my printer spewing gibberish. I tried using Evince, and that fails with an unspecified error. So I figured I’d try printing all the even pages to the PDF printer (which makes a PDF) and will then open that up with evince, and print that.. and then the document fails to print to the PDF printer with the same error which evince was spewing. Hrrrmmmm… Doing a little monitoring of the system, it looks like the print job fails because /tmp is getting full. So, I’m blowing /tmp from 2GB to 10GB on my laptop and 20GB my desktop (which is also the print server). I presume this was evince’s problem as well, so hopefully that will fix it all up. Of course, this means that the machine which was going to be printserver likely won’t be able to be, because it’s 60GB hard drive died, and I replaced it with a 40GB drive… Although, 2 VM’s, one running the webserver, and run running the print server is pretty reasonable, I guess.
  • Partly because of the above, and partly because of running VMs more often, my laptop has been hurting for memory, so I broke down and ordered some. Since the bottom fell out of the memory market, prices are through the floor. 4GB of DDR2 (PC5400) SO-DIMMS (laptop memory), for $60, shipped.

Anyway, I need to write up some stuff for the fire department.

Made of awesome

| March 28, 2009

I Shoot You Because I Care

Kind of puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it?

For everyone serving – be safe, and shoot the bad men.

(And yeah, I make value judgments like “bad”. Deal.)

Rsync hosting

| March 28, 2009

Well, this is a slick idea…

Pricey though.

My living room…

| March 28, 2009

Responding to kylecassidy‘s challenge to show him our living rooms, I give you mine. Since he was nonspecific as to what qualifies as a living room (the central room of the house, or the room with the home theater system), I will include both. (more…)

Mexican drug war violence

| March 28, 2009

So, there have been a lot of articles recently about how US guns find their way into Mexico, and how we need to restrict gun rights in this country in order to help Mexico.


Seems to me that there is a problem with the illegal flow of guns across the border, not the fact that they can be bought here.

Kind of like the flow of drugs across the border, isn’t it?

Seems to me that if we were to police the border better, we’d impede the flow of guns, drugs, and illegal immigrants. Hell, just starting to shoot people jumping fences as “foreign invaders” would go a long way towards setting an example – you come through at a checkpoint, or you get buried in a shallow grave in the middle of the desert.

Of course, this is presuming we keep the drugs illegal. Personally, I think that doing something under the influence (like driving a car) should be illegal… oh, wait, it is. How about breaking into people’s houses to finance your habit? Yep, that’s illegal too. So, maybe we just make the drugs legal and tax them like alcohol and cigarettes. Hell, put it under the BATFE, and then maybe the DEA can stop knocking over legal medical marijuana clinics…