Archive for January, 2006

mySQL broken in OS X 10.4.4

Posted: January 25, 2006 in Computing, General

Again, Apple f*s up the works with an OS update. I just spent more than an hour trying to figure out why mySQL isn’t working on my local Web server. I finally boiled it down to the socket being in the wrong place. I attempted to copy the socket into the directory PHP was looking for, but unix doesn’t allow copying of sockets (that’s a new one), I was on the path of trying to convince PHP to look for the socket in the new location when I ran across a page on MacOS hints describing the problem, and the fix. They suggest creating a link (instead of copying the socket) in the location PHP is looking for it.

Now I just have to hope that I didn’t lose all my databases. This is the fourth or fifth time that an OS update has trashed PHP, or mySQL. This time, it wasn’t as simple as a re-install or something simple, but an undocumented, pain in the ass (and I did a number of Google searches for things like “Can’t connect to local MySQL server” (which was the message I was getting) or info on the mySQL socket and Mac OS X.

Thank you Apple.

Scrubs, now into its fifth season just started it’s run earlier this month. NBC has been burning them off two at a time over the past three weeks. The last two weeks it went up against American Idol. I’m not a big fan of Idol, but with the ratings that it pulls in (19.6 million people watched it last night), the other networks aren’t really putting up much of a fight (which is wise). My issue is that I wouldn’t consider Scrubs to be the kind of show that you use for filler (which is pretty much what it’s been relegated to).

This, along with the “limbo” status that it maintained into this year (the fact that no one knew if the 5th season was even going to be broadcast), makes me think that NBC doesn’t see Scrubs as a valuable property. I don’t know what the cost of production is, and more to the point, I don’t know how much revenue it brings to NBC, but I can hear the nails being hammered into the coffin, which is a real shame.

Doctor Snooze

Posted: January 13, 2006 in General, Movies/TV/Music

Probably much to the chagrin of one of my friends I was really disappointed in the 1st (new) season of Doctor Who. After seeing the episodes I understood why Sci-Fi decided to pass on showing them.

Of course, now I read that Sci-Fi changed their mind and they will now be running the first season. I can’t say that I’m surprised, after all they’ve been creating ‘B’ movies for the last two years, so Doctor Who is actually an improvement.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Doctor Who fan. I actually just finished watching the Key to Time series (which was originally aired in the late 70’s). My issue with the new Who, is that it’s that the script quality hasn’t improved. It’s still campy and silly, and I think that’s a shame.

Maybe I should give the BBC credit for not messing with an almost 40 year old recipe, but it could have been so much more. Maybe Battlestar Galactica skewed my view on this kind of thing. Maybe the BBC didn’t want to travel down the path that Fox had tried to take in the 90’s. Either way, Doctor Who is a couple decades behind the times (even if the special effects have improved).

Note to the BBC: If you want to mix humor and drama without pushing the “camp” factor over the edge, hire Joss Whedon as a consultant, and try to reorient Who to something a bit more adult.

Google makes maps annoy

Posted: January 12, 2006 in Computing, General

Tonight my wife and I decided to start planning a trip to Florida in May. The first thing I did as she started belting out ideas was to pull up Google Local and type in “Florida”, but instead of showing me the map of Florida it did a search around my home location for Florida.

Okay, that’s not entirely unexpected, so I went a step further and typed in “Sanibel Island, FL”, but again it refused to budge from my home location (and instead highlighted travel agents in the area). There is no “maps” link at the top of Google, but I know there used to be a so I went there.

Of course, it’s the same page, with the same results. I finally had to zoom all the way out to the entire map of the United States, then retype my “search”.

I finally found Sanibel Island, but why was it so hard?

Today’s announcements at MWSF were fairly unexciting. Sure Intel based macs are the future, but we knew they were coming. So what if they’re a little early, I don’t don’t think they will impact sales until we start seeing software that will run natively on them.

What gets to me is two things. First, the fact that Apple is charging $49 to “upgrade” their Pro applications so that they will run on the Intel hardware. Secondly, the fact that Apple is charging $79 for iLife, without offering an upgrade path.


Wearing protection

Posted: January 5, 2006 in General

After getting an additional 23 spam postings over the last 24 hours, I decided to do something about it. I implemented a spamquiz, that requires a user to answer a very simple question before posting a comment. Hopefully this stems the tide of spam.

You've been spammed

Posted: January 3, 2006 in Computing, General

I was editing the previous post, and I notice that I had a notice in my control panel that I had 384 comments in moderation. Holy crap. I rarely get comments, and right now the only comments that even go into moderation (rather than being posted right away) are posts containing certain keywords (one of the many nice features in Word Press). All 384 were spam, mostly online poker sites, but some for ring tones (and a few other various sites).


Hagar done again.

Posted: January 3, 2006 in General, Movies/TV/Music

I read a new article today about David Lee Roth commenting that he thought that a reunion with Van Halen was a certainty (a when, not an “if”). Of course this made me wonder why I hadn’t heard anything about Sammy being out (I was under the impression that he was still front man). I guess not, after some digging (not found on Van Halen’s Web site or the Van Halen News Desk), I ran across this article describing how Sammy (a happy-go-lucky guy) was pretty disgusted with Alex (apparently a drinking, smoking train wreck of depression).

So I think Hagar is done, probably for good this time. I have to say this doesn’t really bother me that much though. I do feel a little disappointed that I didn’t spend the $100+ a ticket to see them when they toured (for perhaps the last time). I can’t say I was super impressed with what I’ve heard from them since Balance, so perhaps this is for the better (and Sammy’s solo/Waboritas music is quite good in it’s own right).

Maybe Dave’s right, and he will return to the band some day. Maybe that music will rock when it happens, but I can’t say that I’m going to worry about it if it doesn’t happen. I guess I’ve lost faith, which is too bad. I was hoping we wouldn’t remember Van Halen as the band that rocked for 15 years, then called it quits.

I wonder what Van Halen would sound like with a different guitarist?

Cutting the wood.

Posted: January 3, 2006 in General, House

I bought a mighty fine Dewalt rechargable drill on Friday (although it was quite pricy when you include the cost of the iPod I lost). That’s a good start to things, but I have plenty of other tools that I need around the house (and a bunch more that I would like to have).

I’ve known for a while that I was going to be needing a table saw (there are some things that my circular saw or compound miter saw just won’t cut). Today I received an email from with a refurbed Dewalt table saw. The price was right (and I don’t have to worry about how to get it home), so I bought it.

The saw isn’t anything spectacular. It’s portable (which is nice), but it does look like the stand (that I had to pay extra for), may be a little too “slight” for cutting larger stuff. I guess we’ll see how it works in real life (perhaps I’ll need a more permanant base).

The production…

Posted: January 2, 2006 in General, House

Woke up late (about 10:30) and felt very unproductive. I walked around in a haze for a couple of hours before climbing back in bed for a two hour nap. I woke up feeling quite refreshed and decided to make a Home Depot run (I tried yesterday, but they were closed).