So now we get pretty graphs and all kinds of other niceties. Of course this comes at the worst time for them. They're giving us all this information to help us get upset and mad as heck. Next thing you know, we aren't going to take it any more. Now if you live in california, you already have gone through this, but here in AZ we've been enjoying the fruits of nuclear power and long term fuel contracts, so energy increases are just now starting to bite us in the butt:
So I used less power, and yet my power bill this month increased by almost 20%. Its going to be an ugly summer unless I get off my butt and put some solar cells on the roof.
|9:00 am||Root canal|
|10:00 am||Who cares, its got to be better than the dentist ...|
Opening up the requirements page soon tempered my interest:
1. Apache Portable Runtime 0.9.7 (http://apr.apache.org/)Ok, at the time my home machine was running Red Hat 7 (already a dinosaur), I was stuck with apache 1.3 for my user interface on the project, and I don't even think my version of GCC was up to snuff (they were changing it a lot back then). So subversion lost a supporter that day. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like anybody's learned much since then.
2. autoconf 2.50 or newer (Unix only)
3. libtool 1.4 or newer (Unix only)
4. Neon library 0.24.7 or 0.25.5 (http://www.webdav.org/neon/)
5. Berkeley DB 4.X
6. Apache Web Server 2.0.49 or newer
7. Python 2.0 (http://www.python.org/)
Some of the libraries that Subversion depends on themselves have dependencies that add features to what Subversion can do.
So now Ruby on Rails is the latest thing since slice bread. Ruby is a cool looking language though I've never dived in deep enough to find some way in which it was better than perl. The performance of the engine has never been that great, but these days who cares--all the servers sit around being bored 99.999% of the time anyways.
Our main project is back using perl and home grown macros to pump out interesting views of boring numbers, but I have a number of side projects including one to keep track of rafts. The perfect thing, I thought, to use Ruby for. (I know if I don't force myself to use Ruby for an existing project, I'll never get around to using it. Just look how far I've gotten with OCaml & Lua). Somehow I'll probably also get sparklines in there which should exercise Ruby iterators.
Thanks to a hard drive crash late last year, I have a box with a relatively recent operating system on it now (FC4. yes I know FC5 is out, but I'm not updating my system. I don't even know where my system is, exactly). If that hadn't happened, I'd probably be trying to install Rails on redhat nine or something, heaven help me. Looks like there's a fair bit of advise for installing this stuff onto FC4, so lets see what's required.
So, since the OS is already up and running, lets see what the list of stuff for rails looks like.
ruby and partyThis looks like more than a one martini install. Well, might as well get started... More news as it happens.
yumex (since nobody wants to use yum on the command line)
fastcgi (which requires ...)
lighttpd (which means I have to rewrite iptables)
mysql (luckily I already had that, as well as sqlite; ah but there is some weird password reconfigure to make it work with ruby)
ruby fastcgi bindings
query browser (what's wrong with the commandline?)
true type fonts (huh?)
Cement cures best at a temperature between 50°F and 70°F. Knowing that, we called the concrete company in June to get on the list for that summer. When did they actually pour our sidewalk? I'll give you a hint: that's snow falling in the picture. Well, at least it wasn't february.
Still burning. Got cold and windy again (even a little bit of snow/hail) and I'm still chilled down in the basement. Tried to go a day without long underwear on and after two days without the stove on I had to go run and get them last night. Tonight the pellet's are lit again and I'm warming up a little.
Usage to date:
Walmart ran out of pellets, but luckily now Home Depot has big piles of them. I wonder if they stock them all year round. I sure wish I had those solar hot water panels collecting heat. The sun gets upstairs so warm we have to opent the windows and let the heat out. Of course I also wish that I could close the door to the basement so that when it gets cold upstairs the worst of it doesn't make its way down here and freeze me out. Unfortunately physics is against me so I must call forth the tools of Engineering to fight back the natural order of the universe and warm my tootsies.