Here we are then. Saturday night and I’ve spent most of the day installing FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE on my PC instead of doing something fun.
Flatline, my Fedora Core 4 machine, has gone into some kind of psychotic death spiral, where after running yum-update it experiences a spate of disk errors and becomes unusable.
It could be that this is some kind of hardware problem, but that seems unlikely as the machine can take any kind of load in stress testing, but goes into cutter-teenage-goth-on-LiveJournal-mode after yum updates.
And so far so good. Installing FreeBSD is certainly … cough … different … from installing a modern Linux distro. Let’s just call the installer “relentlessly minimalistic.”
It is quite functional though, once you get past the early-nineties feel, and after some time installing the necessary ports (including rebuilding the kernel to get AppleTalk working), Flatline is once again a productive member of society.
It is my fervent wish to not have to touch it again for a long time.
If you are running FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE and are having problems getting Subversion to install through the ports system, getting an error about apr-1.0 not being installed even though it bloody well is, issue
make install -DWITH_APACHE2_APR
instead of the regular
Hopefully that will save some other poor soul an hour of his or her life.
**Soundtrack: ** Stream from Groove Salad
Posted Sunday, 30 October, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.