columnificator

In the spirit of Jesse’s bookmarklets, I have harnessed roc’s columnar-display support in a simple, easy to use 3col bookmark. Drag it away to your toolbar for later use, though it doesn’t really do so well with my particular blog. (Firefox trunk or Deer Park Alpha required, natch.)

keyed and noted

I managed to make it to the RAI Centre a whole 20 minutes before my XTech talk was scheduled to begin, thanks to some perhaps-unwise choices of transport from the hotel. And there were some small snags with the actual projection of the slides I’ve been agonizing over, but I think it went well enough for all that. Early-morning talks, especially early in conferences, are always a little tricky for me mainly because I find it hard to really get a good read on the audience. (I hope Edd is still speaking to me, after the number I must have done to his blood pressure this morning.)

I enjoyed giving the talk, and at least one person enjoyed listening to it, but I will confess that part of me is glad to have it behind me. The rest of the conference looks pretty interesting, and Amsterdam appears to be a fantastic city to wander around in.

I’ll try to get my slides up at some time in the next 7-10 days, probably on some combination of devmo and the XTech conference site.

a charmed what, now?

We had a power glitch at the hosting facility for my machine the other day, and after that we had reports of single-bit errors coming from one drive in the RAID-1 pair during read. (Tip ‘o the hat to Nathaniel Smith for being brave enough to call me at 06:15 with the news.)

Yesterday, I bought a new drive to replace the erroring one — which was, itself, not all that old — and things seemed to be OK. Today, though, we’re seeing the same result, with the new drive, so I’m going to have to go back in and move it to the known-good IDE channel or something.

I hope it takes, because I’m leaving in less than 36 hours for Europe, and it’ll be really hard to do work on the box from there.

it’s not bloviating if they ask for it

My Lightning interview was published today, by the ever-patient Simon Paquet. I think it turned out pretty well, though perhaps not seven-weeks-of-waiting well. Ah well, such is life.

I’m pretty busy right now preparing for my security talk at the Zurich Information Security Center, and then for my XTech keynote — which follows a whopping 15 hours later in Amsterdam. I’m glad Europe is so small!

I’m pretty excited about both presentations, and I think they should be a fair bit of fun. Fortune has favoured me with lots to talk about in both areas, and they’re both great opportunities to get smart people thinking about problems and opportunities that matter quite a bit to me. Not a bad deal, and to sweeten it further I get to hang out with my long-but-not-lost friend Paul, who I haven’t seen in far, far too long.

A charmed life, truly.

I don’t know what you mean, officer

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Reports of my incredible slack on posting here, as well as finishing with the questions from my Lightning interview, however, are pretty much right on the mark. Sorry.