So much for that

So much for syncing NetNewsWire with NewsGator Online.

NNW clearly got the short end of the stick with this one. Sync’ing with NGO is what you’d expect it should be. NGO holds the master updated list, and the clients sync against that. That’s all fine and dandy.

However, NGO seems to be random in its downloads. Which is incredibly irritating. There’s no schedule associated with a feed. No indication of when it will be pulled again. And with my list of feeds, just watching it over the last 4 hours gives me zero indication of when a feed will be pulled again.

Unfortunately. I care about getting updated information for some of my feeds. And NewsGator doesn’t update when I want it. And that doesn’t cut it.

(I’d like to make a comment about it being a gigantic ASP application, but I won’t. Whoops).

I briefly tried reBlog. I did like it. Well, besides the fact that it’s not working with php5 correctly – which is what I have on the computer I tried it on. I like the idea of a web-based aggregator, like IMAP (with sieve) – it would be pretty useful given how I’m coming to read most of my news (in spurts – at odd times, only briefly throughout the day most days – and way too much on a few days)

Unfortunately, I’ve gotten really, really, really used to the groups model of reading syndication feeds. I have 185 feeds in 34 groups, of which I mentally assign varying importance levels. A few friends plus coworkers plus the eXtension wikis/blogs gets top billing. Macintosh and Gadgets next. PHP, Sports, and techies that talk politics almost never. With reBlog, it’d just be a river, and the one or two branches I really care about in the river would get lost in the rapids of some of the feeds. I may end up moving to reBlog – running a few copies of it at different URLs that I’d check at different times.

It very much does seem that we should have a reBlog installed for eXtension in some way. The idea of multiple people checking an reBlog aggregator, and then marking certain items out of Extension system feeds, or Extension-related sites, for republishing into a feed (or into a wordpress blog) seems really, really intriguing (why aren’t we doing that yet?)

This post is not about NetNewsWire

So until today, my synchronization method to keep NetNewsWire in sync between my home computer and office computer was to symlink ~/Library/Application Support/NetNewsWire to a NetNewsWire directory on my 2nd Generation iPod that I only use as a portable 10GB HDD.

Which, by the way, is starting to make noise, so maybe what’s coming now is fortuitious.

I started using my free Newsgator subscription that comes with being a registered user of NetNewsWire in 2.1b32 of the aggregator. So I’ll give that a go. I think it will work out, but it annoys me that some subscriptions won’t update immediately. I think for the eXtension feeds, I’ll end up putting those in reblog or something. But I digress.

I started this before I left work today and managed to leave my iPod connected at work instead of bringing it home. So I didn’t have my iPod with me. Since I logged out at work – the iPod volume was unmounted at logout.

Never fear, we have command line administration: Step one – diskutil list to get the disk device. Step two, run diskutil mountDisk /dev/diskdevice. Step Three cd /Volumes/NameOfVolumeIWant, get the data. Step four diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskdevice.

Yay for command line tools. and SSH

Ignore the man behind the curtain

Ignore these. They are just my own private little joke. Publicly recorded to remind myself that it can get bad when the System Administrator is the anal one about communication. But I’ve always been that way (you’d think that’d I’d learn to write better, but alas, that’s not the case).

But anyway, onto my private little joke:

eXtension is A natural extension of the growth of national collaborative eXtension is A value-added eXtension is A place where agreements and standards

What?!? should be your natural reaction – it was mine too. 🙂


I rarely, if ever, print. But I just printed the 436 page VMWare Administrator’s manual (double-sided).

And all the fixed-width fonts are screwed up.

For example, where the document has: = “RedHat62VM"

it comes out:


Sigh. This is my karma for printing something.

The New Internet Jerry Springer

So it should have been a warning instead of an error. But Sam Ruby took the software and fixed that.

But the New Internet Jerry Springer episode list is starting to shape up:

Matthew Mullenweg: The Feed Validator is Dead To Me

The latest in their line of enlightened changes is that the author of the Well-formed Web spec has changed the capitializition of the wfw:commentRSS element at some unknown point to lowercase Rss. This arbitrary decision has been codified by the validator, which now reports the millions and millions of feeds that use the previously correct capitialization as invalid. Confusion ensues.

If the previous paragraph makes your eyes glaze over, congratulations, you’re normal.

Well, probably. But if correcting the FeedValidator to match the specification gets you annoyed like this, then your software philosophy is sloppy. Specifications matter. Checking against the specifications matter. Your software has to match the spec. And when it doesn’t – you fix your software. You don’t complain bitterly about the people pointing out that your software doesn’t match the specification.

(however- what the heck is up with all these server side validators not letting people add almost valid feeds to their subscription list – or at least pointing out the trivial little change and asking if you want to add it anyway, knowing it might break later. I really shudder at something outright breaking based on a Yes or No from a third party web tool That seems worse to me than any of this other debate about the specs).


As usual, bureacratic lack of thinking is not limited to Tuttle. As the third-grader that wrote Apple can attest.

At least Apple apologized. Corporations do that when they think the stock price will tank. Government organizations rarely do that though.

(p.s. this is what happens when you let process, and not thinking and humanity run the show. )

Designated Jerk

To heck with being an outfielder. I think I’m actually the Designated Jerk.

One of the real problem I have is that I’m like the little kid that spoke out about the Emperor having no clothes. If there are current issues or upcoming issues or if there are things that don’t fit into the bigger picture. I will point them out. The problem, of course, is that if you play that role, you are destined to annoy the living hell out of, not necessarily the Emperor, but definitely the Emperor’s court who have been outright lying about the Emperor being naked the whole time. Which is fine, I don’t really think there’s much room for the outright liars in the first place.

(Please note, for those playing along with the home game “Emperor” is a metaphor for any given issue in a work team, not an individual. The Emperor’s Court are typically the team members or outside customers that prop the issue up, and the rest of the team and customers are the citizens just ignoring the naked Emperor).

Of course, the REAL problem is that I’m too stupid to stop at “The Emperor is not wearing any clothes” . Nooooooooooo. What I always seem to do is the following:

out loud “The Emperor is not wearing any clothes” to the court: “How did you let that fellow out without clothes? Are you stupid?!?” to the public: “Can’t y’all see that man is not wearing any clothes? Are you blind?!?” out loud: “Gah, I hope that he really doesn’t go get any polyester. I think cotton is better” parting shot at the Emperor: “Yo, by the way, your butt is dimpled”

which of course results in:

the court (He called us stupid?!?): That butt comment was uncalled for! the public (He called us blind?!?): I can’t believe you said that about polyester! the emperor (He said what about my butt?): I’m wearing cotton already!

Meanwhile, I’m banned from the kingdom along with that Peter fellow on the hill with the Wolf. And the Emperor stays naked. Or starts wearing polyester leisure suits.

This week was one of the worst I’ve had in my job. And I brought it on myself. Because I didn’t take the plank out of my stupid, dimpled butt self’s blind eye. And along the way, shut up about the cotton too.

Hi I’m Say Hey Jay, Designated Jerk.

False Alarm

So we just got all excited.

A tractor trailer showed up at the loading dock.

We thought it was the APC UPS’s we’ve been waiting close to 2 months to get through the purchasing/ordering process.


It was a shipment of hula hoops. For some camp (probably 4-H).

False Alarm. We return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading.