Archive for month: July, 2007

Apologies for brief not-so-brief downtime…

July 30, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was attempting to upgrade some unrelated packages on my FreeBSD server, with the net result that something truly horrible happened (and which I don’t really understand): apache2 and mysql were essentially deleted from my system. Curse you portupgrade. I’m becoming less enamoured with my old time friend FreeBSD, and more enamoured with Ubuntu, so […]

John’s Combinatory Logic Playground

July 27, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

All this mucking around in the ICFP contest (I decoded the all the gene tables yesterday, woohoo) has sent me back thinking about simple machines which are Turing compatible. A very nice page about such stuff is: John’s Combinatory Logic Playground Which includes papers and implementations of binary combinatory logic. Neat! Technorati Tags: Programming Languages, […]

Playing with the ICFP contest…

July 24, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I didn’t have time to actually do the challenge this year, but I’m trying to work through it here. I made some significant progress, and can now render pictures of Endo’s RNA: There is some minor issue which causes a small y offset between this image and the target. I can’t for the life […]

Happy Birthday Brainwagon!

July 21, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today, five years ago, I posted my first message to the newly christened Now, a couple of thousand posts and a thousand comments later, I’m still here, boring people with the rather odd and eclectic collection of posts. I hope some of you continue to enjoy it.

Tallyho! ICFP Contest Underway

July 20, 2007 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I am still on vacation, but took time out this morning to skim the problem description for the 2007 ICFP programming contest. It involves finding modifications to the DNA of a crashlanded alien named Endo, who will surely perish without our help. Wish I had brought my laptop: looks like fun, and I need […]

Oakland Athletics…

July 16, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

have just dropped their 8th game in a row, in truly ugly style. They now are 12 games back of the Angels, and 10 back from the Mariners. Earlier this afternoon, they sent veteran catcher Jason Kendall to the Cubs. It seems to me that Beane is having a sale, and everyone is up for […]

False Copyright Claims

July 14, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

One of my personal pet peeves are companies that try to assert intellectual property rights over material which has entered the public domain. It’s everywhere: museums claiming copyright over photographs and scans of artwork, movie companies that tag public domain movies with copyright warnings, and even in copy centers which refuse to copy books which […]

I hate Integrated Development Environments

July 13, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Why do people think these things are a good idea? I don’t get it. Yesterday, I received an Arduino microcontroller board in the mail. These things use the Atmel AVR microcontroller (specifically, an ATMEGA168) and include a nice little FTDI USB to serial chip and are pre-programmed with a boot loader for easy programming. Neat! […]

Odd plays…

July 12, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, I haven’t posted anything about baseball lately, so I thought I’d remark about the oddest play I’ve heard of this week. No, it wasn’t Ichiro Suzuki’s inside-the-park homerun during the All Star game (although that was bitching), but rather occurred during tonight’s game between the Athletics and Twins. Cuddyer triples off A’s middle reliever […]

iPhone Field Test Mode

July 12, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

This came across a mailing list I’m on: Inside the iPhone field test mode – Blog – Basically if you dial: *3001#12345#* Then you get dumped into a menu which allows you to read out all sorts of interesting details about your phone and its connection to AT&T’s network. Note: I did this on […]

Eating your own food…

July 11, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I love food. I mean I really love it. I love the culture. I love the taste. I love the social aspects of food. I love the different cultures. The spice. The flavor. Flames. Ovens. Bread. Meats. Fruits. It’s all good, baby. I really enjoyed working on Ratatouille, but it did have one negative effect […]

My List of Ten Improvements Needed for the iPhone

July 10, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, I bought one. I’ve had it for 24 hours, and I really like it. It’s slick. It’s got lots of cool features. And it is just damned shiny and screams cool. But to demonstrate that I’m not a total fanboy, I present for your consideration a list of ten things which I think should […]

Web Development for iPhone

July 10, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Here’s Apple’s documentation for developing web stuff for the iPhone. It’s not all that surprising mostly, but it is good to keep a link to this hanging around. Apple Developer Connection – Web Development for iPhone Addendum: Josh, if you are looking for info on which codecs, bitrate etc to use for the iPhone, here […]

EFF receives documents on FBI abuses

July 9, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

The EFF filed a request for documents pertaining to invesigations within the FBI on abuses of National Security Letters. They replied with over 1100 pages of information. I haven’t had a chance to delve too deeply into this, but it seems clear that when government agenceies are granted liberties with our rights, they take them. […]


July 9, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

It seems only fair that I give a link to a new telephone product that has more of my ideals in mind: witness, which you can now apparently order for the first time. It’s an entirely open Linux based phone, with some pretty nifty features. Their first model is the Neo1973. It’s specs read […]