Category Archives: documentation

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 […]

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 […]

Mechanized Capital

Elon Musk recently made the claim that humans “must merge with machines to remain relevant in an AI age”, and you can be forgiven if that doesn’t make a ton of sense to you. To fully buy into that nonsense, you need to take a step past drinking the singularity-flavored Effective Altruism kool-aid and start […]

Even the dedication to reason and truth might, for all we know, change drastically.

The following letter, written by Carl Sagan, is one of the appendices of the “Expert Judgement on Markers To Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant” document, completed in 1993. It’s on page 331, and it hurts to read. Dr. D. Richard Anderson Performance Assessment Division 6342 Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, New […]

William Gibson Overdrive

From William Gibson’s “Spook Country”: She stood beneath Archie‚Äôs tail, enjoying the flood of images rushing from the arrowhead fluke toward the tips of the two long hunting tentacles. Something about Victorian girls in their underwear had just passed, and she wondered if that was part of Picnic at Hanging Rock, a film which Inchmale […]

Planet: A Minor Administrative Note

I will very shortly be adding some boilerplate to the Planet homepage as well as the Planet.m.o entry on Wikimo, to the effect that: The content of Planet is unfiltered and uncensored, and represents the views of individual community members, and Participants are expected to abide by both the letter and spirit of the Mozilla […]