Tom’s Current Projects

October 15th, 2009

I’m working on a startup called KinKast to help you enjoy your home videos.

Ruby Sucks

March 19th, 2009

Ruby cares nothing about backwards compatibility.
This code on lenny:
irb(main):012:0> tmpFile ='_archive_')
=> #
irb(main):013:0> tmpFile.close(true)
=> nil
irb(main):014:0> tmpFile.path
=> nil

Used to do this on sarge:
irb(main):012:0> tmpFile ='_archive_')
=> #
irb(main):013:0> tmpFile.close(true)
=> nil
irb(main):014:0> tmpFile.path
=> "/tmp/_archive_20090319-12089-1dphb46-0"

And sadly there are many other such examples.

Amazon Web Service users, now including the New York Times

November 4th, 2007

The New York Times has rendered, stored, and made available
all public domain articles from 1851 to 1922
. A bit more reputable sounding than blingee, but probably not any more mainstream :-)

I’m also anxious to see the results of the Amazon Startup Challenge.

A 65 Mile Coastal Bike Ride

July 15th, 2007

Here is a google map of the route.

Bike ride from Palo Alto to the Pacific Ocean and back

July 10th, 2007

Bike shortly after top of old la honda
Last Sunday, July 8, 2007, I went on an amazing bike ride from Palo Alto, up Old La Honda, down Hwy 84 to Hwy 1 and then back up Tunitas Creek Rd returning to Palo Alto. In total, the ride was a little of 50 miles and took me about 8 hours since I’m in terrible shape. Now I’m dying to do it again.

Here is a google map of the route.

1408 is an awesome hallucinogenic horror movie

July 8th, 2007

1408 is a scary twisted mostly non-gory horror movie that is very refreshing compared to the other gorefests that have come out recently. I highly recommend it.

Clonezilla, Linux imaging with LVM support

July 6th, 2007

I’ve been having trouble finding or working out a system for easily imaging a linux box. Mondo doesn’t work because it seems to expect that it is run from the live system, I can’t seem to manage to chroot and run mondo and the same time off of a Knoppix DVD. Norton Ghost doesn’t support LVM. dd takes wayyy to long.

Thus far I have been imaging systems by dumping the ext3 file systems and recreating the partition layout, LVM setup, and install grub with a RedHat rescue cd. The problem is I think remastering a RedHat rescue cd with new files and a custom install script would take a long time, and installing grub from a Knoppix cd doesn’t seem to lead to a bootable system.

Clonezilla seems to be the perfect solution. It will image all kinds of systems, seems to work with LVM. And best of all it will make a CD or DVD for a fully automated restore of the system. I just imaged a system today. I will update the blog to reflect the results tomorrow.

–Update: Clonezilla works perfectly. The live restore CD is creates works, and imaging and restoring a few gigabytes of data only takes about 15 minutes.

Signing up for Google AdWords

July 5th, 2007

I recently signed up for Google AdWords. I felt a bit silly actually taking out an ad for basically my home page and blog, but I was also very curious as to how much historical ad information Google provides and just how many impressions and clicks it would lead too.

Thus far a few hundred impressions but no clicks. I’ve read that if you have a low click through rate that makes it more difficult to get impressions. This implies to me that there is some point where Google would just stop showing my ads even though I’m bidding because they don’t think anyone is interested.

Well, I’m anxious to learn more about AdWords and see how things go.

Untangle now open source

July 1st, 2007

Untangle recently open sourced their firewall, vpn, and content filtering solution. You can download it from source forge. Their product is definitely the easiest and most complete open source firewall solution. The installer assumes you will be using many of the features so the minimum system requirements are fairly high.

Comcast RBL spam list

July 1st, 2007

I recently started renting a server from, who I found from an ad in the Linux Journal. Thus far I have had great customer support from them, the bandwidth is high throughput and low latency, and the price is great. But the ip address is on Comcast’s black list. Unlike most other black lists that cool down after a few days and you get delisted, who knows what Comcast’s policy is. I have just sent a request to their delist request page, hopefully it goes well.