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Thinking about this blog.

I sup­pose it hap­pens to ev­ery­one once in a while, and it has hap­pened to me of­ten in the past, but I am think­ing if I should keep on writ­ing this blog, or if some large change is need­ed.

Here are some ran­dom things from my head:

  1. Al­­most noone reads it. Re­al­­ly. It has less than 40 sub­­scriber­s. That's pa­­thet­ic for a blog that has con­­tent for over 7 years :-)

  2. Maybe I should post in span­ish, or at least bil­in­gual­­ly.

  3. Maybe I should write more fea­­tures. When I write a longish piece and an­­nounce it, there is a re­spectable traf­f­ic surge.

  4. On the oth­­er hand, I en­joy writ­ing it. And it's re­al­­ly very lit­­tle ef­­fort (spe­­cial­­ly now, with Bartle­Blog ;-)

  5. Maybe it should be more fo­­cused in one area, make it a python pro­­gram­ming blog, or a tu­­to­ri­als blog, or some­thing like that.

  6. But I am not a fo­­cused per­­son. I am a gen­er­al­ist. This week I have worked in the fol­low­ing things:

    • VoIP

    • Djan­­­go

    • PyQt

    • Lin­ux sysad­min­ing

    • Fire­wal­l/Proxy in­­­te­­­gra­­­tion with win­­­dows clients

    • Con­­­sult­ing in the most gen­er­ic sense, sit­t­ing with a com­­­pa­ny's IT staff and think­ing about their sit­u­a­­­tion.

    • Learn­ing PyGame

    And this was in 5 days of work. If I list­ed what I have done this year, it would take me 500 item­s. I am broad, how could my blog be nar­row?

  7. Maybe it's just not in­­ter­est­ing? Or bad­­ly done?

  8. Is it too nerdy? Is it not nerdy enough?

  9. I have had a blog with a small read­­er­­ship for 7 years, why is it both­­er­ing me now?

  10. If I stop, it does­n't mat­ter, I can al­ways pick it up again lat­er when I feel like writ­ing.

So, there. You, the 40 guys, com­ment on it if you want ;-)

If you try to use quotactl on Linux...

Al­ways re­mem­ber to do this:

#define _LINUX_QUOTA_VERSION 2

Or else, your code will break in mis­te­ri­ous ways.

That's be­cause sys/quo­ta.h has this:

/*
 * Select between different incompatible quota versions.
 * Default to the version used by Linux kernel version 2.4.21
 * or earlier (in RHEL version 1 is AS2.1, version 2 is RHEL3 and later).  */
#ifndef _LINUX_QUOTA_VERSION
# define _LINUX_QUOTA_VERSION 1
#endif

Why? I have no idea. But this is true at least on Cen­tos4, I have no clue of this is al­so true for your dis­tro, but it is sooooo wrong :-(

More about the Asus eee, and random venting.

As I post­ed be­fore I am pret­ty hyped about the Asus eee, the $199 lap­top.

Ok, maybe the $250 lap­top, ac­cord­ing to lat­est ru­mours.

Then again, I am not the on­ly one. Here's an in­ter­est­ing thread about what you could do with one of them.

Now, the ran­dom vent­ing:

A fair­ly large por­tion of Lin­ux users are very an­noy­ing. It's nor­mal, since a very large por­tion of hu­man­i­ty is an­noy­ing too.

How­ev­er, con­sid­er this post, which I will quote be­cause I refuse to link to it, about my cron/at ar­ti­cle:

GreyGeek - Sub­jec­t: An­oth­er "I hate Lin­ux" ar­ti­cle.... ( Jul 31, 2007, 17:18:34 )

Oh, yeah. That's what the ar­ti­cle looks like. A lin­ux hater's rant. Sure, I spent three hours do­ing re­search and writ­ing telling you half a dozen ways to make Lin­ux bet­ter (IM­N­VHO) be­cause I hate Lin­ux.

as if we aren't get­ting a FLOOD of them these days. I of­ten won­der if Mi­cro­soft has be­gan "do­nat­ing" Fer­rari lap­top to blog­gers who rant on Lin­ux.

At least the fer­rari lap­top match­es my car! Ac­ce­soriz­ing is im­por­tan­t!

I won­der if it's be­cause this guy did­n't un­der­stand a word I wrote? Or is he just para­noid? I know he's not the au­thor of cron (he once post­ed a com­ment here 1) so it's not a wound­ed ego or some­thing like that 2.


1

At least I think that was him. Why would any­one pre­tend to be Paul Vix­ie? Now how's that for name drop­ping. Has any­one else with a Wikipedia en­try left a com­ment in this blog?

2

And I don't ex­pect that ar­ti­cle to be hurt­ful, re­al­ly, or I would­n't have writ­ten it.


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