December 26, 2002

TiBook RAM Upgrade

I just replaced the 128MB DIMM in my TiBook with a 512MB DIMM for a total of 768MB. It'll be interesting to see how much of a difference it makes. I suspect it'll be easy to notice after I've got a fair amount of stuff running.

Posted by jzawodn at 08:02 PM

Hooters Air


Apprently, it's for real now.

Gotta love America.

Posted by jzawodn at 06:00 PM

You know it's a slow news day when...

a major financial news outlet decides to write a story that does little more than summarize comments left on a Yahoo message board.

What ever happened to the old phrase "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all?" It's not like Yahoo message boards are known as the favorite hangout of intellectual giants with financial insight or anything. Come on! This is just sad.

Posted by jzawodn at 03:36 PM -- a simple blogroller

Several months ago I needed a way to keep my "blogroll" (list of RSS feeds I read, as seen on the side of my blog index page) up to date. Luckily, my news aggregator kept all the information in an OPML file called myChannels.opml. All I needed to do was extract the relveant information, sort it, spit out some HTML that can be included via SSI or PHP, and set it up to run from cron so that I don't have to think about it.

So I spent a few minutes on the problem and hacked out It's simple but does the job for me. Simply feed it an OPML file on STDIN and it'll spit back the XHTML code on STDOUT. That means you can run it like this: < foo.opml > bar.html

A while back someone asked me how it I did this, so I sent the script. A few days ago, fellow Yahoo Michael Radwin asked how I did it. I sent him the script too. It turns out that his aggregator also produces a useful OPML file. He sent back patch today that improved it. That was enough to convince me that it's probably useful enough to share.

If someone is willing to patch your code, odds are good that several others are willing to use it.

Posted by jzawodn at 02:51 PM

Quiet Day at Work

I need more days like this. It's so quiet and empty that I can concentrate, think, and actually get stuff done. I went roughly 3 hours before hearing more than my own keyboard this morning. That was when the phone rang--my parents called to chat.

Sadly, in a week or so we'll be back to normal. Then it'll be time for the occasional "work from home" day to catch up stuff.

Posted by jzawodn at 01:14 PM

802.11b and your address


Today I changed the name of my 802.11 access point to my home address. Why? Cause, I want my neighbors to know who they are getting wireless from.

Heh, good idea. Maybe I should do the same.

Posted by jzawodn at 01:04 PM

News oragnizations and RSS feeds...

I just ran across everyone's favorite orange XML image on the Christian Science Monitor. Upon clicking on it, I came to a page listing all their RSS feeds.

Nice. I subscribed to a few.

I wish the other major news providers were paying attention.

Posted by jzawodn at 11:52 AM

What Traffic?

I love driving in the Bay Area over the holidays. Traffic is so light that I can actually get to work in 10 minutes. It's so strange not seeing lines of cars everywhere. I wish we had more holidays like this.

Posted by jzawodn at 10:33 AM