Author Archives: mhoye

Thirty-Five Minutes Ago

Well, that’s done. mhoye@ANGLACHEL:~/src/planet-content/branches/planet$ git diff | grep “^-name” | wc -l 401 mhoye@ANGLACHEL:~/src/planet-content/branches/planet$ git commit -am “The Great Purge of 2017” Purging the Planet blogroll felt a lot like being sent to exorcise the ghosts of my own family estate. There were a lot of old names, old memories and more than a few […]

Durable Design

It seems like small thing, but it’s an engineering detail I’ve always had a lot of respect for. That picture is of a Flip video camera with the lid off, a product from about nine years ago. It was a decent little video camera at a time that phones weren’t up to it, storing a […]

Cleaning House

Current status: Current Status When I was desk-camping in CDOT a few years ago, one thing I took no small joy in was the combination of collegial sysadminning and servers all named after cities or countries that made a typical afternoon’s cubicle chatter sound like a rapidly-developing multinational diplomatic crisis. Change management when you’re module […]

The Minimum Viable Context

This is not a subtweet; if I thought this should be about you, I’d have said so to your face months ago. If you get all the way through it and still kind of suspect it’s about you, though, you should spend some time looking inward and gear yourself up to deal with whatever you […]

Trimming The Roster

This is a minor administrative note about Planet Mozilla. In the next few weeks I’ll be doing some long-overdue maintenance and cleaning out dead feeds from Planet and the various sub-Planet blogrolls to help keep them focused and helpful. I’m going to start by scanning existing feeds and culling any that error out every day […]

I’m Walking, Yes Indeed

They’re called “walking simulators”, which I guess is a pejorative in some circles, but that certain type of game that’s only a little bit about the conventions of some gaming subgenre – puzzles, platforming, whatever – and mostly about exploration, narrative and atmosphere is one of my favorite things. Over the last year or two, […]

A Security Question

To my shame, I don’t have a certificate for my blog yet, but as I was flipping through some referer logs I realized that I don’t understand something about HTTPS. I was looking into the fact that I sometimes – about 1% of the time – I see non-S HTTP referers from Twitter’s t.co URL […]

What I’m Talking About When I’m Talking About Biking

It’s a funny little quirk of Ontario traffic laws that the fine for killing a cyclist is often less expensive than the bike they were riding when they were killed. I’m a cyclist. I own bikes for different jobs, I commute to work every day I can on a bike, and ride for fun when […]

Nerd-Cred Level-Up

In 2007 I was an extra in an indie zombie movie called “Sunday Morning” that featured Ron Tarrant. Tarrant starred with Mark Slacke in a 2010 short called “The Painting In The House”, who in turn played a role in Cuba Gooding Jr.’s “Sacrifice”. Gooding, of course, played a role in A Few Good Men, […]

Wooden Shoes As A Service

In international trade, the practice of selling state-subsidized goods far below cost – often as a way of crushing local producers of competing goods – is called “dumping”: Under the Tariff Act of 1930, U.S. industries may petition the government for relief from imports that are sold in the United States at less than fair […]